Riptide is currently hiring Assistant Coaches.  Below is the job posting announcement and the link to apply directly to Dowling Catholic High School. Contact Riptide board President, Kristin Hall for job descriptions and questions: [email protected]


DCHS Employment Opportunities


Head/National Team CoachEthan Johnston ~ [email protected]

Ethan has been involved in swimming in the Des Moines area for over 20 years. Beginning his
swimming career with the South Suburban YMCA and then Des Moines Aquatics Club (now
DMSF) and Lincoln High School. His coaching experience started at Echo Valley Country Club
in the early 1990s. Since that time Ethan has been an assistant coach at Central Iowa Aquatics,
head coach with the Ankeny YMCA Aquahawks, head coach at Echo Valley Country Club, an
assistant coach at DMSF and, most importantly, assistant coach for the Dowling Catholic high
school boy's swim team.

Ethan is an active member of the Des Moines water polo club and still swims whenever he can
find time to get in the pool.

Ethan' s Favorite Event To Swim: is the 25 freestyle.
Ethan's Favorite Events To Coach: are 200-1650 freestyle because he enjoys the strategy.

Ethan is very excited to build on the current success of the Dowling Catholic Riptide and hopes
the club can help Dowling Catholic keep up their great tradition as a high school swimming



Assisrant Coach Gwen Sorensen - Lead Age Group/Development Coach


Assistant Coach Arkady Lichinsky - Lead Performance Group Coach


Assistant Coach Tim Brown - Lead Age Group Plus Coach





Assistant Coach Elie Hayes

Coach Elie joined the Riptide coaching staff September 2018.  Elie started swimming at the age of 8 in a city pool in Ohio. Elie’s first memories of swimming are of failing beginners swimming several times but by the age of 11, Elie and her Medley Relay broke a National Record, with Elie swimming the lead backstroke. In the late 70’s Elie moved with her parents and family to Iowa and Elie swam for Lincoln Highschool and was a state finalist in both the 500 and 200 freestyle. Elie still swims two to three days a week and comes from a large swimming family. Elie has three younger brothers who also coach and her youngest brother,Ethan Johnston, head coach for the Riptides recruited her to assist in coaching this year. 

Elie’s favorite events: 100-yard backstroke and the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Elie graduated from William Penn with a degree in Business some years back and has her Masters in Mental Health from Drake University. Elie works as a clinical supervisor and therapist in a treatment center in Des Moines where she works with patients with co-occurring disorders. In her spare time, Elie enjoys photography, gardening, spending time with her friends and family, and doing anything outdoors. Elie also loves spending time with her two German Shepard’s and Corgi.


Assistant Coach Leo Duffy - Lead Intro Group Coach


Leo swam for Riptide for three years in middle school. He then swam for the Dowling High School team, and rejoined Riptide in the summer his last two years. 


Leo’s Favorite Events: 100 Butterfly and 50 Freestyle.


After being a team captain his senior year and going to college, Leo was looking forward to getting back into swimming through coaching. He’s happy to be back at Dowling with Riptide to help swimmers give 100% effort and accomplish their goals.