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,
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
In his spare
time, he enjoys cycling and kayaking as new sports and likes to
watch movies and read.
Coach Ron's email address
Head Age Group Coach - Gold
Amy comes to us from the Southwest Aquatic Team (SWAT) where she has been the Head Coach and Director of Operations since 2010 and was their Head Age Group Coach from 2007-2010.
Amy has produced swimmers that have represented SWAT at many different levels from local USA Swimming age group meets to TAGS and Sectionals qualifiers. She prides herself in developing student athletes that have a future in the sport of swimming as well as the opportunity to be successful outside the pool.
Amy has been around the sport of swimming from a very young age. Growing up in Plano, she swam for the local YMCA team and the City of Plano Swimmers until an injury took her out of the sport competitively in 2001. She then took her talents to instruction and started coaching with the Plano YMCA Swim Team in 2003 and the Waxahachie YMCA Swim Team in 2005. From there she has continued to expand her knowledge and experience with the sport of swimming moving on to coaching USA Swimming.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she majored in Business Management with an emphasis on Human Resources. She obtained her Personal Trainer Certification from the Cooper Institute in 2012. In addition to coaching, Amy works full time as a Recreation Manager for the City of Hurst.
In her spare time, she enjoys sports, reading, riding her horse, the beach, her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
Age Group Coach - Silver/Bronze
Lauren grew up in
California and began swimming competitively on a year-around swim
team at the age of 5.
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).
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
finishing her swimming career, Lauren has transitioned into
triathlons, and after 1 amateur season is now racing her first year
as a professional triathlete.
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
time she received her Master’s Degree from San Francisco
State in Special Education.
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
Age Group Coach - Nemos/White
Age Group Coach
Kathy Steinbrenner coaches FAST's Senior
Development group. She joined the FAST coaching staff in
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
Alicia Nicole Mapp
Age Group Coach - Red
Cameron James Rattray
Age Group Coach - Senior III
Mauren K Paul
Age Group Coach - Narwhals and Makos
Maria G Garcia
Maria grew up in Barinas, Venezuela and began swimming competitively at the age 5.
In addition to swim and triathlon coaching, she has taught private swimming lessons since 1989 in different countries, such as Venezuela, Spain, and United States. She has been teaching private swimming lessons with Sunsational Swim School for the last 2 years.
She was part of the Spanish Sport Swim Team in Barinas, Venezuela, and she qualified to several Swim National Championships. She was member of the Swim and Master Team of the University of Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela.
Besides her swim experience, she also has experience in triathlon. She represented Venezuela in several international competitions. She has been selected several times for National Championships and represented the states of Merida and Carabobo, in Venezuela. She holds a PH.D in arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, where she represented this university in triathlons. Currently she is a member of the B&B Bikes Team in Cedar Hill in Texas
Currently she is a personal trainer and Stroke and Turn official for USA Swimming.
Lillian Elizabeth Martchenke
Lillian went to the University of Houston and graduated May 2016 with an English Creative Writing degree. She has been around pools her life, growing up with one in her back yard. When she started babysitting some neighborhood kids teaching them to swim in their own pools was a mission she took on. Sharing her love of swimming and the water came naturally to her and she has since worked as a swim instructor, teaching kids, adolescents and adults "survival" swim skills and also taught those eager and wanting, how to swim the four competitive strokes