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Eric Adams

Regional Head Coach Colorado

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Eric is a native of Grand Junction, Colorado, where he grew up swimming for the Grand Junction Dolphins.  He was a Junior National qualifier in the 200 Breaststroke in 1997. He attended the University of North Dakota, where he was a four your member of the men’s swimming team and helped the team to 3 North Central Conference titles.  He has been involved in the sport of swimming since the age of seven.

Eric is returning to Colorado from Virginia where he was the Head Coach of a 500-swimmer team operating out of two facilities. He also served as a swim meet director for at least four meets annually.  He is an ASCA Level 3 coach with more than 12 years of experience coaching. He has worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities to include high performance age group and senior swimmers, collegiate swimmers, high school and recreational swimmers.  He has coached numerous Potomac Valley Swimming champions, Eastern Zone and Sectional qualifiers and finalists, NSCA qualifiers, and over 100 team records have been set by his swimmers during this time. 

 

Past Coaching Experience:

SNOW Swimming 2002-2013

Head Coach of the Broadlands Piranhas: 2004-2008

Aquatics Instructor for Town Of Leesburg:  2002-2006

Assistant Coach Loudoun County High School-2002-2005

Assistant Coach Potomac Station Sailfish:  Summer 2003

Assistant Coach Grand Junction Dolphins:  Summer 2002

Assistant Coach University of North Dakota:  2001/20012Season

 

Scott Nielson

Head Coach Parker

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We wouldlike to welcomeand introducethe newHead Swim Coach for our USA team. Scott grew up in Mount Vernon, Ohio where he started swimming in 8thgrade. Heswam and ran cross country throughout high school and continuedon with swimming in college. He swam at Hope College in Holland Michigan.

His philosophy towards swimming is pretty common sense. Hebelievesyou get out what you put into itandreally enjoyswatching young athletes share a desire to improve as well as better themselves as individuals. When he began coaching, healso began to understand the full impact of watching growth occur. He getsa sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing that hehelped make a differenceand impact on young swimmers. The sport of swimming has givenhima lot of opportunities that hehopesto share with others.

Prior Experience

-Head Coach: Cut Bank Sharks

-Coached Multiple All State Summer performances (Boys Senior 200 Freestyle relay, Boys Senior 200 Medley Relay, Girls Senior 200 Freestyle relay, Girls Senior 200 Medley Relay, Girls 11-12 200 Medley Relay, Girls 11-12 200 Freestyle Relay, Boys Senior 50, 100, 400 Freestyle, Girls 11-12 200 Individual Medley, Boys 13-14 Individual Medley, Girls Senior 200 Individual Medley, Girls Senior 100 Back, Boys Senior 100 Breaststroke, Boys 8 and Under 50 Freestyle, Girls 11-12 100 Freestyle, Girls 9-10 50 Backstroke)

-Assistant Coach: Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio

-Aided in bringing club program to hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio-Worked under head coach Steve Nye who has coached numerous All Americans-Aided in developing and growth of club branch

College-4 year letter winner for Division III Hope College-Member of 2010 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship Swim Team-Specialized in 200 and 100 yard Breaststroke

 

High School-4 year varsity letter winner-2nd place Ohio Capital Conference 100 Butterfly/3rd place 100 Breaststroke (2009)-2nd place Ohio Capital Conference 100 Breaststroke (2008)

Karen Anne Athen

Co-Head Coach Colorado Springs

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·         {C} I love swimming.

·         {C} I started swimming competitively when I was eight years old.

·         {C} I swam mostly summer league with a few year-round AAU years thrown in.

·         {C} I am a backstroker.

·         {C} I started coaching when I was seventeen years old.

·         {C} I coached novice and age group swimmers on the local summer league in California for around five years.

·         {C} I absolutely love helping young swimmers improve.

·         {C} I swam varsity all four years of high school.

·         {C} I qualified and swam in regional meets all four years of high school.

·         {C} I was All-American in 50 back in the 80s.

·         {C} I coached for Vista Ridge High School’s girl’s and boy’s swim teams until the district cancelled the team due to budget cuts.     We produced several state qualifiers, included multiple students who had never competed in swimming prior to joining the school team.

·         {C} Last year I fulfilled a lifelong goal of competing in a triathlon.

Scott A Bell

Co-Head Coach Colorado Springs

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Scott Bell – Colorado native, married to Jackie for over 21 years with two children Andy (14) & Katie (10)

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I have a competitive swimming background during my high school years with Arapahoe High School, ACES Swimming Club, and Holley Swimming Club in the summer.  Three year letterman at Arapahoe with my favorite race being the 100 Fly.  I was fortunate enough to attend the State Meet during my senior year in both the Medley & Free Relay.  I am current triathlete competing in Sprint and Olympic distance races with hopes of finishing an Ironman distance race.

To date, I have completed 9 half marathons and my youth coaching experience has been with the Land Sharks running club team as well as work as a site director for Land Sharks.

My educational background consists of a BS from Metropolitan State College of Denver, an MBA from University of Phoenix, and I am a Doctoral Candidate for and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.  I am currently an active duty Navy Officer stationed at the United States Air Force Academy as an instructor of Military History.

Excited about coaching for LTC and motivating the team to excel beyond what the swimmers think is possible!

Alex K Mitoma

Head Coach Centennial

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Alex, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, is a born-and-raised Colorado swimmer. His swimming career began at Foxridge Swim & Racquet Club where he swam and coached for twelve years. Later years were spent between teams with Colorado Athletic Club, Aquawolves, and Cherry Creek High School, with sectional and 5A State qualifications.
 
In college, Alex competed nationally with the CU Swimming & Diving club and contributed to four ECC National Championship titles (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) in as many years, among other divisional titles. Alex was elected to presidency of the team during his sophomore year, and claimed two Top 5 All-Time individual finishes and one team record during his time at school. While at CU, Alex also served with the CU Club Sports Executive Board and CU Student Government to assist in the university's administration of collegiate sport clubs. He was recognized with the 2014 University of Colorado Sportsperson of the Year award for his efforts.
 
As a coach, Alex is deeply committed to building strong relationships with each of his swimmers. He believes that swim team can, and should be, a positive, encouraging environment that young athletes look forward to coming to every day.

Kerianne Stuck

Copper Coach- Centennial

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My own 17 year-long swimming career started with the Platte Canyon Piranhas (Littleton summer swim team) , continued in Minnesota with Nationally recognized Team Foxjet, and wrapped up in Fort Collins, Colorado while swimming for the CSU Rams.

Coaching gives me the opportunity to combine two of my passions, competitive swimming and helping kids grow and develop, as I have my Bachelor of Science in Human Development. I started teaching swim lessons at the age of 16 at Lifetime Fitness in Minnesota, and had my first opportunity as a USA Coach with FAST (Fort Collins Area Swim Team), coaching the 10& under age group  as well as the competitive Master’s team. I find fulfillment in helping kids develop proper technique and advance their stamina through consistent practice.
 

Derek S Sabins

Assistant Coach Centennial

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Derek began swimming at age 4 in Southern California.  He spent eight years swimming for South Coast Aquatics Team, three years for NOVA Aquatics, and another three years for Dolphin Aquatics.  Through out the years, he participated in the Junior Olympics frequently in events such as: 100yd Backstroke, 400M Freestyle, 500yd Free, and multiple team relays.  In addition to swimming for his club team, Derek also swam for his high school swim team.  Through out college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he maintained a personal relationship with swimming, continuing to condition and hone his skills.

Derek spent a year coaching with South Coast Aquatics Team and Kaynes Instructional Swim School in Southern California. The ability to give back to the sport that shaped his life and share the gift of swimming with kids of all ages is the reason Derek loves to coach.

Beatriz Arbat

Assistant Coach Centennial

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Beatriz  is a registered Architect and is originally from Santiago, Chile. She studied in Santiago, London and Nebraska and swam competitively for her University in Chile where she became passionate about the sport, qualifying twice for Nationals. 
 
She is an ASCA Level 2 certified coached for many years including stroke school, master's swimming and each and every age group. Her training began through Swim America, a program which was developed by John Leonard, Executive Director of the American Swimming Coaches Association  World Swimming Coaches Association and head of the Swimming Olympic Committee. She loves watching the sport and drove to Nebraska to watch the last Olympic trials in Nebraska, where she had the privilege to see Phelps, Lochte, Franklin, Soni, Vollmer among many others.
 
She also loves traveling (mostly visiting her family in Chile), painting and spending time with her puppy Miko who has eaten many shoes and other missing items!