Ms. Lauren’s parents incorporated water into her lifestyle from a very young age, and she was eager to start swim lessons. As she progressed, she joined the swim team and has been swimming competitively with Pikes Peak Athletics for over five years. Her hope is to help kids find a lifelong love for the water just like she has through swim lessons!
Ms. Ellie has been swimming since age 11 and joined the Pikes Peak Athletics Swim Team about three years ago. Her eagerness for education and her passion for the sport are representative through her enthusiasm and teaching style. In her free time, Ellie enjoys lots of hiking, spending time with her friends, and representing her high school as an athletic trainer.
Ms. Torin has been swimming for seven years now, and it has turned into one of her passions. She enjoys working with kids of all ages and getting to know everyone with whom she works. Torin’s favorite stoke is backstroke, and she swims for Doherty High School. She also plays softball and enjoys hiking.
Ms. Amelia started swimming at the age of two and started to swim competitively at the age of eight. Amelia started swimming with Pikes Peak Athletics eight years ago and from her first swim practice with them, she knew she had found the perfect fit. Amelia started to teach swimming because of water safety. Learning how to safely maneuver in the water and have fun in the pool are all life skills that she believes everyone should learn. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her younger sisters and teaching her 4-year old brother how to swim as well.
Ms. Montana loves being a swim instructor because of her passion for swimming and water safety. Swimming is something you can do no matter how old or how able you are, that is what she loves about it. She wants to help people gain a love for the water. Montana loves working with kids because she can help them learn how to love swimming at a young age and instill water safety skills early. Currently, Montana is going to school to become a science teacher and she loves training for different types of races!
Ms. Amaya is currently a high school sophomore who swims for Pikes Peak Athletics. She loves teaching younger children and middle-aged kids, who she wants to learn to love swimming as much as she does. When she’s not swimming or teaching swim lessons, she loves baking, volunteering, and going shopping. She absolutely loves mac and cheese!
Ms. Chelsea started swimming when she was six years old and has been swimming for Pikes Peak Athletics for five years now. She loves the sport of swimming and teaching others how to swim. Along with swimming Chelsea loves running, biking, hiking, and skiing.
Ms. Savanna currently attends the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) where she is a pre-nursing major with Nursing intent. She swam competitively for seven years and has experience with swimming before and after her time on a swim team. She also has many years of experience in babysitting. In her free time, Ms. Savanna loves to hang out with her friends, eat ice cream (or anything chocolate), and call her parents!
With over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry, numerous accreditations and accolades, and glowing loyalty from clients, Lori is an incredible asset to Pikes Peak Athletics. Her unique approach to health and fitness emphasizes core strength and nutrition as the foundation for optimizing wellness.
Lori is a Certified Master Personal Trainer. She has published articles for Medical Voyce focusing on women’s health issues. She has created 2 DVD’s: “Core Conditioning – Swimming Specific” and “Improving Elite Athletes Core Strength”. Featured articles have been written about her training programs in Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine, Orange County, CA Register and Western State University Alumni Magazine.
Through the years, her involvement in bodybuilding and figure physique competitions have earned her medals, trophies and great personal satisfaction. For over 20 years Lori owned and operated a Jazzercise franchise that gave her an opportunity to use her talents of empathy, humor, physical fitness and passion to mentor and nurture athletes to feel good about their bodies and health.
Lori’s other areas of expertise center on weight and lifestyle coaching from a total health perspective, healthy eating strategies, weight training, and cardiovascular endurance. She holds a certification in TRX Suspension Training that utilizes total-body resistance exercises to achieve sport specific goals. Functional Integrated Movement Patterns and Training for Power and Partner-Assisted Stretch are certifications that enhance her areas of technical expertise when implementing training programs for clients.
Her training methods combine traditional training systems with athletic and progressive approaches. The benefits are not just applicable to the performance of elites, they are relevant for everyone who seeks a fitness level or performance goal. This blend of training systems will alleviate poor posture, poor body alignment and disjointed movement patterns.
Lori has held the position as Dryland Specialist for the USA Swimming National Team and International Olympic Athletes in Beijing. She developed dryland training programs that were tailored to optimize the efficiency of these Olympic Swimmers in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Games through the upcoming Tokyo Games.
Coach Macie began working with Pikes Peak Athletics in October of 2019. Originally from Northeast Ohio, she found her way to Colorado Springs through an internship with USA Swimming. Macie has been a swimmer all her life and found her love for the sport at a young age. Throughout her career, Macie competed at numerous national-level meets, including the 2012 and 2016 US Olympic Team Trials. Macie swam for four-years at The Ohio State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Exercise Science. After her athletic career concluded, she remained at Ohio State and completed a Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport Management.
At Pikes Peak Athletics, Macie is an Assistant Age Group Coach. She enjoys helping young swimmers learn and grow in the sport. Outside of swimming, she loves to go on long walks with her dog and explore Colorado.
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, Jack can be found cycling or playing fantasy football. The above average spikeball player also enjoys chowing down on a Chipotle burrito bowl. Jack will continue his swimming career at the University of Wyoming.
Ms. Hanna attends UCCS where she is majoring in criminal justice with hopes of furthering her education through law school. She has been teaching swim lessons for two years and has a background in lifeguarding. Outside of teaching lessons, Hanna interns at the El Paso County District Attorney’s office. She enjoys finding new hiking trails, being around family and friends, and eating sushi.
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, 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.
Originally from West Virginia, Ms. Joselyn has been with Pikes Peak Athletics for over 5 years. She has had her hand in numerous roles at Pikes Peak Athletics and is currently the Swim Team Business Manager. Additionally, she runs all retail and rentals for the Training Center. Joselyn earned her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in Politics and Sociology and her Masters degree from UCCS in Public Administration. She is a collegiate swimmer who has turned to running mountain trails since moving to Colorado Springs in 2014.
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
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 earned her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University in journalism and mass communications and obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Northern Colorado the following year. She is Pikes Peak Athletics’ Lesson Program Manager.
Carolyn has over 15 years of experience in swim instruction and coaching. Her passion for swimming and working with children makes her an essential asset to the program. Additionally, Carolyn has years of experience working with diverse and special needs populations. Prior to joining the PPA team, she was a reading interventionist and middle school language arts teacher. Carolyn swims on the Pikes Peak Athletics masters swim team and enjoys writing in her spare time.
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 is a senior in high school who will be swimming for Colorado State University beginning in the fall. She has placed in the top five finishers at the 5A Girls High School State Championships in the 100 breaststroke. Katie has been swimming since she was five years old, and her favorite events are the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Outside of swimming, Katie enjoys skiing and hiking.
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 at six years old 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 lifetime. Keira will continue her swimming career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she will be majoring in chemistry.
Ms. Maia joined the Pikes Peak Athletics swim team in 2014, and now swims with PPA’s masters swim team and trains with PPA’s multisport program. She has been teaching swim lessons with Pikes Peak Athletics since 2016, and she enjoys seeing kids’ excitement when they master a new skill with which they previously struggled. She also enjoys helping adults learn how to swim: whether their goal is to improve their general fitness or to train for a triathlon. She is a professional triathlete, and she graduated from UCCS in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.