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Coaches & Executive Board

We are here to provide your swimmer with a great team experience. If your questions are related to practices, meets, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to meet volunteers, special team events, safety, or policy issues, please contact the appropriate committee lead or one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Abby Hoffmann

Co-Head Coach

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Abby is a 2021 graduate of Cherry Creek High School. She will be serving as Co-Head Coach with Kyra this summer. Abby has been swimming for the Hills West Waves since she was in elementary school and has been on the coaching staff since 2017. She has been a swimmer her whole life, swimming club and at Cherry Creek High School. As a Creek swimmer, Abby is a 4 year Varsity letterman and captain of her swim team this past season. She is also proud to be a member of the Cherry Creek State Team for the second year in the 100 backstroke. At Creek she is a 2 year academic letterman and has been given an Academic All State First Team award in conjunction with her high school swimming accomplishments. Outside the pool, Abby is also an accomplished dancer. Abby's objective as a coach is to improve young swimmers' stroke technique and help them strive for their personal best! Abby is excited for another amazing season with the Waves!

Kyra Kinnersley

Co-Head Coach

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Kyra is a 2020 graduate of Cherry Creek High School where she participated in Poms, Tennis, Swimming & Lacrosse. She is completing her freshman year at Montana State University, where she hoped to swim recreationally until COVID closed the pool. Kyra has been a member of the Hills West Waves Swim Team since 2014 and has been part of the coaching staff since 2017. Kyra swam competively with Greenwood Tiger Sharks & Aquawolves Swim Team as well as with her high school team. Her favorite strokes are Freestyle and Breaststroke. Kyra will serve as Co-Head Coach with Abby this summer. She aims to encourage all swimmers to try new things, be their best, and have fun making memories. Hills West Waves Swim Team has been the best part of her summer since moving to Colorado and she hopes to help other swimmers develop good technique & a love of the sport. She looks forward to seeing you all on the pool deck! Go Waves!

Laurel Hamilton

Age Group Coach

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Laurel is a rising senior at Cherry Creek High School where she has been a 3-year member of the Girls Varsity Swim Team and 2-year state qualifier. Laurel will be coaching the 9-10 age group this summer. She has been on the Hills West Waves for eleven years and the coaching staff since 2018. She currently swims for the Aquawolves Swim Team and has swam club for 8 years. Laurel’s goal is for the swimmers to love racing and being in the water as well as to improve their technique and swim best times. Swimming is such a great sport and lifelong activity, and she hope to share her love of the sport with other swimmers. She's looking forward to a great summer filled with fun times and fast swims! Go Waves!

Sammy Hoffmann

Age Group Coach

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Sammy is a rising junior at Cherry Creek High School and has been a member of the Girls Swim Team. She has been swimming for Hills West  since she was six years old and it has always been an amazing summer activity for her. This will be Sammy's second year on the Hills West Waves coaching staff and she looks forward to coaching the 6 & unders! Her goal as a coach is to get young kids excited about swimming, just as her coaches have done for her in the past. She's looking forward to great season with the Waves!

Darcy Kinnersley

Coach Mentor

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Darcy has been involved with the Hills West Waves as a parent, official, MHSL Parent Delegate & Co-President. She has been swimming since childhood and continues to train with the Masters Team at Club Greenwood. Darcy is an experienced teacher and loves working with kids of all ages. Upon moving to Colorado in 2013, Darcy decided to leave the classroom to enjoy more of the outdoors. She currently enjoys her role as an instructor/coach at SwimLabs in Highlands Ranch and coaching girls swimming at Cherry Creek High School. Darcy is passionate about swimming and believes that good technique is the key to success in the pool. 

Board of Directors

Darcy Kinnersley

Co-President

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Jennifer McDonnell

Co-President

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Elizabeth Herf

Treasurer

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Michelle Hamilton

Mountain Hi Swim League Delegate

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Michelle Hamilton

HOA Liaison

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Eileen Hoffmann

Incoming President

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