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2014-15 Coaching Staff
Coaching Staff

Katie Espe

Head Coach/Program Director

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Katie has been coaching with the Anchorage YMCA Swim Team since 2007. This will be her sixth season serving as the team's head coach and her third year as the team's Program Director. Katie has coached all levels of swimming from pre-team through senior level, designed and managed a successful learn to swim program, and served two years on the staff of Alaska Swimming's state all-star Zone Team. She has coached swimming for Alaska Pacific Swim Club, Chugiak High School's Swim and Dive Team and TruNorth Team Swimming, and has been a long-time swim parent. Katie is a USA Swimming, YMCA Swimming, American Swim Coaches Association, and NFHS/ASAA certified swim coach. In addition to coaching swimming, Katie has bachelor's degrees in both developmental psychology and history and has a Master's Degree in education with a State of Alaska Teaching Certificate endorsed for grades 5-12. She has worked directly with children in sports, research, and educational environments for over 25 years. When she's not at the pool, Katie loves walking her dog, playing with her cat, and traveling to new places.

Lisa Evans

Assistant Coach

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Lisa is a USA Swimming Certified swim coach. This is Lisa's fifth season coaching with the Anchorage YMCA Swim Team, where she coaches our stroke school, novice and age group levels. She swam for the Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Club from when she was in 5th grade until she was in 9th grade, and then she swam for Soldotna High School until she graduated in 2009. Lisa is also currently a masters team swimmer for the YMCA. Lisa is attending The University of Alaska-Anchorage, and is completing her Bachelors in nursing degree with a minor in nutrition. She is also an avid runner who loves treking through Anchorage trails with her lab, Seeley.

Lauren Mary Langford

Assistant Coach

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Lauren has been a coach with the Anchorage YMCA Swim Team since 2009, and currently coaches the team's junior and senior levels. She is an experienced swimmer, swim lesson instructor, and masters state record holder who currently swims for the Anchorage YMCA masters team. She is a USA Swimming, YMCA Swimming, American Swim Coaches Association, and NFHS/ASAA certified swim coach who also currently serves as the head coach for the West High School Swim and Dive Team. She works at Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company as their wholesale order administrator while finishing her degree at UAA. Lauren is also a mom to a busy toddler, an avid reader, and enjoys singing.

Shallyn Lakel Strahle

Assistant Coach

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As a former Anchorage YMCA Swim Team swimmer, Shallyn is our first swim team graduate who has gone on to coach for the team. She is a 2014 graduate of Service High School, a former irish dancer, and is currently a full time student in the nursing program at UAA. She is also currently a CNA at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Shallyn has worked with children in a variety of environments in the past, and currently works with our stroke school and novice level swimmers as a USAS certified swim coach.

Grant Ensign

Assistant Coach

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Grant is a USAS certified swim coach and a 2013 graduate of Chugiak High School. He has been involved in club swimming since age 10. During his senior year of high school he was a state finalist in the 200 freestyle. He garnered a spot on the top ten state list for that year as well. He went on to swim briefly at BYU before returning to Anchorage to complete his degree at UAA, where he is currently a full time student. In his free time he also enjoys testing and reviewing video games and practicing jiujitsu.