Regional Head Coach Colorado
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:
Head Coach Parker
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
His philosophy towards swimming is pretty common
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
began to understand the
full impact of watching growth occur. He getsa
sense of accomplishment that
comes with knowing that
hehelped make a
impact on young swimmers. The
sport of swimming has givenhima lot
of opportunities that hehopesto
share with others.
-Head Coach: Cut Bank
-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
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
100 Freestyle, Girls 9-10
-Assistant Coach: Greater Columbus Swim Team of
-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
year letter winner for Division III Hope
College-Member of 2010 Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship Swim
Team-Specialized in 200 and 100
High School-4 year varsity letter
place Ohio Capital Conference 100 Butterfly/3rd place
place Ohio Capital Conference 100 Breaststroke
Karen Anne Athen
Co-Head Coach Colorado Springs
swimming competitively when I was eight years old.
mostly summer league with a few year-round AAU years thrown
I am a
coaching when I was seventeen years old.
novice and age group swimmers on the local summer league in
California for around five years.
absolutely love helping young swimmers improve.
varsity all four years of high school.
qualified and swam in regional meets all four years of high
All-American in 50 back in the 80s.
for Vista Ridge High School’s girl’s and boy’s
swim teams until the district cancelled the team due to budget
We produced several state qualifiers, included multiple students
who had never competed in swimming prior to joining the school
I fulfilled a lifelong goal of competing in a triathlon.
Scott A Bell
Co-Head Coach Colorado Springs
Bell – Colorado native, married to Jackie for over 21 years
with two children Andy (14) & Katie (10)
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
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.
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
coaching for LTC and motivating the team to excel beyond what the
swimmers think is possible!
Alex K Mitoma
Head Coach Centennial
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
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.
Copper Coach- Centennial
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
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.
Assistant Coach Centennial
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
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!