Marci Callan is the
Fairport Area Swim Team’s (FAST) Head Coach and General
Manager. She oversees the entire FAST swimming program.
Under Callan's 36-year leadership, FAST's eight-person
coaching staff nutures an environment filled with opportunity and
tradition for its 200-plus members, which include boys and girls
ages five to 30, who range in skill levels from beginners to
Under Callan's tutelage,
FAST has consistently sent swimmers to national championships for
the 23 years. Dozens of FAST's athletes have won Section V
High School Swimmer of the Year Awards, state scholastic individual
titles, and NCAA All-American honors. FAST has also had 3
swimmers who have won the Local High School Athlete of the Year
Award at the annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Dinner, 4 athletes
who won the WHAM Sportswoman of the Year Award, and in 2004 FAST
received the WHAM Outstanding Achievement Award. FAST has
also produced four U.S. Olympic Trial Qualifiers in 1988, 1992,
1996, 2008, & 2012.
Marci is the General
Chair of the Niagara LSC, a position where she oversees 6,600
swimmers from 76 member clubs. She has also been the LSC's
camp coordinator for the past 15 years and since 2006 has been the
meet director of the Niagara Long Course Classic. On the
Eastern Zone (11 states) level, Callan served as the coach-director
as well as host (April 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) of the Eastern Zone
Spring Championships, which has brought more than 700 competitors
(ages 9-18) to Rochester each year.
In 2008 Callan became the
first woman from the Eastern Zone ever to be elected to the board
of coaching directors of USA Swimming, and is one of just three
women on this national board.
A three-year chair
(2005-07) of the USA Swimming Age Group Planning Committee, Callan
received national recognition in 2007 when she was honored with USA
Swimming's prestigious Outstanding Service Award.
Marci has been a member
of the Fairport Central School's aquatic staff since 1982.
She's currently the girls varsity assistant coach (since
1992) and a co-coach of the boys and girls modified team (since
Coach - Senior Program
Mike Kennedy has
been a part of the FAST coaching staff since 1990. Coaching
with the senior program, he coaches directly with our high school,
college and post graduate athletes. Kennedy also is the head
coach of both Fairport's varsity boys (since 1999) and girls teams
(since 1994). During that time he has developed dozens of
All-Americans, both in swimming and academically.
Mike grew up with
the Fairport swimming at a very early age. His family were
boosters of all facets of the Fairport swimming program for many
years. He was a very successful HS swimmer for Fairport,
where he was a two-time All-American and once held the state record
in the 400 free relay for 10 years. Kennedy was a team
captain, and was a member of Fairport's first boys HS team to win a
Section V title (1981) and it's first team to be ranked #1 in NYS
(1982). He was also one of FAST's first National qualifiers,
competing in the 100 freestyle at the meet held in Gainsville, Fla.
In college Mike attended Oswego State University where he
specialized in sprint freestyle and butterfly. While there,
he was an All-American and would earn a degree in
Kennedy has coached the Fairport HS girls to six
Section V titles as well as three #1 ranked NYS teams. With
the HS boys, three Section V titles and three #1 ranked NYS teams.
He was the Section V, Class A boys coach of the year three
times (2008, 2010, & 2011). In 2003 Mike was named coach
of the year by the Fairport/Perinton Post. In 2000, the
National HS Association presented him with the National Boys' Coach
of the Year award.
Coach Kennedy has been a 4x USA Swimming National
Zone Distance Camp coach, and was head coach of the training camp
that took place in Buffalo in 2000. In this program he worked
alongside legendary Olympic coaches Joe Bernal (Bobby Hackett's
coach) and Bud Macallister (Janet Evans' coach).
Many of the swimmers Kennedy has
coached have gone on to compete at some of the top Universities and
Colleges in the country, such as Stanford, Minnesota, Notre Dame,
Harvard, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Virginia and Tennessee --to name a
Coach - Senior Program
Ryan Callan joined
the FAST Coaching Staff in September 2002, working directly with
the Senior Program athletes (S3, S2 & S1). He has
remained with the coaching staff for the last 10 years. At
FAST he has helped develop 11 National Qualifiers, 3 World Cup
Circuit competitors, 54 USA Sectional swimmers, 6 US Open athletes,
3 Open Water National qualifiers and 1 Olympic Trial
Callan has also
been a three-time Niagara LSC Zone Team Coach, and was a member of
the USA Swimming National Select Camp Coaching Staff (2004) where
he worked alongside USA Swimming Biomechanics Coordinator Russell
Prior to FAST Ryan spent
the previous 4 years coaching with the Marist Swim Club under Head
Coach Larry VanWagner in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he headed the age
group program (12 & under ages). Callan also worked with
MSC's senior program which was, at the time, training 4 swimmers
for the 2000 Olympic Trials.
As an athlete Ryan was a two-time National
competitor for FAST. In high school he captained the 1997
Fairport Varsity Boys Team, which was ranked 4th Nationally for all
public high schools. Callan went on to compete for Marist
College, where he specialized in the IM, backstroke and distance
freestyle on an athletic and academic scholarship. At Marist
he was a team captain, graduating with two degrees in public
relations and business administration in 2001.
In addition to working for FAST, Coach Callan is
in his sixth year as part of the Fairport Varsity Boys Swim
Coaching Staff. He also works as an aquatics instructor for
the Fairport Central School District.
This past year Callan was
awarded the 2011 Niagara LSC Senior Coach of the Year Award, an
accolade that was shared with Coach Kennedy and Coach Marci.
In the same year he was elected Senior Chair for the Niagara
LSC and currently serves on the Technical Planning Cmte.
Prior, he was the Senior Coaches' Representative for