Coach Rick has experience coaching several teams in the past including the South Toledo YMCA in Toledo, Ohio and the Shades Valley YMCA in Homewood, Alabama. For the past 15 years Rick as served as the Head Coach of the Hoover Blue Thunder Swim Team in Hoover, Alabama. Rick wished to move back to the Northwest Ohio area to be near family.
As a competitive coach, Rick has lead his team to many summer league championships, coached swimmers who have qualified for Olympic Trials, Senior Nationals, Junior/Senior Nationals and Zone Championships. Recently, two of his swimmers were selected to participate in the National Select and National Zone Camps.
Rick's coaching emphasis is placed on a solid stroke foundation and good aerobic base resulting in constant improvement. Rick's coaching philosophy is that consistent hard work will always prove successful. Rick believes that the sport of swimming teaches many life lessons along the way such as self discipline, a solid work ethic and a desire to achieve. By combining all of these along with a positive team environment, many great things will be achieved.
FAST is very excited to have Coach Rick lead our team!
Benjamin P Rath
Assistant Coach Senior & Pre-Senior
Coach Ben graduated from Defiance High School in 2013. He
was a 3 sport State podium finisher in cross country, swimming and
track; finishing 5th in the 1600m run in track.
He is currently attending the University of Findlay majoring in
Sport and Event Management and minors in Psychology, HR and
Coaching. Ben swam for the University of Findlay. He
was named 2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Male Swimmer of
the Year and Male Swimmer of the GMAC/MEC Championship Meet.
He holds 4 UF records in the 500 yd free, 1000 yd free, 1650 yd
freestyle and the 800 freestyle relay.
Ben says, "As a coach, I believe that without constant work on
the small things, big things cannot be accomplished. This
will be my 3rd season as FAST's assistant coach and I am looking
forward to the season!"
Assistant Age Group Coach
began competitive swimming at a young age of 5 and has never been
away from the sport. As an age group swimmer, he consistently
completed in finals for all strokes and either won or placed high
at numerous venues including Ohio State Championships, Zones, and
Quads. During those years, Austin set dozens of team, meet and
league records, and also achieved Top 16 Cuts in the 50 and 100
Austin began coaching at the age of 16, but at the age of 17, he
became a Summer League Head Coach to a 85 swimmer team and an
assistant to a USA Club Team. Many of the kids he has coached for
USA Swimming have qualified for State, Zone, and National Meets.
Having the opportunity to have these experiences has been very
valuable to him. Austin, continues to hold the Head Coach position
for Summer League.
importantly, Austin has coached possibly hundreds of swimmers that
have never achieved that level of competition and probably never
will, but always treated them with the same vigor and intensity as
he would the National level swimmer. As a coach, Austin always
believes that every swimmer deserves to be challenged to be the
best they can be and holds them to high standards.
recently started as the swim coach for the Hancock Special Olympic
Swim Team. He is ecstatic to have the opportunity to teach kids and
help them develop into amazing swimmers. Austin pushes kids to not
just win, but to set personal goals, to keep them having fun in the
water ,and to love the sport.