About Our Coaches

The Vortex Swim Club coaching staff are all certified members of USA swimming. Their goal is the development of lifelong swimmers and the whole athlete.  The coaches are available to answer your questions related to workouts, meets, meet events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs.  For all questions related to administration such as dues, volunteering or policy issues; please contact the appropriate volunteer or board member.  Please click here for our policy on how to to communicate with the coaches

Head Coach

Nick Anziano

I began swimming when I was 13 years old when my parents forced me to join the local summer club.  At that time, I was a soccer player and that was my passion, but I had a coach that took an interest in me and helped me develop and learn to love the sport of swimming.  This was the first time I experienced great coaching that made an impact on me.

After falling in love with the sport, I went to Regis Jesuit High School to swim and was varsity for all four years.  My junior and senior year I got my first taste at coaching. My friend and I coached and managed the Heather Ridge Country Club summer club swim team in Denver.  I had a great time, learned so much about coaching and had way too many Slurpees! During these 4 years, I had some great coaches at both Regis and my club team.

I accepted a position to swim at Bowling Green State University my freshman year of college.  This was hard for me. For the first time in swimming, my coach and I were not compatible. I learned a lot from him, he was technically a great coach, but we just didn’t click. Because of this, I decided to take the opportunity to join my family in Malta. During my time in Malta, I worked as an assistant coach for the Malta National Swim Team.

When my family and I came back to the US, I decided to attend Western State College. While in Gunnison, I coached for the summer club swim team and started the Gunnison High School Swim Teams for both boys and girls.  After graduating college, I moved around a few times until I came to Fort Collins. Since I arrived in Fort Collins in 2008, I have been in the swim community working with summer clubs, running aquatics programs and coaching for Vortex. During the day, I am the Aquatics Manager at Raintree Athletic Club.

My many years of experience working with coaches has helped to create my theory of coaching and the way I approach swimming. Quality over quantity, clear communication, the desire and motivation to get better are all critically important to me. I enjoy teaching technique and helping swimmers improve their strokes.  I like to push swimmers both in and out of the water to achieve better times and help them realize how much they can accomplish.

My coaches impacted me, as a swimmer and as an individual. They were modeling character to me.  I try to remember that it is now my opportunity to impact these youth, as swimmers, and as people.

In my down time, I like to spend time with my lovely wife and hang with the two teenagers at home.

Assistant Coach

Tony Schumacher

Tony began his swim journey in high school, going out for his high school swim team freshman year. Right after the season, he joined the local club team; Loveland Swim Club. He had a very inspirational coach that summer that graduated him up to the next group that Fall. The coach of that next group he was placed in, shaped his life. He had one on one conversation with Tony that led him to the path he is on today. Tony believes he is here to pass on that inspiration and one on one attention to every swimmer that he can.

He swam year round during his high school years with his club team and high school team. He made a lot of progress during that span. He was able to come through with all-conference honors, top 10 state finishes, and 2 school records. Tony believes the coaches he had through the process made him realize his potential and fulfill it by showing up and putting in the effort it would take. He is grateful for his experience and vows to create a positive experience for all the swimmers he comes across.

Assistant Coach

Melanie Larson



Assistant Coach

Kala Mawlawi

Coach Kala began her swimming career at the age of 5 when she began to fall in love with the sport of swimming, and more specifically the stroke of Butterfly. Coach Kala competed on behalf of many local club teams as well as summer neighborhood teams including Vortex! She has 3 summer seasons of coaching experience, as well as 2 additional years teaching swim lessons.  Coach Kala’s passion for the sport is continued through the swimmers that she helps coach and nurture. Coach Kala is attending the University of Northern Colorado to receive a degree in elementary education and hopes to bring her enthusiastic energy and desire to help our youth to Team Vortex!

How to Communicate with the Coaches

Email the coach.  They will get back to you as soon as possible.  If necessary, set up a meeting to talk with the coach after practice. Please do not speak with the coach during practice. Coaches must have their full attention on the swimmers.


If you have a concern about a coach and feel comfortable talking with the coach, please do so. If you do not feel comfortable expressing your concern with the coach or if you have already talked with the coach and the issue continues to be unresolved, please email the Head Coach.  If that avenue has not effectively addressed your concern the final step would be to email the Board of Directors.