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

Board of Directors

Amy Boynton



Emily DeFrancesco

Vice President


Jim Oetter



Anna Tees