Coaching Staff
Jason Cravens Head Coach

Jason Cravens joined the RCA coaching staff as the Head Coach in January 2015. He has been coaching competitive swimming since 1995 when he started as an assistant high school coach at Westminster Academy in South Florida.  Jason will oversee the training plans for the entire RCA program, serve as the lead coach for the Senior 1 and Senior 2 groups, and assist with the Gold group this season.

Jason has been a certified member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) since 1998 and had the privilege to serve as a member of the ASCA staff at the national office in Ft. Lauderdale on two occasions.   Jason has successfully developed swimmers from the novice to national level of the sport at each stop during his coaching career. He has coached multiple LSC individual and team champions, LSC record holders, high school state champions, and junior national finalists. 

Jason is a graduate of Westminster Academy and  Florida Atlantic University where he earned a BBA in Management Information Systems. He is married to Lindsay Cravens and the proud father of three beautiful daughters (Josie, Leala, and Ruth) and a son (Charlie).  

Lindsay Cravens Assistant Head Coach

Lindsay Cravens joined the RCA coaching staff in January 2015. She has been coaching swimming since 2003 at both the summer league and USA Swimming club levels of the sport. Lindsay will be the lead coach for the RCA Swim Academy, Silver, and Gold groups this season. 

Lindsay has been a certified member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) since 2008. She graduated from Truman State University in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.  While attending Truman, she was a member of the Bulldog swim team that won 7 straight NCAA Division II national championships. Lindsay was awarded the Ozark Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award by the ASCA in 2009 for her work with the Flyers Aquatic Swim Team (St. Louis, MO).

Lindsay is a Cape Girardeau native and graduate of Notre Dame High School. She is married to Jason Cravens and the proud mother of three beautiful daughters (Josie, Leala, and Ruth) and a son (Charlie). 

Jameson Kuper Assistant Coach

Jameson Kuper joined the RCA coaching staff in August 2012.  He has been part of the SE Missouri swimming community since the early 1990's as a competitive swimmer and coach. He will be leading our senior dryland program and coaching with the Senior 1, Senior 2, and Gold groups this season. 

Jameson is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he completed a degree in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish. While attending college at Southern Illinois University, he competed on the varsity swim team and served as team captain his senior year.  His collegiate swimming career accomplishments included breaking the school record in the 100 yard Breaststroke, posting the fourth fastest time in school history in the 200 yard Breaststroke, and posting a top 10 time in the 200 yard I.M.  In 2010, he was the Mid-American Conference Champion in the 100 Breaststroke, was second in the 200 Breaststroke, and was fifth in the 200 I.M. He was twice named SIU Most Improved Swimmer and Most Valuable Swimmer his senior year in 2010.

 

Sally Loughary Assistant Coach

Sally Loughary lives in Jackson with her three children Shay, Coleton and Haylee, and has taught preschool for more than 20 years. Coach Sally grew up in Kennett, Missouri, where she was a member of the Kennett Swim Team. After graduating high school, she went on to attend college at Central Methodist, returning during the summer breaks to coach the swim team she grew up with. Sally finished her college education at Southeast Missouri State University and moved to Jackson, Missouri, in 1989. In May of 1992, she began coaching the Barracuda Swim Team in Jackson, where she coached for 8 years prior to the merge of the full-year Barracuda program and the former Gator Swim Team in 1999. Sally has coached with RCA since the team was formed in 2012. 

Sally will be the lead coach for the Bronze group this season.

Joanie Edmundson Assistant Coach

Joanie Edmundson joined the RCA coaching staff in 2013.  She has been coaching swimming at the summer league and USA Swimming club levels of the sport since 2001. Coach Joanie will be coaching the RCA Swim Academy and Bronze groups this season. 

Joanie has been an Elementary school teacher since 2003 and is currently teaching 1st Grade at Alma Schrader Elementary.  She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in early education, a master's degree in curriculum, and a master's degree in mathematics.

Joanie is the proud mother of two boys (Creighton and Wiley) who are both current members of RCA.

Hannah Gard Assistant Coach

Hannah has been coaching swimming for five years and the 2018-19 season will be her third year with RCA.  She will be working primarily with the RCA Swim Academy, Bronze, and Silver groups this season. 

Hannah is a student at Southeast Missouri State University and is working through the final year of her degree path towards a major in Nursing with a Spanish minor.  She spent four years swimming for the Southwest Cyclones Swim Team in Denver, CO before her family moved to SE Missouri.  She continued in competitive swimming as a member of the Jackson Barracudas (8 years) and the Jackson High School swim team (4 years).  

Jack Gard Assistant Coach

Jack is a former RCA standout in the pool and begins his first year coaching with the team this season.  He will be working with the RCA Swim Academy, Bronze, and Silver groups this season.  

Jack is a current student at Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice with a minor in criminology.  His swimming career started with the Southwest Cyclones Swim Team in Denver, CO.  The distance swimming ace was a leader for the RCA national group during his time with the team, scoring at the Sectional Championships on multiple occasions.  He also competed for the Jackson High School swim team and spent time in the summers representing the Jackson Barracudas.  

Board of Directors
Jennifer Dennis Vice President
Gina Landewe Co-Treasurer
Brad Walters President
Greg Cugini Meet Director
Jessica Cracraft Co-Treasurer
Beth Ringwald Member At-Large
Rachel Theall Member At-Large
Laura Sheridan Member At-Large