We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Rockwood Swim Club is pleased to provide its many accomplished coaches for the development of swimmers at every age group and talent level.  Our coaching staff is considered one of the finest in the country, with many, many years of coaching tenure represented across all groups.  

All of RSCA’s coaches excel in leadership, education, and certification.

Many of our coaches have competed and/or coached at the national level - including at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels, and are proactive members of both USA Swimming and the American Swimming Coaches Association.

For further information regarding these organizations, refer to www.usaswimming.org orwww.swimmingcoach.org

COACHING STAFF:


TODD GABEL, Head Coach and Aquatics Director ([email protected])
Todd is the Aquatics Director for Community Education and supervises all Rockwood Swim Club and SwimAmerica programs for the school district. Todd has been with Rockwood Swim Club for over 30 years--10 years as an athlete and 20+ years as a coach.  He has coached many of the groups within the club over the years and is currently the Head Coach of the Swim Club.  Todd also serves as the Business Secretary and handles bookkeeping for the club.  Todd is in his 14th year as Head Coach of Boys Swimming and in his 11th year as Head Coach of Girls Swimming at Lafayette High School.  

Todd served as Age Group Chairman of Ozark Swimming from 1997 to 2001.  He has also served as Head Coach of the Ozark All-Star team over the years.  Todd was named Age Group Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000.

As a swimmer, Todd was the first swimmer to represent Rockwood Swim Club at the Region VIII Swim Meet (Sectionals). Todd attended and swam at Southwest Missouri University.

Todd is a certified instructor of CPR, First Aid, and Life Guarding.  He is married to Connie and has three children, Dalton, Davis, and Annika.



MARY LISTON, National Team Coach ([email protected])



SEAN HARRISON, National Prep Group Coach ([email protected])

Sean Harrison is a St. Louis native who began swimming when he was 9 years old.  Sean started out at the pre-competitive South City YMCA swim team and eventually swam for the Kirkwood-Webster YMCA team and Spirit of St. Louis Swimming.  Sean began coaching the Spirit Swim Team while in high school and worked with the 6-9 year old Developmental Group.  While attending Lindbergh High School, Sean played water polo and swam all 4 years.  He qualified for the state championships all 4 years and had Sectional cuts in several events. 

After high school, Sean attended St. Louis Community College at Meramec for 2 years where he earned his Associate degree.  While at Meramec, Sean coached for the Flyers Aquatic Swim Team for 2 years as well as the Sunset Hills swim team during the Summer season.  Sean then transferred to the University of South Florida in Tampa to pursue a degree in History.  While in Tampa, Sean coached for the New Tampa YMCA with former Olympic swimmer Mitzi Kremer.  Sean became the Head Age Group Coach for TNTY and coached multiple Junior Olympic qualifiers.  While attending USF, Sean played and helped coach the water polo club.  In addition, he was the assistant coach of the Freedom High School swim team. 

Sean earned his Bachelor’s degree in History in 2007 and began teaching 6th Grade Geography in Tampa.  Sean now lives in St. Louis with Michelle, his wife who also coached with Rockwood.  Sean and Michelle have two children, Christian and Elliana.


 


 


KRISTEN CHALFANT - GOLD AND SENIOR GROUP ([email protected])

Originally from Wichita, KS, I started swimming year-round at the age of 12 for the Wichita Swim Club. After a successful high school swimming career, I had the privilege of swimming 4 years at the University of Kansas - Rock Chalk Jayhawk! During my final semester in Lawrence, I coached age group for the Lawrence Aquahawks before moving back to Wichita, where I had a short tenure coaching at Wichita Swim Club while pursuing my Masters of Sport Administration degree at Wichita State University.

My family and I moved to St. Louis in 2011 and joined Rockwood Swim Club for the 2017-2018 season. When I’m not coaching or working in marketing, I enjoy conversations with my girls, Zoe and Izy, running, cooking, and spending time with my dog, Penelope.



SHAWNA BRONSON, Bronze, Silver & Age group Development South Group Coach/Pre-Competitive Coach ([email protected])

Shawna has been the Bronze Head Coach for several years and served as an assistant for the group for many years prior.  Shawna began coaching 12 years ago in New Mexico at the swim club level and was an Assistant Coach at the high school level. Shawna has recently moved to cover the South Groups.

Shawna began swimming as a young child, participating in the YMCA program in Billings, Montana, for several years.  After the 1976 Olympics, she decided that she wanted to be a gymnast.  Shawna competed in gymnastics through her high school years, leaving little time for swimming.  When her children began swimming, Shawna got involved in the sport again and subsequently got involved in coaching the sport. Shawna is married and has 2 children, Jared and Morgan.


LAWRENCE EDINGER, Bronze North Group Coach and Pre-Competitive Coach ([email protected])
Coach Larry has recently joined Rockwood Swim Club but has been coaching for many years in the St. Louis Area mostly with University City Swim Club. He brings a wealth of coaching experience to our Bronze groups.


LIZ KNOESEL, SILVER NORTH AND AGE GROUP DEVELOPMENT NORTH[email protected])

Liz has been with our staff since 2016 after moving from the YMCA. Updated photo and bio to come - join me in welcoming her to our leadership group.


BRAD MORRISON, Assitant Group Coach, National
Brad grew up in the Kansas City area where he swam for the Kansas City Blazers Swim Club.  Brad was on both the Junior and Senior National Team while with the Blazers and was a member of a 4-time State Championship Team.  Brad attended the University of Missouri where he received a degree in Marketing.  While at Mizzou, Brad qualified Top 16 at Big 12s all four years of his collegiate swimming career. 

 

ELIZABETH VORBECK, Assistant Coach National group

 

MORGAN DODGE, Assistant Coach National group

 


JON BAUMGART, assistant group coach

BRAD MORRISON, Assistant group  coach 


KATIE DODGE, AssistanT Group Coach

CHRISTIE CLOUTMAN, Assistant Group Coach

BRIAN KUPFERER,  Assistant Group  Coach

LAURA PASKOFF,  Assistant group coach

MEGAN MC SALLEY, Assistant group coach

MEGAN LAUCK, Assistant Group coach


CLAIRE MANISCALCO , Assistant group coach

JASON WEISE, Assistant group Coach

NATE KHORTEUM,  Assistant Group coach


STEPHEN SCHRANCK,  Assistant group coach

JOSH KLARICH, Assitant Group coach

JOSH LAY, Assistant Group coach
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KAREN MOELLENHOFF, Assistant Group  Coach


LEAH OBENHAUS, Assistant Group Coach


RISHAE PARISHO (parishorishae@prcommunityed.org)
Rishae is an Operations Specialist at Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed and has taken over many of the office duties with Rockwood Swim Club. She has been with Community Ed for several years and has really done a great job learning different aspects of the swimming world. We are happy to be working with Rishae



BETH PASKOFF, Operations Manager ([email protected])

Beth began working for RSCA in 2009 and is now in the Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed office as Operations Manager. She still works with the club as needed. Beth is married to Ernie and they have two children, Taylor and Laura, who both swam for RSCA.