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Coaches & Directors

Lake Country Swim Team is proud to offer its swimmers a highly professional coaching staff, committed to providing excellence through an impressive blend of experience and expertise. Feel free to contact the staff with any questions you may have!

Coaching Staff

Mark Kohnhorst

Executive Director/Head Coach

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Mark is the Lake Country Swim Team Executive Director and Head Coach, lead coach for Senior Gold and Sterling practice groups..

Mark brings more than 30 years of experience to the program as a coach, swimmer and parent. Mark began coaching with the Hartford Swim Club and Hartford HS in 1980, coaching the Boy's and Girl's teams through to 1991. Mark's coaching career with LAKE began as the Hartford Program coach in 1987, being promoted to the Head Age Group coach in 1991. He assumed Head Coach and Executive Director responsibilities in 2002.

Raised, and still living, in Hartford Wisconsin, Mark is married to Darsi since Ground Hog's Day 1980.  He has three children, Whitney, Devin and Aiden. When not on the deck or in the office, he enjoys putzing around the house, reading, crossword puzzles and other word games. Mark loves to cook for the family as well, especially on the grill, which is used year-round.

You can reach mark via the phone or email.  You won't find him on twitter or facebook - sorry just too much to keep track of.

Robert M Jenkyns

Head Age Group/Jr. Coach/Bus.Manager

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Coach Bob is the Lake Country Swim Team Head Age Group Coach and the Business Manager, as well as being the lead coach for the Junior training group. Coach Bob is also the Head Boy’s Swim Coach for Arrowhead HS and the Co-Head Girl’s Swim Coach (along with his wife Kristen (see bio below) for Hartford HS. Coach Bob and Coach Kristen, call the beautiful city of Hartford their home. Besides coaching, their lives are blessed with four young adult children – Danielle, Melanie, Chris and Kyle. They are also enjoying sponsoring and being part of two Haitian children's lives - Wandy (15) and Ashley (7). Both of these Haitian children love swimming.

Coach Bob is a graduate of Lakeland College with a degree in Business Administration. He has 30 years of high school and club coaching experience with the last 19 at LCST and AHS both as a coach and parent.  He is certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as an ASCA level 5 (high school), level 4 (age group) and level 4 (USA swimming) coaching qualifications. He has received numerous recognitions for his team’s accomplishments including an opportunity to speak at the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) national convention in March of 2007 and induction into the Arrowhead High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.  His Arrowhead High School Mens and Womens teams have won the Wisconsin D1 State Championship title 10 times and was runner-up 8 times. Coach Bob has been Wisconsin Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association "Coach of the Year" five times. He was also selected as Wisconsin's Long Course Coach of the Year in 2012. What he is most proud of though, is watching the numerous age group swimmers develop into fine young women and men throughout their swimming years! Congratulations to all of the swimmers who have learned the outstanding qualities developed through the sport of swimming that will carry you throughout your life!

In his spare time off the deck, Coach Bob enjoys football, fishing, grilling, tasting various microbrews, listening to podcasts of Mike Bellanti, Joel Osteen, Robert Morris and Steven Furtick  and thinking of creative and innovative ways to challenge his swimmers!

It's easiest to contact Coach Bob through email but appreciate text messages on meet days or emergency situations.

Tom Coons

Senior Coach

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Tom is directly in charge of the Senior Silver and Senior Bronze Groups.   He also works with the Senior Gold and Sterling Silver Groups.  Tom is the team’s Marketing Director. Tom is ASCA Level 4 and is an American Red Cross Instructor.

Tom started with Lake Country Swim Team in April of 2007.  He believes that swimmers should be constantly developing better technique, superior practice habits, improving goal setting and being a good teammate.  Swimmers should challenge themselves by swimming all events each season not just their favorite events. 

Tom swam for Lakeside Swim Club (Louisville, KY).  He swam for and graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Finance.  Tom then moved to Illinois to coach at Northern Illinois University (92-97).  Tom left collegiate coaching to coach for swim clubs in the Chicago area for 10 years. 

In his free time, Tom enjoys listening to music and gardening.  His favorite foods are Indian, Chicago stuffed pizza and Skyline Cheese Coneys.

Tom can be contacted via e-mail and Facebook.

 

Ruth Ann Ahnen

Age Group Gold/Silver Coach

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Ruth Ann is the coach for LAKES AHS silver and gold  groups. Coach Ruth Ann was a competitive swimmer for 11 years in Wisconsin and Missouri. She was a state champion and record holder in high school. She attended the University Of Missouri. She coached swimming in PA before moving to WI with her family. She is going into her 8th year of coaching for the Phoenix. Ruth Ann also works with Arrowhead HS.womens and mens team as head coach of the girls and assistant with the mens. She has coached numerous zone and state qualifiers and champions. Coach Ruth Ann's goal with her swimmers is to lay a strong foundation for a successful swimming career . Coach Ruth Ann and her husband Tony have 2 children, Katie 23, who is a Phlebotomist and Matthew,19, who attends the University of MN. The best way to reach Coach Ruth Ann is through email rahnen@wi.rr.com.
 

When not at the pool, Coach Ruth Ann enjoys trail running, running her home based business and traveling.

Theodore W Krueger

Super 8 Coach

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Swimming Background:

-started swimming at age 6 for LCST
-swam for AHS - State Champs 1995 and 1997 - Go Hawks!
     -100 back state record
     -200 FR and 200 MR state record
     -100 back national HS record for scy
-swam for UW-Madison - Go Badgers!
     -100 and 200 back team records
-swam at the 2000 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis

I have been coaching with the team since 2000 and currenty run the super 8 and age group silver program.  I also work for the City of Waukesha in their IT department.

Conner G Andrews

Assistant Senior Coach

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Coaching Background:

Started coaching in the summer of 2008 for Madison West YMCA and continued there for the next couple summers after before becoming a coach at Oregon Community Swim Club for 2 consecutive seasons. In the spring of 2012, I came across the great opportunity to coach for the team that I swam for and have been here ever since! Swimming is my obsession and I am happy to be in the business of making elite swimmers. I approach my coaching with an educational aspect for the swimmers, science, and creativity all in a positive atmosphere.

Swimming Background:

Started competitive swimming as a 7 year old for the Tosa Swordfish and after 2 years I moved and came to Lake Country where I swam from 1998-2007. I was part of 17 state championship team wins and had attained multiple individual state titles starting my sophmore year of high school. Qualified and finaled at Junior Nationals and qualified for the U.S. Open. I was part of the Arrowhead High School Team all 4 years where I was part of the 3rd consecutive team state title win in 2004 and I had attained 3 individual state titles throughout my high school career. Named 2006 WIAA Division 1 and Journal Sentinel swimmer of the year.  As a senior I was a team captain. I continued my swimming on an athletic scholarship at University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-2010 where I competed at the Big Ten Championships each year. I decided to take 2 years off and at the end of 2012, I declared myself professional and have been enjoying being back in the water since!!

Aiden Kohnhorst

AG Bronze Coach & Assistant AG Coach

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Aiden has been a Lake Country Swim Team member since he was 7 years old.  Born and raised in Hartford, Aiden attended Hartford High School where competed regularly inthe WIAA State Meet and established a school record in the 500 Free.  He has been coaching with the team since 2010.  Aiden has a Level One Certification with ASCA.  In addition to being the lead coach for Arrowhead's Age Group Bronze and Novice programs, Aiden is a regular assistant and sub for any of the Age Group training groups.

Despite his youth, you won't find Aiden on the social media sites, but you can reach him via email or phone.

Whitney J Witt

Hartford Facility Coach/Novice Director

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Whitney is the Phoenix's Novice Director and the lead coach at the Hartford Pool.  This is her 11th year with the team as a coach, however, she swam for the team for 11 years.  You can find Whitney in the team office during the day and on deck in the evening.  Your best means of communication are via email at wjk416@hotmail.com.

Whitney currently resides in Erin, WI, in the foothills of the beautiful Holy Hill.  She
loves teaching children of all ages about the wonderful world of competitive swimming.  She cares deeply about every child she works with and absolutely loves how much they all make her smile and laugh!

Kristen E Jenkyns

Age Group Silver/Bronze/Super 8 Coach

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Coach Kristen's lifetime passion for the sport of swimming began at the age of 7, when she joined her local summer league swim team.  Year round club swimming quickly followed and by the age of 12 she was ranked in the top 16 in the nation in her age group.  In high school, she swam varsity and qualified for the state meet all four years, finishing in the top 8 multiple times in breaststroke and sprint freestyle events.  She began her coaching career in 1987, while in college at Western Washington University, as the head coach for the local high school team.  In her first year there, she led the team to a top five state finish for the first time in the school’s history.

 

Coach K coached the Age Group Silver group at LAKE from 2002-2005 and was the Arrowhead High School Girls Varsity Reserve Coach from 2002-2004.  In 2005, she took over as Head Coach of the Hartford Union High School Girls Swim Team.  In the last 9 years, she and her now co-head coach (since 2007) husband Bob, have led that team to an unprecedented 8 consecutive WLT Conference Championships.  Their swimmers have broken many school and pool records, many swimmers & relays have qualifed for high school state, and several of their swimmers have received college scholarships.  In 2013, Kristen was named the Hartford Union High School Head Boys Coach and she is really enjoying continuing the growth and development of that team.  In addition to swim coaching, Kristen’s full-time job since 2006 has been running her home daycare, K’s Playce Family Childcare.

 

Kristen and her husband, LAKE’s very own Coach Bob, have four young adult children:  Danielle (24), Melanie (23), Chris (22), and Kyle (19), who all grew up swimming for LAKE.  Their oldest daughter and son swam in college on NCAA Division I swimming scholarships.  Their family also includes two Pomeranian dogs – Bear and Scooter, a cat – Romeo, and two horses – Chance and Madison.  Kristen’s lifelong passions are her family, competitive swimming, and horse training/showing/trail riding!  She and Coach Bob love to vacation at their timeshare condo in Myrtle Beach, on Caribbean cruises, and at her parents condo on Kauai, Hawaii.  Their newest passion is enjoying the TV show “Duck Dynasty”!     

 

Board of Directors

Richard Hein

President

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Sue Laabs

Treasurer

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Rob Cabush

Board Member

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Karen Clauer

Board Member

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Barbi Goldsmith

Board Member

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Kim Grimes

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Ginny Jacob

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Scott Murphy

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David Stemper

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Greg Tierney

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Lori Worgull

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Kristin Zietlow

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