Head Coach / National Development
Coach Brown began as
the Head Coach of FAST in 2011 bringing over 25 years of experience
to our deck. Coach Brown has developed multiple National Record
Holders, National and Junior National Champions, and more than a
dozen first-time Olympic Trials qualifiers. Between 2004 and
2015 he placed 10 swimmers on the U.S. National Junior Team in
the 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 100 Breast, 200 Breast,
200 IM, 400 IM, and Open Water 10K. In 2017 he placed 2 swimmers on
the World Championship Team and U.S. National Team for Open
Coach Brown was honored in 2011 as USA
Swimming's Developmental Coach of the Year. In 2009 Coach
Brown gave two talks at the American Swim Coaches Association
(ASCA) World Clinic. Articles on his technique and
training ideas have been published in Swimming World, American
Swimming, and ASCA magazines.
Coach Brown earned a
bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University where he was
a member of the varsity swim team. His philosophy for success in
swimming and life is "Work Works".
Age Group, Junior, Varsity
Coach Paul joined FAST in 2018 with over 30 years of teaching,
coaching, and operations experience. He coached at the
college level for 14 years at Michigan (2), UNLV (1), and USC
(11). Prior to that he served as Head Coach of Conejo Simi
Swim Club for 9 years. He has experience developing and
training athletes at all levels, from learn-to-swim to Olympic
Coach Paul was a 4-year letterwinner in water polo at UC-Irvine
where he earned a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature and
Sean Honda Kao
Coach Sean joined the FAST staff full-time in September 2018.
Sean swam at FAST 2006-2012 graduating from
Diamond Bar High School in 2012 and moving on to Arizona State
University. At ASU Sean was a member of the Pac-12 Conference Team
all four years specializing in sprint freestyle and was named a
captain in his senior year.
Sean's most influential coaching mentors are FAST Head Coach
Brian Brown and U.S. High Performance Director Keenan Robinson who
directed the strength training program for Michael Phelps.
Sean graduated from ASU in 2016 and
continued pursuing his education there earning a Masters Degree in
Exercise Science in May 2018.
Support Coach - All Groups
Coach Lauren joined
the FAST staff in 2012. She has over 15 years of experience
teaching and coaching a wide range of levels, from infants to
adults. She coached 14 & Under swimmers in New York City
at the Manhattan Makos and Asphalt Green swim teams.
Coach Lauren competed
in the 400 Free and 800 Free at the 2008 & 2012 U.S. Olympics
Trials. She is a 3-time National Finalist in the 1,650 Free
(2) and 10K Open Water (1). Lauren was the 2004 Ivy League
Champion in the 1,000 Free and a 9-time Ivy League Finalist in
college. She was the team
MVP in 2004 and 2007 and a captain in her senior year. Lauren
graduated from Columbia University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree
in Political Science.
Lead Coach - Yorba Linda
Coach Nancy has
been coaching FAST's groups at the Yorba Linda facility since
July 2010. She leads all team groups, from Pre-Competitive to
Junior Development. Prior to joining FAST, Nancy coached 10
& Unders at the Swim Team of Placentia for 14 years. For 12 of
those years she also coached high school swim teams at Esperanza
(7) and Valencia (5). This coaching background has given Nancy
a variety of great experience with swimmers of different ages and
abilities. Nancy swam competitively herself for 8 years while
also playing water polo.
Nancy has a Business
Administration degree from Cal Polytechnic-Pomona where she also
completed a minor in Management and Human Resources. She
worked for Kraft Foods for 8 years before making coaching her