FLYERS AQUATIC SWIM TEAM

 

MEET FAST'S COACHES

 

 
 
 

Jim Halliburton

FAST Head Senior Coach

Coach Jim has recently returned to the FAST pool deck as the Head Senior Group Coach. Jim brings 35+ years of club coaching experience to FAST.  He is responsible for preparing our National group swimmers for the Sectionals, Futures, and USA Swimming Juniors level meets.  Along with his coaching responsibilities, Jim joins Diana Rosen and Angie Dorsey as a member of the FAST Executive Team where he brings his expertise to team planning and management.

Coach Halliburton has a long and impressive swimming background both as a competitive swimmer himself and as a head coach. Before coming to FAST in August 2011, Coach Halliburton served as Coordinator of Aquatics/Head Coach for the Rockwood School District for 30 years.  In addition, Coach Halliburton has served as the head swim coach for Saint Louis University since 2000 and as head swim coach for the Missouri Athletic Club since 1999 and for FAST from 2012-17.

Coach Halliburton turned around swim programs at the Rockwood Swim Club, Marquette High School and the Missouri Athletic Club Summer League. His longest tenure was as the head coach of the Rockwood Swim Club, where from 1985 to 2006 he took a program with 38 swimmers and turned it into a national-champion squad comprised of 500 swimmers. Coach Halliburton's Marquette team won three state championships in his last four seasons. In just two seasons with the MAC Summer League team, Halliburton took a team that did not win a meet in 1999 to a conference championship in 2001. He was named U.S. National Team Coach three times and Region 8 Coach of the Year six times. 

Coach Halliburton has coached two world-record holders and 20 swimmers in the Olympic Trials. Two of his swimmers have competed in the Olympic Games. More than 50 swimmers training under him have ranked in the top 16 in the United States in their age group, and eight of them were ranked No. 1.

As a competitor, he was a member of the United States National Team from 1978 to 1982 and was team captain in his final season with the squad. A former American record holder, he was twice ranked No. 1 in the world in the 100-meter butterfly. At Indiana University, he was a seven-time Big Ten champion and broke Mark Spitz's Big Ten record in the 100 fly. He was also a four-time NCAA All-American. Coach Halliburton continues to compete in the pool, most recently turning in 11 record-breaking gold-medal performances at the St. Louis Senior Olympics in 2009. 

Coach Halliburton graduated from Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1982. He is a 1977 graduate of Ladue High School in St. Louis. He and his wife, Joanne, have two children, Kaleigh and T.J.  

 
 
 
 
 

Karen Lebeau

Lead Group Coach & Swim Lesson Coordinator

Coach Karen is the lead group coach for Senior 1 & Senior 2. She is also taken on the responsibility of Swim Lesson Coordinator.

Karen has been on the FAST coaching staff since the spring of 2012 and brings a wealth of knowledge to both the lessons and the swim team programs. 

Karen coached both boys and girls high school swimming at Kempner High School in Sugarland, Texas from 1987-1992. She has also coached summer league swimming from 1985-1996. When she moved to Euless, Texas in 1996 she coached summer league from 1997-1998. Karen has been teaching lessons throughout her entire coaching and swimming career.

E-mail: [email protected]

 
 

Andrew Westerman

Lead Group Coach

Coach Andrew joined the FAST staff in January of 2020.  He serves as the co-lead coach of Age Group 2

Coach Andrew has previously coached with the Rockwood Swim Club, CBC High School, Sunset Country Club and MICDS.

 
 

Austin Mayer

Lead Group Coach - Select

Austin began swimming at the age of six and joined FAST as a swimmer in 2007. Specializing in IM, Fly and Mid Distance Free, Austin swam at numerous higher-level competitions including Zones, Sectionals, NCSAs, and a Grand Prix. Austin also worked as an instructor for the FAST swim lessons program during this time. After his time at FAST, Austin competed at Truman State University for four years, helping the team in scoring points at the GLVC Conference Meet. He graduated from Truman with a major in Statistics and minors in both Actuarial Science and Mathematics.  Austin is currently an assistant coach for St. Louis University under the guidance of Coach Jim Halliburton. Austin has extensive dryland experience which he will be incorporating into workouts for the Select, Senior Select, and National groups.

Austin returns to FAST excited to share his knowledge and experience about the sport with the current swimmers of the team.

E-mail: [email protected]

 
 
 

Tony Hernandez

Co-Lead Coach UMSL Site

Email: [email protected]

 
 

Kale Kirchner

Co-Lead Coach UMSL Site

Email: [email protected]

 

Vera Allman

 

Pattonville Group Coach - Select

Coach Vera began coaching for FAST in June of 2018.  She is the Select Group Coach at our Pattonville Site

Vera has a life long love of swimming, and began swimming competitively at 9 years old. She swam for Carthage College, specializing in 100 and 200 Breaststroke and 400 IM.

A recent graduate with a degree in psychology, Vera is currently pursuing her masters degree in occupational therapy at Washington University.  She is excited to be coaching with FAST!

 

Ryan Dorsey

Pattonville Group Coach - Age Group 2 & Senior 2

Email: [email protected]

 
 

Murphy Kinsella

Pattonville Group Coach - Age Group 1 & Senior 1

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Micah Brown

Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

 
 

Tim Day

Assistant Coach

Coach Tim joined the FAST coaching staff in 2018.  He is an assistant coach with the Senior Group.

Email: [email protected]

 
 
 
 
 
 

Karen Kearney

Co-lead Group Coach, Assistant coach

Coach Karen has the longest tenure of any of the FAST coaches.  She has been a member of our team since 2006.  Karen is a co-lead coach of Space Squad and an assistant coach for Future Flyers. Coach Karen is a valued member of our coaching staff for her wealth of knowledge, 25+ years experience and positive outlook.

 

 

Katie Grogan 

Assistant Coach 

  Coach Katie Grogan originally joined the FAST coaching staff in May of 2013.  She returned in the fall of 2015 after taking some time off for a career change.

Coach Katie graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Communications, with an emphasis in graphic design/photography. She is also earned a Master of Arts from Southeast Missouri State in Education Administration.

A native of St. Louis, Coach Katie grew up swimming for Sugar Creek and MOST as well as at Lutheran South and Webster University.  Katie later decided to explore other states and has taught Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. and in Gainesville, Fla. She was also an assistant coach for the Star Aquatics Swim Team in Winston-Salem and an age group coach for the Gator Swim Club in Gainesville. Katie was also the head coach at Lutheran South High School for a couple of years and used to teach full time for Special School District.

 

Email: [email protected]

 

Rami Hanin

Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

 
 

Murphy Kinsella

Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

 
 

 

Rob Laux

Assistant Coach

Coach Rob joined the FAST coaching staff in 2012.  Prior to joining the FAST coaching staff, Rob coached at Rockwood Swim Club from 1998-2012. During his time at Rockwood he created and developed the National Prep group and assisted with the National Group. Before coaching at Rockwood, he was the head coach at Kirkwood Webster YMCA (KWBY) from 1994-1998. Rob has also coached at Clayton High School (2004-2006 and 2012-2014), Vianney High School (1993), Truman State University (1990-1991), San Luis Hills (1987) and Sunset Hills Swim Team (1988-1989, 1991-1995 and 1998).

Coach Rob coached several Sectional Qualifiers, MO High School State Champions and Junior National Qualifiers. He also assisted with the coaching of Senior National and Olympic Trial swimmers.

Coach Rob will assist as needed with any group throughout the program.

 
 

Casey Schindler

Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

 
 

Molly Dorsey

Junior Coach

Email: [email protected]

 
 

Irma Hrsic

Junior Coach

Email: [email protected]

 
 

Angie Dorsey

FAST Executive Director 

Angie is the FAST Executive Director. She is responsible for day to day management of many aspects of the team including payroll and budget management, pool/facility rentals, and works with Coaches Diana Rosen and Jim Halliburton to plan for the future of the team. 

 
 

Laura Lebeau

FAST Administrative Assistant, Billing Specialist and Meet Director.

Laura is back handling billing questions, managing the FAST rosters, sending out the Monday Note, acting as our meet director and many more behind the scenes duties.

Email: [email protected]