As the new team Vortex Head Coach, Aaron brings over 20 years of coaching experience. The team is benefiting from these years of experience, his enthusiasm and vision. Since 2014, Team Vortex has grown in size, enjoyed many successes and is now one of Northern Colorado’s premier swim clubs. Aaron coached our team’s first Futures qualifier, State Champions, Team Colorado All-Stars, and top 16 qualifiers with the goal of earning USA Swimming’s Bronze Medal for club excellence.
His career as a swimming coach began in earnest assistant at Colorado State University to John Mattos in 1996. Aaron has trained all levels of competitive swimming - from teaching Swim America beginners to Olympic Trial Qualifiers and Paralympians. Aaron’s swim practices incorporate innovative drills to improve athleticism and micro cycles of stroke technique to ensure efficiency and quality. Aaron’s swim philosophy is competitive swimming should be fun.
Thatcher graduated from Iowa State University in 1996. He was a four year letterwinner for the Cyclones, conference finalist, and member of the Big 8 Championship Team in 1995. He was honored to be part of TEAM U.S.A National Team Coaching Staff for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. He owns NCHP, LLC. Most importantly, Aaron loves his family and fast swimming!
Raintree Coach - ASCA Certified Level 2
Nick began swimming when he was 13 years old with a summer club team. After falling in love with the sport, he went to Regis Jesuit High School and swam varsity all four years. In high school, Nick started coaching for the Heather Ridge Country Club summer club swim team in Denver. Nick attended Bowling Green State University and swam his freshman year. Nick had the opportunity to join his family for a year in malta and work as an assistant coach for the national team. Upon Nick's return to Western State College he coached the summer club and started both the boy's and girl's high schools swim teams. Nick is currently the Aquatics Manager at Raintree Athletic Club. He coaches both the Masters and Youth swim teams and teaches swim lessons to children and adults. Nick enjoys teaching technique and helping swimminers improve their strokes. Nick likes to push swimmers both in and out of the water to achieve better times and help them realize how much they can accomplish. Nick works with the middle and high school age swimmes to develop their strength and condiitioning during dryland training to improve their swimming and reduce injury.
I began my swim journey in high school, going out for my high
school swim team freshman year. Right after the season I joined the
local club team; Loveland Swim Club. I had a very inspirational
coach that summer that graduated me up to the next group that fall.
The coach of that next group I was places in shaped my life. He had
one on one conversation with me that led me to the path I am on
today. I'm here to pass on that inspiration and one on one
attention to every swimmer I can.
I swam year round in high school with my club team and
high school team. I made a lot of progress during that span. I came
through with all conference honors, top 10 state finishes, and 2
school records. The coaches I had through the process made me
realize my potential and fulfill it by showing up and putting in
the effort it would take. I am grateful for my experience and will
create a positive experience for all the swimmers I come across.