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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

Nathan Dean Jones

Head Coach

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Clare L Alden

Minnow 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.

Nicholas S Reed

Competitive Coach

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Coach Nick is an experienced competitive swimmer, an USA certified Coach and a Red Cross certified Life Guard.  Nick is a former collegiate swimmer for Saint Francis, New York and a current NAU Junior.  Coach Nick brings passion, committment and focus to the Bronze and Silver groups.

Abby Conn

Minnow School Coach

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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. She also coaches Sunday Guppies when she is not at a swim meet!

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

Minnow School 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!

Carley Marie Astraus

Minnow School Coach

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Coach Carley has been swimming competitively for 6 years with Snow Sharks. Sprint freestyle is her favorite as well as long social kick sets. She has been a Red Cross certified lifeguard for three years. Coach Carley is a freshmen at NAU majoring in nursing. Coach Carley is very excited to share her love of being in the water with her swimmers. 

Bertali C White

Minnow School Coach

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Coach Bert is Red Cross certified lifegaurd and has been coaching with Snow Sharks for 2 years. She is currently a sophomore in high school and enjoys swimming competitively for her high school team. Coach Bert is excited about working with the young a Snow Shark swimmers. 

Sequoia Jane Gilliam

Minnow School Coach

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Coach Sequoia is a sophomore at NAU from Colorado. She has been swimming competitively since she was little and has been coaching for five years. She enjoys coaching the little ones ans being able to see their progress. Coach Sequoia has tons of fun and her swimmers work hard in class.

Board of Directors

Martha Jo VanLuvanee

President

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Shannon Chacon

Treasurer

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Nathan Dean Jones

Head Coach

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Clare L Alden

Minnow School Coordinator

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Nihal A Sarikaya

Secretary

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