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Meet our dedicated coaching staff. 

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Sean Emery Head Coach

Coach Sean is one of the few highly qualified experts in USRPT in the western United States. He’s produced national finalists, multiple state record holders, state champions, and swimmers with national Top 10 times.

His swim coaching career stretches back to 2002 when he coached at the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club (ATAC) at all levels. Sean was able to improve the age group program from 23rd in the state of Florida up to 5th with a 13-14 junior national qualifier. He also produced several swimmers with National Top 16 times.

Since then, Sean has

  • Produced swimmers for the Marietta (GA) Marlins as head age group coach and assistant senior coach that ranked in the 10 national Top 10 times, 3 state championships, and several state records. Under Sean's direction, Kylie Stewart had several No. 1 national rankings.
  • Served as Assistant Coach at Sedona Red Rock High School in 2008 where he was instrumental in the team winning the State Championship.
  • Coaches his own USA Swimming team since 2014. His swimmers’ accolades include:
    • national finalists at the TYR Showcase Classic in St. Petersburg Florida,
    • finalists at the Far Westerns in California,
    • two Arizona state record holders,
    • and Arizona state short course individual champions.

Sean’s love of competitive swimming began with competing in local summer leagues and on the Wheeler (GA) High School swim team. Sean swam for Florida State University where he qualified for several Junior Nationals and US Open swim meets. At Florida State University he studied Exercise Physiology and Sports Management.

Phone: (928) 254-7765
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Assistant Coach - ASCA Level 2

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Coach Jato was instrumental in creating and coaching our 2021 summer league program in Camp Verde. During the winter months, you'll see her on deck at the Sedona Community Pool coaching the novice group and helping out with the age group and elite groups as needed. 

Jato entered competitive swimming as a 9-year-old after enjoying summer league swimming in her hometown community of Sunnyslope in the Phoenix area. She trained competitively in Sedona and Phoenix, achieving several state records, qualifying for the Olympic Trials, and earning a silver and bronze medal at the National Sports Festival in the 200 and 400-meter Individual Medley. 

After leaving competitive swimming because of health issues, she continued to lifeguard, teach dry-land fitness, and teach children how to swim during the years she attended college. Post-college life took her into the business world of Real Estate and Finance, as well as authoring hundreds of articles on the topics of real estate, finance, and travel.

Her affinity for the water and love of adventure immersed her into river rafting, inflatable kayaking, and competitive stand-up paddleboarding before depositing her back into the world of competitive swimming. 

Returning to the pool as part of her recovery from a life-altering auto accident, she was enchanted with the focus on technique and race pace training methods.

Jato has spent the past several years training both in the pool and as a coach. She currently holds a Masters's state record for the 50-yard freestyle in her age group.

She is the seasonal pool supervisor at Camp Verde Heritage Pool, provides private year-round swimming instruction for all ages, and is the author of Getting Your Child Ready to Swim and our "Off the Wall" blog. 

Email: [email protected]

Phone/text: (928) 713-4824

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Lauren Robinson Assistant Coach

Lauren is a retired Middle School Principal, teacher and swim coach originally from Connecticut. She attended Southern Connecticut University where she swam collegiately all four years and was selected as captain during both her Junior and Senior years. After graduation, she began her teaching and coaching career and in 1989 she was named the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for Girls High School Swimming. During this time she coached age group swimming and both girls and boys high school swimming.

When she was appointed as the Middle School Principal in her school district, Lauren did not have the time to be involved in coaching and was forced to let it go. She retired from education in 2006 and moved to Sedona. It was then that she realized how much she missed coaching and as a result returned to it. She is energized by and learning a great deal from Head Coach Sean Emery about USRPT (Race Pace training). Not only has she adopted this method as a coach, but she has incorporated it into her own workouts as a Masters swimmer. The result of training this way is that Lauren recently won four medals at United States Masters Spring National Championships in Indianapolis.

Her passion is working with kids and seeing them grow as both athletes and individuals. Swimming is a lifelong sport that instills dedication, persistence, patience, the value of hard work, responsibility and gun. All extremely valuable assets to acquire in life!

Lauren also dedicates every minute of her coaching to her brother, Bill Krumm, who passed away in March of 2017. He was an All American Swimmer in college and worked for USA Swimming. His memory inspires her every day.

Phone: (928) 274-8241
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About Race Pace Club AZ

Race Pace Club AZ (RPC) is a year-round swim team in the Verde Valley, Camp Verde and Sedona, Arizona serving youth ages 5 to 18, collegiate swimmers, masters swimmers, and pre-team novice swimmers.

We are proud affiliates of USA Swimming. Our expert USRPT coaching staff led by Head Coach Sean Emery provide personalized swim training to help each swimmer perfect their strokes and reach his or her full potential both in and out of the pool. Swimmers get to experience improvements through game-like sets, individualized feedback, dryland fitness training, and participation in swim meets ranging from novice to international competitions.

Experience an Athletic Awakening with USRPT Training:

While the average swim team practices physiology as the No. 1 blanket principle, our approach works better and faster because we prioritize the principles of specificity, individuality, and recovery in the optimal order of USRPT training which is 1.) Technique, 2.) Psychology, and 3.) Physiology. 

Our practices accommodate swimmers from across the Verde Valley — Sedona, Village of Oak Creek,  Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Rimrock, Cornville, Camp Verde — and from as far away as Flagstaff.

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Sedona Race Pace trains at Sedona Community Pool

For more info contact:

Coach Sean Emery  —  928.254.7765  — [email protected]

570 Posse Ground Road, Sedona, AZ, USA Directions 34.8728145 -111.784213 Map of 570 Posse Ground Road, Sedona, AZ, USA
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