Rich has been the Head Coach of the SSST since 2014 and was the Assistant Coach for the Weed Swim Club from 2006-2010. He was born and raised in Southern California, growing up swimming and playing water polo. Rich moved to the Siskiyou County area in 2005 for opportunity to work for Mercy Mt Shasta. He has been a youth coach in the county since he moved here, coaching swimming, soccer, and basketballI. Through the swim team, he has implemented a youth coaching program to train the older, more experienced swimmers to teach the younger swimmers. This creates a bond between the older and younger swimmers, and allows the older swimmers to understand in-depth the mechanics of swimming. With the help of the other coaches, Rich is changing the once all-recreational club to a more competitive swim team. Kids now have the opportunity to compete as they go through High School and at higher levels. Since his time as Head Coach, he helped to grow the team from 50 athletes to over 80 athletes.
Jenn Carr joined the SSST coaching staff in 2017. She swam competitively from age 7 through 20 and also played water polo at the high school and college level. Beyond swimming Jenn has an extensive outdoor background and is a certified Pilates instructor. Jenn's interests are personal in addition to coaching she is a "swim mom" and is embracing the challenge of coaching her own child. " I love watching kids improve and gain confidence in themselves as swimmers. I know first hand that that confidence transfers to so many other aspects of their lives. I also believe that drowning is preventable and it is my mission to improve water safety and proficiency in our community. It is a true joy for me to share my love for aquatics with this team."
Eileen Renger is one of the assistant coaches for the SSST swim team. She swam competitively and played water polo in high school...went off to college, spent ALL her time designing stuff in architecture school, occasionally finding time to swim, but didn’t really focus on it until after graduating and moving to the Bay Area where she joined a Master’s team in Oakland. This Master’s team was coached by some truly lovely, caring people who taught Eileen better technique and introduced her to open water swimming. They did several long distance events as a team, including the swim from Alacatraz, which was more fun than it sounds.
Eileen is one of those people who is happiest when she is in the water as much as possible. She loves teaching younger children the basics of swimming and water safety, as well as helping intermediate swimmers overcome specific difficulties they are having with a stroke. She believes that giving each child a strong aquatic foundation will help them have fun as well as be confident, safe and healthy.