Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Todd Woolums Head Coach
Michelle Allen Senior Assistant Coach/Lessons Lead

Coach Michelle Allen joined the RSC staff team in 2017. She coaches swim team and leads our swim lesson program. Her coaching experience has stretched beyond the SEPHS pool with club volleyball, running club (cross country) and with the Girl Scout swim team. She has loved swimming since she was very young. Michelle grew up in a small town and didn’t have the opportunity to swim competitively. That small town had a pool however and she spent the weekdays there and on the weekends was swimming at the lake. Michelle was an assistant for swimming lessons starting at age 11 and became a lifeguard at age 16. She taught swimming lessons to all ages and abilities. She is an athlete herself with playing volleyball, basketball and running track in high school and collegiately played volleyball at Dakota State University her freshman year.  She continues to run long distances and has completed four ½ marathons!

Michelle received her Nursing Degree from MN-West (small community college in Southwestern MN) and works at the Des Moines VA. She has twin daughters, Abigail and Emma and is married to her husband Nate. Her family loves spending time together with their three dogs Victor (Husky), Lily (Husky) and JellyBean (Mini Schnauzer) and our rabbit Samuel.

Alea Lause Assistant Coach

Alea has been a part of the Rams Swim Club since 2012 and joined the coaching staff in 2020. She has also taught swim lessons for many years at the Altoona Campus.As a student-athlete, Alea swam and ran track; qualifying for the State meets in both! Her personal favorite events are the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle as she loves to sprint!

When she isn’t on the pool deck, Alea spends her time working at Methodist Hospital on the oncology floor and studying for nursing school at DMACC with the goal to finish her BSN degree in the next two years. She and her boyfriend Nicolas, recently adopted an Australian Shepherd puppy, Millie who has great energy. Alea’s favorite hobbies are hiking, baking, and camping with her family.

Alea’s favorite quote to share with the team: “Don’t swim to the wall, swim through the wall” - Coach Jim

Madison Chafa Junior Coach - Lessons Instructor

Madison joined the RSC staff during the fall of 2021. She is a USA Swimming Jr Coach and a swim lesson instructor for the team. She started swimming competitively when she was in 1st grade and continued through her freshman year of high school. Madison’s favorite event is the 200 freestyle because of the pacing it takes to have a great race. She is currently attending high school, has two dogs and when is not at the pool enjoys hanging out with friends and watching sports.

Emma Schaefer Junior Coach - Lessons Instructor
Dustin Cassler Assistant Coach (summer season)
Allyssa Fluit Assistant Coach (summer season)

Coach Allyssa Fluit is no stranger to the Rams Swim Club! Allyssa was a member of the team from 2012-2016. And now, she has officially started her coaching role with us since the end of 2021.

She got her start in the sport at the age of eleven swimming for the Altoona Swim Team. In high school, she was a 6x individual state champion for SEP HS and held a high school state record. She continued her swimming career at the University of Iowa with impressive best times in the 200 free (1:43.82) and the 500 free (4:43.52).  Allyssa’s favorite event to swim is the 800 freestyle relay.  She is a part of the school record setting 400 & 800 free relay teams at Iowa.  Allyssa graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English and a minor in mass communication and sports and recreation.

When she is not at the pool, you can find her napping with her 11-year-old Jack Russell terrier, spending time with family, knitting, puzzling or planning for her upcoming wedding to her high school sweetheart. Allyssa favorite quote: “Life has no limitations, except for the ones you make.”

Madeleine Reed Assistant Coach (summer season)

Madi has been a part of the Rams Swim Club since 2009 and joined the coaching staff in 2020. She has also taught swim lessons for numerous years at the Altoona Campus and coached swim team at the Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines.

As a student-athlete, Madi was a member of the 200-medley relay which  broke the school record her sophomore year and a team captain her senior year. Her personal favorite events are the 100 and 200 backstroke.

She is currently a student at the University of Iowa working towards becoming a dentist. When she is on school breaks, you will find Madi on our pool deck. When she isn’t studying or coaching, Madi spends her time working out, cooking and with family and her lab puppy Bear.

Frankie Hanson Team Administrator

Frankie has been a part of the aquatics community since joining her first swim team at the age of seven.  Growing up in Des Moines, she swam competitively for a USA Swimming club and her high school team. Collegiately, she swam for the University of Kansas where she earned All-American honors. And from time to time, she has been known to come out of swimming “retirement” to compete in Masters swimming. Frankie joined RSC in the fall of 2021.

Board of Directors
Jeremy Neppl President (515) 291-0942 term 2/22
David Bell Vice President (515) 669-1550 term 2/22
Kristine Hoffman Secretary - (708) 296-9467 term 2/22
Amber Willier Treasurer 515-779-2493 term 2/22
Travis Hurley At-Large - 515-210-5074 term 2/22