Coaching Staff
Rob Kenley Head Coach

Rob is the head coach of our team. Rob's experience both in the water as a competitive swimmer and on deck as a coach is impressive. He began swimming competitively at age 12 and continued through high school, receiving several offers of full swimming scholarships. Rob has coached swimmers of all ages and abilities for the past 12 years.  His roles have included head coach for the St. Charles Barracudas, novice and age group coach for the Warrensburg Pirahannas, and head senior coach for Team Dolphin. Rob also runs his own company, Aquatic Solutions, in the Kansas City area. Rob is the Pioneer Trail site coach and is ASCA Level 2 certified.

Rob was nominated for Missouri Valley Senior Coach of the Year in September 2017.

Rodney Hatfield Head Age Group Coach - Prairie Trail

Rodney is happy to be returning to the COOL Swim Team coaching staff again. He was the head coach in 1997 and 98.

Rodney started his coaching career in 1988 as an assistant coach for a USS/USA YMCA club team in Northern Indiana. Following this he was head age group coach or head coach for seven years at the club and high school levels in Indiana and Ohio. He produced two Junior National qualifiers during that time. 

The last year in Ohio, Rodney was an assistant coach with Baldwin Wallace College, an NCAA Division II school.

That year his spouse was transferred to Overland Park, Kansas. He started coaching in Missouri Valley in 1996 with Longview Aquatics. He has been coaching different levels in Missouri Valley for the last 21 years. He has been a member of the Zone Team coaching staff twice working with the 15 and over girls and the 13-14 girls during the competition.

Rodney has a PE degree from Indiana University. He has been involved with aquatics since 1983. 

 

Jenny Caldwell Site Coach - Frontier Trail

Jenny is an energetic mother of 5. A life-long simmer and thrilled to be part of the coaching staff with COOL. All five of her children have been active with COOL over the past 10-11 years. Jenny is a passionate coach who loves the "development" part of swimming both recreationally (learning to swim as a life skill), and competitively. She has served on staff with Lifetime Fitness as both a swim instructor and swim team coach and has been both an assistant coach and head coach for different neighborhood teams locally within the Southland Swim Association. She is currently the head coach for the St. Thomas Aquinas girls swim team.

Jenny is a current resident in Overland Park, Kansas and a native of KCMO.  She holds an ASCA level 2 Certificate, and currently finishing her level 3 and Certification in coaching special needs. She continues to offer private instruction from infant to adult and cannot wait to motivate, encourage, and sing with your swimmer.

Jenny was nominated for Missouri Valley Age Group Coach of the Year in April 2018

Kristin Reno Site Coach - Blue Valley Southwest

Kristin began her swim career in Manhattan, KS competing with the Manhattan Marlins from age 10 to 18.  She also lifeguarded and taught swim lessons for 5 years.  Kristin brought her enthusiasm for coaching and love of the sport to the deck in the summer of 2010, and has coached all levels for COOL.  Kristin is currently the site coach at Blue Valley Southwest, as well as the Assistant Head Coach for the Olathe South boys' and girls' swim teams. Additionally, she is the head coach for the Nottingham by the Green Gator swim team in the summer. She and her husband have 3 children, all who swim for COOL around their fall and spring sport schedules.  Kristin is ASCA Level 1 certified. 

Tyler Henn Head Age-Group Coach

Coach Ty has a well-rounded swim background, bringing over 16 years as an aquatic instructor and as a four-year letterman swimmer at Chaska HS (MN) and Blue Valley West. Ty also works summers as an assistant coach for the Olathe Cyclones, a Johnson County summer league team. Still not finding that to be enough time around water, Coach Ty is the assistant swim coach for the Olathe Northwest boys swim team. Overflowing with enthusiasm for the sport and a genuine love of teaching, coach Ty is excited to be the head site coach at our Osawatomie location.

Jose Zamora Head Senior Coach - Prairie Trail

Jose was born in San Clemente, California and lived in San Diego before moving to Lawrence, Kansas. He started swimming at a very young age, competing here in the United States in multiple Jr. Olympic, Senior Western Zone, and Sectional competitions. Jose also qualified to compete in multiple state, regional, and national level swim meets in Mexico. 

Jose graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a degree in Physical Education and Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports science. He has coached two seasons for Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California and was coaching for South Bay Aquatics before getting married and moving from San Diego to Lawrence. 

Dennis Mueller Seniors Coach - Pioneer Trail

After a careerin graphic design and marketing, Coach Mueller chose to become a high school teacher and coach. This fall, he will be entering his 19th year of teaching Art and 22nd year of coach the varsity swim teams at Bishop Miege High School. Coach Mueller has been involved in USA Swimming for a total of 15 years as both an assistant head coach and a head coach with area swim clubs. As the head coach for Bishop Miege hisboys' team won the state title in 2014 and was runner-up in 2018. Hisgirls' were state champs in 2017 and runners-up in 2016. His teams have been in the top 5 at State for the last 5 years. Coach Mueller has helped over 30 swimmers obtain Speedo All-American status and helped over 50 swimmers receive scholarships for colleges ranging from NAIA to Division 1. In 2014 he was the Kansas High School Swim Coach of the Year. His swimmers hold multiple state records individually and in relays for Kansas.

Coach Mueller’s philosophy is to encourage swimmers to achieve their best through positive reinforcement no matter what their swim level may be. Technique training has been a major key to successfully developing swimmers. The success he has achieved is because swimmers know that he cares about them in and out of the pool.

Laura Colon Assistant Coach

Laura Colon began her swimming career at the age of six months at a YWCA in Upstate New York. From a military family, Laura swam in pools around the world, most notability in South Korea and Hawaii. Her specialty was distance freestyle and any event that people complained about being "too hard" (like the 400 IM). In college, she swam with the Emporia Aquatics Club until she needed to focus on her studies (BSE in Elementary Education, Middle School English and English Language Learners, 2002).

An educator, she loves combining education and swimming as a developmental coach. She began as a volunteer coach in South Carolina and eventually worked as a deck coach in Bonner Springs. She was headcoach at the Olathe Family Y in 2008. In 2014, she joined the Kansas City Blazers as a deck coach before joining COOL in 2017. During the summer, she can be found working as an assistant coach with the Lenexa Lazers and, during the school year, teaching swim lessons at the Jewish Community Center.

Laura lives in Overland Park with her husband, four children andtwo dogs.

Jordan Gramling Assistant Coach

Jordan is from the small town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He began summer league swimming at age 6, a USA club swimmer since age 9, a 4-time All-State High School swimmer in Missouri, and a 2 time All-American NCAA Division 1 collegiate swimmer for the University of Kentucky in the 100 fly, 100 free, 400 medley relay, and 400 free relay

 

Since Jordan’s career as a swimmer, he is on his fourth year coaching age group swimmers. His favorite thing to do is sharing and passing along his passion for the sport of swimming.

 

Sydnie Harper Assistant Coach

Sydnie is excited to be a part of the coaching staff for COOL. She grew up in the Kansas City area and most of her family is from here in KC. She has been around the sport of swimming since a very young age. Sydnie has enjoyed participating in swimming as well as teaching it. She enjoys not only the competitive side of swimming and meets,but also the fun and life-long qualities of recreational swimming. She also enjoys equipping kids to swim so they are not afraid of the water.  

Sydnie went to Olathe South High School where she swam for the Falcons all four years. Curentlyshe is a student at Johnson County Community College where she is pursuing an Associates of Arts degree with an emphasis in paralegal studies. Sydnie also currently works at a law firm as docket support. 

Skip Hill Assistant Coach

Skip began his aquatic interest as the child of an Army Staff Sgt. who loved the water as much as he did his family. Swimming was mandatory and taught at an early age. He has enhanced his education through the Red Cross and is certified as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, aquatic fitness instructor, water safety instructor, and scuba Instructor. He has coached not only his own children, but also several championship level swimmers in the Missouri Valley District.

Skip has coached at various levels with LifeTime Fitness, the Jewish Community Center “Jets,” as well as the KC Parks & Recreation “KC Storm.” 

Dave Wheatman Assistant Coach

Dave started his coaching career in 1983 as the assistant head coach for the Renton High School Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams, located in Renton, Washington. After 3 years as assistant coach, in 1986 he replaced the retiring head coach and continued on as head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach until 1996. During the late 80’s through 1996 Dave was also the precompetitive head and assistant age group coach with the Greater Renton Swim Club which later became ORCA Aquatics. Dave currently is a board member of the Olathe Cyclones Summer Swim Club. He has been involved in aquatics in one form or another since 1975.

Dave and his lovely wife Jennifer moved to Shawnee, Kansas from the Seattle area in 1996, they currently reside in Olathe. He has two outstanding sons Jacob and Daniel. Jacob is a former Cool swimmer and Olathe Northwest Swim Team Captain; he currently attends William Jewell College on a Division-II swimming scholarship. Daniel currently is a member of COOL and of the Olathe Northwest High School Swim Team.

Dave currently is a faculty member at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Nathan Peck Assistant Coach

Nathan began swimming at age 10 for his health club. He soon moved on to summer swimming with the Lenexa Lazers. He started high school swimming as a freshman making the Varsity team all 4 years, the state team three years, medaling at state, and being a team captain his senior year. Nathan has always had a passion for swimming and he hopes to share his passion with future generations to come.

Janis Edmon Assistant Coach
Steven Grabill Assistant Coach
Ashton Reno Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Mike Stoeck President
Scott Barnes Treasurer
Liz Smith Secretary
Stephanie Havertape Registrar
Mark Gabrielson Member-at-Large
Greg Bush Member-At-Large
Todd Horton Member-At-Large
Tyson Schmidt Member-At-Large
Amy Spacek Member-At-Large
Steve Walters Member At-Large