Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Troy Nissen Head Coach- All Groups

Coaching Philosophy:

  • Technique is the top priority to maximizing potential in the water. Reducing drag while maximizing propulsion in the water and fine-tuning the many skills for fast swimming is the key to achieving top speed. Teaching attention to detail is one of Coach Troy's most important missions.

  • Fun with the Process- swimming is a rewarding long-term commitment that is very challenging at times. Learning to have fun with the daily approach is key to success.

  • Goal-Oriented: swimmers should constantly be setting short and long-term goals to stay engaged and break up the process.

  • Teamwork: there is more to swimming than getting a personal best time. When a group of athletes comes together under a unifying mission of pursuing excellence, everyone gets better. Coach Troy works to foster an environment of lifelong teammates.

  • Commitment and Self-Discipline are crucial to finding long-term success in this challenging and rewarding sport!

On Deck:

  • USA Swimming: For over 9 years, Coach Troy has coached athletes of all ages in competitive swimming. From individual Junior Olympic Champions to 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifiers.

  • High School: Over 6 years of experience, 3 as a Head Coach. Several individual CIF Section Champions,  team CIF Champions, CIF State Finalists, and All-American Student-Athletes.

  • Recreational: Coach Troy has more than 5 years of experience teaching athletes to swim all legal competitive strokes. While learning the necessary skills to proceed to the next level of racing, Coach Troy fosters a fun environment for lifelong swimmers and team mates.

  • Masters: Coach Troy has 2+ years running fun and challenging workouts for masters swimmers of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Learn to Swim: From the start of his coaching career, Coach Troy has worked with athletes as young as 3 and as old as 60 years teaching water safety and basic swimming technique. It's never to0 early nor too late to start hopping in!

In the Pool:

  • Consistent National Top-16 ranked swimmer as an age-grouper

  • Former 17-18 Male LSC Record Holder in 100 (SCY) & 200 (SCY + LCM) Breaststroke

  • 3-Time CIF Sectional Individual Champion, 2-Time CIF Sectional Team Champion

  • Junior National and Senior National finalist

  • Olympic Trials Qualifier 2008

  • USA Swimming National Junior Team Member 2006 (Bronze Medal 200 Breaststroke for USA)

  • Formerly World-Ranked 200 Meter Breaststroker

  • 4-Year NCAA Division I Student-Athlete at UC Berkeley (CAL) ('79, '80, '11, '12, '14, '19 NCAA Division I Team Champions)

Mentors:

  • Coach Brian Nabeta (DART Swimming, USAS Silver Medal Club)

  • Nort Thornton (Legendary Collegiate and Internationally Renowned Coach)

  • Mike Bottom (Current Head Coach of University of Michigan Swimming)

  • Dave Durden (Cal Men's Swimming Head Coach, 2020 USA Men's Olympic Head Coach)

  • Greg Meehan (Stanford Women's Swimming Head Coach, 20202 Women's USA Head Coach)

 

 

Casey Glass Human Performance - Head Coach

Coach Casey Glass has spent the last 11 years training Division 1 collegiate athletes from a multitude of sports, Olympians, and military personnel.  Prior to CSA, Casey served as the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Arkansas, where she oversaw the athletic development of the Volleyball, Soccer, Women’s Track, Golf, Women’s Tennis, and Diving teams. 

A native of Texas, Casey attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where she played soccer and served as an intern on the strength and conditioning staff.  Immediately following, she took a job as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Purdue University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Health and Fitness, and worked with Football, Track, Soccer, Volleyball, and Diving. 

In addition to formal education, Casey holds several certifications, including the CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the SCCC from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and the Sport Performance Coach Level 1 from USA Weightlifting.

Many of Coach Glass’s former athletes have gone on to compete at the professional and Olympic level, and she looks forward to helping the next crop of young athletes reach their athletic potential!

Foster Ballard Age Group Coach

Coach Foster Ballard has been competitively swimming for the past 15 years. He began at his local YMCA, then moved to the year round club team a couple years. From there he earned a spot to walk on to Auburn University’s varsity team. After working with coaches like: Lauren Hancock, Sergio Lopez, Tyler Mcgill, Brett Hawke, Gary Taylor, Mike Joyce, and Jeana Kempe; and with more consistent work he began to see some success. After freshman year, he qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. The following years only went up from there. After his four years with the team, Coach Foster was eventually awarded a full athletic scholarship, he was a SEC Championship finalist, NCAA Championship qualifier and top 25 (200 fly), he held the 5th fastest time in Auburn history for the 200 fly, and was a two-time team captain.

 

Coach Foster has been giving back to the swimming community since high school where he began giving swim lessons, he continued to do so throughout his college career. His official coaching experience began in the summer of 2019 where he started coaching with his old club while finishing school in the fall of 2019. Coach Foster recently graduated with a BS in Construction Engineering.

 

 

Coach Foster is originally from Wetumpka, Alabama where he grew up the second of nine siblings. He has lots of experience with kids of all ages and with swimming. He looks forward to working with your kid(s) and helping them grow to love the sport as much as he does.

Peter McVey Volunteer Coach (Athlete Mentor)

Coaching Experience:

Palm Spring Aquatics - Head Coach '08 - '09

Pilot Aquatic Club (Now Tennessee Aquatics) Gold Medal Program: Assistant Age Group Coach - '07

West High School: Head Coach - '07

West High School: Assistant Coach - '05 & '06

University Swim Club: Head Coach - '04 - '07

Personal Swimming Experience:

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - '04 - '07 (Top 10 - NCAA Division 1 Program)

  • NCAA Qualifier 
  • NCAA Academic All-American 
  • SEC Finalist

Professional / Education:

B.S.. in Communications and Business - University of Tennessee 

University of California Riverside - MBA in Entrepreneurial Management

U.S. Naval Officer - 10 years 

Board of Directors
Peter McVey President
Ali Yorra Vice President
Myleen Reyes Treasurer
Lori Conlon Secretary
Shea Hawthorne Member At Large
Leigh Everitt Member at Large
Troy Nissen Member At Large