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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 to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Stan Crump

HAST Head Coach, Sr. Gold Coach

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Cell Phone #801-362-8626

Coach Stan Crump has coached and been successful at every level in competitive swimming, from the summer leagues to the NCAA 1 level.  He comes to HAST from BYU, where he spent 31 years as Head Women's Coach and Assistant Head Coach for BYU Swimming (men's and women's combined).  At BYU, his teams won 17 conference championships, and he coached numerous NCAA All-Americans, National finalists, and Olympic qualifiers.  Previous to BYU, he was Head Coach for Timpview High School, and for the Utah Valley Dolphins.  His first coaching assignment was at Pleasant Grove, in the summer league in 1975.

A nine-time coach of the year in the collegiate ranks, Stan has also been named a Master Coach in 1994, and a Distinguished Coach in 2004 by the Collegiate Swim Coaches of America.  In 2002, he earned the Level 5 designation from the American Swimming Coaches Association, and has also received 13 ASCA Certificates of Achievement.

He directed the Cougar Swim Camp at BYU for 23 years, and has directed or presented at many clinics, including an assignment from USA Swimming in Amman, Jordan, at the University of Jordan.

Stan is married to the former Holly Ann Daughtrey.  They have been married for 36 years, and have five children: Maggie, Jacob, Susannah, Wesley, and Eliza.  They reside in Lehi, Utah.

Kirsten Buker

Sr. Gold & Sr. Bronze Coach

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Cell Phone #801-889-3200

Kirsten began swimming for the Y- Spartaquatics Swim Club in Spartanburg, South Carolina when she was 10 years old before moving to Utah at age 13. She set many state and YMCA National records and was ranked National Top 16 in the 100 breaststroke. After high school she swam for #7 ranked Arizona State University.  Her coaching career began in Idaho Falls as a volunteer age group coach for the Idaho Falls Cutthroats and later as the interim Head Coach, helping swimmers prepare to compete at the collegiate level and earn college scholarships. Kirsten has been coaching at HAST for 2 years and was an interim Senior Gold coach for the 2012 long course season. She is currently one of the Senior Bronze coaches. Kirsten believes that hard work can be addicting and fun. She encourages kids to be the best they can be regardless of their swimming level. 

Zachary D Barber

Sr. Bronze Coach

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Cell Phone #801-361-7570

I grew up swimming in Dallas, Texas starting at 8 years old until I was 18. I swam club for Texas Ford Aquatics and for McKinney Boyd High School. I have faced much adversity in the sport of swimming that I believe, has made me a better person. That adversity included having a disease that inhibited my ability to eat food. For the majority of my swimming career I was only allowed to drink medical formula(3 meals a day) as my only source of calories. Despite not being able to eat food for many years I was able to break records in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke for McKinney Boyd High School.

I love this sport, I love sharing my story to motivate people, and I love mentoring and teaching kids to be a better person in and out of the pool.

Lisa VanderElst

Sr. Prep Coach

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Cell Phone #801-793-0354

Lisa has been swimming since the age of 10 up in Canada, and swam throughout her High School and College career. Her favorite events were the 50 Free and 100 Free, and of course the Relays. Lisa was extremely fortunate to travel throughout the world on the Canadian National Swim Team. Over the years, she has seen competitive swimming change a great deal, but it has remained one of the best sports for young people to participate in. Lisa has been coaching swimming on and off since her retirement from competition in the earlier 1990s. She feels coaching young people is a wonderful way to give back to a sport that has given her so much. “Competitive Swimming teaches young people about dedication, commitment, and hard work, as well as time management and sportsmanship.”  When asked why Lisa keeps coaching she will tell you, it is because these swimmers are so full of enthusiasm, and energy that they keep her on her toes, and are a joy to be around. Watching young swimmers improve and meet their goals, build lasting friendships, and gain confidence is the best job ever.

Suzie Shepherdson

Age Group Head Coach, Dolphin Coach

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Cell Phone #801-369-9669

Coach Shepherdson began her coaching career as a summer league coach.  After 7 years in the summer league she coached at Lehi High School for 9 years. She started coaching for HAST in 2005 as the Stingray coach and then moved on to the Dolphins. She is currently coaching the 11 & 12 year olds in the Barracuda/Dolphin group.  She really enjoys working with the age groups swimmers, and loves seeing their eyes light up when they start to understand stroke mechanics and start to really swim fast.  "When this happens, the swimmers get really excited about swimming and that makes my job fun!!"

Janet Oles

Barracudas Coach

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801-756-8965 (home)

385-498-2238 (cell)

Coach Oles has been coaching since 1992 and is now our Barracuda coach. She started at OTAC and moved to HAST when the pool was first opened in 1993. Janet has been involved with the development of Hilltop from day one. Janet envisioned a team that cities from all around would feed. Thus the name Hilltop, a team set on a hill which the community would look to. Janet is a Level 2 ASCA coach and has been an assistant Zone’s coach for the State of Utah. Janet’s daughter (Sonrisa) swam at BYU so she understands the long range development of a swimmer from a parents’ point of view. Janet was named Utah Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for 2001, but feels her biggest honor came when the kids honored her after their State Championship win in March 2001. Janet says that the kids’ examples have taught her courage, the importance of a good attitude, and the determination to never give up (even when you're tired) in her own personal life.

Celeste Tiffany

Piranhas Coach

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Cell Phone #801-362-9333

Coach Tiffany has been a coach at HAST for many years. She has been our Senior Coach and has also been the American Fork High School Swim Coach. BYU recruited Celeste as a backstroker and was the captain of the BYU swim team her junior and senior year. She and her husband Steven have two sons and one daughter. She loves to see the improvement and the excitement of the swimmers as they learn to love swimming.

Brady Karratti

Riptides Coach

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Cell Phone #435-703-0401

"Koach" Brady Karratti has been near a pool for over 15 years, 7 of which he has also coached. He favors breaststroke and the IM as he swam those both Nationally and Internationally. 

But while coaching he focuses on technique and perfecting "the basics", BEFORE working on speed. "You have to learn to ride with training wheels, before you race down a hill" Having been the personal coach of swimmers that won High Point Award in Utah State Age Group Championships, in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the 10 and Under Boys team that broke the State record for the 200 Freestyle relay in 2018; he's very passionate about this sport. He hopes to continue coaching and being near a pool for the rest of his life and looks forward to how else he can help swimmers achieve their goals.

Elizabeth M Grant

Sharks & Starfish Coach

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Cell Phone #801-318-0425

Coach Beth Grant coached with our team before moving with her husband to California several years ago. Now she has returned, and we are so glad to have her back!!  Her many years of coaching beginner through high school level swimmers makes her an all around great coach.

 
Board of Directors

DaNene Adamson

Team Administrator

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