Coaches

President and Head Coach - Kyle Kikuta

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Kyle began swimming at the age of 7 for the Pinehurst Piranhas. He swam club for San Jose Aquatics and Valley Splash. In high school, Kyle swam for 4 years on the varsity team at Valley Christian, and then 2 years at West Valley College. The last 10 years, Kyle coached high school, club, and cabana teams. He is the Head Coach of the Almaden Riptides and Head Coach of the Shadow Brook Sharks cabana team.  At Bellarmine, he was part of the 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st CCS Championships. He also coached the Sharks to the League Championship in 2011 and 2019.

 

Kyle has also coached many Pacific Swimming All Star Meets: Pacific Coast All Star Meet, North American Challenge Cup and the Zone All Star Development Meet.

Kyle was also recently elected as the Age Group Chair of Pacific Swimming.

Coach - Nik Kikuta

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Nik has been swimming for more than 16 years. He started swimming at Pinehurst when he was 6 and moved on to San Jose Aquatics and finally Valley Splash. He then swam 4 years of varsity at Valley Christian High School and 2 years at West Valley College.

 

This is his 4th year coaching USA swimming, the first two years coaching at Valley Splash.

Coach - Mackenzie Arnold

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Mackenzie started swimming at the age of 6.  She swam for Riptide in high school and went on to UC Santa Cruz where she also swam in college.  Mackenzie is coaching for the Riptide for the second year, and we are so lucky to have her coaching our Dreaming group.

Coach - Kelly Rockwell

Coach - Meghan Hall

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Kelly has been swimming for over 14 years. She started swimming at Shadow Brook at the age of 5. During high school she swam for Leland's varsity team and then swam for Valley Splash and Riptide with Kyle as her coach. She graduated from Sonoma State University in 2019. This is her first year coaching for Riptide and she is excited to be part of the team once again. 

Board of Directors

Meghan started competetive swimming at age 6 and hasn’t left the pool deck since. She swam for Almaden Swim and Racquet Club turned Quicksilver Swimming for 7 years and the Almaden Gators cabana team for 11 years. She also swam and played water polo throughout high school at Archbishop Mitty and continued to play club water polo at UC Davis where her team won the National Championships in 2018. Meghan started teaching private swim lessons at age 16 and coached the Almaden Gators in 2017 before instructing kids and adults throughout college with the Aquamonsters Swim Team and UC Davis Campus Recreation. Meghan is so excited to be coaching the Riptides this season!

Kyle Kikuta - President and Founder

Catheline Shin- Communications

Katie Ciciarelli- Team Manager

Carol Chiu - Registration

Amanda Rockwell- Treasurer

Eric Burk- 

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