Partners & Outreach

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. 

Zach DeWitt-


Head Coach – Senior & HP Blue Groups

This is Coach DeWitt’s first year as owner and head coach of FRST. DeWitt comes to the club after having spent the previous 5 years with Club Mart Swimming of Martinsville, Ind.. Under his leadership, Club Mart grew from a club of 13 to 76 athletes.

Coach DeWitt not only has successes in building numbers, but also winners.  Club Mart Swimming had never had an Age Group State Qualifier prior to his arrival, but had 10 in his final season at the helm of MART. In addition to many state qualifiers and a Junior National Qualifier, Coach DeWitt has guided 34 Individual State Titles, 5 State High-Points, 15 Zone Athletes, 6 Zone Individual Championships, and 2 Zone High Point Champions. Last season, FRST swimmers also broke 4 Indiana Swimming Association state records under Coach DeWitt's leadership.

In the first LCM season as Head Coach of FRST, Franklin Regional Swim Team recorded a 15th place finish at the Indiana Swimming SwimFest State Championships (a combination of Senior & Age Group State). In the Short Course Season of 2013, FRST placed a 9th place finish at the Age Group State Championships, up from 26th place a year before.

On the school-affiliated side of competition, DeWitt's Franklin Community High School Boys Team captured back-to-back sectional titiles.  Prior to these titles, Franklin Community had never won a Swimming Sectional titile in program history.  The Boys team placed 13th in 2013 at the IHSAA State Championships and finished at 11th in 2014, while breaking 8 of the 11 FCHS Swimming records.

As a recent IU graduate, Coach DeWitt now teaches Spanish at Franklin Community High School.  His hobbies include a plethora of sports, traveling abroad, and building champions.


Garrett Surface-                                         

Lead Coach - Blue Group


Garrett Surface is starting his second year of coaching with FRST. Previous to coaching for FRST, Coach Surface coached for three years with the Avon Community Swim Team. With Coach Surface's help, ACST has become an annually Top-10 program in the state of Indiana. Surface also comes to us with a wealth of knowledge along with a particular skill in stroke mechanics and technique. During his prep career, Surface swam for Seymour and Martinsville, where he set two school records. He received All-Conference honors for three years at the two high schools. Coach Surface then went on to swim for two years for IUPUI Men's Swimming Team, receiving All-Conference honors during his Sopohmore year.

During his first year with FRST, Coach Surface helped the Blue group to produce, two state runner-ups, 6 state finalists, 2 Zone qualifers, 9 total state qualifiers and numerous Divisional qualifiers. He looks forward to helping develop FRST into a state and nationally recognized elite swim club.


Paul Ziegler-

Lead Coach - Black Group

Paul is entering his 7th year as a coach for FRST. Paul is our resident Stroke "Genius" Technician who has been able to produce a steady pipeline of eager, well prepared age-group swimmers.  Paul's countless hours put forth with our younger swimmers has allowed FRST to drastically improve during his time spent with the team.  Most notably the numbers of Divisional qualifiers under Paul's leadership has gone up by 4x within the past 2 years of competition.

Paul swam competitively from the age of 6 to 16 and has continued to have swimmers mind even after leaving the competitive side of swimming. Paul is a high school graduate of Franklin Central High School, and a college graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University.



Ali DeWitt-

Lead Coach - Blue 2 / Senior

Coach Ali DeWitt begins her first season with FRST, assisting with our Blue & Senior Groups.  Ali comes to FRST after volunteering this past calendar year at Indiana University, where she assisted in   day-to- day training of both strong stroke and distance gorups for the nationally-ranked Hoosiers.  The Indiana Hoosiers  finished 10th and 12th at NCAA's for Mens and Womens respectively. 

Prior to volunteering at IU, DeWitt coached and operated Club Mart Swimming in Martinsville, Ind. DeWitt was head coach of Senior Group for one year and Head Age Group Coach for three years. In her first season with Club Mart, the Age Group program finished 21st in the state, and continued to grow in numbers under her leadership.  During DeWitt's second year coaching the combined East and West Middle School swim team, in Martinsville, ten school records broken, to go along with several Junior Mid-State Conference Champions. DeWitt also has experience coaching at Martinsville High School.


DeWitt is a 2011 graduate of Ball State University and is the sister of Head Coach Zach DeWitt.  She teaches 6th grade Science and Social Studies at Martinsville Bell-East & West Middle Schools.


Alec DeWitt

Lead Coach - White Group

Coach Alec is entering his first short course season as the Lead Coach of our White Group.  As a Franklin Community Swimming alumni from 2009, Alec still owns one record at FCHS in the 200 Free Relay.  DeWitt has been a spark of energy to FRST, especially amongst the younger athletes. Coach Alec is beloved by young kids all around Franklin as he's been a staple within the Franklin Parks and Recreation Summer Kids Program.  Coach Alec is also an Assistant on the local Middle School Swimming & Diving team.

Alec is currently finalizing his Senior year at Franklin College with aspirations of going into the field of Social Studies Education.


Jake Gildersleeve

Age Group Coach - White Group

Jake is entering his second season with FRST, and first as White Group lead coach. Jake has a wide range of swimming experience both competitively and in the form of instruction. He is the oldest of three children both of which swim for FRST now. Jake swam competitivley for Martinsville High School, as well as Franklin Community High School for his Senior year. He will be attending IUPUC in Columbus and majoring in Education.

Jake is looking forward to starting his coaching career with FRST and developing himself into an experienced coach, while helping build FRST into a nationally known swim club. 

Coaching Staff