Meet the Coaches

AnneOAnne Osborn

Anne joined the YMCA team after moving to the Dover area to continue her work at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory. Although she is a forensic scientist by day, Anne has been an avid swimmer all her life, and is excited to share her passion for the sport with the groups she coaches. Anne grew up in Massachusetts, where she swam with the New England Barracudas (a U.S. club team) from the age of eight until she left for college. Anne attended the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where she earned a simultaneous BA in Sociology, Criminal Justice and a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, while participating in varsity athletics – swimming and rowing. Anne continued her education at the George Washington University where she earned a Masters in Forensic Science. Along the way, Anne has worked in several interesting positions, including teaching/tutoring, managing a helpline call center, driving disabled persons (paratransit) and driving city buses.  When not working at AFDIL or the YMCA, Anne is known among friends and family as being a huge geek.  She also enjoys spending time with her fiancée and their three cats.



Dieter Littles

A recent arrival to the Dover area, Dieter joins our program as a Certified Swim and Triathlon Coach: USA Swim, ASCA Level II, USAT, WSI, member USA Masters,
WSCA, USA Cycling and USA Track & Field.

An experienced swim and triathlon coach with a passion for teaching and competing. Dieter provides exceptional instruction to beginner through advanced athletes.He’s also an accomplished Triathlete with 50 races over 10 years (Sprint – Ironman), numerous podium finishes, and 6 USAT National Olympic Distance Championships


photo 2 (1)Brenden Smith

Welcome everyone to 1st State Masters!  A long, long, long, time ago I started my coaching career with an early morning Masters Group at the Hampshire Regional YMCA.  Since those early summer mornings in the 90’s I have been coaching all ages and abilities.  While I have primarily been an age-group and high school coach I am excited to get back to my roots with all of you.I like to view our Masters Group as a collaboration of swimmers and coaches.  I like to tailor my practices to your goals.  For some, that includes very serious training for competition in and out of the pool.  Some of you want to get in better shape, and brush up on your strokes.  Working together we can help you achieve your goals.The best part of Masters Swimming is the team aspect, which is what we are hoping to create here.  We have a wonderful coaching staff, and in my opinion of the best pools I have had the pleasure of working at.
I hope you enjoy being part of our team,
Coach Brenden.

1f05894Courtney Ford

Courtney began her aquatics career nearly 10 years ago in Flagstaff, Arizona. There she acquired her aquatic experience as a Masters coach, Swim team coach, and swim lesson instructor at the Wall Aquatic Center, the high-altitude Olympic training facility which accommodates Olympic swimmers and runners from around the world.

Courtney holds her Level 3 Masters Coaching Certification, and is continually pursuing further education in the field of health and swimming for fitness. During practice, Courtney focuses on technique and form, with a specialty in developing proper stroke mechanics and endurance workouts for Triathletes.