Evergreen Hurricanes Coaching Staff

Head Coach Jordan Kuper

Lead Coach Category 2 & Senior Groups 1 & 2

Coach Jordan is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri….a town about 100 miles south of St. Louis, right on the Mississippi.  He grew up swimming from ages 5-18.  While in college, he began coaching an area summer league team which opened the door to work with a USA swimming club.  Upon graduating, he started full-time coaching in 2009 with the Flyers Aquatic Swim Team in St. Louis.  After gaining experience with a large club, Jordan took the head coaching job of his former team back in Cape Girardeau in 2011.  Married in 2012, Jordan and his wife Emily spent three years together in Cape Girardeau until the call of the mountains could no longer be ignored.  They moved to Denver in November 2014 and Jordan began working with the DU Hilltoppers.  It was there where Jordan became Head Age Group Coach of TOPS, and Jordan and Emily welcomed their first child, Ivy, into their lives in October 2017.  Seeking the family life in the mountains that Denver could not provide, Jordan decided to depart from TOPS and begin working with the Evergreen Swim Team in December 2018.  Throughout this history, Jordan has coached all ages and abilities to various levels in the sport.  He loves getting kids excited about swimming and always promotes a positive atmosphere for everyone within earshot.

Assistant Coach Nate Rothman

Lead Coach Category 3

Nate is not a newcomer to the sport of swimming with 3 decades of competitive swimming and coaching under his belt. Nate grew up in the Evergreen area, and was a hurricane from 1994 to 2003 where he competed at the state, Sectional, Junior National, and National level. While at Evergreen High School in the early 2000s, Nate was a 4-time Colorado State Champion. From Evergreen he became a Wildcat at the University of Arizona where he competed for 3 seasons, after which he moved into coaching. Nate coached summer league teams for 6 summers including 3 summers as a head coach in BVSSL at the Meadows Club. Nate has also had a long career as a collegiate swim coach-starting out with CU Boulder’s club team then moving on to coach the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers for 11 years. Nate has stepped away from full-time coaching to spend more time with his 4 boys (Nolan, Boyd, Rowan, and Beinn). Nate, his wife Kelly, and the boys love to camp, mountain bike, paddle board, and generally enjoy beautiful Colorado.

Assistant Coach Jeff Cook

Lead Coach Category 1

Jeff has been coaching since 2000, he started coaching at Thomas Jefferson High School. During his 4 years at TJ, he was the head coach for both the mens and woman’s teams. During his final year the men’s team captured a league championship earning him coach of the year honors. From there, Coach Cook  moved to Arvada West High School were he is currently the head coach of the men’s team and math teacher. Since 2012, Coach Cook has worked with swim team at Lakewood Country Club, coaching all level of swimmers. Coach Cook, graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bacholars of Arts degree in Mathematics, and a minor in Secondary Education.

Assistant Coach Nissa Garin

Assistant Coach Category 2 and 3



Assistant Coach Brian Pursley

Born into a swimming family, Brian has been involved in the sport for his entire life. As a breaststroker, Brian was a DII NCAA Champion at the Colorado School of Mines and an ACC finalist at North Carolina State University. Brian has coached at every level. As the head age group coach at Phoenix Swim Club in 2004, he led swimmers to 19 Team Records, 9 Arizona State Records, and 9 National Top 16 performances. Brian has spent most of his career as a collegiate assistant coach, primarily at Arizona State University and Auburn University, where he has had the privilege of coaching some of the nation’s premier swimming teams to 3 SEC Team Championships and 1 NCAA Team Championship, along with 10 Individual NCAA Championship swims, and 60 All-American performances. Brian was privileged to play a role in coaching 9 athletes who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning 9 medals and setting 1 world record. Brian lives in Evergreen with his 3 swimmers; Eddie, Ruby, and Johnny.

Assistant Coach Lori Royal

Assistant Coach Category 1

Assistant Coach Aspen Fisher

Assistant Coach Category 1