Adam Crossen - Head Coach, Swimming & Diving and Water Polo
After another successful year, Coach Crossen returns for his 4th season with the SUA Lions, bringing him 14 years of college and club experience. Over the past 14+ years Crossen's experience includes working with Olympic Coaches Mark Schubert, David Marsh, Teri McKeever and most recently, Dave Salo. Crossen competed at the University of Southern California, then coached by current USA Swimming National Team Director, Mark Schubert. After earning his degree in Exercise Science from USC, Crossen began his coaching career at Auburn University, working with perennial NCAA coach of the year, David Marsh. While at Auburn, he assisted the women's team to place in the top 10 and helped the men with win the 1999 NCAA championships. After completing his Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2000, Crossen would join Teri McKeever, at the University of California, Berkeley. During this time he assisted in the rise of USA swimming superstar, Natalie Coughlin.
Prior to taking over the Soka swimming program, Coach Crossen served as Dave Salo's right hand man, responsible for NCAA compliance, recruiting coordinator, strength and conditioning, and on deck coaching at the University of Southern California. During his only season at USC, the team had three individual NCAA championships (Rebecca Soni- 200 Breast, Larson Jensen- 500 & 1650 Freestyle).
Prior to USC, Crossen spent 3 years assisting Coach Salo with the Irvine Novaquatics and Soka University. He played an integral role in working with a team that saw 25 athletes compete in the 2004 Olympic Trials, while placing 4 members on the USA Olympic Team. During this time Crossen was instrumental in helping Salo inaugurate the Soka University Swim Team.
Coach Crossen and his wife, Julie reside in Anaheim Hills, CA. They are the proud parents of two boys, Cole and Chase.
Andrew Crowell - Assistant Coach, Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving
Coach Andrew Crowell enters his fourth season with the Soka Lions. He earned a degree in History in 2008 from California State University, Fullerton. Crowell began his coaching career with the Irvine Novaquatics in 2004 while swimming for Olympic Coach Dave Salo. He was immediately influenced by the ideas of Salo and applies many of the same theories in his own coaching style. Crowell has found great success through two main ideas; attention to stroke mechanics and race pace training. Crowell brings energy and encouragement to ensure success in athletics and academics.