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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 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 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.

Dave Joyce

Head Senior Coach

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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 (saltwater).

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.

Whitney J Witt

Hartford Head Coach/Team Novice Director

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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 wjk416@hotmail.com.

Whitney currently resides in Monches, 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 laugh!

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.

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.

Caleb Richard Hernday

Assistant Coach

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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!  

Board of Directors

Kim Grimes

President

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Scott Murphy

Vice President

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Greg Tierney

Treasurer

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Kristin Zietlow

Secretary

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Jackie Braunschweig

Board Member

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Karen Clauer

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Marc DeVillers

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Brenda Nunnally

Board Member

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Allan Schmitz

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David Stemper

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Paul Wilson

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Lori Worgull

Board Member

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