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Nate Moore

Regional Head Coach

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Nate has been coaching in Arizona since 2007. Prior to becoming the Regional Head Coach at LTAZ, Nate was the Assistant Head Coach at Scottsdale Aquatic Club. Coach Nate is also the Head Coach of Chaparral High School.

During his time at SAC, Coach Nate's swimmers had tremendous success. He was the primary coach for swimmers that reached the level of State, Far Western, Sectional, Junior and Senior National, and U.S.Open qualifying times. Swimmers under his guidance set team records, ranked in the top 10 nationally, and set national records reaching #1 all-time in USA Swimming.

Chaparral High School had one of the best seasons in school history under the guidance of Coach Nate. The team set numerous school records, and also set state records in the Girls 200 Medley Relay (1:44.92), Boys 200 Medley Relay (1:32.01), and Boys 50 Free (19.55). Coach Nate was named the 2013 AIA Division 1 Boy's Coach of the Year.

Coach Nate believes practice should be energized, fun, and challenging for swimmers. The majority of practice is swum at race pace. He believes swimmers will have a greater attention to detail if they know exactly how the work they are doing will help their races. Distances swum in practice will be shorter, but the high intensity of each swim will help build up the endurance of the swimmers. This training method has produced Senior National qualifiers in events ranging from the 50 Free all the way to the 1000 Free. Nate also believes having fun with the sport is one of the biggest contributing factors to the success of the team. He focuses on giving swimmers constructive positive feedback, and he values the opinion and feedback he gets from each swimmer. Coach Nate believes that communication and mutual respect between the swimmers and coaches is crucial to the success of the team.

During his swimming career, Coach Nate was a High School All-American, Junior College All-American, Junior National qualifier in the 400 IM and 500 Free, U.S.. Open qualifier in the 400 IM, Big 8 finalist in the 400 IM, Big West finalist in the 400 IM, 500 Free, and 1650 Free, Masters National Champion in the 400 IM, 500 Free, and 1650 Free, and he has won open water races in Tempe Town Lake, La Jolla California, and Lake Tahoe. Coach Nate is the Arizona Masters Swimming record holder in the 400 IM for 25-29 year olds, and the Pacific Swimming record holder in the 400 SCM Free for 19-24 year olds.

Coach Nate graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Political Science. He lives in Cave Creek with his wife Erin, and sons Cole and Chaz.

 

Nicole Wedel

Scottsdale - Head Age Group Coach

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I started swimming with the Melrose Makos Swim Team in Phoenix when I was 8 years old. After thoroughly enjoying it, my parents put me in summer swimming at Roadrunner Park. Here is where I learned of “club swimming”! What went from something I enjoyed came a way of life. I swam for Scottsdale Aquatic Club for two years, and then we moved to Colorado where I swam for Pueblo Swim Club until I went to college. Along with swimming for PSC, I enjoyed being the team’s Event Coordinator. Along with swimming club, I also swam for the high school team and made it to State all four years and even set many records for my high school team. After high school, I swam for college all the years I attended University of Northern Colorado (Div. 1). My favorite strokes are the distance freestyle and the butterfly.

Being that I love swimming; it has been my joy to pass it on to the next generation. I have worked as the head swim coach at Pueblo Country Club Swim Team. I also taught swim lessons through Swim America for 4 years. And most recently, have been teaching swim lessons for Life Time Fitness since 2013. Watching the kids learn how to swim, perfect their strokes and achieve their goals is very rewarding to me. I also believe that swimming teaches you many life-lessons that you can carry with you throughout your life.

Nick M Hansen

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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I am the head swim coach at Gilbert Lifetime Fitness, and I have been in the aquatic field for about ten years, teaching, coaching, and lifeguarding. I have my lifeguard, CPR, AED, and first aid certifications. I have become very good at perfecting technique and stroke correction, and am becoming good at motivating the kids to do thier best. I believe that swimming should be fun and competitive. I want my swimmers to do it the right way be fast and have fun doing it.

Brendan Keyes

Gilbert Master Coach

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My current certifications include CPR, Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Training Instructor, National Federation of High School Coaches Certification in Swimming, Soccer and Track and Field.  I have been a swimmer for 37 years on the club and collegiate level. Coaching experience: High School Level for 19 years and masters level for 10.  Philosophy, technique is the key to life-long enjoyment of the sport.  Speed comes and goes, but technique will carry you through.  Masters Swim team (am).  I enjoy mud runs and obstacle course races and spending time with my family.

Angela Schneider

Gilbert Master Coach

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I am the Masters Swim Team Coach.  I currently live in Gilbert, AZ with my husband and two wonderful children.  I am originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.  I attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania where I swam on our school's team.  My specialties were distance events which included the 1650 (the mile) and the 1000.  Additionally, I have trained in Florida at the Hall of Fame Pool.  My coaching experience includes teaching one-on-one lessons throughout my college years to individuals at all skill-levels, and also coaching a junior swim team for a private country club in my home town.  I started at Life Time Fitness in 2010 teaching swim lessons for adults and children.  When the opportunity arose to teach Masters Swim I was excited to accept the position.  My philosophy when it comes to swimming is to have fun and try and exceed your own expectations. 

Amy Farmer-Behrens

Gilbert - Swim Team Coach

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My name is Amy Behrens, I live in Gilbert with my husband and two very active boys.  I am currently certified in Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor Trainer, CPR and First Aid.  I have always had a passion for swimming.  I was a high school swimmer, I have coached both recreational teams and high school, and taught swim lessons for the last 15 years.  I think that water safety is very important and have spent the last 15 years working with kids and adults to improve their skills and become more water conscious.  I think that it is important to challenge swimmers and show them the reward of correct technique and hard work.  Swimming is such a rewarding sport and the highlight of coaching is when you see the joy on a swimmers' face from improving their time and seeing their hard work pay off. During the day I am a Special Education Teacher in an Elementary Resource classroom for the Gilbert Public Schools.

Easton Noel

Gilbert - Intro Swim Team Coach

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I have been swimming since I was five years old. I became a U.S.A competitive swimmer at the age of twelve. Unfortunately a shoulder injury resulted in a surgery as well as me losing my Olympic recruitment. I started swimming again at the age of fourteen when I started at Mesquite high school. Since my freshman year at Mesquite, where I made it to state all four years, both individually as well as with relays. My senior year I was ranked seventeenth in the state for both the 100 and 50 freestyles. I also have won V.I.P all four years, and was named captain of my swim team my senior year. I absolutely love swimming, and I love to coach! My biggest goal is to give each and every child the skills they need to further their swimming, who knows they could be the next Michael Phelps :)

John Hagstrom

Gilbert - Intro Swim Team Coach

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I have been swimming since I was 6 years old, and started to competitively swim when I was 8 years old.  I swam for Chandler High school from 2005-2008.  I am a certified in Lifeguarding, CPR, and as a Swim Instructor.  I have been working as a swim instructor for the past 7 years.  My specialty stroke is freestyle.

Gabriel Charles

Gilbert - Swim Team Coach

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          My name is Gabriel Charles, I am currently a Head Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for Life Time Fitness in Gilbert, Arizona. I love riding my mountain bike and running long distances. In my spare time, I enjoy classes at Mesa Community College and ASU. In the last twenty years, I have studied and completed certifications for lifeguarding, open water, rivers, streams and water parks.

          I love to teach others how to swim and look forward to coaching some of these swimmers to compete in preparation for college, Masters, or Triathlon competitions.  I know I can contribute a wealth of information and realistic training to accomplish their goals. I recently completed the USA Swimming certification and look forward to more training and experience with the swim program here at Life Time Fitness.

Tracy Lassen

Gilbert Master Coach

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Tracy Lassen is a native to Arizona. Growing up in Tucson he started swimming at the age of seven. When he turned thirteen, he added playing water polo to his workouts. While playing in high school Tracy became an All American in his Junior and Senior years.  After a brief attempt at swimming for Arizona State Sun Devils, he followed his passion for the sport of water polo. He transferred to the University of Arizona where he played Water Polo all four years. After college he started his career, wed his current wife and went on to have three beautiful girls. While raising his kids he developed the passion for triathlons. He went on to complete Ironman Arizona and Ironman Cozumel. Today he has retired from the sport and races motocross to fulfill his competitive needs. The passion for the water has never left Tracy and coaching Masters and High Level Athletes is his way of giving back to the sport that has given him so much over the years.

Board of Directors

Alden Bryant

Aquatics Department Head - Palm Valley

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Nikki Crider

Aquatics Department Head - Gilbert

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Kelly LeDoux

Aquatics Regional Support Lead - AZ & NV

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Tina A Royer

Aquatics Department Head - Tempe

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