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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 the Head Coach for the group your swimmer is in. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please email Austin Kelley at austin.kelley@jenksps.org.

Coaching Staff

Diego M Henao

Swim Club Coordinator, Senior Head Coach

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Jenks Trojan Swim Club Coordinator Diego Henao is a former Jenks High School Graduate and a member of the 1991 High School State Championship Team. Diego came to the United States at the age of 17 as an international student. His passion and enthusiasm for swimming led to an athletic scholarship at the University of Louisiana, Monroe (ULM), where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Coach Diego’s records at the 100 and 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly still remain unbroken at ULM. Coach Diego was also a Junior National and Senior National qualifier and a ULM team captain in 1995-1996.
 

As a college student at ULM, Coach Diego was a member of the varsity swim team, where he trained for over twenty hours per week for four years. Coach Diego also represented his native country of Venezuela (from 1988 until 1996) in many international swim meets. Coach Diego was a member of the 1996 Venezuelan Olympic team and competed at the Atlanta Olympic Games. He was a bronze medalist at the Pan-American Games held in Argentina in 1995, and a finalist at the World Swimming Championship held in Brazil in 1995. Coach Diego is a former South American Championship record holder in the 200 IM in 1995 and a member of the University of Louisiana NCAA Div I team 1996. He also holds the title of National Independent Championship Swimmer of the Year for 1994 and 1995 and a former National Independent Conference Record Holder in the 100-yard freestyle.

Austin M Kelley

Asst. Coordinator, Age Group Head Coach

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Austin's love for aquatics started at age 5, in a small summer league.  Over the next 15 years, he continued swimming competitively for SPA, a USA club program in Springfield, MO.  Competing for Kickapoo High School, he was named Missouri State Champion and All-American in high school, leading to a scholarship at University of Missouri - Rolla (now MS&T).  After his own swimming career ended, Austin found his true passion in coaching.  He comes to our program with 6 years of coaching experience, spanning from coordinating recreational leagues and teams, to private lessons for collegiate swimmers.  For JTSC, Austin coaches Age Group Silver and manages the team's administration and accounting.  Austin is married to Amy Kelley, 6th Grade Teacher at JEI, and father to two boys, Asher and Declan.

  

Ali B Baker

Advanced Head & HS Asst. Coach

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Ali has been involved in swimming and aquatics for many years, joining a swim team when she was 8 years old. She swam, lifeguarded and taught swim lessons through high school and then attended University of Nebraska at Kearney on a swimming scholarship. Ali then received a Bachelor of Art degree in Exercise Science at Wichita State University. 

Ali has been coaching swimming for over 10 years, including 7 years with Jenks Trojan Swim Club. She is continuing her coaching career with Jenks Trojan Swim Club, and also as Assistant Coach for Jenks High School Swim Team. Ali's aquatic career also includes YMCA Aquatic Director and Navy MWR Fitness & Aquatic Director. She is a member of ASCA and has completed levels 1-2 certifications. 

Seth and Ali have three children; Drew, Lane, and Kya, who attend Jenks Elementary. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, knitting and working out. Teaching and coaching for over 20 years, Ali enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for swimming. 

Tonya L Yanchunas

Advanced Coach

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Tonya has been involved in swimming for over 25 years. She started swimming competitively at the age of 5. She has maintained her lifeguarding certification since the age of 15 and at the age of 15 obtained her Water Safety Instructors certification. She has taught swimming to many different ages and skill levels for over 25 years. She attended the University of Findlay on a swimming scholarship while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Nuclear Medicine. Tonya qualified for NAIA division 1 championships 1992-1994 while at the University of Findlay.  

Tonya has found over her 35 years involved in aquatics that it provides many of the skills young people of today need in order to be successful in life.  Through swimming children can improve focus, discipline, organization and confidence and at the same time gain friendships. She is very excited to have the opportunity to help your children on this path.

Morgan C Patrick

Age Group & Senior Coach

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Morgan started swimming his freshman year of high school, and swam throughout his high school career.  He swam in state two of those four years in the 100 breaststroke.  His junior year of high school he began teaching swim lessons for Jenks Community Education and continued doing that for three years.  During one of his lessons, Coach Diego was doing a private lesson in the same pool and asked Morgan to come and see him in his office afterwards.  Coach Diego then asked Morgan if he would like to be a coach for  the club that coming school year.  Morgan accepted the offer and became a coach his senior year of high school.  He coached JTSC that year and into the next summer before he had to move to Stillwater to attend OSU for his first year of college.  During his time at OSU he coached the Stillwater Shockers Swim Club as a head coach.  Towards the end of his freshman year of college he decided that it was necessary for him to transfer to ORU.  He is now attending ORU and has been back with the Jenks Trojan Swim Club since the summer of 2015.  He is pursuing a degree in Sports Management with a focus on Sports Operations.

Andie Buff

Age Group & Novice Coach

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Andie has been involved professionally with aquatics for eight years. But since she was a kid, has always loved being in and around the water. She first acquired her lifeguard certification when she was fifteen and has kept it current since. After lifeguarding for three years, she became the Manager of Lafortune Pool and remained manager and swim instructor for the following four years. It was there she realized her love for teaching swimming, which continues through today. In addition, she earned her Lifeguarding Instructor Certification and also teaches lifeguard classes at Jenks. 

Kathy Bliss

Age Group & Novice Coach

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Kathy’s love of swimming started as an accident while her mom was training for a triathlon while living in Arizona. She would play in the pool while her mom would swim and was asked to join the club team to not be a liability for the pool. Thankfully it worked it and she was on her way to collecting ribbons. After moving to Tulsa, she joined Jenks Trojan Swim Club. She spent many years swimming for Jenks, and a couple of years at Swim Tulsa. She swam high school for Jenks, and joined the coaching staff her senior year of high school working with Novice. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Arkansas where she continued coaching at the Razorback Aquatic Club-Aquahawgs, during the school year, and spent the summers working with JTSC with Age Group and Novice. She recently graduated with a BSBA with a concentration in Marketing and Non-Profit Studies from the U of A.  

August C VonHartitzsch

Age Group & Novice Coach

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August was raised in a swimming family and always heard stories of her relatives’ achievements. Because of this, when she began swimming competitively for JTSC at age 11 setting very high goals for herself. By the time she joined the high school team, she had found her specialty in long distance freestyle events, and was able to place at the state championship every year. Sadly, she suffered from a permanent shoulder injury during the 2016-17 season and was unable to finish her swimming career for her senior year. Although she was no longer competing herself, she attended every meet to assist the coaches and cheer on her teammates. This is where she discovered her love of coaching.

August recently graduated Valedictorian of her class at Jenks and plans to continue her education at the University of Oklahoma. She is very excited to develop relationships with the swimmers and guide them to develop their own goals!

Board of Directors

Kent Keith

President

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Jessica Anne Fenton

Vice President

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Michele Brown

Treasure

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