Head Coach Mandy is excited for the future of the Rams Swim
Club. She resides with her husband, Adam, and her three
children in Ankeny.
Swimming has been a huge part of her life from the age of
5. This includes everything from being a swimmer
herself, to instructing lessons, and coaching swim
She grew up swimming at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in the
Summers, and swam for a local USA Swimming team year-round
throughout elementary school and into high school. She also swam
for Valley High School while attending high school.
After graduation she began coaching at Dowling High School in the
Fall of 2001. She also coached swimming at Valley High School
for a few seasons, and then accepted a position at Southeast Polk
High School coaching the boys swim team from 2007-2012.
During that time, she also coached the Southeast Polk girls diving
program from 2009-2011. After leaving Southeast Polk Mandy
and her husband opened Priority CrossFit in Altoona July
Coach Mandy began coaching with the RSC in January of 2017.
She brings a great deal of swimming experience, as well as a wealth
of knowledge overall regarding health and physical activity.
Senior Assistant Coach
Coach Todd lives in Des Moines with his wife Kim and two
daughters Brynnly and Zoe. Todd was a Southeast Polk graduate
and swam for Southeast Polk during High School. During the
day Todd works for Wells Fargo as a Systems Engineer doing computer
He always had a love for water since he was a little kid, this
led him to becoming a swimmer early on. He grew up being on a boat
most summers and lived next to a river helping his Grandpa during
summer months building houses and fishing. In high school he
joined the Southeast Polk swim team, was a lifeguard during the
summers and did cross country in the fall to keep his endurance and
strength up during the off season. His favorite part of swimming
is distance freestyle, go 500s!
In 2015 his oldest daughter joined the Rams Swim club and
shortly after that became a volunteer coach to help with practices.
In January 2016 he took his certification to become a USA Certified
Coach and officially joined the club as an assistance swim
coach. He is dedicated to continued growth in his coaching
skills along with helping each swimmer grow to their best
potential. He’s excited for the future of the Rams Swim
Coach Michelle is originally from SW Minnesota and has lived in
Iowa for approximately 4 years. She began Coaching with the Rams
Swim Club in July of 2017. She is currently employed full
time as an RN at the Des Moines VA. Michelle lives in
Pleasant Hill with her husband, Nate who is in the IA Army National
Guard and currently works out of Camp Dodge. She has twin
daughter’s Abigail and Emma and a step daughter Aubry. They
are all students at SEP and are involved in many different
Coach Michelle has a long history with swimming, and she is
excited to be involved with USA Swimming and all the opportunities
it offers each swimmer. She has been a lifeguard for 20
years, coached a swim team for Girl Scouts, taught water aerobics
and swimming lessons, has experience with special needs children in
the water and managed her home town pool. She loves all water
sports especially water skiing and riding around the lake on the
Coach Michelle is excited to be part of the Rams Swim Club and
USA Swimming. She can’t wait to watch each swimmer
improve their skills throughout the year and most importantly have
a great time with this AWESOME sport!
Coach Shalee began coaching with the Rams Club in May of
2017. She is excited to learn from the team and empower all
swimmers to reach their fullest potential both in and out of the
pool. She lives in Bondurant with her husband has three children-
Kaylen, Colton, and Cora. She is employed full-time with
Heartland Area Education Agency as a Licensed Independent School
Social Worker serving both Bondurant and Southeast Polk School
Coach Shaylee grew up in Parkersburg, Iowa and swam
competitively for almost 10 years with the Parkersburg Barracuda
Swim Club. She reports that her greatest strength was swimming
backstroke and long-distance events. Following her
participation on the Parkersburg Barracuda Swim Team, she spent 11
years as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at various pools
teaching both private and public swim lessons. Additionally,
Shalee has lived 3 years overseas in Asia and Europe working with
the military and directing aquatic and youth sports programs.
Shaylee feels strongly that her faith and family come first in
life and believes that all swimmers should feel as they have a
purpose and that they belong to the team. Her goal is to build a
positive, supportive and encouraging environment where swimmers
love the pool and their teammates and then the rest will follow.
-Just keep swimming!
Sierra Wegener is originally from Algona, a small Northern Iowa
town. She has been located in the Ames area for the last 4
years, attending Iowa State majoring in English Education.
Once done with schooling she would like to relocate to
the Des Moines area.
She has been working in aquatics related fields since
she was 16. Sierra became a lifeguard at that time
and later became involved with swim lessons. Before becoming a part
of the swim team coaching staff, she became certified to
teach lifeguarding classes. Sierra has coached volleyball
and track clinics in the past and currently enjoys working
with all of the swim team kiddos.