Our Fantastic Staff
"I believe this is the best staff you'll find anywhere" - Russ
Owner, Russ Marsh is back to what he
loves . . . . teaching kids how to be safe and how to love the water. Russ has been involved with the swimming world for almost 50 years and has been teaching & coaching kids for over 40 years. He has coached at every level from 2-year-old beginners to an Olympic finalist. Russ is a lifetime member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, a longtime member of USA Swimming & is a former world record holder as a member of U.S. Masters Swimming.
He started the ROCK Swim Team. Before starting Smilefish he was the GM of the largest swim school in Colorado.
If you are coming from the rec center lessons program you may know Beth. She has been one of the best swimming instructors in the area for many years. Russ & Beth got to know each other when her now married daughter swam for Russ at ROCK Swimming when she was 7. Beth's other big involvement in the local swiming world is that during the summer she's in charge of the Cruisers Swim Team. We're very excited to have her as part of our team.
David is a local guy, graduating from Douglas County HS. He has been working for the CR Rec Center for over a decade. David started swimming when he was very young. He swam competitively on the CR Cruisers & DCHS Boys swim teams. Since graduating from high school he has been on the CR Cruisers coaching staff. He also coaches the winter program for the Cruisers. He is working on receiving a degree in Human Resource Management. Lesson parents have referred David's teaching style as "fun".
Becca has been in Douglas County most of her life. She graduated from Douglas County High School in 2012. She then attended Miami University where she received two degrees in just four years - International Studies & Latin American Studies. She is now getting her Masters & intends to become an elementary school teacher. Becca swam competitively from 2nd grade through high school. She has coached with the Castle Pines Village Summer Club Team several times. Becca too came incredibly highly recommended & most emails concerning her include the work "amazing".
Kat is a local girl that attended Douglas County High School. She started swimming competitively when she was 10 years old and finished her competitive years as a member of the D.C.H.S. swim team. She has been coaching the local summer club team (the Cruisers) for the past two years and has been teaching swimming for three years. She was married in September and had an exciting honeymoon when they were evacuated by the US Navy because of the impending hurricane. We received raving emails about Kat after her first day in the pool.
Russ has known Kathryn since she was a cute, little 7 year old on the ROCK Swim Team. She is Beth's daughter. She swam on the team for several years and finished her competitive swimming years as a member of the Douglas County High School swim team. Kathryn has been teaching swimming since 2006 & briefly ran a swim lesson program at a community pool. She also spent a few years working for her mother as a coach of the local summer club team. She now spends much of her time caring for a baby boy.
Not all of these instructors are with us all of the time. Several of them come and go as their schedule allows.