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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 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 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".


Amy Barrett

Pre-Team & Age Group - Fullerton

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Coach Amy began teaching at FAST in 2008. Her own swimming career began at FAST at the age of 6. She competed throughout high school at El Dorado where she was part of the League Championship team in her junior year. Amy's favorite events were 500 Freestyle and 200 Breaststroke.

Amy holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Wake Forest University where she also minored in Linguistics and Psychology.

Gunnar Brewer

Senior Development - Yorba Linda

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Paul Davidson

Age Group Development - Fullerton

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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 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

Masters - Fullerton

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Coach Kyle began coaching at FAST in 2006. Kyle 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 7 NCAA All-American awards in the Breaststroke and IM events.
 
Kyle credits the late Kevin Perry, his coach throughout high school, with motivating him to swim at the collegiate level. He also notes his college coach, Bob Steele, as a great teacher and motivator who informs his own coaching today. Kyle has worked with all levels of FAST's program and began leading the FAST Masters in 2017. Outside of FAST, Kyle is the Head Swim Coach at his alma mater Troy High School.

Sean Honda Kao

Assistant Coach - Fullerton

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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.

Nadia Paramita Kusmajadi

Assistant Coach - Fullerton

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Coach Nadia grew up in Indonesia where she swam competitively with the Almagari Swim Team for 9 years. She began teaching at FAST in 2009 while attending Fullerton College where she was a member of the swim team. Now in her ninth year with FAST, Coach Nadia is on deck with Pre-Team, Age Group, Junior, and Senior.

Coach Nadia earned a bachelor's degree in Photography from Cal State Long Beach. Outside of FAST she is a professional photographer.

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 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.

Jacob Patron

Assistant Coach - Fullerton

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Coach Jacob joined the FAST staff in 2017. He began teaching at FAST in 2015 specializing in the advanced levels of lessons and the Pre-Competitive classes. In addition to his Pre-Comp classes, Jacob is on deck with the Pre-Team, Junior, and Senior groups in Fullerton. Outside of FAST, Jacob is an Assistant Swim Coach at Huntington Beach High School.

Jacob was a three sport athlete throughout high school participating in football, wrestling, and swimming. He is currently completing his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. He will continue at CSUF to earn his Teaching Credential and aspires to teach Middle School Physical Education.

Rami Pinzon

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.

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.