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Christie D'Eon STAS Head Age Group 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!"       

Stephanie Turnbull Stingrays Age Group 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!" 

Nicole Hensley Stingrays Assistant Coach

Nicole is currently a junior at the University of Kentucky studying  Biology  in the Honors College and will be applying to veterinary school in the spring. She swam  competitively  for 16 years  in the NorCal region  and  was a Stingray for six years  where she still holds eleven records . Nicole graduated  from Bella Vista High School in 2019 and  has continued  her swimming career  in Kentucky  as her club team’s president . Nicole has been lifeguarding and instructing swim lessons for the past four years  under the Gold River program  and joined the Stingray’s coaching staff last year in 2020.  When she is not on the pool deck, she rides for her university’s equestrian team and she also trains service dogs through 4 Paws for Ability.  She enjoys aiding each swimmer in achieving their goals and is passionate about  creating a fun learning environment!

Shruti Khedkar SwimAmerica Coordinator Assistant Coach

Coach Shruti is joining us for her second season with the Stingrays and is a Personal Trainer at the club as well! She has been in the water teaching and on deck coaching since she was 15…now 23! Over the past two years she worked with the Aquabears at Natomas Sports Club and after moving to Folsom, she is excited to continue coaching the Stingrays!

Shruti graduated from Sacramento State University in May 2019 majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Physical Activity Coaching and Conditioning. She grew up in the Bay Area competing in both tennis and swimming throughout her high school career. Shruti started her aquatic career at her local YMCA when their aquatics director approached her asking if she had any interest in becoming a lifeguard. Since then, she has worked with recreational teams in her home town as well as teaching swim lessons to babies, children, teens, and adults (3years -60 years).

Shruti suffered unfortunate ankle injuries in high school, preventing her from collegiately competing and had to go through physical therapy. Having to rehabilitate her ankle throughout high school was an experience which let her gain insight into the important process. Understanding what changes her ankle was going through and how to adapt was vital to her fitness journey and has made her mentally and physically stronger. Her extensive knowledge about training will be a fantastic addition when she is leading our drylands workouts!

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming” – John Wooden

Bill Johnson Stingrays 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.

Natalie Taggart Junior Assistant Coach

Natalie Rosefield was a swimmer for 7 years, and swam for one season at Gold River.  She loves sports, and grew up swimming, playing soccer, and volleyball.  She also loves to perform and is attending Chico State University in the fall to pursue a career in music producing.  She is so excited to have a great summer season! 

Natalie Rosefield Junior Assistant Coach

Natalie Rosefield was a swimmer for 7 years, and swam for one season at Gold River.  She loves sports, and grew up swimming, playing soccer, and volleyball.  She also loves to perform and is attending Chico State University in the fall to pursue a career in music producing.  She is so excited to have a great summer season! 

Isabella Fischer Stingrays Junior Coach

Rosi has been on the Gold River Stingrays Swim Team for 13 years and has recently graduated from Victory Christian High School.  In the future she plans to move to Hawaii and find a full time travel job.