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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

Ryan Zamzow

Head Coach

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With more than 30 years of swimming experience, Ryan Zamzow is an former competitive swimmer, coach, and biochemist. In these roles, Ryan leads a team that understands the hearts of competitors, knows how to motivate athletes to accomplish their best, and understands physiology to enhance maximum performance and recovery. A big believer in the sport of competitive swimming, Ryan values a strong work ethic. Zamzow, as he is known to his friends, is no stranger to the pool deck, having spent years as a swimmer, swim instructor, and a coach where he has trained and taught swimmers from beginners up to Junior National qualifiers. Prior to coaching Ryan spent 6 years as a competitive swimmer. Before joining Piranhas Swimming in 2018, Ryan studied biochemistry at Sonoma State University for 2 years. He also holds a degree in allied health. These fields of study provide Ryan with an intricate understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Ryan uses this knowledge to train his athletes with cutting-edge scientific understanding of kinesiology and exercise science. Ryan has a very simple coaching philosophy: Technique first and speed will follow. He prizes being a highly technical coach with emphasis on creating a fun environment. 
 

Ericka Richards

Coach

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Ericka Richards holds a B.A in Sports Science (Medicine) from University of the Pacific, where she earned an athletic Scholarship for swimming. She also played Waterpolo for the University. 
After moving to Sonoma County she coached Windsor High School. During this time the Jaguars won 5 SCL titles. Currently Ericka Coaches Santa Rosa High and in the last 5 years, under her leadership, the team has won 3 NBL titles. Ericka grew up as a club swimmer and remains a competitor herself with US Masters. She currently holds 8 Pacific Masters records. Her passion for swimming comes from those around her having fun, growing, and developing into the swimmers they want to be. 
 
 
 
 

Vicki Beard

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Vicki Beard has been an age group coach with Piranha Swimming since 2005. Her involvement with the Piranhas began in 1998 when her children were swimmers. She became active as a Pacific Swimming official and was a nationally rated USA Swimming official until 2008. She served as the Zone 3 Officials Chair from 2006 to 2008. Vicki's philosophy of sports is that everyone should have the opportunity to participate and excel, and she believes that swimming provides opportunities for growth and development beyond the purely physical. Though never a competitive swimmer, sports have been a big part of her life since she was a child. She was a member of collegiate golf, volleyball, and softball teams at Miami-Dade Junior College and Santa Rosa Junior College, and more recently has been involved in running and triathlons. When not coaching, Vicki is a professional archaeologist and architectural historian working for the consulting firm of Tom Origer & Associates.

 

 

Jeffrey deVries

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Jeffrey began swimming competitively in 2008 in Alaska where he swam for the Kodiak Kingfishers and the Ketchikan Killer Whales. He fell in love with the sport instantly; something about the water called to him as no other sport had before. Jeffrey joined Piranha Swimming as a swimmer in 2012 when his family returned to the “Lower 48”. He has been very active in our pre-team and stoke school programs, where he was one of the team’s first instructors. Jeffrey has a passion for teaching and enjoys seeing his swimmers have fun while developing their skills. He hopes to instill in them the same love he has for the sport. 

Melissa Adams

Coach

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Melissa Adams has been with Piranha Swimming as an athlete since 2008, and began as an instructor in our Stroke School in 2014. Over the past years, Melissa has shown a strong aptitude for coaching while working with our pre-team swimmers and assisting our novice-level competitive groups. Melissa will be coaching Group 1, our 10 & Under Prep group. 

Board of Directors

Rebecca Bevan

Secretary

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Cecilia Harris

Member

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Suzanne Duffy

At Large

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Jill MacKenzie

At Large

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Kimberly Wong

Bookkeeper

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Melissa Adams

Athlete Rep

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Cayla N Whetstone

Athlete Rep

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Andrea Barreto

Treasurer

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Nichole Whetstone

Interim President / Vice President

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