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Coaches & Directors

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 Martha VanLuvanee at 928-848-3537 or [email protected]

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Coaching Staff

Nicholas S Reed

Head Coach

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I am super excited to be the Snow Sharks new Head Coach.I’ve been swimming as long as I can remember and playing water polo since the age of 9. I participated in the Olympic development program all four years of high school as well as junior olympics in water polo. I was a varsity swimmer in high school and competed at the State level, I also competed in club swimming for Sun Devil Aquatics and then Mesa Aquatics Club. I have traveled across the country for numerous swim meets and water polo tournaments, and I was recruited to swim at Division I St. Francis Brooklyn College with Academic and Athletic scholarships. I studied biology for two years, then transferred to NAU, here in my home state of Arizona, and finished my degree in Biology. During my first season of college swimming I experienced recurring problems in my left arm from previous injuries and had to have surgery done mid season. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I would need to change things in my daily life and swimming to accommodate this injury. My second year swimming went much better and I was able to get back to all of my old times, but my arm could not handle the workload due to an underlying condition. I ended up transferring after the school year to NAU to finish my degree and focus on my health. Because of my background with injuries, Biology, and Water Polo, I try to make sure that all swimmers actually understand what they are doing in the water. When they understand what they are doing in the water and can fix improper techniques quickly, they can not only get faster sooner, but avoid injuries, and learn to find solutions to problems. I am looking forward to continuing to coach everyone and help them improve. I try to focus on not just coaching the swimmer, I try to coach the person as well. Thank you all for trusting me with coaching your kids throughout the years. I have been coaching with the Snow Sharks for just short of 6 years now and have loved it, and I look forward to the upcoming years!

 
 

 

 

Clare L Alden

Minnow School/Lessons School Coordinator

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Coach Clare is an Northern Arizona University graduate with a BS in Exercise Science.  Clare has five years coaching experience with Learn to Swim and Competitive swimming programs as well as fourteen years competiitve swimming experience.  

Coach Clare is very excited to share her passion for swimming and love for children with the Minnow School Program.

Clare has moved to Maine and is now a consultant for the Snow Sharks lessons program.

Abby Conn

Minnow School Coach consultant

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Coach Abby has been swimming on FSS team since 2010.  She enjoys breast stroke, and loves distance freestyle.  Coach Abby started as a volunteer coach for the Guppies in Spring 2015.  After becoming a certified lifeguard, Coach Abby started coaching her own Minnow classes for FSS. Coach Abby attends University of Arizona now but helps with consulting work regarding swim lessons.

Alexandra P DeFrancesco

Minnow School Coach

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Coach Lexi was a competitive swimmer in Tucson before attending college at NAU. She swam competitively for 9 years with her team year round. She is currently a senior seeking a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education. Lexi has been with our team for over 3 years. She started coaching in our lessons program first and quickly moved into coaching the competitive team while still working with our lessons program. Lexi makes sure the team is having fun while at practice. She has been coaching the competitive team for the past year and a half.

Mikayla K Sullivan

Swim meet Coach

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Coach Mikayla grew up swimming competitively in Northern California before moving to Flagstaff to attend NAU. She has taught swim lessons and coached recreational swim teams for 5 years. Mikayla teaches lessons for our learn to swim program and is the assistant head coach for Summer Sharks. We are very excited to have Coach Mikayla as a Snow Shark Coach!

Sydney Logan

Competitive and Lesson Coach

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I was a competitive swimmer for Arizona Swimming Gauchos in Phoenix for 13 years. I was also a 4 year varsity and state swimmer in high school for the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Now out of the water, I am studying biology at NAU with an emphasis in Botany, so I love my plants! My goal for my swimmer is to understand how mental swimming is as it is physical. I make it a point to explain both the mental and physical challenges within practice and meets and how we can overcome them. Many of my life skills, such as communication, problem solving, and dealing with self doubt, came from my experience with swimming and I hope to pass on similar beneficial life skills.

 

Tyler J Best

Competitive and Lesson Coach

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Coach Tyler is an NAU student pursuing a B.S. in Political Science with emphasis in Law. Tyler has swam competitively for 10 years with the Sandpipers of Nevada, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, and the J Swim Club and is a two time High-School State champion with Chaparral High School. He has taught lessons for 5 years with Aquasafe Swim School, J Swim School, and LJAX swim lessons. Along with lessons, Tyler has coached competitively for 4 years with the J Swim Club and LJAX. Tyler is excited to bring his skills and passion for swimming to both the lessons program and the competitive swim team.

 

Emma Murdy

Competitive and Lesson Coach

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Hi my name is Emma, and I have been coaching for the past 6 years. I got started when I was 13 as a junior coach for my local summer swim team, and most recently, I was a coach for the Sedona Swordfish. I have coached people of all ages, from beginner lessons to competitive masters swimmers. As a swimmer, I have been swimming competitively since I was 11 years old. I was a varsity swimmer all 4 years of high school and was team captain my senior year. I have also participated in 3 triathlons and 1 open water swimming race.  I am currently in my third and last year of college at NAU. I am majoring in Exercise Science in pursuit of a doctorate in Physical Therapy. I am very excited to join the Snow Sharks!

 

Jamie Nowak

Swim Lesson Coach

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Hi! My name is coach Jamie. I am from Phoenix, Arizona where I did competitive swim for 8 years. Right now I love doing anything active, hiking being one of my new favorites. I've learned so much from my coaches at Swim Neptune and I am so excited to pass that on to the next generation of swimmers. My goal is to help swimmers improve their technique, find their competitive side, and show them how fun and rewarding swim can be.

Board of Directors

Martha Jo VanLuvanee

President/Team administrator

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Beth Tate

Member at large

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Katrin Pantsosnik

Bookkeeper/Treasurer

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Nicholas S Reed

Head Coach

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