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!
Coach - Team Admin
ASCA Certified Level 2 Age Group Coach
Coach Tamara began swimming at the age of 9 for a summer team in Kansas. She began competing and swimming year round shortly after that. Tamara swam for a club team until she moved to Colorado in 2008. She taught swim lessons for 10 years. Her coaching experience begins with 2 years as an assistant coach for a summer swim team in Kansas and then 1 year as an assistant coach for a CARA team in Westminster and 1 year as the Head Coach for that team. Tamara has been coaching with Team Vortex for the past 5 years and has truly enjoyed her experiences with Vortex. She has enjoyed seeing the kids continue to have fast swims and meet numerous goals they have set for themselves.
Tamara graduated from CSU in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and is currently working on her Masters of Education in Special Education. currently Tamara is working at an elementary school in Loveland as well as coaching Nelson Farm's swim team during the summer with Coach Aaron. Swimming is Tamara's passion and loves to see the kids improve over the season. she has many goals for the swimmers throughout the season and truly enjoys seeing them make those goals.
- ASCA Certified Level
Coach Rachel's love for
swimming began at the age of 5 when she strived to be like The
Little Mermaid on her first swim team, Piney Creek Heat.
After winning the coaches award a few years later, she
started year round swimming on Team colorado and Stars.
Rachel wanted to pass on her love for swimming and began her
coaching experience at age 15 when she became a junior coach.
She was the team captain of her high school swim team at
Smoky Hill and continues that leadership during the summer being
the head coach of the 8 & under age group. Rachel graduated CSU
in 2014 with a degree in Business and Marketing. She
works full-time as the Customer Service Manager at Craft Beer &
Brewing Magazine. Watching her swimmers grow and improve is her
greatest joy that she gets out of coaching.
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.