Coaches and Directors

Cuda Coaches

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 12 year run with Cuda, Andrew has coached dozens of swimmers to Colorado state championships in every stroke discipline. He has coached Western Zone Champs and record holders, as well as multiple Midwest All-Star meet high point winners. Andrew has led swimmers to place on USA Swimming's top 10 national rankings over 30 times and is the coach of record for multiple top 100 USA Swimming all time swims.

Andrewis a Level 4 ASCA Coach and has been previously named, by a vote of his peers, the Northern Colorado Age Group Coach of the year. He was twice named Front Range League Coach of the year while head coach of the Northglenn High School girls swim team.

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. Damon is ASCA Level 4.  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)

Lauren has been coaching with CUDA since 2014, and is enjoying her role as head site coach.  Her swimming career took off when she moved to the Houston area, where she competed for Klein High School and Klein Aquatics as a high school state and sectional finalist.  She then went on to swim as a scholarship athlete, sprint free specialist and conference runner-up for the University of Denver.

She has since enjoyed several years of helping young swimmers of a wide range of abilities improve and succeed, coaching both with CUDA and serving as the aquatics director and head coach at Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club. Through instilling love for the sport and prioritizing skill and confidence building, Lauren has had multiple swimmers qualify for both short course and long course state championships and has led the Cudas’ 8& under team to 9 consecutive championship titles.

After all these years, she also still likes to get in the pool! Lauren currently trains with and races for the Broomfield masters team, and finished top 10 nationally in the 100 free for her age group in 2018.

Alan Cobb White Lead Coach/Senior Lead 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.

Perri Otto Lead Coach Developmental and Adv Dev

Perri is excited to begin coaching with the CUDAS! A Colorado native, Perri began her swimming career with the Westminster Flippers at the age of four and continued her swimming career as a member of the Legacy High School girls varsity swim team. In conjunction with her time spent in the pool, Perri began her coaching career at the age of 15 as an assistant coach with the Westminster Flippers and has served as head coach for the past
five years. She holds bachelor degrees in Speech Communication and Political Science and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration. In addition to coaching, Perri is a nanny to three wonderful children and in her spare time she likes to paddleboard, travel, and spend time with
her rescue dogs! Coach Perri is a firm believer that the coach-swimmer relationship is an equal partnership. She
encourages her swimmers to swim every stroke, set and meet with purpose and to work with her to achieve the best versions of themselves, on and off the deck.

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.

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!”

Mackenzie Saenz Assistant Coach

Mackenzie has been a long time member of the Cudas. Mackenzie began swimming at the age of seven and swam competitively through high school as a Cuda swimmer where she competed at the state and national level meets. Mackenzie began her coaching career at the age of 17 coaching a local recreational swim team. As a coach, Mackenzie hopes to grow the sport by instilling the love for swimming in a new generation of swimmers. Currently, Mackenzie is completing her Master’s in Speech Pathology at The University of Northern Colorado. Go Cuda!! 

 

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