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Coaching Staff

Paul Murphy

CEO & Head Swim Coach

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Coach Paul Murphy began his long tenure in 1980 with the Berkeley Swim Team in Berkeley, Missouri. Since then Coach Paul has developed and coached many swimmers from summer league, age group to high school, senior swimming and Masters.

This has been a banner year for several of Coach Pauls swimmers at Olympic and NCAA level. Texas relay swmmer Brett Ringgold set several American Relay records representing the University of Texas. Meanwhile former NTN and Colombia swimmer representing Swimmac Katie Mieli won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 100 meter breast. Former swimmer Luke Mankus earned All American honers representing the Unversity of Missouri. During coach Paul Murphy's career, he has coached one former swimmer who swam her way onto the 2016 USA Olympic team, three foreign Olympians, several USA Olympic trial qualifiers and finalist, USA Open finalist, USA Senior National and USA Swimming Junior National Qualifiers and finalist along with several USA Swimming Grand Prix Qualifiers and finalist. Along with the above coaching achievement Coach Paul had the opportunity to work with USA National Resident team based out of the USA Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs featuring Olympic Swimmers Amy Van Dykan, Misty Hyman, BJ Bedford, Jeff Commings and others.  He has also coached several Top 10 National Age Group swimmers. record holders, Sectional Champions (Team and Individual), high school state champions (Team and Individual), NCSA Junior National finalist, USA Swimming Masters Nationals Champions including several World Masters Swimming Record Holders. Paul has also coached DI, DII, DIII NCAA and NAIA All Americans and record holders in individual and including relays respectively.

Paul Murphy competed for the Sugar Creek Swim Club National Team in St Louis, Missouri while setting Berkeley high school records in both swimming and water polo. Paul then then went on to compete at the University of Missouri-St Louis (Conference Finalist) and South Carolina State Collage where Paul Murphy was a letterman and All American in the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes.

 

Danica R Burge-Garside

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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. 

Michael Ricco

Swim Lesson staff member

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Mike Ricco, also more readily known as “Ricco”, is working towards his Communication Studies degree and a minor in Psychology, and is the new Director of the Learn-to-Swim Program at West Coast Aquatics Swim School. He has been working in aquatics for roughly 15 years now and has been provided great opportunities working for some of the best swim schools around the bay area. Some of the organizations include a lengthy extent of employment for a couple branches in the YMCA Association where his personal growth in the aquatic field blossomed. Working for family oriented and non-profit organizations really helped shape the mentality of what a community based organization is.  Operating within the local communities and neighborhoods ensures a sustainable provision of community-service, health, personal growth, and improvement.  He has also gained a considerable amount of knowledge by working with top competitors and incredible athletes, such as Olympians, who have helped train and inspire new techniques for competition and stroke development. 

Today, swimming is such a large part of our society and a great social activity.  From attending pool parties to enjoying a sunny day at the beach, as well as exercise for many adults and children, and a healthier lifestyle barely touch the surface of what swimming brings to the table. Being a part of a world where Ricco can provide an essential skill such as swimming for many reasons such as safety factors or personal growth, has been a deeper fulfilment and greater satisfaction. It is truly rewarding to make a connection through engagement with spreading the knowledge of swimming and being able to reinforce a stronger commitment to the community and its individuals.  

Jason Wong

Age Group Silver & Bronze Coach

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Jason Wong began swimming competitively at the age of 7 on MSJA in Fremont. He competed in every level of youth competition, from dual meets to Far Westerns and NCS. He was the captain of MSJHS and De Anza College's water polo and swimming teams, and is still the 100 IM record holder for Kennedy Seals Swim Club.

Jason began teaching swimming in 1999. Immediately after graduating, he coached MSJHS for two years, leading them to consecutive undefeated seasons and setting 14 league records in the process. After taking a few years off to earn his degree, Jason returned to coaching at Piedmont Hills. Last season, more swimmers qualified for CCS than any other year in school history.

Jason previously taught or coached at MSJA, Happy Fish Swim School, and Milpitas Star Aquatics. He has a degree in psychology from UCLA.

Mark R De Guzman

Assistant Coach

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Christa A Prior

9-10 year old and Super Swimmer Coach

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