Rob is the head coach of
our team. Rob has spent the past year fulfilling most of the head
coach duties while continuing to run his own company. He has also
spent time re-organizing his company so he can give COOL the time
required to keep it thriving. We believe Rob's leadership will help
us move forward while continuing to uphold our mission of being a
competitive and family-friendly swim team.
Rob's experience both in
the water as a competitive swimmer and on deck as a coach is
impressive. He began swimming competitively at age 12 and
continued through high school, receiving several offers of full
swimming scholarships. Rob has coached swimmers of all ages
and abilities for the past 12 years. His roles have included
head coach for the St. Charles Barracudas, novice and age group
coach for the Warrensburg Pirahannas, and head senior coach for
Team Dolphin. Rob also runs his own company, Aquatic
Solutions, in the Kansas City area. Rob is the Pioneer Trail
site coach and is ASCA Level 2 certified.
Rob was nominatted for
Missouri Valley Senior Coach of the Year in September
Head Age Group Coach - Prairie Trail
Rodney is happy to be
returning to the COOL Swim Team coaching staff again. He was
the head coach in 1997 and 98.
Rodney started his
coaching career in 1988 as an assistant coach for
a USS/USA YMCA club team in
Northern Indiana. Following this he was head age group coach
or head coach for seven years at the club and high school levels in
Indiana and Ohio. He produced two Junior National qualifiers
during that time.
The last year in Ohio,
Rodney was an assistant coach with Baldwin Wallace
College, a NCAADivision 3
That year his spouse was
transferred to Overland Park, Kansas. He started coaching in
Missouri Valley in 1996 with Longview Aquatics. He has been
coaching different levels in Missouri Valley for the last 21
years. He has been a member of the Zone Team coaching staff
twice working with the 15 and over girls and the 13-14 girls during
Rodney has a PE degree
from Indiana University. He has been involved with aquatics
Site Coach - Pioneer Trail
Jenny is an energetic
mother of 5. A life-long simmer and thrilled to be part of the
coaching staff with COOL. All five of her children have been active
with COOL over the past 10-11 years. Jenny is a passionate
coach who loves the "development" part of swimming both
recreationally (learning to swim as a life skill), and
competitively. She has served on staff with Lifetime Fitness as
both a swim instructor and swim team coach and has been both an
assistant coach and head coach for different neighborhood teams
locally within the Southland Swim Association. She is
currently the head coach for the St. Thomas Aquinas girls swim
Jenny is a current
resident in Overland Park, Kansas and a native of KCMO.
She holds an ASCA level 2 Certificate, and currently
finishing her level 3 and Certification in coaching special needs.
She continues to offer private instruction from infant to adult and
cannot wait to motivate, encourage, and sing with your
Jenny was nominated for
Missouri Valley Age Group Coach of the Year in April
Site Coach - Blue Valley Southwest
her swim career in Manhattan, KS competing with the Manhattan
Marlins from age 10 to 18. She also lifeguarded and taught
swim lessons for 5 years. Kristin brought
her enthusiasm for coaching and love of the sport to the deck
in the summer of 2010, and has coached all levels for COOL.
Kristin is currently the site coach at Blue Valley Southwest,
as well as the Assistant Head Coach for the Olathe East boys' and
girls' swim teams. Additionally, she is the head coach for the
Nottingham by the Green Gator swim team in the summer. She and her
husband have 3 children, all who swim for COOL around
their fall and spring sport schedules. Kristin
is ASCA Level 1 certified.
Site Coach - Osawatomie
Coach Ty has a
well-rounded swim background, bringing over 16 years as an aquatic
instructor and as a four-year letterman swimmer at Chaska HS (MN)
and Blue Valley West. Ty also works summers as an assistant coach
for the Olathe Cyclones, a Johnson County summer league team. Still
not finding that to be enough time around water, Coach Ty is the
assistant swim coach for the Olathe Northwest boys swim team.
Overflowing with enthusiasm for the sport and a genuine love of
teaching, coach Ty is excited to be the head site coach at our
Head Development & Pre-Comp Coach
Alex is from Allen, Texas
where she swam competitively for 11 years for Metroplex Aquatics
including four years of varsity swimming for Allen High School.
When she went to college, she thought her swimming days were over,
but by her second semester there she was the Vice President of the
Swim Club. She has coached and taught swim lessons for over 7 years
for several teams, including Metroplex Aquatics, Denton Dolphins,
Denton Aquatic Center Swim Team, and the City of Allen Swim Team
where she served as the Head Coach in 2016 and 2017. She received
her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of
North Texas in May of 2017 and moved to Lawrence the following
August to earn a
degree in SportsManagement from the
University of Kansas. She currently is a Graduate Teaching
Assistant for the SportsManagement program at KU
and the Director of Community Relations for the Lawrence PDL soccer
Head Senior Coach - PRT
Jose was born in San
Clemente, California and lived in San Diego before moving to
Lawrence, Kansas. He started swimming at a very young age,
competing here in the United States in multiple Jr.
Olympic, Senior Western Zone, and Sectional competitions. Jose also qualified
to compete in multiple state,
regional, and national level
swim meets in Mexico.
Jose graduated from
California State University, Bakersfield with a degree in Physical
Education and Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports science. He has
coached two seasons for Centennial High School in Bakersfield,
California and was coaching for South Bay Aquatics before getting
married and moving from San Diego to
Assistant Senior Coach
Austin grew up in
the Kansas City area and began swimming competitively at the age of
4. He graduated from Olathe East High school in 2009 and continued
his swimming career at Seton Hall University. At
Seton Hall Austin swam all
four years and was captain of the swimming team his senior year. He
helped run the Learn to Swim program from (2011-2013). Since he
graduated he has been coaching, working with all different skill
levels and ages. Austin currently serves as the assistant coach for
the Olathe East Boys swim team.
Assistant Coach - Osawatomie
Katelynn Butler grew up in
Osawatomie, KS. She began her competitive swim career at
age 7,when her parents convinced
her to try swimming. She went to a few practices and fell in love
with the sport. In high schoolshe swam on the varsity
team as a butterfly and freestyle sprinter. She is experienced in
advanced level swim lessons and works as a lifeguard, seasonally,
while she pursues a BSE in English Education at Emporia State
University. She hopes to coach at the high school level after she
graduates college and she spends what little free time she has with
her Siberian Husky, Cheveyo.
grew up in Topeka, KS and attended Hayden High School. It is
here where her journey of swimming began. One of
her friends talked her into joining the girls swim team
and she quickly fell in love with it. She lifeguarded for
five years through the city of Topeka with the last few years
being an assistant manager. Along with lifeguarding, she also
has been a certified water safety instructor and taught
swim lessons for all different ages. She began teaching high
school science in 2010 and is now a teacher at Saint Thomas Aquinas
High School. Here, she teaches Chemistry I and Honors
Chemistry II. In addition to teaching at St. Thomas, she is
the assistant coach for the boys swim team.
Assistant Coach - Blue Valley Southwest
Laura Colon began her swimming career at the age of six months at a YWCA in Upstate New York. From a military family, Laura swam in pools around the world, most notability in South Korea and Hawaii. Her specialty was distance freestyle and any event that people complained about being "too hard" (like the 400 IM). In college, she swam with the Emporia Aquatics Club until she needed to focus on her studies (BSE in Elementary Education, Middle School English and English Language Learners, 2002).
An educator, she loves combing education and swimming as a developmental coach. She began as a volunteer coach in South Carolina and eventually worked as a deck coach in Bonner Springs. She was head coach at the Olathe Family Y in 2008. In 2014, she joined the Kansas City Blazers as a deck coach before becoming "COOL" in 2017. During the summer, she can be found working as an assistant coach with the Lenexa Lazers and, in the school year, teaching swim lessons at the Jewish Community Center.
Laura lives in Overland Park with her husband, four children and two dogs.
Jade, a mother of two, swam "back in the day" for 3 years. Since then, she has coached triathletes for about six months. From there, she transitioned to coaching USA swimming and has been coaching for almost 2 years. She has also taught both children and adults how to swim for the past two years. Jade is currently attending school to become a physical therapist and hopes to continue coaching as well.
Sydnie is excited to be a
part of the coaching staff for COOL. She grew up in the Kansas City
area and most of her family is from here in KC. She has been around
the sport of swimming since a very young age. Sydnie has enjoyed
participating in swimming as well as teaching it. She enjoys not
only the competitive side of swimming and meets,but also the fun and
life-long qualities of recreational swimming. She also enjoys
equipping kids to swim so they are not afraid of the water.
Sydnie went to Olathe
South High School where she swam for the Falcons all four
years. Curentlyshe is a student at
Johnson County Community College where she is pursuing an
Associates of Arts degree with an emphasis in paralegal studies.
Sydnie also currently works at a law firm as docket
Skip began his aquatic interest as the child of an Army Staff Sgt. who loved the water as much as he did his family. Swimming was mandatory and taught at an early age. He has enhanced his education through the Red Cross and is certified as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, aquatic fitness instructor, water safety instructor, and scuba Instructor. He has coached not only his own children, but also several championship level swimmers in the Missouri Valley District.
Skip has coached at various levels with LifeTime Fitness, the Jewish Community Center “Jets,” as well as the KC Parks & Recreation “KC Storm.”
Duncan has 8 years of competitive swim experience and one summer of coaching experience with COOL coach Jenny Caldwell. He is 19 years old and currently attends JCCC and KU majoring in Computer Engineering. While coaching, Duncan seeks to connect with the swimmers in order to teach them at a personal level and to adapt to the way they learn.
Kyle first learned to swim at age 3, while living abroad in Japan.
He began his competitive swimming career with the Lionsgate Lion's
at the age of 9. In high-school he swam on the varsity team at Blue
Valley West and was a 7-time state finalist at the KSHSAA
State Championships. Throughout junior high and high school he
competed year round as a member of the Kansas City Dolphins, and
the Kansas City Blazers swim teams. After high school Kyle swam at
Kenyon college, helping the team win three consecutive Division III
NCAA national championships (2013-2015). In addition, Kyle is the
head coach of the Mill's Farm Mustangs summer league swim team.
When he's not on the pool deck, you can find Kyle at the dog park
playing with his two Australian Shepard puppies, Hercules and