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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

Joe Perelli

Head Coach

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Steve Mainini

Head Coach

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Steve Mainini and Joe Perelli

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 Joe Perelli and Steve Mainini are both seasoned coaches with extensive knowledge of teaching, learning, training, and motivational techniques. Each coach has over 20 years experience teaching and coaching swimming, and they have the ability to develop swimmers of all ages and abilities. Joe has coached swimming at the Recreational, High School, and Master’s levels, and also has coached High School water polo. Steve has coached swimming at the Recreational, High School, Junior College, Master’s, and USA swimming levels. Both Steve and Joe started swimming competitively at a young age with their local Recreational team and developed a love for the sport that led to coaching.

  Joe and Steve’s coaching philosophy focuses on developing superb technique in every stroke, and in every age group in order to swim fast and efficiently. They believe the result of this type of training leads to faster swims in competition and swimmers learn how to swim smarter races. They believe teaching is a method for engaging young athletes, and use teaching as a way to assist swimmers in setting, and achieving reachable goals.

  Currently Joe and Steve are both teachers in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Joe has taught Physical Education for 12 years in High Schools and Middle Schools, he is currently teaching at Stewart K-8 in Pinole. Steve has taught Art for 11 years in High Schools and Middle Schools, he is currently teaching at John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond.

Ashlynn Nicole Smith

Deck Coach

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Hello, my name is Ashlynn Smith. I am sixteen years old and will soon be a Junior at Benicia High School.  I am currently a member of the High School’s Swim Team, an active member of the Interact club, and the ASB Public Relations Commissioner for Benicia High School’s Leadership Class. I have swum on the Benicia Stingrays Swim Team for six years now and this season will be my fourth year assisting Coach Steve and Coach Joe. With my firm and sometimes strict effective coaching style, I have helped numerous swimmers prosper, and hope to continue this work with the team this season. I am looking forward to deck and private coaching this year as well as sharing my love for swimming with all of you.
 

Let’s Go Stingrays!

Jessica Scott

Deck Coach

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Jessica has been swimming for eight years; she is a sophomore in high school and is swimming for the Benicia High School swim team. She has been coaching for four years and loves watching her little stingrays grow into strong swimmers that are excited to compete and swim. Besides coaching and swimming Jessica also is interested in makeup. She hopes to one day develop her own makeup products and do special effects for stage and TV.

Jessica is excited for this coming swim season and will see you in the pool

NATE FREEMAN

Deck Coach

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Hello, my name is Nate Freeman. I am fifteen years old and  a sophomore this year at Benicia High School. I have swam every year of my life up to now since I was four and this will be my tenth year on the Benicia Stingrays as a swimmer. As a coach this will be my second year. Swimming was once something that my parents made me do (for a life skill), but it has grown into something I can have fun with and really enjoy doing with my friends and teammates throughout the summer. I really hope to bond with the young swimmers that I will be coaching and want to help them beat their times in the process.

 

Skyelar Clouse

Deck Coach

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Hello! My name is Skyelar and I’m 15 years old. I’ve been swimming on the Benicia Stingrays for 8 years going on 9 and coaching for 3 years going on 4. Swimming is a sport that I love and I want to spread my passion for with other people; which is one of the reasons why I coach. One of my favorite things about coaching is meeting new people and helping them improve in their strokes. Last year, I had the opportunity to work with swimmers in private lessons. As our sessions went on, I saw major improvement with their times and their swimming technique. This gave me great confidence in being a Deck Coach last year, and I intend to carry that confidence into this year. Besides swimming, other things I’m interested in are: Live Theatre, Science, English and ASL (American Sign Language). I look forward to meeting you and I can’t wait to start coaching!

 

Abigail Jane Seaman

Junior Coach

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I am currently a freshman at Benicia High School, and have competed on the high school’s swim team. This will be my third year on the Stingrays team, as well as my first year officially coaching. Last year I was a volunteer coach, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I recently discovered competitive swimming after moving from Utah to Benicia three years ago. Thanks to my mom forcing me to go, I fell in love with the sport and every aspect there was. Reflecting on how I have become a better swimmer, become more confident, and become a better, all around person has further influenced me to become a junior coach so I can watch how the younger swimmers excel both in and out of the pool. 

Besides swimming, I love to play water polo, read, write, play instruments, and listen to music. I used to try almost every sport in the sun, basketball, wrestling, T-ball, dance, gymnastics, without finding one I liked. Swimming became the perfect fit for me, being both an individual and team sport.  I love my dogs Norma (standard poodle) and Enid (boxer), and enjoy playing with them as much as I can. Swim has become a positive outlet in my life, where I can take out my frustrations and swim away any problems, or make a good day even better. 

ALYSSA MAININI

Junior Coach

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Hi! My name is Alyssa,  I am 15 years old and I love to swim.

I am currently a freshman at Benicia High school.  I swim varsity for the high school swim team. I have been swimming for the Benicia Stingrays for 9 years, this will be my 10th season. I have volunteered as a  coach for>

GO STINGRAYS!

AMBER INIGUEZ

Junior Coach

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My name is Amber and I will be a junior in high school.  I am on the High School swim team and water polo team.  This is my second year coaching and eleventh year swimming.  I joined the Stingrays when I was five and I remember having so much fun with the junior coaches.  I still see two of my junior coaches almost every day and they inspired me to keep swimming and I am hoping to have that impact on the kids I coach.  When I’m not in the water I enjoy playing the ukulele, creating henna tattoos, doing makeup, doing science experiments, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Elian Salindong

Junior Coach

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Hello, my name is Elian Salindong and I’m currently a sophomore attending Benicia High School. I am also a member of the Varsity Swim Team for the high school. In my free time I love sketching out superhero characters and listening to music. Last year I was a coach in training and absolutely loved it and am happy to come back as a Junior Coach.  A few things I love about coaching the younger swimmers are seeing them improve, bonding, and them enjoying swimming. I had a lot of fun with the kids last year and am excited to see new faces this coming season! Go Stingrays!

GABRIELLA TENRET

Junior Coach

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I have been coaching with the Stingrays for the past three years. I too began ten years ago as a six and under swimmer. I always had a great bond with the junior coaches and I want to give other kids the experience I had. I love teaching and being around kids. Outside of swimming I love to mountain bike, craft, dance, and I have a passion for musical theater which I would like to pursue this as a career. I am looking forward to a great swim season this year!

Jayme Nicole Davis

Junior Coach

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Hello, my name is Jayme Davis.  I am fifteen years old and a Freshman at Benicia High School. I am on the High School swim team.  This is my fifth year swimming and my third year coaching.  My favorite things about coaching are that I love watching the kids improve their times and learn new things. It’s fun watching their confidence grow throughout the season.

When I’m not swimming I like to spend time with my family, friends, and puppies Maximus and Minimus.

Board of Directors

Temma Roby

President

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Kathleen Sauter

Vice President

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Janelle Mincy

League Rep Coordinator

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Jennifer Smith

Membership Coordinator

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Victor Vitale

Treasurer

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Gabriel Salindong

Meet Director

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Duane and Jill Magno

Communications Director

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Carrie Smith

Social Director

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Tanja Kopper

Secretary

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