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Coaches

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Head Coach
Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison (everyone calls him "Coach") started his coaching career 50 years ago in Tucson at the Green Hills pool.  Known as the "Moses" of swimming, at one time Coach had 96 swimmers that followed him as he coached at various pools in the Tucson area.  To those swimmers, the facility wasn't as important as the great rapport, technique, and teaching mindset that Coach brought to the pool each and every session.  Today, Coach Chris has been at Sabino Vista Hills for 19 years, and at every turn you'll see him meet young (and older!) adults whom he still knows by name and all of whom exude the life skills and benefits they received from swimming with him.

When asked what coaching techniques he brings to the pool, Coach Chris said,

"My coaching philosophy is as one might expect.  I was coached by swim coaches who stressed and taught fundamentals, respect, dedication, discipline, team spirit and sportsmanship.  Those men had a great impact on what would become my coaching philosophy.  I like to think I stress discipline in every aspect of life...school, chores, work, play, whatever.  If you are going to do something, do it right and be consistent.  I know how to teach swimming correctly, and those fundamentals are taught every practice from Day 1.  I am not bragging here, but I see everything that happens in the pool, and I want my assistants to do the same.  I only hire former swimmers of mine to coach with me.  They know what to do, how to do it, and what is expected.

"We coaches rarely sit, we are on the move, watching, instructing, praising, and sometimes correcting...whether it be a behavior OR a swimming issue.  My end game is to have each swimmer step up on the blocks knowing EXACTLY what to do, and the fortitude and preparation to do it.  After their swim, they will shake hands, climb out to their foot, thank the officials, and return to their teammates. Is this easy? No. We do things that are hard, and requires a paradigm shift in many cases."

Assistant Coaches

Sabino Vista Hills swim team understands how difficult it is for a single coach to watch a full pool, especially younger or newer swimmers.  Since our focus is on improving and perfecting technique, it's crucial that there are enough people watching and teaching the swimmers to find problems with stroke or technique, to coach to those problems, and then to follow-up and ensure the swimmer implements the change.  If that discovery and follow up do not occur, swimmers will not make the improvements they need to be successful.  As you can imagine, a team of over 100 swimmers can be a lot to look at, even when broken down by age group.

Assistant coaches provide extra eyes, ears, and even hands to ensure there are enough coaches to properly coach all of the swimmers in the pool.  SVH utilizes both adult and junior assistant coaches.  Junior assistant coaches are chosen from the pool of accomplished senior swimmers who also currently swim on the team.

Assistant Coach
Rane Clements

Sabino Vista Hills Swim Team is excited to welcome Assistant Coach Rane Clements to our team this year!  Rane's son Tyler is a professional cyclist who swam for SVH for 10 years, and Rane credits much of his dedication and discipline to his time spent swimming with Coach Chris.

Rane has worked in or around the water for over 40 years.  From lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons for the City of Tucson Aquatics program, coaching high school swimming at Flowing Wells, to coaching adults in the Masters swim program at the University of Arizona, Rane has experience instructing swimmers of all ages and abilities.

​Many Swordfish over the years have attended Rane's 3rd Grade classroom at Fruchthendler Elementary School, and Rane considers herself lucky to have the opportunity to continue to make a difference in their lives.

Fun Fact: Rane is a member of the Golden Circle!

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Jr. Assistant Coach

Courtney Tong

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Spring Swim Assistant

Francesca Barela

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Jr. Assistant Coach

Lily Figueroa

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