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Our Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Dave Hoover (Senior Group)

Dave was born in Reno, August 11, 1962. He graduated from Earl Wooster High School in 1980 where he swam and played water polo for four years. He swam for the Reno Aquatic Club from 1976-1983 and again in 1985. Dave attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he lettered in swimming and water polo. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Recreation from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1987. In August of 1992, Dave received a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition also from Nevada.

Dave has been coaching with the Reno Aquatic Club since 1993. Since joining the club, he has coached ten National Top 16 finalists and fifty Pacific Top 10 finalists. He coached his first Senior National Champion in the spring of 1998 with Steven Brown in the 200 fly. This past summer, Dave placed two swimmers on the National "B" Team as well as one swimmer on the Goodwill Games Team. He has served as a coach at several National Age Group camps and on Pacific "All-Star" teams. He is currently the Secretary for Zone 4 Pacific Swimming, having served terms as the Zone Chair and Vice Chair.

Dave began his coaching career with the Reno Aquatic Club in 1983 and coached until 1984. In 1984, he was as assistant coach for the Sparks Piranhas Swim Team and in 1985 was an assistant coach for the U.N.R. Women's swim team. In 1986 and 1987, Dave was an assistant coach for the Bishop Manogue High School swim team. From 1988 to 1995, Dave was the head coach of the Reed High School swim team. His teams amassed an impressive 150-31 dual meet win/loss record, with several Zone and State titles to their credit. Dave returned to coach briefly for Reno Aquatic Club in 1989 and 1990 after which he became the head coach for the Sparks Piranhas. He rejoined Reno in March of 1993 as the Head Age Group Coach. In December of 1997, Dave became the Head Coach, taking the place of his friend and mentor Ed Spencer.

Dave's wife Lori is the Internal Audit Manager at the Sands Regency casino. They have one son, Jordan, born in September 1998. They live in northwest Reno with their two cats, Spooky and Chloe. Dave enjoys playing the drums in a local band, swimming with the Sierra Nevada Masters, listening to music, running, biking, and playing a wide variety of sports. Dave oversees the entire Reno Aquatic Club and its coaching staff, while directly coaching the Senior group.

Head Age Group Coach - Randy Burns (Orange Group)

Randy Burns was born in South Lake Tahoe in 1976 and raised on the Delta waterways of Discovery Bay, California. Learning how to swim was a trait Randy picked up at an early age of 5 when he started swimming on his first summer swim team, the Crow Canyon Country Club. Randy continued to swim every summer until high school where he became a four-year letterman for the Lions at Liberty High in Brentwood, California. During his high school years, Randy swam for two USA swim teams, the Liberty Sharks and the Walnut Creek Aquabears. Upon graduation from Liberty High, Randy enlisted into the United States Navy serving aboard the U.S.S. Essex.

Randy’s coaching experience began for Tahoe Swim Club in 1998. In 2000, Randy moved to Reno where he coached the Sparks Piranhas swim team while attending the University of Nevada, Reno. He was the developmental coach during his tenure at Sparks. In February of 2002, Randy joined the staff of the Reno Aquatic Club to coach the White and Great White groups. In May of 2003, he was promoted to Head Age Group Coach and currently coaches the Orange group. Randy attends UNR in pursuit of his Bachelor of of Science degree in Health Ecology. Randy's hobbies include biking, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Lake Tahoe. Randy recently wed Michelle Natzel on October 4, 2003 and is enjoying the wonderful life being a honeymooner.

Senior Assistant Coach - Norm Cipriano (Pre-Senior Group)

Norm was born in Fort Hood, Texas on February 2, 1949. His father was an officer in the U.S. Army, so his family moved many times throughout the United States and Europe. Norm's swimming experience began on age group swim teams in several different cities and towns. His competitive swimming experience ended at Seaside High School where he was the Monterey Bay League Champion in the 100 backstroke.

Norm's coaching experience started at a private country club in Sunnyvale, California. He was head coach for a summer league team from 1970-1973. After moving from Phoenix, Arizona to Reno in 1977, Norm was hired by the Reno Aquatic Club as an age group coach and eventually became Head Age Group Coach from 1977-1982. He worked with the Washoe County School District Aquatics Program from 1977-1991 and during that time was Head Coach at several different high schools. Those schools include Wooster High School from 1977-1981, Hug High School from 1984-1991, and now Sparks High School from 1994-1998.

Norm's hobbies include golf, fishing, jogging, mountain biking and motorcycle riding. His claim to fame is being the high school coach for both Dave Hoover and Ted Dorsey· and surviving it!

Senior Assistant Coach - Susan Schraeder (Junior Group)

Susan began swimming competitively at the early age of eight. She started on the Sparks Piranhas and has swum for most of the coaches in this area at one time or another. Dave Hoover was her coach when she was about ten years old, Norm Cipriano was her high School coach at Hug High School, at which, Ted Dorsey was a teammate of hers. She still holds most of the school records at Hug High School.

After high school, she swam for UNLV for four years. She competed as a breaststroker and sprint freestyler. During most of that time she taught swim lessons and coached. She is currently coaching the Wooster High School swim team and has been for the past eight years.

Susan has been married to Gary Schraeder, whom she met lifeguarding twelve years ago. They have two boys, a two-and-a half year old and a 4 month old. She is taking some time off teaching English and reading at Swope Middle School to raise them to the best of her ability. This gives her the time to do all of the coaching she wants.

“Swimming and children are my love and passion, and coaching is my way of expressing this.”

Age Group Assistant Coach - Sarabeth Metzger (Blue and Blue-Advanced Groups)

Sarabeth was born on October 5, 1978 in San Mateo, California. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Marysville, California where she spent most of her years growing up. She is one of twelve children, nine boys and three girls. At the age of 11, Sarabeth’s parents decided they wanted their children to start swimming, so they joined Feather River Aquatic Club. Unfortunately, the team was dissolved after a year, so Sarabeth’s parents decided to build a 2 lane, 25 yard pool in their backyard and become their children’s swim coaches. Sarabeth was personally trained by her father, Joseph Schweitzer, who coached her to the Junior National level, then Senior Nationals, and then on to the Olympic Trials.
Currently, Sarabeth is enrolled at the University of Nevada, swimming for the Wolfpack and eager to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. For many years, Sarabeth has taught swim lessons to toddlers up to adults. She truly enjoys working with young children, and has found her calling in coaching.
On June 5, 2004, Sarabeth was married to Uleaf Metzger aboard a sailboat on Lake Tahoe. At present, they are enjoying their married life together and being honeymooners!

Age Group Assistant Coach - Ashley Clendenin (White and Great White Groups)

Ashley began swimming for Greenbrook swim team when she was in eighth grade, and then coached there for six years. She swam throughout high school, but never on a club team. After high school, Ashely attended Golden West Community College swimming and playing water polo competively for two years. Golden West became state champions in water polo and swimming both years Ashley competed for them. Ashely then moved to Reno to swim for the University of Nevada for her last two years in college. For the past three summers she has swam with Reno Aquatic Club and competed in five senior national meets.

Ashley met her husband, Colby when they both grew up in Fountain Valley, California. Ashley has just completed her teaching internship and has received a bachelors degree in education from the University of Nevada, Reno. Colby works at Northern Nevada Hospital and just opened a recording studio, Asylum Studios. They both share their love with a newly adopted German Shepard mix puppy, Cali.

Pre-Competitive Assistant Coach - Mike Meany (Dolphin & Minnow Groups)

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