All University City Swim Club coaches are certified by USA swimming and have years of teaching, coaching, and skills instruction experience. Read below to find out more about our awesome coaches and what drives them to help others through swimming.


Ryan Lutker, 

Head Coach, Level 3 Coach

With UCSC since May 2019

Ryan began swimming competitively at the age of 5. In high school, he began working as a swim instructor. In this role, Ryan discovered his love for teaching and working with youth. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In addition to coaching for University City Swim Club, Ryan is a third grade teacher in the Ritenour School District. As a teacher and a swim coach, Ryan loves empowering young people by helping them learn new skills and feel confident about themselves.


Mary Lhotak

Masters Swimming Coach, Level 1 Coach

With UCSC since 2018

Mary began swimming competitively at 10 years old, and has been interested in the science of swimming ever since. She began teaching swim lessons when she was 15 years old, and loves seeing people find success, relaxation, therapy, and fitness in swimming. Mary believes that knowing about water safety and learning how to swim should be available to everyone, and feels a responsibility to share her skills and knowledge. When people have the means to protect themselves and their loved ones, we can change the story in families and over generations to be safe and comfortable around water.


Jake Hubbard

Level 2 Coach, Level 3 Coach

With UCSC since August 2021

Jake began swimming competitively during his sophomore year at Blue Springs High School, when he joined his high school swim team and the Kansas City Swim Academy. He joined with the purpose of losing weight and staying in shape, but it quickly became his passion. During his senior year, Jake was offered the opportunity to swim competitively at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). While Jake no longer swims with UMSL, he remains passionate about swimming and strives to use his years of experience swimming, coaching, and teaching swim lessons to transform lives.


Nathanial Marsters

Level 2 Coach, Level 3 Coach

With UCSC since February 2022

Nathanial brings swimming experience encompassing the entire swim spectrum, ranging from top tier competitions to relaxed practices. Nathanial believes that everyone is healing and learning in life, and so he strives to help others reach their potential - igniting that spark of inspiration in one form or another.


Doni Causey

Program Manager

With UCSC since November 2019

Doni Causey works full-time in communications & marketing and joins UCSC as a part-time program manager. She holds a master's degree in marketing from Webster University and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Missouri in Columbia. In her spare time, Doni loves to travel and volunteer. She has been a Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program since June 2011 and she coached four seasons of Girls on the Run. About joining UCSC, Doni says, “I am excited to meet the swimmers and families and work with the coaches and board members to help continue the success of the club.”



John Ruland

Assistant Coach

With UCSC since June 2019

A University City High School alumnus, Heman Park and the Natatorium have been part of John's life since the beginning.  As a swimmer at UCSC throughout middle school, John learned to love swimming. Being a coach means that he can give back to the incredible athletes, parents, and coaches that made UCSC memorable for me. About coaching for UCSC, John says, “I love coming to the pool for the kids, who all excel in their own ways and work hard to get better. They make me proud every time I see them.” John is now a student at Loyola University of Chicago, but continues to coach with UCSC during his breaks.


Katie Nix

Substitute Coach

With UCSC since July 2021