Senior, Junior, Leopard & Mako Groups
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.
Hammerhead 1 & 2 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.
Junior, Leopard and Mako Groups
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.
Junior and Leopard Group
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