Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Christopher Freeman Assistant Head Coach

Chris was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, where he competed for the Orcas swim club. He was a letter winner as a swimmer in high school, where he was a four-time NISCA All-American and state champion in the 500 freestyle in his senior year. Chris then came to swim for the Hawkeyes, competing in three Big Ten championships and attending the Division 1 NCAA championships as an alternate. During his time as a Hawkeye, he achieved three top-ten Iowa all-time top performances in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 100 backstroke. Chris graduated from the University of Iowa in the spring of 2015 with a degree in recreation and sports business. Later Joining IFLY Swim Club in the summer of 2015, working closely with the elite groups before accepting the IFLY Assistant Head Coach postition in September 2016.

Andrew Parr Junior Elite Coach
Amy Lenderink Pre Elite Coach

Amy was born and raised in Parker, Colorado and has been an elite swimmer since the age of 10. Her passion for swimming began on her summer league team, the Stonegate Stingrays, where she holds team and league records for every age group in the butterfly and freestyle events. Amy was a member of the Denver Swim Academy club team in Colorado and also swam for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora alongside olympian Missy Franklin. Amy was a 7-time All-American, 5-time State Champion and State runner-up in the 100 butterfly in high school, and moved to Iowa to bring her talents in the pool to the University of Iowa collegiate swim team from 2016-2020. She recorded two top-ten Iowa all-time swims in the 100 and 200 butterfly events, made the University President and Dean's Lists 8 semesters, and was the receipient of the Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award, recognizing a graduating senior student-athlete that demonstrates outstanding academic and athletic excellence and leadership. 

Upon graduation, Amy accepted a position with Athletes in Action at the University of Iowa, and continues to coach with the Iowa Flyers. She is thrilled to be in her 4th year of coaching with IFly's dynamic club team environment and continues to foster young athlete's growth and successes both in and out of the pool!

Ike Casey Junior / Senior Coach
Paul Waas Sophomore Coach

Paul started swimming at the age of seven and has been on deck ever since. He began coaching after graduating from Oswego State in NY, where he was a two year captain and school record holder. Since then he has coached for summer rec teams, club, and college. Most recently he was Head Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving coach at Catholic University in Washington DC. During his 12 seasons there he was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year 8 times, and led the team to 5 Conference Championships, including the first Men's/Women's title sweep in league history in 2020.

 

Paul is now the Recruitment Coordinator for the UIowa College of Education. He lives in Iowa City with his wife Maia, daughter Maeve (IFLYer), and son Joe.

Blanca Castillo-Lehnertz Freshman Coach

Blanca has been in the swimming world since she was 10. During high school she competed for the Walnut Creek , California National swim team and competed at Junior Nationals in multiple years. Swimming collegiately for the University of Kansas , her specialty events were the 100 and 200 Butterfly. While in college she also swam for the Puerto Rican National swim team and placed 3rd in the 1988 Central American Games in Mexico. That year, she swam a 200 butterfly that set a U.S. Masters national record time that stood for 18 years.

Following graduation from KU, Blanca attended UCLA where she earned her Master's Degree and joined an ocean swim team and competed in Pacific Ocean open water races. After teaching junior high school and high school in southern California she relocated to Iowa to raise a family.

After taking six years off from swimming, she jumped back into the pool again in 1997. Blanca found the joy of competing at the national level in Masters swimming. In the 2002 Masters National Meet she finished in the top four in four events and won the national championship in the 200 butterfly. In the 2006 FINA World Master's Championships Blanca finished with two top ten performances.

Blanca has been a USA Swimming certified coach for the past 18 years, working with age group swimmers with a wide range of ability levels in eastern Iowa. Blanca and her husband Rod have three children (Anthony, Tereysa and Mariana).

Elizabeth Wilkins Developmental Coach
Mikaela Pyrch Master Coach
John Colin Coach
Alissa Sabers Coach

Alissa has always loved the water and started swimming competitively at the age of seven. Growing up in Decorah, Iowa, she participated first with the local summer team. In high school, Alissa competed for three years with the USS program and also swam for Decorah High School. She also worked as a lifeguard and taught American Red Cross swimming lessons for five years. Alissa graduated from the University of Iowa in 2010 with a degree in Health & Sport Studies and in 2014 with a Masters of Arts in teaching English.  She is currently an English teacher at Xavier High School and resides in Iowa City with her husband, Michael and daugther, Emma.

Michelle Koller Coach

Michelle has loved being in the pool since the age of 10 when she joined the Burlington Swim Team. Her favorite strokes still are freestyle and butterfly. Michelle continued getting stronger and more experienced as a high school competitor and state qualifier atýBurlington High School. She proceeded to swim in college at the University of Northern Iowa. Michelle has been active in the Iowa City swimming community for over eight ears; coaching club, junior high, and served as the assistant varsity girls coach at Iowa City High for five years. Michelle currently also serves as a junior high and high school swimming official. Michelle's day job is Operations Director for the ENT & Surgical Specialities practices of the Physicians' Clinic of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. She lives south of Riverside with her son Tristan.

Janice Severns Coach

They say "Do what made you happy when you were 10 . . ." That brought Jan to IFLY as a masters swimmer and now as a coach! Jan grew up in Omaha and started club swimming and diving at age 8. After a move to Deerfield, Illinois, she swam and dove in high school (6th in state in diving, state qualifier in 100 butterfly) and was a diver in college at University of Miami in Florida, where she was an NCAA qualifier in the 3M springboard. Her aquatic life has included teaching lessons, coaching a club team, as well as synchronized swimming, scuba diving, and underwater hockey! Jan now lives in Williamsburg, Iowa, with a little hobby farm (2 horses, 4 dogs, and 10 cats). Her daughter was a collegiate soccer player and her son a high school divisional wrestling participant.

Sabrinna Hegelheimer Coach
Sabrinna grew up in Ames, Iowa and started swimming competitively when she was about 11 years old for
the Ames Cyclone Aquatic Club.  In high school she primarily swam breaststroke and sprint freestyle. 
During her high school swimming career, her team had some very high achieving individuals and they worked hard to win 3
state titles.  Sabrinna is currently a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying Health and Human
Physiology and plans on attending Physical Therapy school after graduation. 
Allyson Herman Coach

Allyson is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and began her swimming career when she was 8 with the YMCA at Pabst Farms Swim Team.  In middle school, she made the move to the Schroeder YMCA Swim Team where she was a state qualifier in the 400 IM.  Throughout her high school career, Allyson swam IM and backstroke and was a vital part of her high school team’s timing system.  

 

Unfortunately, Allyson had her swimming career cut short due to a shoulder injury but has used that experience to become an advocate for prevention practices in competitive swimming. Allyson is currently a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in Information Systems with a certificate in Interscholastic Athletic Administration and a minor in Sport and Recreation Management.

Julia Mindy Coach

Julia’s hometown is in New Lenox, Illinois and she has been swimming since she was 9 years old. She swam with both North Aquatics Club and Lincoln-Way Swim Association until she moved onto her high school swim team in 2015 at Lincoln-Way West High School. During her high school career, she was a varsity swimmer and water polo player, and went on to receive all-conference, all-sectional, all-state, and Athlete of the Year honors in women’s water polo in 2019. Julia is now in her fourth year of USA Swimming certified coaching, and is currently a second year student studying marketing and finance at the University of Iowa. 

Rachel Duray Coach

Rachel is from DeWitt, Iowa and began swimming competitively when she was 12. She swam breaststroke and coached with River Cities Aquatics, and went on to swim at Clinton High School. She is currently attending the University of Iowa to become a Spanish and English as a Second Language teacher and getting her endorsement to coach high school swimming. 

Mitchell Schumacher Strength Coach

Mitchell has been a coach at IFly since June of 2017. He received his Bachelor's degree in Human Performance and Fitness from St. Ambrose University in 2016. Mitchell’s sport of choice since age 5 has been tennis. Mitchell is a driven and focused coach that is determined to help every athlete move better. Mitchell’s favorite parts about IFly are seeing the athletes grow and succeed, and joining his staff mates on deck at meets. When he is not training working with the athletes, Mitchell is a trainer at Performance Health and Fitness. In his free time, Mitchell enjoys being with friends and hanging out with his dog, Norma. Mitchell firmly believes that no matter the stage you are at, you can take it one step further. 

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