Manta Rays, Eagle Rays and Masters
Kyle has been coaching swimming for the past 10 years. His
swimmers have qualified and competed at every level of
meet from Age Group States up thru the US Open. His athletes
include several Top-10 nationally-ranked age group swimmers, many
individual and relay State Champions, Far Western champions,
Sectionals Finalists and one State recordbreaker. Many of these
swimmers have since gone on to swim competitively in college,
several with scholarships.
Kyle's swim journey started at 11 years old, swimming for the
Eastern Hills Orcas summer league team in Tucson, where he swam
competitively for eight years. He went on to swim High School for
Rincon/University HS in Tucson for the late Coach Mike Ward. By his
Senior year, Kyle helped captain the team to a 4A DI State
runner-up title. That summer before attending the University
of Arizona, Kyle began volunteer coaching for the Orcas.
By the following summer of 2008, the Orcas hired Kyle as an
assistant coach. In the intervening seasons, Kyle began volunteer
coaching at Ford Aquatics at UA to sharpen his coaching skillset.
The summer after that, Kyle was promoted to the Head Coach role for
the Orcas. Ford also hired him on as an assistant coach during the
school year after that. Kyle continued to coach for Ford and the
Orcas throughout his time as an undergraduate at the UA, and also
led the Orcas to a league Championship title in that time.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in
Business Administration, Kyle moved on from coaching the Orcas
towards a professional career. But he kept on coaching at Ford part
time throughout the year. Some time later, Kyle quit his full time
auditing job and accepted a promotion to be the Head Age Group
Coach at Ford Aquatics.
Kyle left Ford after 3 very successful years as Head Age
Group Coach, having developed the premier age group program in
Southern AZ and a nationally-ranked Club program of over 250 USA
swimmers. After a short break from coaching, Kyle returned to
coaching swim for St Augustine Catholic HS in Tucson. That same
season, Kyle became the Head Coach of the Sahuarita Stingrays (and
also began working full time for the Raytheon Company).
Kyle lives in Sahuarita with his wife, Coach Michelle, and two
sons Enzo (3) and Arlo (6 months). They also have a betta fish
named Tuna Fish and a Labrodoodle, Lacey. Enzo is in charge of pet
names. Kyle loves coffee and will never refuse any Starbucks cards.
He is also an Excel enthusiast, Crypto advocate and a big Elon Musk
fan. He cheers for the Patriots, much to the dismay of Michelle,
who prefers the Broncos and Enzo, who likes the Cowboys.
Coach & ISR
Michelle Ramirez is an age group coach with 10 years experience.
Michelle grew up in El Paso, TX. She then moved to Tucson in 2012
and then to Sahuarita in 2016. Along with coaching swimming,
Michelle is also an ISR instructor. She really enjoys working with
the littlest swimmers on the team. When she isn't coaching she is
spending time with her husband/Head Coach Kyle and two sons Enzo
Pups & Bat Rays
Kelly was born and raised for half her life in Hawaii growing up
to love the water. She was either swimming, playing water polo, or
surfing daily. At the age of 7, she joined Oahu Club Swim Team and
had Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Rowdy Gaines as one of
her first coaches. Many of you might see him as the commentator now
for big swim meets on television. At 12 years old her family moved
to Mission Viejo, CA and she joined the world famous Mission Viejo
Nadadores and swam with them until she graduated. After High School
Kelly went to Saddleback College where she earned All-American
awards, MVP, Most Inspirational and also made it to the Hall of
Fame. She then transferred to San Jose State University to complete
her dream of swimming at a Divison 1 school.
Kelly has been a swim lesson instructor and a coach since 2002 at
the Mission Viejo Nadadores until her husband got a job in Texas in
2014. She was the Swim Director at McAllen Swim Club until her
husband's job took her to Arizona and has been coaching with
Sahuarita Stingrays since 2016.
Daniel Lance Harris
Learn to Swim
Daniel has lived in Southern Arizona for his
entire life. Daniel's swimming career began with the Sahuarita
Stingrays in the summer of 2012.
Starting from the bottom, Daniel rose
through the ranks and quickly became one of the faster swimmers on
the team. By his second season he was elected team captain, and
held that position until he passed on the torch and began coaching
in the fall of 2016. His main goal in swimming is to share his love
of the sport with the swimmers and to make them into champions,
both in and out of the water.
When he isn't in the water training,
or on deck coaching, Daniel is hard at work studying for a degree
in Political Science.
Learn to Swim, Skates & Stingrays
Cassandra began swimming at 8 years old with West Texas Typhoons in
El Paso, Texas. She later moved with her family to Tucson, Arizona
where she swam with El Dorado Aquatics Club and then later with
Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics. She is currently attending school with
plans of becoming a nurse anesthetists. When she isn’t
coaching or studying she enjoys working out and spending time with
her friends and family.