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 also coaching swim teams. She grew up swimming at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in the Summers, and also swam for a local USA swim 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 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 2012. 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.
Coach Shalee began coaching with the Rams Club in May of 2017. She is excited to be able 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 and their three children. 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. Her husband, Dan, works full time with the Air National Guard based out of Des Moines.
Coach Shalee 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 swim team, she spent 11 years as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at various pools teaching both private and public swim lessons. Additionally, Shalee spent 3 years overseas in Asia and Europe working with the military and directing aquatic and youth sports programs.
Shalee stated that her faith and family come first in life and believes that all swimmers should feel as they have a purpose and belonging 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 will follow. ~Just keep swimming~