Tier II & Associate Head Coach
Atsuko Perkins has been with Sparks Piranhas coaching staff since September of 2008. She is originally from Yokohama, Japan. She graduated from Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama
Upon graduation, she taught English to students from 3 years old to adults.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping people grow and become better people, and tutoring people in English has always been very rewarding to me. I’m still doing it today, and still find it very rewarding!”
Atsuko first began her coaching career at the U.S. Naval Station in Atsugi, Japan when her eldest son began his swimming career. She then moved to the U.S, Naval Station in Fallon, Nevada in October of 1996.
By the summer of 1997, she joined the Fallon Barracuda Swim Team coaching staff, soon assuming the head coach’s position, where both her sons were also on the swim team; her husband Robert became a stroke & turn official as well.
Atsuko coached the junior varsity volleyball team at Churchill County High School as a head coach, as well as the assistant coach for varsity team.
She also coached the Churchill County High School Swim Team for 8 years. She had many talented swimmers throughout the years. While a coach at the high school,
She then joined the coaching staff at the University of Nevada Women’s Swim Team in 2008. She spent 4 years as a member of the staff under then head coach, Mike Richmond.
“I just love coaching any level of swimmer and I get to see our young athletes improve every day. I fell in love with our head coach’s philosophy and enjoy working with all of our coaches and parents. I am so fortunate to be on the Piranhas coaching staff with such an excellent group of people!”
Atsuko currently resides in Sparks with her husband Robert and she has two sons, Christopher and Brian, along with one grandson, Brody, and a dog named Daisy.
Team owner and head coach Mike Richmond says, “Man, Atsuko has not only been a member of coaching staffs at both the University of Nevada as well as Sparks Piranhas, but has been such a great friend for more than a decade.
She brings a passion to her daily coaching career, and likes to be a ‘CEO’ each day: Chief Energy Officer! She has fantastic energy, and a strong background in coaching at all levels of our sport. She has a passion to see kids excel both in the pool and in their personal lives. She is very loyal to the Piranhas, and every athlete, coach and parent is blessed to have her in their lives.
Atsuko is and always has been extremely eager to learn and grow as a coach, and her knowledge of our sport and our profession is truly remarkable. She has never stopped pursuing a personal quest for excellence within our sport, and I’ve seen her career sore throughout the years. She has always been a great resource for me in my coaching career, and has been a foundation for this program since the day she joined my staff.
I couldn’t imagine coaching without her, she’s been a huge part of my life for almost a decade, and I look forward to many more years with her as both a colleague and friend.”