Co-Head Coach LRRC
April 28, 2007 Induction into Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame Bio
Welcome to the coaches page. We are very proud of our coaches staff and look forward to using our talents to make your competitive swimming experience a great one.
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Matt has a background in Arkansas Swimming, as an age group swimmer he grew up swimming for the Razorback Aquatic Club in Springdale, AR and swam summers during college for the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team. As a collegiate swimmer he swam for the University of Missouri at Rolla where he was a four-year letterman and a 2 year team captain. As a national qualifier, he received numerous All-American awards, and logged several school records. He graduated with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. Upon graduation he worked as a Business Systems Analyst for DaySpring Cards in Siloam Springs Arkansas.
*Coach Matt is the contact for college coaches.
Coach Evan has been involved in swimming for the last 42 years. A coach in Arkansas since 1995, Evan has had the opportunity to work with swimmers from the novice level to the National level. Evan has coached countless swimmers on to State Championship performances, the Sectional level, Junior Nationals and the U.S. Open.
Evan swam competitively until he was 28 years old and then hung up the suit. Evan hails from a large family of swimmers (7 in all). After high school Evan was recruited by and attended Iowa State University. After his freshman year at Iowa State, Evan entered the United States Army and served as an Army Medic for three years in San Antonio, TX. Upon completion of his Army service Evan went on to swim at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he was a 16 time NAIA All-American. Evan was also a member of numerous school record relay teams. Evan earned a BS in Recreation/Sports Management while at Henderson State University and graduated in 1994.
Evan has been named Arkansas Age-Group Coach of the Year 4 times. He has served Arkansas Swimming over the years as Membership/Registration Chair, Club Development Chair, Age-Group & Senior Chair and been an Arkansas Zone Coach eight times.
Evan and his wife Traci now reside in Maumelle, Arkansas with their two daughters, Tori (age 8) and Tessa (age 2). Evan’s daughter Tori is keeping the Johnston swimming tradition alive, swimming for the Dolphin-Lasers with Tessa soon to follow.
Coach Eimear Fuller is the Head Coach and Aquatics Director at the Little Rock Athletic Club. Eimear has been swimming all her life. She is one of the founding swimmers for the Laser Swim Team. Eimear was team captain from 1999-2001, a Region VIII swimmer and a member of the Arkansas State Champion team of 2001.
Eimear attended Little Rock Cental High school. As team captian, she lead the Tigers to two Arkansas state championship titles (2000 and 2001) and was named to the Arkansas high school All-State Team from 1998-2001. After graduating from Central, she attended the University of Arkansas Fayetteville where she swam for the Lady Razorbacks from 2001-2003.
In 2003 she went on to swim for the University of Arkansas Little Rock Trojans on a swimming scholarship. At UALR, Eimear was swim team captain, 5 time school record breaker, an Athletic Scholar and was on the Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll for academic excellence.
Eimear graduated from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in May of 2006 with a Bachelors of Science with an emphasis on health and exercise science. She is also a Lifeguard, CPR and Water Safety instructor for the American Red Cross.
From 2006-2008 Eimear was a director, instructor and marketing manager with the British Swim School, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Eimear joined the Dolphin-Laser family in August of 2008.
Eimear is an active member and volunteer for the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas. She currently serves as the ICSA's Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick's Day Parade Co-Chairman.
Steve Hall has been coaching Developmental Swimmers (ages 5 to 13) for the Dolphin-Laser Swim Team since the summer of 2009. A new and welcome challenge arrived in 2012 as Steve began developing the Age Group Preparation program. Working with Dolphin Laser Swim Team not only affords Steve more quality time with his daughter Hannah, an age group swimmer herself. It also gives him a chance to give back to the sport that made him who he is today. Naturally, Steve sees being a swimming coach as something more than just a hobby. “Developing well-rounded athletes not only helps these young athletes achieve their personal training goals but also gives them building blocks to achieve anything they want, including being future leaders of society.
Born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Steve attended Northeast High School before going on to be awarded Henderson State University’s Men's Swimming scholarship. Steve started his career swimming for the Indian Hills Sting Rays Summer League, which led to swimming year-round for the North Little Rock Boys Club Marlins, then to Central Arkansas Swim Team Seals (CAST), finally ending up on the Dolphin Swim Team (LRRC). 1985 saw Steve become a swim coach for the West Optimist Club under the mentorship of legendary swim coach Paul Blair. In the summer of 1992, he took on the Head Coach Position for the Lakewood Wave Swim Team. Even more than continuing his close relationship with the sport, Steve really enjoyed passing on his swimming knowledge while working with kids of all ages and backgrounds.
Steve has trained with all levels of swimmers from State Qualifiers, Region 8 (Sectionals), Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals, and Olympic Trials qualifiers to Pan-American Swim Champions.
Steve has coached swimmers to club records and state level Qualifiers.
Steve Hall’s personal awards and accomplishments include: Arkansas State Age Group 1st Place (100 Fly & 200 Fly), Top 8 at Zones 100 Fly & 1st Place 200 IM Relay and Junior Nationals. Qualifier for Arkansas State Age Group 1982 - 1989, Arkansas Zones Team, Region 8 "Sectionals" 1984 -1989, USA Junior Nationals Qualifier 1988-1989.
Other athletic accomplishments: Age Group Triathlete Awards 1981 – 1985 and Track & Field City Meet first team 1982 -1984.
Tasha Stratton joined the
Laser team in September of 1998 as LRAC Head Age Group Coach.
Tasha swam competitively through her high school years. She
has a competitive background in swimming where she swam for the
Little Rock Racquet Club. She began teaching swimming at age
16 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. She taught swimming
as well as water aerobics and lifeguarding while attending
Lyons College and Emergency Medical Technical School. She
also has had experience working in childcare through independent
organizations including the Montessori school system. Tasha
is the Head coach of the Laser Masters program where she oversees
training of Lasers Masters Swimmers.
Tasha was the aquatic director at the LRAC for eight years where she oversaw swim instructors and lifeguards. She also teaches private and group lessons. When not coaching you may see Tasha with her fourteen-year-old daughter Skye or her six-year-old son Ronan or her one and a half year old son Finn. Tasha has always loved working with children and wants to help them achieve high self esteem and success through the sport of swimming.
Growing up in an Air Force
family, Brian traveled to many places,
Originally from a small town outside
Brian coached for the Waves as a senior and into college. He also taught swim lessons on a regular basis, coached soccer for many years, and now over the past ten years has become an avid rock climber. He has now coached for the Dolphin- Lasers for two years and is heading up the Dolphin-Laser program in Cabot. Brian also coaches the Sharks summer league team along with Coach Keith and volunteers as the head coach for the Sylvan Hills Swim team. He is married to Christina Bowen and has two son, Tristen, age 9, and Maddux, age 4. Both Tristen and Maddux have followed in daddy’s foot steps and have found a love for swimming.
Elaine joined our Staff as Swim Team coordinator in 2010 after 5 years of time on the pool deck with her 5 Dolphin-Laser Swimmers (Emily, Karin, Meghan, Rebecca, & Catherine).