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Why does a kid join a swim team? Because her best friends are doing it! And so began my love of swimming back in 1971 when I joined the El Dorado Hills Swim Team. From that year on, I lived at the pool during the summertime. Swim team, synchronized swimming, diving, and hanging out with friends shaped my childhood. I loved all sports, so I only swam one year in high school, and then went on to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where I earned a degree in Biochemistry. Family soon became my priority, but missing the “pool life”, I answered a newspaper ad for swim instructors at Rollingwood Racquet Club in 1987. Three-month-old baby Michelle accompanied me on my interview, and we were hired!
I served as the Rockets Head Coach in 1988, 89, and 90, and as my family continued to grow, I decided to go back to work full-time in the environmental industry. I remained with the club, teaching lessons, swimming with the Masters group, and coaching the Rockets part time for the next decade. In 1999 I accepted the Swim Director position at Rollingwood, and then took over as Head Coach again in 2001. The team was very successful and had a 16 year run as Sacramento Swim League champs. My emphasis has always been teaching fundamental swim techniques, while providing a fun friendly environment for kids and their families. I do not measure success by the number of “wins”, but by the number of lives I can touch. What keeps me going? I love kids, and there's nothing more gratifying than becoming a part of their childhood memories.
I have 3 grown children, Michelle (a.k.a. Coach Misha), Corina, and Jake. Swimming is a big part of my life, but I also enjoy cycling, especially mountain biking. Life is like mountain biking… lots of obstacles and it’s usually easier to just roll over them, than to try and go around!
Jack Coyle Solt
Jack has been a part of the Fair Oaks Dolphins for 13 years, first as a swimmer and then began coaching 5 years ago! He is currently a freshman studying and swimming at Sierra College. Jack says one of his favorite things to do over the summer is coach our swimmers. He really enjoys helping each swimmer improve their time and develop a love of the water. He is looking forward to a fantastic season!
Hey everybody! My name is Dominic, I'm 17 years old and am currently a senior at Del Campo High School. I've been swimming with the Dolphins since I was nine years old and love this team so much! This will be my fourth year assisting in coaching and I'm looking forward to a great season this year. My favorite part about being a coach is working with the kids and helping them improve their swimming and seeing the end results at Champs. I'm very excited for this season because I think we can really do an amazing job and have a lot of kids final at Champs! Go Dolphins!
|Board of Directors|
Sonja Lea Gilchrist
Member at Large
Member at Large