Coaches in the Swim Speed Secrets program are certified to teach the critical elements related to propulsive swimming. At just over 5' 2", Sheila Taormina refined her freestyle technique to win a swimming gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and the 2004 ITU triathlon world championship. She believes elite skills can be learned if taught properly by dedicated, educated coaches.

Coaches certified in Swim Speed Secrets fundamentals understand and coach the following:

   Details of the propulsive underwater pull

   Correct freestyle stroke timing – where in the stroke cycle the arms pass by each other

   Overwater recovery phase of the stroke

   Core movement, rotation, and balance

   Kicking technique + 6-beat kick timing to maximize the kick’s propulsive effectiveness in the stroke

   How to gather and utilize stroke data as a coaching tool

   Hand Speed Change

   Correct Halo tubing technique

IN ADDITION, STARTING ON JANUARY 1, 2018 all Swim Speed Secrets certified coaches are trained & licensed on the patent-pending STGRID(TM) system. (A maximum of two coaches per state, and one coach per country outside the US, will be certified)


Swim Speed Secrets/STGRID(TM) coaches by state:

Delaware:  1. Marc Mest

Georgia:  1. Tri Coach Georgia team

Massachusettes:  1. Dave Lyons

Michigan:  1. Kathy Coffin-Sheard

New Jersey:  1. Lorrie Beck

New York:  1. Sam Sampere  2. Jeff Rochford

North Carolina:  1. Sami Winter

Texas:  1. Cristina Caldwell

Virginia:  1. Sierra Huber


International Swim Speed Secrets/STGRID(TM) Coaches: 

Ireland:  Maxine Strain