Jim Voss has served as Head Coach for the Duneland Swim Club since 1987, prior to joining DUNE he was on the staff of the Sullair Piranha Swim Club from 1980-1987. Coach Jim Voss’s swimmers currently hold 15 Age Group short course state records and 10 Age Group long course state records, along with 17 Open short course state records and 16 Open long course state records. 4 of Coach Jim’s club swimmers have gone on to compete at the US Olympic trials (Jenni Anderson 2000, Kyle Whitaker 2008 and 2012, Bill Bass 2012, Albert Miller 2012 and Aaron Whitaker 2012). Coach Jim’s Duneland Swim Club has 12 top 10 finishes at the state championship and 9 more top 20 finishes since 1987. Coach Voss’s teams have won the NWISC conference swim meet 28 straight seasons and 32 total championships since 1987. He has been a past president of the NWISC conference. The Duneland Swim Club has placed numerous swimmers in the zone and quad meets over the past 25 years under Jim Voss. He has been a Catch The Spirit Camp coach. Coach Jim was, also, a guest speaker at the 2010 ASCA World Swim Clinic in Indianapolis. This is Coach Jim’s 50th season with the Duneland Swim Club.
Kevin Michael Kinel
Senior/High School Head Coach
Coach Kevin Kinel has been with the Duneland Swim Club since 1980. He has been named Indiana Swimming's Senior Coach of the Season/Year three times (SCY Seasons 2007, 2008 and 2009). He has guided the Senior team to two Indiana Swimming State Titles (2009 and 2012, both SCY). Coached Kyle Whitaker to 6 LCM Junior National Titles and two National High School Records. He has been part of Indiana Swimming's Olympic Center Training Camp (2x's), Head Coach of Indiana Swimming 2010 Catch the Spirit Camp North and member of the Olympic Training Development Camp Staff in 2012. Has been a speaker a several coaching clinics, including the 2011 Indiana Swimming House of Delegates meeting. Coach Kevin Kinel is an ASCA Lifetime Plus member.
Kevin Kinel’s girls and boys high school teams have won 18 Duneland Athletic Conference titles each, while the girls also have 18 Sectional titles and the boys have 16. His Trojans currently have won 13 straight Duneland Athletic Conference and Sectional titles in girls swimming and the boys have won 16 straight Duneland Athletic Conference titles and 13 Sectionals. Kinel has won 39 individual or relay state titles since joining Chesterton High School. “I could spill out thousands of kids names that are part of this,” Kinel said. “The elite level kids had the talent, but they had someone else to train with and be supportive. All the coaches in age group and high school have been unbelievable.” Jim Voss in the age group has done an unbelievable job and I’ve had several high school assistants through the years. Coach Kinel has earned Sectional Coach of the Year a total of 27 times (boys and girls combined), and was honored as Indiana High School State Girls Coach of The Year in 1999, Indiana High School State Boys Coach of the Year 2008 and 2009 and the National Federation of State High School Associations Central Coach of the Year in 2000. All total, Kevin Kinel has produced 53 first team All-Americans and three Olympic Trial qualifiers. He is married to his wife Barb, and has two sons, Ryan and Steven.
Lead Assistant Coach
Christy Kallay joined the Duneland Swim Club as Assistant Coach in 2011. She majored in Psychology and minored in Business at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has worked for the Duneland School Corporation for five years at Jackson Elementary as an Instructional Aide for Kindergarten and First grade. She is in her sixth year helping children build their confidence and earn a better education.
Christy started her swimming career at age 11 with the Sullair Pirahnas in 1981 where she swam under Coach Jim Voss. “Funny how life can come full circle,” she said. She also swam all through high school at Elston in Michigan City. “Swimming was one of the best choices I ever made. I made friends that lasted a lifetime. There is a special bond between swimmers; they become your family. It also maintained discipline in my life when I needed it most. I am so glad to be involved again in a sport I loved so much. I have two jobs where I get to help children better themselves and have fun. What could be better?”
Coach Christy lives in Chesterton with her husband, Bob and two children, Lauryn and Bobby, who also swim with the Duneland Swim Club. “I have watched my children swim under an amazing and inspiring coach and have learned so much. I only hope to help give to other children what my own children have been so fortunate to experience.”
Mindi Billings has joined the Duneland Swim Club as an Assistant Coach. Mindi began swimming for the Duneland Swim Club in 1986. She swam for Coach Jim until graduating in 1998. She then attended Butler University and graduated in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in psychology and chemistry.
Mindi has past experience as the head coach for the Lake Central Girls Varsity Swim team. She lead the 2005 team to a 9th place state finish. She has also worked as a Red Cross lifeguard and Water Safety Swim Instructor for many years. She has given private swim instruction for the past 16 years.
Mindi has been married to her husband, Mike (also a former Duneland swimmer), for 10 years and they have 3 girls: Madelin, Molly, and Mallory. Madelin and Molly are proud members of the Duneland Swim Club.