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TRAC’s coaching staff consists of 8 people who have a combined 100+ years of coaching. Each coach is swimmer oriented and works hard to be sure each athlete feels successful. The coaches' approach is educationally oriented and we work hard to be sure life lessons are taught.

 

Coaching Staff

Stephanie Jamison

Head Coach

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Stephanie started swimming at the age of 8 with Blackhawk summer swim team. She continued on to club swimming with Fort Wayne Aquatics. During her time at Blackhawk she broke numerous team, pool, invitational, and city records. She went on to swim for Snider High School where she continually placed at the State Championship meet every year. She then transitioned teams to TRAC and represented them at Junior Nationals. She received a full ride to Division 1 Colorado Stare University where she swam all 4 years and placed in the top 16 at Conference. She was the team captain her senior year. Most recently, she was the head coach for Autumn Ridge Country Club where she led the team to an undefeated dual meet season and at the City Championship Meet, the team moved up to League 1. 

Laura Hammes

Age Group Coach

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Laura  lives in Fort Wayne with her husband and 4 children. All of Laura's children were TRAC swimmers; two now attend IU, and one is still swimming with TRAC. She has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Lehigh University and has been an age group, high school, and masters swimmer. Her coaching career began at the masters level in Naperville, IL where she ran a triathlon swim training program at a YMCA. Laura became a USA Swimming coach shortly after moving to Fort Wayne 10 years ago. She is an ASCA certified level 2 coach and has coached with TRAC as both a developmental and an assistant senior level coach. Laura has also been the head coach of Avalon Swim Team for the past 8 summers.

Van Rockefeller

Age Group Coach

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Van  has been coaching swimming for over ten years.    He has coached at both Fort Wayne Aquatics and NACS/FORT.    He mainly has worked with 10 and under swimmers at both clubs.    At this age, he likes to develop all of the strokes with an emphasis on technical proficiency.    Van  grew up swimming with the YMCA team in Huntington where his main event was the 200 fly.    He was able to swim the 200 fly at the Olympic trials as a 14 year old.    The summer after his Junior year in high school he placed 7th in the Nationals at Omaha, Nebraska.    He was All-American at Michigan State University.    Both of  Van ’s grandchildren, Gabe and Moriah Swardson swam for TRAC.   

Ronda Rhodenizer

Age Group Coach

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Ronda  has been coaching for the past year for the YMCA Sharks and Blackhawk swim club.  Her experience as a pediatric nurse and homeschooling mom of 6 gives her a solid background working with and teaching children.  Her experience lies generally with kids in the 10 and under group, helping children become legal in every swim stroke.   She enjoys showing children proper swim technique, but most importantly how to love the sport!

Board of Directors

Mark Hammes

President

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Stephanie Eddy

Vice President

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Amy Dankert

Secretary

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Emily Cook

Member at Large

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Jeff Henry

Member at Large

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Missy Prochaska

Member at Large

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Erin Armstrong

Treasurer

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