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Our Coaching Staff


Carroll Vaughan

Head Coach

Coach Carroll is the head coach for the Riptides Water Polo Club as well as the boys' and girls' varsity water polo head coach at Gulliver Prep High School. Coach Carroll was recently honored with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Regional Coach of the Year award for her outstanding leadership and hard work in the Olympic Development Program. She's led her teams to numerous championship titles including the 2012 boys' water polo team and 2013 girls' water polo team state champions.


Chase Vaughan

Assistant Coach

Chase Vaughan is the assistant head coach for the Riptides water polo club and the head coach for Riptides swimming. In addition he is the head swim and water polo coach for Palmetto High School. He graduated from Miami Palmetto Sr high where he played water polo and swam for all 4 years. As a junior and senior he made the Miami Herald's 2nd Team All-Dade selection and won the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Championship as a senior. As a player, he was selected to the 2009 and 2010 First Team All Conference and the 2010 First Team All-American from FIU.


Chris Arias

Assistant Coach

Chris Arias has been part of the Riptides family since 2002. In 2006 he was named Dade County high school boys "coach of the year". He is a very accomplished water polo player with many recognitions. He was 1st team All Dade, 5th team All American, and MVP during his senior year in high school. He made the South East Zone team 2 years in a row. He started the FIU water polo team in his sophomore year in college. In 2004 he made first team SE conference, in 2005 he was MVP and
made 3rd team All American and made the All tournament team at the Nationals. In 2006 he was named South East conference MVP and led his team to a 5th place finish at the nationals.


Ralph Quintero

Assistant Coach

Ralph Quintero has been with the Riptides since 2012 and is both a coach and water polo parent. He is also the head water polo coach for Gulliver Middle School and the assistant water polo coach at Gulliver Prep High School. Ralph played water polo throughout high school as starting goalkeeper for Christopher Columbus High School as well as throughout his college years. He has a life-long passion for the sport of water polo and really enjoys teaching the fundamentals of the sport to newcomers.