ANA Welcomes Coaches for Spring Sports

ANA welcomes several new coaches have come on board for lead the Spring Sports!


Steve Kanayama has been a professional Tennis coach for over 17 years. His specialty is working with and developing high school and college players. Coach Kanayama, most recently coached Division 1 Script Ranch HS Falcons and Escondido Charter HS White Tigers.  As a player Coach Kanayama played for the Palomar Comets and USTA Open division.

Coach Kanayama firmly believes hard work, commitment, passion, and team work are the key ingredients to have successful season in high school tennis. Coach  Kanayama is very excited to work hard with his players and to have a successful season.


Jim Barton has extensive experience in competitive swimming at various levels including age group, high school, Division 1 College, Rough Water and Masters. Jim started his swimming career as a Vesper Boat Club age group swimmer in Philadelphia. At La Salle College, as a student-athlete, he was a record holder in the 500 free. He worked as a beach lifeguard for the cities of Avalon and Sea Isle City, New Jersey for 6 years. During that time period he competed in several rough water swims including the Miss America Pageant swim in Atlantic City, the South Jersey Shores, and the Tri-City Championships. After moving to California to attend graduate school at San Diego State, he continued his beach lifeguarding and rough water swims with the State of California for 4 years. Jim took a hiatus from swimming to raise three boys and work as a professional geologist.

In 1993, Jim returned to swimming as a Master swimmer, competing on the National level as well as in rough water swims including the Labor Day Oceanside Pier Swim and La Jolla Rough Water Swim. During the period of 2002 through 2017, Jim provided his experience and leadership as an assistant and then head swim coach for the Carlsbad High School (CHS) boys and girls swim team. Between 2008 and 2014, Jim coached a varsity preparatory team with North Coast Aquatics. During his tenure with CHS, CHS captured 10 CIF Division 1 boys swim championships. In 2014 and 2017, Jim was named CIF Boys and Girls Swim Coach of the Year, respectively. 


Jake Matthai, team captain of the 2016 National Champion North Carolina lacrosse team, joins the ANA Warriors coaching staff. Jake was a four year letterman on the Carolina lacrosse team, graduating with a double major in studio art and communications. During his senior year campaign, Jake received Academic All-American and 2nd team All-America honors nationally. For the UNC team awards, he won the Most Valuable Defensive player and the Ralph Davy, III Memorial award for leadership. While at the University, he was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board and was a community volunteer. He has his Wilderness EMT from the National Outdoor Leadership School and is a Certified Life Guard. When he is not coaching lacrosse, he is life-guarding at the ANA Beach or the Encinitas YMCA. Jake is from Baltimore Maryland where he attended the Gilman School for boys. He was a three sport letterman in High School playing soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Also joining the staff is Luke Walsh, also a member of the 2016 National Championship team at North Carolina. Luke is a 2017 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in journalism. He played midfield for the Tar Heels and won the Iron Ram award for hardest working player in the weight room. Luke is from Buffalo, New York where he attended the Nichols School. Luke was also a three sport letterman playing soccer, hockey, and lacrosse and was also winner of the Alumni Cup as the top sportsman in the senior class. Luke attended the Deerfield for a post-graduate year. Luke is helping establish the Middle School lacrosse program this year at ANA and works with the 9th and 10th graders that want to play JV lacrosse. When he is not coaching the lacrosse team at the Academy, he is an Inside Sales Representative for ChemMet LLC out of Buffalo New York.

Both lacrosse coaches were members of the All Atlantic Coast Conference Academic team. While coaching at ANA, they are both training to enter the Officer Candidate School for Navy Seals.