Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Matthew Moen Head Coach

About

Coach Matt joins us from The Ohio State University where he was a four year varsity athlete and captain and was an assistant coach for one year before moving to Indiana. Prior to Ohio State Matt grew up in Southwest Connecticut where along with swimming he was also a runner and played many sports including football, basketball, soccer, and chess. Matt swam for Brookfield High School where he helped to lead the Bobcats to three State Championships and along the way racking up several state titles and records. On the club side of swimming Matt competed for the Wilton Y Wahoos where he served as team captain for two years helping the Wahoos to win four national titles. Coach Matt has an older brother with two girls and one son of which he is the godfather to one. Coach Matt also has a younger sister who is going into her Junior year of college. Coach Matt is also an avid triathlete and has competed througout the country.

Coaching

Coach Matt has been helping on the pool deck since he was twelve. Growing up his mom was consider to be one of the best developmental coaches in Connecticut and Matt always helped her with her group after his practice concluded. At sixteen Matt began to coach his own group at a country club where he assisted for two years before becoming the head coach for a summer before heading off to Ohio State. While attending Ohio State Matt continued to coach as head coach of Wedgewood Country Club leading the rays to two runner up finishes. After graduating Matt stayed in Ohio to begin his coaching career as a Volunteer Assistant at Ohio State. In this role Matt was mentored by many great coaches including Head Coach Bill Dorenkott and spent majority of his time with the Distance group as the mile is his favorite event to watch and to coach.

Getting to know Matt

  • Favorite food: Mom’s homemade lasagna

  • Favorite book: Man’s Search For Meaning –Victor Frankl

  • Favorite quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”  –Steve Prefontaine

    “Service is the rent you pay for your room on earth” –Muhammad Ali

  • If you could meet one person who would it be and why: Julian Edelman wide Receiver for New England Patriots. Julian is 5’ 10” and 198 pounds, what he accomplishes as a Wide Receiver on the football field is astonishing and after hearing him speak several times I love his mentality of grit and hard work.

  • Why do you love to coach: Through swimming a young athlete can begin to create many tools for their work belt. That work belt helps us throughout life and I love helping kids build tools for future success in and out of the pool.

Jasmyne Kitt Head Age Group Coach

About

Jasmyne (Jazzy) was homegrown in Indiana, born and raised in Indianapolis. She is the youngest of three and went through the whole cycle of LST, starting in the Lawrence swim lesson program, graduating onto to the club team and competing in high school. She currently swims in college for Uindy. She is coming full circle by first becoming a swim instructor for the swim lessons program, and then finishing the cycle now as a coach for LST. Jazzy is grateful for the club and sport which has done wonders for her life and is eager to give back to the community that helped shape her into who she is today.

Coaching

This is Jazzy’s fourth year of coaching and second summer of coaching for LST. Jazzy coaching began with LST’s pre-competitive program, where she discovered that she had a passion for sharing knowledge and experiences about swimming.

Getting to know coach Jazzy

  • Favorite food: popcorn
  • Favorite book: Anything by Dr. Suess
  • Favorite quote: “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. How if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth” – Rocky Balboa
  • If you could meet one person who would it be and why: Oprah, because I would love to hear her story personally.
  • Why do you love to coach: “I have a passion for teaching and love to make a positive impact in the lives of those around me, especially in today’s youth.”
Cameron Gill Lead Foundation Coach

Coach Cam was born and raised in Noblesville, Indiana. He started swimming very late and joined Noblesville’s High School team as a sophomore. Previously, Cam was a soccer player. He quickly fell in love with the sport of swimming and the dedication of his high school coach. By his senior year, he competed in Indiana State Meet in the two individual events: the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke. Cam continued to swim in college at Rose-Hulman where he graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree. In college, Cam was the captain of the Men’s swim team, and held records during his time: the 100, 200 Backstroke, and 800 Free Relay. At conference his senior year, Cam was named the Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Year and lead the team to a conference championship with eight first-place finishes. Cam continues to swim for the Indianapolis Masters Team.

 

Coaching

Cam started to teach swim lessons as soon as he began swimming. At 16, he joined Noblesville’s Learn-to-Swim program that focused on foundational swimming skills for ages 4-10. When Cam went to college, he spent his summers as the Director of Noblesville’s Learn-to-Swim program and oversaw swim instructors. Cam’s goal is to be the role model swim coach that he had when he first started swimming. Cam’s goal is not only to promote a passion for swimming, but his goal is to instill life skills.

 

Getting to know Cam:

  • Favorite Food: Homemade Oven-baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Favorite Author: Simon Sinek
  • Favorite Quotes:
    • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Gandhi
    •  “Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: I would want to meet myself in 10 years from now. Every day that is the person I am working towards becoming.
  • Why do you love to coach: When I was a 16-year-old sophomore, a dynamic time for anyone; I had a coach help shape me into the person I am today. Swimming is a sport that I find myself losing track of time. I look forward to giving back to the sport that has given me so much, and I am dedicated to help swimmers progress in both sport and life.
Quincy Perry Cornerstone Coach, Keystone Assistant

About

About

Quincy was born and raised right here in Indianapolis, IN and recently moved to McCordsville, IN. He started his career in swimming when he was 6 years old and swam for the Windemere Dolphins in Fishers, IN in 2001. He then picked up swimming again in high school at Lawrence North in 2009 and continued to swim for both the high school and Lawrence Swim Team. While swimming for Lawrence North, he received two most improved awards, set a boys 200 medley relay record and went on to compete at the state championships his senior year. He has also competed in multiple senior state competitions while swimming for Lawrence Swim Team. Quincy currently holds a bachelors of science with a focus in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale.

Coaching

Quincy began coaching here at Lawrence Swim Team in 2014 with the Bedrock group. Since then he has coached the Foundation group, the Cornerstone group and assisted with the Keystone group. Quincy currently is the lead Cornerstone group coach and brings a unique perspective and energy to the deck having been in the shoes of most of the athletes he coaches.

Getting to know Coach Quincy

  • Favorite food: Coconut Shrimp
  • Favorite book: The Martian
  • Favorite quote: “Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will has to be bigger than the skill.”- Muhammad Ali
  • If you could meet one person who would it be and why: I would want to meet Edward Jenner as he is the father of vaccines
  • Why do you love to coach: “I love to pass on the passion of swimming that I have to the children with high hopes that they will one day become excellent swimmers.”
Kris Houchens Lead Capstone Coach

About

Coach Houchens (pronounced “how”- “chins”) grew up in Lafayette, Indiana and swam her senior year for Lafayette Jefferson High School. Houchens earned athletic and academic scholarships to swim for the University of Indianapolis where she was a 4 year varsity swimmer, school record holder, 3 year captain, Kelso Reid Mental Attitude Award winner (swim) and then graduated with a degree in Visual Communication and Fine Arts. After a brief career in Advertising, Houchens returned to school to get a Masters of Science in Biomechanics from Ball State University, with the intent to change careers and get into coaching. Around this time, she also participated in triathlons, ran some 5K’s and swam with Masters. Coach Houchens is married to Jeremy and is the proud mom of two, Samantha and Anthony. Coach Houchens likes spending time with her family, going to Church, biking, swimming, Pilates, building things with power tools, reading, watching old movies, cheering the Indiana Pacers, and laughing at old SpongeBob SquarePants episodes.

Coaching

Coach Houchens has been a part of LST since the summer of 2013. Since 2016, Coach Houchens has been the Head Coach of Lawrence Central High School Swimming and Diving program. Houchens joined LST following two years as the head coach for Indy Aquatic Masters (2011-2012), and over 13 years as head coach of the nationally recognized YMCA Indy SwimFit (masters) program (1997-2011). She brings over three years of collegiate coaching experience as an assistant at the Division I level after holding assistant positions at Ball State University (1993-1995), and University of Kansas (1995-1996). Other coaching experience includes head coach of Benton Aquatic Club (1992-93), and head coach for Brebeuf Jesuit Prep (2000-2002). Coach Houchens holds a Level 5 Educational ASCA certification, and has been a speaker at several ASCA World Clinics. Over her coaching career she is best known for her ability to effectively teach stroke technique across all ages and ability levels.

Getting to know Coach Kris

  • Favorite food: Breakfast
  • Favorite book: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
  • Favorite quote: “What great thing would you do, if you could not fail?” - Confucius
  • If you could meet one person who would it be and why: “If he was still alive it would be Groucho Marx, because I love to laugh and I think he is very funny and clever.”
  • Why do you love to coach: “For world peace…and the children”
Debby Humphrey Lead Pre-Competitive Coach

About
Coach Debby grew up in Crawfordsville, Indiana and swam for Crawfordsville High School and Sugar Creek Swim Club. She was IHSAA State Champion in the 100 fly and also a member of the runner-up 200 Medley Relay team in 1989. As a member of Sugar Creek she was a Junior National Qualifier and won Age Group State in the 100 and 200 fly. Debby continued her swimming career at Indiana University from 1992-1996. Debby has been a middle and high school science teacher for 17 years. This will be her first year as a high school biology teacher at LN. She is the mom of two children Ashlynn 16 and Austin 20. 

Coaching 

This is Debby’s 1st year coaching for LST. She has been coaching since she was 12 in some capacity. Coaching swimming is her passion. She was a head coach at Yorktown High School (1998 & 1999) and North Montgomery High School (2000, boys). Debby has worked as an assistant coach at BBSC, Decatur Central HIgh School, and WTSC.

Getting to know coach Debby

Favorite food: breakfast
Favorite books: Joanne Fluke’s Cupcake Murder Books

Favorite quote: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen” 

           -Michael Jordan

If you could meet one person who would it be and why: Michael Jordan because he wasn’t successful when
Playing  basketball in high school but didn’t give up and became the greatest basketball player of all time.
Why do you love to coach?: I love to see the joy swimmers have  when they improve and I want to pass on
the passion that my coaches had for swimming to others

Holly Sandlin Keystone/Cornerstone Assistant

About

Holly grew up swimming in southern Illinois for the CRCY Barracudas and the Salem Swordfish. She continued her career at Eastern Illinois University as a breaststroker and IM’er and served as the team captain her senior year. She then stayed on as the team’s assistant coach during her Master’s program in College Student Affairs. Coach Holly moved to Indianapolis in 2019 from Lexington, KY where she worked as the Financial Ombud at the University of Kentucky. She now works for a private equity firm in Indy as a marketing associate and executive assistant.

Coaching

Holly coached her summer rec team every summer for 7 years. She was the assistant coach at Eastern Illinois University for two years and then moved on to become the assistant coach at the University of Evansville.

Getting to know Coach Holly

  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Book: Talking to Strangers by Malcom Gladwell
  • Favorite Quote: Don’t Whine. Don’t Complain. Don’t Make Excuses. – John Wooden
  • If you could meet one person who would it be and why: Amy Poehler because she is funny, smart and weird - three of my favorite things!
  • Why do you love to coach: “Swimming has played such an important role in my life. So many of my friends and mentors came from my involvement in swimming and I love seeing young people find those connections around the pool.”
Leah Dahline Spire Assistant Coach

Leah Dahline is from southern Indiana and starting swimming around age 6 with a summer league. She also participated in diving, swimming for the Y and local high school teams. She started lifeguarding and teaching lessons at 15 and has worked in aquatics ever since! She studied at the University of Louisville, leading the swim school for a few years and becoming a Spanish teacher after receiving a BA in Spanish and MA in teaching. 

 

Coaching:

Leah coached for 1 year as assistant and 3 years as head coach at Presentation Academy (private high school) in Louisville, KY.  She coached briefly for Washington Township this winter and is looking forward to work with her students in LST!

 

Getting to know Coach Leah:

Favorite Food: Vegan mac n cheese

Favorite book: Harry Potter

Favorite Quote: “The only approval you need is your own.” Amanda Gorman

If you could meet one person who would it be and why: Michelle Obama to talk about her perspective of the world, relationships, and community building

Why do you love to coach: I love helping people grow and achieve new accomplishments. 

Mark Unland Assistant Coach

About

Mark grew up in Fullerton California and was an avid basketball player.  He started swimming at the Boy’s Club and was introduced to Waterpolo in middle-school.  In High School, he played Waterpolo and during the off-season was on the High School swim team, and was team captain for both.  He was active in Boy Scouts, and earned his Eagle rank.  He earned BS degrees in Aeronautical and also Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, and later his MBA from Cal State Fullerton.  He worked in the Flight Test department with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company until moving to Indianapolis, where he worked first at Raytheon and then later retired after working at one of Lilly’s Information Technology departments for many years.  Mark really likes the challenge of fixing things.  Over the years he has served on numerous church boards, fixes things around church and pools, and has remained active in Scouting.  Mark’s wife, Kathy, has retired from Raytheon and is now a student at Ball State and working on her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture.  Mark & Kathy have two young adults and three exchange students that attended LN.  Andrew graduated from IU, once coached Pole-vaulting at LN, but now coaches at Zionsville.  He also has several real-estate investment companies. Wendy swam with LST and LN teams, and played waterpolo in Calif for two years.  She attends Cal State Fullerton.  The family has hosted many exchange students - 3 students through CIEE for a school year, and many others through Operation Friendship. 

Coaching:

Mark has been a USA Swim Official (Admin/Starter) for LST for many years.  He swam and coached for Lawrence Masters Swimming, and is an Assistant Swim Coach at Lawrence Central HS.  He competed in the US Master - Nationals when it was hosted here in Indy (and had a broken toe at the time).  He is an American Red Cross Instructor for Lifeguarding, CPR, and Wilderness & Remote First Aid. He is helping improve our Lifeguard Program here, as well as at our local pools.  He is a Lifeguard at the Ft Ben Harrison YMCA.  He also conducts Scouting swim tests, Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges.  He is a strong supporter with introducing waterpolo into our community.

Getting to know Mark:

Favorite food: Food served on holidays

Favorite book: Usually the one in my hand

Favorite quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

If you could meet one person who would it be and why: Red Skelton - Laughter can be a powerful way to bring people together, and he was a master at doing that in a wholesome way.  I would love to learn more from him and laugh more often.

Why do you love to coach: Making a contribution in enabling others to take control of theirselves to improve and obtain their goals.  I like to celebrate along with them the small victories along the path to the destination.  Everyone is so awesome in their own way, it is fun to interact and help them.

Board of Directors
Courtney Franklin President
Chris Bradburn Treasurer
Lee Burns Board of Directors
Adrian Gatewood Board of Directors
Michael Wright Board of Directors