Coaching Staff
Andrew Brand Head Coach (Elite, Elite Prep)

Andrew has been a member of the Cuda's coaching staff since August 2006. Andrew started swimming competitively at age nine for the Evergreen Hurricanes club team. He swam with them for nine years and culminated his age group swimming career at the high school state meet his senior year where he was a state champ and garnered honorable mention high school All-American honors for the Evergreen Cougars. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and swam for the Fighting Sioux. He qualified for nationals (in butterfly and IM events) all four years, and earned NCAA All-American and All-American honorable mention honors during his stint swimming up in the great white north. During his current four year run with the Cudas, Andrew has coached multiple swimmers to Colorado state championships in over 25 events total. He has coached Western Zone Champs, as well as All-Star meet champs. Andrew was, as selected by his peers, the Northern Colorado Age Group Coach of the Year in 2009. He was named Front Range League Coach of the year while head coach of the Northglenn High School girls swim team in 2007 and 2009. In his free time he likes to save orphans from burning buildings, rescue cats from tall trees and help old ladies cross busy streets. Andrew is an ASCA Level 3 Certified Coach.

Eric Adams Associate Head Coach

Eric is excited to be entering his second year with the CUDA swim team as the Associate Head Coach.  He is a native of Grand Junction, Colorado, where he grew up swimming for the Grand Junction Dolphins.  He was a Junior National qualifier in the 200 Breaststroke in 1997. He attended the University of North Dakota where he was a four your member of the men’s swimming team and helped the team to 3 North Central Conference titles.  He has been involved in the sport of swimming since the age of 7.

He is an ASCA Level 3 coach with more than 17 years of experience coaching. He has worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities to include high performance age group and senior swimmers, collegiate swimmers, high school and recreational swimmers.  He has coached numerous State qualifiers and champions, Zone and Sectional qualifiers and finalists. 

 

Past Coaching Experience:

Life Time Fitness Colorado:  2013-2017

SNOW Swimming (Loudoun County, VA): 2002-2013

Head Coach of the Broadlands Piranhas (Ashburn, VA): 2004-2008

Aquatics Instructor for Town Of Leesburg, VA:  2002-2006

Assistant Coach Loudoun County High School (Leesburg, VA): 2002-2005

Assistant Coach Potomac Station Sailfish (Leesburg, VA):  Summer 2003

Assistant Coach Grand Junction Dolphins:  Summer 2002

Assistant Coach University of North Dakota:  2001/2002 Season

Damon Garrison Head Age Group Coach
Damon is very excited to begin coaching with the CUDAS.  He brings a wealth of expertise to our team with coaching expierence at all levels of the sport from the developmental swimmer to the Olympic Trial Swimmer.  He believes in building the complete swimmer with HARD WORK in and out of the pool.  He takes pride in many of his swimmers going on to academic honors including over 30 swimmers becoming their High School's Valedictorian.  

 

In the pool Damon's swimmers have excelled as well with accomplishments including State/ LSC Championships, High School State Championships, High School All-Americans, NCAA All-Americans, NCAA Champions and Record holders, Zone Championships, National Age Group rankings (including two swimmers ranked #1), Sectional Champions, JR. National Finalists, National Qualifiers, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.

He resides in Lakewood with his two dogs Mika and Boone who he is proud to show off photos of.

Lauren Bortnowski Site Head Coach (Red, Silver)

Though originally from New Jersey, it was when Lauren moved to Texas at age 10 that she became involved in summer league and fell in love with swimming. She went on to swim for Klein High School and Klein Aquatics, where she was a state and sectional finalist before finishing her career at the University of Denver as a sprint freestyle specialist and top three conference finisher. She has enjoyed years of experience at helping young swimmers of a wide range of abilities improve and succeed, coaching most recently for Boulder Valley summer league. Lauren loves challenging swimmers to reach for and exceed their goals and finding ways to keep training fresh and fun. 

Alan Cobb White Lead Coach/Senior Assist Coach

Alan is a longtime member of the Northern Colorado Swimming community. He began swimming competitively at age six and swam though high school competing at state and national levels. Beginning his coaching career during his college years well attending CSU, Alan has coached age-group swimmers though regional/national athletes. He served as head age group coach at Longmont Swim Club for seven years while head coaching the Girls and Boy's team at Mountain View High School for four years and more recently head coach for the girls team at Greeley Central High School for three. Currently he serves Colorado Swimming as the Age-Group Coordinator for the state. Alan recently return to CSU to earn his science teaching certification in secondary education.

Amanda Richey Assitant Coach

Amanda Richey is very excited to have the opportunity to work with Cuda swimmers and help them share the love for the sport of swimming that she has. Amanda is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where she spent her time studying sociology and swimming for one of the best D1 teams in the country. As a swimmer at Pitt she scored in all of my events all four years at the ACC championships, and qualified for the NCAA meet all four years as well. She holds four individual school records and a relay record along with three other fantastic  teammates. Before her years as a Pitt student athlete Amanda swam for the Boulder swim team where I swam at many sectionals, junior nationals, and national swim competitions as well as the 2012 Olympic trials swim meet. She has a passion for helping others and working with kids and is very honored to be a part of these kids journey through swimming. 

 
 
Jeanne Jones Assitant Coach
Email: ljbjej@q.com

Jeanne is new to coaching, but she is not new to teaching or to swimming. Jeanne grew up in Southern California where she grew up swimming and body surfing in the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis. Swimming has always been a huge part of her life, but mostly open water swimming. She continued swimming upon moving to Colorado, where she joined the Bee Gees, Broomfield’s Masters swim team, in 2008. Jeanne has always, and continues to live in the water. She has been teaching Aqua Aerobics all over the Denver Metro area, including Broomfield, where she has been teaching for the last 13 years. Before moving to Colorado, Jeanne taught 2nd grade at private school in Southern California as well. She became a scuba diver in 2008, and is now a Rescue Diver, working her way up to a Master Diver. She and her husband dive all over the world, and go to exotic dive destinations as much as possible.

 

Karl Stewart Stroke Technician

Karl started swimming competitively at the age of eight. He continued to swim and play water polo through high school and college achieving multiple All American honors and was a two time Olympic Trials qualifier. He continues to train and compete in masters swimming, where has been a National Champion. Karl started coaching both swimming and water polo in the early 1990s with some of the most respected teams and coaches in Southern California. With over 40 years of swimming experience as an athlete and coach, he teaches and inspires swimmers with his passion and knowledge of training and technical stroke expertise. Karl is excited to work with Cuda athletes to help them reach their full potential! Karl currently owns SwimLabs Swim School in Fort Collins, CO and in Lake Forest, CA. He currently lives in Fort Collins with his wife Dawn of 20 years and their three children.

Kaylie Prince Strength & Conditioning Coach

Kaylie is a Colorado native who grew up swimming, playing volleyball, and running track. She went on to play collegiate and then professional volleyball with a brief stint as a collegiate swimmer. Kaylie swam butterfly in the 200 and 400 Medley relay, as well as a 200 fly individually. Aside from her goldendoodle, Gretzky, Kaylie’s favorite thing in life is to help athletes meet their potential. A degree in biology and psychology coupled with several other certifications including ones from NASM and USASC has helped Kaylie take an extensive list of athletes to the next level. Kaylie’s swimming background, ability to help athletes understand “the why”, and overall passion for the sport will without doubt help the Front Range Barracudas reach new heights this season.

Jared Muenks Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jared  is a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a psychology and sociology degree and an emphasis on health and wellness.  Jared  likes to include values from sport psychology during his training to help develop all aspects of his athletes. Apart from swimming competitively from a young age,  Jared  was a swim coach at Lifetime Fitness and continues to incorporate swimming into his exercise routines. In his free time,  Jared  works on his startup business and enjoys playing in a basketball and soccer league on the weekends.

Gail Royce Mental Coach

Coach Gail, Mental Performance Coach, has been working with the CUDA swimmers since 2014. As a gym owner and head coach for 20 years, Gail coached pre-school gymnasts through national level competitors. After retiring from coaching she returned to school and earned a degree in psychology/sport psychology from Regis University. During that time Coach Gail did event work with the U.S. Olympic Committee, working on 3 U.S. Olympic Festivals and an International Olympic Congress. She also had the awesome opportunities of being on the event staff for the Winter X Games in Crested Butte and USA Gymnastics at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Gail has spent the last 18 years working as a Mental Performance Coach with numerous athletes, teams, coaches and parents. Her athletes range from youth to Masters and from high level club athletes to Elite, Professional and Olympic level competitors. She currently works with athletes in over 20 sports. As a Colorado native, Gail attended Bear Creek High School and Colorado State University, competing as a gymnast at both schools. She loves the Colorado outdoors participating in snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, mountain biking and hiking. She has also competed in numerous running races, cycling races, duathlons and triathlons.

“Helping athletes to reach their ultimate potential is my passion! I love the intensity and energy of the sporting arena and the challenge of competition. I genuinely care about my athletes and strive to provide them with the knowledge, tools and confidence to perform successfully. Working with athletes to achieve their dreams and athletic goals is always the best part of my day!”

Chad White Developmental Lead Coach

Assistant Coach, Chad coached the Barracudas for 13 years. Chad has coached kids of all ages, including adults, and athletes for triathlons. The team went from 25 swimmers to over 200 in a few short years. Coach Chad has had swimmers go on to swim at some of the highest levels, including Olympic Trials, and All Americans.

Chad swam on the Broomfield Barracudas as a age group swimmer. Through his leadership, the kids not only learn correct stroke technique, but also develop a lasting love for the sport. Chad places great emphasis on the development of proper swim technique.

Married since 2003, living in Broomfield, he enjoys spending time with his two boys camping, boating, RC racing, and refereeing soccer.