RCA Coaches

Liz Hoffman Head Coach

Liz Hoffman has loved the water since she learned to swim at the Bettendorf Middle Park Pool.   She began swimming competetively as part of the inagural season for the Pleasant Valley (Blackhawk) Jr High swimming team.

Liz swam at camps and summer practices while teaching lessons in the PVHS pool.  Liz's favorite stroke was backstroke and her favorite event to compete in was the 400 Medley Relay.  When the girls' season was over, Liz could be found timing for the boys' meets.

Liz has a heart for teaching, encouraging and team building. For the last 10 years from Colorado to Kansas and now back home to Iowa, she has been priviledged to serve as a meet volunteer, team liason, lesson instructor, lesson director, age group coach, middle school coach, high school coach, and now as Head Coach at RCA.

 

6 years ago when Liz came to RCA she with the help of others she brought The World's Largest Swim Lesson to the CHS pool and she continues to promote their shared motto of "Swim Lessons Save Lives".

Liz has not only had the the opportunity to coach swimmers on to championship levels and college swimming but she counts among her greatest accomplishments "her swimmers" that caught the water bug and preform at levels that they didn't realize they could accomplish and especially those swimmers that have gone on to coach! Her 2 adult children have a love for the sport and continue to teach and coach the next generation.

Liz and her husband Edson (swim support staff) live with 3 of their children (all swimmers) in DeWitt and can be found most weekends poolside.

 

If you have any questions about RCA lessons, competition or practices you can contact Liz at [email protected]

Swim Fast and Have Fun!

 

 

 

 

Steve Erling

Coach Steve has been part of RCA since the beginning, as a parent, a volunteer, and coach.  His knowledge and experience comes from his desire to always learn, and he has spent years learning from a multitude of swimmers and coaches. He has swimmers that have acheived college scholarships, records and various awards.  RCA is fortunate to have Coach Steve on deck sharing his love for the sport and for the athletes.

Kathryn Erling Age Group Coach

Coach Katie started her swimming career in 8 and unders.  She always remembers being around the pool and swimming meets and practices. She is a natural teacher and coach and has been instructing swim lessons since she was 14 years old.  After graduating high school Katie was excited to join the RCA coaching staff.  Katie says that her favorite part of coaching is watching a swimmer that she has coached from beginner lessons compete in their first meet and to see the pride and excitement they have in their accomplishments!

Bailey Hoffman AG2

Bailey enjoys coaching swimmers to reach their goals in and out of the pool.  Her swimming career began in Shawnee, KS with the summer league Shawnee Sharks.  There she learned her love of swimming fast.  Bailey moved to Iowa with her family and preferred sprint freestyle along with breaststroke.  As a 12 year old she enjoyed being part of Team Iowa at MidWest AllStars and competing alongside Micheal Andrew. 

Bailey was a swimmer with RCA before teaching swimming lessons and now coaching.Bailey believes that kids reach their potential best while having fun.  She challenges swimmers with games and races.

Bailey lives in DeWitt on her family's ranch with her austrailian shepherd Tucker.  She is sophmore in college majoring in Biology and besides coaching with RCA, she works for a veterinary office in Eldridge. 

Bailey enjoys photography in her spare time.

Anna Hilgendorf Stroke Development