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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 questions related team business, such as registration, volunteering, safety, or team policy issues, please contact one of the board members at castlecrocsswim@gmail.com.

Coaching Staff

Emily Altier

Senior Head Coach 2020

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Coach Emily comes to the Castle Pine Crocs with years of experience in the swimming community as an USA club athlete, collegiate athlete, collegiate coach and USA club coach. She grew up swimming in the state of New York, where she was a club and collegiate athlete. She studied and swam Division I at Niagara University in Niagara Falls. Her specialty was distance freestyle and is still ranked amongst the fastest distance freestylers to ever be a Purple Eagle. After graduating from Niagara in 2016, she traveled to Indianapolis to pursue her career in college athletics, working at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). While in Indiana, she was the Head Age Group Coach for Flashes Aquatics, which fueled her decision to coach swimming full time. This decision lead her to accepting the Assistant Swimming Coach and Assistant Director of Aquatic Operations job at Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Wellesley, she was the Head Masters Swimming Coach, the recruiting coordinator, and was heavily involved in all of the aquatic activities that campus recreation had to offer. Being in Massachusetts gave her the opportunity to go back to school and pursue her Master of Education, concentrating in Athletics Administration, which she successfully completed at Endicott College in 2019. After leaving the college coaching world, she ended up in Ridgefield, Connecticut where she worked for a USA silver medal club and top 100 USA Swimming team in the country, Ridgefield Aquatic Club. While at RAC, she was the Head Age Group Coach and the Assistant Senior/National Coach. She helped athletes reach the goal of achieving Olympic Trial cuts for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. Over the past year, Emily has broadened her coaching horizon and worked for Argo Swim Video as an underwater video analyst, where she provided technique feedback to thousands of athletes all over the country.  Coach Emily moved to Denver at the end of January and started right away as the Head Swimming Coach and Aquatics Manager at Colorado Athletic Club-Inverness. She has been beyond thankful for her new coaching opportunity with the Colorado Athletic Club Stingrays.  Coach Emily is beyond excited for this new coaching adventure with the Castle Crocs and promises to bring loads of enthusiasm to the pool deck every day.

 

Jason Brainard

Head Coach 2020

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I have a strange and exciting aquatic journey. I didn’t grow up swimming the way these kids are; I grew up playing football. I worked for a recreation district and coached football and sports camps. One day a swim instructor didn’t show up.  The GM said, “Brainard, you work with kids. Here’s a suit. Fake it until you make it!” I put a positive football mentality into the water, and the parents and kids loved it. I knew nothing about swimming at the time, so the district sent me to get my WSI to perfect my strokes and learn to teach.  The rest is history! I bring “FOOTBALL” and my knowledge of sports training to swimming. I know how hard you must work to get better.  I became a coach and eventually the Head Coach for the Franklin Fish.  This experience landed me here with the Crocs. I love coaching and developing bonds with all the athletes. Their success is my success. When they laugh, I laugh.  When they fall, I fall! And when they get back up, they need only to extend their hand as I will pick them up.  I LOVE this team and this industry; otherwise I wouldn’t have been in it for the last 15 years. I’m so stoked to back and to see everyone!  

Brian Baker

Assistant Coach - HOA2 (13+)

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Brian has been working for DPS for the past five years and for Safe Splash swim school for over eight years. He has been swimming since he was four years old and this is his first year coaching with the Crocs. "I was born and raised in Indiana and I also love working out and hanging out with friends and family."

Hunter Sullivan

Assistant Coach - HOA2 (8 and Under)

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This is Hunter's first year on the Crocs and he is looking forward to a great season. Hunter will be a senior this fall at Regis Jesuit High School and swims on the team there. Prior to this summer, he swam and coached for the Castle Pines Storm. Along with swimming, Hunter loves hiking, watching movies, and watching football with his family. "In my first season with the Crocs, I hope to give every swimmer a great experience where they grow in their technique and love for swimming. I look forward to meeting everyone and to helping all the swimmers achieve their goals!"

 

Sydney Sullivan

Assistant Coach - CPNII (8 and Under)

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Sydney will be a junior at Colorado State University in the fall. "Swimming with the Crocs really sparked my passion for the sport. I swam all four years at Rock Canyon and couldn’t be more excited to come back and coach another year with the team!"

Ryan Tierney

Assistant Coach - HOA2 (9-12)

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Ryan has been swimming with the Crocs for nine years, and he's so happy to be coaching again this year! Ryan is a senior at Regis Jesuit High School, where he's co-captain of the swim and dive team. Outside of swimming, he loves building things, being outdoors, and playing XBox with his brother.

Elise Barton

Junior Coach - HOA2 (8 and Under)

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Elise has been swimming for pretty much her whole life, and on the Castle Crocs team for many years. "This year, I will be a junior coach for the team, and I am ecstatic! In the fall, I will be a sophomore at Rock Canyon High School and join the Girls' Swim and Dive Team. I have always loved swimming, but I also tried diving in my freshman year and loved it! I’m super excited for the upcoming Castle Crocs season, and can’t wait to work with everyone on the team!"

Jack Barton

Junior Coach - CPNII (13+)

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Jack will be a senior at Rock Canyon in the fall. He currently swims for the combined high school boys' swim team. 

Dylan Brand

Junior Coach - HOA2 (13+)

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Dylan has grown up swimming for the Crocs and is looking forward to spending another season as a junior coach. He is currently a student at Rock Canyon High School where he loves to both swim and play football.

Braden Hunt

Junior Coach - CPNII (9-12)

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His name is Braden, but you can call him by his nickname, Barrett the Ferret. Braden's favorite pasttime is watching Bob Ross paint; there are no mistakes only happy accidents. After swimming, his favorite sport is croquet. It has always been his dream to own a pair of pet corgis. "I am looking forward to another great season with the Crocs!"

Amanda Palyo

Junior Coach - CPNII (8 and Under)

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Amanda, a recent graduate of Rock Canyon High School, is a Paralympian and swims competitively on the national and international level. "I am really excited to coach another year with the Crocs and help all the little ones improve."

Katelyn Pocock

Junior Coach - HOA2 (9-12)

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Katelyn is 14 years old and will be attending Rock Canyon High School as a freshman next year. She has been swimming with the Castle Crocs for about 5 years and is so excited for this upcoming season. Go Crocs!

 

Matthew Tierney

Junior Coach - HOA2 (8 and Under)

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Matthew is a sophomore at Regis Jesuit and this is his second year as a junior coach. He's been on the Crocs for 8 years, and looks forward to working with the kids for more years to come. "I love to be able to help kids through the same great experience that I had when I was just starting out as a Croc."

Dalton Walker

Junior Coach - CPNII (9-12)

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Dalton is a junior at Arapahoe High School. "I have been swimming my whole life! My passions include watching Denver sports teams and collecting coins. My favorite color is orange."

Lenja Osborne

Mini Crocs Coach - CPNII

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Lenja has been on summer swim teams since she was 5 years old, joined the Crocs in 2014, and started swimming year-round in 2017.  She loves playing a part in the growth of young kids as she volunteers as a leader for several youth programs at her church and babysits.  She has also helped several little Crocs over the past few years and is excited to watch them progress.  When not swimming, she is hanging out with friends, playing piano, violin, volleyball, or rock climbing.  

Ava Stotler

Mini Crocs Coach - CPNII

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This is Ava's 8th season with the Crocs and her first season as a Mini Crocs Coach.  Ava is going into 8th grade at American Academy.  When she's not swimming, Ava enjoys watching movies, reading books, and going to baseball games. "The Crocs value having fun, teaching good sportsmanship, and improving swimming strokes.  I hope to help our youngest swimmers grow in all of these areas.  See you in the water!"

Avery Tomlinson

Mini Crocs Coach - CPNII

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Avery is starting her eighth season on the Crocs and her favorite strokes are breastroke, butterfly, and freestyle.  "This season I really want to focus on helping the 6 & Unders with their strokes.  I'm also trying to break some of the 13-14 Crocs Records!"

Maya Vora

Mini Crocs Coach - CPNII

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Maya is going into the 8th grade at Rocky Heights Middle School.  She's been on the Castle Crocs for eight years and is very excited to be a Mini Coach this summer.  In her free time she enjoys exercising, running, bicycling, and painting.  "I am looking forward to coaching and to a great summer on the team!"