Coaches

President and Head Coach - Kyle Kikuta

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.

 

Kyle has also coached many Pacific Swimming All Star Meets: Pacific Coast All Star Meet ('10 Cerritos, '11 Gresham, '12 British Columbia, '13 Santa Rosa, '14 Olympia, '15 Commerce, '16 Portland, '17 Pacifica), North American Challenge Cup ('09 La Mirada, '10 Santa Clara, '11 Puerto Vallarta, '12 Edmonton, '13 Federal Way, '14 Vera Cruz, '15 San Diego, '16 Houston), and the Zone All Star Development Meet.

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

Coach - Nik Kikuta

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 - Lily Mazzocco

Coach - Mackenzie Arnold

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 - Jacob Tenczar

Coach - Jacob Tenczar

Jacob starting swimming at the age of 4 for the Shadow Brook Sharks swim team.  He also swam with the Riptide since its inception in 2013.  

Jacob is joining our Riptide coaching staff for the second year, and we are honored to have him back coaching one of our recreational groups!

Board of Directors

Kyle Kikuta - President and Founder

Katie Ciciarelli- Team Manager

Amanda Rockwell- Treasurer

Catheline Shin- Communications

Carol Chiu - Registration

Eric Burk- 

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