Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Coach Nick.

Coaching Staff

Nick Frasersmith

Head Coach-Senior Group Coach


Nick Frasersmith - Nick's coaching career started in the early 1980'scoaching in a summer club league for seven years and a graduate assistant coach for Metropolitan State College for one year,  In 1988, Nick founded Riptide Aquatics and worked as head coach until 1993.  He helped form the Colorado Stars in the fall of 1999 and was head coach through October 2008.  While Head Coach of the Colorado Stars, Nick lead the team to seven Short Course and five Long Course State Championships.

Nick has been a member of the 21 time State Champion and four time NISCA National Champion Regis Jesuit Boys High School coaching staff as an assistant since 1985, taking on the Head Coach position in 2013.  Nick has been the Head Coach for the four time State and one time Independent School NISCA National Champion Regis Jesuit Girls team from 2003 to the present.  Nick was selected as the National Girls High School Coach of the Year in 2013 and the Denver Post Colorado High School Girls Coach of the Year in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In 2009, Nick started Denver Swim Academy with Carla Andrews and Chris Koerber.  Over the years, Nick has coached Junior National Champions, State Champions, Swimmers of the Year, Junior National and Senior National qualifiers, along with Olympic Trial qualifiers.  He has coached USA National Junior Team members as well as several National Select swimmers.

His philosophy for a successful swimmer is the combination of sound technique, hard swimming, and a good social environment. Swimming is FUN!!

Chris Koerber

Head Age Group Coach - White/Blue Groups


Chris Koerber – Chris has over 20 years of coaching experience with a few teams in Colorado, but has definitely found a comfortable home the past 8 years with Denver Swim Academy. He appreciates the DSA coaching staff's commitment and dedication to their swimmers and the sport. He is also a firm believer in the team's philosophy of stressing quality fundamentals and practice habits at an early age.  This approach, as he says, will help with short-term success but more importantly, long-term growth.  Chris also enjoys the team building atmosphere and positive learning environment that has been established at DSA.

Chris admits that he' s been fortunate to have coached some very talented and special athletes, including many State Champions and Zone finalists.  In 2004, 2012, and 2014 he was honored by his peers as Colorado Age Group Coach of the Year.

Kelsey Ida

Black Group Coach


A native to Colorado Swimming, Coach Kelsey Ida returns as an assistant coach with Denver Swim Academy this year. From 2006 to 2010, Ida swam for the University of Nebraska, training as a backstroke specialist under Olympic gold medalist Pablo Morales.  She also competed for Oxford University and was member of the 2012 Cross-Channel team.   Ida has coached nearly 300 developmental and age-group swimmers in her career, stressing technique and stroke efficiency.  She was recently named a 2015 Fellow of the American Swim Coaches Association, and is a recipient of the 2015 Doc Counsilman Creative Coaching Award. In addition to her time at the pool, Ida works as a consultant in international development & humanitarian relief.

Kevan Valenzuela

Silver Group Coach


Kevan is from the Imperial Valley, California. Kevan started coaching in May of 2010 for Imperial Valley Desert Aquatic (IVDA) for whom he swam with throughout high school. For the past 2 years Kevan was Head Site Coach at IVDA Holtville satellite program. During the summer Kevan has run Summer Recreation Swim Programs in Calipatria (’12 &’13) and Holtville (‘14). Each of these had 40-50 swimmers varying in ability. During the summer of  '14, Kevan acted as Interim Head Coach for IVDA. 

Kevan has a strong passion for swimming and believes in technique and high effort as the platforms for long term success. He has coached all levels of swimming from swim lessons to Jr. National Qualifiers.

Kelly Naze

Assistant Coach - White & Blue Groups


Kelly grew up swimming in Colorado, learning at a young age under the guidance of Coach Chris and then Coach Nick.  From 2012 to 2016, Kelly swam at UC Berkeley with the Golden Bears.  During her time at Cal, Kelly was a point scorer in the 400IM for the 2015 NCAA Championship team.  In 2016, she was named captain and became a two time All-American at the NCAA Championships.  Upon moving back to Denver, Kelly started working as a wedding planner, with her eye on getting involved swimming again.  Kelly’s goal is to help swimmers reach their full potential by using their own strengths to their advantage and by having fun!