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Our team prides itself on positive coaching, supportive members, and having fun while meeting your desired goals and challenges of swimming. Our coaches are trained and certified through the Positive Coach Alliance, and we emphasize this in all aspects of our team.

If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.


Coaching Staff

Rusty Bernstein

Head Coach



Coach Rusty comes to Woodland Park having coached for over 35 years at club, high school, and  college levels. He is an ASCA Level 4 coach that has developed swimmers to the Sr. National, Jr. National, HS All-American, and Sectional levels.  While coaching in Europe, one of his swimmers also  participated in the 2000 Olympic Games representing the Netherlands. He also enjoyed coaching his high school boys' swim team to an upset, becoming MI State Champions and earning the MI Boys' Swimming Coach of the Year by Michigan HS Athletic Association.  And, yes, he has competitive experience as a club swimmer for ten years, as a collegiate swimmer for Minnesota State, and also as a swimmer at the Master's level.

 Coach Rusty's coaching philosophy beliefs include:

  • Learning how to swim technically correct is the highest priority

  • First place or last place, individual improvement is what’s most important

  • The team is more important than one individual

  • Enable all athletes to reach their full potential if that is their desire

  • Listening, following direction, and effort are 3 crucial elements in athlete development

  • Develop good human beings as well as good athletes

One of the things that he enjoys most is seeing the excitement and energy when swimmers hit those achievements they have worked so hard to accomplish. It is so rewarding!

You may also see him on the pickleball courts, as he's an avid player. He also loves to bowl and is quite good at it.  He is also father to four wonderful children.

He is very excited about the unique opportunity of leading Peak Swim Team in a fantastic direction!

To contact Coach Rusty, please email:[email protected]  or you may text or call him at: (505) 670-5275

Kelly Havens

Assistant Coach


Kelly Havens is a long time local resident of Woodland Park. During her high school career at WPHS, she was the first female to letter in swimming for WPHS, encouraging others to journey down to Manitou for a competitive swimming experience. Overall, she swam competitively for 12 years.

Once returning to Woodland Park to pursue her teaching career and root her adult life within the community she was raised, she was more than eager to someday coach swimming. With the arrival of the Aquatic Center and the development of both the Peak Swim Team and the WPHS women’s swimming team, Coach Havens was thrilled to join both teams as assistant coach, bringing her swimming career and goals full circle.

She is very excited to see and be apart of the continual swim growth in this community. She is a mother to one child, who of course also has a passion for competitive swimming. In addition to pool life, you can catch both of them on the trails riding horses or at the arena grounds assisting with the production of the annual rodeo.

Board of Directors

Gwynne Dawdy Pekron

Founder, Chair, Executive Director


Mary Sekowski



John Dill

Board Secretary


Heather Kenyon

Board Director