Coaching Staff
Tristan Cross Director of Coaching/ Silvers Coach

   Tristan Cross has been a life long swimmer and then age group coach who was born Colorado. In 2004, Tristan was hired by the Falfins for his first coaching job. Coaching the Dynamos and the Blue group created a passion for coaching that turned a job into a lifelong career. After 3 1/2 years of coaching for Falfins, he was hired by CMA Swim Team to be their Head Age Group Coach. After 5 years with CMA and lots of success, Tristan joined the PEAK Swim Team. As the Head Age Group Coach at PEAK Swim Team, he helped grow the team from 10 swimmers to as high as 75 swimmers. After 3 1/2 fantastic years at PEAK, Tristan was rehired by Falfins. Through the past 12 years coaching in Colorado, Tristan has grown as a coach and learned from some of the best coaches in the sport. He is extremely excited to finally be back home at Falfins Swimming!


  

  Currently, as the Director of Coaching with our team, Tristan’s goal is to help further the success of our athletes, our team and our LSC. Tristan is heavily involved in the elite level of Colorado Swimming. He has been selected to be a coach for Team Colorado eleven times, six Mid-West All-Star Meets (2011,2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017) and six Western Zone Championship Meets (2011,2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017). In the fall of 2016, Tristan was elected as the Age Group Vice-Chair for Colorado Swimming. In addition to coaching with Falfins Swimming, he now also oversees all age group swimming for the state of Colorado and is the Head Coach of Team Colorado for the Midwest All Star meet, as well as the Western Zone Age Group Championships.  After working with the top coaches and swimmers in Colorado and the US, Tristan is ready to take Falfins Swimming to the next level!

 

Contact Information-  Swimmbikeerunn@msn.com

Jorge Fernandez Senior Coach

Coach Fernandez was born in Santiago, Chile. He is in his 32rd year of coaching and is an ASCA level 5 coach. Fernandez first started coaching the Boulder Poseidon Swim Club, while attending the University of Colorado Boulder. After graduating from C.U. in 1988 Fernandez moved to Denver, and became assistant Sr. Coach for Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming (MACS). Coach Fernandez oversaw the dry-land and strength program, backstroke and individual medley swimmers. While with the MACS Swimming Club, Fernandez commuted to Greenwood Athletic Club in order to coach “master’s” swimming.

In 1992, Jorge was offered and accepted the Greenwood Tiger Sharks (GTS) Head Coaching position. During Jorge’s 14-year tenure with Greenwood, GTS grew from 20 swimmers to over 200. Coach Fernandez during this time was awarded Colorado Senior Coach of the year three times. Coach Fernandez has developed many swimmers that have achieved National Team Status, International Team Status, and National Select camps.

Fernandez and his coaching staffs developed and coached numerous National top 16 swimmers, produced numerous state qualifiers, state champions, state record holders. In addition, at the Sectional level, Jorge has developed over 100 Sectional qualifiers, 15 champions, 30 Junior National qualifiers and five Junior National Champions. At the senior level, Jorge has produced 23 National qualifiers, six Olympic Trial qualifiers, as well as five world-class swimmers all whom ranked in the top 100 in the world.

In 2000, Fernandez coached many of the top USA women’s triathletes in swimming. Three of Jorge’s triathletes competed in the Sydney (Australia) Olympics. As a result of his coaching, Jorge was invited to attend the Olympic Games based on his contributions as their swimming coach.  

After 14 years with the Greenwood Tiger Sharks program, Coach Fernandez in 2006 accepted a new challenge as the head coach the legendary Tacoma Swim Club in the Pacific Northwest. While with the Tacoma Swim Club (TSC), Coach Fernandez had continued success coaching swimmers at the Sr. National, Junior Nationals levels. In addition three of Jorge’s athletes were Sectional champions, and six were Washington State champions. After being at TSC for 2 years, Coach Fernandez returned to Colorado in order to be closer to his family, and father who was gravely ill. In the fall of 2008, Jorge accepted a position as assistant Sr. Coach with Rally Sport Athletic Club in Boulder (RACE) where he coached the sprinters/distance swimmers. As well as coaching the varsity girls and boys swimming teams at Arapahoe High School. Recently coach Fernandez was back at Greenwood as the associate Head Masters Coach and the Greenwood Tiger Sharks. Right now Jorge is the Sr. Coach for Falfins Swim Team. Coach Fernandez in his spare time likes doing outdoor activities, bicycle racing, reading, photography, and just being active.

Coach Fernandez has a BA in Spanish and a BS in Kinesiology.

 

Rose Snyder Executive Director/Assistant Coach

Rose Snyder, Executive Director / Assistant Coach

Rose’s 35 years experience in aquatics includes swimming, coaching and serving as an administrator at all levels of the sport. Prior to moving to Colorado, Rose was the head swimming coach for the Glendale Arizona Swimming Gauchos throughout the 1980s where she earned her ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) level 4/5 certification. Her swimmers have excelled at all levels from grassroots to the Olympic Trails.

In Arizona, Rose was recognized as the Arizona Age Group Coach of the Year and Skyline Division High School Coach of the Year.  Rose moved to Colorado Springs in 1990 to work for USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Center. For ten years, she headed up club, athlete and coach development programs for 2800 USA Swimming clubs across the country. 

It’s no surprise that Rose grew up swimming herself. She was ranked top 5 in the nation as an age group swimmer and trained under the late great Walt Schlueter. Coach Schlueter is still recognized today as a master in stroke technique and a pioneer in our sport. She earned her Varsity letter competing at the collegiate level for the University of Arizona

Rose is married to Charlie Snyder and they have three children, two that grew up swimming with the Falfins. Gina Snyder was a Drew Baylor award winner and Carli was the Falfins Pride Scholarship recipient. Her youngest, Sam, was a Dynamo, but moved on to other sports.

Rose has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Arizona. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and for the past 20 years, has served in leadership positions for the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Swimming, U.S. Figure Skating and owns her own consulting company, Rose Snyder Consulting.

Contact Information - (cell) 719.963.8355 / (email) rosesnyderconsulting@yahoo.com

Mandy Burton Office Manager

I am the Office Manager for Falfins Swim Team. If you would like to contact me, please email me at falfinsoffice@gmail.com or call at 719-377-0035.  I was born and raised in the UK and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000.  I have a Degree in Marketing from Swindon College and my work background is mainly sports sponsorship and marketing based.

I have two swimmers on the Falfins team and I am very proud to be a part of the Falfins family!

 

Ken Light Blues Coach

Coach Ken started coaching with the Falfins during the fall of 2002 at the request of the Falfins Board of Directors. Ken was to fill-in for Coach Rose and Mary Jo Pursley who had founded the Dynamo program at Rampart HS the previous summer until a “suitable replacement” could be found. After 4 years coaching the Dynamos, he began coaching the Blue group thru to present (more than a decade later, so much for a replacement).

As a member of USA swimming, Ken is a former nationally certified referee and is also a coach member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA-Level 3 equivalent). In the past decade, he has coached athletes to 8&U Festival, Silver State, State, All-Stars and Western Zone Championships. Several athletes have achieved top 3 finishes including Junior Olympic and Western Zone champions. Ken has enjoyed watching the team grow from ~60 to over 200 athletes during his tenure.

Ken grew up the eldest of three boys in a military family. Athletically active, the constant moves resulted in a variety of club youth sports participation: basketball, baseball, swimming and rowing. He started to swim competitively in a summer swim program at age 12. He swam club at Solotar, high school with Fort Hunt HS (Virginia state champs) and on into “college” at the Air Force Academy. Ironically, his most significant athletic achievement resides not within swimming, but as a 1974 national rowing champion.

Ken has Bachelor of Science degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Academy. He also has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho. He and his wife Pattee Speck have 3 children (Kelli, Diane and Brian) all of whom have swum with the Falfins.

Contact Information – 719-210-8047(cell) or  email  ken.light@comcast.net 

 

Claire Strong Dynamo 2 Coach

My name is Claire Strong. I am from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  I moved to Colorado Springs in late May 2013 after completing my masters degree.  I attended the University of South Dakota for both undergrad and graduate school. I majored in Physical Education with minors in Adaptive Physical Education, Health, and Coaching: swimming, track & field, and cross-country.  I also completed a masters degree program in Technology for Teaching and Training.  I am the Physical Education teacher at Keller Elementary in Colorado Springs School District 11. 

I started swimming at a young age but did not swim competitively until I was in middle school, and I continued into my college years. When I was in high school, I started teaching swimming lessons and have been teaching on and off again for almost 15 year. While in college, I coached for several different teams including my home team Snowfox, now the Sioux Falls Swim Team. During which time, I coached many groups; from brand new to swimming, age groupers, middle school and early high school.  I was also a South Dakota 14 and Under Zones coach in 2011 -- the same location in which I competed at for my last Zone meet as a club swimmer.   Most recently, I was one of the Colorado All-Stars coaches both in 2017 & 2018; I also coached in Roseville, California with team Colorado at 14 and Under Western Zone in 2017.   

I have now been with the Falfins for a little over five years. I have worked with both the Dynamo I and II groups the Dynamites and Silvers.  I have also helped to build the Falfins summer programs, teaching, coaching and assisting on deck.  This upcoming season, I will be working with the Dynamo II's again and I look forward to what this new season has to bring. 

 

Jason Wederquist Sr Prep Coach

Jason Wederquist grew up swimming in Colorado Springs with local year round and summer club teams. After competing at the collegiate level his freshman year, Jason returned to Colorado Springs and began coaching at various levels. He worked with all age groups as a year-round and summer club head coach for three years. During this time, he also worked with older swimmers as an assistant high school coach followed by four years as head coach at a local high school. Jason has three children on Falfins - a Dynamite, a D2, and a Silver. Jason is excited to get back into coaching and working with the dedicated swimmers on Falfins.

Danny Montoya Dynamo 1 Coach

Hello I am Coach Danny Montoya. I grew up in El Paso, Texas and began swimming competitively at a young age. I swam for the Fort Bliss Barracudas a team I would eventually end up coaching. While swimming was my first passion, I took a break from the world of competitive swimming in order to pursue other endeavors.

I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in sociology/criminology form Texas Tech University in December of 2010. I moved to Colorado Springs to further my education and obtained my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology in December of 2014 from the University pf Colorado Colorado Springs. I am currently working on my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in clinical neuropsychology from the University of the Rockies. I would like to eventually become a licensed clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents, and adults.

With the end of my educational goals in sight it felt appropriate to return to the competitive swimming world, and I believe the Falfins is the right place to do that. I have worked with swimmers of all all ages and abilities, and I love working with others on developing their competitive stroke technique. I will be heading up the Dynamo 1 squad. My objective is to help your children reach their goals and would like to provide for them the same opportunities the sport of swimming afforded to me.

Eric Pannell Dynamites M/W/F
Kelly Wederquist Dynamites Tu/Th/F
Tyler Graefe Coach

Ty Graefe started coaching with Falfins in the spring of 2018.  Originally from Limerick, Pennsylvania just outside Philadelphia, Ty grew up swimming and began working in aquatics by life guarding.   Eventually moving onto swimming lessons/classes, he developed a passion for teaching and is currently in his 3rd year of coaching.  In addition to Falfins, Ty is also the assistant coach for Discovery Canyon High School girl’s team.  Moving to Colorado Springs in 2013 in pursuit of the mountains, he enjoys hiking and snowboarding in his spare time.   Coach Graefe is currently seeking his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from UCCS. 

 

Contact information: (cell): 610-306-0690              (email):  tygraefeswim@gmail.com