Ricky Silva email
Head Coach/Senior Lead-SASO Swimming
Assistant Coach-Solano College Swimming and Diving
Ricky Silva began coaching in 1991 in Southern California while attending Cal State Fullerton. Upon moving back to the Bay Area following college, he coached at several teams in the Bay Area over the last 20 plus years. Ricky was the head age group coach from 1995-2001 at SOLO aquatics in Menlo Park. Ricky worked primarily with 12 and under swimmers as well as the summer league team.
He started coaching at Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics in 2001. While at PASA, he was part of a staff that formed a team that would grow to be over 1,200 competitive swimmers and a Gold Medal club. Ricky was the Head Age group coach at the Rinconada site. While at PASA, he coached a wide range of swimmers, from novice to top 16 in the country. Swimmers in his group have achieved sectional, Junior National, National and Olympic Trials times.
Ricky moved to the Santa Clara Swim Club as a Performance Coach. During his time at SCSC, swimmers that he coached achieved Far Western, Sectionals and USA Winter Junior time standards. Five swimmers were invited to attend the USA Western zone select camp. SCSC has been a USA swimming Gold Medal club the past two years.
In addition to coaching, he worked as the Aquatics Manager for California Sports Center at the Sunnyvale Swim Complex from 2002-2013. Ricky was awarded the Pacific Swimming Age Group coach of the year in 2012.
Ricky was active in Pacific Swimming and USA swimming. He has attended the national select age group coaches camp (2012 and 2014) at the Olympic Training Center, assisted at the Western Zone select camp at the University of Utah and has coached on several Pacific Swimming All Star teams and camps. He was the Age Group Chair for Pacific Swimming for two years.
Age Group Lead/Yellow Otters Lead
Sarah Johnson joined the SASO swimming staff in 2016. She is currently the lead coach of Age Group and Yellow Otters with oversight of all Otter groups and summer rec program. Under her coaching many swimmers have achieved high point awards as well as Far Western qualifiers, SWAGR, Age Group Western Zones, and top 10 nationally rankings. In summer of 2018 she was the Sierra Nevada 9&10 boys Age Group Western Zone Coach.
Coach Sarah is an experienced age group swimmer herself. Attending Western Zones as a 10 year old and again as an 11 year old. Butterfly and backstroke were always her favorite strokes while the IM being her best event. She enjoyed swimming competitively as a kid and hopes to give her swimmers the same fun experience!
Walter Bennett was Born in Sacramento and grew up in Fairfield. He started swimming at the age of 14. Walter had started competitively swimming for my high school-his favorite stroke is breakstroke. He obtained Records for Rodriguez High school with breastoke and a couple of relays. Walter worked at Allan Witt Aquatics Park as a life guard, swim instructor, and aerobics instructor for 4 years.
Junior Lead/Blue Otters Lead
Michelle Roberts was a competitive swimmer and water polo player while attending Angelo Rodriguez High School. She also swam for SASO during the high school "off-season". After graduating high school, she went on to attend UC Santa Barbara and obtain her personal training certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Michelle then took on the JV coach position for the Rodriguez High School swim team as well as their women’s water polo team. She is constantly working towards building her knowledge in both the coaching world and the personal training world by obtaining new designations, certifications, and attending clinics
Senior Prep Lead/Beginner Lead
I started swimming when I was ten years old. I began swimming for Vacaville Swim Club. I ended up swimming for Vacaville for a while, before I eventually found my way to Saso Swimming. I swam with Saso for a short time, before I ended up taking a break from swimming for a while. I recently began swimming again for Solano College. My best events were the 100 and 200 Freestyle, the 50 and 100 Butterfly, and the 200 and 400 IM. I am the beginner/assistant coach.
Masters Lead/Kroc Lead/Swim Instructor
Chris Smithour grew up in Fairfield, and swam for SASO between the ages of 8 and 18. He also swam with the Rodriguez High School’s Varsity Swim Team for four seasons, and attended the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships as a relay and individual swimmer for three of them. After graduating from high school, Chris attended UC Santa Barbara, where he majored and in Sociology and minored in Asian American Studies. During his undergraduate career, Chris the Head Novice Coach with the Santa Barbara Swim Club. He was able to establish a strong development and novice program that is still being used. He was also able to guide athletes to new heights, with one of them ranking in the Top 10 in the nation for his age group. Chris has also coached with SASO as the Assistant Senior Coach back in 2016, where he was able to help Ricky Silva send athletes to JO’s, Far Westerns, and Sectionals. Chris currently works remotely as a Business Consultant for a tech company in the Philippines, and is excited to return to the SASO Coaching Staff this season.
From San Diego, Active Duty Navy stationed at Travis AFB. Been playing water polo since the age of ten and have coached water polo since the age of 18. Played 2 Meter Guard for San Diego Shores from 2000-2010. Competed in multiple Junior Olympics and many other national level tournaments. Opted to join the Military in 2010 and continued to play and coach for the US Navy Pacific Fleet team. Currently the head men’s water polo coach for Rodriguez High school since 2016. Specialized training in 2 Meter Guard, Whole Set and Body Positioning skills.
I grew up in the city of Fairfield after my father retired from