Garrett McCarthy is the
Head Coach for the Boulder Swim Team, USA Swimming
ASCA Level 4 Certified Coach.
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
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.
coaching experience includes:
Boulder Swim Team Head
Fairview High School
Girls and Boys Swim & Dive Teams (2013-2015)
Private swim and stroke
Boulder Aquatic Masters
swim programs (2013-2015)
YMCA summer swim programs
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
Garrett and his wife
Alice live in Erie, CO with their 3 children (Liam, Aidan &
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 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
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.
Megan is a USA Swimming, ASCA Level 2, certified coach.
She started swimming at the age of 7 and became a long-distance
swimmer for most of her career. Megan has 8 years of coaching
experience at many different levels. While in college, she
started working for the USA Swimming National Team. Megan
worked for the National Team for a year and a half learning
everything about swimming from the best coaches and athletes in the
world. During this time, she helped develop underwater
dolphin kick technology, video review both above and under water,
took race statistics on different races, and helped the athletes
prepare to reach their full potential during the Rio Olympic
Games. Swimming has always held a special place in
Megan’s heart and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge
of the sport!