Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Eric Thumma Head Coach

10 Years Experience

Eric Thumma started swimming competitively in Texas and competed throughout high school, in Massachusetts. There he swam in the state meet all 4 years and acting as a high school co-captain his senior year.

Eric went to Grinnell College in Iowa were he competed in the Midwest Conference every year in distance events. His senior year, Eric was elected co-captain of the men’s swim team. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.

Throughout high school and during the summer while he attended college, Eric instructed swimmers. In 2005 he began working at Fluid Mechanic’s swim camp in Pennsylvania, having been familiar with the company as an athlete (read about them here). After graduating from college, he completed Fluid Mechanic’s training program for Aquatic Consultant achieving one of the highest scores in the company’s history in the training exam. As an aquatic consultant he trained swimmers of all ages and abilities in high performance technique, both in one on one and group settings. After consulting with the company for about a year he went on to train other consultants, and was even selected to write their swimming technique books with the president of the company, John Waldman. Even after moving to Washington to be with his family, Eric continued writing for Fluid Mechanics.

Since moving, Eric has trained and coached triathletes (both adults and children) in conjunction with Blue-Fire Fitness and the Snohomish Tri-Club, in addition to working with a group of Storm swimmers in dry-land practices.

Felicity Speirs Assistant Coach

Coach Felicity has been swimming and coaching (substitute and Summer League since 2013) with Storm since she was ten years old when she joined Summer League. Felicity, can’t seem to get away from the pool. Storm is where Felicity got her start which led her to four years as a varsity athlete on the LSHS swim team. Felicity made State all four years as an individual and relay team participant. During her tenure with the LSHS swim team she led the team for two years as one of their co-captains.  

After high school Felicity swam for Millikin University’s NCAA D3 team where she placed as one of the top 16 swimmers in the CCIW conference and was the women’s captain her senior year. Felicity graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Fitness and Recreation with a Minor in Nutrition. While attending college in Decatur, Illinois Felicity was one of the coaches for The YMCA Gators where she experienced a different concept of competitive swimming and hone her coaching skills. Felicity has been a lifeguard for over seven years and is an ASCA level 1 coach.  You will frequently hear Felicity state that she is “excited to return to Storm as a coach and have the opportunity to guide swimmers to become the best athlete they can be as the coaches she had did for her.”

Board of Directors
Jenelle Erickson (President) President
Jennifer Oden (Vice President) Vice President
Cheryl LaFlore (Treasurer) Treasurer
Jennifer Christensen (Admin) Admin
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