Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff


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.


Sarah Johnson

Age Group Lead Coach/Yellow Otters

Sarah Johnson grew up in Vacaville where she swam for the Vacaville team from the age of 6-14. At a very early age she gained team records in the Butterfly and Backstroke events where her records still hold strong today. She qualified for Western Zones at the age of 10 and then again when she was 12. She later on attended Will C. Wood High School and swam for their team as well. She is now excited to be apart of the SASO family where she is able to coach the 8-10 age group.


Walter Bennett

Blue Otters/Senior Prep lead

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. 


Michelle Roberts

Junior 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


 Kaitlyn Moorwood

Beginner/Assistant Coach


















 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.





Alfred Zemke

Boys Coach


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.



Robert Marin

Boys Coach

I grew up in the city of Fairfield after my father retired from Travis AFB in 1969.  Started my swim career at Solano College swimming for SOAC (Solano Aquatic Club) in the mid-late 70's. In addition to swimming AAU year-around, I swam for my local junior high school and high school.  During that time period I played water polo for my high school and played in the summer polo league. After high school I swam and played water polo for Solano College and then swam for Sacramento State University. I coached multiple summer leagues in the City of Sacramento throughout the 1980's. In 2014 I became the Assistant Coach for Armijo High School water polo/swimming and became Head Coach in both swimming and water polo in 2016. In addition to coaching local teams, I coached for Sacramento Water Polo.



Amber Phelps

Girls Coach

Amber Phelps is from Irvine, California and began swimming competitively for the Irvine Novaquatics swim team as an age group swimmer.  She discovered water polo at the age of 12 and was dedicated to the Irvine High School aquatics program as both a swimmer and water polo player and spent the off-seasons playing club water polo with Irvine Water Polo Club, (now Irvine Kahuna Water polo) where she competed for Sea View League Championships, in several Jr. Olympics and other national tournaments.  Amber worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for years and is happy to come back to the world of aquatics as the current head coach of the women’s water polo team at Angelo Rodriguez High School.    


Riley Smith

Assistant Coach

Coaching Staff