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The Boulder Swim Team coaching staff is a carefully selected team designed to provide the best possible teaching available. Boulder Swimming coaches are professionals in all areas of swimming. They are well-versed in the latest concepts and strategies of stroke technique, warm-ups, starts, racing turns, goal-setting, relaxation training, mental training, nutrition, team development, and motivation. The goal of each coach is to guide and assist swimmers’ development from their present level in the sport to an increased level of ability. Depending on the skills and personality of a swimmer, a coach utilizes a variety of methods to help each swimmer develop as quickly as possible.

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 administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Boulder Swim Team Coaching Staff

Garrett McCarthy

Head Coach

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Garrett McCarthy is the Head Coach for the Boulder Swim Team, USA Swimming Certified and  ASCA Level 4 Certified Coach.

Garrett was a nationally ranked Top 10 age group swimmer in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley. His senior year in high school, Garrett placed  13th at Open Nationals in the 1000 freestyle (9:15.8), earning a swim scholarship to the University of Southern California. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing, also receiving the Scholar Athlete Award.

Garrett has been fortunate to be coached by 3 USA Swimmig Hall-of-Fame Coaches: Ledgendary Peter Daland (USC); John Urbanckeck (USA Olympic Training Center); and Pete Malone (Kansas City Blazers).

As a professional  triathlete for 13 years, Garrett won a World Championship Gold Medal (1989) with Team USA in  Avignon, France, a dozen World Cup Top 3 podium finishes & 2 World Cup victories in Beijing, China (1991) & Moscow, Russia (1992). In addition to 37 triathlon victories, competing for Team Ireland (1990-2000), Garrett has coached swimming and triathlon in France, Ireland and Japan.

Garrett's extensive coaching experience includes:

  • Boulder Swim Team Head Coach (2015-now:)

  • Fairview High School Girls and Boys Swim & Dive Teams (2013-2015)

  • Private swim and stroke lessons (1986-2015)

  • Boulder Aquatic Masters swim programs (2013-2015)

  • YMCA summer swim programs (2014-2015)

  • National and international swimming & triathlon

Garrett brings a high level of competitive swimming experience and unparalleled technical expertise to the pool deck. His hands-on approach to coaching, enthusiasm and love for the sport make him an asset to the team.

Garrett and his wife Alice live in Erie, CO with their 3 children (Liam, Aidan & Claire)

Paddy McCole

Assistant Coach

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Padraic “Paddy” McCole is the Assistant coach of Boulder Swim Team, a USA Swimming and ASCA level 2 Certified Swim Coach

A native from Philadelphia, PA, Paddy has been swimming competitively since he was 8 years old. When he was 13, he received a kidney transplant from his mom. He competed at both the National and World Transplant Olympics. Paddy’s competition has earned him many gold medals and 4 World Records in the 50 m fly, 200m IM, 200m Free, and 200m Medley Relay. His accolades also earned him Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd, in the same issue as Michael Phelps “Medal Man” (Aug 2004).


Paddy’s kidney failed and he is back on Dialysis. Odds stacked against him, hasn’t let Paddy down. Still an active competitor, Paddy has turned to passing his passion to younger generations. Along with Coaching for Boulder swimming, Paddy teaches private and group swim lesson through the City of Boulder as well as coached with Boulder Barracudas, Elks, and Boulder Country Club Summer Swim Team, and Boulder Masters. Paddy brings a years of coaching and swimming experience to Boulder swimming. A butterfly and individual medley specialist, he has up to date knowledge of swim techniques, starts, and turns.

Felicia Talbert

Assistant Coach

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Felicia Talbert is a USA Swimming, Level 1 Certified, coach assisting with the Boulder Swim Team. She started swimming competitively at a young age through the YMCA and continued swimming throughout high school.  Since moving to Boulder, in addition to joining Boulder Swim Team, Felicia has been teaching swim lessons for the City and teaching orchestra for Boulder Valley School District.

Felicia has over 10 years of experience teaching orchestra at the high-school level in her home state of Iowa. She earned her degree in Music Education from Iowa State University and has a license to teach in the state of Colorado. Felicia enjoys teaching students about how to practice, setting goals, work ethics, and being a well-rounded person.

Board of Directors Contacts

Ann Hansen

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