Mr. Jack is a phenomenal athlete who has been swimming competitively since age 5. He is a Paralympic trial qualifier and Team USA junior national team member who finished second at 2019 Paratriathlon Nationals. When he’s not swimming the 400m freestyle, Mr. Jack can be found cycling or playing fantasy football. The above average spikeball player also enjoys chowing down on a Chipotle burrito bowl.
Ms. Hanna is a junior at UCCS where she is majoring in criminal justice and has been on the President’s List every semester for her excellence in academics. Ms. Hanna has been with PPA for over a year and is one of our top instructors in our PLittle classes. Her favorite events are the 100 freestyle and 200 medley relay. Ms. Hanna enjoys hiking, playing board games, taking care of her house plants, and her mom’s homemade spaghetti. She has aspirations of attending law school upon completion of her undergraduate studies.
Ms. Sydney is a high school sophomore who swims for Pikes Peak Athletics. She loves teaching and working with young children. Her goal is to help children come to not only love the sport as much as she does, but to feel safe and confident in the water. In addition to swimming, Ms. Sydney enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. Her favorite food is homemade chicken tacos.
A strong administrator, elite athlete, and dedicated family woman, Anna is uniquely qualified to direct a USA swimming club. She earned a Master’s degree in College Student Development with an emphasis in Sports Administration from the University of Denver in 2010. Prior to her time at DU, Anna was educated in secondary education at the University of Wisconsin, where she was a three-time Academic All-American, 9-Time NCAA Division I Swimming All-American, Captain of the Badger Women’s Swimming and Diving Team for two seasons, and a three-time Dean’s list scholar. During her time as an athlete, Anna garnered numerous accolades on the local and national levels, including being the only person other than Missy Franklin to win every individual event she competed in at the Colorado high school state championships. Over the course of her career, she qualified for the US Olympic Team Trials in 7 different events, demonstrating unique versatility. This blend of competitive experience and advanced education is a powerful combination for use in leading a team and a business. A native of Colorado Springs, Anna’s mother served as board president on her local club, exposing her to the inner workings of the business of swimming. Each of Anna’s three brothers also swam NCAA Division I, representing Stanford, Arizona State, and Southern Methodist University. Anna is renowned for her administrative prowess, her attention to detail, and for her tough coaching style. She and George have two children, Sophea and Isabella, born in 2011 and 2014.
George has always been known for his individualistic and creative approach to coaching, stemming from his art education at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he came to Colorado Springs for the USA Swimming National Team Coach Fellowship in 2007, a prestigious one-year internship that lead him to a long term position on the National Team staff. In his time there he served as a performance consultant, traveling the country and world to serve the sport’s best swimmers and coaches. His team assignments included the clubs of 2012 Head Olympic Coaches Teri McKeever and Gregg Troy, as well as Jon Urbanchek, Frank Busch, and Dave Salo. During this time, George developed strong relationships with these and other world class coaches, resulting in a unique mentor-apprentice bond by which he was tutored in swimming at the very highest levels. In 2011, he was promoted to National Junior Team Program Manager, charged with designing and implementing every aspect of the feeder system to the USA Swimming National Team. One of George’s passions lies in Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). His work with the National Team has armed him with distinctive and practical experience in designing holistic programming for athletes at every level. Early in his career, George head coached several parent-run swim teams, earning a reputation as a builder-of-clubs. Over the years he has coached summer league swim teams, high school swim teams, USA Swimming clubs, US Masters swim teams, and taught lessons of all kinds to athletes of all levels.
Coach Joselyn leads the Pikes Peak Athletics Age Group Team and the program at the Club at Flying Horse. Her enthusiasm and natural love for the sport are evident through her careful planning and instruction, and deeply formed relationships. Joselyn has her master’s degree in Public Administration at UCCS and she is a student of the sport and actively seeks opportunity for growth and learning. During her college years, Joselyn head-coached a summer league program in her home town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, growing the program for 60 to 150 athletes from 2011 to 2014. She swam for Mount Holyoke College for four years, serving as team captain for two years. In high school, Joselyn set 7 school records, while individually representing her high school at the state championships in all four years. Joselyn coaches all Pikes Peak Athletics groups in some capacity, weaving her edgy personality and flippant sense of humor into the fabric of the team.
Coach Chris is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Pikes Peak Athletics. He programs extensive dryland workouts for the age group through senior teams. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in Strength and Conditioning from UCCS and is interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in the future.
Chris also works as a personal trainer certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association at PPATC and specializes in clients with performance-based goals. He is always looking for the opportunity to expand his knowledge and enjoys integrating exercises and drills from a variety of training modalities.
Specialties: Sport Performance
Coach Katelin began working with Pikes Peak Athletics shortly after moving from Northern California to Colorado Springs in 2018. She found her passion for the sport of swimming at a young age and completed her athletic career after four years of swimming for Colorado Mesa University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science during which she discovered her love for coaching and working with young athletes. Recently, she completed her master’s degree at UCCS in Strength and Conditioning and is looking forward to using her degree on the pool deck and in the weight room! At Pikes Peak Athletics, Katelin leads the Age Group team and is also a strength & conditioning coach for both the age group and senior team. Katelin’s love for coaching is evident through the energy she brings to each group of athletes!
Katelin is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Tactical Strength and Conditional Facilitator (TSAC-F).
Over the past 20 years Justin has coached International elite athletes in New Zealand as well as elite athletes in the USA including: Greg Billington, Erin Storie, Alex Libin, and Sarah True.
A graduate from University of Otago in NZ, where he studied Exercise Sports Science as well as Marketing, Justin has a long history in both the theoretical and practical sides of athlete development. While also having been a qualified coach in swimming, cycling and running as individual disciplines in multiple countries.
Justin is currently one of only 20 USA Triathlon Level 3 coaches operating in the USA. In addition to his wide triathlon knowledge, Justin is also widely regarded as an industry leader in the areas of training plan design, youth and junior development, as well as video analysis and its practical application in triathlon.
As a recipient of a Prime Ministers scholarship in 2005, Justin also studied coaching education programs and systems throughout the world.
Some of the achievements of athletes under Justin guidance:
International Triathlon Union (ITU) Events
Elite & Junior World Championship
Xterra / Off Road Triathlon
Team Manager Roles
Jenessa graduated from Seattle University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology while competing at the collegiate level as a swimmer. She also obtained her CSCS certification post-graduation. While in Seattle, she assisted in both strength and conditioning and sport science for athletes across all D1 sports at her institution, even working in the Human Performance Lab applying sport specific testing and video analysis with the different teams. These opportunities have allowed Jenessa to approach training clients through utilizing a scientific, education, and performance-based emphasis centered around individual goals and injury prevention.
Upon moving to Colorado Springs, she began working for Pikes Peak Athletics as an Assistant Strength Coach and Personal Trainer while completing internships with both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the United States Olympic Training Center. These opportunities provided great insight assisting Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as law enforcement, military, and fire personnel. Jenessa is passionate about fostering an enjoyable health and fitness centered lifestyle and even competes in triathlons during her free time (working out with the PPA Triathlon team too)!
Specialties: Sport Performance, Tactical Training, General Health & Fitness
Coach Kelsey joins Pikes Peak Athletics after moving to Colorado Springs to be the USA Swimming National Team Intern for the spring of 2017. She swam at the University of Tennessee, earning a bachelor’s in Sport Management and MS in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior while there. Kelsey fell in love with the sport at a young age in Lexington, Kentucky. Kelsey was named to the 2012-2013 national team, qualified for Olympic Trials in 5 events for in 2012; made finals in the 100 and 200 fly. Her coaching career began in college where she coached for summer league, high school, and US Masters teams. She most enjoys watching swimmers develop at all ages, starting from varying comfort abilities in the water and has been lucky enough to work with some of the world’s best swimming minds throughout her career. Kelsey is exciting to continue growing and learning from Pikes Peak’s program!
Coach Rachel has been coaching swimming for over 15 years, acting as a USA Swim Coach for the Minneapolis YWCA Otters, then for the Centennial, CO based team, ACES, where she was a swimmer herself, before joining ranks with the wonderful coaches here at PPA. Once upon a time, she swam for St Olaf College, where she discovered a lifelong love of butterfly. In 2014, she took part in a relay crossing of the English Channel, and still leaps at the opportunity to do a new open water swim… provided the distance is manageable. She credits her amazing coaches and coworkers over the years in helping her understand proper technique and learn how to train hard while remaining injury-free.
Coach Rachel’s full-time occupation is teaching Chemistry and Earth Science at CIVA Charter High School just on the other side of I-25!
Swimming has been a large part of Coach Jim’s life since he was six years old. Growing up in Indiana, Jim had the opportunity to learn training and technique methods formulated by the legendary James “Doc” Counsilman. Jim has 25 plus years of professional coaching at the age group, high school and Masters levels. He is passionate about working with all levels of swimmers. He loves to talk about swimming trivia from years ago.
Jim is a certified USA Swimming coach along with completing the USAT (Triathlon) level I and USA Cycling level I coursework.
Personally, Jim is up for any type of outdoor adventure/challenge. He was a two-time high school All-American in swimming. He swam collegiately at Western Kentucky University, has qualified and completed the grueling Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championships twice. Jim has also won multiple Master’s swimming national champion titles and is always up for a mountain bike ride or ski tour. Jim is married and has two wonderful children who swim at Pike Peak Athletics.
Ms. Bonnie Sue began her lifelong love of swimming as an age group and high school competitor in Wyoming. She lead her Laramie High Swim Team to four straight state championships, winning a total of 9 gold medals. She worked her way through college as a swim instructor, lifeguard and coach. After moving to Houston she began a swim team at the Jewish Community Center and continued teaching lessons and water aerobics. While raising four daughters (also swimmers!) Bonnie Sue got back into coaching as a way to support their swimming goals and loved it. In the Kansas City area, Bonnie Sue was one of the founding coaches for the Tsunami Swim Team. Over the course of ten years she lead the local summer league team to two league championships, and was twice selected to coach the 9-10 year old Missouri Valley All Stars. She was also nominated for MV Age Group Coach of the Year.
After moving to a small town in central Kansas, she quickly became established as the local swim coach for all levels – age group, boys and girls high school, summer swim league, as well as directing and running a very successful swim lesson business in her backyard. In 2011, she led the boys high school team to their first league championship and was voted Kansas State High School Coach of the Year. Bonnie Sue and her husband, Antonio, moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 to take care of her elderly parents. After four long years out of the pool, she is very excited to be back coaching and teaching lessons with PPA!
Mr. Brian joined the Pikes Peak Athletics coaching team in September of 2018. He brings with him more than seven years of swim lessons and coaching experience. He is currently the lead instructor for our Base Camp program, and loves watching kids succeed and achieve goals they never thought they could. A software developer by day, Brian enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, new baby, and two dogs.
Carolyn graduated from New Mexico State University in 2011, and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Northern Colorado in 2012. Carolyn joins the PPA team with over 10 years of experience in swim instruction and coaching. Her passion for swimming and working with children makes her a great asset to the program. Carolyn has years of experience working with diverse and special needs populations. Prior to joining PPA, she was a reading interventionist, language arts teacher, and 5th grade teacher. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys writing poems and short stories.
Ms. Jann’s strong background in education and commitment to swimming makes her one of PPA’s advanced instructors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Swimming has always been part of Ms. Jann’s life, whether it be competing, coaching, or teaching. In fact, Ms. Jann, her husband, and both of her daughters all swam for PPA. Even her donkey Roscoe has made appearances! She is the 2017 Colorado Masters State Champion for ages 50-55 in the 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. When she’s not swimming, Ms. Jann enjoys donkey hiking and snacking on chips, goat cheese, and olives.
Ms. Katie likes teaching for Pikes Peak Athletics because she has a passion for both swimming and working with children. Teaching children never fails to put a smile on her face. Outside of teaching, she enjoys swimming competitively for Pikes Peak Athletics as well as playing the ukulele and hanging out with friends and family.
Ms. Keira began swimming when she was six years old and immediately found her passion for the sport. Keira started swimming for Pikes Peak Athletics four years ago and has continued to refine her swimming skills. She started instructing in 2019 and loves to share her passion for the sport. She believes swimming is a great sport to build both individual discipline and friendships that will last a life time.
Ms. Maia joined the Pikes Peak Athletics swim team in 2014, and now swims with PPA’s masters team. She has been coaching Base Camp since December of 2018 and she enjoys seeing kids’ excitement when they master a new skill they struggled with previously. She is a professional triathlete, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.