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Nate Moore

Regional Head Coach

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Tyler Fox

Scottsdale Head Coach

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Rob Blundell

Head Age Group Coach

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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.

Christine Dell

Palm Valley Head Site Coach

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I started swimming at the age of 6  in my hometown of Columbia, Maryland. After thoroughly enjoying it my first summer...and my parents noticing I wasn't exactly talented with a ball or on any sort of playing field ;) they gave me the experience of a lifetime in competitive swimming with Columbia Aquatics Association (CAA) where I remained a highly competitive swimmer for 15 years, & routinely swam against some of the most powerful teams in the US including NBAC. There I learned far more than the lifesaving value of swimming, but what it means to be TRULY COMMITTED and DEDICATED to something that matches your passion, no matter what it takes.

By the time I was 10, I reached States in over a dozen events, as 11-12, I landed a Top 16 reportable time, several AAAA times, 6 team records, 2 of which are STILL STANDING today, qualified for Eastern Zones team after making  top 2 in States and by invitation for the 200 fly and moved into our Senior elite group and started swimming with the high schoolers and College scholarship athletes....as a complete underdog!!. In 2001, I chose to have some fun & went to the Junior Olympics and placed top 5 in every single event and won Silver in the 200back.

In my early teens through high school I was training 5-8 hours a day including dryland and weight training, swimming close to 10,000 yards a day.... and unfortunately... it became too much and I fell to injury and illness which damaged my shoulders, knees and lungs....but through all.... I simply LOVED swimming too much to ever say the words "I quit" or "I just can't do this anymore"....even through the worst, I couldn't let go. I remained loyal to CAA through high school until graduation. That summer I went to work for the Columbia Association and lifeguarded, taught swim lessons, and was an assistant coach for the Sundevils, my first team :) When it came time for College, I bypassed my spot on an in-state Div I school and choose Arcadia University in PA for a better major of study. There I broke one of the oldest swim team records the team had after 14 years, the 200 fly.

Fast forward 8 years of intense college material in 5 majors/specializations including Psychobiology, Science, Nursing, Health Science and Public Health, HERE I AM with this AWESOME chance of fully embracing competitive swimming again WITH ALL OF YOU as your cheerleader and having the massive honor and privilege of being called "Coach" again! Brings such a smile to my heart that I haven't felt in a long time!

On deck during practices I thoroughly BELIEVE in RESPECT, I STRIVE for a COMMUNITY-based environment and EXPECT DSCIPLINE, HARD WORK and a POSITIVE ATTITUDE when it comes to practice. I have learned that it's not about how much you swim or how often, it's how much HEART and WILL you give to the sport, let alone the physical exertion you place behind your determinations- every swim, every time, focusing on technique and the anatomy behind the movements in the water that will help take you there most effectively. I truly believe in the SPIRIT that Swimming can provide the soul and the FUN it can bring for those who are willing to experience the sheer thrill and give themselves the chance this sport and its swimmers deserve!

Matthew Bowers

Tempe Head Site Coach

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My name is Matthew, and I am currently the head site coach for age group swim team and one of the Masters coaches for Life Time Fitness Tempe. I have been coaching for three years with multiple recreational swim teams across Arizona. I love swimming and work to pass on my passion for swimming to every individual I coach. It was not until four years ago when my own swim coach instilled a passion for the water in me did I decide to change my career from music performance to swim team coaching. Since developing many athletic injuries as a musician, I have learned the importance of health and fitness for everyone and highly encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. It is my goal to actively better myself as a coach, and continue my B.M. in music education in the near future.

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.

John Hagstrom

Gilbert - 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.

Andrew Wheeler

Gilbert - Swim Team Coach

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Swimming has always been my sport of choice. Swimming has always been a huge part of my life. I started in learn-to-swim classes and worked my way to be the captain of the varsity swim team in high school. I took a small break from swimming and fell in love with coaching. I have coached teams as small as 1 swimmer and as large as 102. I have had beginners all the way to state and league champions. Regardless the swimmers level, my goal as a coach is to keep the athlete enthused and excited about swimming while progressing towards their personal goals!

Marsha Hilliard

Gilbert - Swim Team Coach

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I am originally from Wisconsin where I grew up swimming for The Schroeder Swim Team. I was a Junior National champion in the 50 free and a Senior National qualifier MANY years ago. Once my children were old enough to join the age group team I began coaching. With over 25 years of swimming and coaching experience my focus is to help swimmers exel and achieve success in a supportive and fun environment.

Sebrina Rodriguez

Gilbert - Swim Team Coach

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Sebrina started swimming when she was two years old. She took lessons until she was ready to join a competitive swim team. At 9 years old she joined DTAC and swam for a year before double sporting became too difficult. She took a break until freshman year when she swam for Campo Verde's Varsity swim team. She did well making it to the second day of the state championships. More recently, she has been working for Life Time Fitness Gilbert in Aquatics and is loving it. She has been teaching lessons with Life Time for a little over a year is excited for the new coaching endeavor.

Board of Directors

Nikki Crider

Aquatics Department Head - Gilbert

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Tina A Royer

Aquatics Department Head - Tempe

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Layne Clatterbuck

Aquatics Department Head - Scottsdale

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Nate Moore

Regional Head Coach

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