Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Andrew Pym Head Coach

Andy was born and raised in Seattle and attended the University of Oregon. He has been coaching for 28 years working with all levels of athlete for both small and large teams. He is the coach of record for Summer Junior Nationals champions, multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers, Senior Sectional champions, and National Junior Team members. Andy has also been on the National Junior Team staff list and has achieved an ASCA Level 5 rating.


Thad Gunther Head Age Group Coach
Cody Hackney Assistant Coach

Cody began his coaching career with the University of Iowa as a volunteer assistant coach. After spending  two and a half  years with the university, Cody moved to his boyhood club, CRAA,  coaching older age group and senior groups . When Cody moved to Des Moines, he began coaching with the Johnston Blaze Swim Club, and was later named their Interim Head Coach. Through his career, Cody has coached individuals of every age group and ability level, from those  striving  to achieve “Q” times, to future Olympians. He relishes the chance to develop all swimmers to the best of their ability. Cody does this by believing in hard work, dedication, and emphasizing technique to bring out the best in each athlete. By practicing and developing these traits, Cody believes they will help the swimmers develop not just as athletes, but people.

Eddy Johnston Assistant Coach

Eddy grew up in a swimming family in Hudson, Ohio. He swam for the Hudson CC and the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins with his three brothers and three sisters. He moved to Iowa at a young age and swam with the Wakonda CC , Echo Valley CC, and South DM YMCA. Later he joined the Des Moines Aquatic Club and trained with Olympic gold medal winner Mike Burton. In high school he swam at DM Lincoln and lit up the Roundhouse pool for the Railsplitters. He went on to college and studied swimming at the University of Iowa under coach Glenn Patton. While at Iowa, he also began a long water polo career, which continues to this day.  In the late 90's, he joined the CIA coaching staff. He enjoys coaching swimmers of all ages and learning more about the great sport of swimming each day.  Eddy also works at Indoff and sells lockers, pallet racks, workbenches and cabinets. He lives in Urbandale with his wife Karen, son Owen, and their morkie, Gigi.   

Steve Jones Assistant Coach
Jun Li Assistant Coach

Jun grew up on a small island where his passion for swimming began. In college, he enjoyed different sports, including cross country, soccer, and boxing.  After moving to Iowa, having two kids, and enrolling them into swimming, Jun began coaching. Coaching swimmers makes Jun very happy, especially when he is able to see their progress and smiling faces. Swimming has been a large part of Jun's life and he is grateful to be part of the CIA family.

Julie Monaghan Assistant Coach

Julie got involved with CIA when her son, John joined in 2017.  This immediately felt like a great group to be involved with due to the importance of balancing swimming with the busyness of life.  Julie started swimming in age group in Indiana and continued through high school.  Outside of the pool, she enjoys reading, crafts, and going for walks. 

Moriah Ross Assistant Coach
Stacie Webster Assistant Coach
Stacie grew up in Illinois and moved to Iowa to work for John Deere for 19 years.  Her daughter brought the family to swimming six years ago and since then the entire family has gotten into swimming.  Stacie quickly found she had a love and passion for swimming and ended up not only in the pool herself but on the deck assisting all age levels of swimmers to achieve more than they thought possible.  She competes in USA Masters Swim Meets and coached at DSMY for two years before coming to CIA.  Stacie also teaches adult swim and is a Personal Trainer at Trail Point.  She is an avid equestrian and has shown horses most of her life and simply loves competing and helping others to reach for goals they may not think are achievable.  A common word anyone working with her hears is “Yet”, in that they may not be able to do something yet but with hard work, dedication and perseverance, they will.    
Leslie Winnett Assistant Coach

Leslie is an enthusiastic advocate for the sport of swimming! She loves the opportunity to share her swimming knowledge and experiences with the swimmers to help them develop their swimming and life skills in a positive environment. Leslie has swum competitively since the age of 5 for the IWSC/AAU and collegiate for Iowa State University. She has coached and mentored swim teams, assisted in the establishing of high school swimming in NW Iowa, and was chosen as the 2011 YMCA Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to the DMWC Swim Team as a National YMCA Swim Official and parent coach. Leslie is a certified USA Swimming National 2 Official, YMCA Swimming National Official, and USA Swimming Coach. In her coaching years, Leslie has been honored to coach swimmers at a local, state, regional and national basis for intro swimmers to national level pro swimmers. In additional to coaching, Leslie has worked over 30 years at Aureon Telecommunications as a systems support/telecom engineer and loves spending her free time with her husband and children enjoying life.  GO CIA!

Board of Directors
Jason Kemp President
Chris Trosper Vice President
Gina Valentine Safety Chair
Holly Roland Treasurer
Beth Tecklenburg Secretary
Andrea Matheson Meet Director
Dan Hage Fundraising
Andrea Stone Registrar