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Coaching Staff

Ron Forrest

Program Director and Head Coach

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Program Director and Head Coach Ron Forrest coaches FAST's Senior groups. He has been the FAST Head Coach and Program Director since August, 1996.
 
   Ron Forrest is in his 20th year with the FAST program. Ron has taken FAST from a small local team with only TAGS level qualifiers and has helped transform the program to now be competitive from state to international levels.
 
   Ron has produced swimmers to represent FAST at every major swimming competition internationally, a feat few coaches in the world can tout and is widely regarded as one of Texas best active high performance coaches. Highlighting the list was placing Dana Vollmer at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where she was a finalist in the 200 meter Freestyle (6th place). In Athens, Vollmer also helped lead the United States to a Gold Medal and which shattered the World Record in the 800-meter Freestyle Relay. In 2008, Camilo Becerra represented Colombia and competed at the Beijing Olympic Games in the 50 meter Freestyle and 100 meter Butterfly. This appearance made it the second consecutive Olympic Games a FAST swimmer has been represented.
 
   Along the way, Ron has coached numerous Junior, Senior National and U.S. Open qualifiers as well as Olympic Trials qualifiers. In 2008, Ron helped place a swimmer at the FINA Junior World Championships (Walter Rumans) for the U.S.A earning a bronze medal.
 
   And most recently in the summer of 2011 helped Julia Anderson to a U.S.A. team berth again at the FINA Junior World Championships where she earned a gold medal (4x200Fr.Rel), as well as being a Semi-Finalist in the 200 Meter Freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
 
   Ron also has had success coaching at the high school level, producing 48 Texas UIL State Championship Qualifiers (including several State Champions) and in working with the FWISD high school programs personally coached 22 of the 24 high school state qualifiers that represented the FWISD from 1998-2011. He has been named both TISCA District and Regional Coach of the Year.
 
   Ron has also been recognized for his accomplishments both state and nationally by being awarded the American Swim Coaches Association Award of Excellence for Outstanding Coaching Achievement in the United States in 2002, 03, 04, 05 and 2006. He was also named Texas Senior Coach of the Year in 2002 and again in 2004. In 2003, he was named North Texas Swimming Senior Coach of the Year. One highlight was Ron being named the 2007 Colombian National Championships Male Coach of the Meet. Ron has also been a United States National Team Coach from 2003 to 2006-7 and since 2010 is a coach on the USA 18+Under National Team roster and served as Senior Vice-Chairman of North Texas Swimming from 2004-2008.
 
   During his swimming career, Ron was a 7-time school record holder for TCU, was a multiple time Southwest Conference medalist and All-Southwest Conference team qualifier. Ron was a Canadian Olympic Trials qualifier in 5 events, a National championship finalist and a 2-time Canadian age group record holder.
 
   Ron is a graduate of Texas Christian University where he majored in psychology and general studies and is a proud Horned Frog!
 
   In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and kayaking as new sports and likes to watch movies and read.
 
Coach Ron's email address is coachron@charter.net.
 

Nicholas Johnson

Head Age Group Coach - Gold

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  Nick grew up in El Paso, Texas.  As a swimmer he competed at the Summer League, Club, High School and Collegiate level. 
 
   He graduated from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a BS in Kinesiology and BA in History. 
 
   Nick began his coaching career as a Summer League coach in 2005 and then moved on to coach as TAGS Development Assistant Coach with the City of Plano Swimmers.

Lauren Brandon

Age Group Coach -- Silver/White

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Lauren grew up in California and began swimming competitively on a year-around swim team at the age of 5.
 
   She received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Nebraska, where she was a NCAA All-American and 3-time Big 12 Champion. Lauren is also the current school record holder in the 1000yd free (9:51.48) and the 1650yd free (16:14.36).
 
   After her collegiate career, Lauren ventured into open water competition where she was 5th and the 2006 USA 10k National Championships and also qualified for the 2007 Open Water 10K World Championship Trials. She concluded her swimming career at the 2008 USA Olympic Team Trials where she competed in the 400free and 800free.
 
   Since finishing her swimming career, Lauren has transitioned into triathlons, and after 1 amateur season is now racing her first year as a professional triathlete.
 
    On the coaching front, Lauren was an assistant coach for Palo Alto Swim Team (PASA) in California from 2008-2009. While in California, Lauren also started a stroke school for beginning master’s swimmers.
 
   During this time she received her Master’s Degree from San Francisco State in Special Education.
 
   Before joining FAST, Lauren was an age-group coach at Mansfield Aquatic Club (MAC) for 1 year, and also served as the Head Coach of the Rivercrest Country Club swim team in the summer of 2010.

Julie Balinda Belflower

Age Group Coach - Red/Bronze

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Julie was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. and she began swimming competitively at the age of 9. She was voted MVP each of her four years in high school, and was also recognized for holding the most school records. Julie qualified for Junior Nationals and attended Fresno State University on scholarship where she qualified for Olympic Trials in the 200 Backstroke. Julie has been coaching intermittently for 16 years, and she loves to see her swimmers fall in love with the sport. Julie’s desire for coaching is to create a fun, healthy, safe environment where her swimmers can work hard and achieve their goals. 

Kathy Steinbrenner

Age Group Coach - Senior II

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Age Group Coach Kathy Steinbrenner coaches FAST's Senior Development group. She joined the FAST coaching staff in August 2008.
 
Kathy has been coaching age group swimmers on and off for that past 29 years.  She was formerly the head coach for the San Jacinto Aquatic Club in Houston and for the last 13 years has been the head coach for the RPA Swim Team in Fort Worth.  Kathy previously was the head swim coach for 5 years at  All Saint's  middle and high school.  In addition to coaching, she has taught private and group swimming lessons for 12 years and has completed the Emler Swim School Training. The last three years she has coached FWCD and Oakridge High School Swim Teams.
 
Kathy started swimming at the age of 9, and swam USA swimming in Houston for Dad’s Club.  She held several of her high school’s records before entering collegiate swimming. She lettered for four years on collegiate varsity swim teams, 1 year for the University of Houston, and 3 years for Texas A&M University.  At TAMU she was the team captain for 2 years and swam on scholarship.  During her college career she participated in 3 intercollegiate championship meets (2 AIAW and 1 NCAA).
 
Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Texas A& M University.
 
 

Lisa R Tullbane

Masters Coach

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Lisa began her competitive swimming career at the age of 12 years old.  Primarily a backstroker, she qualified for Junior Nationals at 15 years old in the 200 backstroke and placed 9th.  She also qualified for Senior Nationals in the 200 backstroke.  In college, Lisa swam for the University of Louisiana in Monroe and was the record holder in the 100 and 200 backstroke and also in the 400 medley relay.  She was a finalist in the college conference meet for 4 consecutive years.  Lisa began coaching Masters in 1989 in the Fort Worth area and continued to coach Masters when she moved to San Antonio.  She married Tony Tullbane in 1996 and moved back to the Fort Worth area.  Lisa coached age group swimming prior to returning to coaching Masters swimming.  She also continues to swim competitively.  Her and Tony have 4 boys that all swim for FAST.

Reagan Ewing

Age Group Coach

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Reagan Faith Ewing was a swimmer on FAST for 11 years, and was on Paschal High School's Varsity Swim Team for 3 years. In both her junior and senior year she was the girls team captain in which the team went undefeated in UIL competition as well and won districts both years. She qualified for regionals her sophomore, junior, and senior year; reaching the finals both in her sophomore and senior year. She is currently a sophomore in college studying English at the University of Texas at Arlington. She taught lessons for the SwimAmerica program in Fort Worth in June of 2010, as well as coached for the Granbury SEALS during the summer of 2011 season. She joined the FAST coaching staff in November of 2011.
 
 
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Phil Lakota

President

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James King

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Amber A McCuddy

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Director of Funding & Marketing

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Social Director

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Shan Mitchell

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Peter Glenn Graves

Rep at Large

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Robin Cole

Treasurer

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