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  • Low yardage, Race pace training program including:
  • Training supervised or conducted by  Roy Chaney ( USRPTIA Certified Silver Level Head Coach)  

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Coaching Staff

Roy C Chaney

Head Coach/Senior & CEO


35+ years of swimming experience!


  • Gazette Swim Coach of the Year 2013-2014 & 2015-2016
  • Colorado High School 4A Coach of the Year 2013-2014 & 2015-2016
  • Best of the Springs Bronze Coach 2012

             Coach Chaney has taught swimming since he was a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) in 1981. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1983 and and graduated from Colorado Mesa State University with a Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology/Sport Management degree. From 1983 to 2000, he held his high schools 200 Medley Relay Record (Butterfly) and in 1983 competed in the Everyman’s Triathlon and Mile High Triathlon (Ironman Qualifier) and placed 8th in his age-group. In 1984, he entered into the US Army as a Blackhawk crewchief and mechanic. He competed in several Army sports including soccer, powerlifting, racquetball and Ssireum (Traditional Korean Wrestling). In 1987, he placed in 4th place at the Camp Humphreys Army Games in powerlifting and has taken 1st place at the Colorado Grand and Colorado Regional in Loveland (2012 & 2013). He developed the first Camp Humphreys water polo league. In 1991, he became Aquatics Director at the Country Club of Colorado. Throughout his 16 years at the club, he developed the Clubs swim lesson program and developed one of the best summer club swim team programs in the city. Currently, Coach Chaney is the Director at the Manitou Swimming Pool & Fitness Center, Head Coach of the Manitou Springs High School girls swim team and is Head Coach/Owner of the Colorado Torpedoes Swim Team. 

Hobbies: swimming since age 6, flag football for 18 years, Powerlifting, Tai Chi and Kung Fu.  


  • Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology/Sport Management (Colorado Mesa University)
  • USRPTIA Certified Silver Level Head Coach (Ultra Short Race Pace Training International Association)
  • American Swimming Coaches Association Level 4 Athlete & Level 5 Education 
  • Elite level swim certification-Super Sports Systems
  • Colorado High School 4A Coach of the Year 2013-2014 & 2015-2016, Gazette Telegraph Coach of the Year 2013-2014 & 2015-2016, Best of the Springs 2012-Best Coach Bronze 
  • High School Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification-IYCA
  • Member NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association)
  • Colorado Western Zones Coach (2011), High School swimming Head Coach with the Harrison / Sierra - 3 years, High School swimming Head Coach with the St. Mary's girls team- 2 years, High School swimming Head Coach with the Manitou girls team 2007 (still coaching and Tri-Peaks League Champion 2013, 2014 and Colorado State top 6 team)
  • Global Sport Technology clinic, Total Immersion workshop-Freestyle clinic & coaches clinic
  • Athlete Member USA/NASA Powerlifting (1st place in 2013 & 2014)
  • Colorado High School Athletic Association Board Member, United States Swimming Registered, National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, Past Member/Treasurer of the Mountain Swim League
  • American Red Cross Instructor Trainer in CPR, AED, first aid, lifeguard and Water Safety
  • Security Volunteer Fire/EMT Department and the Colorado Springs Police Reserve-3 years

 Private coaching with Roy Chaney available (very limited):
$150 (six 30 minute sessions), $60 (one hour session), $40 (1/2 hour session)

Denise Gardiner

Asst. Coach/Developmental Leader


Coach Denise started her coaching career in 1998 as the boys’ team head coach and the girls’ team assistant coach at Pine Creek High School in Academy School District 20.  She became the Pine Creek girls’ team head coach in 2001.  In 2004 Denise was named the High School Boys’ Swim Coach of the Year by the Colorado Springs Gazette.  In 2006 Denise transitioned to club swimming as an assistant coach for the Woodmoor Waves where she primarily worked with the developmental swimmers.  During her nine years with Woodmoor Denise coached numerous swimmers who qualified for short course and long course State and Silver State meets.

Denise started year-round competitive swimming in Orlando, FL, when she was 7 years old. At age 14 she qualified and competed in Junior Nationals.  Two years later she trained with University of Florida’s swim and dive head coach Randy Reese for a season and came close to qualifying for Jr. Nationals again.  During high school she focused equally on school and swimming and, as a senior, was a Florida 4A State meet finalist in 100 Free and 200 I.M.  Deciding to focus on her education in college she left competitive swimming.  Since then, however, Denise swims regularly for fun and fitness, swimming nearly 300 miles per year … avoiding Fly whenever possible.  Denise also enjoys cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, and travel.

Denise earned her Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, in 1985.  In her early career she was a computer programmer and computer systems analyst.  She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia.  She attended grad school at Columbia University in New York, NY, and Florida State University, completing FSU’s grad school program in Secondary Mathematics Education.  She has been a Computer Science teacher at Pine Creek High School since 1998.

Caroline Roy

Asst. Coach/Developmental


Abbie Evans

Asst. Coach/Senior


Abbie grew up in Indiana, and has experience in competitive swimming, coaching, lifeguarding, aquatics, and teaching swim lessons. Abbie started swimming when she was 8 years old for a club team called SWAC. She swam competitively for 10 years. While in high school, Abbie broke two school  records in the 200 and 400 Freestyle relays. Her strongest strokes and events were Breaststroke and the Individual Medley. Abbie coached the summer club team in high school. She has seven years of experience in lifeguarding for her hometown’s Parks and Recreation department. During those seven years she taught aquatics and swim lessons. Abbie has a passion for teenagers and loves spending time getting to know them. She has experience in leading high school youth groups, and spent the summer in Ohio as a camp counselor mentoring kids ages 7 - 17. She moved here to attend Charis Bible College in Woodland Park. Her favorite things to do are horseback riding, fellowship with friends, and most of all – spend time with God!

Julie Kutsner

SUB Asst. Coach


Julie has been involved in the swimming world since the age of 13 when she began competing for Village Green Swim Team in Fort Collins. After high school she attended the University of Wyoming on a swim scholarship where she swam primarily sprint freestyles and breastroke. Upon moving to Ames, Iowa Julie became a volunteer assistant coach for the Ames High School Women’s Swim Team for two seasons, lifeguarded, and taught many swim lessons to not only children but also adults. In 2008, she was hired as the Head Swim Coach for the Wasson Women’s Swim Team. A year later she become the Head coach for the Men’s Team. Julie spent 6 years in these positions until the closing of Wasson in 2013. Since then she has been a USA Official for Colorado Torpedoes where both of her children have swam. Julie also currently serves as the Assistant Swim Coach for the Manitou Mustangs Women’s Swim Team. She loves teaching and coaching swimming (especially freestyle and breaststroke) and is very excited to be part of the Colorado Torpedoes and it’s talented swimmers!

Carina C Villarreal

SUB Asst. Coach


Carina was born and raised in Manitou Springs Colorado, she is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Manitou Springs Pool. She first began swimming many years ago on the torpedoes and also swam for the Manitou Springs High school team. She is currently in college majoring in Cyber Security, and is working towards becoming a police officer in the upcoming years. I enjoy swimming, running, and playing with my dog Liberty. 

Fran Kayton

SUB Fitness Coach


She started her love for fitness in high School, when she began lifting weights in P.E. class and broke the school bench press record.  Since the age of 16, she has enjoyed fitness. She married her husband in 1988 and traveled to many different countries all while working with kids.  She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  In 2006, she began working at the Country Club of Colorado Fitness Center and started in child care and ended as a Director of Fitness. Fran worked as a weight lifting coach at Fox Meadow Middle school and for the PPLD, leading chair exercises for many of the assisted living homes in CS.  She then pursued her own business in 2013, as a personal trainer.  She has competed twice in the Southern Armed Forces Bodybuilding Competition, (placed third the first time and first the second time),  has AFAA Personal Training Certification, AAAI/ISMA Sports Nutrition Consultant and Kids & Teen Fitness Instructor Certifications. 

Fran has been married 27 years and has 2 wonderful boys and a beautiful granddaughter.  She enjoys hiking, being crafty and the outdoors. She look forward to coaching the Torpedoes to learn proper lifelong skills in health and fitness

Hyon Chaney

Billing Department


Parent Volunteers & Board Members

Karen Kight

Head Volunteer Coordinator


Candy Tenpas

New Parent/Hospitality Chair


Carley Hyman

Swim-A-Thon Chair


Samilja Heim

Team Banquet Chair


Elinor Winn

Awards Chair


Handi Dollof-Holt

Meet Computer Operator


Jeff Dollof-Holt

Meet Computer Operator


Michael Reyes

USA Swimming Official


Mary Drum

Social Media Chair/USA Swimming Official


Joe Morin

USA Swimming Referee