Tasha Stratton began swimming before she was two years old. Under the tutelage of Boonie Miller, Tasha’s early swimming was a key element in the rehab and strength building that helped her recovery from a broken femur and the need for a body cast. She swam in her first meet as a four-year old for the Miller Swim Gym. In1973, her family joined the Little Rock Racquet Club Dolphins Swim Team where she swam for Coaches Kees and Mary Oudegeest, Bob Teichert, Robin White, and Paul Blair.
At age 12, Tasha started teaching swim lessons at the Pine Bluff Country Club. At 15, she became a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard, spending many summers coaching, teaching and lifeguarding. She continued to teach and coach a summer league team through high school.
In 1998, Tasha started coaching and teaching swimming at the Little Rock Athletic Club. As a coach, she instructed the developmental level swimmers with the Lasers and the Dolphin-Laser Swim Team. As LRAC Aquatics Director for twelve years, her swim school helped thousands of children experience the joy of swimming. She also trained many young adults to become outstanding instructors and lifeguards.
Tasha coached the LRRC masters team from 1998-2011, with a number of her swimmers ranked top ten nationally. She also coached numerous triathletes and many beginning swimmers.
Tasha served as member of the board of directors of Arkansas Swimming Inc. from 1999-2012, providing publicity, promotions, and website management. Tasha has also served many years on the Hall of Fame Committee.
Tasha has used her competitive swimming skills as a vehicle to expand her true love of teaching others, including her three children, Skye, Ronan, and Finn. She is married to Little Rock restaurant owner Don Dugan.