The goal of the DASH coaching staff is to provide each individual with guidance and instruction to maximize their results while providing a positive swimming experience; helping each swimmer to “be the best they can be.” DASH coaches strive to be good role models, leaders and listeners. The coaching staff is constantly updating and improving the DASH program.

Coach Responsibilities:

1. Instruct the swimmers in the four competitive strokes, starts and turns.

2. Encourage swimmers to do their best in and out of the pool.

3. Demonstrate respect, good sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship to all swimmers, parents and the community.

4. Develop swimmers’ skills and endurance for competitions as well as for greater challenges at practice.

5. Motivate swimmers to reach goals and to aspire to higher goals.

Head Coach, Doug Colin


Cell Phone: (563) 543-1105

     Coach Doug is one of 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, graduating from Senior High School in 1981. He has a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa, 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 DASH.  Doug is ASCA Level 4 certified and has been selected as the ISI Age Group Coach of the Year in ’07 and ISI Senior Coach of the Year in ’08 & ’09 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.

Assistant Coaches

Coach Doug is supported by a number of assistant coaches, all of whom are required to be members of USA Swimming, background checked, Red Cross certified, First Aid and CPR certified and trained in water safety and prevention. DASH holds these requirements as a top priority. Under the direction of Coach Doug, the assistant coaching staff ably provides instruction, opportunity and direction to swimmers in a safe and nurturing learning environment.