STEVE VANDERHOOF

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Head 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. 

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.

Kelley Cullen

Assistant Age Group Coach

Kelley grew up in Spokane, Washington with 8 brothers and sisters.  Growing up she swam competitively at a regional and national level.  After high school swimming ended, Kelley took a different path and moved on to run cross-country, indoor track, & outdoor track for Montana State University, where she was a team captain.  Upon receiving a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, Kelley moved to the Roaring Fork Valley with her twin sister, where she began her teaching career and in her spare time raced as a professional mountain biker and Xterra off-road triathlete. 

 

Kelley is currently the fitness coordinator at the Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club, where she also spends time as a personal trainer, a group fitness instructor, and a comprehensive Pilates Reformer instructor.  Kelley has enjoyed taking an active role in her kids' soccer teams and their Buddy Werner ski racing program.  Kelley lives with her family (Josh, Ashely and Brodie) in New Castle.  The family enjoys skiing, swimming, camping, riding bikes, and many other outside activities as well as music. 

 

"My passion lies in working with people of all ages- promoting physical well-being, positivity, enthusiasm, and happiness!"

Becky Joslin

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Masters Coach

Becky learned to swim as a toddler when her family moved into a house that had a pool.  Her grandfather insisted that she and her brother learn to swim.  She swam in her first swim meet at 3 years old and was hooked!  She swam for the local USA Swimming Club Team and for her high school team.  After moving to Colorado and starting a family, Becky got back into swimming about 4 years ago when she joined the Team Sopris Masters Team.  She has recently taken over as head coach of the Team Sopris Masters team and helps Sopris Head Coach Steve Vanderhoof oversee the Girls and Boys Glenwood Springs High School Swim Teams.  Becky brings great enthusiasm to her teams.