Florida Swimming
Level 3
Excellence 300

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Leonard Kraus Head Coach & COO/Senior & Platinum

Coach Leonard Kraus is in his 12th year coaching the MAKOS and has been coaching competitive swimming for over 30 years.  Over his first eleven years the MAKOS have grown in number as well as continued to raise in the rankings at both the FLAGS & Senior State Championships as well as added an Olympic Trails Qualifier and Southern Zone Individual Champion. Coach Kraus has also been selected to coach both the LSC's All-Star and Southern Zone Teams.

Prior to the MAKOS, Coach Kraus spent 9 years as the founding head coach for Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.  While at Marshall, Coach Kraus had multiple NCAA division I qualifiers as well as conference champions in Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference.  Coach Kraus also led several of his international athletes to their Olympic Trail meets in their respective countries. In addition to his collegiate coaching in Huntington, Coach Kraus also served as an assistant coach for the Huntington YMCA Charleston Aquatic Team program, as well as the West Virginia Swimming LSC General Chair (two years), Age Group Chair (four years) and WV Zone Team Head Coach.

Prior to becoming the Head Coach at Marshall Coach Kraus spent 3 years at the University of Toledo and 3 years at Ball State University as the Head Assistant Coach at both programs.  During this time, Coach Kraus was able to work with numerous conference champions and NCAA qualifiers.

Coach Kraus spent the early years of his career coaching at the club level as the Head Coach for the Cardinal Community Swim Club in Muncie, Indiana.  While at Cardinal Coach Kraus led several of his athletes to the USA Junior and Senior National meets.

Coach Kraus graduated from Ball State with a Major in Sport Administration with minors in Business and Aquatics/Coaching.  While at Ball State he swam for Coach Bob Thomas and also played Water Polo. 

Coach Kraus is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 coach and continues to expand his knowledge of the sport of swimming.  Coach Kraus is a USA registered Coach and is certified in CPR, AED, First Aid and Lifeguarding.

Coach Leonard Kraus and his wife Joy Kraus have been married for 23 years and have two daughters that have both swam competitively; Alena (22) is a multiple time HS All American, NCAA All-American and Olympic Trial semi finalist is now a senior swimmer at the University of Louisville and Makayla (20) who was a state and futures finalist and now a sophomore at the University of Florida and also a Makos coach.

Joy Kraus Head Age Group Coach/White & Blue Sharks

Coach Joy is in her eleventh year coaching with the Makos and has been coaching swimming for over 25 years.  During her time with the Makos she has lead several of her swimmers to FLAGS and All Star/Zone Championship meets.

Along with her eight years as the Head Coach at HYCAT Coach Joy brings along club coaching experience from two previous teams, Greater Toledo Aquatic Club and Cardinal Community Swim Club. She also spent several summers as a camp counselor and coach at the Ball State University swim camps.

Coach Joy earned a degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University and was a swimmer for  BSU swim team.  While at BSU,  Coach Joy was a USA Swimming All American, NCAA Divison I All-American, NCAA Division I Academic All American and was an Olympic Trial Qualifier.  Her specialty events were the 50 & 100 Freestyle. Coach Joy was inducted into the Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 as "the Winningest Swimmer in the schools history".

Coach Joy began swimming at the age of 8 in her hometown of Midlothian, Illinois where her 1st season nick name was "lane line Joy".  She later went on to be multiple time HS scorer.

Coach Joy is a USA swimming registered coach as well as a member of the American Swim Coaches Association as a level 3 coach and Lifeguard certified.

Quinn Bohan Silver Sharks
Coach Quinn is in his fourth year coaching with the Makos and has been coaching competitive swimming for just over six years. 
Prior to joining the Makos coaching staff, Coach Quinn spent three years coaching in Madison, Connecticut with the Shoreline Aquatic Club. 
Coach Quinn has a degree in Physics from Rollins College where he also swam at the NCAA Division II level under Coach Rich Morris and Coach Kyle Berg. During his time at Rollins, Coach Quinn competed in several Sunshine State Conference finals and served as Captain his Junior and Senior years. His specialty event was the 100 Breaststroke throughout his time at Rollins. 
Coach Quinn began swimming in Rye, NY on Rye Golf Club's summer league team and the Rye YMCA Wave Ryders at the age of 7. After moving to Connecticut, Coach Quinn swam for the Soundview YMCA Stingrays where he qualified for YMCA Nationals. Additionally, Coach Quinn was an All-State swimmer for Branford High School. 
Jonathan Allen Flex Sharks
Coach Jon Allen has 20 years of coaching experience primarily as the head swim coach at Eastside High School. Coach Allen grew up swimming for the Blue Dolfins and legendary coach Harry Meisel in Orlando. He competed for Orlando Edgewater as a high school student-athlete where he was a state qualifier and medalist. 
Coach Allen attended the University of Florida where he studied Environmental Science and Interdisciplinary Ecology. After a semester of participating in walk-on practices with the UF team, he decided to focus on school. The following year he met his beautiful wife Amanda. The year leading up to their wedding, and after a less-than-stellar experience interning at an engineering firm, Coach Allen decided to apply for a teaching job at Eastside High School. He thought teaching would be a temporary one-year job while his wife finished graduate school, 20 years later he’s still part of the Ram family. When hired at EHS, the principal discovered he was a former swimmer and offered him the head coaching job. In his second year the Rams won their first ever District title. 
At Eastside, Coach Allen has since led the Rams boys and girls teams to a combined 21 District Championships, 8 Region Championships and the 2009 FHSAA State Championship. He has coached 8 NISCA All-Americans, 8 FHSAA State Champions and 23 school record holders.
Coach Jon Allen has been married to his wonderful wife, Amanda,  for 18 years. His two children, Ansley and Logan, swim for the Makos. He is excited to contribute to the Makos coaching staff. 
Coach Jon is a USA certified coach.
Board of Directors
Joy Kraus WebMaster
John Whitaker Board President