Executive Director/Head Coach
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
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
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
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
Tom can be contacted via
e-mail and Facebook.
Ruth Ann Ahnen
Age Group Gold/Silver 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
When not at the pool, Coach Ruth Ann enjoys trail running, running
her home based business and traveling.
Whitney J Witt
Hartford Facility Coach/Novice Director
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 email@example.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!
Theodore W Krueger
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 Union 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.
Their swimmers have broken many school and pool records, many
swimmers & relays have qualifed for HS State, and several of
their swimmers have receive college scholarships. In 2013, Kristen was named the Hartford
Union High School Head Boys Coach and she is really looking
forward to 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 (22),
Chris (21), and Kyle (19), who all swam for LAKE. Their oldest daughter and
son swam/swim 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”!
Connor G Andrews
Assistant Senior Coach
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.
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!!
AG Bronze Coach & Assistant AG 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.