Coaching Staff
Head Coach:

Julia Sierk - 

Julia has taught and coached in Amador County for over 30 years, 18 years as both Amador and Argonaut High School's Head Coach  She started with the Polar Bears in 1984 as an assistant coach then was head coach from 1985-1999.  It is She says, "It is so exciting to see families now that were a part of the Polar Bears back in the day!"  She looks forward to coming back to her roots and coaching a new generation of swimmers.

Assistant Coaches:

Josh Cazaad - 

Josh started swimming competively at age five with the Amador Polar Bears and continued until he was eighteen.  He swam one year in high school in Arizona and then for four years in college while attending Virginia Military Institute.  He currently swims with the Rocklin Aquatic Masters and has continued to compete in pool meets and open water competitions for the last sixteen years.  In 2000 he helped coach the Amador and Argonaut high school swim teams and continued doing so for the following ten years.  In 2003 he became the head heach for the Amador Polar Bears, which he did for six years.  He emphasizes technique in his workouts since it is the key building block for improvement.  His daughter has joined the Amador Polar Bears and he excited to help coach the team again.

Kelsy Sozzi -  

Kelsy is from Plymouth in Amador County and was a competitive swimmer for 14 years.  Her first 3 years wre with Folsom Sea Otters, then 10 years on the Amador Polar Bears, and 4 years for Amador High School, graduating in 2016.  She first started coaching swimmers in 2014 for APB as well as taught lessons as a lifeguard. In 2017, she was an assistant coach for Amador and Argonaut High School swim teams.  She is currently an instructor at SwimLabs Swim School in El Dorado Hills where she has received extensive training and experience teaching swimming technique correctly, efficiently and safely.  Kelsy has the opportunity to use the latest technology to train swimmers from begining levels to competetive athletes how to swim faster and smarter.

Sarah Sammons -

Sarah lives in Ione and has lived in Amador County her whole life.  She swam competitive for Argonaut High School while also swimming for Amador Polar Bears.  Her favorite strokes are breaststroke and long distance freestyle.  During high school she was a lifeguard with ACRA and taught swim lessons.  She also assisted APB with the 6 and unders for three years.  She currently has two daughters swimming on APB. She is a stay-at-home mom of three, who loves spending time with her family and being outdoors.  She enjoys helping younger kids learn how to swim and gain confidence in the pool.  She said, “the love for a sport starts young, so I hope to make a positive influence on all these kids!”