top of page

Coaches and Staff

Joe Keller

Joe Keller

Head Coach

Coach Keller, a distinguished figure in the swimming community hailing from Petersburg, Indiana, boasts a rich background, from excelling at Ball State University to achieving coaching success at Northridge High School and NASA, culminating in his role as Head Coach at FAST and Fishers High School in 2017.

Alec Haley

Alec Haley

Head Coach, National

Embark on Alec's aquatic journey, initiated at the tender age of 6 with the Carmel Swim Club, where he contributed to multiple state championship teams, leading to pivotal roles in high school and university triumphs, and ultimately, a distinguished coaching career with FAST, marked by accolades such as the 2013 Indiana Swimming's Age Group Coach of the Year.

Steve Sanchez

Steve Sanchez

Head Age Group Coach, Elite/Tiger Pride

Embarking on his swimming journey at the age of 8, Steve Sanchez, under the guidance of Craig Carson and Ray Mitchell, achieved national recognition before transitioning seamlessly into coaching, where his dedication to age group swimming at FAST has resulted in consistent Top 8 rankings in both the state and zone, earning him the title of Indiana Developmental Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2019.

Garland Wilson

Garland Wilson

College Prep/Lessons/PT Coord./Elite

Embarking on her aquatic journey from St. Louis, Missouri to collegiate success at the University of Texas and Indiana University, Garland seamlessly transitioned from an illustrious swimming career, representing the US National Team, to coaching triumphs at Eastern Michigan, Villanova, and the University of Iowa, and has been a key figure in the FAST coaching staff since 2012.

Kris Keller

Kris Keller

Emerging Elite/Tiger Pride

Embarking on his competitive swimming journey from Northridge High School to Anderson University, Kris seamlessly transitioned from a multi-sport background to a standout career in the pool, where he currently holds two school records in the 400 IM and 400 Free Relay, showcasing his dedication to the sport and his passion for business and sports.

Jeanine Surfus

Jeanine Surfus

Excel/Tiger Stripes/TC1

Hailing from Muncie, IN, Jeanine's coaching journey spans from introducing USA Swimming to Palmyra Aquatic Club in Pennsylvania, shaping swimmers at the Hershey Aquatic Club, contributing to the nationally ranked Machine Aquatic Club in Maryland, and coaching at Zionsville Swim Club and Zionsville High School in Indiana, showcasing her dedication to developing swimmers at all levels.

Brett Riley

Brett Riley

Adult Lap Swim/Tiger 3/Excel

Originating from Sarasota, Florida, Brett's swimming journey, marked by triumphs at Riverview High School and Purdue University, showcases his prowess in the pool, including scoring in three events at the Big Ten Championships, underlining his commitment to excellence in swimming and passion for exploration beyond the waters.

Tamisa Lush

Tamisa Lush

Tiger Cubs 2

Embarking on her fourth year with the FAST coaching staff, Coach Tamisa brings a wealth of competitive swimming experience, ignited at the age of 5, as a proud member of the Yorktown Tigers high school team and year-round participant with the YMCA and Nassau summer club, complemented by a distinguished coaching career at Carmel Swim Club, marked by her dedication to swimmers' success and numerous accolades.

Ralph Thielking

Ralph Thielking

Meet Director/Tiger Cubs 3

Coach Ralph, with an illustrious swimming background representing the OB Aquatic Club, Connersville High School, and the University of Missouri-Rolla, brings a wealth of leadership experience as a former two-year captain at both the high school and collegiate levels, showcasing a commitment to success both in the pool and on the coaching deck with the FAST team since 2006.

Tyler Richmond

Tyler Richmond

Tiger 1

Tyler, a dedicated swimming enthusiast since 2011, brings a wealth of experience from six years with FAST and four years on the Fishers High School varsity team, culminating in his collegiate journey at Wabash College, where he swam under the mentorship of Brent Noble and Will Burnthart, and he's excited to channel his passion for the sport into coaching with FAST in 2021.

Ellen Fero

Ellen Fero

Tiger 2/Tiger Cubs 2

Coach Ellen, a proud native of Fishers, IN, and a seasoned swimmer since the age of 8 with FAST, boasts a remarkable aquatic journey, leaving an indelible mark at Fishers High School, earning a spot in the FHS Hall of Fame eight times, and holding the 200 Freestyle Relay record from 2017 to 2022, and she continues to passionately contribute to the swimming community as she pursues a coaching career alongside her studies at Ivy Tech.

Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson

Tiger Cubs 3

Starting her swimming career in Terre Haute and then moving to the Philadelphia area at Germantown Academy, Emily earned numerous awards in the pool, that transitioned to a successful career at DePauw University! Emily graduated "Cum Laude" from DePauw with a degree in Communications and currently works also as a Health Care Recruiter.

Cat Sehr

Cat Sehr

Tiger Cubs 1/Tiger 1

Cat started swimming as an 8 & under and competed all the way up through high school, competing at the state meet and holding a record that stood for 20 years! She then went on to compete in college at Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2016 she started the Kokomo YMCA team and was there until she joined the Fishers YMCA staff in 2022!

Eric Hudson

Eric Hudson

SwimStrong Owner/Founder

Owner/Founder of SwimStrong Dryland, Eric graduated from Purdue University with a degree in exercise science. This is his passion and expertise, and with the sole focus being on SwimStrong Dryland, he continues to fine tune his skills and hunger to deliver the best world-class dryland program on the market. His 12 years of swim-specific experience uniquely positions him to help athletes reach goals they once thought impossible.

Eric lives in Miami, where he treasures spending time with his beautiful wife, Julia. In addition to SwimStrong Dryland, he enjoys traveling, hiking, sports, working out, reading, and watching great movies. He also enjoys visiting and spending time with his family members from the Midwest.

bottom of page