Andrew J Pym
Andy was born and raised in Seattle and attended the University of
Oregon. He has been coaching for 28 years working with all levels
of athlete for both small and large teams. He is the coach of
record for Summer Junior Nationals champions, multiple Olympic
Trials qualifiers, Senior Sectional champions, and National Junior
Team members. Andy has also been on the National Junior Team staff
list and has achieved an ASCA Level 5 rating.
Assoc Head Coach & Lead Age Group Coach
Kate is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she
competed for San Ramon Valley (Livermore) Aquatics. She
continued her career at the Ohio State University. During 15
years of competitive swimming, she garnered many honors: Big Ten
Medal of Honor winner, five-time All-American and Athletic Hall of
Fame inductee at Ohio State; medalist (gold and bronze) at the 1991
World University Games; third place finisher in the 100 breast at
Senior Nationals; top 16 placing at Olympic Trials. During
her coaching career spanning three decades, she has coached at the
age group, senior and collegiate levels. She is the coach on
record for individual Central Zone Champions and Record Holder;
many top ten NAG rankings, current state record holders and several
individual and relay state champions. Kate has achieved an
ASCA level 4.
Cody L Hackney
Cody began his coaching career with the University of Iowa as a volunteer assistant coach. After spending two and a half years with the university, Cody moved to his boyhood club, CRAA, coaching older age group and senior groups. When Cody moved to Des Moines, he began coaching with the Johnston Blaze Swim Club, and was later named their Interim Head Coach. Through his career, Cody has coached individuals of every age group and ability level, from those striving to achieve “Q” times, to future Olympians. He relishes the chance to develop all swimmers to the best of their ability. Cody does this by believing in hard work, dedication, and emphasizing technique to bring out the best in each athlete. By practicing and developing these traits, Cody believes they will help the swimmers develop not just as athletes, but people.
Eddy grew up in a swimming family in
Hudson, Ohio. He swam for the Hudson CC and the Lake Erie Silver
Dolphins with his three brothers and three sisters. He moved to
Iowa at a young age and swam with the Wakonda CC , Echo Valley CC,
and South DM YMCA. Later he joined the Des Moines Aquatic Club and
trained with Olympic gold medal winner Mike Burton. In high school
he swam at DM Lincoln and lit up the Roundhouse pool for the
Railsplitters. He went on to college and studied swimming at the
University of Iowa under coach Glenn Patton. While at Iowa, he also
began a long water polo career, which continues to this
day. In the late
90's, he joined the CIA coaching staff. He enjoys coaching swimmers
of all ages and learning more about the great sport of swimming
each day. Eddy
also works at Indoff and sells lockers, pallet racks, workbenches
and cabinets. He lives in Urbandale with his wife Karen, son Owen,
and their morkie, Gigi.
Pasha was born in the Himalayas, raised in the Amazon, and educated in the school of hard knocks on the mean streets of West Des Moines. He has 12 years of competitive swimming experience, starting with Coach Arkady Lichinsky at age 7 and becoming a CIA swimmer in 2000. During these 12 years, Pasha grew to love the sport, but also threatened to quit after many practices so he sympathizes with current athletes and hopes to help them push through the tough parts of training to be able to achieve success. After his retirement from swimming, he has gone on to participate in triathlon and multi-sport as an athlete and race director. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he did research at the university in gene therapy.
Jun * Li
Bri grew up in Lexington, South Carolina and swam for Palmetto
Aquatics for 9 years. She went on to swim collegiately for Georgia
Southern University, swimming primarily the 200 butterfly and
distance freestyle. Bri was a 4 time All-State swimmer, 2-time SC
Zone team member, team captain at Lexington High School, and earned
the Athletic Directors Award at Georgia Southern University. Her
first job was as a volunteer coach for Murraywood Swim Team in
Columbia, SC when she was 14 years old. She continued as an
assistant coach for Murraywood throughout her time in high school.
During her time studying Exercise Science at Georgia Southern, Bri
was the head coach for Savannah Swim Team at the Statesboro
location and was an assistant coach for the Statesboro Sharks. Bri
enjoys coaching all ages and abilities and hopes to spread her
positivity and passion for the sport to CIA swimmers. Bri is
currently working on her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Drake
David A Merriman
a longtime CIA and collegiate swimmer, and is excited to experience
swimming from the other side of the pool. He began his career in
2001, and joined CIA in 2002. A distance swimmer since he was 8
years old, he rarely swam anything less than a 500 at meets. David
completed 4 years of college swimming at Case Western Reserve
University, swimming primarily the mile, the 500, and the 400 IM.
He was top 10 in the mile at conference twice, and notched 3 NCAA B
cuts throughout his career. David has recently started working as a
software engineer at Principal Financial Group, and enjoys biking
and swimming during his free time.
involved with CIA when her son, John joined in 2017. This
immediately felt like a great group to be involved with due to the
importance of balancing swimming with the busyness of life.
Julie started swimming in age group in Indiana and continued
through high school. Outside of the pool, she enjoys reading,
crafts, and going for walks.
Emma is from Sarasota, Florida and has
been involved in swimming for 12 years and triathlons for 9 years.
She swam for Lakewood Ranch Swim Association and competed on the
Triton triathlon team. Later in life, after injuries, Emma changed
sports to rowing. Through rowing she moved to Des Moines Iowa where
she studies kinesiology at Drake University and rows for the Drake
women's rowing team. From sports Emma acquired a passion for sports
medicine and kinesiology. She enjoys working with swimmers of all
ages and helping them improve their technique and performance at
Leslie is an enthusiastic advocate for the sport of swimming! She
loves the opportunity to share her swimming knowledge and
experiences with the swimmers to help them develop their swimming
and life skills in a positive environment. Leslie has swum
competitively since the age of 5 for the IWSC/AAU and collegiate
for Iowa State University. She has coached and mentored swim teams,
assisted in the establishing of high school swimming in NW Iowa,
and was chosen as the 2011 YMCA Volunteer of the Year for her
dedication to the DMWC Swim Team as a National YMCA Swim Official
and parent coach. Leslie is a certified USA Swimming National 2
Official, YMCA Swimming National Official, and USA Swimming Coach.
In her coaching years, Leslie has been honored to
coach swimmers at a local, state, regional and national basis
for intro swimmers to national level pro swimmers. In additional to
coaching, Leslie has worked over 30 years at Aureon
Telecommunications as a systems support/telecom engineer and loves
spending her free time with her husband and children enjoying
life. GO CIA!