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!
Paul Elaisap

Coach Paul comes from the Fiji Islands and joins the Fort Belvoir coaching staff with
Bachelors Degree in Sports Management. With over 10 years of competitive experience at
the club, college and international level. Over the course of his career, he has competed at
2012 London Olympics, 5 FINA World Swimming Championships, 2 Commonwealth
Games and was an All-American for the 3 years college.

He begun coaching in 2012 as an assistant coach and has produced athletes to National
records, Junior World Championships, Junior Pan Pacs and the South Pacific Games.
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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!”
Indoor Schedule
Team Records
FBST Travel Policies
Masters Schedule
Bill Sprague, Associate Head Coach

Coach Bill Sprague, ASCA Level 4, brings over 20 years of coaching experience is thrilled to
return to where his coaching career began at Fort Belvoir Swim Team. Coach Bill has been
recognized by the South Carolina LSC twice for his coaching by naming him Age Group
Coach of the Year. He has the ability to coach swimmers of all levels and motivates them to
achieve their goals. He has produced swimmers that have achieved some of the highest
levels of swimming including: Olympic Trials, Senior & Junior National Championships
and National Age Group Records & Champions.

Bill Completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University and
competed on the Swim Team, Water Polo Team and Judo Team. He and his wife Karen
has moved from Texas. They enjoy movies, traveling and spending time with family.
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.
Kelesy Arnold

Coach Kelesy started coaching with FBST in the summer of 2018. Following a summer
packed with club swimming, Triathlons, and Open Water competitions, she is excited to be
back for the indoor season.

Coach Kelsey's strength is in her creative training methods and she is a strong beliver that
swimming should be fun first, and competitive second.

When Kelsey is not on the deck she enjoys coaching indoor cycling and low impact
aerobices, stand up paddle boarding (yes, on the Potomac), and taking her two dogs on
adventures to the local parks.
Liza Elder

Liza Elder comes to FBST with over 10 years of coaching experience. Liza began
swimming competitively at age 12 and never looked back. By her senior year in high
school, she owned ALL of her high school's swim records and placed 2nd at the
state-level competition. Outside the pool, she's an accomplished open water swimmer,
having competed in the annual Swim Around Key West's 12.5 mile swim many times. She
began working and coaching in her home town and continued in Tallahassee while
attending school at FSU. Since then, she has worked on the pool deck in GA, CA, OR and
now VA. Liza is the Head Coach for the Hollin Hill's NVSL team and also teaches
gymnastics in Del Ray for Bounce Alexandria. Liza is passionate about kids' success on
and off the pool deck and loves the opportunity to work with kids to build confidence by
meeting them at their level and helping them achieve their goals one step at a time.
David Amezcua

Hi!  My name is David, or "Coach Dave" if you prefer.  I have been coaching young
swimmers since 2014.  I am from Texas. I was with the Spring Swim Team and the
related summer league team.  I have enjoyed seeing swimmers I learn advance from
Novice up through BB, A and AA swimming and some higher!  Learning is fun, and
swimming is even more fun!  I moved to Washington DC two years ago to attend and
coach at Gallaudet University, an NCAA Division III team.  I worked a summer in Virginia
(NVSL) and this year was the head coach of a small summer team in Maryland.  I hope to
help you with instruction and running meets.  Find me any time you have questions or
comments.  I want your swimmers to have fun and reach their peak!