Michael C Novell
Head Coach, Arete
Coach Mike started with the Fort Collins Area Swim Team in October of 2013 as the Head Age Group Coach. During which time FAST Athletes have achieved new levels of success including State, Sectional, and Junior National first place finishes. Athletes on FAST have broken National Age Group records, numerous Colorado Swimming State Records, and a Pan Pac Pacific Record. While serving as the Head Age Group Coach FAST achieved it’s first Silver Medal, and Gold Medal club excellence status.
Prior to coming to FAST Mike served as the Head Coach at Castle Rock Swimming for the past 6 and a half years. While at ROCK the team achieved new levels of success from an athletic and business standpoint. The team produced it’s first pair of Jr National qualifiers in over 10 years as well sending a sizable team to sectionals that continued to grow each season. While at ROCK Mike coached multiple swimmers that have gone on to swim competitively in college in each division.
Before moving to Colorado Mike coached in Tempe, Arizona for Sun Devil Aquatics and worked with Arizona State University as a graduate assistant. During his tenure at SDA Mike coached several state Champions, Junior National Qualifiers, Top 16 Qualifiers, and one Olympic Trial Qualifier. Additionally his swimmers contributed to 2 National Age Group Relay Records and 2 Junior National Women’s Team first place finishes. While in his role as a Grad Assistant at ASU Mike had the opportunity to work with multiple NCAA qualifiers, Pac 10 Champions, and a National Record Holder.
Mike got his start coaching while in High School at the Glendale/Peoria YMCA in 1998 and later the Tempe YMCA in 2000. At Tempe Mike assisted the organization in moving into the competitive ranks of USA Swimming as well as coaching the teams the first State Champion and Western Zone Qualifiers.
Head Age Group Coach - Ch 1, Tigershark
Hammerhead, Tiger Shark, Rise and Shine
Joined FAST: 2015
Education: B.S. in Political Science, Willamette University
Coach Doug began coaching with Salem Aquatic Club (Salem, OR) while still completing his Bachelor’s Degree and college swimming career. He started as the 8&U coach and advanced to Head Age Group Coach during his seven years with Salem Aquatic Club. During his time in Oregon, Coach Doug worked with numerous age group state champions and received an Oregon Age Group Coach of the Year Award.
After moving to Colorado, Coach Doug was the Head Coach at Greeley Swim Club for two years. During his time with GSC. the team had its first Senior National Qualifier since 1996 and had multiple athletes win individual state titles at both the USA swimming and High School Swimming Championships.
Prior to joining FAST, Coach Doug also spent 16 years as the Head Coach at the Eaton Red Waves. After starting with a club of almost thirty athletes and only Silver State Qualifiers, he successfully increased both the size of the team and the levels at which its athletes compete. Coach Doug developed over a dozen Zone Qualifiers, as well as all of the All Star Selections and Sectional Qualifiers in Eaton Red Waves history.
Coach Doug also has eighteen years of High School coaching experience with both boys and girls. He has worked with student athletes at Greeley Central, Eaton High School and just this past two years the Fossil Ridge Boys Swimming and Diving Team. His highlights include multiple individual state titles in individual events and relays at both the 4A and 5A levels, two 4A state records, and an overall team title.
Head Masters Coach
Eric's swimming background encompasses collegiate water polo,
masters swimming and over 100 triathlons. For the past 25
years, Eric has coached athletes for open water, triathlon and pool
competition. He is currently the head coach at FAST
Masters, owner of a multisport coaching business, Train Smart
Race Fast and the
2016 Colorado Masters Coach of the Year!
Eric has coached both USA and USMS club programs and multiple
masters national and world record holders. He is a 3x Ironman
Hawaii World Championship finisher, 8x Boston Marathon Qualifier
and Masters Swimming All-American.
MacKenzie B Novell
Lead Coach Ascend
Joined FAST: 2010
Education Interior Design Colorado State University
MacKenzie is the longest active coach at FAST and has had many
roles since joining the club. In her current position she is the
lead coach for Ascend. Her most recent role on FAST was substitute
coach when the team needed group coverage and assistance.
Prior to her return as lead group coach at FAST, she was the
Assistant Women Swim Coach at Colorado State University. During her
time at CSU the team moved up 5 places in the Mountain West
Conference, earned 11 consecutive Scholar All American Awards,
posted their best dual meet records in over a decade, was
recognized for having the MWC Swimmer of the Year, Senior of the
Year, and was the lead coach for athletes earning over 20 school
records and over 30 NCAA cuts. She currently serves as the RAMS
Alumni Athletes Association President.
MacKenzie swam for Colorado State University on an athletic
scholarship. She graduated in 2008 and received the Leadership
Award from the College of Applied Human Sciences. Additionally, she
was the recipient of the
2011 Doc Counsilman Award given by the American Swimming Coaches
Association for creative and innovative workouts. She has
represented Colorado Swimming at the age gourd zone level, and was
selected to be a member of the USA Swimming Women’s
Leadership Summit in 2015 and 2017.
MacKenzie coaching philosophy is centered around creating a
positive environment for athletes to challenge themselves in while
exploring their own personal expectations and goals. She utilizes
key learning styles including visual, auditory and kinesthetic to
reach a range of athletes. Athletes in Ascend will be shown the
importance of building world class character through excellence in
swimming on a daily basis.
High School and Senior Coach
Alexandra Taylor Jacobs
Lead Coach Hammerhead/Discovery
Allie began coaching in 2014 with Collindale, during her summers in
college. She swam Division I for Colorado State University on an
athletic scholarship, competed on the travel team, and was captain
her junior year. She graduated from Colorado State University in
2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science
with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Once she was done
competing in college Allie started coaching at FAST, assisting
Hammerheads. Since then she has assisted Arete, as well as become
the lead coach of Tigershark, and now leads Hammerhead and
High Performance Coach
Coach Chris is originally from Pittsburgh, PA where he attended
and Swam for the University of Pittsburgh.
Chris started his career at the University and then moved on to
USA swimming club coaching with Team Pittsburgh Aquatics in the
early 2000’s. Early on, it was obvious that he had
found his niche, as he helped the program produce multiple 2000
Olympic trials qualifiers.
He them moved to Carmel, Indiana where he continued to hone his
skills with the Carmel Swim Club, one to the top programs in the
US. In Carmel, he continued to produce athletes who swam at
the highest levels. Carmel High School won 5 straight state
championships and the club produced multiple 2008 Olympic trials
qualifiers while becoming the first USA Swimming Gold Medal swim
club in Indiana history.
In late 2009 Chris joined SwimMAC Carolina with Head
Women’s Olympic Coach David Marsh. In his time in Charlotte,
he led the senior programming and spent time assisting with TEAM
ELITE which is made up of U.S. Olympic and National Team members.
During his time at SwimMAC the team won the 2012 Long Course Junior
Nationals. Chris coached multiple U.S. Olympic trial
qualifiers, 2 Junior Pan Pacific Team members, and an Olympian from
In 2012 Chris was sought out for the head coaching position with
the Fort Collins Area Swim Team (FAST). The team and culture in
Fort Collins thrived under his new leadership attracting swimmers
from all over Colorado and neighboring states. In 2016, the
program attained Gold Medal status (top 20 in the USA) which it has
maintained for 3 consecutive years. Some of his other
- 10 National Junior Team
- 30+ Olympic Trails Qualifiers
- 25 Junior National
- 2016 USA Swimming Junior Pan Pacific Assistant
- 2016 National Junior Team Coach
- 2016 Colorado Coach of the year
- 2015 National Junior Team Coach
- 2015 Colorado Coach of the year
Coach Luke began his swimming career on FAST back in 2009. Very
quickly he moved through the groups and by 2013, he was swimming in
Arete for Coach Chris. He also swam at Fossil Ridge High School
swim team. He was one the team for all four years, and in that
time, helped the team win 3 consecutive state championships and was
elected captain his senior year. Right now, he attends Front Range
Community College and is pursuing a degree in accounting.
Coach Luke began his coaching career in 2018, by being the head
coach of the Collindale Swim Team. In the fall, he started coaching
on FAST. He was the assistant coach for Hammerhead, Discovery,
Ascend and Challenge II. Coach Luke still assists everywhere
he can on FAST and is learning everything he can from each coach
that he works with and continues to expand his knowledge and skills
Loveland Site Lead Coach
Sarah’s love for swimming began in 2008 after a
collegiate running injury quite literally knocked her off her
feet. She began coaching high school swimmers in the winter
of 2011, and found her calling. Over the years, she has been
involved with several high school programs including Skyline High
School, Fort Collins High School, and Loveland High School.
Sarah has also coached at the club level, working with high school,
middle, and elementary aged athletes. In the Fall of 2015 she
was made the head swimming and diving coach at Loveland High School
for both men’s and women’s teams.
In 2019, Sarah decided to make her passion a full time career
by co-founding the Loveland Site of FAST.
Sarah’s a USA Triathlon certified Level I coach, and a
USA Swimming certified coach. She is a 200 Hour Registered
Yoga Instructor, and has a strong understanding of anatomy and
injury prevention. In her time off the pool deck, she’s
a competitive triathlete, distance runner, cyclist, and long
Loveland Site Lead Coach
Matt started his competitive swimming career at age six and swam
club until graduating high school. While attending Colorado Mesa
University he balanced playing water polo and double majoring in
exercise science and sports management. He is currently coaching in
his third high school swimming season.
Matt’s background in Exercise Science and his battles
through injuries during his time as a swimmer have created a
backbone for his coaching/training style. His biggest focus is
correct technique, this helps create a strong base and decreases
the risk of injury to keep improving and become a better
During his downtime Matt spends time with his wife and two
dogs, Larry and Frostee. He constantly surrounds himself in
athletics from swimming to soccer, football, frisbee golf, and much
Coach Haley started swimming competitively at the age of 12 but
her love for the water started long before that. Coach Haley
was born with a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia and at the
age of 15 Haley made her first Team USA swim team and competed at
the 2011 Para Pan American Games. From there she competed at
the 2013 Para Swimming World Championships, 2015 Para Pan American
Games where she medaled in 5 events bringing home the most medals
for Team USA, and the 2016 Paralympic Game in Rio De Janeiro
In her free time Haley enjoys baking, hiking, photography and
snowboarding. She is currently attending DeVry University and
is planning on getting her degree in Secondary education with a
focus in History. Haley started coaching in 2019 as a way to
give back to the sport that gave her so much.