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/Yellow Otters Lead

Sarah Johnson

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!



Michelle Roberts

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


 Kaitlyn Moorwood

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.


Chris Mendoza-Smithour

Kroc Center Lead



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.





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.    



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