Coaching Staff:

 

 

Carl Jones

Co-Head Coach – Senior & Blue Coach @ OVAC

Email: [email protected]

 

Carl Jones has enjoyed an extensive career in the sport of swimming, eighteen years in the water as a competitor and eight years on deck as a coach.  During his eighteen years of competition Carl worked towards national level status by qualifying for Olympic Trials (08’ & 12’), Senior Nationals, Junior Nationals, and the US Junior Select Camp (pool & open water). After the success of his age group swimming career including multiple top finishes at Senior and Junior Nationals, Carl received an athletic scholarship to compete for the University of Tennessee’s Men’s Swimming team. 

After five years of competition at UT, Carl graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Carl treasures his experiences swimming under the great Todd Stafek, Joe Hendee and Lars Jorgensen, and has been heavily influenced by their work ethic and attitude towards athletes and the sport of swimming. Carl’s own work ethic and aspiration to be the greatest coach he can be has been heavily influenced by these three coaches.

Carl has been an assistant coach in Lexington KY, Macon GA, and Santa Monica CA. During this time as an assistant, he learned how to manage and grow major swim schools, and how to produce the top competitors in every age bracket of our sport (male & female). Carl served as head coach of Prime Aquatics in Maryville TN (16-19), where he grew the competitive team numbers, managed aquatic direction, and successfully launched a thriving home school and after school swim lesson program. Carl’s swimmers have qualified for Senior & Junior Nationals, set Southern California records, recorded T16 National times, and set multiple team records.  Carl has been selected as a North American Challenge Cup assistant coach for Southern California, and has served as the polish national team coach for the 2014 Open Water World Cup. He has helped swimmers achieve athletic scholarship to University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina, University of Wyoming, Wingate University, Davidson, and the list continues. 

The learning never stops for Carl, he continues to seek experiences that enhances his coaching perspective and knowledge of the sport. Because of this growth mindset, Carl has been able to shadow Australian hall of fame coaches Denis Cotterel and Michael Bohl. He has also shadowed US swim legend Brendan Hansen with the Austin Swim club. These experiences have made an impact on how Carl teaches the sport. 

Carl believes swimming to be a microcosm for life and loves to teach his swimmers how to swim fast, but most importantly how to enjoy the journey of self-discovery by facing challenges, dealing with failure, learning and working to produce better results, and how to effectively experience gratification when goals have been met. He feels these tools help his swimmers in the pool and in life. 

Carl enjoys living a healthy lifestyle by swimming and biking outdoors, and loves spending time with his wife Jodie Jones and his dog Finn! 

He is excited to begin his third year of coaching FAST!

 

Matt Brauer

Co-Head Coach – Gold Coach & Senior Assistant @ OVAC

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Coach Matt has been with FAST since the team’s inception. He has been coaching for 12 years.  While with FAST, he has helped to develop a number of talented swimmers to National Rankings.  During his time with his prior team, El Dorado Aquatics Club, he was an assistant coach and was mainly responsible for the younger swimmers. Coming to FAST Matt has been involved in not just Age Group Development, but Senior and Masters training as well.

Matt has coached many high achieving athletes from some age group swimmers that ranked top 16 in the country for their age to seniors that have achieved the Junior and Senior National level.

Matt's competitive swimming began at the age of six with SAAA and later expanded to USA Swimming. Coach Matt’s individual accomplishments as a swimmer include several age group team records, Age Group State Champion in multiple Backstroke events, along with a "High Point" recognition at the age of 12. During his High School career, he continued to swim with USA and achieved his Senior Sectional cuts at the age of 14.

In Addition to all the coaching, Matt served the Town of Oro Valley as a Supervisor and a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.

Away from the water, Coach Matt has also been a “high achiever” in music.  He received a Bachelor's in Music Education major from the University of Arizona. In Elementary school, and High school, Coach Matt won many awards for his music and was featured in his Studio's “Rising Stars” CD playing an extremely difficult piece of Music. In College, he made the Dean's list during a few of the semesters studying, was a section leader of choir, and was Vice President of the collegiate chapter of the American Choral Director's Association.

Coach Matt has a passion for coaching and is enthusiastic every day about seeing the swimmers progress as swimmers and as people. He is very energetic and is always willing to help a swimmer achieve their goals.

 

Tori Gutt

Silver Coach, Senior Assistant & Lesson Administrator @ OVAC

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This is Coach Tori Gutt’s first year with FAST. Prior to joining the FAST coaching staff, Tori spent seven years as the head coach of Ventana Canyon Swim Team here in Tucson. Now that FAST and VC have merged into one team, Tori is excited to work with the current FAST swimmers as well as remain involved with the swimmers she has coached for the past several years at VC. 

Tori grew up in Tucson where her love for the water began at an early age with her participation in SAAA summer league swimming. She later swam for El Dorado Aquatics Club and attended and swam for Catalina Foothills High School. After high school, she swam Division I for the University of Northern Colorado on an athletic scholarship. During her career at UNC, she was team captain both her junior and senior years and achieved both individual and relay school records. She went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and a minor in Spanish. Following her college graduation, she attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where she graduated with a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice before returning to Tucson to lead Ventana Canyon Swim Team. 

Tori began her coaching career where it first started for her—SAAA summer league teams. She worked as both an assistant and a head coach in SAAA before transitioning to her full-time position with Ventana Canyon. During her seven years with VC, she has coached every level within the program and has learned both the wet-side and the dry-side of coaching and managing a team. She roots her swimmers in a strong technical background to prepare them for both speed and success. She strives to develop confident swimmers who want to do their best and be their best. She likes to bring creativity to the workouts, and she wants to keep practices fresh and fun. She thrives in a strong team environment where everyone works together, and the camaraderie and energy are high. Swimming is a team sport, and Tori wants her swimmers to embody that reality and be great teammates with great sportsmanship. Tori’s goal is for her swimmers to find the magic of swimming. She hopes her swimmers dream big, and then set goals to help chase those dreams. Her goal is for her swimmers to appreciate the value and enjoy the fulfillment of hard work, commitment, and dedication and apply that to all areas of life. She wants to create an environment rooted in personal growth to encourage her athletes to reach their highest goals all while becoming the best versions of themselves both inside and outside the pool. Tori enjoys getting to know the person beyond just the swimmer. She believes being on a swim team is not just about swimming—it’s about the life you live while doing it.

When she is not at the pool, Tori enjoys exploring the outdoors and all the hidden gems of Tucson. She feels very lucky to be able to share her passion of the sport with our FAST swimmers.

 

 

Tyler Jones

Senior 1 & Dryland Coach @ OVAC

Email: [email protected] 
 

Tyler Jones is in his first year of coaching. He started in June just after his graduation from University of Cincinnati. He makes up for his limited coaching experience with his long career in competitive swimming. Tyler played multiple sports during middle school and high school but started to focus only on swimming his junior year of high school. That year he qualified for senior sectionals as well as junior nationals, both for the first time. In his senior year of high school, Tyler won the 500y Freestyle at the Washington State Boys High School Championships.

Following high school, Tyler decided to take a gap year before college to increase the interest colleges were showing him. He moved to Santa Monica CA where he trained with World Champion and USA Olympic Team Member, Jordan Wilimovsky. During this year, he had the ability to travel to Australia and train under multiple Hall of Fame coaches, and with Australia Olympic Team members. He finished his gap year with qualifying and competing at the 2016 US Olympic Trials.

Tyler continued his swimming career on athletic scholarship as a student-athlete at University of Cincinnati. During his time at Cincinnati, Tyler posted multiple Top 8 finishes at the American Athletic Conference Championships in his main three events, 500yd Freestyle, 400yd Individual Medley, and the 1650yd Freestyle. In his junior year, Tyler became the AAC 1650yd Freestyle Champion. Along with his individual championship, Tyler helped Cincinnati become the Men’s AAC Team Champions for two consecutive years.

Tyler uses his experience as a swimmer to help his coaching ability. He uses the tactics he liked from the multiple coaches he had throughout his life while also listening and learning more from Coach Carl and Coach Matt.

Tyler enjoys outdoor activities while also enjoying his down time spending it with friends and family.

He is excited to keep progressing as a coach and help the swimmers as much as he can.

 

Lina Ortiz

Flying Fish & Green Coach @ OV-CRC

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Lina has been swimming since age seven. In 2013 she joined FAST and has been with them as a swimmer and now a coach ever since. She began teaching swim lessons four years ago, at the age of 16, and started coaching the SAAA team for three years. Since then, she has been coaching and teaching lessons. The summer of 2018 she began coaching with Green Group and has found a new love for the sport and hopes to continue coaching for a long time. 

Lina is currently attending The University of Arizona and majoring in Biochemistry to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science. After she graduates Lina either wants to be a Forensic Science Technician or go to Pharmacy School. While school is difficult, Lina enjoys coaching because the kids bring a smile to her face. Lina tries to make every day as much fun as she can for the kids while still working on technique. Lina’s goal is to grow as a coach and help the kids grow as swimmers. 

Lina enjoys hanging out with friends, watching TV and listening to music. Lina’s favorite shows are Grey’s Anatomy and Law and Order SVU. Her favorite movies are Stand by Me and The Goonies. 

 

Debbie Roth

Senior 2 & Summer League Coach @ OVAC & OV-CRC

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Coach Debbie started swimming as an Age Group member of the famed George Haines lead Santa Clara Swim Club as an 8 and under and continued swimming through college. She graduated from Portland State University with school records in the 100 Fly and 400 IM, and quickly moved onto coaching.

Her coaching career began in 1980 with the Hillsboro Swim Team in Oregon.  She moved to the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1982 as Swim Lesson Director and Age Group Coach for the next 14 years. 

While at Multnomah, she coached numerous State and Regional Age Group Champions with one 10&under Boy (Brady Childs) earning the number one ranking in the Country in the 200 Freestyle.  Another of her former MAC swimmers (Lauren Thies) represented the United States at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil. 

During this time, she enjoyed numerous nominations for Oregon Swimming’s Age Group Coach of the Year, served on Oregon Swimming’s Technical Planning Committee, served as Oregon Swimming’s Safety Chairman, and was elected to numerous Oregon Zone Team and Camp Staffs.

While living in Maryland, Debbie coached for the Potomac Raiders and guided Anthony Nguyen past 8 of Michael Phelps’ Maryland State Age Group Records and the Number One position in the Nation for IMXtreme in his age group.

She has coached many summer league teams such as the 200 plus member Colony Creek Mariners in Houston, Texas leading them to 3 league championships to the Northwest YMCA for three years leading them to a SAAA championship.

Recently, Coach Debbie along with Coach Elizabeth owned and coached the Tucson Tidal Waves.

Coach Debbie is eager to return to coaching and sharing her love for swimming with little ones that are the future of the sport.

 

 

Nancy Smith

Bronze Coach @ OV-CRC

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Nancy has been a “fish in the water” since the age of four.  She has always been drawn to the water and loves swimming!  Rather funny considering Nancy was born and raised in Phoenix - a Desert!!  She participated in the Phoenix summer swim league during her youth.  Her greatest accomplishment during this time was winning the 25-yard freestyle at the Summer Swim League “Championship” event as a 7-year-old.  Nancy was such an underdog that her coach didn’t even know she was swimming and had NO CLUE that Nancy won.  This left an indelible mark on Nancy and helped formulate the type of Coach that she is today - supportive, caring, inclusive, passionate, and getting the BEST out of each swimmer regardless of ability level.

Despite Nancy’s love for the water, her athletic ability drew her to running - and her True Passion was found. Nancy started running competitively at the age of 9 and has never looked back.  In high school, because cross country was always the same season as swimming, she was not able to compete at the high school level.  Nancy has never stopped swimming - from doing her own workouts, to joining local Masters teams in whatever city she landed - Tucson, San Antonio, Salt Lake City - to name a few, to competing in triathlons.

Professionally, Nancy obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Arizona in 1991.  She then did two residencies and worked in psychiatry for a number of years, academia, NCAA (Drug testing athletes), retail, medical writing, and some research. After almost 30 years in Pharmacy, Nancy self-retired and followed her inner holistic calling - becoming a Reiki Master and starting her own business, Wind Song Healing.  Nancy also started BE THE BEST YOU, a Pharmacy Consulting business and overall health and wellness consultations.

This past school year (2019 - 2020), Nancy was an Assistant Coach for Swim at Ironwood Ridge High School.  What a ride!!  She enjoyed it so much she will be continuing coaching into the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Given Nancy’s extensive background in athletics, medicine, psychiatry, and holistic healing, she is super excited to be part of the FAST Coaching Family and being able to engage and motivate and mentor future generations.

 

 
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