Olympic Coach Brian Schrader Heads New World-Class Swimming Facility FAST

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Coach Brian Schrader heads Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST) at an elite facility opening March 2022 in Ocala, Florida. As head coach Schrader is responsible for all operations while coaching swimmers.

Brian drops in on the SwimSwam Podcast to unpack the details behind this brand-new facility. He, of course, has a long resume, having coached along side our sport’s greats, include Eddie Reese, Jack Bauerle, and Gregg Troy to name a few. Brian’s the current Lead Assistance Coach for ISL’s powerhouse franchise, the Cali Condors.

Brian, always forward-thinking, is excited about building FAST into an epicenter of swimming excellence. At his back he has indoor and outdoor pools to maximize space and allow warm-up and cool-down swims during meets. The natatorium also features an indoor 10-lane 50-meter/25-yard Olympic competition pool, deck space for up to 800 swimmers, and over 2,000 spectator seats. The Myrtha Pools 2020 Olympic Trials warm-up pool will be the outdoor competition pool. The 7- lane 50-meter/25-yard/25-meter competition pool will provide swimmers the opportunity to train like champions. The outdoor pool offers 700 fixed bleacher seats with additional viewing from the second floor covered viewing area. A splash pool with lounge seating and shade is available for younger swimmers. The facility will also house an indoor dryland fitness center, state-of-the art scoreboards, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and community meeting spaces.

Brian said: ”I am thrilled to join the Circle Square Foundation and their commitment to building the United States’ newest world-class aquatic center in Ocala, Florida. I want to thank them for supporting the community as well as the world of high-performance swimming. I could not be more excited about this opportunity and look forward to developing and leading programs to support the vision of FAST. I am eager to start with the mission of providing free swimming lessons for all third graders, developing age group swimmers into great people and better swimmers, and facilitating high-performance training and elite athlete support.”

FAST is located within the master-planned community of Calesa Township in Ocala, Florida, and will be open to all swimmers in March 2022.

Visit FloridaFAST.com to see more details, and follow them on social media — @swimfloridafast.

FAST is a SwimSwam partner.


Music: Otis McDonald


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3 months ago

Which Olympian did he coach?

3 months ago

O the illustrious history of Fullerton Aquatic Swim Team…

3 months ago

Does he need any good asst coaches? I have one in mind. Olympic experience included.

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3 months ago

I think Troy is going to assist Brian….that is what I heard

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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