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EMAIL: keith.mcknett@ouhsd.k12.ca.us

Keith McKnett came to Rio Mesa High School in 2001.  He took over the swim and water polo programs and with the help of a new pool in 2004; the support of Athlete Director Brian Fitzgerald, and plenty of help from fellow coaches Derrick Timmons, Bill Oliver, Tim Hedrick, and many more, our success began. Rio Mesa is wonderful and so are the students and parents.

In addition to coaching, Mr. McKnett teaches Earth Science and Health.  He is married to Rachel of 14 years and have two girls, Talia (8) and Teagan (5) who will be in the Rio Mesa graduating class of 2024 and 2027.

Here are some accomplishments at Rio Mesa

  • Member of the Ventura Sports Hall of Fame (Swimming/Water Polo)-2013
  • 13 time Pacific View League Coach of the Year –Water Polo (2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2015)
  • 2 time CIF Coach of the Year-Water Polo (2009, 2010)
  • Daily News Coach of the Year-Water Polo (2004)
  • Nominated for California Coach of the Year- Swimming (2010)
  • CIF Champions Boys swimming (2015)
  • 2 CIF water polo runner-up finishes (2009,2010)
  • 12 water polo league titles
  • 17 swimming league titles
  • 101 straight league wins for boys swimming (101-0)

Rio Mesa High School Athletic Clearance process is now online.  Please go to https://www.athleticclearance.com/and create a profile account for every sport your student wants to participate in. You must complete steps 1-4 and upload a current sports physical and complete the  transportation form and turn it into Lauri Scott in the main office.  This must be done in order for students to tryout, practice or participate in athletics.

Contact Coach McKnett for more info. 407-3863 or email keith.mcknett@ouhsd.k12.ca.us

Summer Swim will be held from June 19 – August 4 every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm and every Friday from 6:30 am – 8:00 am

All swimmers MUST BE athletically cleared in order to participate-No Exceptions.

Parent permission form for transporting students in privately-owned vehicles

Athletic Physical & Parent Consent Form in English and Spanish

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Rio Mesa Boys Swim Team with Head Boys Coach Keith McKnett and Camarillo Mayor Mike Morgan at the Camarillo City Council meeting being recognized for the boys’ 17th straight league championship.  Rio Mesa Boys Swimming is 106-0 in league meets.  Rio Mesa Boys Swim Team is also last year’s defending CIF champions in swimming.