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Nathan Charles Moore

Regional Head Coach

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Coach Nate has been with LTAZ since 2013. During his time as Head Coach, LTAZ has seen a tremendous amount of success. They have grown as a team, and they have had multiple Regional, State, Sectional, Junior National, and Olympic Trials qualifiers. They have also had Sectional champions in both the 200 Free and 1650 Free. 

Coach Nate believes swimmers need to be dedicated, motivated, and have fun on a daily basis in order to be successful. His training is based on high intensity, race-pace training that gets swimmers practicing at the speeds they will race at during meets. Coach Nate believes longer slow swimming during practice with be counter productive to what each swimmer is trying to accomplish. He also believes the atmosphere at practice needs to be energetic, competitive, and swimmers need to race each day to prepare to swim fast at meets. This training philosophy has let to success in events ranging from the 50 Free all the way up to the 1650 Free.

Prior to coaching LTAZ, Coach Nate was the Assistant Head Coach at Scottsdale Aquatic Club. While at Sac, Coach Nate played a large role in building the foundation that contributed to the success of the club. He was the primary coach for a group of swimmers that became some of the fastest swimmers in the United States. This success included multiple National Age Group Record holders, Sectionals qualifiers, Junior National qualifiers, and U.S. Open qualifiers. He instilled his philosophy of lower-volume higher-intensity training in his group, and that philosophy let to him having success with his sprinters, stroke swimmers, and distance swimmers. 

Coach Nate also spent 2 years as the Head Coach of Chaparral High School in 2013 and 2014. While at Chaparral, his teams reached levels that were competitive on the National level. In 2013, he coached multiple high school all-americans, state champions, and state record holders for both the men and the women. He received the AIA Men's Coach of the Year in 2013. In 2014, he led the women's team to the state championship, and he had multiple state champions and state record holders. He won the AIA Women's Coach of the Year in 2014.

Coach Nate is a graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in Political Science. He was team captain his senior year, and he was a Big West finalist in the 500 Free, 1650 Free, and the 400 IM. Coach Nate was a high school all-american, junior college all-american, Junior National qualifier, and U.S. Open qualifier. He swam for the Walnut Creek Aquabears as a club swimmer while growing up in Walnut Creek, California.

Coach Nate and his wife Erin live in Cave Creek with their three sons.

Tyler Jonathan Fox

Scottsdale Head Coach

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M. Christine Dell

Palm Valley Head Site Coach

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My background includes over 20 years of experience swimming on a competitive club team in Columbia, Maryland and racing in Baltimore, Maryland. I've had the opportunity of a life time being able to swim with and even race against some of the fastest olympians in the United States including Beth Botsford, Katie Hoff, Amanda Beard, Jenny Thompson, Matt Grievers, Jeff Davis, Anthony Ervin, both Courtney and Chase Keliz and even Michael Phelps. Unfortunately due to a few significant injuries and illnesses, I never became an Olympian myself, but I learned so, so much from my time in the pool and in the hundreds of thousands of laps back and forth I gave to it.

I qualified for a spot on a Division I college team, I was top 5 in the state of Maryland for at least 1 event for 12 seasons running. When I was 12 I went to the AAU Junior Olympic championships and finaled in every event and won a silver medal in the 200M backstroke. I broke 6 team records, one of which won a Top-16 reportable age-group record that is still standing today since 2001. I qualified for Eastern zones in backstroke and butterfly for 3 consecutive years. After a 12 year break from the pool, I had the honor of representing Life Time at the 2015 US Masters Swimming Spring National Championships and placed top 15 in all 6 of my events. At my best, I was 8 seconds shy of qualifying for US Olympic Trials.

Each set that challenged me- changed me. I never wanted to quit, give-in or walk away, no matter how much it hurt, or how much I hurt because I still wasn't enough. I truly learned so much more than how to be fast, but how to be great with yourself- how to accept results, whether positive or negative, and how to move forward in a positive direction when times are tough.

After taking a 10 year hiatus from swimming to persue 4 college degrees and 2 cross country moves, I came back to this sport thanks to Life Time's aquatic programing. This was something I had already given up so much of my life to and I recongnized I had so much I could share with others who needed the same inspiration that spured that fire in me to be better.

On deck, I coach utilizing 5 Pillars of Respect, I design my site with an engaging, community-based environment yet I still expect discipline, patience, hard work and a positive attitude. Through my experience, I have learned that sometimes, it can come down to how much HEART and WILLINGNESS you put behind this sport-every stroke, every set, every event, every time.

I consider myself a bit more "technique-driven" with my swimmers' strokes and always strive to help my swimmers for injury-prevention and proper stroke conditioning, and overall I believe in the spirit of this sport and what it can give to those who strive for depth, discipline and success in and out of the water.

Anna Nalker

Palm Valley Assistant Coach

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Thalia Tate

Palm Valley Assistant Coach

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Amanda Jacobson

Palm Valley Intro Head Coach

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Erin Stanley

Tempe - Assistant Swim Team Coach

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  Erin was born and raised in Worthington, Ohio. Her swimming career began at age 13 after 10 years of gymnastics. She competed for 1 year at the age-group level before joining her high school swim team. Erin swam all 4 years in high school where her accomplishments included qualifying for the Ohio High School State swim meet her sophomore through senior years, and an All-American award on a relay her senior year. Erin also played water polo all 4 years of high school and was recognized as an All-State and All-American player her sophomore through senior years. Erin continued her swimming career at the division 3 college level at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She specialized in the sprint freestyle events. During her 4 years at Denison, Erin was a 7-time National Champion, 23-time All-American, 4-time Academic All-American, and was on 3 National Record breaking relays. She was a member of the National Championship team her sophomore year.

  Erin graduated from Denison with her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. Erin began her coaching career at her high school alma mater as an assistant coach for two seasons before pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in Saint Louis. Erin moved to Phoenix after graduating from PT school. Erin rejoined the swimming world as an assistant coach for Thunderbird High School for 3 seasons starting in 2012 and she joined the Life Time Team as assistant swim coach in 2013. As a physical therapist, Erin's full-time job is as the Director of Rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Paradise Valley. In her free time, Erin enjoys competing in triathlons and spending time with her dog, Wembley.

Channing Hiruko

Tempe Masters Coach

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I am passionate about swim. It's a life-long sport and I value hard work put into swimming. I have a positive attitude and I encourage my swimmers to always have a goal to work up to. This challenges people to continuously improve and reinforces longevity in the sport. I enjoy being creative with the workouts to get people of all ages engaged and to get everyone to really enjoy swimming as much as I do!

William Wheeler

Scottsdale Masters Coach

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Julianne Marie Dempski

Gilbert Swim Team Head Coach

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Julianne M. Demspki

Julianne began competitively swimming at age 8 and continued her swimming career as a 4 year collegiate athlete at Biola University.  Julianne is a graduate of Biola University in La Mirada, California, where she received her Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders with Minor in Biblical Studies.  She has been coaching and instructing swim teams for over 15 years.  Thus in her coaching career, she has worked with National, Age Group, and Sectional Champions.  Dempski is passionate about sharing her love of this sport and is dedicated to helping each swimmer reach their potential and exceed their goals.

Austin Ryan Baker

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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I recently graduated from Gilbert Classical Academy where I qualified for State all four years. I was the Division 2 State Champion in 100  Freestyle my Sophomore, Junior and Senior year and the 50 Yard freestyle Junior and Senior year. I am currently a student at ASU majoring in Biochemistry. My goal is to develop our swimmers in to strong confident athletes that enjoy the rewards of hard work.

John Hagstrom

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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I began swimming competitively when I was 8 years old, and qualified for state in breaststroke. I began instructing people of all ages to swim since 2007. I have been a swim team coach at Lifetime since 2014. My coaching philosophy is complicated but can be broken down to: Develop strong swimmers to be successful in both swimming and life.

Emily M Labuz

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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Emily is in her first season as assistant coach for Life Time Swim. She began coaching in 2009 and has worked with athletes at the age-group, high school, and collegiate levels.  Her coaching philosophy is simple - build confidence, develop leaders, work hard and have fun.

Amy Farmer-Behrens

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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Hello! I am Amy Behrens and I am an Assistant Swim Coach for the Gilbert Location. I have lived in Gilbert for the majority of my life.  I have a wonderful husband and two very active boys who are five and three and they love to swim!  I recently quit my teaching job as a Special Education teacher to stay home with Dean and Grant.  I have coached a variety of teams from Parks and Recreation teams, High School and USA swim team.  I have had a passion for coaching and teaching swim lessons for over 15 years.  I am 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 who competed in backstroke and some freestyle and IM events.  My coaching style is fun but challenging, and I love to laugh and be spontaneous!  I believe that teaching kids to work hard and to be proud of their accomplishments is key to successful swimmers.

Caryn M Anson

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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I have loved the water as long as I can remember.  I spent summers on a recreational swim team from ages 5-13.  In high school I ran cross-country, but continued to swim on my own at a local pool.  In college I had the opportunity to participate in some intramural swimming.  I also took several swim classes, including swim fitness, lifeguard certification and WSI. I have 14 years experience teaching children and adults to swim.

I have been teaching physical education for 25 years to children in grades K-6.  I have a passion for teaching children to live an active and healthy lifestyle.  I coach a running club, and also coach junior high track and field.
 
I love competing in triathlons.  In 2016, I completed my first Ironman 70.3, here in Arizona.  I also had the opportunity to be a member of Team LUNA Chix in 2016.  LUNA Chix was an amateur women's sports team dedicated to promoting, empowering, and encouraging women in sport.
 
I have been a member of Life Time Fitness since it opened in Gilbert.  I'm very excited to be part of the Life Time Fitness Aquatics program, sharing my passion for swimming and physical fitness.

Sarah Yang

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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I have been swimming since I was 3 years old and since then I have been in love with swimming. I qualified for long and short course states in 2012 and have been to many other championships and regional meets. I recently graduated from Chandler Preparatory Academy and swam for them my senior year, which was the first year they had a swim team. I was one out of five students to qualify for states. I swam the 200 and 500 freestyle and cut 25 seconds in total at states. Senior year was the first time I have swam in 4 years; I made a hard decision to put swimming on hold to focus on school. It was a tough decision, but it made me realize how passionate I am to teach swim and help other kids love it just as much as I do! I worked for a small swim school for about 6 months and now I am working at Life Time. I am hoping to grow these kids in intro swim team to be great swimmers and to be passionate about swim! 

Laura Dahlen

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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Daniel Matchette

Gilbert Swim Team Coach

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My name is Danny Matchette. I have been swimming since I was four years old, competitively since I was six. I grew up in a military family which has allowed me to travel to and swim all over Europe. I now bring all my swimming experience to the pool as a coach!

Board of Directors

Layne Clatterbuck

Aquatics Department Head-Tempe

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Joe Alongi

Aquatics Manager - Gilbert

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Jesse Stigsell

Aquatics Department Head-Palm Valley

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Nathan Charles Moore

Team President-Registrar

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Andrew Wheeler

Aquatics Department Head - Scottsdale

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