Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. Our goal is to help each swimmer perfect their skills, learn to work hard and have fun. If you have questions about our team, our web site or anything related to your swimmers such as workouts, meets, events, and goal setting, please contact mystheadcoach@muskegonymca.org

Coaching Staff

Joshua Taylor

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Josh grew up living on the Muskegon River and this is where his love for the water was born. He started swimming competitively for a then local team when he was 8 years old. Strong suit was Breaststroke. After getting his BA in Business Management at Baker College he enlisted in the Military as a Navy Seal based in California. He was medically discharged for Kidney problems during his first year in. While going through this he came back home to Michigan where he received a kidney transplant, married, had a daughter and started Lifeguarding as a part time job.  This has evolved over the past 4 years to be more of a career in Aquatics and a staple to maintaining a healthy living for him all while teaching others how to be safe by the water.

 
He has numerous Instructor certifications from YMCA Lifeguard Instructor, YMCA Swim Leader, Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor (swim lessons for all ages) to teaching C.P.R., First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Oxygen Administration and Coaching. He continues to take every opportunity to further his education so he is knowledgeable in all aspects of the Aquatics and can further teach others.
 
His goals are to, "learn, Instruct, educate, and have fun while being safe in and around the water."

Amy Lynn Hulst

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Coach Amy Youngquist Hulst.
(Amy began competitive swimming at the age of 6 during a summer swim season in(Louisville, Kentucky. Amy never stopped swimming, starting year round swimming when she was 10. These first four years of year round swimming included MYST.

Her family then moved to Zeeland(where Amy became an All-American Swimmer for the Chix, which included Team State(Championship 2nd and 4th place finishes. She swam a variety of races, but the breaststroke races and sprint freestyle were her best. Slightly beyond swimming, Amy played Water Polo for the Chix with All-Region honors.(
While at Zeeland, Amy started to be Coach Amy coaching for ZAGS (the age group team)(as well as the younger swimmers for WMS (the USA swim team) year round. She also taught(multiple levels of swim lessons. Most summers, Amy was at the pool at least 12 hours a day(between training, teaching, and coaching. Any time off was typically spent water skiing with the family.
(Amy swam collegiately 2 years for Calvin College and then 2 years for Grand Valley State(University. While studying Nursing at GVSU, Amy also played for the Women’s GVSU Club(Water Polo team that also traveled around the country playing other university teams. She(continued coaching at Zeeland in the summer, as well as planning and coaching the GVSU(Summer Youth Swim Camp for three summers.(
After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Nursing (BSN), Amy started her nursing(career at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital. She was not too far out of the swimming world as she continued to cheer on her younger sister, Britt, who also swam at GVSU. Then for many(years she spent considerable time traveling to cheer on her younger brother, Clay, as he swam(for the University of Texas. This included two trips to the Olympic Trials as well as various(international meets when he was a member of the USA National Team. Amy’s mother, Julie(Younquist, has also been a career full time swim coach. She is the current head coach of (Battle(Creek) Lakeview Aquatic Club.(
Amy heard word from various swim families that a Fremont MYST Coach was needed. Amy decided to coach swimming again as her oldest two sons, Garrett (11) and Gabriel (9), also showed an interest in the sport. Amy is also the mother of two younger children: Judah (5) and Sarah (3).

She continues working as a RN during the day. For the last few years she has worked at Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital in Fremont. She specializes in Interventional Radiology and Cardiology; primarily helping patients through(procedures. She has also been happily married the last 13 years to her husband, Nathan.(Nathan is a fishing guide on the local rivers as well as the property manager for a nearby farm.

Mitchell Gartland

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Mitchell is an avid swimmer who grew up in Philadelphia.  He attended the University of Michigan, where he swam for one year, and graduated with a BSE for Aerospace Engineering.  Mitchell has been swimming for 18 years and continues his swimming career through the US Masters swimming program.  

Talitha Weiden

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Talitha is a graduate of Calvin College where she was a 4 year memeber of the women's swim and dive team.  She graduated with a degree in excercise science.  After graduating she coached a middle school swim team as well as a high school soccer team for a few years.  Durring those years she also attended Aquinas College where she graduated with her Master's in Elementary Education.  After receiving her Master's she took many years to just be a mom.  When her youngest was 2 she took a part time job with the Muskegon YMCA where she has been teaching swimming lessons for the last 9 years.  She has coached all ages on the MYST team for 8 years.

Board of Directors

Jeannette Bytwerk

Aquatic Director

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Stacy Gardner

President

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Angie Hoeh

Secretary

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Jacqueline Kunnen

Treasurer

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