WELCOME TO

CHARGER AQUATICS SANTA FE

The mission of Charger Aquatics Santa Fe is to promote a life-long love of swimming in swimmers of all ages and abilities by providing a safe, healthy and positive environment for our athletes. This will be achieved through a comprehensive training program that addresses the physical, mental, nutritional, and technical dimensions of the sport to support team and individual goals.

BIG NEWS! We are excited to announce that Santa Fe Aquatics is merging with Charger Aquatics! This means that while retaining our 'small-town' feel here in Santa Fe, we will be able to offer our swimmers 'big-town' opportunities.

Meet our Coaches

Head Site Coach, Lee Romero Taylor, is a lifelong NM resident from Santa Fe.  Lee graduated from Santa Fe Preparatory School and went on to become an NCAA-swimmer and graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, where he was Captain of the swim team. Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Art in May 2011. Lee was Head Coach of the Kids Club Fun and Fitness in Vancouver, Washington where he coached, motivated and developed age group swimmers. Lee became the head coach of Santa Fe Aquatics in 2015 and, became the Head Site Coach of Charger Aquatics when we became a satellite branch of Charger Aquatics in 2021. He coached the New Mexico Zones team in 2019, and received Age Group Coach of the Year award for 2019 and 2020, and is Chair of the Technical Planning Committee for New Mexico Swimming.
   
Head Age Group Coach Erin Montoya is also our Head dry-land trainer. She has twelve years of competitive swimming experience, including five years as a varsity letter swimmer, school record holder, and team captain while attending St. Michael’s High School. During her age group swimming years, she competed at both the State and Western Zone level. After graduating from St. Michael’s in 2007 she swam for NMSU during her freshman year. Taking a break from college, she began a five-year career as a personal trainer before becoming a fitness director. On returning to college (New Mexico Highlands) she obtained her BA in Human Performance and Sport, with a minor in Coaching and a MA in Human Performance and Sport. While at New Mexico Highlands, she spent two years interning under a CSCCa Master Level Strength Coach and a season as the Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach. She began coaching with anta Fe Aquatics in November 2018 and became Charge Aquatics Santa Fe Head Age group Coach in 2021
   
Bill Shandor is the newest addition to the Charger Aquatics Santa Fe coaching staff.  Bill has experience coaching and teaching in Florida, teaching in Arizona, and was the athletic director for Desert Academy here in Santa Fe.
   
John Butcher is the Head Coach of Charger Aquatics.  John is based at Albuquerque Academy with the Albuquerque contingent of the team. John’s coaching career began in Alaska with Midnight Sun Swim Team from 2006 to 2009, beginning with the age group program, and culminating as the Interim Head Coach working with the Senior program. When John first moved to New Mexico he coached with Lobo Aquatics in Albuquerque from 2009-2011, working with the Age Group Program as well as the Senior Group. Since joining Charger Aquatics in 2012, John has coached State Record Holders, National Top 10 ranked swimmers, and qualifiers for Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and NM State Championships. John has coached swimmers that have been selected to attend the Western Zone Select Camp, National Diversity Select Camp,and National Open Water Select Camp. He has a Masters in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico, and is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level-3 Coach.