Coaches

Coaching Staff
Alex Nowjack Head Coach

Head Coach:  Alex Nowjack - Alex began coaching in Utah several years ago, where he was the assistant coach at Timpanogos High School.  A year later he was the assistant coach at Provo High School.   Shortly after graduating college, he was mentored by Carolyn Ackerely at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Club.  Over the past two years, Alex has been the Head Age Group Coach with the University Place Aquatic Club, during which University Place placed Top 8 in PNS Championships and Age Group Regionals.  While coaching at University Place, he was also the assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound.  Alex has qualified swimmers for PNS Championships, Age Group Regionals, and Western Zones.  Alex has a deep passion for working with kids of all ages to help them reach their fullest potential.  His coaching philosophy focuses on always striving to be better, with particular attention to technical proficiency, hard work, and integrity.

Wendy Neely Head Age Group Coach

Head Age Group Coach: Wendy Neely - Wendy has been coaching competitive swimming for over 20 years and has been the head swim coach and developer of the largest Masters Swim Team in the State of WA, Blue Wave Aquatics. She won PNA Coach of the Year in 2017 and received the United States Swimming Kerri O’Brien “Visionary” Award in 2010. Recently, Wendy has put her coaching skills to a test by earning 200HR KRI Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Certification specializing in fear, anger, anxiety and addictive behaviors. This training has expanded into a lifestyle coaching called Soul Swimming working from the inside out. Previously, Wendy has been the head coach for the Thomas Jefferson High School Girls and Boys swim teams, winning a State Championship with the boys’ team and Academic State Championship for both boys and girls teams multiple years.  She is beginning her 6th year with FAST.  Last season as head coach, she led 25 swimmers to PNS Championships, 5 swimmers to Regional time cuts, and 5 swimmers to Wester Zone time cuts.  Her constant attention to detail, focus on training effectively and racing with passion led to an outstanding finish to both our short course and long course championship seasons. 

Kai Haven Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach: Kai Haven - Kai has just graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education. While at UPS she was on the varsity swim team for all four years and was honored to be a captain of the women’s team for the last two years. Her main events were sprint freestyle and butterfly. She is now continuing her education in the Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of Puget Sound. She grew up in Seattle, WA and loves the outdoors. She has coached a summer swim league in Seattle for the past 5 years working with the swimmers ages 4 through 18. Kai shares the spirit of community, inclusion, and the importance of swimming with heart as a coach.

Matt Sellman Owner/President

Owner:  Matt Sellman - Matt has been a Collegiate Head Coach and Aquatics Director for over 20 years. The last 11 years he has been the Head Coach for Pacific Lutheran University as well as Director of Aquatics. Matt is a graduate of PLU and earned his Masters in Education from University of Findlay. Matt is a Level 4 American Swim Coach (American Swimming Coaches Association).  A 4 x ASCA Award of Excellence in Coaching (2009, 2010, 2018, 2019) and 10 x Conference Coach of the Year (’03, ’06, ’08, ’09, ’10, 1st NWC coach to earn 4 in a row: ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16) are among many of his accomplishments. He is the proud parent of three children; two of that participate on the swim team.