Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Zachariah Miller Head Coach - Masters/Seniors
I was born and spent a small part of my childhood on the North Shore of Oahu. It was in Hawaii that I fell in love with swimming. I still remember taking my first swim lessons around 4 or 5 and being able to swim my first day. It was really exciting, but more than anything else, I remember just how good it felt to be able to do something on your first real try. My parents put me on a competition team immediately and my love of swimming only grew from there.
When I was about 8 years old we moved to Utah, where I continued to swim. My first Utah club team that I joined was OTAC with coach Dan Miller. It was with Dan that I continued to improve and get a better understanding of each of the strokes. I then switched teams and swam with Coach Shari Skabelund at UV Rays in Provo when I was 11 years old. It was with Coach Skabelund and UV Rays that I really found my footing. I fell in love with swimming and the opportunities that it provided me to discipline myself by setting and reaching goals. It was through these great coaches and hard work that I was able to set a record at Orem High School in the 200 free (still standing). I was also lucky enough to be a part of 2 record setting relay teams while at Orem with records that still stand. While at Orem High School we got a 2nd place finish as a boys team at the 4A state championships in 2006 and won the state championship in 2007. I was the 4A state champion in the 100 freestyle my Junior and Senior seasons and was the runner up in the 200 freestyle both years. 
Coaching has provided me a way to give back and to share this amazing sport and these awesome learning experiences to the future generations of swimming. Swimming is such a great sport, it provides the swimmers with many tools for their futures. We expect a lot of the swimmers, because we expect a lot from our coaching staff. The coaches are constantly looking for ways to improve our coaching techniques so we can push the swimmers to find their highest potential. There is no greater feeling in coaching than watching a swimmer you've coached for years and have seen grow up, reach their goals. It is all we strive for and will continue to strive for as we move OTAC into the best years it's ever seen!
Alexis Ralph Lead Coach - Silver/Bronze

Alexis Ralph was raised in Bountiful, Utah. Currently she is studying Exercise Science at Utah Valley University. Alexis comes from a deep family of swimmers. After being in gymnastics for 6 years she started swimming competitively at the age of 10. Swimming quickly became her biggest passion and she has loved it every day since. Alexis attended Woods Cross High School where she was the 4- year MVP, broke 3 school records, was the 4-time 200 IM region champion, 8-time individual state medalist, and the 100 breaststroke state champion. She helped lead her team to a 4A state title, and led off the state champion 200 free relay team. She also swam for the Swim Utah club team in Salt Lake City. Alexis started teaching swim lessons in 2011. In 2016 she helped run a private swim school in Seattle, WA. She got her first USA swimming coaching experience as an assistant on her dad's team in Murray, UT. Alexis is a level 2 ASCA coach and loves being able to share her passion with her swimmers.

Michael Henry ll Coach - Gold

I started swimming when I was 5 and haven’t been able to get out of the water since. From the moment I started swimming, I fell in love with it and knew it was my passion. I started swimming for Treehouse Athletic Club before it was eventually taken over by Wasatch Front Fish Market. Growing up, I tried many other sports, such as football and wrestling, but I always came back to swim. I previously coached for Lifetime Fitness’ club team in South Jordan. Coaching provided me with the ability to combine my passion for swimming with my love for working with kids. My experience at Lifetime allowed me to gain my footing as a coach and I am excited to hit the ground running here at OTAC. As a coach, I want to do everything I can to help your children be faster swimmers and better people. My emphasis is on discipline and having a positive attitude; these two things have had a monumental impact on me and have stayed with me every day since my last race and I hope to pass that on.

Emma Hansen Coach - Blue

Emma  is currently a student at BYU, hoping to get into the nursing program. She started swimming when she was about 7 years old and joined OTAC when she was 11. She’s been a coach with OTAC for the last year and a half now, and has also coached the Orem Summer Rec team for the past three years. She loves coaching and seeing her swimmers improve. She has a love for the outdoors, especially hiking and skiing.

Phoenix Peterson Coach - White A & B

Phoenix Peterson was born and raised in Spanish Fork Utah. She is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at BYU. Phoenix started swimming when she was 11 years old and swam for about 7 years. She specialized in butterfly and distance freestyle. She also has experience in open water swimming and she completed the Utah open water triple crown in 2017. Phoenix attended American Leadership Academy and helped the small high school swim team they had grown. Phoenix loves the challenge of swimming and hopes to pass on the life lessons she learned while doing it. 

Jonah Dickerson Coach - White 1, Red
Board of Directors
Aaron Harris President
Constance Christensen Team Administrator
Melinda Trimble Treasurer
Ashley Shumway Registrar
David Sonomura Safety/Officials Chair
Diana Larsen Meet Director