Our Coaches

Erik Zador Head Coach for USA Swimming, Extended Swimming, Ripon Sea Lions, Ripon Water Polo, Ripon HS Swimming & PoloSwimming Experience:
Erik was a 4-year high school varsity swimmer receiving first places at SAC-Joaquin Sections in all events at the Frosh-Soph and Varsity levels. He also received high school Athlete of the Year Awards.
1997 Olympic Trial Times in the butterfly and freestyle
1998 West Valley Water Polo and UOP Water Polo and Swimming
2000-2004: Head coach of the Manteca Dolphins Recreational Swim Team
2008: Ripon Aquatics USS Swim coach

Water Polo Experience:
1997 Delta Junior College Water Polo MVP
1998 West Valley Water Polo and UOP Water Polo and Swimming
2004 Head Coach of the Modesto High School Varsity Boys Water Polo Team
In 2011, Erik’s Ripon HS water polo team went 11-wins 3-losses in its inaugural season and qualified for Sac-Joaquin Sections.


Ervin Zador [1935-2012]Though Coach Zador is no longer with us, his spirit lives on with the team that he built.

Former coach for Ripon Aquatics swimming, Ripon Sea Lions, and Extended Swimming
1956 Olympic Gold Medalist in Water Polo
Over 40 years of coaching experience

The Zador Board inventor (see Zaqua)

Accomplished chess player (one time chessmaster)