Coaches and Directors

Cuda Coaches

Coaching Staff
Andrew Brand Head Coach, Senior 3

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 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.

Andrew is 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, Senior 3/Gold

Eric 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 and has been coaching since 2001. 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:

CUDA: 2017-present

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

Shelly Drozda Head Age Group Coach

Shelly grew up swimming for the Front Range Barracudas in Thornton, CO ever since 2006. She was a dual athlete in high school, competing both in track and swimming at the state level. She is excited to be back on the team she grew up swimming and competing for! During her time with Cuda’s, she was a National Top 10 ranked swimmer, National Select Camp attendee, 6 time high school All-American, and a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier. In college, she competed at Indiana University for two years where she was a Big10 Distinguished Scholar; gaining Academic All-American Honorable Mention status. After Indiana, she completed her swimming career at Florida State University earning The Golden Torch Award and the 1A FAR Academic Excellence Award for her studies in Sport Management. During her time at Florida State, she accumulated several all-time top 10 times for the program before finishing her college career in 2019. 

 

Shelly is excited to help grow the Cuda community by providing foundational training for age group swimmers and by bringing an upbeat attitude every day at practice! Her experience working summer swim camps, coaching for Mountain Range and Thornton Master’s- along with her swimming career- has given her a diverse background working with swimmers of all ages & abilities. She is ecstatic to give back to the team that helped shape her as an athlete and into the person she is today!  

Alan Cobb Senior 1 & 2 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 while 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. He also served Colorado Swimming as the Age-Group Coordinator for the state. Alan is also a Hign School science teacher.  Cuda is lucky to have him since 2010!

Nick Foster Lead Site Coach BCC Silver/White Groups
Nick has been swimming since the age 7. Growing up in Leawood Kansas, Nick was a member of the Rockhurst High School Aquahawks and Kansas City Blazers. In his high school years,   he helped bring home 4 high school state championships, qualify for Jr. Nationals, and become a Sectional Champ. Nick went on to swim at Xavier University where he continued to find success in and out of the pool, becoming a school record holder, conference champion, conference MVP, and the Xavier University Male Scholar Athlete of the year in 2016. Nick Graduated with a degree in Economics but couldn't stay away from the pool. He is excited to be a part of the Front Range Barracudas and coach the next generation of swimmers.
 
Perri Otto Lead Coach Developmental and Adv Dev

Perri is excited to be coaching with the CUDAS soince 2018!  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, then served as head coach for five years. She holds bachelor degrees in Speech Communication and Political Science and 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.

Medi Mellado Assistant Coach

Medi is a longtime athlete and swimmer. She grew up in north Texas, where she swam through highschool, eventually making her way to collegiate swimming in Arkansas. Her passions are coaching, swimming, fitness, and wellness. She is a personal trainer by day and is excited to coach athletes to their highest potential by night. She recieved her degree in Kinesiology and has youth specialist, personal trainer, and corrective exercise certifications from NASM. When she is not at the pool or the gym, she is outdoors, playing with her dog, Dak, or visiting family in Texas. 

Mackenzie Saenz Assistant Coach

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 CARA swim team before returning to Cuda. As a coach, Mackenzie hopes to instill a love of swimming in a new generation of swimmers. Outside of the pool, Mackenzie works as a speech-language pathologist, enjoys re ading and spending time with her family and dog. Go Cuda!!

Alicia Cardie Assistant Coach

Alicia joined the Cudas after spending two years as assistant coach of men’s and women’s swimming at Xavier University. While there, she developed a coaching philosophy centered around holistic development of the individual and team.

 

Prior to coaching with Xavier, Alicia swam competitively from the age of 4 all the way through college. She competed for Liberty University, where she became a 2-time Olympic Trials qualifier, 4-time US Nationals finalist, 2-time DI NCAA Championship qualifier, and Elite 90 Award winner.

 

Her favorite event is, and will always be, the 200 fly.

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!

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 20+ 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 Assistant Coach

Chad previously 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. 

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