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Welcome to the Sedona Swim Team!

Home of the Swordfish! Celebrating our 31st Year!

Our coaches are dedicated individuals that enjoy working with kids and love swimming. Supporting our swimmers is our #1 priority. If you have a question related to workouts, meets, goal setting, or any thing else please contact your coach.

See you on deck!

Coaching Staff

Daniel Morse

Sedona Swim Team Head Coach

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A native of Rhode Island, Dan began his swim career at 5 with the Kent County YMCA and continued with the team until high school graduation in 2007.  His age group career included swimming for local powerhouse Bishop Hendricken High School during their run of 23 consecutive state championships.  Upon graduation Dan swam four years for Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire and was able to set several school records and achieve Division three provisional NCAA cuts.  His coaching career began upon college graduation with the Kent County YMCA for a year before moving back to Keene as the assistant coach for the college and head senior coach for Greenwood Swimming.  During three years coaching with Keene State the program was able to attain multiple All-American's and a ninth-place finish at Division three NCAA.  As the senior coach for Greenwood swimming Dan was the head coach for Kylie Mitchell who qualified for the open water team at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Hungary where she achieved a 4th place finish in the 5k and a bronze medal in the team pursuit.  After working in Keene for three years Dan moved to Carson City, Nevada to be the head age group coach for the Carson Tigersharks.  During his tenure with the team the Tigersharks were able to qualify several age group swimmers for the Far Western Championships.

In addition to coaching Dan has competed in open water swim races in New England and Lake Tahoe as well as a team member for a relay at several half-ironman distance triathlons.  One of Dan's biggest passions outside of swimming is boxing where he has competed as an amateur fighter and trained several amateur fighters throughout his boxing career.

Benigno F Guadarrama

Assistant Coach

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Coach Benny was raised in Sedona and began competitive swimming at the age of eight; following his two older sisters steps into Swordfish tradition. Benny, swimming under Coach Erin Estes, quickly fell in love with the sport. He found a natural motion and ability to swim Butterfly which was first noted by Coach Erin. The stroke became his favorite to swim.

Benny attended Sedona Red Rock High School and swam for the Scorpions all four years under the passionate instruction of Coach Bronson. In high school he specialized in the 100 fly and 200 IM. In his senior year he was named Team Captain and focused to encourage every teammate to reach their fullest potential. Benny and his team won the Sedona-Mingus Cup four years in a row and was named MVP his senior year. He was voted “Most Inspiring” two years in a row by his coaches and inspiring his swimmers is what he continues to do now as a coach. Benny, also a member of the Varsity Soccer and Varsity Tennis teams, graduated in 2015.

Coach Benny began coaching with the Sedona Swordfish in the Fall of 2015 and is in his third year of coaching. He smoothly adapted into the role of a coach and employs everything he learned as a swimmer. He continues to expand his knowledge of the sport that gave him so much, and plans to have the sport and all its benefits in his surroundings for a lifetime. Benny brings a vibrant and joyful atmosphere to the deck.

He is pursuing his Associates Degree in Business at Yavapai College, where he will transfer to Arizona State University and continue for his Bachelors and Masters at W.P. Carey School of Business.

Haley Britton Holverson

Assistant Coach

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Haley began competitive swimming at the age of 8 while living in Illinois.  She moved to Sedona when she was 15 and started swimming for the Sedona Swim Team and Sedona Red Rock High School.  During her time at Red Rock, Haley developed both her swimming and her leadership skills.  She was team captain for both her junior and senior year of high school and voted Most Valuable Swimmer her senior year.  Although she started off as a distance swimmer, Haley soon discovered her love for the sprints.  Her main events were the 50 and 100 yard freestyle.

After high school, Haley started coaching for the Sedona Swim Team during her summer breaks from school.  She attended Grand Canyon University where she majored in Secondary Education with an emphasis in mathematics.  During her time at GCU Haley also swam on her school's club team where she competed in many different events, from sprints of every stroke to the mile.

Haley is now a 7th grade math teacher and has developed a lot of patience working with kids, both at school and on the swim team.  In her free time Haley likes to play Ultimate Frisbee, hike, travel, hangout with the animals at Out of Africa, spend time with her family, volunteer at her church and of course, she loves to swim.

Jeff Dana

Deck Coach

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Jeff Dana swam 18 years competitively while growing up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, including four years of collegiate swimming at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. After graduating in 1994, Jeff moved to Sedona and filled the role of assistant coach with the Swordfish until having children.  

Jeff returns to the Swordfish now several years later with his children in the water, and the gift of patience. Jeff's Interest in fine tuning and precision to detail, make him a fantastic stroke coach.   

Dedicated free time is spent on the technical mountain bike trails around Sedona and multi-day backpacking trips into the nearby canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

Jeffs priorites as a coach are the small details needed for  fine tuning a swimmers stroke. His workouts are fun, inspiring and most of all rewarding. 


 

Frank Agyagos

Distance Coach

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A strong leader in our community, and to the swimmers of the Verde Valley, Coach Frank has been a mentor and coach to the swimmers of The Sedona Swim Team dating back to the early 90’s  (both in and out of the water).
 
Additionally, he has served as stroke technician and in water coach for the Sedona Red Rock High School Scorpion Swim Team, and has participated with every graduating class since it’s inception.
 
Coach Frank continues to be steady positive role model, and leader to the youth in the Sedona area. Often times when not coaching, Frank can be found in the water swimming sets and serving as motivator, urging our swimmers to excel, lending support and offering encouragement.
 
A Peace Officer, Frank brings his work ethic, principles, and integrity to our deck. Most recently retiring from Arizona Game and Fish where he was a Warden for his full career.
 
Referred to by many as the best stroke technician in the Verde Valley we are truly thankful to have Coach Frank on deck. He offers added perspective and energy to our leadership team. 

Erin Estes

Sub Coach

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Erin Estes

Coach Erin has been coaching or assisting  with The Sedona Swordfish for well over 15 years. Coach Erin aids our team with  with most of the administrative, and behind the scene detail. She is also  and is an on call/ substitute coach.  Her deep knowledge of kids and coaching goes back to the late 70's. Coach Erin has vast experience with running teams; aquatic facilities and helping great swimmers achieve their goals. 

Coach Erin's attention to detail and knowledge of how to develop age group swimmers into highly competitive athletes and to develop new young coaches has been driven by her passion to teach and get results.

We are very lucky to have Coach Erins expertise behind SST and we are grateful for her ongoing friendship and contribution.   Coach Erin is the founder of DeckCoach.com and develops tools for swimmers and coaches in support of competitive swimmers needs such as first aid training. 

You can view Erins extensive swim resume at deckcoach.com but a sampling is here:

American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and Trainer,  Water Safety Instructor for approx 20 years,  Community CPR Instructor approx 15 years, Sedona  Pool Manager over a decade Swim coach, including head coach for years.

 
"Safety in Action!" While managing aquatic facility operations and Coaching, the task of developing competitive swimmers, running seasoned swimmers and training new assistant coaches had to be streamlined.  The idea for creating coaching tools originated from the need to be ready to conduct quality competitive swim practices with only minutes to organize.