Encore is excited to have Lauren return as a Co-Head Coach again this summer! Lauren has been in love with the water since an early age. Starting synchronized swimming she quickly progressed to waterpolo at the age of 10. She played for the Stanford Water Polo club until the age of 18 where she was recruited to play for the women’s D1 Water Polo team at Santa Clara. Along the way Lauren won several championships playing in eight Junior Olympics with Stanford. As well as CCs and WCAL championships during her four years of JV and Varsity swimming and Waterpolo at Saint Francis high school. During her summers Lauren has been actively teaching and coaching swim and waterpolo lessons at Saint Francis. She is currently attending Santa Clara working towards a degree in Political Science with a minor in history.
Encore is estatic to welcome Co-Head Coach Doug! Douglas Rigg started swimming at the age of 4 and competed in swim and water polo into college. He entered his first triathlon when he was 21 years old (Raps – Stanford). It was a reverse tri, which meant the swim was last. This allowed him to get the bike and run out of the way and finish with the event he likes best.
wasn’t until he turned 50 that he entered his next triathlon event. During the
last five years he has completed in many sprint and Olympic distance races, and
5K, 10K, and half-marathon events. Doug finished his first half-Ironman last
coached several youth soccer, baseball, volleyball teams, including serving as
the assistant varsity volleyball coach at
Hi, I’m Kayla Ryan. I am a D1 student-athlete at the University of Hawaii at Manoa majoring in psychology. I swam on Encore for 11 years. During my time at Encore, I achieved 11 team records (the first swimmer at Encore to have a record in every stroke and in every age group), I received 9 MVP awards, 2 presidents awards, a Coach’s award, and I won over 70 races. I had so many great summers and memories because of Encore, so it has always been my dream to come back and be a coach. I have always wanted to coach because I want to help the kids become the best swimmers they can be while having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Hi everyone I’m Sabrina Nijmeh and I have loved being in the water ever since I could remember, I started swimming at 4 and joined Encore at age 6 and loved it, I am also on my school swim team. This will be my third year of coaching at Encore and I can not wait to help the kids improve on their strokes and times. Coming from a family that is filled with younger kids I am able to get along well with them. Encore is such a great team where kids can form many memories and enjoy coming to practices and meets. I can’t wait to start the summer with seeing old faces and welcoming new faces who I’m sure will become longtime dolphins. See you in the pool!
Hi everyone, I’m Ruby Marie! I’ve been in the pool ever since I can remember and, with encore since I was six year old. I have also been on a year round swim team throughout the years. This coming year I will be entering high school where I will join the water polo and swim teams. Last year, I helped out with the six and unders and really enjoyed it! I’ve made lots of friends on this team and have great memories because of it. I really love swimming for the team and trying my hardest at the races! Every year I have had an amazing summer and hope to make it just as amazing for the kids!
Hi, I’m Doga Zeybek. I’ve been swimming since I was about 2 years old! Since then, It’s been my favorite sport. My favorite stroke is backstroke, but my goal is to improve my time on all four strokes. This will be my second year with Encore, and my first year as a volunteer assistant coach. This team has made me such a great swimmer, and I could definitely say that my summer was a blast on Encore! After creating such good bonds and memories with other coaches, volunteering as a coach with this team is a dream come true! I’m looking forward to another great year with Encore!
Hi fellow swimmers, I’m Deva Zeybek. I’ve loved swimming since I was just a baby at 2 years old! I joined my first swim team at the age of 8. Since then, I’ve always been on a year-round competitive swim team. This will be my second summer on Encore, but my first as a volunteer assistant coach. Last summer was a memorable one as I bonded with coaches and other swimmers. Encore is a great team, and I look forward to spending some quality time with younger swimmers. I’m very dedicated to the sport, and I hope I can help others love it as much as I do!
Hi my name is Maddie Borges! I’m 15 years old and a freshman at Pioneer High school. I’ve been swimming since I was 3 years old and have been on encore for 10 years now. This was my first year swimming on the Pioneer team which has also prepared me for the Encore season. This will also be my first year as an assistant coach and I’m so excited to be able to get in the water and help out with the younger kids! Being on the team has helped me make so many new friends and has made such an impact on my swimming. It’s so much fun every summer because this team is like a second family to me and I can’t wait to start another amazing season!!