Coaching Staff:

    Carl Jones

    Co-Head Coach - Senior Coach


Carl Jones has enjoyed an extensive career in the sport of swimming, eighteen years in the water as a competitor and seven 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). During the last three years, Carl served as head coach of Prime Aquatics in Maryville TN, 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. 

The learning never stops for Carl, he continues to seek experiences that enhance 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 first year of coaching FAST!

Matt Brauer Co-Head Coach - Age Group Coach

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.

Kristie Luckett Senior and Age Group Coach

Kristie, a native of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, moved to Maryland for her undergraduate and graduate education six years ago. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2016 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Kristie earned a 4-year scholarship to swim for Div 1- UMBC where her primary races were sprint freestyle and breaststroke. She captained the team to two consecutive conference championships during her Junior and Senior years. While at UMBC she also taught swim lessons, swim clinics, and coached the summer swim camps.

Before college she swam competitively for 8 years in Ontario, Canada where she made Senior Nationals and Olympic Trials in the 50 freestyle in her senior year. During her club swimming days, Kristie also helped coach the younger groups at her home club.

In 2017, she received her Masters in Sport Management from Mount St. Mary’s University, where she was also a Graduate Assistant Swim Coach for the Division I swim team there. After graduating she became a manager at Goldfish Swim School, switching her focus to younger swimmers. Kristie has a passion for the sport of swimming and can't wait to share it with future generations of swimmers. 

Outside of the pool she enjoys hiking, golfing, crossfit, and spending time with family. Most recently she found a new passion for surfing! Kristie has been with FAST for 1 year now and is excited to see what year 2 holds! 

Laura Moore Age Group Coach

For Laura, growing up in Virginia on the James River, in a house full of swimmers, life revolved around being in the water. At 7, her first year of competitive swimming, she received the most improved swimmer award. That first recognition of hard work and improvement remains her most treasured award.

With solid, quality coaching from coaches (Gwen Braaten, Terry Laughlin, Stan Bailey, Mark Kutz, Joe Bradford, Dudley Duncan) and continued family support, she placed top 10 in the nation for 11-12 and 13-14 age groups, qualifing for Junior Nationals in 100 and 200 back at 13. She received an athletic scholarship to BYU where she helped her team win the WAC and became an Academic All-American.

Laura started coaching in 2002 under Bob Miller and Taz Greiner at the TJCC, coaching the beginning groups for 5 years as well as their summer league program. Teaching technique and making sure her teaching was efficient became her main focus. (Laura thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1995, Maine to Georgia. One outcome of doing such a long feat, efficiency became a way of life).

Since her time at the TJCC, Laura coached SAAA team Los Tiburones for 3 summer seasons, Tucson Tri-Girls, PRCA High School, founded the Masters team at the NW YMCA and coached there for 4 years, had the honor to instruct a Navy SEAL as well as the PJs at Davis Monthan.

In 2014 Laura founded a nonprofit called Find Your Fins, serving veterans, people with addictions, and people with disabilities, offering free one-on-one swim lessons. Through this nonprofit, Laura has helped open the world of water to almost 100 individuals, personally teaching over 1400 lessons. She is passionate about swimming and the life changing power of being in water.

Laura has a BS in Horticulture/ Sustainable Agriculture. She has a family of 3 kids and a hardworking husband. Laura is in the pool almost daily, feeling the freedom and support of the water, working on her strokes, developing drills, and enjoying life, esp under those beautiful Catalina mountains!

Lina Ortiz Age Group Coach

Lina has been swimming since age seven. In 2013 she joined FAST and has been swimming with them since then. She began teaching swim lessons two years ago, at the age of 16, and started coaching the SAAA team last year. Since then she has been coaching and teaching lessons. The summer of 2018 she began coaching with Blue 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. 

James Yewell Age Group Coach

Born and raised in Tucson, Coach JB began swimming competitively at the age of 6 under the guidance of Coach Chris Harrison, with the SAAA team, Sabino Vista. It was during this time that Coach JB learned the importance of proper technique and form across all four strokes. The lessons learned at a very early age became the foundation of Coach JB’s successful swimming career. To this day, Coach JB can still hear Coach Harrison’s voice when he swims and coaches.

By the age of 10, Coach JB was swimming year-round with Hillenbrand of Tucson (HOT). After moving to Oro Valley in 1993, Coach JB joined Pima Aquatics Club where he swam under Coach Mike Beeson for the next few years eventually finding his way to Coach Chad Riester with Swim Tucson. A proud Canyon Del Oro graduate, JB qualified for State Championships all four years, recording several top 8 finishes and swam the backstroke leg in a medley relay which placed in the top 3. As a USA Swimming athlete, Coach JB was a frequent state qualifier and was fortunate to travel and compete in various regional meets outside of Arizona. 

As a college student, Coach JB remained around pool decks as an instructor and coach. He has always loved developing young swimmers and his passion for the sport has never subsided. As a coach, JB believes that the success of all swimmers starts with proper form and technique; and, with the proper foundation, commitment, and support, all young athletes can reach their true potential and experience great success in and out of the pool.

Coach JB has been married to his high-school sweetheart Robyn for 13 years, she is the REACH teacher at Harelson Elementary School. They have two children, Gavin (11), who is in his third year with FAST and swims in GOLD group, and Vivienne (8), who is a full-time dancer. As a family, the Yewell’s enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and finding something new to try or do in Tucson, which is tough when you’re natives!

Coach JB holds two master’s degrees and is a life-long learner. He is an avid reader and researcher with a goal of learning something new every day. Professionally, Coach JB is a licensed therapist who specializes in working with adolescent and young-adult males who are struggling to overcome mental health and substance use issues. 

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Flying Fish Arizona Swim Team
PO Box 68486,
Oro Valley, AZ 85737