Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

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".


Paul Davidson

Age Group, Junior, Varsity

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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 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.

Sean Honda Kao

Senior Development

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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.

Lauren Morford

Support Coach - All Groups

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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.

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.

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.