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Coaching Staff

Ali Figgat - Head Coach

Gold, Silver Groups


Coach Ali started swimming at the age of nine on the county recreation summer, but really started to take swimming seriously as a freshman at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew up. She was voted as team captain for her junior and senior years and led her team to win back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008. She helped set the state record in the 200 Medley Relay swimming the breaststroke leg, and was also honored with the Eric Hoff Memorial Award. She chose not to swim in college, but went on to regret her decision. In 2009 she helped start, and captained, the Master’s Club team at Utah State University. In 2011, she had the opportunity to compete at the Master’s National Championships in Mesa, Arizona where she placed top 5 in all of her events.

Coach Ali has been teaching swim lessons since 2004 and is familiar with both Red Cross and Swim America teaching programs. She was the swimming lessons program director at Stang Aquatics Center from 2011-2012. She officially began her coaching career in 2010 with the Cache Valley Marlins USA swim team and Mountain Crest High School team both located in Hyrum, Utah. The boys’ team won back-to-back state championships both years she coached at Mountain Crest. After graduating from Utah State University in 2012 with a BFA in Graphic Design she moved to Salt Lake City where she started coaching for Swim Utah USA swim team and East High School swim team. The East High boys’ team went from ranking 14th at the state championships the previous year, to placing 4th the year she coached there. She also spent two summers coaching at the Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis Club in Salt Lake City where the team went undefeated, winning the conference championships. Each of these coaching locations has offered Ali the absolute best quality training; she has been closely mentored and taught by level 4 ASCA coaches and had the opportunity to work with many swimmers who have competed at the Western Zone Championships as well as Junior National Championships. Coach Ali started coaching for the Fort Hood Area Dolphins in June 2014 as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach in December 2014. She is excited for the opportunity to grow the program and see improvements in each athlete. Coach Ali believes that “pretty strokes make you pretty fast” and places a large emphasis on swimming with correct stroke technique for maximum efficiency. 

Gabriella Cordero - Assistant Coach
Bronze, Developmental Groups

Coach Gabi began competitively swimming at age eight. At age 13, she qualified for the Speedo Junior National Championship in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the meet and stopped competing at age 14 after undergoing surgery for a liver transplant. Coach Gabi was able to return to competition in college; she swam at Division III level for Montclair State University in 2010 where she competed at the Metropolitan Championships, placing 1st in the 50 freestyle and 4th in the 100 backstroke. In 2011 she transferred to Rutgers University where she placed 1st in the 100 backstroke and repeated her win in the 50 freestyle, simultaneously setting the Rutgers University record for the 50 freestyle. During her junior year of college, she became a mom to her daughter, Liliana, and in 2014 graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Coach Gabi’s coaching career began while she was in college. She coached for Cougar Aquatic Club and the Clifton Seahawks, both located in Northern New Jersey. Many of her swimmers have competed at the Eastern Zone Championships, the Boys and Girls Club National Championships, and many other high-level competitive meets. Coach Gabi says that the best part of coaching is witnessing how far swimmers come from the start to the end of a season, and finds it to be so rewarding to see their successes.

Coaching and Board Member Opportunities

We are a year-round USA swim team of more than 70 swimmers, looking for highly motivated individuals with the desire to maintain our competitive program. The FHD swim team has a volunteer, parent-led Board of Directors. Salary is negotiable and will be dependent on experience and certifications. Coaching position are currently available. Candidates must be current in CPR, First Aid, Coaches Safety Training and havea USA Swimming Background Check. Please send your resume to coach@fhdolphins.com  for consideration. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer or a member of the board, please email board@fhdolphins.com.  


Board of Directors 

President:  Hai Davis

Vice-President:  Alex Kropp

Treasurer:  Francesca Kropp

Meet Coordinator/Registrar:   Pam Knutson 

Secretary:  Michelle Thompson

Webmaster:                            

All board members can be reached at board@fhdolphins.com.

 

Board Positions consist of the following voting members:

  • President:  Running the everyday business of the team.
  • Vice President:  Helping President with the everyday running of the team to include scheduling of team parties and special events.
  • Secretary:  Recording of meeting minutes for the team and membership meetings.
  • Treasurer Collection of the dues and payment of meets; taxes.
  • Meet Manager Registering team members and coaches.  Entering and exporting meet entries for meets.  Keeping team records. 
  • Head Coach (Non-Voting Member)
  • Webmaster (Non-Voting Member)
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