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Coaches & 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.
Coaching Staff

Steve Riches

Head Coach

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Steve has been a resident of Irvine since 1976. This is Steve's eighth season as the Courtside Stingrays Head Coach. He swam competitively and played water polo in high school. Steve has been a certified lifeguard, swimming instructor and swim coach since 1969. He served as the Aquatic Director for the Conejo Valley YMCA in Ventura County, and formed their Dolphin Swim Team, also serving as their Head Coach. Steve also developed aquatic programs for the Saddleback Valley YMCA here in Orange County, and lead their 'Learn-to-Swim' program. Steve also worked as an SCAF high school and NCAA swimming and water polo referee. He is also a member of the boys and girls coaching  staff at Northwood High School in Irvine, Ca.

CERTIFICATIONS:
2012 Irvine Swim League (ISL) "Coach of the Year"
USA Swimming Coach Member
American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Coach Member
ARC First Aid/CPR/AED For the Professional Responder
ARC Safety Training for Swim Coaches
ARC Certified Lifeguard
ARC Certified Lifeguard Instructor/Trainer
ARC Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
American Red Cross Authorized Provider - Learn-to-Swim Program

Hannah McIlrath

Assistant Coach

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Hannah played water polo and swam for the Northwood High School, and is an avid softball player. Hannah attends Saddleback College, where she is a member of their swim team and water polo team. Hannah is also a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Mission Viejo YMCA. Hannah has been the Assistant Head Coach for the Irvine Swim League's "Stingrays" swim team for two years. She has been a coach for the Stingrays for five years. Hannah is also a member of the coaching staff of the Portola High School Boys and Girls Swim Team.

CERTIFICATIONS:
ARC First Aid/CPR/AED
ARC Safety Training for Swim Coaches
ARC Certified Lifeguard