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Coaches and Directors

FAST is led by an experienced staff of coaches and

overseen by the Board of Directors of Sonoran Desert Aquatics.

Coaching Staff

Carl Louis Jones

Co-Head Coach, Head Senior Coach

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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 life. 

Carl enjoys living a healthy lifestyle by swimming and biking outdoors, and loves spending time with his wife Jodie Jones and his dog Finn! 

He is excited to begin his first year of coaching FAST!

Matt Brauer

Co-Head Coach, Head Age Group Coach

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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 Director's Association.
 
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.

Kristie Luckett

Age Group and Assistant Senior Coach

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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 home club.
 
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 surfing!
 
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

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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 life).

 

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 water.

 

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

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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 swimmers. 
 
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. 

James Yewell

Age Group Coach

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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 coaches.
 
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 you’re natives!
 
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 issues. 

Debbie Roth

Co-Head Summer Fish Coach

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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 years. 

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.

Elizabeth Arneson

Co-Head Summer Fish Coach

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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 grader.   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 team.

 

Ana Roper

Summer Fish Coach

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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

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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 succeed.