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Coaches & Directors

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

Coaching Staff

Brandon Walker

Head Coach

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Brandon was born in Whittier, California in 1995 and later moved to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma where he spent his formative years. While in Oklahoma he swam for various club and recreational swim teams; later swimming for his high school, where he broke school records, and swam with the Oklahoma All-State team in 2014. Brandon began his coaching career at 16 where he was head coach for the his local recreational team for 3 years. Following high school, he swam one year in college for St. Lawrence University. After leaving the university he began working at the YMCA of Greater Whittier where he coached the intermediate and advanced swim teams. In August of 2016, Brandon moved to Durango where he plans to conclude his undergraduate degree at Fort Lewis college.

 

In his free time he enjoys listening to music, growing plants, swimming, teaching private lessons, meditation and freewriting.

Brandon believes that swim coaches ought to guide their athletes into a lifelong relationship with the water and the sport. His training curriculum is centered around three pillars of mental, technical and physical development in corredance with USA swimming age group objectives and the betterment of young athletes; this includes, but is not limited to areas of practice in emotional development, cross-training, mindfulness excercises, yoga, introductory weightlifing, anaerobic challenge, aerobic capacity, aerobic challenge, racing strategy, and technique development. 

Sarah D Ryba

Assistant Coach

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Sarah started swimming competitively at age six in Southern California and continued to swim through college. She attended University of California, Berkeley, where she swam for four years, competed at NCAA Championships and also swam at the U.S Olympic Trials. She then attended the University of Arizona where she completed a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology and also swam for a masters swim team in Tucson. Sarah and her husband moved to Durango in 2010 after visiting and deciding this is where they wanted to live. In addition to coaching, she also continues to work in the field of clinical trial research. Sarah enjoys helping swimmers become better swimmers and seeing them succeed. Her other interests include traveling, photography, and cooking.  

Board of Directors

Brandon Walker

Head Coach

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Candace Duran

President

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Trevor Woods

Vice President

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Brigette Cook

Treasurer

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Remy Reese

Secretary

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Cindy Sarver

Board Member

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