RITTER Sports Performance helps swimmers go faster and coaches get better, worldwide. Through our online resources on strength and dryland training, swim technique, swim-coaching education, or race analysis–RITTER is ready to help take your swimming to the next level. Are you?

Who We Are:

RITTER Sports Performance was founded in 2011 by Chris Ritter. Leading up to that time, Chris was both a strength coach and a swim coach for a number of programs at the club and collegiate level. Included in these programs was a professional swim group that was training for the 2008 USA Olympic Trials and the 2008 Olympic Games. This group included multiple elite-level athletes from all over the world, and Chris was their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Within this group, one athlete in particular went on to rewrite the story books, and that was Cullen Jones.

Cullen swam on the HISTORICAL Men's 4x100M Freestyle Relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This was the relay where Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones, and Jason Lezak defeated the French with the UNBELIEVABLE race finish from Jason. Ever since that relay happened, Chris decided to take his coaching capabilities a step further, and extend his reach to not just working with athletes in-person. From there, RITTER Sports Performance was born.

Fast forward to today, RITTER Sports Performance has morphed into an online, virtual training and continuing education platform for coaches, swimmers, triathletes, masters athletes, and open water swimmers. We serve to help any swimmer or coach get to their performance goals.

Not only does RITTER support athletes in their journeys all over the world, but RITTER is quickly becoming the "go-to" resource for swim coaches worldwide. So whether you're an athlete or coach--be sure to check out all that we offer and how we can help you become better than you were yesterday. Are you ready?


Chris Ritter

Founder / Head of Coaching Development

Chris Ritter has been coaching and inspiring others for over a decade. RITTER Sports Performance was created out of his desire to empower others to realize their true potential. With his experience as both a strength coach and swim coach, Chris has helped clients of all abilities and backgrounds achieve success, including Olympic Gold Medalists to grandmothers. His energy is focused on growing the team and reach of RITTER to help empower even more athletes and coaches worldwide.

Chris also regularly hosts the RITTER Sports Performance Podcast.
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Abbie Fish

Technique Coach

Abbie has been in the competitive swimming realm for over 20 years. At the age of five, she started competing and soon after her passion for the sport of swimming ignited. From qualifying for the Olympic Trials to working at USA Swimming’s headquarters, Abbie has been on all sides of the sport. She is a University of Georgia “Double Dawg”–where she swam and graduated with M.S. and B.S. degrees. Abbie now spends her time in the Florida Keys, where she coaches a local swim club and manages a pool. She continues to further her knowledge about stroke mechanics and analyzing swimming technique with an array of different software programs. She has worked with clients as young as 5 and up to 90 years old. Abbie believes anyone with the heart to train can benefit from technical advice!

Devon Jones

Performance Coach

Devon grew up in the Northern Virginia D.C. Metro Area and was surrounded by every sport including basketball, football, and soccer. He eventually grew a passion for competitive powerlifting and after pursuing an education and career in Exercise Science and Personal Training he was then later exposed to the world of swimming. He has since been able to work with some of the nations top swimmers by learning how to apply his passion for strength power and injury prevention to the needs of the sport. He came in contact with RITTER Sports Performance through a podcast and now is apart of the RITTER Team. Devon has been taught by the best in the business, taking part in mentorships at both EXOS and Mike Boyle’s Strength & Conditioning.

Dan Jackson

Performance Coach

Dan’s journey to becoming a strength coach began as a competitive swimmer for the University of South Carolina, where he earned his B.S. in Exercise Science in 2012. Upon graduating from USC, this Texas boy made the move back to Austin. Soon after arrival, he became a certified practitioner of Applied Functional Science (AFS) through the Gray Institute. This foundation of knowledge, along with his drive to learn everything there is to know about anatomy, physiology and movement biomechanics, has allowed him the opportunity to work with athletes of all ability levels; from Olympic Trial Swimmers and NFL linemen to weekend warriors and seasoned fitness enthusiasts. Dan has made it his goal to providing his athletes with the most well-rounded approach to strength and fitness in order to help them live a pain-free life while achieving optimal movement with the intent to reach their goals.

Steph Saullo

Director of Operations

Steph has spent the majority of her career in nutrition and health communications, public affairs, and project management. She is a Registered Dietitian by training and first joined RITTER Sports Performance as a performance dietitian. She loves creating systems and efficiencies and tries to put everything in an Excel spreadsheet, which eventually led her to focus on all things operations. Steph earned a Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Steph resides in Charlotte, NC.

Emily Zapinski

Project Manager

Emily has been splashing since the year 2000. She swam for the University of Alabama, where she was captain of the team and graduated with degrees in Business Management and Spanish in 2017. She currently considers herself a world nomad, and recently returned from a year of working in Malaysia for the U.S. State Department. Emily met Coach Abbie and was introduced to RITTER Sports Performance after (ironically) signing up to swim the same Open Water Race around the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. Ever since then, Emily has fallen in love with connecting people of the swimming community to RITTER in a fun and engaging way–with hopes to help the current generation of swimmers and coaches to their full-potential.  

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