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Leonard Kraus is in his ninthyear coaching the MAKOS and has been
coaching competitive swimming for 28 years. Over
his first eight years the MAKOS have grown in number as well as
continued to raise in the rankings at both the FLAGS & Senior
State Championships as well as added an Olympic
Trails Qualifier and Southern Zone Individual Champion. Coach
Kraus has also been selected to help coach both the LSC's All-Star
and Southern Zone Teams.
the MAKOS, Coach Kraus spent 9 years as the founding head coach for
Marshall University in Huntington, West
Virginia. While at Marshall, Coach Kraus had
multiple NCAA division I qualifiers as well as conference champions
in Conference USA and the Mid-American
Conference. Coach Kraus also led several of his
international athletes to their Olympic Trail meets in their
respective countries. In addition to his collegiate coaching in
Huntington, Coach Kraus also served as an assistant coach for the
Huntington YMCA Charleston Aquatic Team program, as well as the
West Virginia Swimming LSC General Chair (two years), Age Group
Chair (four years) and WV Zone Team Head Coach.
becoming the Head Coach at Marshall Coach Kraus spent 3 years at
the University of Toledo and 3 years at Ball State University as
the Head Assistant Coach at both programs.
During this time, Coach Kraus was able to work with numerous
conference champions and NCAA qualifiers.
Kraus spent the early years of his career coaching at the club
level as the Head Coach for the Cardinal Community Swim Club in
Muncie, Indiana. While at Cardinal Coach Kraus
led several of his athletes to the USA Junior and Senior National
Kraus graduated from Ball State with a Major in Sport
Administration with minors in Business and
Aquatics/Coaching. While at Ball State he swam
for Coach Bob Thomas and also played Water
Kraus is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 coach
and continues to expand his knowledge of the sport of
swimming. Coach Kraus is a USA registered Coach
and is certified in CPR, AED, First Aid and
Leonard Kraus and his wife Joy Kraus have been married for 20 years
and have two daughters that both swim competitively; Alena (19) who
is a multiple time HS All American, Olympic Trial Qualifier and is
now a freshman swimmer at the University of Louisville and Makayla
(17) who is a state and sectional finalist and a junior at
Gainesville High School.
Coach Joy is in her ninth year coaching with the Makos and has been coaching swimming for over 22 years. During her time with the Makos she has lead several of her swimmers to FLAGS and All Star/Zone Championship meets.
Along with her experience at HYCAT Coach Joy brings along club coaching experience from her previous teams, Greater Toledo Aquatic Club and Cardinal Community Swim Club. She also spent several summers as a camp counselor and coach at the Ball State University swim camps.
Coach Joy earned a degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University and was a swimmer for BSU swim team. While at BSU, Coach Joy was a USA Swimming All American, NCAA Divison I All-American, NCAA Division I Academic All American and was an Olympic Trial Qualifier. Her specialty events were the 50 & 100 Freestyle. Coach Joy was inducted into the Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 as "the Winningest Swimmer in the schools history".
Coach Joy began swimming at the age of 8 in her hometown of Midlothian, Illinois where her 1st season nick name was "lane line Joy". She later went on to be multiple time HS scorer.
Coach Joy is a USA swimming registered coach as well as a member of and Lifeguarding.
Coach Alan is in his ninth year coaching with the MAKOS. He started out with the summer league, then moved on to coach multiple groups and now coaches the Platinum Sharks group.
Coach Alan swam for 8 years with the Blue Dolphins in Orlando. He swam for Timber Creek High School and was a 4 time regionals scorer. He also qualified for the Florida High School State Championships in the 100 Breaststroke.
Alan graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Masters degree Math Education from UF. In his "other" job Coach Alan is a seveth grade math teacher at Howard Bishop Middle School here in Gainesville.
Coach Rob Ramirez was born in 29 Palms California, in the upper Mojave Desert. Rob grew up in a military family traveling and living all around the United States. As a swimmer Rob was a High School All-American, a University of Florida All-American (5-time) and a world ranked swimmer. Coach Rob is still ranked top 100 all time in his 50 free!
Coach Rob has been teaching 'learn to swim' in Gainesville since 1976 and has been the Gainesville High School swim coach for the last 29 years. Coach Rob has lead Gainesville to many city, district, regional and State Championships (Boys in 2011; Girls in 2015). He has also been named Coach of the Year multiple times!
Rob has been employed by the Alachua County School Board for the last 33 years. His first 14 years at A. Quinn Jones Center he was responsible for implementing a Physical Eduncation program, a first of its kind, and for the last 19 years Rob has been Dean of Students.
Rob has a history with us, it started when he helped start/merge the Boys and Girls Club team known as the Lightening into the North Florida YMCA Bolts who are now known as the (you guessed it!!!) Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville.
Coach Rob is happily married to his lovely wife, Susan, and they have been together for 32 years. They are the proud parents of Carly and Lily. Lily was a High School All-American (12-time) and followed her dad to swim at UF. Carly is a Sophmore University of Tennesse. She swam and was active in the Performing Arts in Gainesville.
When Coach Rob is not coaching or teaching he enjoys the outdoors.