Head Coach - Senior Coach
Spare Time Aquatics is proud to announce the hiring of a new Senior Coach, Matthew Paige. Coach Matt has most recently coached the Senior Group II at Arden Hills (DART) where he coached Junior National Qualifiers, Sectional Finalists and Far Western Champions. He has been coaching at Arden Hills for the last 7 Seasons starting with the recreational team the Arden Hills Otters and moved on to the USA swimming side. Matt has coached many levels in USA Swimming starting with Age Groupers then was promoted to coach the older kids in the Senior II group. Matt is passionate about swimming and the community surrounding it. He believes in teaching proper technique, hard work, and cultivating a love for the sport of swimming.
Matt’s started swimming at Arden Hills as a rec swimmer like most USA swimmers finding early success as a 6 and Under way back in 1994. He moved to USA Swimming at the age of 7 and by the time he was 10, he was High Point at Junior Olympics. He was ranked in the top 16 in the nation numerous times in his swim career. He was a Junior National Qualifier and was a 2-time Sac Joaquin Section Champion with Rio Americano. Matt’s best strokes were the freestyle and butterfly. Matt went on to swim at UC Irvine where he won a conference championship swimming in the 500/1000/1650 freestyle.
We are excited to bring Matt onto our staff, his knowledge and experience will be a great addition to our growing team!
Pre-Senior Coach - Rio Del Oro
Taylor is a graduate of the University of the Pacific with a degree in Marketing/Communications. While at UOP, Taylor was an NCAA qualifier, Nationals qualifier and was a school record holder in the 800 Freestyle relay. During college, Taylor was a head coach at a summer recreational program, Lincoln Village West, and was most recently an Asst. Senior coach at Lodi Swim Club. Taylor coached at Lodi for over a year and during his time he trained National and Jr. National Qualifiers, Far Western Finalists and High School Section Champions. Taylor has coached a multitude of swimming levels and believes the three keys to becoming an exceptional swimmer are technique, good work ethic and having fun.
Taylor began his swimming career at Rio Del Oro when he was nine years old and continued to be a Rapid until he was 17. His senior year of high school, he swam year round at Arden Hills to pursue his dream to swim Division I. During his time at Jesuit High School, Taylor was a 4-time All-American in the 50 and 100 freestyle and a 2-time San Joaquin Section Champion.
In his free time, Taylor enjoys the outdoors and tries to fly-fish as much as possible.
Richard C Levin
Head Age Group Coach - Rio del Oro
Richard has been on
the pool deck every summer for the past 25 seasons. Growing up in
Carmichael, he attended St Johns the Evangelist and Jesuit High
School. Richard began his swimming carrier with the Glen Oaks Sea
Lions in 1988. He developed a love of athletics and an
understanding of being a multi-sport athlete playing soccer,
basketball, and water polo while maintaining his
In 1999 Richard joined
the Rio del Oro Rapids swim team for then Head Coach Josh Reddin.
Richard swam his final two years of summer league with the Rapids
and upon graduation in 2000 he was hired as a Rio Rapid's Assistant
In 2003 Richard
was chosen to replace his mentor and become the new Head Coach for
the Rapids. Since taking over the Rapids, Richard has continued to
grow the team. The Rapids have registered over 300 swimmers the
last two seasons making them one of the largest and most successful
summer teams in the Sacramento region. The summer team continues to
set league and team records year in and year out.
swimming is Richard's life. Teaching kids to swim is one
of the most rewarding things because the fruits of your labor right
before your eyes! Coming to work every day and being so
fortunate to work with such great swimmers is Richard's driving
force. Richard’s passion for coaching is evident in the way
he runs practice and connects with the many families that continue
to take part in the aquatic programs at Rio Del Oro.
Richard is looking
forward to the future of swimming at Rio del Oro. "Spare Time
Aquatics is the future of swimming in the Sacramento area" he says
and he is excited to be a part of it.
In 2014 Richard was
selected as an assistant coach for the Sierra Nevada All-Star Team
to work with the 11-12 all-star swimmers.
Head Site Coach - Diamond Hills
A graduate of Livermore High School, Cindi has lived in the east county since 1985 and watched the communities grow. Cindi began swimming competitively at the age of 3 ½. She has been teaching swimming since 1987 and became a head coach in 1997. She has had the opportunity to coach for several teams in the east county area including Liberty High School, the Terrapins Swim Team, ECS, LVTC Fireballs, EBAT, HCA Hurricanes, Glenmoor Stingrays and Manor Dolphins.
While swimming in college, Cindi became involved in the sport of Monofinning. She became a member of the United States Monofin Swim Team and with the team she competed in both National and World Championships and had the opportunity to train in Europe with the Italian National Team. Coaching and competing with many past Olympians, she set or coached American records in eight events in Monofinning.
Cindi and her husband Eddie have two boys Ethan and Riley who compete for Aquaknights.
Head Site Coach - Gold River
Jeff is a former world record holder, world champion and Olympic champion. He made the 1980 Moscow Olympic Swimming Team, which was boycotted by the U.S. and four years later competed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. There he was named team captain by his peers, received a gold medal in 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay and finished 4th in the 200 meter freestyle event.
Jeff swam for Sherm Chavor at the Arden Hills Swim Club as he was growing up. He graduated from Jesuit High School in Sacramento and then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in business administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Upon returning to the Sacramento area Jeff began coaching at the Laguna Creek Racquet Club as the Head Coach for the recreation team. During his 14 years at Laguna Creek Jeff built one of the largest and most successful summer recreation teams in the area. Jeff moved to the Gold River Stingrays four years ago and he has continued his legacy of building large successful teams.
In 2014 Jeff was inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall Of Fame for his achievements as an Olympian, world record holder and world champion.
Assistant Coach - Diamond Hills
Assistant Coach - Gold River
Fitness Coach - Rio Del Oro
Monique Christian has joined the Spare Time Aquatics staff as the team's dryland trainer. Monique holds a Personal Trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) and also has a national Yoga certification.
Monique works with both children and adults and brings her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness to every session. Monique particularly enjoys teaching children in a way that makes exercise fun and challenging, while emphasizing proper techniques that can help them develop into stronger athletes as they reach adulthood.
“The goal is to train for stability and coordination as a foundation for building a powerful body and then teach them proper technique in strength training. But more than that, I find it my personal goal to help the kids build self confidence and belief in themselves”, she explains.
Dryland training is a critical element of the Spare Time program and we are thrilled to have Monique a member of our coaching staff