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COACHING STAFF

 

We hope we will teach you the value of dedication, perseverance, and pursuing your dreams.  We look forward to creating wonderfull swimming memories with the swimmers and their families.  If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. 

Coaching Staff

Shelley Lechnir

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I live in State Center with my husband Jon and our two amazing kids, Michael and Molly.  I graduated from UNI and began coaching in 1997.  I became the Blue Wave head coach in 2008.  I am also the Aquatic Director for the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA.  I love coaching and everything about it.  My favorite part about coaching is knowing that each swimmer grown up to have great memories from swimming.  I have many great memories but my favorites are the friendships and bonds I have made with my coaches, swimmers and their parents.

Patricia Herrera

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Isaac Frederick

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Becca Elliott

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Dee Norton

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You could say I have been involved in swimming pretty much my whole life!  For the last 45 years I have either been a swimmer, a dive coach, a synchronized swimming coach, swim official, official trainer and a parent of a swimmer!  Now I am so excited to add being a Blue Wave Coach to my resume.  I am strictly here for the kids!  I love watching them grow and learn and being a part of that makes everything worth it!  My favorite memory.....well that has to be anything to do with Jack VerHelst!  My husband Mark and I have lived in Marshalltown for the past 32 years and enjoy our grand babies and BBQ!

Andrew Brian Cole

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Heather Pals

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I live in Marshalltown with my husband Cory and twins, Quinlan and Zoey.  We have a dog named Aayla and a cat named Bly.   I am originally from Harlan, IA.  I graduated from there and then went to Sioux City to go to Morningside College.  After my graduation in 2002, I was offered a position as a teacher with the Marshalltown Community School District and moved here.  I have been with the school district for 18 years and am currently teaching 3rd grade at Anson Elementary. I started coaching for Blue Wave in 2019 because my daughter asked me.  I also coach my son's soccer team.  I have always enjoyed recreational swimming especially going to the lake with my entire family growing up and really enjoy watching Zoey to do something she loves.