Growing up in Petersburg, Indiana, Coach
Keller was recruited by and attended Ball State University. A four
year Mid-American Conference qualifier/finalist in the 100 and 200
Breaststroke, Coach Keller finished his college swimming career
ranked on Ball State’s Top 10 All-Time list. He was honored
during his sophomore year with the Most Improved Swimmer Award and
the Senior Award, BSU’s highest swimming honor, his senior
year. Academically, Coach Keller was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta
National Honor Society, was named to the Dean’s list seven
times, and received the swim team’s Top Scholar Athlete
Academic Award his senior year. Coach Keller graduated from Ball
State University in May 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree with
a major in Physical Education and a minor in U.S.
Upon graduating from Ball State, Coach
Keller began working for Middlebury Community Schools at Northridge
High School while also being named the head coach for Northridge
Area Swimming Association (NASA). In the summer interim from
college to work, he attended Indiana University at Pennsylvania
(IUP) to increase his aquatics background. At IUP, he
received the following certifications: Water Safety Instructor,
Lifeguard Instructor, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Pool Operator
on Location License, and AAPHERD’s Aquatic Facility
Management Certification. In May 2001, he completed his Master of
Science degree in Education at Indiana University, South
Coach Keller served NASA and Northridge
High School from July 1991 through June 2017 before accepting the
Head Coach position with FAST and Fishers High School. At
Northridge, Coach Keller taught aquatics and served as the Aquatic
Director and Community Recreation/Facilities Rental Director
alongside his coaching responsibilities. He also served as the
Physical Education Department’s Chairperson. Coach has
received numerous accolades and awards – both in and out of
the pool. In 2008-2009, Coach Keller received the Achievement in
Education Award for 2008-09 from the Optimist International service
club. Among his coaching awards, he was named Conference and
Sectional Coach of the Year multiple times; Central Zone Team
Coach; Indiana Swimming Olympic Training Center and Senior Elite
Camp Head Coach in 2005, 2012, 2015, and 2017; Ball State
University Alumni Girls Swimming Coach of the Year in 2002, 2012,
and 2013; Ball State University Alumni Boys Swimming Coach of the
Year in 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2013; Indiana High School Boys State
Coach of the Year in 2005; and the Indiana Swimming Coaches
Association Outstanding Senior Coach in 2003, 2005, and
Coach Keller has coached numerous
athletes up to and including the Olympic Trials Qualifier level
(2008, 2012, 2016) along with one Paralympic athlete to the World
Championships in Mexico City in 2017. Caleb Cripe, USA
Paralympic National Team Member set American Records in the S7
Category Backstroke events while under Keller's guidance.
Coach Keller is a Level 4 certified ASCA coach and is currently
working towards his Level 5 certification. In addition, he has
served on the technical review and senior steering committees
within Indiana Swimming’s structure and currently serves on
Indiana Swimming's performance committee as the Senior
Coach Keller is married to Patti and they
have three children: Philip, Kristopher, and
Assoc. Head Coach, National/Tiger Pride
Alec began swimming at
age 6 for the Carmel Swim Club. While there, Alec a member of many
state championship teams and swam for Jay Chambers as a 11-14
year old. Alec moved to Casper, Wyoming, before starting his high
school career. In 2002, he helped Kelly Walsh High School to their
first swimming and diving championship in school history. In
2003, Alec qualified for the 200 Breast at the US Open and finished
19th. After graduating high school, Alec chose to
continue his swimming career at Indiana University. In 2005, he was
a finalist in both the 200 Breast and the 400 IM at the World
Championship Trials. In 2006, helped IU win its first Big Ten
Championship in 21 years. Named Team Captain during IU's 2007-2008
season, he helped lead the Hoosiers to a 10th place
national finish. Alec finished his swimming career at the 2008
Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. He competed at the Trials in
both the 200 Breast and 400 IM.
Alec came to FAST in the
Fall of 2008. He began working with the Bronze and Silver Tigers,
helping FAST to its first Top 3 finish at Indiana Age Group State.
In 2009, Alec took over as Lead Coach for the Bronze Tigers and,
later that year, FAST won its first ever Indiana Age Group State
Championship! After that season, Alec took over the Silver Tigers
and FAST has been in the Top 3 at Age Group State every season
since, including another Indiana Age Group State Championship in
the Summer of 2015. Alec was named the 2013 Indiana Swimming's Age
Group Coach of the Year. He has also represented FAST by coaching
on multiple Indiana Swimming Zone Staffs and the Indiana Swimming
Senior Elite Champ in Charlotte, North Carolina. Alec has also
served as the Head Coach for 3 Divisional All-Star Camps and
the 2016 Indiana Swimming Age Group Elite Camp in Omaha, Nebraska.
Chas T Grimm
Head Age Group Coach, Tiger Pride
Chas Grimm came to the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers in August 2016. Chas has lived and swam in the Indianapolis area his whole life. Chas began swimming as part of the Warren Central Warriors and Indy Dolphins (Jaguar Aquatics) before swimming collegiately for IUPUI. While at IUPUI, Chas was a two-time Men’s Team Captain and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. Prior to joining FAST, Chas was the Head Coach of the Greenwood Gators and Greenwood High School Swimming and Diving teams for 9 years. His leadership on deck has taken our Tiger Pride and Tiger 2 athletes to new heights and they continue to improve under his guidance.
Away from the pool, Chas enjoys spending time with his wife and new baby boy.
Co-Business Mgr., Elite/Tiger Stripes
Steve Sanchez began
swimming competitively at the age of 8 for the Delta Waves
under Craig Carson in Antioch, CA. He also swam at CPH, which
is now the Terrapins Swim Team, under Ray Mitchell. While a part of
these programs, Steve was ranked nationally in the Top 16 and
received numerous Pacific Swimming Swimmer of the Year
awards. Steve ended his competitive swimming career as a
member of the Indiana University Men’s swim team under Kris
Steve coached age group
swimmers throughout his swimming career and joined the FAST Tigers
staff in 2009. Since taking over the 10 & Under program
at FAST, Steve has developed our youngest athletes into one of the
best 10 & Under groups in the state. His swimmers continually
rank Top 8 in the state. Steve's hard work with the 10
& Unders was rewarded as he was voted 2014 Indiana
Developmental Coach of the Year.
Away from the pool,
Steve lives in Fishers with his wife, Beth, and two sons, Jonah and
College Prep Coord., Elite/Tiger Stripes
Garland grew up swimming in St. Louis, Misour, for the Sugar Creek and Clayton Shaw Park swim clubs. From 1986 - 1988, she was a member of the US National Team. In 1987, Garland competed in the 1987 Pan Pacific Games and placed 2nd to Janet Evans in the 400 IM. She was an Olympic Trial Finalist in 1988 finishing 5th in the 400 IM. Swimming first at the University of Texas, Garland was a member of their 1990 NCAA Championship team. Transferring to Indiana University, Garland was a Big Ten finalist, 200 Back School Record holder, and Team Co-Captain from 1992 - 1994.
Garland then began coaching collegiate swimmers at both Eastern Michigan and Villanova University. She then moved on to St Bonaventure University as their Head Coach. During this time, she guided St. Bonaventure to the 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship title. Then, in 1999, Garland took an Assistant Coaching position at the University of Iowa. The next year, she was promoted to Head Coach of the women's team and served in that role for 4 years. During Garland's time leading the Iowa's female swimmers, the team broke 27 school records, had 6 All-Americans, 6 NCAA Qualifiers, 3 NCAA finalists, 1 Big Ten champion, and the 2003-2004 team placed 20th in the nation!
Garland joined the FAST coaching staff in 2012 and coaches both our high school swimmers and the Tiger Sharks. She also coaches at the Fishers YMCA and with the Summer Break Swim Club in the summer.
Away from the pool(s), Garland lives in Fishers with her husband, Jay, and four children, Bailey, Austin, Mia, and Delaney - and, of course, their dog, Molly.
Admin. Asst., Excel/Tigers 1
Karen was raised in
Minnesota and graduated from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
with a Bachelors degree in Business and Marketing degree.
After finishing her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at
Ohio University (go Bobcats!), Karen landed in
Before starting her
“swimming career” in August 2009, Karen’s only
swimming experience was participating for one year on her high
school’s synchronized swimming team. Now having falling in
love with both swimming and competing, Karen coaches the Excel /
High School team, as well as the Tigers 1.
Away from FAST, Karen
also coaches the Masters group at FHS each weekday morning and
serves as Secretary and Registrar for Greater Indiana Masters
Swimming. Karen is ASCA / USMS Level III certified. Karen lives in
Fishers with her husband and has 3 daughters - two in college and
Sarah, who will be a senior at FHS this year.
Tigers 1 & 2
Kristen grew up in Terre
Haute, IN, and began swimming competitively at the age of 5. While
in high school, she began teaching lessons and started coaching for
the YMCA. Over the past twenty years, Kristen has had the pleasure
of coaching in Terre Haute, IN; Temecula, CA; Lake Elsinore, CA;
and Quantico, VA. She has enjoyed working with all
age groups and levels. As our newest coach, Kristen is looking
forward to joining the FAST family and using her experience to
assist the other coaches in helping swimmers reach their full
Away from the pool,
Kristen lives in Noblesville. She has two children - Andrew, who
loves to play baseball, and Maddie, who loves swimming as much as
Tigers 1, 10 & Under
Coach Ralph swam for the
OB Aquatic Club, Connersville High School, and University of
Missouri-Rolla. Ralph placed in numerous statewide championships
competitions and competed in the YMCA National Swim Meet as an age
group and high school swimmer. Named a two-year captain of the
Connersville High School swim team, his team consistently placed in
the Top 20 in the state. Ralph was also a two-year captain at
the University of Missouri-Rolla. Those teams placed in the Top 15
nationally at the NCAA Division II level. Ralph has helped numerous
athletes compete at the Indiana Age Group State Championships and
one nationally ranked age group swimmer during three summers as
head coach of the Connersville OB Aquatic Club. Ralph has been
coaching with FAST since 2006.
Tiger Cubs 1 & 2
Sharon grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began swimming when she was 6 years old and swam throughout high school - earning four trips to the Ohio State High School Championship meet. Sharon was named Cincinnati Enquirer Student Athlete of the Year in 1990 and was nominated for the LaRosa's Student Athlete of the Year 1990. In 1991, she moved to Dayton, OH, as a student athlete attending Wright State University where she earned a full scholarship for volleyball. She graduated with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Sharon also earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Cincinnati.
Sharon coached with the Cincinnati Marlin's Mini and Bronze groups before coming to FAST in 2012. She now works with our youngest White Tiger swimmers.
Outside of swimming, Sharon works with teens with chronic illnesses and disabilities at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Sharon lives in Fishers with her husband, Jon, and three daughters, Charlie, JoJo, and Frankie.
Tiger Cubs 1 & 2
Alex grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She was not introduced to swimming until her freshman year of high school. Although at the time she did not know much about the swimming as a competitive sport, she had always had a love of being in and around the water. She swam for the Oldham County High School swim team for 4 years, was elected as team captain and was the recipient of the "Most Spirited Award" twice. In addition to being a member of the high school swim team, Alex swam for the Oldham County Pirhanas - local summer swim team - for fun. It is here where she found her passion for coaching and teaching younger swimmers. Along with her lifeguarding and swim instructor positions, after her own daily practice, Alex dedicated her time to working with swimmers ages 6 to 14. Teaching stroke development and technique, as well as building confidence and promoting teamwork, Alex was known for creating comradery amongst swimmers, ensuring spirits were high, and making sure fun was being had by all.
After graduating high school, Alex attended Butler University where she studied Marketing and Spanish. Here, she worked as the Swim Lessons Coordinator at the Health and Recreation Complex. Responsible for organizing and managing the swim lessons program, Alex supervised and trained a staff of instructors in addition to teaching both group and private lessons to participants of all ages (infant to adult).
Outside the pool, Alex works as the Brand Manager for WebLink. She is certified to Scuba dive, enjoys all things active (including hitting golf balls at the driving range, biking the Monon, hot yoga and swimming), loves to try the latest and greatest local foodie spots and frequently visits her family and beloved pug (Lola) in Louisville.
Tiger Cubs 1 & 2
Tamisa Lush comes to us
with a long swimming history. She spent 14 years swimming
competitively in the Muncie area as a member of the YMCA club
program, Nassau Summer Club, and Yorktown High School. After
graduating from Ball State University with a teaching degree, she
landed in Carmel and began coaching in 1986 with Carmel Swim Club.
Starting with their 10-under program, her swimmers consistently
earned Top 16 National status, high point individual and team
awards at State Age Group, along with many individual state
champion titles. During her 20 year career at Carmel, she worked
with many levels ranging from lesson development through
Senior/High School swimming. While coaching for CSC, Tamisa was
selected to coach the Silver Select Camp at the Olympic Training
Center, as well as being a presenter on 10-under Development at the
USS Coaches Clinic held in Colorado Springs.
In 2004, Tamisa and her
husband Russ, were blessed with their son Brett. It was then
that she bowed out of coaching to focus on her teaching and being a
mom. As she wraps up her 33-year teaching career, she is very
excited to get back to the pool! Tamisa is looking forward to the
opportunity to work with the excellent staff, parents, and swimmers