Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
David Duncan Head Coach
Elizabeth Braunecker Head Coach

Coach Elizabeth started swimming at the age of 5 in Ft. Wayne,IN. At the age of 12, her family moved to Naperville,IL. That year she qualified for her first YMCA national swim meet with the Naperville YMCA. She lettered for Naperville North all 4 years of high school and then went to Vincennes University. That is where she met her husband. They were married in 1990 and have 5 children. She started coaching for the Effingham Red Tide team in 2001. In 2010, she took the head coaching job for the Mattoon YMCA SAMY Seals until 2015. She has been with the Heartland Hurricanes since 2015. Sharing her love of the sport with all ages is one of her greatest joys.

Matt Powell Coach

Coach Matt started swimming at the age of five for the Sullivan Blue Dolphins and also swam for the Decatur Swim Club under Tony Young (current ISI Sports Director). He was an age group state and senior state qualifier. He swam for Eastern Illinois University (1994-1997) and was selected as a team captain during his senior season. His favorite events were the 200 breastroke and the 400 IM. He has served as an assistant coach for the Heartland Hurricanes (1 year),  Jasper Aquatic Wildcats (2012-2016), Vincennes Swim Team (2008-2012), Sullivan Blue Dolphins (1993-1994) and he has been the head coach of the Olney Tigersharks summer swim team since 1999. He has taught the past 16 years at Richland County High School in the Science department and is also serving as an assistant football coach.

Leigh Ann Stuckemeyer Coach

Coach Leigh Ann grew up swimming in the St. Louis area. She swam all through high school. She has been coaching swimming for the past 6 years. She is currently an English teacher at Altamont High School and has been for 24 years. She has been the Altamont HS and Neoga HS swim coach for 3 years. She is a certified level 1 swim coach and a registered USA swim Coach.

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