PPST Coaching Staff

 Head Coach/Team Manager

  Ron Allen Email




Coach Ron has a diverse background has spent time as an NCAA Division II coach for 23 years and coached over 100 NCAA All-Americans.  He has won conference titles at two different Universities, coached over 80 conference champions, and been named conference coach of the year 8 times.  His teams at the University of South Dakota placed as high as 3rd in the country for the men and 8th for the women.  His 1999 Men’s Swimming & Diving Team was placed in the USD Hall of Fame.  He has been Head Coach at South Dakota, Morningside College, Colorado Mesa University, and most recently at Ashland University in Ohio. 

Coach Ron is no stranger to club swimming, he has coached USA Swim Clubs in Vermillion, SD for 7 years, and had a standout 4 years with the Cutthroat Swim Team in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  While with the Cutthroats Ron was named Western Zone Coach in 2011 and Idaho Coach of the Year in 2010.  He built a program in a rural community from 25 to 100+ and consistently sent swimmers to college programs of all levels. 

Coach Ron is a native to Pacific Northwest, he attended Beaverton High school in Oregon, where he played water polo and swam for 3 years.  He attended Lewis & Clark College where he also swam and played water polo.  He was a conference champion and made the NAIA National team.  Ron received Bachelor's degrees in both Psychology and Physical education and received his Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Oregon.    


Age Group Coach 

Erika VanHuis Email




Erika has been around the swimming world since 1999 when she started competitively swimming. She has been involved with club swimming in several roles over the years starting as an athlete, a team board member, stroke and turn official, and now a coach. Erika has had a front-row seat as PPST has grown to the team it is today.

In September of 2002 when PPST was founded, she was the first swimmer to join. Erika is excited to be a coaching member of PPST and looks forward to helping each swimmer reach their potential and learn life skills along the way. When not at a pool, Erika enjoys photography, archery, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family.



Age Group Coach 

Mike Fitzgerald "Fitz" Email




Fitz is a Level 3 ASCA coach and has coached swimming since 1995.

He has been swimming competitively since 1967, was a high school swim team captain and Virginia state champion. He swam 4 years varsity at the United States Naval Academy and was captain his senior year. 
“Swimming is so fun! I'm happy to be a part of PPST and hope to add to the fun!”