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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)

Sarah K Ehekircher

Head Coach Centennial

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Sarah has coached for more than 20 years, is an ASCA level 3 coach, and has taught swimmers of all ages and abilities how to swim, and improve their technique. She developed the second fastest, boys 100 meter butterflyer, (10 and under) in the country. Had a swimmer selected to the Diversity Select Camp, numerous Zone, Sectional, and Junior National qualifiers.

Sarah was born and raised in Colorado, and attended Smoky Hill High School. She was high school state champion in the 100 Breast, and part of the winning 200 medley relay her sophomore year. Qualified for Olympic Trials in breastroke, and swam until she was 24 years old.

She is currently attending college earning a degree in Cyber Security and Intelligence Analysis. Enjoys open water swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and everything Colorado. Has a daughter in Massage Therapy School, and a son who attends George Mason University. 

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!

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.
 

Brian Anderson

Assistant Coach Westminster

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I started swimming when I was 8 for St. Charles Swim Team in the suburbs of Chicago.  I went on to swim at the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated in 2011 with a bachelors of science.  I swam all 4 years and excelled greatly in their program eventually becoming the team captain my senior year. After school and my internship in the Florida Keys, teaching marine biology, I coached for the great club team that I grew up swimming for.  Over my 3 years of coaching I have worked with all ages and beginners to national level competitors.  I still am competing myself and in the pool training just like the kids! My girlfriend and I recently moved to Colorado to be closer to family and explore the mountains!

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.