Austin Brown is a home grown Redlands swimmer, representing RST since the age of 5. He worked his way through the age group ranks and eventually achieved his goal of competing in the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Trials.
He attended Redlands High where he swam 4 years of varsity, achieving All-American status each year and winning 2 CIF titles.
Austin majored in Legal Studies while attending UC Berkeley, swam varsity for the Bears each of the 4 years and is ranked top-10 on CAL's all-time list in the 100/200 fly. During that time he was a 3-time NCAA D1 Championship qualifier, 2-time D1 Team National Champion and helped the Bears snap Stanford's 31 year win streak by taking the 2013 PAC 12 Championships.
After graduation, Austin returned to Redlands and began coaching for RST. He is passionate about sharing his love of this sport and is dedicated to continuing RST’s tradition of producing some of the best swimmers not only in California but in the nation.
Lauri A Jones
Senior Silver, ASCA 4
Coach Lauri has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 10.
Originally from Wisconsin, she swam varsity 4 years, holding
high school records in backstroke and relays. Upon graduation
she attended the University of Wisconsin where she held school
records in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, as well as in the medley
and free relays. In 1985 she qualified for the NCAA National
Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Lauri has coached USS/USA swimming for over 17 years in Wisconsin,
Illinois, and California. Lauri was assistant coach at Martin
Luther King High School in Riverside for 4 years and is currently
coaching Redlands High School Swim.
In college Lauri majored in Social work and minored in psychology
and coaching. Classes included Coaching Competitive Swimming, and
Organization and Administration of Interscholastic Athletics.
Lauri has also operated Learn to swim programs in Wisconsin,
Riverside, and Redlands.
Lauri enjoys being able to facilitate the growth of young people,
not only through athletic advancement, but also through opportunity
afforded by the many valuable life lessons learned through
Perfection is unattainable… But if we chase perfection
we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi
Coach Jeff was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois. At Naperville Central High school, he led his team to two state championships, a handful of runner up finishes and a state record his senior year. After 18 years in harsh winters, he looked to go out west for school and to continue his swimming career. He found a home at University of Redlands where he majored in Communicative Disorders, minored in Physical Education all while getting his K-6 teaching credentialing courses completed.
As a Bulldog, he excelled in the pool winning three consecutive NCAA Division III national championships in the 200 IM. He finished his career with seven school records and 16 All-American honors. His favorite memory is helping his team to a 5th place overall in 2012 at the NCAA Championships. Upon graduating from the University of Redlands, Jeff was awarded senior SCIAC (Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference) Athlete of the Year, as well as the Frank Serrao Student-Athlete of the Year. At the USA Swimming level, he swam the 200 IM in the 2013 US Open and 200 fly at the 2014 USA Summer Nationals.
He hopes to continue his success as a coach for RST by helping swimmers achieve their goals and become passionate about the sport.
Coach Natalie started her competitive swimming career at RAA. She was a four-year varsity athlete in high school – competing in both swimming and water polo. Natalie brings 7 years of experience in private and group swim lessons at a variety of ages and levels.
Currently, Natalie is an Exercise Science major at CSU San Bernardino. She would like to help RST swimmers reach their health and fitness goals.
Age Group Gold
Whether competing, coaching or supporting, Nolan Brown has been on an RST deck in some capacity for the last 20 years. He began his "life aquatic" in the RST Learn To Swim program and never looked back. Age group led to Senior level and finally his first US Open cut at the age of 15. During his 4 years of swimming for Redlands High, he collected 3 CIF titles, 9 CBL titles and All-American status each year. He attended Arizona State University as a freshman and transferred to California Baptist University his sophomore year. During his athletic career at CBU, he won several conference titles and achieved All-American status by placing 4th in the 200 back at NCAAs. Nolan is majoring in Kinesiology with a sports management emphasis and will be graduating in early summer 2016. He has been subbing for our coaching staff since early 2014 and is excited about the opportunity to share his love for the sport with his athletes, while continuing to uphold the traditions and class that define RST.
Favorite swim moment: Competing against his brother Austin Brown at the PAC-12 Championship in 2012.
Bet You Didn't Know Fact: A knee injury that sidelined his swimming career for several months eventually led to his interest in Kinesiology.
Age Group Coach - Lead Coach
Jamie has been coaching competitive swimming since 1996. In that time, he has produced several Age-Group and Junior Olympic champions, Southern California Top 16 Swimmers, and National Age Group Top 16 Swimmers. Jamie received the ASCA Southern California Swimming Eastern Section Coach of the Year honor in 2011 and was awarded the RST Kaitlyn Pham Sportsmanship Award in 2013. His top three priorities as a coach are: 1) Fun and love of swimming, 2) excellent technique, and 3) life-long health and fitness.
As an athlete, Jamie was named Long Beach Moore League Swimmer of the Year in 1991. He was also inducted into the City of Lakewood Hall of Fame for Swimming and Water Polo. He began age group swimming at the age of six and has been involved in the sport ever since!
Jamie graduated with a B.A. in English from UC Riverside in 1995. He received a M.S. in Education from Cal Baptist in 1999 and an Administrative Services Tier II Credential from the University of Redlands in 2009. He has been fortunate to spend his career in education since 1995.
Jamie is proud to be part of the strong tradition of swimming at Redlands Swim Team since 2005.
Age Group Coach
Coach Heidi joined the RST coaching ranks in 2012. She has coached the 8 & Unders as well as Learn-to-Swim. Coach Heidi is a home-grown RST product. She started swimming at the age of 5 and represented Redlands High School for 4 years as a varsity swimmer. Currently, she is matriculated at Cal State San Bernardino in the Business and Network Security program.
Most Memorable Swim Experience: When I was ten I made it to JO’s for the fist time in the 200 Free. Two weeks before race day, I caught pneumonia. I still went for the experience, came in dead last, added a ton of time, and probably got lapped three times at least.
Most Memorable Coaching Experience: Camp Ooele’Elee has always been my favorite. I love seeing kids meeting our seniors and I love their energy outside the pool.
Biggest Influence: Coach Michelle will always be my biggest inspiration- she’s the one who got me started and showed me the ropes till I was confident enough to go on my own.
Favorite Pre-race food: Unsalted peanut butter pretzels and wheat thins.
Favorite Pre-race song: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk, Rock this Town- Stray Cats
Words of Wisdom: Find something you love and throw all your effort into it. Whatever you end up doing, do the best you can because greatness is a bunch of little things repeatedly done well.
Age Group Coach
Coach Kyndal is back at RST where she started her competitive swimming career at the age of 6. As a high school student at Yucaipa and Redlands High Schools, she was a four-year varsity letter winner. After graduating from RHS, she continued her swimming career at California Baptist University. She represented CBU for four years in the pool specializing in 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Highlights of her college career include RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) pool and conference records in the 200 fly. At the NCAA Div II championships in 2015, Kyndal qualified in the 100 Fly, 200 Fly (14th overall). and 800 Free Relay. Over her collegiate career, she was named an All-American in both the 200 Butterfly and the 400 Medley Relay.
Kyndal graduated from CBU in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and a minor in Business Administration.
Age Group Coach
Coach Megan began competitively swimming in club when she was 8 years old at Moreno Valley Aquatics. During her high school years, she went on to compete for RAA. She currently attends Riverside City College and represents the Tigers in the pool.
Megan’s coaching career began during her time at RAA when she volunteered for her coach assisting with the younger swimmers. During her high school years, Megan taught swim lessons under the guidance of her coach, and progressed to private swim instructor for the club. Megan found she had as much passion for teaching as she did for swimming herself. She has continued to teach and coach throughout her competitive career. Megan joined RST as a Learn-to-Swim instructor after three seasons of RAA’s Summer League coaching and several years as a private lesson instructor.
Megan is excited to be a part of Redlands Swim Team and looks forward to sharing her love of the sport of swimming.