Coaching Philosophy

FBST believes that swimming is a life long activity that should be fun and
challenging. Maintaining a swimming team of approximately 250 full-time
swimmers allows us to develop a personal program filled with individualized
instruction. In our program everyone participates and has the opportunity to
achieve their swimming goals. Through our program swimmers learn
perseverance, dedication and commitment. These skills carry over to other
personal achievements outside the pool, including academics. FBST's
philosophy enables all team members to be winners.
Meet the Coaches
Mark Murray, Head Coach

Over 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate/club/high school/summer leagues,
Alexandria, Va. native Mark Murray brings unprecedented history and growth to FBST.  Not
only is Coach Mark the Head Coach of FBST, he is also the Head Coach of Mount Vernon
High School and the Mount Vernon Yacht Club summer team.  Coach Mark has led teams
to conference championships and has now led FBST into a world class organization.  
FBST has become the team of choice in the Mount Vernon/Lee area.  FBST was the
recipient of the Best Small Business Award by the Mount Vernon/Lee Chamber of
Commerce (2012).  Coach Mark has turned every program into a winning situation for its
athlete’s and coaches. Coach Mark’s stops along the way were at the University of
Maryland-College Park where he built the first and only women’s ACC conference
championship in Terrapins history.  During his tenure in College Park his swimmers
accrued, multiple All-American performances, 3 ACC conference swimmers of the meet
and one campus wide student of the year.  His teams at UMD were consistently the top of
the academic rankings on campus, most of which ranked #1 regularly out of all
intercollegiate teams.  Even with the new suit era Coach Mark’s swimmers leave a legacy
on the record board at UMD.   The women’s team achieved rankings as high as 11th in the
collegiate polls.  At Salem-Teikyo University (WV) Coach Mark built a men’s and women’s
conference championship team and was recipient of several coach of the year awards and
had a swimmer named NCAA swimmer of the year along with 7 individual National
Champions.  His men’s team finished 4th place at the NCAA Championships and the
women 14th place respectively.   Prior to S-TU Coach Mark was at the University of
Richmond, where he recruited in a class of swimmers that did not lose a dual meet for four
years.  Before UR Coach Mark was at VCU his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach.  
He recruited in a class of swimmers that went undefeated two years running before leaving
for UR.   Coach Mark enjoyed a highly successful swimming campaign at VCU and served
as team captain his last two seasons.  Coach Mark, a Mount Vernon High School Graduate,
earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from VCU.  Coach Mark is also owner of Mount
Vernon Pool Service, LLC which provides professional pool management services to local
commercial pools and is a licensed Realtor.  Coach Mark states, “We offer flexibility and
convenience that is unmatched in our arena.  In a busy town such as Washington, DC it is
nice to have the flexibility that FBST provides!  My expectations for our staff are to provide the
utmost ethical coaching experience available.  We will focus on the swimmer and not be
distracted while doing so.  Our coaches are trained with USA Swimming’s coaching
programs as well as me personally.  We will be professional and ethical in our approach!”
I like what I do; not many can say this. I
have an important position -- to provide a
skill that is essential to the safety of all.
This, coupled with the growing process
and empowerment of the sport, keeps me
going strong!
swimming saves lives not only because it
prevents drowning - but because it
transforms peoples' lives" for the better
John Lancaster Beck, Assistant Head Coach

Coach John grew up in Buffalo, NY with his head in the pool more often than not.  To this
day he is more at home in water than on land.  Coach John swam for STAR Swimming of
Hamburg, NY for 11 years, and started out swimming Notre Dame in college, then at
Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Many of the records that he set as a teenager in the mid
to late 80s are still on record boards at pools throughout WNY.  He worked as an
international school teacher, coach, and administrator in: Bangladesh, Panama, El
Salvador, and Guatemala; and, continues to do coaching and consulting work in Trinidad
and Tobago.  He has a Bachelor’s in English/History from Clarion University; and, has a
Masters degree in Military History from the University of Wyoming.  Coach John covered the
end of the civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala as a free-lance journalist, boxed as an
amateur middle-weight in the off-season at Clarion U, has been to Mt. Everest, speaks
Spanish, and has raced mtn and road bikes at the pro level.  He has worked all over
Central America and South Asia as a professional guide leading groups of trekkers,
cyclists, climbers, and surfers.

Coach John comes to us from Buffalo, ny where he was head coach of Nickel City Race
Club  and Villa Maria College. Before Buffalo, he spent a year on the Caribbean island
nation of Trinidad and Tobago.  There he was coaching one of the national age-group
teams and working with athletes ranging from Olympic hopefuls to beginners.  Prior to his
Caribbean coaching stint, John was the asst. Coach of the Swordfish in Sedona, Arizona.  
There he was in charge of the Sedona Swimming Academy (the Swordfish's learn to swim
program), Sedona Masters Swimming (the Swordfish's "swim team for old-swords"), and
coached the Swordfish's 13 and under division.  Not only a coach at SST, he also swam on
the Swordfish roster as both a USMS and USA registered competitor.  Coach John plans to
do the same thing here.  He is a 5 time USMS All-American, holds the Arizona
Championship for the 200 and 100 fly in his age group, and hopes to set the world record
in the 100 fly someday for his age-group.  Coach John believes that "swimming saves lives
not only because it prevents drowning - but because it transforms peoples' lives" for the
Kathleen Winston

Coach Kathleen has been coaching for 20 years in the Northern VA area.  She began her
swimming  career at FBST at the age of 7.  Kathleen was an assistant coach at Thomas
Jefferson & Robert Lee High School and has now became the head coach at Robert E. Lee
High school.  Kathleen also coaches in the Northern Virginia swim league.  She has
coached several teams in the area and is currently coaching for the Laurel Hill Tritons.  
When she is not on the pool deck, she loves spending time with her family.  Coach Mark on
Kathleen, "Coach Kathleen is a lifer with FBST.  She exhibits passion for our Shark School
and lower Age Group Swimmers.  Kathleen's love for FBST and the pool shows well on the
deck.  All the swimmers really enjoy her exuberance and fun demeanor!"
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Sophie Florence

Coach Sophie returns for her 7th season with FBST.  Coach Sophie specializes with the
Shark School and AG 3 & 4 groups.  Coach Sophie’s ability to reach the younger ages and
convey the message of FBST is unmatched!  Very sharp and savvy in gaining young
peoples attention and reaching them to learn the strokes the FBST way.  Sophie has been
a vital part of FBST.  Coach Sophie has been the Head Coach of Hayfield High School and
is currently providing leadership coaching at the Mount Vernon Country Club.  Coach Mark
on Sophie, “I first saw her teaching swim lessons at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, I
was amazed at how she was able to corral the young non-swimmers attention and have
them swimming in a few short sessions!  Sophie is great at building confidence within the
swimmers; her rapport is truly amazing with both the swimmers and parents.  Sophie is
highly experienced and the swimmers really enjoy her, I cannot say enough about her
dedication and commitment to FBST!”
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Curtis Din

Coach Curtis began his coaching career in 2004 with a summer league team in Virginia
Beach. After graduating from Virginia Tech he began coaching with TCAC in Virginia,
working extensively with all age groups and skill levels. His swimmers have competed at
Junior Nationals, achieved USA Swimming national age group Top 10 recognition and
broken Virginia State Swimming records. He has continued to advance his coaching
education by attending ASCA coaching conventions, USA Swimming clinics and USA
Swimming Select Camps. Through these educational opportunities Curtis has learned
new techniques and training philosophies which he incorporates into his practices. He
encourages his swimmers to have success in all aspects of their lives both in and out of
the pool. He joins FBST as an experienced coach and former competitor within the Virginia
Swimming community, and continues to dedicate himself to the sport and the effect it has
on kids.

Coach Mark on Curtis, “hit the ground running arriving in June to FBST.  Breathed life into
the Age Groupers during the long course season, a fresh perspective with 10 years of on
deck experience.  Coach Curtis comes to us from Tri-City Aquatic Club, a small club in VA
Beach with fantastic motivational and practical techniques.  Curtis has already been
recognized by his peers in Potomac Valley, being selected to the Zone Coaching Staff this
summer.  Look for Curtis to really teach the swimmers on deck the FBST way.  Brings a
creative mind and fun to the deck!”
Michael Hock

Coach Michael joined our staff early last season as an apprentence and quickly took to the
FBST way, he understands posture, line and balance and can deliver the message well.  
He will continue his support staff role with the Age Group Programs and Shark School this
season.  Coach Michael is currently working on a Ph.D. program in Literature at George
Mason University.  In addition to his FBST duties he has worked with the Hollin Hills Pool
Winter Swim program and has extensive experience around the pool both providing
management and guarding duties.  Coach Michael swam competitively in Korea as his
father served in the Armed Forces.  Coach Mark on Michael, "a great addition to our staff,
Michael is punctual, reliable, articulate, passionate and always ready to roll up his sleeves
for the team."
Beth Campbell

Beth Campbell – grew up in Natick, MA where she inherited her mother’s love of
swimming.  She was on various swim teams through out her younger years including the
local Synchronized swim team, her Town Summer Swim Team, High School Dive Team
and High School Swim Team.  She swam for The Colorado College for four years.  She
has had her Water Safety Instructor Certificate since 1976, and her Adapted Aquatics
Certificate since 1977.  Beth has coached in CO, OK and VA. She has enjoyed teaching
swimming to young children in MA, CO, KS, OK and VA (an employee of Fairfax County Park
Authority for the last 24 years).  Beth is much more comfortable in the water and loves
teaching swimming to young children of all abilities.
Meredith Hardy

Meredith Hardy comes to FBST with 14 years of competitive experience in club and college
swimming. She also has 8 years of coaching experience with summer league swimming
in Cary, NC and Helena, AR. Meredith grew up swimming for the YMCA of the Triangle Area
in Raleigh, NC, where she was a YMCA National qualifier. After high school, she swam four
years at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where she earned First Team All-
ODAC accolades for three seasons. She graduated as the school record holder in the 100
and 200 freestyles, and as a member of the 200, 400, and 800 freestyle relays and the 200
yard medley relay. Meredith served as team captain her senior year and as the swimming
team liaison to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Since graduating from college,
Meredith taught middle school science in Charlotte, NC and Washington, D.C. She is
excited to work with FBST swimmers and share her love and knowledge of swimming with
the athletes.