Joyce U. Follis
Coach Joyce has been living in Conroe since October of 2011. She is from the
beautiful island of Hawai’i where she spent her entire childhood and teen years
swimming competitively for Kona Dolphin Swim Club, Hualalai Academy High School
Varsity swimming, and Hawaiian open water swimming.
She has coached for USA Swimming teams and taught swimming lessons for the last
twelve years in Hawai’i, New York, and now Texas. Coach Joyce is also an ASCA Level
II Coach , Certified US Masters Swim Coach, YMCA Competitive Swimming & Diving
Certified, and has had the privileges of training in the summers with world renowned
coaches Skip Kenney and Mark Schubert. She has also attended numerous national
coaches conferences held by USA Swimming, the American Swimming Coaches
Association, and US Masters Swimming where she has been lucky enough to learn from
some of the greatest coaches, swimmers, and stroke mechanic analysts in the world.
She has spent the last year rebuilding the swim team at South Montgomery County
YMCA where she started with 20 swimmers in October of 2014 and now has 80
swimmers- 74 of whom have qualified for YMCA Lone Star State Championships. She
coached the Lone Star 8& Under and 9-10 top point finisher in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
She was also the assistant varsity coach at John Cooper High School in The Woodlands Texas
in 2013 where the women’s team placed 1st over all and then men’s team came in
She has also been lucky enough to coach triathletes this last year as well. One
triathlete finished first in her age division at the CB&I Tri with another placing first in
her swim and numerous others finishing in the top 20. She also trained triathletes for
the Texas Ironman; all triathletes had personal records for their swims this year.
She is unbelivably excited to return home to coach where it all began, Kona Dolphins!!
Kathy J. Clarke
Assitant Head Coach
Coach Kathy Clarke is the owner and founder of the Kona Dolphin
Swim cClub, since 1999. She has coached age group and high school
swimming in Hawaii
since 1998. She brings
her love of swimming and enjoyment with working with the young
swimmers to the Kona Dolphin program.
Kathy was born and raised in
and began her
competitive swimming career at the age of 5. She swam for the
Santa Monica Swim Club and participated in the Junior Olympics from
1968-70. She attended
, but soon made
Kailua-Kona her home. Her husband Tom and her two wonderful
daughters, Joyce and Bridget, enjoy sharing her love of the water
and are all active members with USA Swimming.
Coach Kathy enjoys expanding her swimming horizons by participating
in windsurfing and long distance ocean swimming, such as the Maui
Channel Swim. Coach Kathy and her 14 year old daughter Joyce also
teamed up to compete in the 2000 Ali’i Challenge, a 6 mile
open water swim and kayak race along the Kailua-Kona coast.
She has also competed in and finished the North Shore
Challenge, a 2.3 mile open ocean race from Pipeline
to Waimea Bay, in Oahu. Her personal goal is to swim
the Catalina Channel in
, a 20.14 mile cold
water open ocean swim.
Kathy is an active member of the American Swimming Coaches
Association, USA Swimming and Hawaii Swimming. She holds many
certifications, including Lifeguard Training, First Aid,
Professional Rescuer CPR, Water Safety Instruction, Infant and
Preschool Aquatic Program, Safety Training for Coaches and
Community Water Safety Instruction. She continues to educate
herself by being an active member of the Aquatic Exercise
Association, American Swim Coaches Association (A.S.C.A.), HydroFit
Aquatic Fitness, and by attending seminars and clinics. In
2000 she attended the A.S.C.A. World Clinic held in
. It was an
incredible learning opportunity as well as a chance to exchange
with coaches from all over the world.
Kathy’s efforts have not been limited to the swimming pool.
In 1993 she received the Aloha Recognition Award from St.
Michael’s Church for her volunteer work educating children in
the parishes of Kailua-Kona and
. Her volunteer
efforts continued in 2000 when she led the St. Michael’s
youth group to the World Youth Day in
. This experience
inspired her to pursue an international competition geared toward
youth participation and cultural exchange. Her efforts culminated
in July of 2001 when 18 of her Dolphin team members competed in the
Stockholm Summer Games in
international event featured 12 countries, 14 different sports and
close to 5000 kids form all over the world.
Coach Kathy’s current endeavors include Water Aerobics
Fitness Instructor, Swim Instructor and Assistant Coach for the
Kona Dolphins. She also teaches private swimming and water fitness
classes. The Kona Dolphin Swim Club is blessed to have Kathy as
their assistant coach. Her cheerful, welcoming attitude and genuine
love for the children and the sport of swimming allows the Kona
Dolphin team to shine.
Elizabeth Sarah Tracy
Assistant Coach/Administrative Assistant
Assistant Coach Elizabeth Tracy grew up in Wisconsin, and at the
age of 16 started working as a swimming instructor and lifeguard
with the local YMCA. A husband, and three kids later she still
loves teaching children how to swim and improve their skills! In
the beginning of 2016, Elizabeth and her family made Kailua Kona
their home. She is a certified USA swimming
coach, lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and AED certified, and she
is also a member of the American Swim Coaches Association
(A.S.C.A.). Elizabeth is blessed to have the opportunity to work
with such great coaches, kids, and families!