Scott M Lathrop
Associate Head Coach/ CEO
Scott Lathrop brings 31 years of
coaching experience to Desert Thunder Aquatics. Scott’s
coaching career began in 1986 as an assistant coach for ASU
before branching out to club swimming.He has worked at all levels
of coaching with USA Swimming from novice to Olympic Trial
qualifiers. In 2000, Scott accepted a position of Associate
Coach for Desert Thunder Aquatics Club, and then became the Head
Coach and CEO of DTAC in 2006. Scott manages the team and assists
with coaching duties for the National Training Group and Senior
Scott has had comprehensive study in
technique with former head coach and now consultant Milt Nelms, and
has collaborated on a technical curriculum for USA Swimming with
the foremost mind in technique, Bill Boomer. This background plus
his experience with one of the most advanced training systems
available, Parametric Training, has brought Scott to develop
athletes of all ages to their best potential, including Top 16,
Junior, Senior National, and Olympic Level athletes.
Scott competed in swimming
throughout his high school and college career, becoming a three
time National Qualifier, a scholarship athlete for two colleges,
and twice Academic All-American, then graduating from ASU in 1989
with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Technology. In
addition, He has been an avid competitive cyclist, being a three
time National Qualifier, and an Olympic Trials Qualifier in
1992. Scott also enjoys outdoor experiences including mountain biking
and mountain climbing, and frequently visits Colorado to join his
Currently Scott resides in Chandler
with his dog Riley.
Andrew Robert Schneller
Pre-Senior Champs Coach
Andrew has lived and grown up in Gilbert, Arizona. At the age of four he was introduced to skiing and parks and recreational swimming. He learned to ski from his Dad, who was an instructor at Sunrise for 15+ years. He grew up skiing, swimming, and playing soccer in their respective seasons. He enjoyed video games, and playing outside on the trampoline and in the swimming pool.
Andrew attended Gilbert Elementary, Mesquite Junior High, and Mesquite High School where he graduated top 3% of his class of 720 students. He promptly applied and started attending Arizona State University as a Chemical Engineering Undergraduate. He did not receive a B in any class until second semester of attending ASU. In May 2011, Andrew will receive his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
In 2003, Andrew joined DTAC as a freshman in High School, swimming for Scott in the High School Development Group. Andrew made his way up through the ranks as he stuck with the program for 6 years. He attended several Milton Nelms demonstrations and held the teachings of stroke posture, tone, and efficiency in high esteem. Two years after graduating High School, Andrew had continued with DTAC until the beginning of his junior year of college, when he was offered the privilege to swim at ASU and help resurrect the recently disband Men’s Swim Team. Putting forth his best effort for over a year, with some grueling practices, he reluctantly gave up his position on the team to focus on his degree.
Today, Andrew can bring more technique awareness and understanding to the pool, as he has actively performed proper stroke mechanics and technique in the past. One of the main ideas he’d like to help contribute to the team is an idea of self motivation. That a person does what they do the best they can, because they can.
riannon sierra shanley
White & Gold Coach
Coach Riannon was born and raised in Arizona where she attended
Dobson High School.
She first discovered the sport by joining the swim team with her
best friend sophomore year. Riannon then went on to swim throughout
high school on the Dobson swim team as well as Dobson Dolphins and
Mesa Aquatics Club. She served as team captain her senior year
where she worked side by side along her coach to keep the team
organized and running.
Riannon graduated from Dobson High School in 2017 with honors. She
then began attending Arizona State University to study Secondary
Education with a focus in history. Upon graduation Riannon's dream
is to teach high school economics or government. She in currently
in her Sophomore year at ASU.
Riannon's love for kids and swimming inspired her to start work at
SwimKids USA which led her to Desert Thunder Aquatics Club. She is
very excited to develop young swimmers work ethic, confidence, and
swimming. Her goal is to provide the help and guidance to inspire
each swimmer to reach their goals and believe in themselves.