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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

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. 


 

Benigno F Guadarrama

Gold/Silver 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.

A Jay Bronson

Sub Coach

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Coach Bronson began competitive swimming at the age of seven in the Bay Area, and later in Scottsdale. He is the first long time Sedona Swordfish swimmer to make the transition from Swimmer to Head Coach of the Swordfish, where he works to add long term vision to the team. 

While in high school, Bronson also swam for the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions, where his leadership skills were put to work as the Team Captain during his senior year.  He held the 200 IM High School record as well as the 4 x 100 Relay record, and the record for the Sedona Swordfish Mile.  Bronson also swam fly, and the 500 yard Freestyle. 

Professional training began with stroke clinics under Duffy Dillion of Jack Nelson Swim, and Fort Lauderdale Aquatics where he worked summers as a counselor and Assistant Coach. 

Bronson swam in College, and then returned to Arizona to complete his studies at Northern Arizona University.

Coach Bronson began coaching as an intern Assistant Coach for the Sedona Swordfish for summer seasons. He stepped up to a Coaching role with the FPAC [now LJAX] swim team while he was attending Northern Arizona University where he coached Age Group, Senior, High School, as well as Olympian Roman Sludnov, and the Northern Arizona University women team under the direction of Head Coach Andy Johns.  

Coach Bronson was awarded Coach of the year, AIA Division 2, in 2011.

As well as managing, and coaching SST, Coach Bronson is an educator at Sedona Red Rock High School in the Humanities Department. Bronson holds a Bachelors degree in History and a Masters degree in Secondary Education, and is currently studying for his Ph D. 

Coach Bronson is in the process of climbing the 7 Summits [The highest mountains on the seven continents].

Coach Bronson is dedicated to offering a swim team that provides a safe and secure place to practice. We welcome you to take part on a team that promotes commitment,camaraderie, and fun. All, in a welcoming environment. Our team has structure and is comprised of a competent, knowledgeable coaching staff. We build off of each other’s strengths.  SST offers a positive setting for swimming, team bonding and additionally we pride ourselves for focusing on general life skills such as integrity and character building.We treat all swimmers equally. Coach Bronson is proud to be a positive role model and mentor for our swimmers. 


 

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.