I began my swimming career in Stockton, California at the age of 10 at Delta Valley Aquatics. I went on to qualify for Junior Nationals and was a High School All-American before going to Fresno State University to swim in 1992. In 1994, due to FSU dropping their men's swimming program, I got the opportunity to attend BYU where I went on to be a men's team captain and win a Western Athletic Conference team Championship in 1996.
After graduating from the "Y" in 1997 I began my coaching career in American Fork, Utah where I helped lead Hilltop Aquatics to their first ever state championship in 2001. In addition to team championships, I also coached NAG Top 16 performers as well as numerous Western Zones, Sectionals, and Junior National qualifiers. In 2001, I moved to Colorado to become the Head Age Group Coach with the AFA Falfins Swim Team.
In Colorado Springs, I branched out and got the opportunity to coach at both the High School and College level. With Rampart High School, several athletes achieved All-American status and the Rampart men won their first Metro League Championship in over 20 years. In 2003, the Air Force Academy added me to their staff where I led the men's and women's distance groups. In my two years there, athletes under my direction won individual conference championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In 2005, I came back to Utah as the assistant coach at the University of Utah. In my time at Utah I was a part of Utah's first women's Conference Championship Team and built many lasting relationships with athletes I coached and recruited.
In 2008, the Wasatch Front Fish Market was formed and as the Head Coach of the team we have seen the team grow from a very close knit group of 9 athletes to the incredible family we are today. Since 2008 we have developed more than a dozen Junior National qualifiers, several senior national qualifiers and in 2015 qualified our first athlete for the US Olympic Trials. Our seniors have established themselves as the premier senior program in the state, and our age group program has won several straight Age Group Championships. The success that we have seen has been a reflection of a highly driven coaching staff that is goal oriented and knows the importance of planning and long term development of athletes at all levels of the team.
In addition to the work I do daily for the athletes on the pool deck, I have been a member of the Utah Swimming Board of Directors acting as the Senior Chair and Coaches Rep for the past 6 years. In 2013, I had the opportunity to coach the Western Zone Select Camp in Tempe, AZ and in 2012 and 2013 I was named the Utah Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.
I have always had a heart for the young men and women that I have coached over the years. My commitment to them and their swimming careers is something that I take very seriously. The Wasatch Front Fish Market is committed to seeing young men and women dream big and succeed. And they will!
National Development Group Coach
Allen Jones started swimming competitively at age 12 in Herndon, Virginia where he grew up. His accomplishments include being a two time Junior National Champion (100 and 200 Breaststroke), U.S. National Qualifier, and 1996 US Olympic Trial Qualifier. He attended college at the University of Tennessee where he swam for four years. There, he was a four year lettermen and team captain. He also served as a student assistant coach prior to graduating in 2001 with a degree in economics. Allen’s coaching career has included all levels of swimming from summer swim teams to his many years of experience as a USA Swimming registered coach. He is also an ASCA Level 3 coach with a commitment to continuing his pursuit of coaching excellence. Allen serves on the Utah Swimming nominating committee as well as the Age Group Committee. He was selected as the Utah State Age Group Coach of the Year in 2014. Since joining Fish Market in 2011, Allen's swimmers have broken more than 20 State records and he has had several swimmers ranked in the top 10 nationally in various events. Allen lives in Sandy with his wife and three sons. In his spare time he enjoys being outside, gardening and watching football and soccer.
NTG - Red, NDG
At the age of 9, I began my swimming career for Green Mountain Aquatics in Vermont. I continued my swimming career on to Denison University in Ohio, where I swam all 4 years and majored in GeoScience.
I started coaching age group swimming during my summers in high school and college and loved it. Most recently, I was the assistant coach of Copper Hills High School which eventually led me to an opportunity to coach with WFFM. As a coach, I hope not only to bring my passion for the sport of swimming to the deck, but also to pass on some of the valuable lessons I learned from swimming: dedication, discipline, and perseverance.
Ill be entering my 3rd winter season with WFFM and cannot be more excited to continue our tradition of excellence.
Treehouse Adv JR, J2, J1
Growing up with a pool in our backyard, swimming was a big part
of my life from an early age. My mom was the one who taught me how
to kick, stroke, breath and love the water. At age 6 I was
competing in Summer leagues and my favorite stroke has always
been butterfly. At 8 I started year round swimming and enjoyed many
early mornings at the pool - both inside during the colder months
and outside when Summer came.
I joined WFFM during my 7th grade year with a few other close
friends and it turned out to be the best decision for me and the
swimming career. The people on the team grew to be my closet
friends and Ron was and continues to be an outstanding coach and
mentor to us all. I completed my High School swimming career at
Skyline High School and successfully qualified for Junior Nationals
in the 100 and 200 fly. Golf has always been a big part of my life
and so the decision between swimming and the course has always been
hard but I am very grateful that I have been given the opportunity
to learn so many life lessons through sports. I recently returned
from living in Mexico for 2 years and am studying psychology at BYU
with hopes of applying to medical school in the near future. I am
very happy to be apart of the WFFW organization and working with
kids is literally my favorite thing in the world because of how
happy and unique they all are and watching them grow through
something you share with them is a very gratifying feeling. I look
forward to being a 'Big Fish’ coach and interacting with
William T Brooks
As the youngest of four Brooks boys, water has always been a way of
life for me. However in the beginning, I did not enjoy
swimming. My siblings love to tell stories of how I used to
hide in the bushes to miss practice. Gratefully, my parents
saw the bigger picture, they helped me grow and develop, and
discover my love of swimming. I also learned great life
lessons about hard work and dedication, that I now get to share
with future swimmers!
My swimming career began at the Salt Lake Tennis Club, Steiner
Tsunami Aquatics Team (STAT), and then with Highland High School
where I was part of a three-time state championship team. I
began my coaching career at the Salt Lake Country Club in 2000 and
again in 2003 after serving an LDS mission to Korea. The 2014
season, was my return to age group coaching, where I have loved
being a part of the team, GO FISH!
Once a swimmer, always a swimmer!
A native of Salt Lake City, I began competitive swimming at the age of 9. I am a graduate of Judge Memorial where I was named captain of the women’s swim team my junior and senior years and received the Scholar-Athlete award my senior year. I continued my swimming career at the University of Notre Dame where I majored in Chemical Engineering.
I am a mother of 2 boys, who were (is) competitor swimmers; Xavier (26) and Blayze (15). I have remained active in the swimming world through my involvement with my kids. I have been a USA Swimming Official, currently Referee, for many years and have also been the President of the Board of Directors for our previous club team and spent many years as the Meet Director.
I am excited to join the coaching staff at the Wasatch Front Fish Market. I look forward to working with the great coaching staff and helping to develop not just good swimmers but also good people.
I spent most of my life living in St. George, Utah, and started my swimming career with the team Southern Utah Swimming Association (SUSA).
Within my high school career, I placed in the top of 3A state and led my team to take 2nd overall in State as Captain of Desert Hills High School. During the summer before my Senior year, I qualified for Western Zones, in San Jose California, and placed 2nd overall in the 100 Breaststroke. I went on to swim Sectionals in both Ohio and Indiana. During those competitions, I qualified for, and swam, in the International Grand Prix in California before I left to serve a mission in the islands of Hawai'i.
Upon returning, I continued with my love for the sport by coaching the Summer Youth Team of Dixie State University, in which we defeated the reigning Tri-State Champions. Afterwards, I was an Assistant Coach for Dixie and Snow Canyon High School's Swim Team. During the season, and afterwards, I was a private swim coach for multiple swimmers, and was a temporary Assistant Coach for Dixie Aquatics Race Team (DART) before moving up to Alpine, Utah.
I look forward to the experiences I will gain from this amazing team, and hope to teach you as well as learn from each of you.
NTG Assistant Coach, Cottonwood Adv. Jr
My name's Kyle Owens, and I'm originally from San Antonio,
Texas. I started swimming when I was 5 and never stopped. At 8
years old I moved to a small town South of Austin and continued to
swim summers. When I was a junior in high school I relaized my
talents in swimming and pursued it with a dream of swimming in
college. I attended a 3A high school and competed at Texas' 4A
state meet I was the first from my high school to qaulify and place
at state. I swam for Hays Swim Club and competed in mulitple, Grand
Prix, Zone, Sectional, US Open, and Junior National meets. While on
Hays Swim Club I was the first athlete from the club to attend the
Junior Nationl meet.
I took a year off after high school because I wanted to swim D1
and nothing else. I trained for that year off and was recruited to
swim for the University of Utah that year. In 2012 I moved to SLC
and swam all four years and graduated with a Bachelor of
Health in Parks Recreation and Toursim with an Emphasis in
Commercial Recreation. I was presented with the opportunity to
coach Fish Market and become the assistant manager in 2016 after
meeting with Ruth Swallow for an internship which became my job
I have taught swim lessons or coached since I was 16 years old
and have loved what the sport of swimming can bring to one's life.
The lessons learned from the sport go much further than the pool
and I hope to show kids the opportunites swimming can present,
while hoping to also be a mentor by sharing my stories of swimming,
and how it has shaped my life.
Fairmont & Cottonwood J1, J2