Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Megan Oesting Owner, Head Coach
An ASCA Level 5 certified coach, Megan created the Eastern Iowa Swim Federation from a local community team in 2016.  Since then she's expanded to three sites, rewritten over two thirds of the previous team records, broken and reset over 40 Iowa Swimming records, posted over 25 Top 100 All Time National Age Group swims, half of which were in the top 10, including 1 National Age Group Record. She was a 2018 Top 10 finalist for the ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year award, and won the National Age Group Coach of the Year award in 2019.

She appears in USA Swimming's Foundations of Coaching 101/201 coaching education videos, and was featured in the February 2018 Swimming World Magazine Special Sets.  She was selected as Head Coach of the 2019 USA Swimming Southern Zone Select Camp in Louisville, KY, assisted at the USA Swimming Leadership Summit Camp for 2019 and assisted at the 2018 USA Swimming National Girls Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center.  She was selected to speak at the Napa, CA and Fischers, IN Coaches Clinics, as well as University of Iowa student business organizations as an expert on communication and empowerment.  She is a part of the USA Swimming Women in Leadership conference, the National Team Coaches Conference and an active member of the USA Swimming National Team Alumni Association.

Megan grew up swimming in Seattle, WA for Hall of Fame coach Jack Ridley, Jr and was ranked in the top 3 nationally by the time she was 10 years old.  She won three Junior National titles, the first of which was at the age of 13, and was a member of the National Junior Team at age 16 representing the USA in Paris and East Berlin.  At the age of 17 she won gold and silver in the Pan Am games in Cuba and was ranked 18th in the world for the 100 freestyle.

In high school she was undefeated in all dual meets, beating multiple state champions in their own events, and going 8 for 8 in the State meet repeatedly setting State records in the 50, 100, and 200 Free.  Twice she was ranked first in the nation in those events. She went to UCLA on a full scholarship and became an multiple time All-American in swimming setting multiple school records and also took up water polo where she was All-Conference and scored the opening goal to help win UCLA's first Women's Water Polo National Championship, UCLA beat Cal 8-2 for the Title.

In a brief 2009-2010 “comeback” Megan won the 2.5k swim at the Big Shoulders open water swim in Lake Michigan and two national titles at the USA Swimming Masters Nationals in the 50 and 100 free, both in her age group and overall, with the fastest times for all age groups. She was ranked #1 in the world for the age group in those races that year.

In addition to owning the swim team, Megan runs private swim lessons in her Endless Pool home studio serving clients from all over the Midwest, and markets and distributes her underwater hearing devices, MySwimEars, worldwide to change the way coaching is done in the sport of swimming.  Her purpose in coaching is to empower people to build trust in themselves and their ability to create the experiences they want to have in life.  Megan is also a certified Newfield Network Life Coach helping clients of all ages reach their highest potential in their life goals.

Kerry Carleton Director of Ops, Assoc. Assistant Coach

Kerry joined the Eastern Iowa Swim Federation in 2016 as the Director of Operations, Team Manager and Assistant Waterbenders Coach.  A Cedar Rapids native, Kerry was a multi-sport standout in high school and brings knowledge of strength, athleticism and power as well as warmth and positive direction to each athlete he works with.

As a deck coach, Kerry runs the power and sprint program as well as spanning technical teaching across all groups on a rotational basis and meet support from local to national competitions.  His behind the scenes contribution is invaluable in organizing logistics and travel for all out of town events as well as ongoing team billing, registration and pool contracts.  Kerry's technical expertise has allowed for classroom and pool side audio-visual acess and evaluation both on site and in the Endless Pool studio allowing for greater learning opportunites for each athlete.

Kerry has been on the Board of Directors of Iowa Swimming and the Iowa City Learning Foundation as Finance Chair and Treasurer and is a life member of the American Swim Coaches Association and USA Swimming.

Ryan Ritter Head Burlington Coach
Ryan Ritter has lived most of his life in Burlington, Iowa, attended Iowa State University and returned to Burlington after graduation.  He has always had a love for sports and being in competitions. As a High School student he ran track and cross country and as an adult he became interested in Triathlons.  Ryan competes in local, National and World level competitions and has become well rounded in all three sports. Over the past 4 years he has been sharing his love for sports coaching running clinics and YMCA swimming in Burlington and is looking forward to the new opportunities with USA Swimming and the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation.

 

Emily Hill (Welborn) Asst. Burlington Coach

Emily started swimming at 7 years old for Keokuk YMCA Swim Team. She also swam for Sheridan Swim Team (Quincy, IL) and ICE (Iowa City, IA) for age group swimming. Representing both Iowa and Illinois at National level meets with USA Swimming.

Emily swam for Keokuk High School as a four year Girls High School State Qualifer; Top finishes 3rd in 100 Fly & 9th in 100 Back.

Emily was recruited to Iowa State University where she swam all four years. During her time there she competed at four Big 10 Conference Championships and she held a ISU Top Ten Record in 200 Back. Emily was the ISU Team Captain Senior Year and 2008 Academic All American.

Throughout her swimming career and after Emily has taught YMCA and Swim America swim lessons as well as Master’s swimming. Most recently she has been Assistant Coach for the Burlington YMCA team. 

Outside of the pool Emily and her husband, Jesse, have two daughters, Kylee and Marlee, both can be found in the pool. Emily works at General Electric as a Materials Leader in Burlington. Emily looks forward to the adventure of growing a new satellite team in Burlington!

 

Hayley Carstensen Asst Waterbenders Coach
Hayley Carstensen swam for CRAA growing up and in fact still holds the overall team record in the 100 and 200 breast.  At Linn-Mar High School, Hayley was a 5 time State Champion, two time Iowa Swimmer of the Year, and set the State record in the 100 Breast.
 
Hayley went on to swim at Northwestern University where she became the 3rd fastest 100 Breaststroker in team history by the time she graduated, placing 2nd at the Big Ten Championships and qualifying for the NCAA Championships.   She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2009.
 
After college she came back to Cedar Rapids and coached with the team and worked as a swim lessons instructor for 5 years. Hayley spent one summer as a camp counselor for Northwestern's Swim Camps and a year as the assistant coach for the Fair Oaks Swim Team in the Washington DC area.  She currently works as a marketing analyst here in Cedar Rapids and lead the EISF Breastroke Development group and assists Head Coach Megan Oesting with the Waterbenders and Trident groups.
 
John Stivers Assistant Coach
Jon Stivers (Coach J) returns to coaching, having been the head coach of the Siouxland Sharks from 2000 to 2002 where he helped the team grow by over 30% in his two years he was at the helm. While there he coached children from ages 8 to 18, helping swimmers continue to improve and develop a love of swimming and leading several groups to State and Midwest regional championship meets and several swimmers went on to swim in college.  In the off season he ran stroke clinics in between seasons that brought in over 100 kids who took part in the very intense 3 day training weekends, helping those swimmers to achieve their goals.
 
Jon swam for the University of Northern Iowa as a distance freestyler and IM specialist. During his time there he was a four year letter winner and a team captain during the 1992 to 93 season.  Throughout his four years at UNI he continued to lower his times every year through participation in different swim clinics and camps. At UNI Jon learned about balancing priorities for school and sport as well as personal planning, this experience continues to influence the processes he uses in life every day. Jon still likes to climb into the pool, enjoys practicing and looks forward to doing more in the future with the hopes of competing with the Masters swimming team in Cedar Rapids.
 
Jon is married with two kids. His wife Geri is very supportive of Jon’s love of the sport and continues to cheer him and their two kids on while they are at the pool. His sons, Joshua and Jordan continue to participate in swimming as part of the team and are part of the reason Jon has returned to the sport he loves. Recently they took a vacation to Omaha where they all enjoyed watching the Olympic Trials, cheering on every swimmer from the state and any of the swimmers whose parents were sitting nearby.
 
Jackson Hannam Muscatine Coach

Jackson Hannam joined EISF in 2016 as the Head Muscatine site coach. He graduated from George Mason University where he majored in Sports Management and minored in Coaching. While at Mason he was a competitive Division I swimmer and was captain of the team his senior year.

Jackson has been coaching for the last 10 years at various levels. He’s coached NVSL for eight years, high school assistant coach for two years, and club for three years. He has worked with just about every age group and skill level, ranging from beginning six-year-olds to collegiate level athletes and recently finished a summer as a camp coach as the Texas Longhorns Swim Camp.

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