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Mike Richmond Varsity Head Coach: Girls and Boys Team

Education / Professional Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Sport Science and Physical Education (Minor in Education) from the University of Denver
  • Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Denver
  • Arapahoe High School Physical Education and Health Teacher for 23 years

Coaching Experience

High School Coaching Experience:

  • Arapahoe High School Girls (1995/96 – present)
  • Arapahoe High School Boys (1995/96 – present)
  • Smoky Hill High School Boys (1987 – 1995)
  • Smoky Hill High School Girls (1989 – 1994)
  • Overland High School Girls (1986 – 1988)

Colorado High School Swimming Coaches Association:

  • President: 1992
  • Vice President: 1989-1991
  • Committee Member: 1998-2001

U.S.S. Coaching Experience:

  • SEA Swim (1992-1995) Head Coach & Founder
  • MVC / MACS (1987-1988) Assistant Senior Elite Coach
  • Mile High Aquatics (1985-1987) Head Age Group Coach (merged with ACES)

College Coach experience:

  • University Denver 1984 – 1985 (Graduate Assistant Coach)

Swimming Experience:

  • 15 years St. Louis Park Swim Club – Minneapolis, MN
  • Englewood Englehoppers / ACES
  • All-American Collegiate status – University of Denver
  • Minnesota Individual State (Club) Championship Swimming Titles: 100, 200 & 400 Free, 200 & 400 IM, 100 & 200 Back

Highlights:

  • Coach of 21 State High School Swimming Champions, 58 All-American individual events (38 at Arapahoe since 1995/96)
  • Coach of record for 3 State High School Record individual events and one relay
  • Coach of two State Champion Teams: Arapahoe (Girls) High School: 2001 & 2002
  • Coach of two Boys State 2nd place teams: 2000 & 2005/2006
  • Coach of six Girls State 2nd place teams: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

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Cory Drost Head Dive Coach: Boys Team

Education / Professional Experience:

  • B.S. Psychology - Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Graduate work at University of Colorado - Denver in Education
  • Licensed teacher: taught 6th Grade Math/Science

Personal Diving Experience:

  • High School Diving and State Runner Up
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver Diver (placed 10th in Nationals)

Coaching Experience:

  • Coached for 20+ years at Skyline Acres Swim and Tennis Club. League and State Champions for 10 of those years.
  • Started Coaching under Mike Richmond at Smoky Hill High School (1992)
  • Continued Coaching Boys and Girls Teams in Cherry Creek Schools for the next 15 years

Notable:

  • Coached 2 All-Americans and 2 State Champions

Hobbies:

  • Camping, Hiking, and Running

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George Farner Assistant Coach: Boys Team

Education / Professional Experience:

  • B.A. History with Minor in Political Science - Lewis and Clark College
  • Owner: Farner Associates specializing in Office Furniture, Cubicles, and Ergonomic Seating for the past 30+ years

Coaching Experience:

  • Arapahoe High School Boys (2003 - present)
  • Heritage High School Girls (2018 - present)

Hobbies:

Basketball, Golf, Music, Old movies, and Grandchildren

Fun Fact:

Born in Tokyo, Japan

Favorite Quote:

"That'll be the day." - John Wayne, The Searchers

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TJ Bruno Assistant Coach: Boys Team

Coach T.J. comes to us from Connecticut

Education / Professional Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut
  • Master’s Degree in Teaching - Physical Education from Manhattanville College

Coaching Experience:

  • Head Age Group Coach for the Greenwich YMCA Marlins
  • Assistant Coach for the State Champion Greenwich High School Boys Swim and Dive Team
  • Head Coach for the Greenwich Water Club Summer Swim Team
  • Assistant Coach with Highlands Ranch Aquatic Club as the lead High School group coach
    • During his time with HRA he had the opportunity to work with the High School Groups and worked with the Sectional, National, and Red Groups as well.
    • While he was with HRA's High School groups, the group had a surge in performance as well as attendance and much was contributed to his enthusiasm and fight for more practice time and pool space. 
  • Coach TJ has spent the past 9 years working with swimmers ranging from 8 to 19 and of all skill levels

Coach TJ is excited to work with Coach Richmond and bring his enthusiasm to the deck with the Arapahoe Boys Swim and Dive team.

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Rimas Vaitaitis Assistant Coach: Boys Team

Education / Professional Experience:

  • Bachelor of Music Education, University of Northern Colorado, 1983
  • Master of Music Education, University of Northern Colorado, 1985
  • Eagle Valley Middle School Music Instructor, 1984-87
  • Euclid Middle School Band Director, 1987-2018

Competitive Swimming Experience:

  • South Suburban Tarpons
  • Arapahoe High School Warriors
  • University of Northern Colorado Bears
  • Currently Swim with South Suburban Masters Team: Finaddicts

Coaching / Teaching Experience:

  • Red Cross Swim Instructor
  • Red Cross LifeGuard
  • Assistant Coach: Mile High Aquatics
  • RMSL Stroke Judge

Hobbies:

Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Music

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Taylor Watson Volunteer Coach: Boys Team

Hello! I am Taylor Watson. I graduated from Arapahoe High School in 2012. I was a dual sport athlete during my time at Arapahoe. I played Football and swam for our Varsity team for four years. My senior year, I was a Captain of the swim team. This was by far the greatest experience of my high school career. I was blessed to be a part of an incredibly special team with a great group of men. 

Athletics and school never came easy to me. I worked my butt off to be a state qualifier in the 100 breaststroke. To this day, that moment is still one of my fondest memories and I credit my team for believing in me to achieve that goal. I had to learn how to be successful and built my achievements from hard work, dedication, and commitment. I know what it takes to fight through hard times and persevere through pain. The key ingredient is Heart. My job was to inspire my team in 2012 and I was known for presenting motivational speeches. I look forward to instilling the values, culture, and heart into future teams at Arapahoe High School and showing our great community what it means to be a Warrior! 

I studied at Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor’s in business management with a concentration in Corporate Finance and Investment Analysis. I was an active member of Theta Chi Fraternity a leadership and involvement fraternity. I continued to deliver motivational speeches and began my career in investment management through CSU’s Summit Fund. 

I currently serve the Colorado community as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones since graduating. My office is headquartered in Castle Pines, Colorado. I work extremely hard to care for my family and give others a hand up. It is my pleasure to be able to give back to the Arapahoe Swim Team. This will be my fourth-year volunteer coaching for the team. I have worked with the coaches and parents to establish the Heart of a Warrior Scholarship. I am extremely excited for how far we have come with the fund and look forward to the legacy we can build for future Warriors. Please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to get involved with the scholarship our have additional questions. It comes from the heart!

Go Warriors!

Phone: (303) 704-3181
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Anna Koerner JV Head Coach: Girls Team
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Christine Maybee Assistant JV Coach: Girls Team

I am Christine Maybee! I graduated from Arapahoe High School in 2015. I swam for three years of high school on the varsity team; unfortunately taking off my junior year for a full rotator cuff repair.

I was, and still am in love with the 100 butterfly. I was a high school state qualifer in the 100 fly, as well as a club state qualifier in the 200 butterfly. To be sure, I have experienced the challenges brought on by a career changing injury and I know the effort and patience it takes to overcome!

I attended University of Wyoming and graduated in 2019. My major was business management with a concentration in consulting. In addition, I was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and went on to get my paralegal license at Front Range Community College.Soon there after, I worked for a small personal injury firm as a legal assistant

Currently, I am an assistant paralegal for Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell - a large defense firm in Downtown Denver.

I coached at Homestead Farms II as an assistant and head coach. Most recently, I was an assistant coach for the 2019-20 Fort Collins High School girls swim team.

I look forward to sharing and passing on my love and passion for the sport of swimming and have found coaching high school to be my favorite coaching experience.

Finally, I am beyond excited to return home to Arapahoe to assist with coaching the Junior Varsity girls. Please always feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Go Warriors!

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