Executive Director/Head Coach
Mark is the Lake Country Swim Team
Executive Director and Head Coach, lead coach for
Junior practice group.
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
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.
Head Senior Coach
Dave Joyce has been
coaching swimming full time for nearly 18 years, most recently as
Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of
Wisconsin- Milwaukee, a position which he had held since the start
to the 2013-2014 collegiate season. The Panthers were very
successful during Dave’s time there, with the women’s
team claiming 2nd place in the Horizon League in both
2014 & 2015 and the men adding a runner-up trophy in
2015. In addition, Emily McClellan qualified for and competed
at the 2014 NCAA Championships in where she finished in
2nd in the 100 breaststroke. Emily’s time of
57.76 made her the second fastest American performer of all time in
that event. Prior to joining UW-Milwaukee on a full-time basis,
Dave was the Head Coach of the YMCA at Pabst Farms from 2004-2013.
Under his direction, the Piranhas Swim Team became increasingly
more competitive at both the state and national levels. The
athletes he coached won countless WSI & YMCA State individual
and relay event championships and several of his swimmers on
to compete at the highest level USA Swimming Championship events.
In 2012, two YMCA at Pabst Farms swimmers qualified for and
competed at the Olympic Team Trials.
Prior to assuming the
role of head coach for the Pabst Farms YMCA Piranhas, Joyce was the
head senior coach here at Lake Country "Phoenix” from
2000-2004. During that time, 22 LAKE senior swimmers tallied over
50 Wisconsin Swimming state records and one USA Swimming national
record. Joyce also led over 20 swimmers to USA Nationals,
with two swimmers qualifying to swim at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team
Trials. One swimmer also achieved placement on the 2002 National
Junior Team. The Phoenix team won Wisconsin State team
championships every year from 2000-2004 and won the Speedo
Sectional Championship in 2003.
Dave and his wife Amber
reside in Ixonia and have two young sons, August (28 mos.) and
Denver (14 mos.) and are expecting their third child in late August
2015. Amber is the Youth Development Director at the YMCA at
Pabst Farms and enjoys rock climbing and spending time with
family. Dave enjoys spending time with his family, escaping
the winter by visiting the in-laws in Florida and fishing.
His favorite fish to catch are muskies (freshwater) and cobia
Mark D Johnson
Senior Silver and Bronze Coach
At just 18 months old, MJ’s parents have photos of him attempting to dive off a chair into only 8 inches of water in a kiddy pool! Following lessons and a brief time competing for the local YMCA, he eventually joined Lake County Swim Team at the age of 6 where he began an illustrious 19-year swimming career. Setting several Wisconsin State records and winning multiple 12&Under and 13&Over state titles. As a senior in high school, MJ competed on the 2002 U.S. National Junior Team and had the opportunity to represent the U.S. at an international competition in Australia. MJ’s efforts in Australia caught the attention of the coaches at Auburn University, were he signed with the Auburn Tigers. While at Auburn, MJ studied Finance while also having the privilege of competing on 4 consecutive NCAA Division I National Championship teams. While at Auburn he spent his summers training, competing, and working as a swim-camp counselor at the Auburn Tiger Swim Camp. He developed a passion for passing on his knowledge to the next generation of swimmers as a camp counselor. MJ was also a competitor at the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Coach MJ has been coaching and teaching lessons full-time for the last 5 years. MJ started off his coaching career as Head Coach at Big Blue Aquatics in Glenview, Illinois and then Lifetime Swim Team Southeast in Birmingham, Alabama. MJ couldn’t be more excited that his swimming and professional life has come full circle by joining the Lake Country staff in the fall of 2015. He looks forward to coaching up our Senior Bronze and Senior Silver, while also helping with the Sterling and Senior Gold programs.
Ruth Ann Ahnen
Head Developmental and AG Gold Coach
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 email@example.com.
When not at the pool, Coach Ruth Ann enjoys trail running, running her home based business and traveling.
Whitney J Witt
Hartford Head Coach/Team Novice Director
Whitney is the Phoenix's Novice Director and
the lead coach at the Hartford Pool. This is
her 13th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whitney currently resides in Monches, WI. She
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
AG Silver Coach & Super 8 Coach
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.
Caleb Richard Hernday
AG Bronze and Assistant Coach
Caleb came to the Lake Country family in 2014. He is not directly in charge of any specific group, but you can find Caleb assisting with any group in the Lake. He also helps with the community swim lessons and novice programs. He loves how each group presents new challenges and new experiences. He is the JV coach of the Arrowhead Girls Swim Team. He also was the Head Coach of the St John’s Northwestern Military Academy in 2015. Caleb believes that great attendance, positive attitude, and desire are the key ingredients to great swimming. When he is not on deck, you can find Caleb at UWM pursing his Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, biking and reading. Caleb loves being a member of the Lake family and wants to see it achieve even more success!
MacGyver W Zepezauer
Assistant Coach - Hartford Pool