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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

They can be reached at the Y most weekday evenings  (636-928-1928)

Coaching Staff

Kale Kirchner

Head Coach

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I started swimming when I was 3 years old, being taught by my dad who was the head coach at the University of Arkansas at the time. I swam for The Woodlands High School in Houston, TX where we won the 2001 State Championship. I also played 4 years of Water Polo in high school and made the All-State team in 2002, my senior year.

After high school I attended Texas A&M and played water polo. During college I coached for The Woodlands Marlins summer league team and The Woodlands Waves summer team.

After college I became the interim women's Water Polo coach at Baylor for 1 year and then coached the Klein Oak US club team in Houston, TX

Since then my wife Jennifer and I have two boys, Evan and Beckett, and love living in St. Louis. 

This will be my second summer season going into my 3rd full season. We have accomplished things that I thought would have taken longer, but our hard work and our commitment to excellence has accelerated our goals.

Danielle Ficocelli

Assistant Coach - Summer League

Email

Phone: (636) 795 - 8613

Email: ficoiam@yahoo.com

Education:

University of Arkansas Little Rock

Early Childhood / Special Education

Degree:  BS Early Childhood / Special Education

Lindenwood

Early Childhood / Special Education

Degree:  Masters Early Childhood / Special Education

Swimming Experience:

1996 – 2000 Saint Charles County Family YMCA Stingrays

  • State Qualifier Every Year
  • Top 8 Finalist Every Year
  • Swimmer of the Year 1998 - 1999
  • Stingray of the Year 1998 - 1999

2000 – 2001 Boys and Girls Club Saint Charles

  • Sectional Qualifier

2001 – 2003 Rec Plex Sharks Swim Team

  • Sectional Qualifier

1999 – 2003 Fort Zumwalt South High School

  • Team Captain Senior Year
  • GAC Finalist all 4 Years
  • Medaled in State all 4 Years

2003 – 2007 University of Arkansas Little Rock Trojan

  • Team Captain Senior Year

Coaching Experience and Accomplishments:

Assistant Coach Manta Rays Summer Team 2017-2018

Head Coach Manta Rays Summer Team: 2016

Assistant Coach Stingrays (Level 2):  2007 – 2013

Coached YMCA District Champs

Coached YMCA State Champs

Coached National Swimmers

University of Carbondale Swim Camp

Office Hours:

I’m usually in the office Tuesday and Thursday before practice.  Best and easiest way to get a hold of me is by email or phone.