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RAYS Staff

All RAYS staff are currently certified by both YMCA and USA Swimming and have passed pre-employment background checks and training.  Here is a list of the training and certifications all staff possess many of which must be updated annually or biannually.

  • YMCA Principles of Competitive Swimming
  • Foundations of Coaching 101 (USA Swimming)
  • Foundations of Coaching 201 (USA Swimming)
  • Rules and Regulations for Coaches (USA Swimming)
  • Child Abuse and Nelgect Prevention Training (Redwoods/YMCA)
  • Athlete Protection Training (USA Swimming)
  • Safety Training for Swimming Coaches (American Red Cross)
  • First Aid (multiple agencies)
  • CPR/AED (multiple agencies)
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training (Redwoods/YMCA)
  • New Employee Training (YMCA)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Training (YMCA)

Some staff also have these additional certifications:

  • Lifeguard Training (multiple agencies)
  • Oxygen Administration (multiple agencies)
  • American Swimming Coaches Association Certifications (Education, Experience & Achievement)
  • YMCA Officials Training
Coaching Staff

Josh R Fox

Head Coach

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Josh Fox has been with the RAYS since before he started his coaching career. Still holding a team record, Josh competed on RAYS and has been involved with the program for over 20 years. He continued his swimming career at Calvin College. Josh is an ASCA level 1 coach and is continuing to educate and refine his coaching style.

 

Outside of the RAYS, Josh coaches local triathletes. He is a certified USAT Coach. Josh has coached them to numerous Top 3 overall and age group finishes, including an overall win. He also races in triathlons around the country. In 2013 Josh finished his first Ironman in Louisville, KY. 

 

Coach Fox is the primary coach for our Junior group, but spends time with all of our groups every week.

Paula Wood

Assistant Coach

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Brian Vigna

Assistant Coach

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Brian Posten

Assistant Coach

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Kate Diepholz

Assistant Coach

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Coach Kate joined the RAYS staff in the fall of 2006, moving from the east side of the state.  She began her coaching career in 2002 with a USA team working with 12&under swimmers.  She has worked with the YMCA since 1995 teaching swimming, pilates and water fitness.  She is also a certified lifeguard trainer and water fitness instructor trainer.  Kate graduated from Michigan State University with a Mechanical Engineering degree and worked in aerospace for many years, before deciding to stay home with her two children, Kirstin (14) and Karsen (11), also RAYS swimmers.  She is also an assistant coach for Forest Hills Central Girls Swiming and the assistant head coach at Watermark Country Club during the summertime.

Kate lives in Ada with her husband of 20 years, Ingo, and her children.  A lifelong swimmer, she enjoys swimming with the RAYS masters swim team in addition to open water competition.  When not swimming, Kate walks with Ingo and their black german shepherd, Shiloh, plays competitive tennis and is an avid outdoor enthusiast! 

Stephanie Fox

Assistant Coach

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Elizabeth Stone

Assistant Coach

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Lori Bauer

Assistant Coach

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