Tom Byorick - Assistant Head Coach
Coach Tom began his coaching career in the Denver area summer club leagues during his college summers. After two years with the Sundance Sailfish, and two years with the Hills West Waves. He moved into coaching high school. During the spring of 1995, with torn knee ligaments and some time on his hands, he was recruited to coach the Smoky Hill Men’s Team as assistant coach. During that spring of 1995, he approached ACES Head Coach Eric Craven about volunteering to help with the senior swimmers for the summer. He made such an impression on Eric that the ACES decided to expand that fall and bring Tom on as a coach for the queens group.
After great success during the short course season, Eric and Tom began a sprint program for the seniors. That first summer they produced three junior national qualifiers and laid the foundation for true development of a national team. During the next several years, with Tom running a very successful sprint program, the ACES were fielding teams of up to ten swimmers at junior nationals. This was a real accomplishment for Colorado as most other teams locally and nationally were only taking one or two swimmers to juniors. During this time, the ACES were also taking four and five athletes to senior nationals.
Despite the great success of the sprint program, in the fall of 2000, Eric and Tom decided to change the program and instead of specializing in sprinting, train kids at being versatile rather than specialized. Tom loves his new role and relishes the opportunity to work with seniors. Tom also began coaching the Jacks group and is committed to building a very competitive ten and under program. This challenge of working with younger swimmers really shows his versatility as a coach. He brings with him a vision of building a program that is successful at all distances and events. Tom claims that while it is difficult at times to not have a stable full of sprinters, it is far more satisfying teaching swimmers to be competitive in all events. They are building a foundation of success for swimming at all levels.
Tom has always sought to find a balance between training and technique. This has been reinforced through, what he claims are his two most important camps in which he has been a participant. First the coach mentoring camp with resident team coach Jonty Skinner, an in depth session on training and the science of swimming. Second, the Stanford National Camp with Olympic coaches Richard Quick, Skip Kenney and Bill Boomer, focusing on technique. At Stanford, Tom discovered the many ways in which swimming is evolving.
Tom also is Head Coach of Heritage High School Men's and Women's Swim Teams. He is entering his 10th season. He was named Women's High School Coach of the Year in 1998 and Men's High School Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2007.
Tom swam for Regis High School, where he was an academic and athletic All-American. He graduated from Regis in 1990 and went on to swim for the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in philosophy. At Notre Dame, he met his wife Karen, and they currently live in Centennial. Tom maintains an active lifestyle and still occasionally competes in swimming.