Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Roxanne MeffordHead Coach

Roxanne Mefford has been coaching at Glen Oaks since 1981!  In addition to coaching the Sea Lions, Roxanne coached for many years at Del Campo High School and also for the Sierra Marlins and Rancho Arroyo (year round club teams).  She has also taught private swim lessons (beginning lesson-technical stroke work) for 35 years in locations throughout the area.  Roxanne grew up swimming in the USS world, ended up swimming for the Arden Hills Swim Team and she graduated from Del Campo High School.  She went on to swim at American River College, UC Santa Barbara, and Sac State!  She holds a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Sac State.  Roxanne lives in El Dorado Hills with her husband Scott (also a swimmer) and her 3 children (Mikayla, Bryce and Colby).

Primary Age Groups:  Head Coach
Best Event: 200 free, 200 back

Gary McLaughlinCoach

Gary McLaughlin has been coaching since the dawn of time (35+ years).  He is the king of summer league coaching having spent time with Rosemont, Del Paso and who knows where else.  Gary has been a part of the Glen Oaks family since 1999.  He also coached a few high school swimming and water polo teams including St. Francis, El Camino and Loretto.  He swam for Arden Hills as kid and then at Sac State.   For the past 30+ years, Gary has patrolled the streets of downtown Sacramento on a bike as a Sacramento Police Officer.

Primary Age Group : 13-18
Best Event
 : Backstroke

Lisa WilliamsCoach

Lisa Williams has been with the Sea Lions since 1998.  Prior to Glen Oaks she coached in the bay area for 3 summers.  She also spent a year coaching year round at Rancho Arroyo.  Coach Lisa swam summer league and year round in Walnut Creek as a kid and then went on to swim at Diablo Valley College.  Lisa has a degree in Physical Education from Sac State and currently teaches PE at McClatchy High School.  Lisa and her husband Tim have 2 children: Logan and Jake.  Logan and Jake are both proud Sea Lions!

Primary Age Groups: 10 and Unders
Best Event: 500 free

Nancy HastieCoach

This is Coach Nancy’s 19th season with Glen Oaks and her 39th year as a swim coach.  Nancy is a mother to 6 children, four of her own and two stepchildren and four grandchildren. Her four kids all swam at Glen Oaks and their years at the club are some of their favorite memories.  Three of Nancy’s grandkids also swam for GO last summer before they moved to France.  After 31 years of teaching in the Roseville City School District, Nancy retired in June of 2020.  She and her husband Rich are enjoying traveling and entertaining! Nancy’s swimming career was with De Anza Swim Club in Cupertino and then at UCLA where she was an All American and captain for her last two years.  Nancy was a distance swimmer, placing in the top six at Nationals for three years in the 1650 yds/1500 m and the top 16 in the 500 yds/400 m.   

Primary Age Groups : 10 and Unders
Best Event: 1650 free (THE MILE!)


Coach Rich FarleyCoach
Ethan McHughCoach

Ethan McHugh is no stranger to Glen Oaks having swan in these waters since he was 5 years old.  He graduated out of our Team as a Lifetime Sea Lion, (swimming from the age of 5 all the way through high school graduation) so he knows all about the teams’ standards, expectations, sportsmanship, and coaching. Ethan furthered his aquatic training swimming and playing water polo while attending Jesuit High School. This is Ethan’s 5th year working at Glen Oaks and second year coaching and giving private lessons for Roxanne. While he has many fond memories growing up at Glen Oaks, reaching the 13/18 group and working out with Gary tops his list, along with our annual summer BBQ. Certainly, the lifelong friends, connections and memories while being a sea lion are priceless.  He looks forward to being part of this coaching staff and helping to create more memories for the team.  

Deanna PalaciosCoach

Deanna Palacios started coaching at Glen Oaks in 2015.  Prior to working at Glen Oaks Deanna worked as a swim coach for Fresno State after graduating from the program.  Deanna started teaching swim lessons while in college and worked for Roxannne.  Deanna competed a total 18 years of competitive swimming including beginning my swimming career on the Glen Oaks Sea Lions.  She completed for 4 years at Fresno State on a swimming scholarship  competing at the National Level.   Deanna earned the All- American Strength and Conditioning.   She graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Elementary education and earned two credentials for teaching in General Education and Special Education.   She has taught a total 16 years in the classroom.  Deanna enjoys running and competing in marathons including Boston marathon   I live in Fair Oaks with husband and 2 children ( Lauren and Ben) 

Board of Directors
Laura McHughPresident