Steve is a retired U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer (RS) and the author of The Hero Factory: The Untold Story of Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School. With over a decade of coaching experience, he specializes in tactical athlete populations teaching the men and women who serve our country and protect our streets how to ready themselves for the demands of duty. As an RS, he was responsible for prosecuting search and rescue in heavy seas, swift-water, urban flood response, cliff-side recovery, and backcountry deployment. For five years, Steve served as an RS instructor where he had the privilege of training more than fifty percent of the fleet's operational RS assets, while also being responsible for developing the six-month physical training program for the Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmer School. In addition to coaching, he is the owner and head instructor of 1441 Jiu Jitsu. He is a father of three and resides in Virginia with his wife Kristin.
At 20 years old, Bret's natural love for the ocean and itch for adventure led him to join the Coast Guard (CG) to become a helicopter rescue swimmer. During his 20 years of service, Bret has documented over 300 lives saved or assisted from numerous hurricanes, ice-cold water, alligator-infested swamps, and urban disasters like Hurricane Katrina. His last 4 years in the CG, Bret was a helicopter rescue swimmer instructor at the AST “A” School. Bret has spent the past 10 years as a student of the human body to include strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, studying optimal movement patterns, speed, power, mobility, nutrition, sleep, and regeneration. He now owns a gym in Asheville, NC, where he resides with his wife and two kids.