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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. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Zach DeWitt - Head Senior Coach / Lead HP Blue Coach

 

Alex Jerden - Head Age Group Coach / SR Asst. Coach

Coach Jerden comes to us from the Bloomington Wahoos, where he founded and was Head Coach of an innovative, athlete-centered program. Alex controlled the day-to-day season planning, training, and specializes in stroke mechanics.  Alongside his experience with WAHU, Jerden was also formerly the Head Coach of Counsilman Center Swim Team (CCiST) where he coached CCiST to a 3rd place finish on the men’s’ side at the 2014 Indiana Senior State Championships!

On the school side of things, Jerden has spent the past few years coaching under legendary Bloomington North Coach Dave Tanner.  Bloomington North was able to capture its 1st sectional title in over a decade in 2013.  Coach Jerden has also helped coached 2 IHSAA Champions over the past few years.

Alex's coaching philosophy centers on the concept of a strong team-mindset, enthusiasm, and positive attitude behind an awesome work ethic. We felt like his feelings on work ethic allows him to fit in perfectly with our motto, "Hard Work Pays."  Alex's goals for FRST Swimming are to create a championship club that seeks excellence through creativity and willingness to do what others will not. "Love the team, love the sport, love the work."

 

Ali DeWitt - SR Asst. Coach (w/ Stroke, IM Emphasis)

Coach Ali DeWitt will be beginning her second season coaching as Assistant within our Senior program.   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. ýDuring 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 has an extensive background in stroke-specific training with a heavy emphasis on IM performance as well. FRST is fortunate to have someone of her caliber working with our Senior-level athletes.

 

DeWitt is a 2011 graduate of Ball State University and is the sister of Head Coach Zach DeWitt.

 

Paul Ziegler - Lead Black Coach

Paul Ziegler has been Mr. Consistency and FRST's mainstay staple for many years now.  Coach Ziegler grew up swimming from age 6 to age 17. He was a utility swimmer who swam whatever his coach needed but spent most of his time swimming back, fly and I.M.. 

While his kids swam for FRST he was asked to help by taking kids to meets when the High School coaches were not available. The following season he was asked to work with the youger kids on the team and has been a constant presence on the pool deck representing FRST for the last four years. Ziegler specializes in drill instruction with a heavy emphasis on strokes and techniques.

Paul is an Information Technology professional who works in downtown Indy during the day. He has 4 kids who range in age from 10-17. Two of whom, Nicole (13) and Sarah (10), swim for FRST.

Alec DeWitt - Lead White Coach

Jake Gildersleeve - Lead Developmental Coach

 

Coaching Staff