2016-2017 KSC Coaching Staff
(From left to right) Jan Rumble, Thaddaeus Gunther, Rebecca Hardy, Elysha Chapple, Dana Jaworski
Thaddaeus Gunther - Head Coach; senior, gold and silver coach
Thad is a corn-fed Iowan who grew up swimming for his local YMCA and high school before going on to swim at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He has extensive swimming knowledge from his years as a competitor and as a coach of club and high school teams in Minnesota and in Alaska.
Swimmers and parents who observe Thad on deck can't help but ask, "Why is he always smiling?"...the answer?...because he knows more than you.
When not dropping nautical knowledge on KSC swimmers, Coach Thad enjoys disc golf and long walks in the rain.
Dana Jaworski - Dolphin Coordinator; bronze coach
Coach Dana was born in Abilene, Texas, where she swam competitively from the age of 7 and ultimately earned recognition as an All-District, All-Regional state qualifier in high school and as an All-Conference and All-Academic scholarship swimmer at Henderson State.
Coach Dana has over 23 years of professional aquatics experience. She has worked as a lifeguard, as a Water Safety Instructor, as a pool manager and, of course, as a coach.
In 2005, Dana and her husband, Jeff Jaworski relocated to Anchor Point, Alaska. In addition to coaching, she is active in her local church, helps run a homeschool co-op, and homeschools her children ages 10, 7, and 4.
Coach Dana continues to compete in triathlons and open water swims as much as she can. She understands the many advantages of swimming that go beyond the pool. She also enjoys passing on her knowledge of swimming to young people to help them make the most of their swimming experience both in the pool and in life.
Jan began coaching in 1991 where she coached at Skyview High School and with the Southcentral Sea Serpents for 2 years, both in Soldotna. Jan moved to Juneau for graduate school and coached Glacier Swim Club 1994-2012; she coached the Juneau Douglas High School Swim team in for 6 years. She has been coaching Masters swimming on and off since 1991.
Jan has been swimming since she was five and competed in a recreational league from 6-16. She swam and competed in the Masters category but now swims for fitness 3 days a week all year. Jan’s most noted achievement as an adult swimmer was swimming with Steve Vick (Haines coach) in Lynn Canal and swimming across Kachemak Bay 2 times. She won the USMS 3,000 yard national race for her age group one year.
She lives with her husband Tim and two cats out East End Road. She works for ADF&G managing groundfish and shellfish in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound. She is also the Vice President of the Homer Hockey Association which operates the Kevin Bell Ice Arena.