Regional Head Coach
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.
Scottsdale Head Coach
Palm Valley Masters Head Coach
M. Christine Dell
Palm Valley Head Site Coach
I started swimming at the age of 6 in my hometown of Columbia, Maryland and grew to enjoy the aquatics experience of a lifetime 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.
At age 10, I reached States in over a dozen events; by 11-12, I landed Top 16 reportable times and two national ranking relays, went to Long course Zones and was nearing sectional qualifying times; achieved several AAAA times, 6 team records, 2 of which are STILL STANDING today....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.
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 at Towson Div I college team 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 with three different colleges, HERE I AM as a Swim Coach again.
On deck during practice I thoroughly BELIEVE in RESPECT, I STRIVE for a COMMUNITY-based environment and EXPECT DSCIPLINE, HARD WORK and a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. 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-every stroke, every set every event every time. I am a technique junkie! I truly believe in the SPIRIT of Swimming as a competitive sport, one that can provide food for the soul and FUN for all who are willing to experience the sheer thrill and give themselves the chance this sport and its swimmers deserve!
Gilbert - Head Swim Team Coach
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 achieve success in a supportive and fun environment.
Nick M Hansen
Gilbert Swim Team Coach
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.
Gilbert - Swim Team Coach
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.
Gilbert - Swim Team Coach
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.
Matthew Bradley Bowers
Tempe Head Site Coach
My name is Bradley, 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 with Life Time Arizona for one and a half years, and 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 five 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.
Tempe - Assistant Swim Team Coach
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.
Gilbert Master Coach
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.
Gilbert Master Coach
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
Gilbert Master Coach
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.
Gilbert Intro Swim Team Coach
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.
Gilbert Intro Swim Team Coach
Connor is a Head Guard, Swim Instructor and Intro Swim Team Coach for Life Time Fitness Gilbert. He swam competitively for 7 years at the club level. His favorite stroke is breaststroke. His specialty races included 100/200 breaststroke, 500 freestyle and 200 IM.
Gilbert Intro Swim Team Coach
My name is Daron Ta. I am currently a lifeguard, swim instructor, and Intro swim team coach for Lifetime Fitness Gilbert. I have swam at the competitive level since I was 12. I also swam for the varsity team at Mesquite High School for all four years and competed at the state competitions for three of my high school years. My favorite events to swim are the 200 Breast, 100 Breast, 500 Free, and 800 Free (long course). I tend to focus a lot on technique to ensure all swimmer's strokes have a good foundation and wish to use my experience in swimming to help every swimmer improve to reach their competitive goals.
TMP Intro Coach/SCT Master Swim Coach
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!