Coaches and Directors

FAST is lead by an experienced staff of coaches and overseen by the Board of Directors of Sonoran Desert Aquatics.

Articles of FAST Staff Constitution

Staff Guidelines:

          1.  Unity of Purpose.

          2.  Staff Loyalty, Cooperation, Support.

          3.  Emphasis on Building Character.

The FAST Staff strives to provide individualized training, promote excellence in aquatics, instilling in today’s youth the physical, mental, and social responsibility which will help them become tomorrow’s leaders.

What can I teach today?

I will seek to understand, then to be understood; I will display patience in understanding, perseverance in being understood.

I will respect the law of the harvest. A child is a living thing that requires planting, cultivating and nurturing before any harvest can be expected.

T.E.A.M, Together Everyone Achieves More.

I will seek the win-win situation.  “If I help you win, then I win too.”

Who can I mentor today?

I will praise in public, reprimand in private.

I will remember that competition is a classroom, that it is merely a part of an on-going process of development. Risk taking and failure are important parts of this process.

I will invoke and teach the abundance mentality— there is enough success for all teams and all swimmers.

I will display leadership and seek to teach it at every opportunity.

My task as a coach is fourfold:

·   to sell a "dream"

·   to distill a dream into specific goals

·   to convert specific goals into specific deeds

·   finally, to give a swimmer ownership of his/her accomplishment/failure.



Justin Slade

Director of Coaching


Justin has coached competitive club and masters swimming since graduating from Arizona State University (BS ’96 and MS ’99) and has been involved with swimming since he was 6-years-old. As a competitive Age Group swimmer in his native country of South Africa, he developed a love of swimming, and the water, that is evident in his coaching style to this day.  Highlights of Justin’s accomplishments in South Africa include: Top ranked national age group swimmer, finalist at South African Nationals (1989-1992), former South African Record Holder as a member of his Provincial 200 Free Relay in 1991.  He moved to the United States in 1992 to attend college.  An Academic-All American, his freshman year at California State University – Bakersfield, he contributed in both individual and relay events to the Roadrunners winning the NCAA Div. II National Championship in 1993. He was also an Academic All-American as a freshman. He transferred to Arizona State University in 1993 after Coach Maglischo was named the new Head Coach at ASU. He was a 3-year letter winner, a Pac-10 Championship finalist, and was an All-American while competing at ASU.

At Sun Devil Aquatics and Sun Devil Masters (1999-2007) Justin played an instrumental part in building a USA Swimming Gold Medal Program from the ground up and coached numerous individuals to become State Champions, Far Western Champions, Zone Champions,  National #1 Rankings, Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.   Moving down to Tucson in 2007 he started the Flying Fish Arizona Swim Team and served as the Head Coach for the following 3 years.  He also served as the Head Coach for the LaCamas Headhunters Swim Team (2012-2015) steering them to a number of top-3 team finishes at OSI Championships.

Many of his former swimmers have obtained athletic scholarships to NCAA Div I, II and III programs and he has had swimmers who compete for Stanford University, University of Arizona, Princeton, Harvard, Air Force Academy, ASU, Auburn, Texas Christian, Drury, Iowa, and the Coast Guard Academy among others. He has coached at least 2 swimmers who have gone on to win National Championships at the college level.

Justin is married to Amy and enjoys the outdoors, traveling, staying fit and healthy, spending time with his family and motivating and inspiring young athletes to be all they can be.



Matt Brauer

Head Senior Coach


Coach Matt has been with FAST since the team’s inception. He has been coaching for 6 years and is currently FAST’s Head Age Group 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. During the summer of 2011, Matt served FAST as the Interim Head Coach.

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>

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.


Amy Slade

Age Group Blue and Bronze Coach


Amy Slade graduated from the University of Arizona in 1996 with a Bachelors in Administration and Marketing degree. Her career has had a focus in sales and marketing working at Coextant, Intuit, Grinz, Aflac, Cedr Solutions and currently works for AstraZeneca in pharmaceutical Sales.

Her love of competitive swimming started as a youth and continued throughout into her adult years. The continuation of her passion for swimming has brought her to want to teach and pass on the love and fun the sport has brought her.

Amy started coaching with Swim Tucson back in 2001 and quickly realized teaching swimming was a natural passion that brought her back to the pool wanting to take on more. Amy coached age group level with Swim Tucson throughout the years and through the changes of Swim Tucson becoming EDAC and then FAST. Amy served as Head Coach of Ironwood Ridge High School during its Inaugural Season of 2001 as well as the 2008-2010 Seasons.

From 2011-2016 Amy took a small break from coaching to further her career off deck and focus on raising her young daughters as a single mother. Starting in the spring of 2016 Amy returned to the deck to coach our dryland program with the intention of finding her way back to the water and coaching in our age group program. Amy is delighted to coach our Blue and Bronze Group’s and assist with Silver and Gold when needed. Her in-depth understanding of the sport, desire to constantly improve what is in place, and ability to teach our youth falls in line with the mission statement FAST adheres to.


Bryan C Michaels

Summer Team Head Coach


Coach Bryan has almost 20 years of competitive swimming experience, starting with a local summer league club at age 7 all the way to NCAA Division 1 competition with both the University of Utah and Texas A&M University. As far as coaching and instruction, Bryan has taught lessons ranging from toddlers to senior citizens of all skill levels, and has a two years of USA Swimming Club coaching experience with Katy Aquatics in Houston, TX where he worked with groups ranging from middle-schoolers to the Masters program. Even when not actively coaching or teaching, he remains actively invested in the swimming world and his passion for the sport hasn't diminished since childhood. Outside of the pool, he is currently in EMT training with plans to enter firefighting academy.

Brianna Mounts

Lesson Coordinator/Assistant Coach


Coach Brianna has been swimming since she was 5 years old. Her parents signed her up for swim lessons and she never missed a class! She started swimming competitively for Swim Tucson at the age of 7 and eventually Brianna and her sister began swimming for Thad Terry Aquatics Club at the Northwest YMCA.

During her High School career, she continued to swim with USA swimming.

After graduating high school and stepping away from the swimming world, Brianna joined FAST’s Masters swimming program just about a year ago and has loved being back in the water ever since.

Coach Brianna is a USA certified coach, is Red Cross WSI certified, a Lifeguard and is certified in CPR and First Aid. She has been teaching swim lessons for the past 4 years and loves watching swimmers develop a love for the water.

Away from the pool, Brianna is finishing her last semester at Pima Community College where she is completing her Associates of Arts in Elementary Education. In the fall of 2016 Brianna will be attending the University of Arizona’s College of Education to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Brianna’s love for children has shown through her work in and out of the pool. You can often find her volunteering at local elementary schools around the greater Tucson area, and often engaging in conversations with refugees about getting them educated and advocating for refugee students in our school systems.

Coach Brianna has a passion for coaching and is enthusiastic every day about seeing the swimmers progress in and out of the water. She is very energetic and is always willing to help a swimmer achieve their goals.


Elizabeth Hauglie

Assistant Age Group Coach


Initially starting out as a swim instructor, Ellie has almost three years of swim teaching and coaching under her belt. As a full time student going to Pima pursuing entrance to a nursing school, coaching for FAST is a fun and exciting part of her life. The proud owner of two dogs who are the love of her life, she enjoys cooking, fishing, and of course swimming.