Peter Lawrence Richardson
Richardson is currently Associate Head Coach of the University of
Arizona swimming and diving program. He and his family (wife
- Jonelle, kids - Gabrielle, Brooklynn, Juliette and Peter) moved
here in 2019 and live in Oro Valley. Before his arrival
to the Tucson area, he spent seven years as the Head Coach of the
University of the Pacific Swim Program and five years as the head
coach of Fresno Pacific University. During his time at
University of the Pacific, he was also the Head Coach of Tiger
Aquatics – the 115 member USA swim team in Stockton,
As Associate Head
Coach, Richardson helped the Arizona Wildcats place 2nd at the 2020
Men's PAC 12 Championships - the highest finish ever for the
Wildcats. Four of Richardson's distance group athletes
qualified for the NCAA Championships and were seeded to score 32
individual points before the event was ultimately cancelled.
Additionally, Arizona had their first 1650 PAC 12 Champion in
over ten years in 2020.
Richardson brings a
decorated track record of winning and has proven to be a successful
recruiter in his collegiate career. During Richardson's time
at Pacific, he took the program to unprecedented heights. Under
Richardson, Pacific became a consistent contender in the MSPF
Conference and sent athletes to the NCAA Championships in five
straight seasons; in 2018 Pacific was one of just two men's and/or
women's programs to achieve an "A" relay cut without a full
allotment of scholarships. In Richardson's seven-year tenure,
an astonishing 73 school records were established.
Prior to spending seven seasons at his alma mater, Pacific,
Richardson was the first ever head swimming coach at Fresno Pacific
University, where he took the program from its inception in 2007
and turned into a perennial NAIA power in his five seasons at FPU.
Richardson led the men's team to back-to-back NAIA National
Championships in 2010 and 2011 and the women's team to a NAIA
National Championship in 2012. In his five seasons, the men's teams
at FPU finished sixth, second, first, first and second while the
women's teams finished fifth, fourth, third, second and
first. He won NAIA National Coach of the Year four times in
his five seasons at Fresno
Coach Peter is
uniquely qualified to take Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics to new
levels of success. Not only has he experienced unparalleled
success as a division I head coach and associate head coach, he has
also led a club team to new heights while he was the head coach at
the University of the Pacific. Tiger Aquatics membership
nearly doubled in his seven years as the head coach and the team
had six representatives at the 2016 US Olympic Trials – up
from zero in 2012.
Co-Head Senior Coach and Raptor Coach
Emma Darlington Munsch is a Tucson
native who attended Salpointe Catholic High School, and swam for
FORD Aquatics from 2004-2007. During her High School Career,
Emma was a multiple State Champion, Sectional Champion, and JR
National finalist specializing in sprint freestyle. She
was also a member of the 2007 NCSA Junior National All-Star
After high school she attended and
swam collegiately for the University of Arizona where she received
her B.A in History, minor in Psychology, and her M.Ed in
Teaching and Teacher's Education. During her career at the
University of Arizona she was an NCAA qualifier all four years,
two-time NCAA All-American, three-time PAC-10 Champion, two-time
Olympic Trials qualifier (2008 & 2012), USA Swimming National
Champion, Co-Captain, and a member of the 2008 Pac-10 and NCAA
Championship team. She is a member of the University of
Arizona, Pima County, and Salpointe Catholic High School Sports
Hall of Fame.
Emma taught AP U.S History, World
History, and Psychology at Salpointe Catholic High school from
2012-2016. Emma has been with FORD as a coach since
2014 and has helped athletes achieve qualifying times
for State Championships, Sectionals, Junior and Senior
Nationals, and Olympic Trials. In 2018 she served as the
Assistant Women's Coach for the NCSA All-American team in Dublin,
Ireland. She is thankful to be able to do what she loves and work
with an awesome group of kids at FORD.
When not on the pool deck, Emma
loves spending time with her husband Kevin (UA Swim Alum), daughter
Katherine, and her two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Head Age Group Coach
Matt Barber joined Ford Aquatics in August 2018 working
alongside Coach Austin. Before moving to Tucson, Coach Matt grew up
in Houston, Texas where he started swimming at a very young age.
During his swim career in Texas, he was a multiple state champion
specializing in freestyle and butterfly events. He also competed on
a number of different junior national teams including the 2008
World Youth Team; 2009 Jr. Pan Pacific Team; 2009-2010 National
Youth Team; and 2010 NCSA All-Star team in Dublin, Ireland.
After high school Coach Matt attended and swam collegiately at
the University of Arizona where he majored in Business Management
with a minor in Sustainable Built Environments. During his
collegiate career Coach Matt was an NCAA qualifier all four years
and a three-time All-American. He also competed at the 2013 World
University Games in Kazan, Russia. While at the University of
Arizona, Coach Matt qualified for the second time (2008) Olympic
Trials during the 2012 Olympic year.
During the day Coach Matt is the VP of Operations for a local
toy design company, PlayAbility Toys. When he is not working or
coaching, he enjoys the outdoors, watching NFL Football, and
spending time with his wife, Sarah and dog, Stetson. Coach Matt is
eager to pass down his knowledge of the sport to the hard working
and passionate kids at Ford
Age Group Development Coach
Paige Martin is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and has been
swimming competitively since she was 8, when she started swimming
with Sun Devil Aquatics. Paige swam competitively for her high
school’s varsity team all 4 years that she attended, Mesa
Aquatics Club and later, Scottsdale Aquatics Club until she moved
to Tucson after high school graduation.
Paige has been coaching with ford since January of 2018 and has
assisted with all groups at the Age Group level, ranging from the
bronze and developmental groups to Silver, Gold and Elite. She is
currently studying biochemistry, physiology, and math at the
University of Arizona, and plans to pursue a career in the medical
field after she graduates.
Head Coach Masters Swimming
Jim has served as the Ford Masters
coach since 1990. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he followed
legendary Arizona coach, Frank Busch to Tucson when Frank first
made his move to the desert. Since becoming the head masters coach,
Jim has grown the program from 30 swimmers to more than 140.
Jim swam in college at the
University of Cincinnati. He continues to swim, cycle, and run. Jim
runs both the morning and noon workouts.