Our Coaches

Our Coaches

Lee Romero Taylor - Head Coach

Head Coach, Lee Romero Taylor, is a lifelong NM resident from Santa Fe.  Lee graduated from Santa Fe Preparatory School and went on to become an NCAA-swimmer and graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, where he was Captain of the swim team. Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Art in May 2011. Lee was Head Coach of the Kids Club Fun and Fitness in Vancouver, Washington where he coached, motivated and developed age group swimmers. Lee became the head coach of Santa Fe Aquatic Club in 2015 and leads the team practices at the GCCC pool. Lee is also the Co-Chair of New Mexico Swimming's Technical Planning Committee and was selected to coach the 11-12 age group on the 2019 New Mexico Western Zones Team.He was awarded Age Group Coach of the Year from New Mexico Swimming for 2019.


Assistant Coach

Erin Montoya is our dry-land trainer and assistant swim coach. She was raised in Santa Fe, NM and has twelve years of competitive swimming experience, including five years as a varsity letter swimmer, school record holder, and team captain while attending St. Michael’s High School. During her age group swimming years, she competed at both the State and Western Zone level. After graduating from St. Michael’s in 2007 she swam for NMSU during her freshman year. Taking a break from college, she began a five-year career as a personal trainer before becoming a fitness director. On returning to college (New Mexico Highlands) she obtained her BA in Human Performance and Sport, with a minor in Coaching and a MA in Human Performance and Sport. While at New Mexico Highlands, she spent two years interning under a CSCCa Master Level Strength Coach and a season as the Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach. She began coaching with Santa Fe Aquatic club in November 2018.

Mairead Coogan is SFAC's newest coach. was born and raised here in Santa Fe where she attended St. Francis Elementary School and St. Michael’s High School.  She swam competitively on both school teams as well as club throughout her youth.  Upon graduation, Mairead attended Marquette University where she swam during her freshman year.  She has just completed her first sprint triathlon and is looking to start training for her first Ironman. After ten years of exploring the world, pursuing higher education, and gaining some professional experience Mairead has returned home to plant roots and give back to the community that provided for her and become part of New Mexico's next generation of swimmers.