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 3.
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.
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.
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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.
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 collegiately 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. Leslie is celebrating her 28th year working at Aureon (FKA INS) as a Systems Support PMO/Telecom Engineer and loves spending her free time with her husband James and her two children Justin and Lexie enjoying life! GO CIA!
Eric R Zeller
Swimming is a sport Eric jumped into by chance and never looked back. He started swimming at 16, and while being a 4 sport letterman in high school, Eric decided swimming was his sport and went on to become a multi-year letterman at LSU. He has a strong passion for athletics and loves competing in triathlons of all kinds including Ironman. Eric believes coaching is a way to pass on valuable life experiences such as learning to enjoy the hard work, love the process, and have a "racer" mentality. When he isn't coaching he enjoys working out with his wife Kannon, playing with his dogs, and gardening.