Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Megan Barta Assistant Coach

Meg started competitive swimming when at the age of 4, swimming in Tucson, Phoenix, and then in college in Texas. She started two high school programs in Ardmore, OK and was also head coach of Ardmore Aquatics. Athletes Meg coached included beginning swimmers to national team swimmers with several state champions and state record holders in age group USA Swimming and YMCA. Zones qualifiers, National YMCA qualifiers and many Oklahoma high school state qualifiers.

Meg says "I am a big believer in technique, working hard and making swimming fun! I hope I can give back to swimming what swimming has given to me over the years, a great work ethic, some lasting friendships and wonderful memories. If you see me on deck or in the water, please stop me and say Hi."

Owen Davis Senior and High School Group Coach

Coach Owen competed in swimming since the age of 9 and swam in college at Misericordia University. During his athletic swimming career, he primarily competed in backstroke and distance freestyle. He has coached swimming in Pennsylvania for about 8 years before moving out to Arizona in 2019. He has experince coaching a variety of ages including learn to swim all the way up to high school. His personal swim philosophy is that all swimmers can succeed with the right technique and mentality. He looks forward to helping this great program's swimmers be the best that they possibly can be!

Steven Edgar Pre-Senior

Coach Steven is from Ventura, CA where he started his aquatic endeavors playing water polo. Realizing there was more collegiate opportunity in the sport of swimming, he quickly joined the local club team, fell in love swimming, and started seeing immediate success. He finished high school with All-America honors and stayed local for a year to swim under legendary junior college coach, the late Larry Baratte. There, Steven led the Pirates to their 2nd State Championship in 2010, earning Junior College All-America honors. He went on to swim at Savannah College of Art and Design, achieving multiple top 8 finishes at NAIA Nationals. 10 years later, after struggling for a decade to find occupational fulfillment, he received the call to coaching and hasn't looked back.

DeAnna Ley Fins 1 & 2
Colleen Bolan Desert Foothills Head Coach

Coach Colleen is the head Coach of our Desert Foothills Silver Fin location loacted at the Desert Foothills Family YMCA in north Scottsdale. 

Colleen Bolan began her competitive swimming career at the age of 8 years old at the Heilman Recreation Center in Southeastern Michigan, competing in all strokes and the team freestyle and medley relays.  Later in her career she focused on distance swimming in the 500yd freestyle.

Colleen continued with competitive swimming up until 18 years of age with the East Detroit Seals Swim Club AAU Team traveling the Midwest in competitions, qualifying for summer championships each of those years.  In addition, she swam for her high school teams and summer teams through her community center. 

Colleen’s biggest individual accomplishment as a swimmer was when she qualified and competed at the Fort Lauderdale International Swimming Hall of Fame AAU Meet. 

Colleen has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and after a career in the technology industry, Colleen returned to her passion for competitive swimming, and is now in her 4th year as Head Coach for the YMCA Desert Foothills Dolphins Swim Team, where she coached a team of 40+ swimmers ranging from 6 to 18 years in age. Six of those swimmers have now moved into the Silver Fins competitive program, and Colleen is excited to begin her 1st season as Coach of the Silver Fins Swim Team at Desert Foothills YMCA location in 2021. She holds both the ASCA Level 1 (Foundations) and Level 2 (Stroke) Schools certifications and Level 3 (Physiology) certification.                          

Colleen says “I have learned so much from my involvement in competitive sports.  Sports taught me to never give up, and I use that every day in my career and personal life. No matter how tough something is, if you keep working at it and do not give up, you will succeed. Every swimmer has different goals they want to achieve in swimming.  I encourage those individual goals and work with each swimmer so that they can be successful in whichever direction of swimming they want to go.”

Bill Hunter Head Dive Coach

Coach Bill started diving through the local summer pool league in New Jersey, and continued through High School. He also participated in Track and Field. The 800 was his main race and it earned him a college scholarship, thereby ending his diving career temporarily.

When his young sons decided to try diving, he re-engaged in the sport and began coaching at the Goodyear pool in the mid 90’s. And later, with ’76 Olympian, Barb Nejman, who became his coaching mentor for the next 20 years. 

Bill and Barb started the Silver Fins Dive team in 2012 and have grown it to produce some of the top divers in the State, with a number qualifying for national level competition.  In addition to the Silver Fins Dive team, Coach Bill coaches at four Agua Fria District High Schools.

Daniel Fecteau Dive Coach

Daniel was a diver at Louisville University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Sport Administration in 2019.  He left his mark on the Cardinals after setting the program's platform record (350.70 points) and was a four-time NCAA Zones qualifier.

Prior to his current position as Head Coach for Grand Canyon University, Fecteau spent the past three years coaching divers at Princeton University.

Nichole De Battista Dive Silver

Coach Nichole was raised in Arizona, where she attended Centennial High School From there, Nichole went on to dive D1 for Northern Arizona University, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Education.  She began teaching middle school Science in 2002 and has been teaching both middle school and high school since that time.

Coach Nichole coached in the Peoria High School District from 2004-2006 and then she started a family of her own.  She is blessed to be married with two wonderful children. Both attend high school at Estrella Foothills in Goodyear. Currently, Coach Nichole teaches middle school science at St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School and thoroughly enjoys her time on deck coaching divers once again. 


Victoria Warrum Coaching Staff

Hello! My name is Torie. I started competitively swimming at age 8 with the Westside Silver Fins. I swam all through age group and into high school where I was offered an academic and athletic scholarship. I competed collegiately for 2 years at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah where I specialized in backstroke and IM events. I’m currently finishing my undergrad at Arizona State University studying Secondary Education-Biological Sciences. I’ve had previous experiences teaching swim lessons as well as coaching a variety of age groups. I’m excited to bring my love for education and swimming together while continuing to learn with the sport. I hope to motivate athletes to seek higher goals and have fun at the same time!

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