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Coaches & Board of Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jennifer Thiem

Senior, Junior, Leopard & Mako Groups

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Jennifer Thiem has been Head Coach of VJO since 2012. She has over 15 years of coaching experience. Jennifer graduated from San Diego State University (2004) with a B.S. in Kinesiology and later in 2010 attended Humboldt State University for her Masters in Kinesiology. Jennifer swam for Santa Rosa Junior College and later for San Diego State University as a sprint Breaststroker/ I.M.er. Before Coach Jen came to VJO, she was an assistant coach for the Coronado Navy Swim Association (2006-2008) in San Diego, CA, for the Humboldt swim Club (2008-2010) in Arcata, CA, for the Santa Rosa Junior College (2010) in Santa Rosa, CA and was a Head Coach for PASA- Pacific Athletic Club site (2010-2012).  In 2016, coach Jennifer was inducted into the Santa Rosa Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame.  Jennifer has always had a passion for competitive swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo, and really anything that has to do with water! Jennifer lives in American Canyon with her husband Ryan, daughter Whitney, and two dogs. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys swimming, gardening, and camping with her family and dogs.

Laurie Tucker

Hammerhead 1 & 2 Coach

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Coach Laurie Tucker has been coaching for VJO since 2015. She first started swimming for VJO when she was 9 years old. She swam all through High school for both VJO and Jesse Bethel High School. Her favorite stroke is backstroke and middle distance freestyle. Her favorite events were the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. She is currently attending Sonoma State University. She enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

Chigusa Kanzan

Junior, Leopard and Mako Groups

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Chigusa came to USA in 2009 from Japan. Swimming has always been a part of her life, both in the pool and at the ocean. She started swimming competitively when she was 11 years old. She swam all through high school and college for VJO, VHS, and DVC. She also played water polo for 3 seasons. Her favorite events were the 200 breaststroke and 100/200 IM. She is currently attending DVC, majoring in graphic design. She likes photography and has been painting since she was a baby, because she came from a family of artists. Chigusa was a lifeguard and swim instructor for GVRD and CMA for 3 years. This is her first coaching opportunity. She loves being in and around water. She goes abalone diving, and spearfishing. The best moment she’s had was hand feeding a baby seal the fish she just caught, because it chased her around! Chigusa also loves animals, and has many pets. She currently has 3 dogs, 7 cats, 2 birds, a guinea pig, and a couple fish.

Aaron Westbury

Hammerhead 1 & 2 Coach

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Sophie DiBiase

Junior and Leopard Group

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Sophie DiBiase was born & raised in Napa. She moved to Vallejo in 2016. Sophie is currently studying education & sports psychology. She graduated from Vintage high school in 2008. As an athlete, Sophie was involved in high school, rec & travel softball & Water polo, as well as swimming for her high school team.  She has coached, Vintage high JV softball, Napa parks & rec 12u softball, Vallejo hurricane 18u & 16u softball, Benicia high boys water polo, Napa valley seals water polo, Napa valley seals swim team & assisted with vintage high school water polo & swim teams. As an athlete a knee injury ended all sports her senior year of high school. Injury prevention is huge to Sophie as a coach. In her spare time she loves hiking, going to the beach & spending as much time as possible with her Godson, James. When she's not at the pool, you can usually find her with her dog Buddy at the local dog park or watching the Giants, Sharks or Warriors games. She is very excited to be apart of Vallejo Aquatics Club! Come say hi next time you're on deck ! GO SHARKS !!!!
Board of Directors

Jennifer Matteo

President

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Tamara Kawashiri

Vice President

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Jennifer Pettit

Secretary

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Madelyn Cueva

Treasurer

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Elizabeth Zampa

Communications Chair

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Jennifer Pettit

Membership Chair

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Joe Sapida

Meet Director

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Miriam Rivera

Team Attire

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Heidi Scharffenberg

Volunteer Coordinator

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Beth Raymond

Event Coordinator

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Candace Van Dewark

Officials Chair

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