Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Head Coach Doug Colin 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. Doug is also the former Head Swimming & Diving Coach and Aquatics Director at Loras College. 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, all members of DASH at one time or another.

Coach Jake Gantenbein 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 NICC and UW-Platteville. 

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

Coach Tasia Guiter 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.


Coach Lisa Dolphin Asst. Coach / Jr. Hurricanes
Coach Mari Hammel Director of Instruction
Coach Ben Colin Asst. Coach / SILVER

Ben is a graduate of Dubuque Senior HS and The University of Iowa with degrees in Journalism and Sport / Recreation Management. At Senior, he was a 4-time state qualifier, 3-time All-State honoree, finishing runner-up as a member of the 400 Free Relay as a sophomore and in both the 200 & 500 Freestyles as a Senior and still holds the Rams 500 Free school record. While a Hawkeye swimmer, Ben was a 3-time Academic All-Big Ten, recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award as a senior and was named winner of the NCAA Jim McKay Scholarship. He is currently working on his Masters degree in Sport / Recreation Management and a law degree at The University of Iowa.

Coach Taylor Tittle Asst. Coach / Jr. Hurricanes
Taylor is 2013 graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School, a 2017 graduate of Northern Illinois University and a 2020 graduate of Loras College. She swam for DASH for years leading into high school and during the off season. Taylor graduated from NIU with a major in Psychology and continued her education at Loras College, completing her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in December 2020. 
Outside of DASH, Taylor is a School-Based Mental Health Counselor.
Coach Grace Pope Asst. Coach / GREEN & BLUE
Coach Anna Pfeiffer Asst. Coach / GREEN
Anna is a 2020 graduate of Western Dubuque High School, where she swam for Dubuque Senior High School as a part of the co-op program. During High School she was a 4-year state qualifier, 7-time All-State honoree, 2-time MVC Athlete of the Year, 2-time Regional Athlete of the Year and currently holds 4 school records (200 Medley Relay, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, and 100 Backstroke). Anna swam for DASH for 12 years before moving on to swim for The University of Iowa in 2020-21 and then to Missouri State University. Anna is pursuing a degree in Health and Human Physiology. 
Coach Rick Loeffelholz 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.

Coach Jesse Huff Asst. Coach / HS Camp
Coach Andy Pape Asst. Coach / Technique & Substitute
Coach Todd Gilligan 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 Safety and Occupational Health Manager for John Deere Dubuque.  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.

Coach JANET WARREN Asst. Coach / Technique & Substitute

Coach Janet is a 6-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 an AIAW (previous to NCAA offering women's sports) All-American!!

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.

Janet is the Executive Director for Luther Manor in Dubuque and Asbury.

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