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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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Shane Austin Layman

Scottsdale Assistant Coach

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Coach Shane joined the Lifetime coaching staff in the spring of 2016. He is the lead coach for our Bronze and Senior 3 training groups. His previous experience includes work as an Assistant Coach for Scottsdale Aquatic Club, Swim Neptune, and Moon Valley Aquatic Club. During that time he has helped develop some of the top swimmers both locally and nationally. He also swam competitively with USA Swimming for 6 years.

Coach Shane believes in setting a foundation of sound technique and enjoyment of the team environment with each of his athletes. Under his tutelage, the age group program at Lifetime Scottsdale has seen tremendous improvement. His enjoyment of working with kids, his love for our sport, and his passion for helping each kid develop important foundational skills continues to enrich our team.  

M. 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 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!

Nick M Hansen

Gilbert Assistant Aquatics Manager

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Gilbert Assistant Aquatics Manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

Channing Hiruko

TMP Intro 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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Austin Ryan Baker

Assistant Coach Gilbert

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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.

Emil Margallo

Gilbert- Swim Team Coach

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I came from a track and field background all through high school until I came out here to AZ to attend college at Arizona State. I graduated from ASU in 2015 where I competed in collegiate triathlon for my last three years there with the ASU Triathlon Club team competing at USAT Collegiate Nationals all 3 years. I left ASU with a degree in Biology/Pre-Med currently taking a break from school to gain some work experience as well as try myself in competitively racing triathlons. I've race the IMAZ 70.3 in 2016 and will soon be racing the full IMAZ in Nov. Almost all of my swim experience and knowledge comes from the triathlon background as well as the ASU Swim Devils Masters Program. I hope to bring all that same knowledge and experience to the kids and members here at Life Time and help them achieve their goals.

Board of Directors

Layne Clatterbuck

Aquatics Department Head-Tempe

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Joe Alongi

Aquatics Department Head-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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