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:


DCHS Employment Opportunities


Head Coach Ethan Johnston ~

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





Coach Megan Lilly

Megan began swimming at the age of nine for Riptide. She continued swimming for Riptide throughout her high school swimming career. She was a three time state qualifier for Dowling Catholic in the 100 butterfly, and she lettered all four years of her high school career. 

Megan’s Favorite Events: 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke.

Megan’s most memorable swimming experience was winning regionals her senior season at Dowling Catholic. She is excited to begin coaching at Riptide and getting to know all of the swimmers. She is also excited to be able to stay active in the sport of swimming.





Coach Katie Wainwright (Intro Training Group)

Katie has been coaching swim teams for over 20 years.  During this time she coached a couple of different high school teams, including 8 years as the assistant coach and one year as head coach of the Dowling Catholic girls team.  In 2003, Katie was selected as the regional coach of the year when she was head coach of the Dowling girls team.

Growing up, Katie swam for Dave Linder at both DMG&CC and an AAU team called The Steelers. In high school (at Dowling) she swam for Linda Burton and then Mark Crouch. She feels lucky to have been taught and trained by each of these exceptional coaches.

Katie's Favorite Events: 200 IM and 100 Free.

Katie's favorite thing about coaching is celebrating successes with swimmers! "I love to see swimmers beam with pride in their accomplishments, especially when their experience on the team has helped them understand and appreciate all the variables involved in their success. I love it when kids start to see the connection between listening, learning, working and succeeding. To me, this is the primary goal of any youth program, and I love being part of this process!" Katie's goal for this year is to add a lip sync/dance contest to the end of the season banquet so the Intro group can show the other groups HOW IT IS DONE!

Katie's favorite Riptide experience is playing "pool Tenzi" with her Intro group over Christmas break each year.






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.