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Meet the Jenison Coaching Staff!

Here at the Jenison High School Aquatic Center, we have an excellent and highly experienced group of coaches.  We are here to support your needs.  Please feel free to e-mail any of us with your questions regarding workouts, meets, or administration.  We will try to respond as quickly as we can! 

Coaching Staff

Jennifer Coffey

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Jen will be subbing for all groups this summer!  This will be her 12th year coaching JAWS!  Jen, along with Caroline Clement, began the JAWS team in 2003, and has enjoyed watching the team grow and progress over the years.  She is very proud of the swimmers, parents, and coaches here at Jenison!

Jen swam and played water polo at Jenison HS from 1993-1997 under Coach “Scrips” and Coach Caroline wink.  She was very active in USA swimming, but Forest Hills (RAYS) was one of the few local USA teams during the mid 90s so she drove across town daily to keep swimming.  Coach Craig coached Jen at RAYS wink.  After HS she went on to swim and play water polo at The University of Michigan from 1997-2002 while earning her undergrad degrees in psychology and sociology.  From 2002-2003 she was a member of the USA National team for water polo and lived in California where she trained. 

She participated on the USA Jr. National Team on a trip to France, and the USA National Team on a trip to China during her swim career.  She also participated in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials for swimming.  She was also fortunate to play water polo for the USA at tournaments in Greece, the Netherlands, and Austrailia.  In 2003, when she retired from swimming and water polo she headed back to Jenison where she began to substitute teach at Jenison, coach JV men’s water polo, and begin her Masters degree at Western Michigan University in counseling education.  Fortunately the pool director job opened up at Jenison, and although she always thought she would be a school counselor the job was just too perfect so she applied and the rest is history!

Jen is very busy!  She married Landry in 2005, had Kylie in 2008, Meric in 2011, earned her Masters degree in 2011, coaches/administrates JAWS year round, coaches men’s water polo in the fall, men’s swimming in the winter, and women’s water polo in the spring, all while being the pool director full time.  She was also inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 for swimming and water polo.  She was also inducted into the Jenison HS Hall of Fame in 2015.   Jen says she surrounds herself with great people that make her job easier and so much fun.  She loves Jenison, loves the pool, and loves swimming!

Nicole Redder

Coach - Black & White Group

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Nicole is looking forward to yet another season of coaching the JAWS swim team! Nicole has been a JAWS coach since 2010. Nicole began her coaching career at the age group level and has slowly advanced to coaching all age groups over the years.

Nicole began swimming competitively for Jenison's age group team when she was 6 years old and continued to swim through high school with the JAWS club team and the Jenison High School team. She also participated in water polo and volleyball in high school. Nicole was one of the members on the inaugural JAWS team in 2003.

She attended Indiana University, where she played division one water polo for four years. She graduated in 2011, with a degree in human development, psychology, and sociology. After graduating from college, Nicole played and coached water polo in Australia for three years. 

Nicole has been working at the Jenison Aquatic Center on and off since 2008, but was hired as the assistant aquatics director and co-head JAWS coach in 2013. She is also active in coaching the men’s and women’s high school water polo teams. Nicole is extremely passionate about water sports and has many aspirations for the upcoming JAWS seasons!

Caroline Clement

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I have been coaching competitive swimming since 1983 (age 17). During my career, I have acted as the Asst.Varsity Women's Swim Coach since 1990, Co-Head Varsity Men's Coach since 2011, and served as the Head JAWS Coach from 2002- 2014.  During my tenure as a coach, I have also assisted the junior high program, assisted the High School Men in the early 2000s, and started my age group career as an assistant in 1998, prior to heading the JAWS program.  I will continue with JAWS on part-time basis as an assistant coach.

My swim career started in Jenison with their age group program in 1973, and I swam for Jenison High School under Dan Scripsema (Scrips) from 1979 - 1982.  I competed for the University of Michigan during the 1983-1984 season.

My philosophy is that all swimmers should learn proper technique while coupled with training, as appropriate for the age.  The emphasis with novice swimmers should be learning technique and the rules of competition.  As the athlete gains experience, rigorous training is increased, while still emphasizing proper technique.  Of course, fun should always be implemented so that athletes want to remain in the sport.

This summer Coach Caroline will be working with members of the White and Black group during the afternoon Long Course Workouts.  She will also be assisting during the AM workouts as needed by the program.

Una Korajac

Coach - White & Green Group

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My name is Una Korajac and this is my second year coaching with JAWS! I am very excited to be coaching White and Green Group this season! I am a junior at Grand Valley State and am studying Allied Health Science. I began swimming when I was 6, I swam for the Lakers Aquatic Club in Harrison Township MI. After swimming with the Lakers I swam for my high school and the Great Lakes Tritons. At my high school I held multiple Freshman and Varsity records. While in high school I was a swim instructor and a volunteer coach for a middle school swim program. I swam for a total of 13 years, and now I am lucky enough to be coaching for JAWS. 

Lori Dykstra

Coach - White & Green Group

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Lori has been a coach for the JAWS teams since 2007.  She has enjoyed teaching and coaching many different age groups.  In 2014, she moved to Howell and taught middle school math in Monroe, but soon moved back for the 2015 school season.   Lori began swimming when she was six years old for the Jenison Age Group team.  She played waterpolo and did theater in high school as well. Her favorite stroke is butterfly and distance freestyle.  Lori works at Michigan State University at the Secchia center in downtown GR. She is a curriculum assistant in the Medical School. 

Jill Berry

Coach - Green Group

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Hello, my name is Jill Berry.  This will be my third season coaching for JAWS.  I have many years of personal swimming, coaching, and swim lesson experience.  I began swimming for an age group team when I was 4, continued through high school and swam in college as well.  In the meantime, I was a swim instructor starting when I was 14, then following College swim I took a position coaching the Wyoming Wahoo age group team, when that pool closed, our coaching staff was asked to take over at Kentwood’s new pool facility (KAC), where I coached until last summer.  This totals to almost 20 years of experience teaching kids to swim and to love swimming.  This is truly a passion for me and I look forward to working with your children, and assure you that they are in wonderfully caring and capable hands at whichever level they are entering the team.

Alyssa Katerberg

Coach - Green Group

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Alyssa has been coaching age group swimmming on and off since 2008.  She has also coached junior high water polo.  Alyssa is super excited to be part of another JAWS season!  Alyssa was first introduced to swimming and water polo in the 7th grade  at Jenison.  She continued swimming and water polo throughout high school.  Following high school, Alyssa continued her water polo career at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania where she graduated with a degree in social work.  Alyssa started working in child welfare in Pennsylvania and decided to further her education.  She graduated with her Master's of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Alyssa has been working in child welfare since 2011 and is currently working on completing her clinical social work license.         

Kelsey L'Heureux

Coach - Green Group

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Hi! My name is Kelsey L’Heureux,this will be my third year coaching Green Group, and my first season coaching White Group! I am currently in my final year of college at Grand Valley. I am a Clinical Exercise Science Major with a focal study of Occupational Therapy. I plan on going to grad school for OT in the upcoming fall. I am from the east side of Michigan and have been working in a pool setting for about 6 years now. I not only coach with JAWS, but I am also a swim instructor, and lifeguard at Jenison as well. I used to be a gymnast/cheerleader for 14 years, but then found an interest in diving and swimming. On top of my interests in swimming and diving I recently started playing water polo for GVSU. 

I began swimming and diving my sophomore year of high school, and succeeded rather quickly in both sports. I mostly dove my first year and then switched over to swimming the 50 and 100 freestyle and all the freestyle relays.  Also, I occasionally swam the butterfly in the individual medley relay. Ever since I began swimming I have found an enormous love for the sport, and want to share the sport with others! I am extremely excited to be able to work with your kids and share my own experiences with them!

Nicole Bardel

Coach - Green Group

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Nicole is looking forward to coaching another season of JAWS Green Group! This will be her second year with the Jenison team and is continuing her coaching career with the younger JAWS swimmers. 

Nicole was introduced to swimming at 10 and picked back up the sport as a freshman at Franklin High School in Livonia, MI. Swimming for all four years of high school, she enjoyed butterfly and freestyle the most. Throughout high school Nicole tried many other sports including, track and field, as well as softball. 

Nicole is currently attending Grand Valley State University and is a third year Junior studying Psychology, Spanish, and Business. She began working in aquatics at 17 at the local YMCA and has Lifeguarded, taught swim lessons for all ages and coached swim club. Nicole is very excited about coaching JAWS for another season and seeing the progress of all of the swimmers! 

 

Tyler Westra

Coach - Green Group

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Hello, I'm Tyler Westra.

I am really excited to be coaching this year. This is my first year coaching JAWS, but I've been a swimmer since elementary school. 

I have been a swimmer since 1st grade and swam all through elementary school, middle school, and my final three years of high school at Jenison. I swam the 100 breaststroke and during my senior year, and earned the opportunity to compete at the State Swim Meet in the 100 Breaststroke. I also played football for my first half of high school and water polo for the second half of high school.  

I am currently as sophomore at Grand Valley State University where I study Criminal Justice. I also play on the GVSU Club Water Polo Team.

Craig Westra

Coach - White & Black

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Craig is happy to return for his 10th JAWS swimming season. Before coming to JAWS, Craig coached Jenison's Age-Group program back in the mid 1980s through early 1990s, Jenison's first Jenison Junior High Boys swim team and its first Women's Water Polo club team. From there he coached the newly formed Rapids Area YMCA Swimmers (RAYS) swim team in Forest Hills, and an assistant coach of a YMCA Long Course National Championship team in 1994. With USA Swimming a large part of his life, Craig coached a Hudsonville satellite program with West Michigan Swimmers (WMS) for five seasons. He is recently completed is3rd season as assistant coach for Jenison's Women's Varsity Swim Team.

Craig is a proud 1986 graduate of Jenison High School where he swam for 3 years on its varsity swim team. He attended Grand Valley State University, swimming one season and graduating with a degree in Group Social Studies and Elementary Education. He later returned to GVSU to earn his Masters Degree in Elementary Leadership. Craig is currently a fourth grade teacher at Bauerwood Elementary in Jenison. Craig has three children, all who have participated in Jenison's swimming, diving, and/or water polo programs. Craig enjoys watching young people reach their goals, swim fast, and become successful. Swimming is more than a sport, it's a lifelong skill filled with lifelong memories. Go JAWS!

Katelyn Sanderson

Coach - Green Group

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Hello! My name is Katelyn Sanderson and this will be my first year coaching for JAWS, I look forward to passing on everything I know to future swimmers! I am currently a student at Grand Valley State University studying Advertising and Communications. I swam all four years of high school swim and was captain my senior, I also did club swim at Club Wolverine in the off season until I graduated in 2013. I love swimming very much and I can't wait to share my love and knowledge of the sport onto other swimmers just learning what swimming is all about.