Coach Wayne came to WEST as a parent during the
2013 Summer League program as he wanted his boys, Noah
and Ryder, to develop their swim skills for triathlon
races. They enjoyed being part of the team and liked the
challenges of swim practice and competitions, so Coach Wayne
became more involved with WEST. First, as a member of
the Board of Directors, then as a volunteer Coach in the
Fall of 2015 until January 2017 when he became the Head Coach.
Wayne comes from a competitive running background as a
collegiate All-American Cross-Country & Track
athlete who continued to compete as an elite,
post-collegiate distance runner for 10
years. He's trained and coached numerous Kansas high
school state XC and Track champions who went on to compete at the
university level. As a collegiate cross-country and track
coach at Oklahoma Christian University, Wayne coached National
Champions, numerous All-Americans and sub-4 minute milers. Coach
Wayne believes competitive swimming is an excellent youth activity
that leads to the development of a life-long skill. Swimming
enforces life-lessons of how to learn and develop new skills, how
to set goals, work hard and be part of a team in addition to
the mental and physical training required to improve and excell.
Favorite Quote "It is impossible to rise to the occassion. You
can only rise to your level of preparation."
Jin Zhu has been a USA Swimming coach since 2011. She has coached different groups, from novice swimmers to competitive swimmers. Jin says, “Teaching kids to improve their strokes and watching their confidence grow is what I love most about coaching”.
Jin is from Shanghai, China. She started swimming at the age of 6 and for over 10 years she competed for her city through the local swim club.
Away from the pool Jin loves cooking, reading, and spending time with family.
Jeong Tae Ok
JT is a coach member of USA Swimming and has been coaching WEST since the Fall of 2015. He is a single dad to Niel and Aiden, who are in 7th grade at McNiel Middle School and 5th at West Foundation Elementary School. He coaches 5 days a week.
He was raised in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Louisiana State University with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He served as an infantry officer for the Korean Marine Corps in his late 20s and early 30s. JT was trained in the Neeves Lab in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines for two years and has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Midwestern State University since August, 2013.
During his youth, he was a nationally competitive swimmer, specializing in breast stroke, free style, and individual medley. For three consecutive years (2002-2004), he was the Korean National Masters swimming champion in the 200 IM, 100 breast, 50 fly, and 200 medley relay in the U35 group. At WEST, he is teaching swimmers how to find their own strokes and swim more efficiently. In his spare time, he golfs (pursuing single), plays tennis (USTA 4.0), and travels.