Coaching Staff
Dan Lake Head Coach

Coach Lake has been involved in aquatics as an athlete and coach for over thirty years. He has been a men's and women's assistant at Valley High School and Dowling Catholic High School. He has been a men's and women's head coach at Urbandale High School, a women's Head Coach at Dowling Catholic High School, and a USA Head Coach for the Johnston Blaze before coming to the Rams. During his Head Coaching tenures he has had three Top Five team finishes at the Iowa High School State Meet along with a State Championship Medley Relay and two Individual State Champions. Additionally, Coach Lake served at the Director of Aquatics at Glen Oaks Country Club for four years.

Coach Lake is currently a Member at Large on the Iowa Swimming Board of Directors. He is an American Red Cross Life Guard Instructor and is a certified USA Swimming and ASCA Coach.

Todd Woolums Senior Assistant Coach

Coach Todd lives in Des Moines with his wife Kim and two daughters Brynnly and Zoe.  Todd was a Southeast Polk graduate and swam for Southeast Polk during High School.  During the day Todd works for Wells Fargo as a Systems Engineer doing computer systems automation.

He always had a love for water since he was a little kid, this led him to becoming a swimmer early on. He grew up being on a boat most summers and lived next to a river helping his Grandpa during summer months building houses and fishing.  In high school he joined the Southeast Polk swim team, was a lifeguard during the summers and did cross country in the fall to keep his endurance and strength up during the off season. His favorite part of swimming is distance freestyle, go 500s!  

In 2015 his oldest daughter joined the Rams Swim club and shortly after that became a volunteer coach to help with practices. In January 2016 he took his certification to become a USA Certified Coach and officially joined the club as an assistance swim coach.  He is dedicated to continued growth in his coaching skills along with helping each swimmer grow to their best potential.  He’s excited for the future of the Rams Swim Club.

Michelle Allen Assistant Coach

Coach Michelle is originally from SW Minnesota and has lived in Iowa for approximately 4 years. She began Coaching with the Rams Swim Club in July of 2017.  She is currently employed full time as an RN at the Des Moines VA.  Michelle lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband, Nate who is in the IA Army National Guard and currently works out of Camp Dodge. She has twin daughter’s Abigail and Emma and a step daughter Aubry. They are all students at SEP and are involved in many different activities.  

Coach Michelle has a long history with swimming, and she is excited to be involved with USA Swimming and all the opportunities it offers each swimmer.  She has been a lifeguard for 20 years, coached a swim team for Girl Scouts, taught water aerobics and swimming lessons, has experience with special needs children in the water and managed her home town pool.  She loves all water sports especially water skiing and riding around the lake on the jet ski.  

Coach Michelle is excited to be part of the Rams Swim Club and USA Swimming.  She can’t wait to watch each swimmer improve their skills throughout the year and most importantly have a great time with this AWESOME sport!

Shalee Torrence Assistant Coach

Coach Shalee began coaching with the Rams Club in May of 2017.  She is excited to learn from the team and empower all swimmers to reach their fullest potential both in and out of the pool. She lives in Bondurant with her husband has three children- Kaylen, Colton, and Cora.  She is employed full-time with Heartland Area Education Agency as a Licensed Independent School Social Worker serving both Bondurant and Southeast Polk School Districts.

Coach Shaylee grew up in Parkersburg, Iowa and swam competitively for almost 10 years with the Parkersburg Barracuda Swim Club. She reports that her greatest strength was swimming backstroke and long-distance events.  Following her participation on the Parkersburg Barracuda Swim Team, she spent 11 years as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at various pools teaching both private and public swim lessons.  Additionally, Shalee has lived 3 years overseas in Asia and Europe working with the military and directing aquatic and youth sports programs.   

Shaylee feels strongly that her faith and family come first in life and believes that all swimmers should feel as they have a purpose and that they belong to the team. Her goal is to build a positive, supportive and encouraging environment where swimmers love the pool and their teammates and then the rest will follow.  

-Just keep swimming!

Madison Behney Assistant Coach
Emily Krueger Assistant Coach - Black Practice Group
Board of Directors
Ben Ortega President
Kimberly Gleason Vice President
Brad Holtan Treasurer
Teresa Chafa Secretary
Jacob Ferrell At-Large