Valparaiso Swim Club
Coach Leslie is the head coach of the Valparaiso Swim Club and oversees all aspects of the club’s practices and meets. She works with all levels of swimmers, preparing them for the transition of Age-Group swimming, to High School and Senior Level swimming.
Coach Leslie began swimming at age 7 in Crown Point, Indiana swimming with a summer recreational swim team. She started swimming at age 11 as a USA Swimming member with HUB Swim Club, currently known as Crown Point Swim Club. As a swimmer at Crown Point High School, she qualified for State all four years, and was a two-time Sectional individual event winner. After high school, Coach Leslie attended Indiana University, Bloomington, and graduated with a B.A in Biology. After graduation, she continued her education at Indiana University Northwest and earned an A.S. in Dental Hygiene. She has worked as a Dental Hygienist since graduation and continues to work on a part-time basis. While Coach Leslie did not swim competitively in college, she found herself back in the pool after having children. At first, it was just for exercise, but she used that love of swimming to transition into the sport of Triathlon. She competed for many years, and hopes to some day get back into the sport.
Coach Leslie first became involved with Valparaiso Swim Club in 2010 as a parent member. In 2011, she joined the VSC Staff as an Assistant Coach, in charge of developing a dryland program. As the seasons progressed, her involvement with the club also evolved. In addition to being an assistant coach, she was the Race Director for the Valparaiso Junior Triathlon in 2012 and 2013 that was hosted by the Club. In December 2016, she was named Interim-Head Coach, and then named Head Coach in 2017. Coach Leslie holds the following certifications: (ASCA) American Swimming Coaches Association Level 2, CPR, Coaches’ Safety, and First Aid.
Coach Leslie has lived in Valparaiso since 2001. Her family includes husband, Jim and two children, Shannon and Connor, which are both current VSC members and VSC record holders. Coach Leslie has a firm philosophy and belief in hard work, effort, attitude, sportsmanship and fun. She has a vision of building the club and continuing the tradition of excellence in which Valparaiso Swim Club prides itself. Outside of swimming, Coach Leslie enjoys coffee, yoga, DIY projects, shopping, traveling, and supporting her children in their other school activities and other sports.
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