Staff
Assistant Coach
Ellie Monobe

Ellie Monobe is in her third season as an assistant coach on Matt Macedo's UCSB coaching staff after spending one year as an assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Monobe is predominantly responsible for the stroke/mid distance group and the distance group, where she has help from Mark Stori.

During her time at UC Santa Barbara she has helped lead the team to back-to-back Conference Championships on the men’s side and runner-up performances on the women’s side. Monobe has also helped in producing 14 conference champions on the men’s side, as well as breaking 13 school records. On the women’s side she has helped in producing 9 conference champions and breaking 6 school records.

Monobe, a native of Northern California, spent one year in Las Vegas after serving as an assistant coach at UMass during the 2014-15 season. At UNLV, she assisted in virtually all aspects of the Rebels swimming and diving program. From a training standpoint, she specialized in training the individual medley and sprint groups. Monobe helped lead the men's program to a tie for 35th at the NCAA Championship. At UMass, Monobe worked with breaststrokers, in addition to training the IM groups.

Before accepting her position at UMass, Monobe spent the 2013-14 year as head coach of the Sun Valley Swim Team in Lafayette, Calif. She was also a graduate assistant in compliance at San Jose State, where she earned her MA in kinesiology. While at SJSU, she was also the team manager for the Spartan women's swimming and diving team.

Monobe got her first taste of coaching at her alma mater, Cal, where she was an undergraduate assistant/volunteer assistant coach for the Bears' women's team in 2011-12 while completing her BA in American studies.

From 2007-11, Monobe was a four-year member of Cal's women's swimming team. She was a team captain as a senior and won the program's Coach's Award in 2009 and 2011. She was also a member of Cal's NCAA championship teams in 2009 and 2011 and its Pac 10 title team in 2009.

Assistant Coach
Mark Stori

Mark Stori started working with the Gauchos during the 2016-2017 season, where he began as a voluntary assistant coach alongside Ellie Monobe. During his first season, Stori was working predominantly with the stroke/mid distance group, which produced three team records and four conference champions. During the 2017-2018 season Stori began working primarily with the distance group while helping with the stroke/mid distance groups, which produced eight team records and three conference champions. Stori also coaches masters at UCSB and recently received the 2019 USMS Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award. Previously, Stori coached age group swimmers with the Santa Barbara Swim Club.

As a student-athlete Stori was a four-year member of the University of Iowa Swim team, where he was team captain during his senior year. He graduated with a BBA in Accounting. He achieved All Big Ten Academic honors and swam at the national level in the IM/Back/Breast and made Olympic Trial cuts in the 200 Back.

Camp Coach
Cokie Lepinski

Cokie Lepinski is a USMS-certified lead Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor and a Level 4 USMS-certified coach. She also instructs in the L1-L3 USMS Coach Certification courses. She is the head coach of the Sun City Grand Geckos masters team in Surprise, Arizona.

Cokie was named Coach of the Year by U.S. Masters Swimming in 2014; received the Dorothy Donnelly award in 2014, the USMS Kerry O’Brien award in 2010 and the Pacific Masters Coach of the Year award in 2011. A coach and a competitor, she is passionate about stroke technique and has authored numerous articles for USMS and regularly coaches at stroke clinics and swim camps throughout the U.S. Along with a lifelong passion for swimming, Cokie is just as passionate about photography, traveling and pickleball!