Jeff is now into his 13th year as Aquatics
Director of Spare Time Inc., based here in GR. Having spent his
first 12 years at Laguna Creek Racquet Club, he's also a coach with
STAS, our year-round USA Swimming program. Starting as a 7-8
competitor, Jeff went on to complete Jesuit &
USC while swimming at Arden Hills under Olympic Coach Sherm
Chavoor. He secured membership on Team USA bound for Moscow’s
.80 Games, which the US boycotted. With great fortunate &
determination, Jeff again clinched a berth for
LA’s .84 Olympics. Touched out for the bronze in the 200
free, the next day Jeff & his teammates were
pitted against the heavily-favored West Germans in the 4x200 free
relay. Now known as the third most exciting relay in US history,
they were first to the wall by 4/100ths of a second, smashed the
world record by five seconds and earned Gold Medals! This
triumphant past paved the way to Coach
Jeff’s incredibly rewarding future …
instilling in today's youth his lifelong passion for the sport. He
& his wife Jan live in Sacramento, both embracing the
Stingrays’ motivational cheer, “We
Assistant Coach I
Now in her 10th
season, Executive Assistant Coach Stephanie always
exudes smiling Stingrays Spirit! A transplant from Southern
California, she swam competitively for 12 years at the Industry
Hills Aquatics Club ... achieving Junior Olympics status. While
captain of her high school team, Stephanie
competed at the Southern Sections CIF meet. Attending Sac City
College, she swam, played water polo, and was named Scholar-Athlete
for two consecutive years. Stephanie continued her
education at UC Davis, remained active in competitive water polo,
and graduated in .08 with a degree in American Studies degree. In
addition to the pooldeck, in .08 Coach Stephanie
married her college sweetheart Brandon; and three years ago, they
were blessed to become parents of future Mini-Rays, Turnbull Twins
Cameron and Sebastian. As wife, mom and coach,
Stephanie makes it all fun! This family's joyous
whirlwind residence is located in Fair Oaks, where the Fun Foursome
"Believes in Belief!"
Assistant Coach III
Christie has been in the pool for so long that she
can’t recall when she developed a favorite childhood memory:
wearing suit, cap and goggles. For a total of nine years,
Christie has been on-deck with the Stingrays
… the perfect complement to our experienced staff. In her
youth, she swam for the Rollingwood Rockets.
Christie, at age 11, began competing year-round
for CCA and the Sierra Marlins. In her Spare Time,
Christie also played water polo at BV. After
graduation, she joined the Sierra College Wolverines, where she
became Coach Christie. We’re so pleased she
came full-circle: Rollingwood at 15, GR in .03, back to the
Wolverines, over to Sutter Lawn, and then back to Home Sweet Home.
According to Christie, "No other team compares!"
Her coaching & in-the-gym dryland training philosophy is to
stay focused on individual and team technique and goal-setting. She
relishes the idea that today’s swimmers may develop that same
childhood memory. With her two-year-old son Ty,
Christie's days are full and happy.
"Together, They Believe!"
Mason! Having just concluded his first season, we
couldn’t be happier with Mason’s many
talents, all of which he pours with Heart & Soul into our team.
He’s a terrific coach, oft-requested instructor, reliable
lifeguard & fun-tastic, results-oriented dryland trainer.
There’s no doubt: His Core & Flexibility classes led to
countless PEAK performances in this Championship year! In addition
to swimming for the Folsom Sea Otters, Sierra Marlins and his
Folsom HS varsity team, Mason is an all-round
sports enthusiast: cycling, weightlifting & football.
He’s currently enrolled at Folsom Lake College, with a focus
on general education. Coming from Broadstone, a Spare Time sister
club, Mason carried along his experience and
passion for fitness, health & vitality. Not only did he blend
seamlessly into our program, but he took it to the best level ever.
"We Believe in Coach Mason";
it’s obvious that Coach Mason
Believes in us!
Junior Coach I
A Stingray since the
age of 10, Coach Mia is now in her third year as a
popular and talented staff member. Mia competed in
STAS, our year-round program, beginning in the 11-12 age group. As
a multiple club and league record-breaker, she amassed many special
Stingrays Awards and High-Point Trophies. While at American River
College, she continued smashing more records and thoroughly enjoyed
the experience of competition at the State level. In addition,
Mia graduated high school at age 14 and remains
academically off the charts. After graduating out of GR and ARC,
Mia is entering her junior year at UCD …
swimming all the while. Coach Mia is thrilled to
be returning, and we’re thrilled she’s back on deck.
Passionate about teaching and inspiring younger swimmers,
Mia Believes in coaching
“the same way the coaches did for
Junior Coach II
Catherine has accepted our offer as a second-year
assistant this summer, and we couldn’t be happier. Competing
in the Nor Cal Swim League since age four, she brings a wealth of
experience to this position. Commitment and dedication are but two
of the sports and scholastic ideals Catherine
embraces. For over eight years, she's also been a high-level
competitive gymnast. Coach Catherine has been with
Gold River for three years: swimmer, lifeguard and instructor. She
and her teammates hold the 200 free & 200 medley relays
records. An honors graduate from BV last year,
Catherine is now a sophomore at the University of
AZ … heading toward a career in pharmacology, PharmD. In
addition to coaching this summer, she’s volunteering as a
pharmacy tech to complete her Pharm Tech License before returning
to college in the fall. Favoring freestyle and backstroke,
Catherine is likewise passionate about swimming
and enthusiastically agrees "Good Things Come to Those Who
we’re welcoming Certified Personal Trainer
Julie to our New & Improved Dryland Program.
Julie leads the 12 & Up FIT [Functional
Interval Training] sessions, which focus on Strength &
Conditioning. Currently conducting bi-weekly sessions,
Julie knows the benefits of combining the gym with
the pool and, in so doing, creates a fun environment that
challenges each swimmer to reach his/her maximum potential. Trainer
Julie played Division I soccer at Butler
University in Indianapolis & earned a BA in Communications.
From .00-18, she was a Youth Soccer Coach at the rec &
competitive levels and doubled as a CrossFit Athletics Coach.
Certified as a Personal Trainer thru the National Academy of Sports
Medicine, Julie’s philosophy is: “If
you change nothing, nothing will change.” Well, she has just
changed our dryland & is looking forward to changed team
performances. A passionate actor & improv,
Julie is married to Jason; and the couple enjoys
two daughters, 10-year-old Shea & Amelia, age 7.
"They Believe" in FIT!