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Coaching Staff

Danica R Burge-Garside

CEO & Head Coach

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Danica Burge is a native to San José, born and raised in East San José.   She has also been a coach of several high schools within the San José area for over 10 years including Branham high school, James Lick and currently Evergreen Valley High school. She has taken many of those teams to league championships, CCS Championships, trained an athlete to a two years CCS title, and had many relays and individuals place in the top five at CCS for the past 4 years in a row. 

Coach Danica grew up as a WEST swimmer, swimming for West for over 15 years.  She is deeply routed in the succes of this team and the community.  She was a member of WEST's Senior Gold group and swam for Head Coach Paul Weiss.  She has been able to experience the success that comes with being part of a competitive USS club team, traveling to elite meets, swimming in Nationals, and later being awarded a swimming scholarship to a Division I University.  She is a graduate of San José State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Kinesiology and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Administration and Counseling. 

Lauren Baeder

Director of Age Group Programs

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Mary Malone

Director of Novice Programs

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Mary came to West Coast Aquatics from Florida by way of the Virgin Islands. She has been involved with swimming for over 40 years. She began as a competitive swimmer at the age of 5, continuing to swim for various teams for the next 20 years.

Her coaching career began in 1976 with the AAU in the New York tri-state area. Through the years she also coached for the YMCA, the YWCA, the Florida High School Athletic Association, the Space Coast Novice Swim League, USA Swimming, the Virgin Islands Swimming Federation and the Virgin Islands Scholastic Swim League.  

Through the years, Coach Mary continued her education in exercise science and aquatics. Her certifications include the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Swimming, the American Swim Coaches Association, the Aquatic Exercise Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute.

Michael Ricco

Director of Learn-to-swim Program

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Ryan K Richardson

Assistant Coach-Age Group Silver

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Ryan has been a part of the swimming world for almost 20 years. He started swimming competitively for Sun Devil Aquatics, a year-round swim team based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2005, he walked on to the University of Arizona Men's Swim Team and swam under one of the world's premier sprint coaches, Rick DeMont. In 2008, he anchored the 2nd Place 200 Freestyle Relay that helped the Wildcats win their first NCAA Championship. The following summer, he went on to compete at the Olympic Trials in the 50 Meter Freestyle. Ryan graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Economics.

In 2012, Ryan moved to San Jose to join the coaching staff at West Coast Aquatics. This is the first team he has coached for and continues to enjoy racing competitively in his spare time.