STEVE VANDERHOOF

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Lead Coach

Coach Steve was an original member of the Glenwood Springs Barracuda Swim Team in 1970. After years of age group, Jr. /Sr., and college swimming, Steve continues to swim regularly today. He was the head coach for the Barracudas during college, when our team was a summer-only club.

 

After years in business and raising a family, Steve has returned to coaching as an ASCA Level II coach.  Along with his current Team Sopris age group duties, he is also the Glenwood Springs High School swim coach. With years of competitive swimming, distance/adventure running, triathlons, along with being a devoted Crossfit exerciser, coach Steve brings a passion for training to the team.  He understands the physical and mental benefits of exercise.

BOB BRANDEN

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Assistant Coach

Coach Bob was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he was as an age group swimmer for the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins. Bob enjoyed childhood success with swimming and at age twelve won events at the National Junior Olympics, and becoming one of the fastest twelve-year-olds in the country that year. 

 

In high school, Bob was in the top five in the country, placing second in the 200 IM at state behind the national record setter. Bob attended college at Southern Methodist University. While swimming for SMU, the team placed second at NCAA’s his senior year.  

 

His coaching experience includes: SMU graduate assistant coach from 1982-83, Mustang Swim Club Coach from 1983-1993, Lone Star Masters Coach from 1988-1997, and most recently, the Avon Recreation Center Coach from 1997-2004. 

RYAN FULTON

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Assistant Coach

More information on Coach Ryan coming soon!

TAYLOR KIDD

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Masters Coach

Coach Taylor started swimming competitively at 8-years-old in Phoenix, Arizona, where she often swam 200 butterflys in practice in exchange for boxes of cookies. When her family relocated to Grand Junction, Colorado a few years later, she continued swimming with Maverick Aquatics, often making her way to Glenwood Springs for meets and swim camps. 

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Taylor graduated from Grand Junction High School in 2015 as a Scholastic All-American and having broken several school records (one of which her younger sister broke last year). Taylor swam at the University of South Dakota, helping to set three school records, topping the program’s All Time Top 10 list in numerous events, and swimming undefeated in her senior dual-meet season. After graduating from college in 2019, she moved to Glenwood Springs to begin communications work for a local non-profit. She continues to be involved in the swimming community through coaching.

GRIFFIN DAY

Assistant Coach

Griffin has been an assistant coach for our team since December of 2019. Griffin swam competitively in Lincoln, Nebraska through high school with experience competing at the junior national level at the junior national level.

 

Outside of the pool, Griffin is the regional manager at a nonprofit in Glenwood Springs where he helps people with disabilities overcome their obstacles. His favorite stroke is butterfly and enjoys cycling, trail running, and back country skiing in his free time.

WYATT JAGER

Assistant Coach

 Wyatt has been involved in swimming his whole life as a competitor and now as a coach. During high school Wyatt was the Idaho state record holder in the 50 and 100 free. He competed three seasons on the Varsity Men’s Swim Team at The Ohio State University, achieving best times every year. 

 

Wyatt enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport with the next generation of swimmers. Wyatt also brings significant experience in the weight room and swimming specific dryland workouts to the team.   A

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