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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Kate Davey

Assoc Head Coach & Lead Age Group Coach

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Kate Davey brings a wealth of swimming and coaching experience to CIA.  During 15 years of competitive swimming, she garnered many honors: Big Ten Medal of Honor winner and five-time All-American at Ohio State, medalist (gold and bronze) at the 1991 World University Games, third place finisher in the 100 breast at Senior Nationals, and top 16 placing at Olympic Trials.  Her love of swimming and desire to give back led her to ASCA Level  2 certification and coaching positions ranging from summer recreational swim programs to collegiate (assistant coach for U of Iowa women).  Prior to joining the CIA coaching staff in 2013, she served as Co-Head Coach (and assistant coach prior to) for the Waukee Rays.  Kate feels coaching is “the privilege to make a difference in a child’s life.”  When not on deck, Kate spends time with her family, enjoys Bible study, art and reading.

Cody L Hackney

Assistant Coach

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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 Johnston

Assistant Coach

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Pasha Korsakov

Assistant Coach

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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.

Leslie Winnett

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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. 

Board of Directors

Steve Nadel

President

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Aaron Jackson Abram

Vice President

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Beth Frantum

Treasurer

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Ingrid Stukerjurgen

Secretary

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Cam Naylor

Meet Director

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Melissa Rounds

Fundraising

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Abbie Paul

Safety Officer

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Whitney Overton

Volunteer Coordinator

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Ellen Elmore

Registrar

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Jason Olson

Web Support

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