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Coaching Staff

Richard Nicholls Email: [email protected]

Richard Nicholls - Head Coach

Coach Richard is in his thirtieth year of coaching having developed top flight swimmers in UK, Sweden getting a number of swimmers on junior national and senior national teams in those countries as well as D1 college placements before moving to the US in 2013. After coaching at San Domenico, Coach Richard became head coach at Rolling hills club for their successful recreation league team and USA swimming team Tritons. With Rolling hills discontinuing competetive swimming in 2020/21 Coach Richard was asked to coach for Thunder coast aquautics as pre senior and senior coac.                                     Holding coaching qualifications in three countries and having worked with swimmers from many countries and backgrounds he is dedicated to the engagement, fun and development of the sport of swimming for young people. Promoting evidence based coaching as well as inclusive practices for young people of all backgrounds is his philosophy. When not on deck, Coach Richard can be found looking after baby Lily or on two wheels somewhere in the North Bay. Two little known facts about Coach. He speaks fluent Swedish and fluent Geordie his native tongue (A North East English dialect from Newcastle area.)


                  Sarah Tassone 

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Sarah Tassone - Assistant Coach 

Sarah Johnson recently relocated to San Rafael from her home town of Vacaville, Ca. Swimming has always been a huge part of her life with it starting at the age of 5 until she left the sport at 15. As an adult she got back into the swimming world when she starting coaching for SASO swim team in 2016. As a coach there she coached the 12 & under competitive swimmers as well as the 13 & under novice swimmers. Under her coaching her swimmers achieved high point winnings at the Championship meets as well as earning National top 10 ranking for the 11-12 age group and 9 & 10 age group. As well as coaching on SASO she helped with a local swim school teaching kids as young as 6 months all the way to the senior grandparents how to swim. During that time she was the Head Coach for the local high school swim team that she started herself. She is very exited to be apart of the Scott Valley Swimming and Tennis Club and share her knowledge and passion of the water with this great community!


Sarah Jack - Assistant Coach

Coach (Sarah) Jack grew up in San Rafael, and swam for the Terra Linda Orcas from 1986 to 1996. Coach Jack has been coaching or instructing swimming to all age groups for almost 30 years, 15 of which have been within the Marin Swim League most recently at Rolling Hills Stingrays. She began her coaching career at 16 with the Orcas. Coach Jack currently lives in Novato where she continues to swim with the Marin Aquatics Masters team, runs for fun, plays soccer, hikes as often as possible, and pretends to know how to parent her three boys. She is looking forward to yet another season of coaching and can’t wait to get to know all of the new families and swimmers. 




Greg Myers

Greg Myers - Assistant Coach


Swimming has always been a part of Greg's life. He started swimming in his youth in Tiburon and swam competitively locally through his first two years of college.He has been coaching swim teams for over 12 years, across clubs and high schools in Marin. He enjoys open water swims; his favorites are Maui Channel Relay and Trans Tahoe Relay (which include former Scott Valley Swimmers Greg coached), with the most notable to date being an English Channel crossing in 2011.  It was his love of swimming and kids that got him involved in coaching and teaching. He was a middle school principal and teacher in Ross for several years, and has always found joy in the teaching experience. He is thrilled to be back to coaching with Scott Valley where he can coach in such a positive and healthy environment.