Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. 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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of our Board members.

Coaching Staff

Dani Richards

Head Coach

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Coach Dani joined the GRAT family in 2015. Before coaching, Dani taught swimming to children and infants at the Y.  Coach Dani's primary focus is working with our PreTeam and Development athletes, helping establish a strong foundation in proper technique and form while fostering a life-long love of swimming. Coach Dani is passionate about water safety, wellness, and helping young people become the best they can be.

Colleen Conner

Coach

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Coach Colleen joined GRAT during our 2014-2015 season. She came to us with years of competitive swimming experience and a love of coaching. Colleen's primary focus is with our Development and Junior athletes. As a former swimmer, Colleen is excited to pass on her competitive spirit to our young athletes.

Jonathan Schwandt

Coach

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Coach Jonathan joined the GRAT coaching team in 2016. Jonathan works primarily with our Junior/Senior level athletes and is  passionate about helping swimmers exceed their expectations while getting to the next level of their development. Growing up in Kenya, Jonathan began to swim competitively as a 6 year old. As a teenager, he traveled with the Kenya National Swim Team and participated in a six-nation event held in Zambia, winning 2 silver medals. To keep his competitive edge, Jonathan enjoys participating in triathlons, half marathons, marathons, and ultras. Most the time he is just happy to finish.

D. Kitt Diebold

Coach

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Coach Kitt joined the GRAT family in the spring of 2018. 

Mark Sixbey

Coach

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Coach Sixbey joined GRAT in its beginnings back in 2002. He has 10 years of competitive swimming experience and over 16 years of coaching experience. He has worked with both Y-National and USA Swimming teams. Mark works with swimmers of all levels to develop and fine-tune their competitive swimming skills. Mark is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach.