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

Brad Peterson

Boys Water Polo Coach


2003 to Present, Bella Vista Water Polo Coach

Swam collegiately at CSU Northridge & American River College

Bella Vista High School Alum

Started swimming at 3 years old and has never stopped!!!

Gaby Hawkins

Girls Water Polo Coach


Gaby played Water Polo with American River for eight years and participated in seven Junior Olympics. Played in the Speedo Cup Tournament and participated in the Holiday Camp  at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs. Was a member of the Central California Zone team in 2007 and played in the Zone Team Championships in Kearns, UT. Was a four year Varsity Player at Rio and won four section titles with the team, being named all-metro and all-city senior year. Received the coaches award and was a team captain. After graduating Gaby received a scholarship to play Water Polo at CSUMB, but ultimately decided not to play. She began coaching in 2007 with ARWPC working with noodle, micro and youth kids, and was the assistant coach to the 10u team in 2009. After moving to Southern California she coached with Huntington Beach Water Polo Club for two years before returning home to the Sacramento area. She has been coaching with ARWPC since 2013; coaching the 10u coed and girls in ’14 and ’15 before moving over to the 16u girls. and then the 16u/18u girls in ’16, ’17 and ’18. She has spent the last three high school seasons with El Dorado HS in ’15 and El Camino HS in ’16 and ’17. She recently took on coaching with USAWP with the ODP program last year working with the cadet age group at National Championships for the Central Zone. 

Andrew Savine

Head Swim Coach


Andrew Savine is the head coach for Bella Vista Swim.

Carsen West

Assistant Swim Coach


Carsen West is the Assistant Swim Coach for BVHS.

Carol Nicita

Dive Coach


Carol Nicita was a diver in high school and college, and is mother to aquatics athlete Kylee.

Board of Directors

Mike Burgenger

Aquatics Board President


Gina Jones

Aquatics Board Secretary


Sandy Marcel

Aquatics Board Treasurer


Sara Batchelor

Aquatics Board Vice President


Darin Holcombe

Aquatics Board Vice President


Elayne Holder

Aquatics Fundraising Director