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 lead coach for the AG Gold group. SHe has been with
LAKE for over 11 years. She grew up swimming in Wisconsin and
Missouri. She was a MO state HS champ and record holder and
attended the University of Missouri. She has coached in Maryland,
Pennsylvania and now in Wisconsin. She has coached all levels from
learn to swim to masters. She is also the head coach of the
Arrowhead High School girls swim and dive
She is a CNHP (Ceritfied Natural Health Practioner) and is
finishing up her ND ( Doctor of Naturalpath). She is a life long
learner and has attended numerous national and international
coaching clinics and leadership events over the last 30 years.. She
enjoys running swim clinics and working one on one with swimmers.
Her goal is to bring out the best in her swimmers in and out of the
pool. Her motto is , if you love what you do , you will never work
a day in your life and she does because of the swimmers she has the
opportunity to coach.
In her spare time she loves to climb mountains and trailrun.She has
trekked to Everest Base Camp, and climbed Kilimanjaro and
Rainier. She has competed in ultramarathons and run the NYC and
Marine Corp Marathons. She and her husband Tony have been
married for 28 years and have 2 children Katie (28) and Matt (23)
and 2 aussie pups, Bear and Gemma.
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 email@example.com.
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 Lake Country's Bronze, Silver and Super 8's group, you
will see him helping out with the other age groups programs on the
Despite his youth, you won't find Aiden on the social media
sites, but you can reach him via email or phone.
MacGyver W Zepezauer
Assistant Coach - Hartford Pool
Conner G Andrews
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. In my coaching style, I take an
educational, science-based approach while creating a positive
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 still swim and
compete once in awhile and I'm enjoying it just as much!