Kraken Water Polo

Georgia's Finest Youth Water Polo Club 

Our Staff

Owen Sweitzer

Head Coach / Founder

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 four times (boys in 2017, 2019, and 2021, and 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

Lead Boys 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.  He won GHSWPA Div. 1 Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2021 when his teams won the Georgia State Championship.

Kelsey Drews

Lead Girls Coach

Kelsey played water polo for 4 years at Troy High School in Michigan. She teaches 2nd grade at Heritage Elementary in College Park where she won the 2020 Teacher of the Year awards for her school, her region, and her county! Kelsey joined Kraken Water Polo in 2016, and has played an important part in the last three state championship teams (both boys and girls). Kelsey is the lead girls coach for Kraken Water Polo.   She won GHSWPA Women's Division Coach of the Year in 2020 (Spring 2021.)

James Herring

Assistant Coach 

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.  He is currently the Lead Coach for the Wildcats' Intermediate Division (D2) team, having led the team to an undefeated season in 2021.

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, banking, 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!  He has also been on the GHSWPA Board since 2016.

Mitchell Parke

Assistant Coach

Mitchell is a Kennesaw State University student and founding member of the KSU Owls water polo team. He has been a member of Dynamo Masters water polo, Rainbow Trout 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. He has focused on Kraken's developmental teams.

Chris Moore

Assistant Coach

Chris Moore was a part of Wildcat's 2017 State Championship team and brings lots of knowledge he gained at Navy camp and travel tournaments with Kraken. Chris joined Kraken Water Polo as an assistant coach in 2019, and co-led Wildcats B to a GHSWPA Intermediate Division runner-up finish in the 2019 season, and coached Wildcats C to the undefeated Developmental division championship in 2020 (Spring 2021), and regular season champions in Fall 2021 and 2022!

Sydney Buffington

Assistant Coach

Sydney is a Wildcats alumna, member of the Lady Wildcats State Championship squad in 2018, and is now a student at Kennesaw State University and member of the KSU Owls Water Polo team. Sydney is an assistant coach for the women's teams since Fall 2021.

Jamison Muzzey

Assistant Coach

Jamison a Wildcats alumnus, member of the Wildcats squad in 2014 & 2015, and went on to play 4 years of CWPA club water polo at Clemson University, including the year Clemson won the SEC. Jamison is an assistant coach for the developmental boys team since Fall 2022.

Jeffrey Portis

Assistant Coach

Jeff played high school varsity water polo in Florida and collegiate club water polo at Florida State University.  He is a community swim coach at River Ridge HS in Cherokee County, and joined Kraken as an assistant water polo coach in Spring of 2023.