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 - Blue Group Coach


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 7 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.

Ryan Caple

Senior 2 & 3 and Black Group Coach


Ryan Caple comes to us with an extensive swimming background at all levels of the sport.  He swam both summer club and USA age group with local clubs and spent the last six years of age group/senior swimming under Nick Frasersmith.  At Heritage High School, he was a two-time All American, captain and the 2003 CHSAA High School Swimmer of the Year.  Ryan went on to swim at the US Coast Guard Academy where again he was a DIII All-American Breaststroker and captain of both the swim and water polo teams.   Ryan has been involved with private stroke instruction the past two years and is currently in the process of obtaining his ASCA certifications and working towards his Masters in Public Administration. 

His philosophy is based on solid practice habits with correct biomechanics.  Ryan believes that swimming is not about the individual but about the team experience and the lessons learned outside the water.  He will be working with both the senior and age group programs and looks forward to being a member of the experienced coaching staff.  

Tori Trees Smith

Coach - White Group


Tori Trees Smith – After a successful USS and collegiate swimming career, Tori began coaching as a graduate assistant on deck at the University of Texas at Austin.  She married and moved to Houston in 1989 and assumed the Aquatics Director position for the Houstonian Club.  In Houston, she coached the summer league and USS teams for 4 years. 

Tori moved to Denver in 2000 with her family and served as an age group coach for the Greenwood Athletic Club until 2006.   After moving to Parker, Colorado in 2007, she began coaching the Colorado STARs age groupers (ages 6-8).  In 2008 she served as assistant coach for the Regis Girls JV High School team.

Tori swam competitively for Lakeside Swim Team in Louisville, Kentucky growing up.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas where she was an individual national champion in the 200 yard backstroke and a member of four NCAA team championships.  Tori was a four-time United States National Team Member and a member of the 1984 United States Olympic Team where she placed 5th in the 200 meter backstroke.   

She enjoys helping the swimmers develop to their fullest potential while having fun.

Kevan Valenzuela

Assistant 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.

Kelsey Ida

Silver 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.

Ben Freeman

Strength and Conditioning Specialist



Peak Energy Performance Therapy P.C.

Owner, Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Speaker

Ben is a graduate of Colorado State University and the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine Physical Therapy program.  As the owner and founder of Peak Energy Performance Therapy PC, Ben has specialized in the coaching, performance training and rehabilitation of youth and professional athletes for over 12 years.  Having a strong background in bio-mechanics and sports nutrition, he understands the movements and injuries, as well as the nutritional demands of athletes in their specific sports.  By receiving additional training in manual therapy and spinal manipulation he is able to restore function and mobility quickly and get athletes back to competition at a much faster rate.   Ben is also a nationally certified strength and conditioning specialist.  He has completed speed and plyometric training at the United States Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs and baseball specific training with some of the premiere strength coaches in the major leagues.  

In addition to sports physical therapy and performance training, Ben is a consultant for, and speaks to athletes, sports teams, schools and clubs on:

  • Sports nutrition for performance and recovery
  • Sports injury prevention and treatment
  • Goal defining and road-mapping for success

9896 Rosemont Ave, Suite 201 
Lone Tree, CO 80124 
Phone: 303-991-3020 
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