Coaches & Directors

Oro Valley Swim Team is fortunate to have one of the most experienced coaching staffs in all of Southern Arizona. Multiple year round coaches give our swimmers access to experience and knowledge that can't be found on other teams. This will be our Head Coach's 18th season with Oro Valley Swim Team. This gives our program the great advantage of having both stability and the opportunity to focus on the long-term development of our swimmers. Read about each Coach's many accomplishments below:

Coaching Staff

Stan Valacer

OV Head Coach USA/SAAA


As a swimmer, Coach Stan was a state champion and was nationally ranked in breaststroke.  He held the high school regional record in the 100 breaststroke for nearly a decade. Stan attended college at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While in college he received all-conference honors, was a conference champion, and also received numerous honors and recognitions as a soldier.  Coach Stan has nearly 20 years of coaching experience.  He became Head Coach of the Oro Valley Swim Team (Formally Pusch Ridge) summer team in 2000.  Under Coach Stan, the Pirates have won 8 SAAA League Championships.  Coach Stan started the year round Pusch Ridge Swim Team (now Oro Valley Swim Team) in 2002.  Oro Valley Swim Team has produced several state champions, national rankings, and several swimmers have gone on to enjoy successful college careers.

Allison M Johnson

OV Assistant Coach USA/SAAA


Coach AJ was the first Oro Valley Swim Team (Formally Pusch Ridge Penguins/Pirates)  swimmer to hold every record in the same age group. As a year round swimmer she was a State Champion in the 200 breast and a Junior National qualifier in the 100 breast. She graduated with honors from Kenyon College where she earned one national title in the 200 free relay and was an 8-time All-American. She also helped to lead Kenyon to their 21st and 22nd National Championships (Kenyon has the most NCAA championships ever by any women’s sport). As a Kenyon swimmer she earned two different awards related to swimming. One was given to the graduating senior who has consistently supported the Kenyon swimming team in devotion to training and competition swimming. The second award was for taking an individual sport to its highest team level by inspired performance as a member of relay teams. 

This is her 8th season coaching SAAA and her 5th year as a USA coach for the Pirates. She was also a masters coach for the  Dane County YMCA in Madison, WI . She holds the WI Masters state record for the 18-24 age group in the 200 IM. Coach AJ recently graduated with her MBA and Master's in Accounting and works full time as a Financial Analyst at Raytheon

Johnathan Alexander

OV USA/SAAA Assistant Coach


Johnathan has been a part of the Oro Valley Swim Team since he first moved to Arizona in 2006. During his swim career, he qualified for State and Far Westerns for the Pirates and State for CDO. In high school, he was known as a skilled violinist, was a member of the school ROTC program, and served as a captain of the swim team. Johnathan started coaching for the Pirates in 2013. As a coach, he has helped swimmers achieve multiple State and Far Western qualifying times. Johnathan will be graduating from the University of Arizona in the December of 2017 and plans to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the United States Army. 

Lexi P DeFrancesco

Ruby Group Head Coach


Lexi has been swimming for Oro Valley Swim Team for seven years, and has been coaching for five years. She is a USA Swimming certified coach, and works with the younger Pirates during the Winter Season. Lexi has traveled the country with the team, going as far away as New York City to compete.  She has attended a Far Western meet, and has competed in the State and Junior Olympic competitions. She will graduate from CDO in May of 2017 with honors, and will be attending Northern Arizona University in the fall of 2017.

Mackenzie M Kester

SAAA Topaz Group Head Coach


Tim J Oetter

SAAA Emerald Group Head Coach


Tim has been a member of the Oro Valley summer swim team for 10 seasons, and the year-round swim team for 7 seasons.  He has qualified for multiple State and Far Western meets and competed at a Sectional meet in 2016.  In his high school career, Tim competed at the state championship meet all four years, being the only freshman from Canyon Del Oro High School to qualify in 2013.  In 2016, he earned one of four spots as captain of his high school team.  This is Tim’s second summer as an SAAA coach and he is looking forward to influencing the progress and performance of the team this year. Tim will be graduating in May of 2017 and plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall.

Sammy A Saul

SAAA Emerald Group Head Coach


Sammy swam competitively for 15 years. Her favorite stroke is freestyle and her two best events are the 50 and 100 freestyle. Sammy qualified for multiple State meets, and was a major contributor with every team she was a part of.  Swimming has always been one of the best parts of her life. She is very excited to be coaching Emerald group this summer and she can’t wait to have an awesome time with our youngest swimmers. She will be a junior at the University of Arizona in fall 2017. 

Brittany M Manifold

SAAA Sapphire Assistant Coach


Brittany has been swimming since she was four years old, but did not join the pirates until the summer of 2013. Since then, she has improved tremendously and shows a true passion for the sport of swimming. As a USA swimmer, she has qualified for state in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and attended sectionals as the breaststroker for the 200 medley relay in the summer of 2016. Brittany will be graduating from Ironwood Ridge High School in the Spring of 2017. After high school, she will be attending and swimming for The Ohio State University.

Lily T Tees

SAAA Ruby Group Assistant Coach


Lily has been swimming since she was nine years old and this will be her 10th SAAA season on the team. Her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly. Lily has competed at multiple State Championships, as well as a Sectional Championship. She has always enjoyed coaching the younger swimmers and watching their love for swimming grow. Lily will be graduating from Ironwood Ridge High School in May 2017 and will be attending the Honors College at Colorado State University majoring in Biochemistry in the fall. 

Mckenzie R Harrison

SAAA Assistant Coach


McKenzie has been swimming for seven years as a pirate and her best event is the 50 freestyle. She has attended many State competitions throughout her career and has traveled to many places including New York City, Indianapolis, and California to compete. She also qualified for a Sectional meet in 2016. McKenzie will be graduating in May of 2017 from Ironwood Ridge High School and will be attending Arizona State University in the fall. 

Board of Directors

Amy Boynton



Emily DeFrancesco

Vice President


Jim Oetter



Anna Tees



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