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Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Ron Lockwood

Senior/Head Coach

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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. At 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 two dozen Junior National qualifiers, several senior national qualifiers and in 2015 qualified our first athlete for the US Olympic Trials. Our senior program established themselves as the premier senior program in the state an, and our age group program has won several 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.

I have been fortunate to have been recognized over the years for the success of our athletes. As a team, we have been a USA Swimming Club Excellence Team 5 times, earning Bronze Medal status in 2012, 2013, 2017, and 2018. In 2019 we achieved  our first Silver Medal status. In 2013, In 2017, I was named to the USA Swimming National Junior Team Coaching Staff and had the opportunity to see one of our athletes represent the USA in her first international competition. Locally, I have been recognized by my peers here in Utah as the Senior Coach of the Year 5 separate times (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017). 

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!

 

Ashton Palmer

Head Age Group Coach

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My competitive swimming career started at 7 years old at the Salt Lake Country Club. Competing every summer until I was 12, I decided to step up my swimming before starting high school and joined the Eagle Aquatics club team. I swam and played water polo through my time at Cottonwood High School, and was a varsity captain on both teams my junior and senior years. 

This led me to play water polo at the Division 2 level at California State University, Monterey Bay for 4 years. Throughout my time as an Otter I earned the title of captain for my senior year and All-American Athlete for the years 2014 and 2015. I studied Health and Human Services and graduated with honors in 2016. 

Through my time in Monterey, I began coaching for several high school and club water polo club teams. Moving back to Salt Lake City in 2016, I was hired as Cottonwood High's assistant swim coach, and re-started the water polo program in the spring of 2017. I began coaching with Fish Market in spring of 2018, working with the National Development Group and Advanced Junior groups, and have learned so much through the amazing athletes and coaching staff. Since then our age groupers have seen state championship wins, state swimmers on the top 3 podiums, and several sectional qualifiers. Our future is bright!

Most recently, I graduated from Westminster College in the Spring of 2020 with a Masters Degree in Community Leadership. My thesis focused on athletic involvement in refugee populations at the high school level. Apart from the pool deck I love to do anything that gets me outside including hiking, camping, and skiing. I'm a dog mom to Wallace, my sweet rescue mutt. 

 

Go Big Fish!

 

Allen Jones

Owner/Treehouse Coach

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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 letterman 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 three sons. In his spare time he enjoys being outside, gardening and watching football and soccer.

 

Madison Lash

NTG/Cottonwood

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My swimming career began in New Mexico when I was 5 years old. There I swam for Charger Aquatic Club for 8 years, before switching to Lobo Aquatic Club for the remainder of high school. Following club swimming, I swam for the University of New Mexico for one year before transferring to the University of Utah. Throughout my swimming career I swam a variety of events but focussed mainly on distance freestyle and backstroke.

In addition to being a coach, I devote a tremendous amount of  time to being a leader within swimming’s governing body. I have represented NM Swimming athletes as both the Junior and Senior Athlete Representative, acted as a voting member on NM Swimming’s Board of Directors, been a National Athlete Representative, and served on multiple National Committees including the Rules and Regulations Committee, Club Development, and National Board of Review. The past 16 years of swimming has brought nothing but joy and positive experiences to my life, and through coaching I hope to do the same for our athletes.

Outside of coaching I enjoy spending time climbing and skiing. 

Matthew Haines

NDG/Cottonwood

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Born and raised in Seattle, WA, I have been swimming since I was seven years old, continuing my swimming career through high school and into college. I have always had a close relationship with the water, enjoying sailing during my childhood and playing waterpolo in high school and at the club level in college.
 
I had many coaches in my past than enriched my life and helped make me the person I am today, and for that reason I decided it would be meaningful to give back to the swimming community that gave me so much. I was lucky enough to be hired by Fish Market in 2019 and have greatly enjoyed my time watching my swimmers progress.
 
When not on the pool deck coaching, you can find me buying and selling residential real estate, doing home improvement projects, or enjoying all of the outdoor opportunities Utah has to offer.

Abbey Sorensen

NDG/Cottonwood

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Swimming has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old, when I started swimming competitively. I am originally from Utah and bounced around a few different club teams until I landed at Fish Market when I was about 15 years old. I was able to attend a variety of zones, sectional and junior national meets before I graduated high school.

After graduating high school I began my collegiate career at Boise State University, where I swam for 4 years. In my time at Boise I won several individual and relay titles in the Mountain West conference. I also earned All-American titles at the NCAA championships in 2016. In my senior year I was able to realize many of the goals I wanted to accomplish, including qualifying for and competing in the NCAA Division 1 Swimming & Diving championships and breaking several Boise State and Mountain West records in both individual and relay events. I was also voted the Mountain West Swimmer of the Year during that final season my senior year.

I graduated from Boise State with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in December of 2019. Outside of swimming, I work as a NICU nurse at Primary Children’s Hospital - which brings me so much fulfillment and is something I enjoy immensely! I also love to do things outdoors when I have time such as biking, hiking, and going on adventures with my sweet husky puppy, Enzo!

I’ve had the privilege to coach the up and coming generation of swimmers since June of 2020 and I have loved working with each and every one of them so much! Seeing their passion and love for the sport brings me so much joy, and I’m excited to continue to see all the amazing things they accomplish as they grow in the sport!

 

William T Brooks

Cottonwood

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I come from a long line of swimmers, so I grew up around pools.  When it came to swimming practice, I had a rough start and didn't alway's want to go to practice.  My siblings love to tell stories of how I tried to hide in the bushes to get out of practice(which never worked). 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 two-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!

Preston Palmer

Treehouse

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Despite growing up in a family of swimmers and water polo players, it took me a while to discover this wonderful sport. Starting at the age of 14 I spent 4 years swimming and playing water polo for Cottonwood High School, and spent my senior year as a water polo captain. Although I no longer swim for a competitive team, I still enjoy swimming in triathlons and coaching. In February of 2020, I began coaching for Fish Market at Treehouse. I have greatly enjoyed being able to coach and learn from these athletes, and can't wait to see what the future holds for them!
 
I am entering my third year at the University of Utah studying Emergency Medical Services and Trombone Performance. I usually spend my spare time playing music or exploring the outdoors.
 
GO FISH!!

Amy Pearson

Treehouse

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I started swimming for a summer team in Illinois when I was 5. At age 7, I joined the St. Charles Swim Team in my hometown of St. Charles, IL. Coming from a family of distance swimmers, I quickly became one myself. I swam for my club team and for St. Charles East High School until I graduated high school in 2017. Upon graduation, I attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and swam the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyle for the Division III program. In college, I discovered my passion for coaching swimming while working with the Maryland Special Olympics Swim Team. The motivation, persistence, and positive attitudes of the Special Olympics athletes inspired me both as an athlete and as a coach. In May 2020, I graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am currently applying to medical school and hope to pursue a combined MD/MPH degree so I can work with underserved communities through medical treatment and public health. I chose to move to Salt Lake to be close to family and spend time in the mountains skiing, climbing, and hiking. I am thrilled to be a Fish Market coach and to be able to share my passion for swimming with such a wonderful program.

Kelly Kartchner

Treehouse

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From growing up in Mexico and California, swimming has always been a big part of my life, in the ocean or the backyard. But growing up as the youngest of six kids, there was never any money available for me to participate in outside sports. When I began high school, I finally started swimming competitively. Unfortunately, after two years I was told I could no longer swim due to a shoulder injury. After this, I decided to go into the teaching/coaching side of the sport. I have taught children  — anywhere from the ages of 6 months to 12 years old — to swim for years now, privately and in group lessons. And I am very excited to continue my swimming career at Wasatch Front Fish Market. 
I currently attend Brigham Young University. I am studying English there, while also cultivating my interest in physical sciences and nutrition as I work towards my personal trainer’s certification. I plan to serve a year and a half long mission for my church sometime next year, and will greatly miss the opportunity to work with your children while doing so. 
 
I have been fortunate in my swimming career to have great coaches, an7d I hope to be one for your children as well.