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Our Coaches

Our COACHING STAFF


Our coaches are here to guide your swimmers to their best experience. We would love to hear from you with your questions, comments or concerns. 

For the fastest response, please reach out during our office hours:

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm 

Please allow us to give our full attention to our swimmers during practice.  We are happy to set up appointments to meet with parents and swimmers before or after practices.

Meet the COACHES

Marjorie D Sherard

Head Coach/Head Age Group Coach

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Marjorie grew up swimming in the KC metro area at age 7 and began swimming year-round at age 14.  She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1988 with a BA in Early Childhood Education.  After coaching summer recreational swim teams during college, Marjorie began her professional swim coaching career in the San Diego area in 1990.

While moving around the country with her husband Jackson (now retired from the US Marine Corps!), Marjorie continued to coach and teach in elementary schools. Marjorie returned to full time club coaching in the KC area in 2009 and joined Empire KC in 2017.  Coaching with Empire KC is her dream job, as she gets to work with Coach Carmen and the Board of Directors to continue Empire's growth as a team known for its commitment to character and fast swimming!

Marjorie has served in several Missouri Valley positions, including Scheduling Chair, Zone coach, All Star coach, Diversity Camp and Meet coach, and most recently Safety Chair.  

Marjorie and her husband have 2 grown children, Spencer and Dana.  Dana and her husband Garret's infant daughter have given Marjorie and Jackson the best reward for having survived raising teenagers!

 

Carmen C Menges

Head Senior/NFG Coach

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Carmen swam as a youth in summer league, club swimming, and high school swimming.  A KU graduate, Carmen has a BA in Human Biology with a minor in physics and a minor in chemistry.  Carmen is married to Jim, and they have two children, Jacob, 19, and Macie, 15.  In her spare time, Coach Carmen loves to run, bike, swim, play basketball, watch basketball, play volleyball; she loves sports. AND, she claims to be a very good pogo stick jumper who plans to set a record one day!

On deck, Carmen has devoted her time tirelessly to this swim team, working with all groups and doing whatever was necessary.  She now works primarily with the Senior and National Focus groups.

William Henry Morrow

Assistant Coach

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Henry has been coaching for more than 40 years.  He is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and he graduated with Bachelors and Masters degrees from Eastern Carolina University.  He spent 25 years coaching in Atlanta, GA for Swim Atlanta, where some of his age group swimmers went on to become national record holders and Olympians. In 2004, he relocated to the Kansas City area, coaching for the Kansas City Blazers, retiring in 2016.  His passion for swimming would not allow him to stay out of the sport, and he returned to the pool deck, this time for Empire KC.  Henry now lives in Louisburg, KS with his 2 dogs, Jack and LS.  In his spare time, Henry enjoys making marbles—no kidding—and sometimes awards those creations to the swimmers. 

Benjamin A Krekel

Assistant Coach

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Ben Krekel has been a member of the Empire staff for 5 years (formerly Kansas City Blazers).

A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, Ben attended Blue Springs South High School, where he competed for the Jaguars.

Ben currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his two roommates.

Nancy Lynn Tjaden

Assistant Coach

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Nancy has been teaching Psychology and AP Psychology at Olathe East High School for 26 years.  She and her husband Greg have two boys; Harry and Luke.  Harry swims for Empire’s NFG.  She has been coaching for 30+ years for summer teams, as a head high school coach, and with USA clubs.  She joined Empire KC in 2015. Nancy primarily will be working with the Red and Black groups at the JCC. 

Kerri J Gray

Assistant Coach

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Kerri grew up in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She currently lives with her husband Phil and four daughters, Alison, Jennifer, Katie, and Sammie, in Lee’s Summit. Kerri swam in high school and then collegiately at Northeast Missouri State University. She completed her swimming career at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Her biggest swimming accomplishment is swimming at the collegiate level after undergoing surgery to remove half of her lung due pneumonia.

Outside the pool, Kerri is a Marriage and Family Therapist with 24 years experience.  She spends time facilitating educational programs and workshops on bullying, parenting, conflict resolution and other health and wellness topics mainly in the Lee’s Summit area and throughout the KC Metro.   On deck, she primarily works with the Black group, and the kids LOVE to receive her character coins!

Jay Austin Charles Graham

Assistant Coach

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