Gold River Stingrays


Coaching Staff
Christie D'Eon Head Coach -Stingray Coach

Head Coach Christie has been in the pool for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite childhood memories is putting on a suit, cap and goggles and jumping into the pool for practice or getting ready to race in a meet. Christie has been a swim coach for twenty years, and for a total of twelve of those years Christie has been on-deck with the Stingrays/STAS. In her youth, she swam for the Rollingwood Rockets, where one of her records stood until just last year. Christie, at age 11, began competing year-round for CCA and then the Sierra Marlins. In her Spare Time, Christie also played water polo at BV. Her coaching career began at age 14, when she became a volunteer coach for the Rollingwood Rockets. We’re so pleased she came full-circle: Gold River in '03, Wolverine Aquatics in '08, and then back to Home Sweet Home in 2013. Christie coached her way through school, attaining a B.S. in Biochemistry from Sac State. 

Christie's coaching and in-the-gym dryland training philosophy is to set goals and continually strive toward them, stay focused on technique, and to always, always, stay positive! She hopes  she can pass on those same childhood memories she continues to cherish to our young swimmers. With her four-year-old son Ty, Christie's days are full and happy. "Together, They Believe!"      

Contact Coach Christie if you have any questions at [email protected] or call 916-638-7001.  

Stephanie Turnbull Associate Head Coach

Now in her 19th season, Coach Stephanie always exudes smiling Stingrays Spirit! A transplant from Southern California, she swam competitively for 12 years at the Industry Hills Aquatics Club ... achieving Junior Olympics status. While captain of her high school team, Stephanie competed at the Southern Sections CIF meet. Attending Sac City College, she swam, played water polo, and was named Scholar-Athlete for two consecutive years. Stephanie continued her education at UC Davis, remained active in competitive water polo, and graduated in '08 with a degree in American Studies degree. In addition to the pooldeck, in '08 Coach Stephanie married her college sweetheart Brandon; and three years ago, they were blessed to become parents of future Mini-Rays, Turnbull Twins Cameron and Sebastian. As wife, mom and coach, Stephanie makes it all fun! This family's joyous whirlwind residence is located in Fair Oaks, where the Fun Foursome "Believes in Belief!" 

Amy Sutton Assistant Coach

Coach Amy Sutton has been educating and coaching students since 1993. She began her education career teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding. She continued onto coaching at Broadstone Sports Club in the summer of 1999. She worked with swimmers ages 4-18 and helped develop the team from 60 swimmers to a 400 swimmer championship team. Amy coached at Broadstone until 2019. She also has worked as a STAS coach during fall and winter swim seasons. Amy currently teaches Economics, Civics, and Advanced Placement Government and Politics at St. Francis High School. She also coaches swimming at St. Francis. When Amy isn’t at the pool, you’ll find her spending time with her daughters, Katy, Barbie, and Molly. She is excited to join the STAS coaching team this season.

Keith Leech Jr. Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach Keith grew up nearby in Carmichael and started swimming when he was 11. He started swimming with the Glen Oaks Sea Lions and eventually swam for the Rio Del Oro Rapids.  At age 16, Keith began competing year-round for Arden Hills (Now DART).    Keith also played water polo, swam at Jesuit High School and swam on the University of Arizona’s club team.    Keith is the Gold River Sports Club Master’s coach and coached at Rio Del Oro during high school. In addition to being a swim coach,  Keith currently works for the State Department of General Services as a Fleet Operations manager, has a B.S. in Regional Development from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Keith met his wife Adrienne in college and has been married to her for 14 years. He also has two amazing kids, Ava (10) and Curtis (7) who both swim on the Stingrays and STAS. In his spare time he is usually swimming, biking, running or watching the Dallas Cowboys. 

Bill Johnson Assistant Coach

     My name is Bill Johnson. I’ve lived in the Sacramento area since 1982 and Folsom specifically since 2001. My wife Denise and I have been married since 1968; our daughter, Amy, is married and they have 2 wonderful boys, Luke and Ryan ages 16 and 11. I’ve been a member of Gold River since about 1998. I swam in high school and then throughout college at the University of Kansas. After a break for the Air Force I competed in Masters swimming for 35-40 years, first in Carson City, NV and then the Sacramento area and continue to swim for fitness 2-3 times a week at Gold River. During one of our last years in Carson City I coached the local rec team. Since I retired in 2010 I’d thought about getting back into coaching but something always got in the way until this opportunity arose in February to help Coach Christie as one of her assistants with the team. I happily agreed to the challenge and have been helping at least 2 days a week since. It’s been a privilege working with the kids and I look forward to watching them grow as people and swimmers in the future.

Isabella Fischer Assistant Coach

Rosi swam for the Gold River Stingrays Swim Team for 13 years! She fairly recently graduated from Victory Christian High School and has been coaching with us since 2020. She loves to help the littles and has a great passion for coaching! In the future she plans to move to Hawaii and find a full time travel job. 

Olivia Borges Assistant Coach

Coach Olivia goes to Rio Americano High School and will be graduating with the class of 2024. She swam with the Rio swim team, but says nothing compares to the decade she spent on the Stingrays! She started on the team when she was 6 and loved every minute. In her free time she goes camping with her family. After she graduates, she hopes to go to school in Colorado for something in the medical field. She thoroughly enjoys helping people!

Mia Hart Assistant Coach

Mia has been a swimmer on the Broadstone Barracudas for 11 years and has been on her high school team swimming varsity all years of school. She just recently started coaching last summer mostly with the 4-6 year old age group. She is a senior at Vista Del Lago high school. Some of her other hobbies, besides swim, include reading, sewing, and baking. She's excited to help out with our team!

Jordan Maestre Assistant Coach

Jordan Maestre is a college student at Sacramento State University. He has been on a swim team ever since he was five years old. He has been coaching for three years. While I have many aspirations and goals, my main ones are to become a pilot and work towards a Master's Degree. Some of his hobbies include swimming, weight lifting, golfing, basketball, and playing games with friends.