Who We Are

Philosophy, Coaches, and The Board

Gauchos Training Philosophy:

Our swimming philosophy is strongly based in science, namely Parametric training.

We seek to replicate our results through quality and speed repetition. In other words, training within a Parametric system focuses on quality over quantity; meaning that we swim low volume (quantity) with high consistency for stroke and speed work (quality).

The above is our physical training philosophy. Our mental training philosophy is to empower the swimmer to take control of their future. We aim to help swimmers on their journey towards swimming success by guiding the athlete as they learn through the scary reality that their decisions have a direct reflection on their success.

We may be different than any other team you have trained with, but we strive to think outside the box in order to help evolve the sport of swimming.

Coaching Staff

Kyle White

Head Coach - Senior II & National


The Arizona Swimming Gauchos Head Coach, Kyle White, has been coaching swim since 2003. Through this time, Coach Kyle has honed in his training and coaching philosophy which he brings to the Gauchos. The Arizona Swimming Gauchos training philosophy is quality swimming along with "athlete ownership" in order to create an environment of successful swimming. This is a unique and fun training philosophy that helps to reduce the risk of injury as well as create life long swimmers.

For more information on Coach Kyle and the Arizona Swimming Gauchos training, please contact us at or at 623-824-1195.

Please read below for a more detailed bio on Head Coach Kyle White:

Head Coach Kyle White started his time with the Arizona Swimming Gauchos on a volunteer basis back in early 2006. Coach Kyle used that time to observe, then Head Coach, Charlie Cunningham's coaching style. During the volunteer timeframe, Coach Kyle was the Head Coach for a year-round, non-competitive swim team for the City of Surprise , in which, he started implementing coaching techniques learned from Coach Charlie.

The time spent watching Coach Charlie was an eye opening experience for Coach Kyle, and completely changed his coaching style. Coach Kyle was so committed to the training philosophy of Coach Charlie, that he joined the Arizona Swimming Gauchos as an Age Group coach as soon as the first job opening came available. Coach Kyle White was extremely eager to learn and grow while coaching under Coach Charlie Cunningham, and did so for nearly a decade.

Once hired onto the coaching staff, Coach Kyle worked his way from entry level age group to Head Age Group Coach as well as developmental Senior Coach. Coach Kyle was promoted to be the Gauchos Head Coach in August 2015, succeeding Coach Charlie Cunningham following his retirement after 35 years with the Arizona Swimming Gauchos.

Kayleigh Annette Jones

Age Group II-III & Senior I Coach


Kayleigh Jones began swimming for the Arizona Swimming Guachos in 2005. She continued to be a member of the team until she graduated from Ironwood High School in 2011.

While swimming with the Gauchos, Kayleigh learned much of her technical swimming knowledge from the legendary Coach Charlie Cunningham. During the summers of 2010 and 2011, she was asked to be part of the Gaucho’s summer swim team coaching staff.  This opened the door for her to become Gaucho’s Age Group I coach for the 2010-2011 season.

Kayleigh continued her swimming career at the University of Nebraska Kearney where she swam all four years and was team captain for three.

Kayleigh is glad to be back home, and coaching for the team that shaped and molded her while she grew up. 

Adam Mario Vaughn

Age Group I (AGI)


My name is Adam Vaughn. I was born in California, and raised in Arizona. I joined the Arizona Swimming Gauchos in 2004 where I swam for 6 years.

I was a Cactus Cobra where I swam for 4 of those 6 years and went to state and earned a varsity letter 3 years. After my high school career I went on to swim at Norwich University for 2 years where we were Great Northeast Athletic Conference Champions

 I have had many years of experience teaching and coaching children at the YMCA in swimming and I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to coach for this wonderful organization and USA Swimming. The Arizona Swimming Gauchos has not only taught me a lot in swimming, but has paved the path to make me the person that I am today and create friendships that I'll keep for the rest of my life.

Paul M Wanamaker

Swimmer, Coach, Friend


Coach Paul Wanamaker is tragically no longer with us after an accident on January 15, 2016.

We miss him dearly and he is always with the Gauchos in spirit.

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 listed below.

Kelly Logan

Board President


Tracey Mattison

Vice President


Jody Young