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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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

 

Coaching Staff

Dan Lake

Head Coach

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Coach Lake comes to RSC with over 30 years experience as  an athlete and coach. He has been a head coach for fourteen  years and assistant coach for fourteen years with local clubs  and high school teams. Coach Lake has also been aquatics  director for four years at two area pools.

He has had 3 top 5 Team finishers  at the Iowa High School State Meet, a State Championship relay  and two individual State Champions. Additionally, he has had several  athletes move onto successful collegiate careers. Coach  Lake is also an incoming board member of Iowa Swimming, the  local swimming committee for USA Swimming, as an At Large Member.

Coach Lake is a certified USA Swim Coach and ASCA Coach.

Todd Woolums

Senior Assistant Coach

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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 systems automation.

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 Club.

Michelle Allen

Assistant Coach

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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 activities.  

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 jet ski.  

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!

Shalee Torrence

Assistant Coach

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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 Districts.

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!

Madison Behney

Assistant Coach

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Originally from Kearney, Missouri, Coach Madison graduated from Simpson College in April 2018 and now lives in Des Moines and works full-time as a Human Resources Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. 
 
Coach Madison grew up swimming for the Kearney Purple Wave summer age-group team and went on to be a 4-year varsity letter winner and conference-medal winner for Kearney High School. She also swam for two years for the Simpson College Storm. She swam mostly sprint freestyle and butterfly. 
 
After being away from the sport for a couple of years, Coach Madison is so excited to be back on the pool deck with the Rams Swim Club! 

Sierra Wegener

Assistant Coach

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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. 

Board of Directors

Ben Ortega

President

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Kimberly Gleason

Vice President

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Brad Holtan

Treasurer

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Mandy Zook

Secretary

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