Head Coach - Senior Gold
Coach Yearwood is a Level 5 ASCA Certified Coach with an impressive 35 years of coaching success. Throughout his career, he has produced multiple National Age Group record holders, multiple US National finalists, Peruvian and Canadian National Record holders, multiple Junior National Record holders and Champions, a 2006 Pan American Games swimmer, a 2007 World Championship swimmer, a 2008 Olympian, multiple American Record holders, and state champions and LSC record holders in Texas, Florida, Virginia, and New Jersey. Over the years, he has coached 25 USA Olympic Trials Qualifiers.
Most recently, Coach Yearwood served as Director of Swimming at the JCC Bridgewater Tide swim team in New Jersey. During his tenure, he produced the team’s first Individual State Champion and USA Swimming TOP 10 Nationally-ranked swimmer. His team set 72 team records in Short Course and 82 team records during Long Course season. The team moved from 31st place to 10th place. Prior to the JCC, he served as Head Coach at Lakeside Aquatic Club (Texas), Q.D.D. Swim Team (Virginia), Clearwater Aquatics Team (Florida), and Blue Tide Aquatics (Texas).
Coach Yearwood completed his undergraduate work at the University of South Florida and has post graduate work at the University of South Florida in Education Administration. His professional qualifications have included: ASCA Level 5 Coach, ASCA member for over 20 years, NIKE Swim Advisory Staff, Florida Swimming LSC Board of Directors, Gulf Swimming LSC Board of Directors, and North Texas Swimming LSC Representative. Other items of interest, Coach Yearwood invented a breaststroke that resulted in FINA changing the rules of breaststroke (elbows out of the water) and was a Professional USA High Diver performing at Sea World, Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens and Six Flags of New Jersey.
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 at Whitewater, 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.
the ages of 15-25 years she was a swim Instructor/ lifeguard for
the Fort Atkinson Department of Recreation. She was pool
manager for 3 years. Lauri has coached USS/USA swimming for
14 years in Wisconsin, Illinois, and California, being at RAA
for the past 5 years. She also helped coach in college as a
graduate assistant. For the past 3 years Lauri has been
assistant coach for Martin Luther King High School.
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 her own Learn to Swim program from
home since moving to California in 2003.
of Lauri's training includes; Lifesaving, WSI (Water Safety
Instructor), Adapted Aquatics, ASCA Foundations of Coaching,
Coaches Safety Training, ASCA Stroke School, ASCA nutrition for
swimmers. She is ASCA 1 and 2 certified.
is excited to be a part of RST, to be able to help swimmers achieve
their goals in swimming as well as learning the many valuable life
skills swimming can teach.
Austin M Brown
Head Age Group Coach - Gold
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.
8 & Under
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.