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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all administrative questions, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact our Business Manager.

FAST employs trained, professional coaches to plan and oversee our program. The coaches are certified in CPR, First Aid, Coaches Safety Training, and have had Background Checks as required by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body of Swimming in the United States. All coaches are members of USA Swimming.

Coaching Staff

Joe Keller

Head Coach

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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. History.

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 Bend.

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 2007. 

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 Chair.

Coach Keller is married to Patti and they have three children: Philip, Kristopher, and Timothy.

Alec Haley

Assoc. Head Coach, NAT/TP, Pre-Team Dir.

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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

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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.

Steve Sanchez

Co-Business Mgr., EL/TStr/TC3

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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 Kirchner. 

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 Sam.

Garland Wilson

College Prep Coord., EL/TStr/TC3/TC2

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Garland grew up swimming in St. Louis, Missouri, 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 the Elite / High School swimmers and Tiger Stripes. She also coaches with Summer Break Swim in the summer and regularly  teaches adult swim clinics at the Fishers YMCA.

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.

Karen Gernert

Admin. Asst., Excel/Tigers 1

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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 Indianapolis.

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, 1 who graduated from Butler and 2 in college.

Tamisa Lush

Tigers 2/Tiger Cubs 2 & 3

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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 of FAST.   

Sharon Ramey

Tiger Cubs 1

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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 Tiger Cubs 1 swimmers.

 

Outside of swimming, Sharon owns her own business, Brain Train LLC.  She works with individuals incorporating Neurofeedback training.  She lives in Fishers with her husband Jon and three daughters Charlie, Jojo, and Frankie.

Ralph Thielking

10 & Under

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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.

Board of Directors

John Mybeck

Board Member

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Michael Pratt

Board Member

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Dahnya Chop

Board Member

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Drew Alexander

Board Member

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Brett Carlile

Board Member

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Steve Fero

Board Member

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