WSST 2022 Coaching Staff


 Coaches are integral to our mission of developing and supporting young swimmers in our community. It is their job to guide them to excellence in the pool, and instill in them the tools they need to succeed in life beyond the competition. Our Coaching Staff is responsible for developing and leading the swimming aspects of the swim team, such as planning practices and meets, teaching swimming techniques, providing swimmer feedback, and encouraging all swimmers.

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Conklin will take over the reins of the Dolphins program for our 2022 season. As one of our homegrown swimmers and former Assistant Coaches, Andrew not only knows many of your swimmers, but he understands the culture of the Dolphins program.

Head Coach: Andrew Conklin

Lead Assistant Coach: Gabi Ayala

Assistant Coach: Alfonso Rivera
Assistant Coach: Daniel Sibayan




Training Philosophy

The West Sacramento Dolphins (WSST) is a not-for-profit swim organization located in West Sacramento, California. Our team has been an active part of our community and developing swimmers since 1991. 

As coaches, we take a long-term athlete development (LTAD) view of swimming, seeing the swimmer's career as an endurance event, not a sprint. We also find that swimmers who learn better stroke techniques early, will inherently swim faster and smarter races. 

WSST Coaches stress the ownership of the athlete in the process of their improvement and achievement. Concepts of intrinsic feedback are introduced, along with goal setting, accountability and a vision for the future of their swimming.

West Sacramento Swim Team has a variety of programs to help all levels of swimmers meet their goals. From swim clinics to our recreational swimming team, our instructors and coaches aim to teach athletes how to swim and then help them excel to the highest levels. Through the sport of swimming, we strive to develop the character, skills, and desire necessary for each swimmer to maximize his or her potential.