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Brian Brown

Head Coach / National Development

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Coach Brown has over twenty-five years of experience working with exceptional swimmers. He has guided swimmers of all ages to success as age group, high school, collegiate and post-graduate athletes. In recent years, Coach Brown has developed multiple National Record Holders, National and Junior National Champions, National Junior Team members and more than a dozen first-time Olympic Trials qualifiers. Between 2004 and 2015 he placed 10 swimmers on the USA National Junior Team in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM, and Open Water 10K.

Coach Brown was honored in 2011 as USA Swimming's Developmental Coach of the Year. He was the Head Coach of the National Select Camp in 2009 and served as an Assistant Coach in 2002. In 2009 Coach Brown was named to the coaching staff of two National Junior Teams that traveled to World Cup meets in Stockholm and Berlin, as well as an international competition in Vancouver, BC. In September of 2009 Coach Brown gave two talks at the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) World Clinic. Articles on his technique and training ideas have been published in Swimming World, American Swimming, and ASCA magazines.

Coach Brown graduated from Columbia University in 1985 with a Bachelors Degree in English. He was a member of the varsity swim team at Columbia and grew up swimming in Connecticut. His philosophy for success in swimming and life is "Work Works".  


Kyle Knoff

Junior Development - Fullerton

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Coach Kyle is in his 9th year as a coach with the FAST Swim Team. Kyle swam for FAST from the age of 10 and achieved great success in high school as the 2003 CIF Champion in the 100 Breaststroke. He earned a full scholarship to Cal State-Bakersfield where his team won the NCAA Division II Championship in 2004. Individually, Kyle earned seven NCAA All-American awards in the Breaststroke and Individual Medley events.
 
Kyle credits the late Kevin Perry, his coach throughout high school, with motivating him to swim at the collegiate level. He seeks to guide all of his swimmers similarly and impart to them the value of the college opportunity. Kyle also notes his college coach, Bob Steele, as a great teacher and motivator who informs his own coaching today.

Nancy Thomas

Lead Coach - Yorba Linda

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Coach Nancy has been coaching FAST's groups at the Yorba Linda facility since July 2011. She leads all team groups, from Pre-Competitive to Junior Development. Prior to joining FAST, Nancy coached 10 & Unders at the Swim Team of Placentia for 14 years. For 12 of those years she also coached high school swim teams at Esperanza High School (7 years) and Valencia High School (5 years). This coaching background has given Nancy a variety of great experience with swimmers of different ages and abilities. Nancy swam competitively herself for 8 years while also playing water polo.

Nancy has a Business Administration degree from Cal Polytechnic-Pomona where she also completed a minor in Management and Human Resources. She worked for Kraft Foods for 8 years before making coaching her primary focus.

Lauren Morford

Age Group Development - Fullerton

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Coach Lauren joined the FAST coaching staff in September 2012. This is her third year leading the Age Group Development group in Fullerton. Lauren has 16 years of experience teaching and coaching a wide range of levels, from infants to adults. She coached 14 & Under swimmers in New York City for three years at the Manhattan Makos and Asphalt Green swim teams. During college she led the Columbia Masters Swim Team for two years.

Lauren competed in the 400 Freestyle and 800 Freestyle at the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympics Trials. She is a three-time National Finalist in distance freestyle events (1,650 Freestyle & 10K Open Water). Lauren grew up swimming at the Eastern Express Swim Team in New Jersey and swam collegiately at Columbia University. She was the 2004 Ivy Leage Champion in the 1000-yard Freestyle and a nine-time Ivy League Finalist in the 200, 500, 1,000, and 1650-yard Freestyles.

Lauren is a 2007 graduate of Columbia University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. In 2013 Lauren received a certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Cal State University-Northridge.

Kaila Sarad

Assistant Coach

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Gunnar Brewer

Assistant Coach

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Rami Pinzon

Assistant Coach

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