Coaches

Coaches 

Coaching Staff
William Benedict Head Coach

Coach Matt has been an avid swimmer since the age of 8.  His coaching career started during his club team years in Tempe,  AZ.  After attending and competing for Arizona State and the University of Rhode Island, he realized coaching and mentoring swimmers was his passion and with that started his two-decade coaching career.

In that time, he has had numerous successes across club and collegiate swimming.  These successes include USA Swimming National Team Members, more than 66 National & Junior National Qualifiers, multiple NCAA qualifiers, National and Zone Select Camp participants along with High School All Americans and state champions across three different states.  

In recent years he has coached several student-athletes from overseas national teams including a member of the Philippines, Norway, Iceland, Singapore, Croatia and Slovakian National Teams.  In addition, he has coached international athletes who have attend both Short Course and Long Course World Championships plus European Championships.      

During his time coaching for two decades, Matt Benedict has worked with Olympian producing coaches and Olympians. He has had 6 different swimmers qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.  Including 2015 Pan AM Silver Medalist Darian Townsend, who in 2004 won a Gold medal in the 400 free relay in the Athens Olympics.

Matt is married with one son, one daughter and two dogs.  In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, Crossfit, music and “talking shop” about all things swimming.  He is an American Swim Coaches Association Certified Level 4 coach (top 8% of the swimming coaches in the nation.)

Michael Fuller Assistant Coach

Coach Mike has been swimming since he was 6 years old, starting at the summer league level and eventually high school. He Joined Roadrunners Aquatic Club (formerly VAST) as a swimmer when he was 17 competing for the club for 2 years before becoming one of their coaches.  

Mike has been teaching kids to swim for last decade and began coaching as an assistant for a summer league while he was still swimming for Roadrunners. After head coaching a summer league team for one season, Mike became fully involved with Roadrunners and in 2019 took the head age group coach Position. He has coached hundreds of swimmers in the last 6 years with a focus on developing their stroke and aerobic abilities.  

He also has been coaching Cibola High School in Albuquerque since 2018 and is currently the head coach for the team.  

Coach Mike also has background in teaching gymnastics, lifeguarding, and even smoothie making. He has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  

In his spare time Mike enjoys playing Smash Bros., watching nerdy movies and tv shows, studying biblical history, and spending time with his wife.  

Stephen Duckett Gold Group
Coach Stephen has been an enthusiastic swimmer since the age of 5. Born and raised in Albuquerque he
started his swimming career with the city metro league then moved to his first club when he was 7. In
high school he swam for Cibola where his senior year he was the team captain.
 
His coaching career began during high school where he taught swim lessons for Corrales Parks and
Recreation. After teaching lessons for two years, he began to coach for the metro league. During this
time, he realized he was passionate about coaching and wanted to give back to the sport that he loves.
 
Stephen has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout through Troop 126 and was a certified EMT Basic during
the years 2018-2020. He is currently enrolled in CNM working on his associates degree in Computer
Information Systems where he is learning how to write programs. In his free time, he enjoys
glassblowing, walking his dog and playing video games.
Ashley Owens Assistant Coach
“If you can swim, you can do anything.” Ashley has had a passion for water and swimming for as long as she can remember. She began her coaching career in 2004 coaching with Albuquerque’s metro league and immediately fell in love with coaching and helping share her passion for the sport with her local community. In her time as the Head Coach of the Rio Rancho Desert Sharks, she successfully led a city team of over 100 swimmers aged 6-14 to top 3 placements in championships each year from 2004 to 2010.
 
She began coaching with USA swimming in 2010, and helped develop the new team STAR (later becoming the team MAKO) where she primarily worked with swimmers 10 and under, working to try to make swimming fun for all ability levels. She also worked with high school swimmers as an assistant coach to several high school teams including working with St.Pius X High school during their 2011-2013 seasons and volunteering to help assist Cibola High School during their 2021-2022 season.
 
Outside of the pool Ashley is married and enjoys time outdoors with her husband and dog. She has an associate’s degree in Nursing and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 5 years in Critical and Progressive Care. She is passionate about making sure each of her swimmers develops a love of swimming, as well as confidence as a lifelong athlete and successful individual in and out of the water.
Maya Hammond Bronze & Silver Group Coach

Maya Hammond is a UNM college student from Clovis, New Mexico. She started her swim career when she was 8 years old and continued on to swim for UNM her freshman and sophomore year. She has been coaching and teaching swim lessons since she was 14 and loves to watch kids grow to be strong swimmers!