Carl Louis Jones
Co-Head Coach, Head Senior Coach
Carl Jones has enjoyed an extensive career in the sport of
swimming, eighteen years in the water as a competitor and seven
years on deck as a coach. During his eighteen years of
competition Carl worked towards national level status by qualifying
for Olympic Trials (08’ & 12’), Senior Nationals,
Junior Nationals, and the US Junior Select Camp (pool & open
water). After the success of his age group swimming career
including multiple top finishes at Senior and Junior Nationals,
Carl received an athletic scholarship to compete for the University
of Tennessee’s Men’s Swimming team.
After five years of competition at UT, Carl graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Carl treasures
his experiences swimming under the great Todd Stafek, Joe Hendee
and Lars Jorgensen, and has been heavily influenced by their work
ethic and attitude towards athletes and the sport of swimming.
Carl’s own work ethic and aspiration to be the greatest coach
he can be has been heavily influenced by these three coaches.
Carl has been an assistant coach in Lexington KY, Macon GA, and
Santa Monica CA. During this time as an assistant he learned how to
manage and grow major swim schools, and how to produce the top
competitors in every age bracket of our sport (male & female).
During the last three years, Carl served as head coach of Prime
Aquatics in Maryville TN, where he grew the competitive team
numbers, managed aquatic direction, and successfully launched a
thriving home school and after school swim lesson program.
Carl’s swimmers have qualified for Senior & Junior
Nationals, set Southern California records, recorded T16 National
times, and set multiple team records. Carl has been selected
as a North American Challenge Cup assistant coach for Southern
California, and has served as the polish national team coach for
the 2014 Open Water World Cup.
The learning never stops for Carl, he continues to seek
experiences that enhance his coaching perspective and knowledge of
the sport. Because of this growth mindset, Carl has been able to
shadow Australian hall of fame coaches Denis Cotterel and Michael
Bohl. He has also shadowed US swim legend Brendan Hansen with the
Austin Swim club. These experiences have made an impact on how Carl
teaches the sport.
Carl believes swimming to be a microcosm for life and loves to
teach his swimmers how to swim fast, but most importantly how to
enjoy the journey of self-discovery by facing challenges, dealing
with failure, learning and working to produce better results, and
how to effectively experience gratification when goals have been
met. He feels these tools help his swimmers in the pool and in
Carl enjoys living a healthy lifestyle by swimming and biking
outdoors, and loves spending time with his wife Jodie Jones and his
He is excited to begin his first year of coaching FAST!
Co-Head Coach, Head Age Group Coach
Coach Matt has been with FAST
since the team’s inception. He has been coaching for 12 years
and is currently FAST’s Interim Head Coach. While with
FAST, he has helped to develop a number of talented swimmers to
National Rankings. During his time with his prior team, El
Dorado Aquatics Club, he was an assistant coach and was mainly
responsible for the younger swimmers. Coming to FAST Matt has been
involved in not just Age Group Development, but Senior and Masters
training as well.
Matt has coached many high
achieving athletes from some age group swimmers that ranked top 16
in the country for their age to seniors that have achieved the
Junior and Senior National level.
Matt's competitive swimming
began at the age of six with SAAA and later expanded to USA
Swimming. Coach Matt’s individual accomplishments as a
swimmer include several age group team records, Age Group State
Champion in multiple Backstroke events, along with a "High Point"
recognition at the age of 12. During his High School career, he
continued to swim with USA and achieved his Senior Sectional cuts
at the age of 14.
In Addition to all the
coaching, Matt served the Town of Oro Valley as a Supervisor and a
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.
Away from the water, Coach Matt
has also been a “high achiever” in music. He
received a Bachelor's in Music Education major from the University
of Arizona. In Elementary school, and High school, Coach Matt won
many awards for his music and was featured in his Studio's
“Rising Stars” CD playing an extremely difficult piece
of Music. In College, he made the Dean's list during a few of the
semesters studying, was a section leader of choir, and was Vice
President of the collegiate chapter of the American Choral
Coach Matt has a passion for
coaching and is enthusiastic every day about seeing the swimmers
progress as swimmers and as people. He is very energetic and is
always willing to help a swimmer achieve their goals.
Age Group and Assistant Senior Coach
Kristie, a native of Port
Hope, Ontario, Canada, moved to Maryland for her undergraduate and
graduate education six years ago. She graduated from the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2016 with a degree in
Biology and a minor in Psychology. Kristie earned a 4-year
scholarship to swim for Div 1- UMBC where her primary races were
sprint freestyle and breaststroke. She captained the team to two
consecutive conference championships during her Junior and Senior
years. While at UMBC she also taught swim lessons, swim clinics,
and coached the summer swim camps.
Before college she swam
competitively for 8 years where she made Senior Nationals and
Olympic Trials in the 50 freestyle in Canada. During her club
swimming days, Kristie also helped coach the younger groups at her
In 2017, she received her Masters
in Sport Management from Mount St. Mary’s University, where
she was also a graduate assistant Swim Coach for the Division I
team there. Since graduating she has been working for Goldfish Swim
School, switching her focus to younger swimmers. Kristie has a
passion for the sport of swimming and can't wait to share it with
future generations of swimmers.
Outside of the pool she enjoys
hiking, golfing, crossfit, and spending time with family. Most
recently she found a new passion for
Kristie just recently moved to
Tucson in August 2018 with her husband and is very excited to
be apart of FAST and excited to get swimming!
Laura V Moore
Age Group Coach
For Laura, growing up in Virginia on the James
River, in a house full of swimmers, life revolved around being in
the water. At 7, her first year of competitive swimming, she
received the most improved swimmer award. That first recognition of
hard work and improvement remains her most treasured award.
With solid, quality coaching from coaches (Gwen
Braaten, Terry Laughlin, Stan Bailey, Mark Kutz, Joe Bradford,
Dudley Duncan) and continued family support, she placed top 10 in
the nation for 11-12 and 13-14 age groups, qualifing for Junior
Nationals in 100 and 200 back at 13. She received an athletic
scholarship to BYU where she helped her team win the WAC and became
an Academic All-American.
Laura started coaching in 2002 under Bob Miller and
Taz Greiner at the TJCC, coaching the beginning groups for 5 years
as well as their summer league program. Teaching technique and
making sure her teaching was efficient became her main focus.
(Laura thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1995, Maine to Georgia.
One outcome of doing such a long feat, efficiency became a way of
Since her time at the TJCC, Laura coached SAAA team
Los Tiburones for 3 summer seasons, Tucson Tri-Girls, PRCA High
School, founded the Masters team at the NW YMCA and coached there
for 4 years, had the honor to instruct a Navy SEAL as well as the
PJs at Davis Monthan.
In 2014 Laura founded a nonprofit called Find Your
Fins, serving veterans, people with addictions, and people with
disabilities, offering free one-on-one swim lessons. Through this
nonprofit, Laura has helped open the world of water to almost 100
individuals, personally teaching over 1400 lessons. She is
passionate about swimming and the life changing power of being in
Laura has a BS in Horticulture/ Sustainable
Agriculture. She has a family of 3 kids and a hardworking husband.
Laura is in the pool almost daily, feeling the freedom and support
of the water, working on her strokes, developing drills, and
enjoying life, esp under those beautiful Catalina mountains!
Lina Josephine Ortiz
Age Group Coach
Lina has been swimming since
age seven. In 2013 she joined FAST and has been swimming with them
since then. She began teaching swim lessons two years ago, at the
age of 16, and started coaching the SAAA team last year. Since then
she has been coaching and teaching lessons. The summer of 2018 she
began coaching with Blue and has found a new love for the sport and
hopes to continue coaching for a long time.
Lina is currently attending The
University of Arizona and majoring in Biochemistry to graduate with
a Bachelor’s of Science. After she graduates Lina either
wants to be a Forensic Science Technician or go to Pharmacy School.
While school is difficult, Lina enjoys coaching because the kids
bring a smile to her face. Lina tries to make every day as much fun
as she can for the kids while still working on technique.
Lina’s goal is to grow as a coach and help the kids grow as
Lina enjoys hanging out with
friends, watching TV and listening to music. Lina’s favorite
shows are Grey’s Anatomy and Law and Order SVU. Her favorite
movies are Stand by Me and The Goonies.
Age Group Coach
Born and raised in Tucson,
Coach JB began swimming competitively at the age of 6 under the
guidance of Coach Chris Harrison, with the SAAA team, Sabino Vista.
It was during this time that Coach JB learned the importance of
proper technique and form across all four strokes. The lessons
learned at a very early age became the foundation of Coach
JB’s successful swimming career. To this day, Coach JB can
still hear Coach Harrison’s voice when he swims and
By the age of 10, Coach JB was
swimming year-round with Hillenbrand of Tucson (HOT). After moving
to Oro Valley in 1993, Coach JB joined Pima Aquatics Club where he
swam under Coach Mike Beeson for the next few years eventually
finding his way to Coach Chad Riester with Swim Tucson. A proud
Canyon Del Oro graduate, JB qualified for State Championships all
four years, recording several top 8 finishes and swam the
backstroke leg in a medley relay which placed in the top 3. As a
USA Swimming athlete, Coach JB was a frequent state qualifier and
was fortunate to travel and compete in various regional meets
outside of Arizona.
As a college student, Coach JB
remained around pool decks as an instructor and coach. He has
always loved developing young swimmers and his passion for the
sport has never subsided. As a coach, JB believes that the success
of all swimmers starts with proper form and technique; and, with
the proper foundation, commitment, and support, all young athletes
can reach their true potential and experience great success in and
out of the pool.
Coach JB has been married to
his high-school sweetheart Robyn for 13 years, she is the REACH
teacher at Harelson Elementary School. They have two children,
Gavin (11), who is in his third year with FAST and swims in GOLD
group, and Vivienne (8), who is a full-time dancer. As a family,
the Yewell’s enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and
finding something new to try or do in Tucson, which is tough when
Coach JB holds two
master’s degrees and is a life-long learner. He is an avid
reader and researcher with a goal of learning something new every
day. Professionally, Coach JB is a licensed therapist who
specializes in working with adolescent and young-adult males who
are struggling to overcome mental health and substance use
Co-Head Summer Fish Coach
Coach Debbie started swimming as an Age Group member of the
famed George Haines lead Santa Clara Swim Club as an 8 and under
and continued swimming through college. She graduated from Portland
State University with school records in the 100 Fly and 400 IM, and
quickly moved onto coaching.
Her coaching career began in 1980 with the Hillsboro Swim Team in
Oregon. She moved to the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1982 as
Swim Lesson Director and Age Group Coach for the next 14
While at Multnomah, she coached numerous State and Regional Age
Group Champions with one 10&under Boy (Brady Childs) earning
the number one ranking in the Country in the 200 Freestyle.
Another of her former MAC swimmers (Lauren Thies) represented the
United States at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil.
Also during this time, she enjoyed numerous nominations for Oregon
Swimming’s Age Group Coach of the Year, served on Oregon
Swimming’s Technical Planning Committee, served as Oregon
Swimming’s Safety Chairman, and was elected to numerous
Oregon Zone Team and Camp Staffs.
While living in Maryland, Debbie coached for the Potomac Raiders
and guided Anthony Nguyen past 8 of Michael Phelps’
Maryland State Age Group Records and the Number One position in the
Nation for IMXtreme in his age group.
She has coached many summer league teams such as the 200 plus
member Colony Creek Mariners in Houston, Texas leading them to 3
league championships to the Northwest YMCA for three years leading
them to a SAAA championship.
Recently, Coach Debbie along with Coach Elizabeth owned and
coached the Tucson Tidal Waves.
Coach Debbie is eager to return to coaching and sharing her love
for swimming with little ones that are the future of the sport.
Co-Head Summer Fish Coach
Coach Elizabeth began as an assistant coach with the NW Tucson YMCA
in May of 2014 time to help coach the summer swim team to second
place in their division. She continued with the team as a
club coach and eventually started a new team her coaching partner.
Her focus was with the younger swimmers and those new to
swimming. Several of her swimmers made regionals and state this
year in her three years coaching but one that stands out is the who
started with SAAA in the summer of 2014 with no swim experience
made state in the 50 backstroke in July of 2015.
Though she always loved the water and took lessons until she aged
out, she did not start swimming competitively until she was a 7th
She fell in love immediately and swam and played water polo all the
way through high school under the well-known coach Bud Taylor in
Oregon. She started her high school career swimming the 200
and 500 hundred freestyle but moved to 50 free
and 100 fly in her sophomore year and continued to swim those
events the rest of her career.
Coach Elizabeth loves to share the sport of swimming and is very
excited to be back on deck with FAST this summer coaching the SAAA
Summer Fish Coach
Swimming has been my passion since I was old enough to be allowed
in a splash pool. I began my swim career with SAAA from 1997 to
2007, attended state with my high school swim team, and then
transitioned to Masters Swim during my college and post-college
life. I have six years of experience as a lifeguard and camp
counselor with the YMCA, and coached and taught swim lessons with
Poppkidz last summer. The 2018-19 school year marked my third year
of coaching the CDO High School swim team, where our Boys’
team took home state title.
Lauren M Brauer
Summer Fish Coach
I started swimming at age 5. I have been swimming with FAST since
it was a team and swam for my high school team all four years. I
started coaching last summer for FAST, so this is my second season
coaching Summer Fish.
I am currently attending the University of Arizona and majoring in
Mathematics with an Emphasis in Education. I am hoping after I
graduate to become a Secondary Mathematics Teacher.
I love coaching and seeing the swimmers grow through out the
season. I am so happy to be coming back this summer and doing
everything I can to make sure the swimmers enjoy themselves and