Kraken Water Polo

Georgia's Finest Youth Water Polo Club 

Our Staff

Owen Sweitzer

Head Coach / Owner

Coach Owen has been coaching water polo in Georgia since 2008. In 2006 and 2007, he was the captain of Wheeler High School's water polo team when they placed both years as state runner-up. Owen has been the Head Coach of Kraken Water Polo and Wildcat Water Polo since 2009. Under Owen, Wildcat Water Polo has won the GHSWPA state championships twice (boys in 2017, girls in 2018). He has been a 'Team Georgia' coach for the ODP Zone Invitational Tournament in 2017 and 2018. Also attended the ODP Holiday Camp at the US Olympic Training Center as a boys coach in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, Owen has coached swimming for 12 years and was selected as a GA Swimming Zone Team coach in 2016 and 2017.

Jeff Drews

Assistant Coach

Jeff played high school water polo at Troy High School in Michigan, and collegiately at Michigan State University While at Michigan State, Jeff and his team won two Big Ten titles and one National Championship. After graduating, He served as the head coach at his alma mater Troy High School for 7 years before coming on board at Kraken Water Polo in 2016. Jeff was a 'Team Georgia' Boys coach for the ODP Identification Tournament in 2017 and 2018

Kelsey Drews

Assistant Coach

Kelsey played water polo for 4 years at Troy High School in Michigan. She teaches 2nd grade at Heritage Elementary in College Park, and joined Kraken Water Polo as an assistant coach in 2016. Kelsey has played an important part in developing most of the current "A Team" players for Kraken. 

Karina Cordisco

Assistant Coach / Lead Women's Coach

Karina joined our program in 2016 as the lead women's coach. Karina was the original coach for the first water polo team in Georgia back in 2006, where she taught Coach Owen how to play and helped to start the water polo league that ultimately became the GHSWPA. Karina played high school water polo in Miami, Florida. Karina most recently served as a coach for the 2018 Dynamo 16u Girls Squad that competed in JO Qualifiers (FL) and JO Championships (CA). In 2018, Karina coached the Lady Wildcats in their State Championship season. 

James Herring

Assistant Coach / Strength and Conditioning

James graduated from high school in 2013 after playing for Kraken for 2 years. He has a passion for strength training and bodybuilding. James joined Kraken in 2017 as an assistant coach, and in 2018 James was named the GHSWPA D3 Coach of the Year for his leadership with Wildcats C.

Chris Sweitzer

Team Administrator

Chris took over the growing team administrator duties in 2012 and has been a huge part of what makes Kraken great. Chris manages registrations, communications, and game/practice attendance. Chris also served as our scorekeeper and timer for many years when his son William played for Kraken, and still frequently serves in this role!

Brian Boone

Assistant Coach / Goalie Coach

Brian is a class of 2009 Wheeler grad who was a founding member of Wildcat Water Polo. Brian also played collegiate water polo at Kansas State University. Brian was a past assistant coach for Wildcat Water Polo from 2012-2013. Brian currently works full time at Atlanta Swim Academy, and (re)joined Kraken Water Polo in 2019.

Tyler McCormack

Assistant Coach

Tyler started playing water polo in San Diego in 2012, and made second place in junior olympics in 2015. He played varsity water polo at San Marcos high school in San Marcos, CA from 2014 to 2016 and won divisional and regional championships in the San Diego section going from division 3 to division 1 by his junior year. He moved to Georgia and played with Wheeler High School as a captain and a part of the state championship team in 2017. He was awarded GHSWPA D1 First Team All-State as well as team MVP. Tyler joined Kraken as a coach in 2018.

Tyler Gattis

Assistant Coach / Goalie Coach

Tyler played water polo for 4 years at Auburn University. He also served as the head coach of the Meadowgrove Dolphins Swim Team in Marietta, Ga. Tyler joined Kraken Water Polo in 2019. 

Mitchell Parke

Assistant Coach

Mitchell is a Kennesaw State University student and member of the KSU Owls water polo team. He has been a member of Dynamo Masters water polo, and was a swim coach and swim lessons instructor at Atlanta Swim Academy from 2015 to 2017. Mitchell joined Kraken Water Polo in 2019