Program Director and Head Coach
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.