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First and foremost, our objective is to support and enrich your family's experience with us. If not inclusive here on the Website,  should you have questions about team-related matters, please feel free to contact one of our approachable and responsive coaches. For all administrative inquiries. we invite you to connect with a member of our knowledgable, helpful Board of Directors. We're all here to assist you and ensure your enjoyment!
 

WE BELIEVE WE CAN WIN!

Coaching Staff

Jeff Float

Head Coach

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Coach 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 Believe!”    

Stephanie Turnbull

Executive Assistant Coach

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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!" 

Katie Bortoletto

Senior Assistant Coach

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Katie, who had been a valued Stingrays' coach for six years, returned two seasons ago and is again an integral and valued member of our staff. Katie officially began coaching in .00 and has been actively engaged in several capacities with other regional teams, including Johnson Ranch. In the process, Coach Katie learned new techniques and drills, which have been widely accepted and  successfully implemented. Being well-versed in all facets of swimming, she also works diligently training others and behind the scenes in multiple Stingrays' roles. These tireless, supportive and passionate efforts are highly appreciated by the Board and her fellow coaches. Have a question about a swim meet? Ask Katie. She can answer every single one of them. Her love for [and knowledge of] our sport is contagious, as she has witnessed and espouses, "You can never keep a true swimmer out of the pool or a true coach off the deck." Katie and her husband Michael are the proud parents of two Stingrays, Joseph 12 and Luca 11. There's never a dull moment in their hectic household, and we're grateful that the Bortolettos "All Believe!"   

Christie d'Eeon

Assistant Coach I

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Coach 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 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 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 one-year-old son Ty, Christie's days are full and happy. "Together, They Believe!"       

Jason Feldkamp

Junior Assistant Coach II

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We are beyond ecstatic that Coach Jason has returned as a staff member again this year. Having joined the Stingrays as a 6&U, many of us watched him develop into a gentleman/scholar/athlete … one who understands and shares the lifelong concept of mind/body/spirit. Jason possesses a plethora of outstanding qualities: an admirable work ethic, competitive spirit and fierce determination. He is also a dedicated and dependable lifeguard. Over the past decade, Jason’s name has been called on innumerable occasions to claim High-Point Trophies and Stingrays Honors. Last May he competed in the State Championships and sprinted into 12th place in the 50 & 100m free and then broke every single NCSL record in which he swam. Now a sophomore at UCLA, Jason is majoring in aeronautical engineering. Welcome back, Coach Jason! “He Believes!” 

Catherine Hensley

Junior Assistant III

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Coach Catherine has accepted our offer as a first-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 BELIEVE!

Mia Leisten

Junior Assistant Coach V

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A Stingray since the age of 10, Mia is now in her eighth year as a talented swimmer and second year as a popular coach. Mia  also competes with STAS, having begun in the 11-12 age group. As a multiple club and league record-breaker, Coach Mia has amassed many special Stingrays Awards and High-Point Trophies. This past year, while a freshman at American River College, she continued smashing more records and thoroughly enjoyed the competing at the State level. In addition, Mia graduated high school at age 14 and remains academically off the charts. Attributing much of her athletic success at GR and ARC to Coach Jeff, Mia is thrilled to be a PT coach this summer. She's passionate about teaching and inspiring younger swimmers "in the same ways that my coaches did for me." En route to a career as a Speech Pathologist," "We Believe" in Mia!                    

Rachel Lippetti

Junior Assistant Coach VI

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Coach Rachel, trained as a happy water-safe baby, has been actively competing for a decade. This is her third season with the Stingrays and asserts switching from another team was one of her best decisions she’s ever made. With her reliability, punctuality and personality, she’s the perfect trifecta: coach, swimmer and lifeguard. As a junior at George Washington Carver High School, Rachel values academic and athletic excellence -- on the Honor Roll at the top of her class and swim team captain for West Campus HS. Her favorite stroke is butterfly; and her personal best events are the 500 free, 200 IM and 100 fly. Another of Rachel’s developing passions is in the theatrical arts … filled with imagination, creativity and endless possibilities. To that end, she'll be swimming, attending college FT and coaching PT. Rachel points to her fellow incredible coaches, who inspire her every day to inspire younger swimmers in every way. “She Believes!”

Board of Directors

Sasheen Garrison

President

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Kellen Arno

League Rep

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Russell Lipscomb

Vice President

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Bethany Newman

Volunteers Coordinator

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Tamara Bish

Social Events Coordinator

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