Meet the TeamDASH Coaches!


Coaching Staff


Team Executive Director / Gold & Silver

Coach Colin is one the founding members of the DUBUQUE AREA SWIMMIN' HURRICANES. He and several parents formed the team in the Fall of 1991. Coach Colin is a Dubuque native. He graduated from the University of Iowa, with a B.B.A., Class of 1986. While at the University of Iowa, Doug was an assistant coach with the Iowa City Swim Club. Upon returning to Dubuque, he coached the Dubuque YMCA Swim Club for 4 years, prior to forming D.A.S.H., and, is also the former Head Swimming & Diving Coach and Aquatics Director at Loras College.
Doug is ASCA Level 4 certified and has headed a staff selected as the IASI Age Group Coaching Staff of the Year in ’07 and IASI Senior Coaching Staff of the Year in ’08, ’09, & '22, and, the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in ’04 & ’07.

Doug and his wife, Marie, have three sons, Benjamin, John, and William, all members of DASH at one time or another.



Associate Head Coach / BRONZE

Jake is a Dubuque native, graduating from Wahlert HS in 2001. During HS he swam for Dubuque Senior (co-op program), qualifying for the Iowa HS State meet all four years. He then went on to swim three years at Loras College prior to injuries cutting his career short. During his Duhawk career, Jake was a member of two record setting relays. His primary group with DASH is the BRONZE Group.  Jake is the former Head Girls Swim Coach at Senior H.S.

Outside of DASH, Jake is an instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College and University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

Jake and his wife Angie are proud "parents" of their dog Sully.



Asst. Coach / BLUE

Tasia Guiter is a 2003 graduate of Ottumwa High School and a 2007 graduate of Loras College. As a Duhawk, she swam for coach Doug Colin, and is the former record holder in the 100 backstroke and three relays.  Tasia graduated with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in math, and is currently employed as the Wellness Coordinator at Luther Manor Communities. She has been coaching for DASH since 2006.



Asst. Coach / Jr. Hurricanes & GREEN

Lisa is one of the Jr. Hurricane group coaches. She grew up in Dubuque and competed for Wahlert HS and Loras College, then coached with DASH for several years prior to marriage and children.

Lisa is currently a 4th grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary.

She and her husband Wes have 3 children, Nick, Callie, & Jake, all three have been members of DASH, and, they brought their Mom back to coaching when they joined the team.


Coach Jim Sheehan

Asst. Coach / GOLD

Jim is a Dubuque native, graduating from Wahlert HS in 1996.  Jim began his swimming career with DASH & Coach Colin, just prior to beginning HS. During HS he swam for Dubuque Senior 1992-1996 (co-op program), where he was coached by Dan Duclos and Coach Colin (1992-93 season).  During his HS career, he broke Dubuque Senior schools records, earned All-State and All-American honors.  Under Coach Colin’s tutelage Jim progressed from a novice swimmer to become DASH’s first male Junior National qualifier (100yd breaststroke-1996).  He then went on to swim at Iowa State University (1996-2000) where he was a Big 12 Conference finalist in the 100yd & 200yd breaststoke, co-captain (1999-2000 season), Jack McGuire Memorial Award winner (1999-2000 season) and US Olympic Trials qualifier (2000).  As a coach Jim has worked with swimmers from a wide range of ages and ability levels, which have spanned age group swimmers to Olympians.  Jim’s international coaching experience includes head coaching duties for Puerto Rico at the 2021 South American Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Jim and his wife, Carolyn, have three daughters, Miriam (2020 Olympian-100m Fly/100m FR), Alexandra, and Adonai, who are all members of DASH.


Asst. Coach / GREEN
Kristi is a native of Omaha, NE and was on the state winning team her junior and senior year.  She then went on to a four year career at the University of St. Thomas (MN), where she specialized in the 100 & 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM with the 200 fly and 400 IM when they needed points for a meet :) 

Kristi has a BS degree in Health Promotion and has worked at the University and corporate levels as a Trainer and Wellness Coach. Her career has taken her to Montana, Missouri, and now back to Her husband’s hometown of Dubuque where she works at Hirschbach Motor Lines. 

She swims Masters with DASH and has a swimmer in both the Bronze (Piper) and Silver (Cole) groups.

Asst. Coach / GREEN
Craig is originally from Moline, IL. He started swimming for the Moline Blue Marlins and went on to compete for Moline High School. After high school he swam for Lincoln College for two seasons and then finished his college career at Western Illinois University. After college swimming ended he began coaching the McDonough County Dolphins, followed by the Moline Blue Marlins as head coach, and then became the head coach for Moline High School boys and girls team. Craig continues to train and compete as a US Masters swimmer. He has earned 3 All-American titles in USMS: two for the 1650 and one for ultra-marathon open water swimming. Open water swimming has become a recent passion of his. He has traveled and competed across the country in open water marathon races. In 2017, he made an English Channel Crossing attempt and plans to make another attempt in the future. 
Craig and his family have relocated to the Dubuque area for his primary occupation as a Safety Manager for John Deere. Craig and his wife, Christina, have two children Calvin and Corinne. 
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Asst. Coach / Jr. Hurricanes
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Asst. Coach / HS Camp

Rick is a Dubuque native, graduating from Hempstead HS in 1994, where he was a four year Iowa HS State qualifier. He then went on to a four year career at St. Mary's University (MN), where he still holds five school records (200, 500, 1000 Free, 200 Fly, & 400 IM). He is a former swimmer under Coach Colin, beginning at the YMCA and moving to DASH when the team started. He also coached with Coach Colin at Loras College for two years.

Rick is a Wellness & Recreation teacher in the Dubuque Community School system and the Head Boys Swim Coach at Hempstead HS, where he has been selected as State Coach of the Year in 2014, 4x District Coach of the year, and 2x MVC Divisional Coach of the year.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Saint Mary’s University (MN) Athletic Hall of Fame and in the spring of 2017 was elected to the Presidency of the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association.

For DASH, Rick coaches the Gold and HS Camp groups during the summer.

He and his wife, Kylie, have a son, Ty, and daughter, Emmy.




Asst. Coach / HS Camp



Asst. Coach / Technique & Substitute

Todd is a Dubuque native, graduating from Senior in 1994.  During HS he swam for two years, qualifying for state in both years (100 butterfly and 200/400 freestyle relays).  He also was quarterback and captain of the football team, and qualified for state track in the shot put and sprint relays.  Todd played safety at Drake University for two years before transferring back to Loras to swim his final two seasons of college.  He was a school record holder at Loras on the 200 & 400 Medley Relays (fly leg).  He went on to be an Assistant Women’s and Assistant & Head Men’s Coach at Dubuque Senior from 1997 – 2001.  He later would become a Grad Assistant Coach under Doug Colin at Loras College while earning his master’s degree. He will be inducted into the Dubuque Senior Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021.  Todd is the “Swiss-Army-Knife” for DASH filling in wherever needed over his aggregate 10 years of coaching with DASH. 

Outside of DASH, Todd is the Manager, Global Occupational Health Operations for John Deere.  When he isn’t at a pool with his two daughters who swim for DASH, he’s at a court, field, or track supporting all three of his children. 

Todd and his wife, Meg, have three children, Jack, Molly, and Annie.


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Asst. Coach / Technique & Substitute

Coach Janet is a 5-time Iowa HS State Champion at Des Moines Roosevelt and a member of the Iowa HS Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Following her HS career, Janet continued swimming at the University of Kansas. At KU, she was a three-year letter winner, team captain, and also named female athlete of the year for the Jayhawks during the 1978-79 school year. While competing for the Jayhawks she was a two-time  All-American in 1979 & 1980 and qualified for the 1980 Olympic Trials.

Janet and her late husband Don had all five of their children, Louise, Donny, Jack, Charlie and Olivia, swimming for Team DASH at one time or another.


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Lesson Adminstrator

Mari is currently the Program Assistant at the Shalom Spirituality Center. I work on developing and running a variety of programs for the Center . She has also worked as a Substitute Teacher for the Dubuque Community School District. Mari and her husband Dan are both USA Swimming officials and have had 2 sons swim for TeamDASH.