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Brian Brown

Head Coach / National Development

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Coach Brown began as the Head Coach of FAST in 2011 bringing over 25 years of experience guiding swimmers of all ages to success in the pool. In recent years, 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 Water.

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".


Gunnar Brewer

Junior Development - Yorba Linda

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Paul Davidson

Assistant Coach

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Coach Paul joined FAST in 2018 with over 30 years of coaching, administrative, and facility operations experience. He worked at the college level for 14 years at the University of 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 Champions.

Coach Paul was a 4-year letterwinner in water polo at UC-Irvine where he earned a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature and Film Studies.

Kyle Knoff

Assistant Coach

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Coach Kyle began coaching at FAST in 2006. He swam for FAST from the age of 10 and achieved great success in high school as the 2003 CIF Champion in the 100 Breaststroke. He earned a full scholarship to Cal State-Bakersfield where his team won the NCAA Division II Championship in 2004. Individually, Kyle earned seven NCAA All-American awards in the Breaststroke and Individual Medley events.
 
Kyle credits the late Kevin Perry, his coach throughout high school, with motivating him to swim at the collegiate level. He seeks to guide all of his swimmers similarly and impart to them the value of the college opportunity. Kyle also notes his college coach, Bob Steele, as a great teacher and motivator who informs his own coaching today.

Lauren Morford

Senior Development - Fullerton

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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. She led the Columbia University Masters Swim Team for 2 years.

Coach Lauren competed in the 400-meter and 800-meter Freestyles at the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympics Trials. She is a 3-time National Finalist in distance freestyle events (1,650-yard Freestyle & 10K Open Water). She was the 2004 Ivy Leage Champion in the 1000-yard Freestyle and a nine-time Ivy League Finalist while swimming at Columbia University.  Coach Lauren was team captain in her senior year and the team's MVP in 2004 and 2007. She graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.

Rami Pinzon

Age Group/Junior Development - Fullerton

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Coach Rami joined FAST in 2016 with over 10 years of teaching experience and a lifelong love of competitive swimming. She is passionate about guiding young swimmers to discover and surpass their full potential. Her knowledge of stroke fundamentals and excellent teaching methods are invaluable for FAST swimmers in the Age Group, Junior, and Senior groups.

Coach Rami represented her home country of Lithuania at the 2008 Olympic Games (200-meter Breaststroke) and 4 World Championships. At the 2009 World Championships she was a member of the 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay and 4 x 100 Medley Relay, both of which set Lithuanian National Records that still stand. Coach Rami was a 4-year letterwinner at Southern Methodist University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Finance.

Kaila Sarad

Assistant Coach

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Nancy Thomas

Lead Coach - Yorba Linda

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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 primary focus.