Austin Brown is a home grown Redlands swimmer, representing RST since the age of 5. He worked his way through the age group ranks and eventually achieved his goal of competing in the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Trials.
He attended Redlands High where he swam 4 years of varsity, achieving All-American status each year and winning 2 CIF titles.
Austin majored in Legal Studies while attending UC Berkeley, swam varsity for the Bears each of the 4 years and is ranked top-10 on CAL's all-time list in the 100/200 fly. During that time he was a 3-time NCAA D1 Championship qualifier, 2-time D1 Team National Champion and helped the Bears snap Stanford's 31 year win streak by taking the 2013 PAC 12 Championships.
After graduation, Austin returned to Redlands and began coaching for RST. He is passionate about sharing his love of this sport and is dedicated to continuing RST’s tradition of producing some of the best swimmers not only in California but in the nation.
Lauri A Jones
Senior Silver ASCA 4
Coach Lauri grew up in Wisconsin, she swam competitively as a child and in college.
Lauri has coached USS/USA swimming for over 19 years in Wisconsin, Illinois, and California. In addition, she was assistant swim coach at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside for 4 years and at Redlands High School 2 years.
In college Lauri majored in Social Work and minored in psychology and coaching. Classes included Coaching Competitive Swimming, and Organization and Administration of Interscholastic Athletics. Lauri has also operated Learn to swim programs in Wisconsin, Riverside, and Redlands.
Lauri enjoys being able to facilitate the growth of young people, not only through athletic advancement, but also through personal growth that comes from by being part of a team.
Perfection is unattainable… But if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi
Age Group Gold
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He attended Arizona State University as a freshman and transferred to California Baptist University his sophomore year. During his athletic career at CBU, he won several conference titles and achieved All-American status by placing 4th in the 200 back at NCAAs. Nolan is majoring in Kinesiology with a sports management emphasis and will be graduating in early summer 2016.
He has been part of the coaching staff since early 2014 and is excited about the opportunity to share his love for the sport with his athletes, while continuing to uphold the traditions and class that define RST.
Favorite swim moment: Competing against his brother Austin Brown at the PAC-12 Championship in 2012.
Bet You Didn't Know Fact: A knee injury that sidelined his swimming career for several months eventually led to his interest in Kinesiology.
Age Group Coach
Coach Heidi joined the RST coaching ranks in 2012. She has coached the 8 & Unders as well as Learn-to-Swim. Coach Heidi is a home-grown RST product. She started swimming at the age of 5 and represented Redlands High School for 4 years as a varsity swimmer. Currently, she is matriculated at Cal State San Bernardino in the Business and Network Security program.
Most Memorable Swim Experience: When I was ten I made it to JO’s for the fist time in the 200 Free. Two weeks before race day, I caught pneumonia. I still went for the experience, came in dead last, added a ton of time, and probably got lapped three times at least.
Most Memorable Coaching Experience: Camp Ooele’Elee has always been my favorite. I love seeing kids meeting our seniors and I love their energy outside the pool.
Biggest Influence: Coach Michelle will always be my biggest inspiration- she’s the one who got me started and showed me the ropes till I was confident enough to go on my own.
Favorite Pre-race food: Unsalted peanut butter pretzels and wheat thins.
Favorite Pre-race song: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk, Rock this Town- Stray Cats
Words of Wisdom: Find something you love and throw all your effort into it. Whatever you end up doing, do the best you can because greatness is a bunch of little things repeatedly done well.