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Coaches and Administration

We are here to support your needs. 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 administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the community education department.

Board of Directors is actually the administrative personnel in regards to aquatics and community education.

 

Coaching Staff

Dan Lake

Head Coach

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Coach Lake has been involved in the sport of swimming for over 30 years as an athlete and coach. During the course of a 21 year career coaching high school, his teams had 3 top 5 finishes at the State Meet, a State Championship Relay and two Individual State Champions. Coach Lake is also in charge of aquatics at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. Additionally, he has had several athletes move on to successful collegiate careers. He has worked with swimmers from all over the Des Moines area for over 20 years and is a certified USA and ASCA coach.

Dominic Garrett

Assistant Coach

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Dominic's swimming career began as an athlete and ran for 12 years concluding with 2 years at Western Maryland College. During those 12 years he qualified for Junior Nationals in 100 fly 1983, Catholic Nationals in 100 fly 1982, was named League MVP senior season of high school, and placed top 10 in 50m free in Metropolitan Conferance AAU In 1983.

Dominic's coaching career began in 1995 starting with YMasters and eventually Head Age Group Coach for the Columbia Swim Club. After a brief hiatus, he returned to coaching in 2012. Dominic emphasizes proper technique over speed.  Speed comes if technical mechanisms are correct.  Being a part of Blaze has been dream come true.

Tim Hegwood

Assistant Coach

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Tim began swimming competitively at the age of 7.  During his career he was a member of the Atlantic Swim Team, Urbandale Swim Club and Des Moines Swim Federation.  At Urbandale High School, his top finishes at the State Meet were 2nd & 3rd place in sprint freestyle events.  He was also a letter winner for the Cyclones during his time at Iowa State University.

 
Tim began coaching in 2013 with the Northwest Swim Club.  He recently started my own distribution business called Midwest Frozen Distribution.  Additionally, he works at Property Management of Central Iowa. Tim is looking forward to creating a fun and positive learning experience with the Blaze swimmers, families and coaches. 

Savannah Orewiler

Assistant Coach

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Savannah's swimming career began at the age of 5. She has participated at the YMCA as well as in USA Swimming. Her high school years included being a part of 2 State Championships in Softball as well as qualifying for State in Swimming as a Junior and Senior. She has taught swimming lessons for over 4 years and was an assistant swimming coach at Glen Oaks Country Club for 2 years before joining the Johnston Blaze.

Savannah is currently finishing up her degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University where she is a member of a soriety and involved in several on-campus organizations. Savannah loves being a part of the Blaze and watching how much the kids improve each season!

Paige Sanders

Assistant Coach

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Paige began swimming at the age of 6 for the North Side Otters and Central Iowa Aquatics swim clubs and continued until she eventually swam for the Johnston High School swim team. 

Paige works in communications and public relations, recently obtained her Masters degree, coaches private lessons and has enjoyed every minute of being apart of the Johnston Blaze family since 2013.

Emily Tuazon

Assistant Coach

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Emily's swimming career began at the age of 5 with the Riverfront YMCA. By the age of 8 she had moved on to USA Swimming where she made her first of several All-Stars meets as well as qualifying for Zones. Over her USA career she had several high point awards at State Championships. As a member of the swim team at Dowling Catholic she qualified for State all 4 years, was the school record holder in the 100 Backstroke and swam Backstroke on a State Champion Medley Relay. Emily has coached for 2 different teams before joining the Blaze in 2015.

Emily is currently enrolled at Iowa State University where she is working to complete her degree in Education and earn her teaching license. She loves being a part of the Blaze family and helping pass along her love of swimming and competition!

Matt Yeutsy

Assistant Coach

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Matt began competitive swimming for the YMCA at age 6 and continued through his senior year at Marshalltown High School.  Matt currently works for ATech as a custom products designer. He has three daughters whom all are swimmers and began officiating when his oldest daughter began swimming. His interest in coaching began when he was asked to be an assistant coach for the Urbandale Sharks. Matt is very enthusiastic for teaching stroke technique and assisting swimmers to improve every time they are in the water.

Board of Directors

Deb Blanchard

JCE Aquatic Coordinator

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Shari Lynn Walling

District Aquatic Coordinator

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