Coaches and Staff

Coaching Staff
John Janszen Swim Team Director / Head Coach

The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana welcomed John Janszen as Head Coach in the Fall of 2017. Under John's leadership the program has seen steady progression at all levels. YNWL has regularly set program bests for Local, State, Regional, and National qualifiers while developing opportunities for swimmers of all levels and abilities. In 2019 YNWL hosted the first ever Sanction YMCA Swim Meets in the state of Louisiana. In April 2019 four swimmers from YNWL became the first ever from Louisiana to compete at the YMCA National Swimming Championships. 

John brings years of coaching experience to Shreveport, Louisiana from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he most recently held the position of Assistant Director of Competitive Aquatics at Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA (PCY). His successes at PCY include the Men’s Team Champions at the 2017 Long Course YMCA Nationals. While at PCY, John worked primarily with swimmers age 11 and older. He also handled championship meet preparation for all senior athletes. John brings a wealth of administrative experience to RRAC and our Aquatics Program, having served as the Lead Team Administrator at PCY and as an Executive Committee Member, Webmaster, and Records Chair for the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League. Additionally, John serves as Assistant Meet Director for YMCA Masters Nationals and is a Louisiana Swimming Board Member & Safe Sport Coordinator.

Prior to coaching at PCY, John was Assistant Director of Competitive Swimming at the M.E. Lyons YMCA, after serving as Swim Team Director at the Coffman Family YMCA in Springboro, OH.  At Coffman, he succeeded in achieving record growth of the team size, produced Y National Qualifiers and National Finalists. John spent five and half years coaching in the college ranks at Miami University and Xavier University. At the collegiate level, he oversaw athletes who became All-Conference, NCAA Qualifiers, & US Olympic Trial Qualifiers, managed recruiting and strength and conditioning. A swimmer himself, John enjoyed four years of swimming for Xavier University. He was a four-time Scholar Athlete Award winner and school record holder.  John graduated in 2004 with a degree in Sport Management and earned a Masters of Education in Sport Administration in 2008. John is an ASCA Level 4 Age Group / Level 5 YMCA certified coach. John and his wife Amanda reside in Bossier City.

Tyler Lloyd Asst Swim Team Dir-Level I-II & Pre-Comp

Tyler began as full-time Assistant Swim Team Director in August of 2018. Tyler leads our Level I & II Groups as well as the Pre-Competitive program. In addition to coaching, Tyler is the head of the YMCA's Swim For Life program, offering swim lessons to hundreds of local school aged children.

Tyler came to YNWL from Tyler, TX where he competed at many levels of the sport. Growing up he swam summer league, middle school, high school and club swimming. He was a lifeguard and swim instructor for 4 years, also teaching swim lessons to a local preschool.  After high school he served a 2 year mission in Ireland for his church. When he returned he attended Tyler Junior College and earned an associate degree in business management. He coached at the Tyler YMCA for 2 years during that time. His hobbies include rugby, triathlons, soccer and disc golf. Tyler and his wife, Amanda have 2 children, Rhett and Rowan.

Chelsea Russell Asst Coach - BHP Y - Level IV, V
Bradley Langford Asst Coach - BHP Y - Levels IV, V
Maribeth Hatcher Asst Coach - BHP Y - Level III, IV, & V

YNWLA/RRAC welcomed Maribeth in 2018 to lead our Level III group after a 3yr stint coaching overseas. For 3 years Maribeth was the Head Coach on base in Aviano, Italy as part of the European Armed Forces Swim League. Previously a swimmer herself in the states, Maribeth still enjoys swimming a bit as well as yoga and softball (playing/coaching).
Maribeth has 3 children. Allie is growing competitor on the team while Trae helps coach Levels I & II swimmers.

Traevian Ware Asst Coach - BHP - Level I, II
Hallie Horne Asst Coach - Southside - Level II, III
Linda Pope Asst Coach - Southside - Level I, II

Linda has an extensive background in stroke instruction and young swimmer development. Her love of competitive swimming began at the Lake Charles YMCA where she competed through High School. During her college years she helped coach the 10-u’s for LCY. She was WSI certified and has taught infant, age group and adult swim lessons. After graduating with a BS in Chemical Engineering, she and her husband, Bart, moved to Shreveport where she worked as a Process Engineer for International Paper in Mansfield until they began their family. Linda re-entered the swimming community in 2000 when her children were ready to participate on swim team. She began coaching for the City of Shreveport Swim Team in 2003 and has coached 10-U’s almost continuously for over 16 years. Linda has also coached summer league for Town South Swim Team since 2004  and was Magnet High’s Swim coach for 6 years.

In addition to age group coaching, Linda is a certified US Masters Coach and a certified Adult Learn to Swim Instructor for the YMCA of NWLA. She helped develop the Y’s Couch to 500 program and co-instructed it. She still enjoys competitive swimming herself and has competed in meets hosted by the Y Masters Team.

Linda’s other interests include singing in the choir and leading Bible Study at her church, running, reading and watching Hallmark movies.

Mandy Smith Asst Coach - Southside - Level I, II

Mandy joined the YNWL staff in the fall of 2019 and works with the Pre-Level 1, Level I & II swimmers. Mandy grew up swimming competitively and teaching swim lessons in the summers. She went on to swim collegiately at the University of Arkansas, serving as Team Captain her Jr. and Sr. years. She graduated with a degree in Dietetics and is a Registered Dietitian. 

 

After a break from swimming, Mandy re-entered the swimming family as her 2 children began to swim. She began coaching for the City of Shreveport Swim Team in 2018 helping coach the 10-U’s.
 

 

Mandy comes from a family deep rooted in swimming. Her grandfather started competitive swimming in Shreveport in 1949, built Southside Swim Club in Shreveport and founded the City of Shreveport Swim Team (COSST). Mandy’s father, Butch swam for Southern Arkansas University, then took over COSST as head coach in 1975.  He has also been the head coach of Centenary Men’s and Women’s Swim team since its inception in 2001. Her bother, Ty, swam for Ouachita Baptist University.  Both her father and grandfather have been prominent in Louisiana swimming for decades. 

 

Outside of swimming, Mandy owns her own business and she enjoys, running, yoga (200hr RYT), podcasts, amusement parks and is a total homebody. Mandy and her husband, Justin, have 2 kids, Ruby Belle and Beckett who both swim for the YNWL. 

 

 

 

William Cloutet Asst Coach - Southside - Level I & II

Billy joined the YNWL staff in the Fall of 2019 and works with our Level I & II swimmers. Billy began coaching as a student coach at the Univ of Louisiana-Monroe in 2003. From there he spent time as a volunteer coach with Indian Aquatic Club in Monroe 2001-2003, Asst with the Monroe Special Olympics 2001-2003, Head Coach of the North Shreveport Swim Team 2008-2011, and most recently the Head Coach of Terri's Swim Academy 2016-Present. 

Billy comes from a family of swimmers. Sister Cassie swam for Centenary College, brother Chris swam for LSU, and Billy swam for the Univ of Louisiana-Monroe. Billy and his siblings grew up spending time on Lake Ponchatrain where his grandparents lived, spending plenty of time on and in the water!

Tony Griffin Strength & Conditioning Coach

Tony is focused on helping our swimmers to be more conditioned, building muscle and core strength. Tony attended Louisiana Tech University where he studied Kinesiology, graduating in 2017. After graduating, he became a personal trainer and a sport performance specialist training athletes of all ages in multiple sports.

In his free time, he likes to sprint train, watch college football and take care of his puppy Percy.

Parent Advisory Committee
Alyssa Simmons Hotel Coordinator
Colleen Cochran Concessions/Hospitality Coordinator
Mary Roper Officials Coordinator
Lindsey Haase Social Coordinator