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Paul Murphy Aquatics Director and Head Coach

Paul began coaching in 1981. He has dedicated his entire professional career to coaching young athletes. Paul is a Certified Level 5 ASCA Coach, an original member of the World Swimming Coaches Association, and a Certified ASCA Masters Coach. Along with his individual accomplishments, Paul has coached high school, summer league championships, sectionals and recently assisted in coaching Junior National Team to a 2nd place finish.

Paul’s coaching philosophy is to impart Respect, Character and Integrity into all his swimmers.  His coaching accomplishment include:

  • 70 + Olympic Trial qualifiers
  • 5 Olympians
  • Master Swimming World Record Holder(s)
  • Over 35 NCAA All Americans at all levels
  • Over 37 High School All Americans
  • Over 38 Top 16 Ranked Reportable
  • National Age Group Record Holder
  • 2 Region (sectionals) Championships.
  • Several Junior and Senior National Finalist
  • Several State High School Champions
Christie D'Eon STAS Head Age Group Coach-Stingray Coach

Head Assistant Coach Christie has been in the pool for so long that she can’t recall when she developed her favorite childhood memory: putting on a suit, cap and goggles and jumping in the pool. 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. 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 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, be positive! She relishes the idea that today’s swimmers may develop that same childhood memories she continues to cherish. 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, Assistant 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!" 

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.