Meet The SOAR Staff | Redding Gym

Meet The SOAR Staff | Redding Gym

 Steve Lazaraton – SOAR Head Coach

Steve and his family moved to Redding in the summer of 2016 from Jacksonville, Florida where Steve taught and coached at The Bolles School for fifteen years.  He was fortunate to work along some of the best coaches in the country and be part of a team that has such a storied program producing over 50 Olympic athletes in the last 30 years. Steve’s  coaching is guided by a core set of values, including instilling a love for the sport, teaching proper stroke techniques, developing goal setting, having fun, swimmers learning responsibility, teaching work ethic and perseverance, developing respect between teammates, competitors and those around them, and most important, developing excellent character. Steve believes that at the end of the day, character is what counts and that will be an emphasis going forward.

 Angie Baker – Swim Lesson Program Director

Angie Baker was born and raised on the pool decks of Redding and began swimming competitively at the age of 6. She has always had a love for aquatics and is excited to share that passion with her Redding community. In 2003, Angie moved to Arcata for college; where she earned a B.S. in Kinesiology at Humboldt State University and met her husband, Joe (at the pool).

While attending school, she worked as the Head Age Group Coach for the Humboldt Swim Club and a Swim Lessons Supervisor for the Arcata Community Pool.  From there, Angie interned as a P.E. Teacher at The International School Villa Amalienhof in Berlin, Germany. She and her husband then moved to San Diego in 2010; where Angie was the Head Coach for Coronado Navy Swim Association and taught private lessons for 2 years.

She and her husband have slowly been making their way back north, from the Bay Area to Chico; where Angie continued coaching and teaching swimming. Angie and her husband moved to Redding in September of 2015 with their new little boy, Che, to settle down and raise a family. She is looking forward to being a part of the SOAR Team and thrilled to bring her swimming expertise and enthusiasm to Sun Oaks.

Angie’s personal motto is, “Attitude is Everything.” She believes that with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, you can accomplish your goals. Stop by and say hi to Angie on the pool deck!


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