Executive Director/Head Coach
Mark is the Lake Country Swim Team
Executive Director and Head Coach, as well as being
the lead coach for
Senior Training Groups.
Mark brings 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 wife of 31 years, Darsi, and has three
children, Whitney, Devin and Aiden. When not on the deck or in the office, he enjoys
putzing around the house and other activities such as cards, X-Box,
'driveway-H-O-R-S-E' and family board games. His favorite food is a grilled, medium-rare rib
eye steak, with sweet onion slices and portabella mushrooms,
done on his patio on a warm
summer evening. Mark's favorite music, as few need to be
told, is the Good Ol' Grateful Dead!
Robert M Jenkyns
Head Age Group/Jr. Coach/Bus.Manager
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.
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 also 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 also been nominated 15 times as
Wisconsin Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association "Coach of
the Year" winning it 5 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 (Go Packers!), fishing, grilling, tasting various
microbrews and thinking of creative and innovative ways to
challenge his swimmers! His favorite vacation places to go to
with Kristen are cruising the Caribbean, Myrtle Beach SC,
Portland OR and Kauai HI. His favorite snacks are Diet
Mountain Dew and Peanut M&M’s, while watching his
favorite TV shows Duck Dynasty and any food shows like Bizarre
Foods, Anthony Bourdain and Man vs. Food. Bob’s favorite
restaurants are Tally Ho, Endter's Sports Bar, Outback
Steakhouse, Chili's, Texas Roadhouse and the
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
Ruth Ann Ahnen
Age Group Gold/Silver Coach
Ruth Ann is the coach for the Phoenix’s Bronze and Gold Team.
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 2 years ago. She
is going into her 2nd year of coaching for the Phoenix.
She has her level 2 certification with the ASCA. Coach Ruth Ann and
her husband Tony have 2 children, Katie 16, who swims for AHS and
Matthew, 13, who swims for Lake Country
When not at the pool, Coach Ruth Ann is busy with her own home
based business and spending time with her family. She loves to read
and think of new things to try with the kids at the pool to keep
practices interesting and fun.
Whitney J Witt
Hartford Facility Coach/Novice Director
Whitney is the Phoenix's Novice Director and
the coach for all levels at the Hartford
Pool. This is her 10th 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
Whitney currently resides in Erin, WI. 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
Theodore W Krueger
Age Group Bronze/Super 8 Coach
-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
Kristen E Jenkyns
Hartford Age Group Bronze/Super 8 Coach
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 High School Girls Swim Team. In
the last 8 years, she and her now co-head coach (since 2007)
husband Bob, have led that team to an unprecedented seven
consecutive WLT Conference Championships, have had many swimmers
& relays qualify for HS State, and have had several swimmers
receive college scholarships. 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 (23), Melanie (22),
Chris (21), and Kyle (18), who all swam for LAKE. 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”!
Assistant Age Group Coach
Connor G Andrews
Assistant Senior Coach