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We are here to support you and your swimmer. 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 administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Rob Kenley

Head Coach

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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 nominated for Missouri Valley Senior Coach of the Year in September 2017.

Rodney Hatfield

Head Age Group Coach - Prairie Trail

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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 school.

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 the competition.

Rodney has a PE degree from Indiana University. He has been involved with aquatics since 1983.  

Jenny Caldwell

Site Coach - Pioneer Trail

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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 team.

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 swimmer.

Jenny was nominated for Missouri Valley Age Group Coach of the Year in April 2018

Kristin Reno

Site Coach - Blue Valley Southwest

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Kristin began 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 South 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. 

Tyler Henn

Site Coach - Osawatomie

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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 Osawatomie location.

Alex Blue

Head Development & Pre-Comp Coach

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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 team. 

Jose Zamora

Head Senior Coach - PRT

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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 imultiple 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 Lawrence. 
 

Dennis Mueller

Seniors Coach - Pioneer Trail

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After a careerin graphic design and marketing, Coach Mueller chose to become a high school teacher and coach. This fall, he will be entering his 19th year of teaching Art and 22nd year of coach the varsity swim teams at Bishop Miege High School. Coach Mueller has been involved in USA Swimming for a total of 15 years as both an assistant head coach and a head coach with area swim clubs. As the head coach for Bishop Miege his boys' team won the state title in 2014 and was runner-up in 2018. His girls' were state champs in 2017 and runners-up in 2016. His teams have been in the top 5 at State for the last 5 years. Coach Mueller has helped over 30 swimmers obtain Speedo All-American status and helped over 50 swimmers receive scholarships for colleges ranging from NAIA to Division 1. In 2014 he was the Kansas High School Swim Coach of the Year. His swimmers hold multiple state records individually and in relays for Kansas.

Coach Mueller’s philosophy is to encourage swimmers to achieve their best through positive reinforcement no matter what their swim level may be. Technique training has been a major key to successfully developing swimmers. The success he has achieved is because swimmers know that he cares about them in and out of the pool.

Austin Acheson

Assistant Senior Coach

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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.

Katelynn Butler

Assistant Coach - Osawatomie

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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.  

Samantha Donald

Assistant Coach

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Sam 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.

Laura Colon

Assistant Coach - Blue Valley Southwest

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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 Feiser

Assistant Coach

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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 Harper

Assistant Coach

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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 support. 

Skip Hill

Assistant Coach

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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 Matchette

Assistant Coach

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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 McDonald

Assistant Coach

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Coach 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 Atlas. 

Board of Directors

Mark Gabrielson

President

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Jeremy Hagan

Vice President

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Scott Barnes

Treasurer

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Liz Smith

Secretary

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Stephanie Havertape

Registrar

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Nancy Foster

Member-At-Large

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Mike Stoeck

Member-At-Large

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Steve Walters

Member At-Large

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