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(Teaching the right skills at the right time)
Coach Derek Shipp joined the FAST coaching staff in April 2012. He is the primary coach for the 11-12 swimmers
in the Flight School and Rocketeers groups. Coach Shipp started his coaching career as an assistant coach for
Swim Atlanta in Roswell, GA and was the head age group coach for the Old Dominion Aquatic Club in Norfolk, VA
from 1994-2001. Shipp coached for the Kansas City Blazers (KCB) from 2001-2011. He is a 1990 graduate of the
University of Georgia where he swam for four years and finished as a team captain. Shipp has 20+ years of
coaching experience that spans every level from the novice age group swimmer to the national group swimmer
to the adult master’s swimmer. He recognized by ASCA in 1997 for Excellence in the Teaching of Stroke
Technique and received the Councilman Creative Coaching Award from ASCA in 2009. He is a certified ASCA Level
3 Age Group coach.