Coaching Staff

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Coaching Staff

Paul J Stafford

Head Coach

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Paul joined the Ford Aquatics staff in October of 2014.  Paul comes to Tucson from the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California where he was the co-founder of Lamorinda Aquatic Club (more commonly known as LAMO Aquatics).  LAMO merged with Concord Pleasant Hill Swim Club in 1989 to form the Terrapins Swim Team.  Paul led the Terrapin Age Group program for 24 years as the Head Age Group coach before becoming the Head Coach in 2006.  Between the years of 2009-2012 Paul placed more athletes on the USA National Junior team than any coach in the United States (13).  Paul is also one of two coaches in the Nation who have led programs of less than 100 swimmers to Gold Medal Club status.  
Paul's body of work over the course of 35 years in the sport is significant, and he is recognized as one of the top developmental coaches in the sport.  Paul has placed athletes on many USA Swimming International Teams including the World University Games, Pan Pac Games, and World Championship teams.  His athletes have set Pacific records, National Age Group records,  and one American Record (50 meter breast held for a total of 6 hours).  All of these were accomplished with home grown athletes that were developed under Paul’s direction from youngsters until their graduation from High school.  Paul has 4 grown children (Sarah, Theresa, Christianna, and John).

Austin Ringquist

Head Age Group Coach

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Austin Ringquist joined Ford Aquatics in May 2015. Born in Hillsboro, Oregon, he started swimming at the age of 5, later attended the University of Florida for two years, and finished his collegiate swimming career swimming and graduated from the University of Arizona in August, 2015. During Austin's swimming career, he competed at the Pac-12 championships, National Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2010 Inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore. 

Austin started his coaching career with Ford working with the Silver group in the Summer of 2015 and now oversees the age group program. Austin enjoys working with the other great coaches on Ford in addition to the passionate and hard working kids on the team. When he is not coaching at Ford, he enjoys being outdoors, golfing, and spending time with friends and family. 

Emma Munsch

Senior Coach

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Emma Darlington Munsch is a Tucson native who attended Salpointe Catholic High School, and swam for FORD Aquatics from 2004-2007.  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 Masters 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, USA Swimming National Champion, Co-Captain, and a member of the 2008 Pac-10 and NCAA Championship team.    

Emma has been with FORD 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.

Rick B Laing

Senior Coach

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Senior Coach Rick Laing joined Ford Aquatics in May 2014.  Before that Coach Rick was the Head Coach of El Dorado Aquatics from November 2008 - May 2014.  Coach Rick moved to Tucson in 2000 from New Zealand, where he earned his international coaching reputation. With over 15 years experience on deck, coaching age groupers right up to Olympic medalists, he coached along side his father, legendary New Zealand coach Duncan Laing. Coach Rick mentored New Zealand star Danyon Loader who won gold in the 200 and the 400 freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and silver in the 200 fly at the 1992 Barcelona games. He also coached Olympian Liz van Welie.

(Under Coach Rick, EDAC swimmers competed exceptionally well in local, state, and regional meets. Locally, in non-USA swimming events, EDAC won the 2010 Santa Cruz SAAA League Championship, and placed well in high school state championships including an EDAC 2009 state champion in three events and two seniors, one of whom was a freshman, in A finals in 2010. At the year-around state level, EDAC swimmers amassed three top three high point trophies, multiple state titles and top three medals, as well as top 5 high point winners at Arizona Age-group State Championships in 2009-2010 seasons. Regionally, in 2010, six EDAC swimmers went to Far Westerns, winning one title and nine top 8 medals. Coach Rick has also coached three EDAC swimmers to top 10 or top 20 national rankings in their main events.

John Condit

Age Group Coach

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John Condit joined Ford Aquatics in September 2014. Born in the Philippines, he grew up in San Diego, California, then moved to Tucson. John has been around the water throughout his childhood. He started competitive swimming at the age of 12. John swam varsity all four years in high school, as well as for Ford Aquatics his junior and senior years of high school. He also worked as an instructor and deck manager at DeMont Family Swim School from 2012-2015. During those times he also helped coach with his father who previously an SAAA coach, is now a head coach for a USA club swim team, FAST. 

 

John started his career at Ford working with the Silver and Elite group as an assistant coach in the winter of 2014. He is now currently the lead coach for the Silver group, and co-lead for age group development as well as the Ford Mustang lessons group. John loves working with the youth of our community in preparing them to become not only better swimmers, but also better people through individual progress, family participation, and team unity. He has a younger brother that he loves who also swims competitively. John's goal is to fulfill a lifelong dream of coaching swimming and giving back to the community some of what was given to him by his coaches and the sport.

 

Paige Martin

Age Group Coach

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Jim Stites

Head Coach Masters Swimming

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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.

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