Bellarmine Swimming and Diving is a no-cut Spring Sport with both Frosh-Soph and Varsity Teams. Bellarmine is undoubtedly the most successful Swimming & Diving program in the Central Coast Section and the WCAL. Led by third year Head Coach Mark Taliaferro (BCP 1987) and Coach Sam Shimomura (BCP 2012), the Bell swimmers and divers look forward to another successful season in 2021!
First year swimming coach Mark Taliaferro is a 1987 graduate of Bellarmine. During his time as a swimmer at Bellarmine, Coach Taliaferro was a 4 year All American and 3 year MVP. After graduating, Coach Taliaferro went on to compete at the University of Southern California. As a USA Swimming coach in his 28th year , Taliaferro has produced nearly 150 top 16 national swimmers since 1995, including 8 National Age Group Individual and Relay records and more than 120 Pacific Records. Proudly, Coach Mark's swimmers have gone on to compete for many college programs including Stanford, Cal, USC, Virginia, Georgetown, Yale, Duke, and many more.
Coach Mark has been a USA Swimming Member coach since 1991. He has coached every level of swimming from Learn to Swim to Olympic Trials qualifiers. His goal has always been to help every swimmer reach their greatest potential in the sport. In his career, Mark has been nominated 8 times as Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year and won the award in 2014. Mark has been married for 24 years to Marianne and they have one son, Justin.