Staff

Anna Heidinger

Pikes Peak Athletics Owner, Director, Coach

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 Heidinger

Pikes Peak Athletics Owner, Coach

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.

Ms. Joselyn

Swim Team Business Manager and Instructor

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.

Ms. Carolyn

Lesson Program Manager and Instructor

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.

Rory Grigull, USMS, USAS, ASCA Level 2 Certified Coach

Facility & Pools Manager, Masters Coach

Rory began his aquatics career as an athlete in South Florida, learning the highest levels of the sport from 6-time Olympic Coach Michael Lohberg. During his high school years, he trained alongside dozens of Olympians and World Record Holders including his primary training partner, Dara Torres. He led Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School to 2 State Championships and competed in the 100m freestyle at the 2008 US Olympic Trials. Rory earned a scholarship to swim at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology. Upon completing his swimming career, Rory then joined Performance Aquatics, where he helped former ASCA Vice President and USAS Board Member Kathleen Prindle grow the program into one of the most successful in South Florida. During this time Rory assisted in coaching US Olympic Trial Qualifiers, National Champions, National Record Holders, and Olympians, as well as multiple Ironman World Championship qualifiers. He also served as Head Coach of FAU High School in Boca Raton FL, leading both the boys’ and girls’ teams to their highest finishes in school history.

Rory is a USMS, USAS, and ASCA Level 2 Certified Coach and is certified as a SwimAmerica site supervisor. He served 2 terms on the USMS Open Water Committee, 2 years as the Sanctions Chair and 1 year as the Coaches Chair for the Florida Gold Coast LMSC. Rory has also competed in 2 Ironman Triathlons, including the North American Championship race in 2015, and is currently working on becoming a USMS Level 3 Coach.

Besides his experience as an athlete, Rory has worked professionally in the aquatics industry since 2011. He began as Aquatics Director at Longcreek Plantation in Blythewood, SC where he oversaw operations and programming, resurrecting a swim team that had not existed for decades. Upon graduating from college, he moved back home to oversee the brand-new recreational aquatics facility at Florida Atlantic University. Wanting to serve a more competitive demographic, Rory moved down the road to assist with the aquatic facility at the Grandview Preparatory School where he spearheaded several of the largest projects in the facilities 30+ year history and hosted dozens of college winter training camps each year.

Rory and his wife Christina relocated to Colorado in 2020 in search of cooler temperatures, better scenery, and nicer people! He has been certified as a Red Cross Lifeguard for over 12 years, a Swim America Site Supervisor for 8 years, and a Certified Pool Operator for 4 years. Rory is currently pursuing his Aquatic Professional Designation from the Association of Aquatics Professionals and is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

Chris Wojchik, NSCA-CPT

Head Strength Coach and Personal Trainer

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

Cade Bains

Head Age Group Coach

From Monument in north Colorado Springs, Coach Cade comes from a large family of swimmers. He started swimming when he was 8 years old.  Throughout his swimming career he made several All-Area and All-State teams, competed at 5 Sectional Championship meets, and qualified for Junior Nationals by his senior year of high school. His swimming career continued at Lindenwood University, a Division II school in St. Charles, Missouri, where he specialized in the 200/400IM. When in Missouri, he volunteered for the Disabled Athletes Sports Association (DASA) for several semesters teaching young people with various disabilities how to swim. Since leaving college and moving back to his home state of Colorado, Cade has coached for several teams across the front range, including VillaSport Athletic Club, helping the team grow from 12 swimmers to over 30 in a span of 6 months. Cade grew up swimming for the Woodmoor Waves, where he served as interim Head Coach when he came home in the summers of college, and eventually moved to Denver to coach for the Colorado STARS. Coach Cade has been refining his coaching skills working with a wide range of ages and a much larger pool of swimmers. Cade’s past swim coaches have influenced him in their own unique ways, inspiring him to pass along his knowledge and passion for swimming. Coach Cade believes dedication, determination, and the desire to find comfort in being uncomfortable are the keys to success in and out of the water.

Courtney Sherwood

Front Office Manager

As a Colorado Springs native, Courtney started competitive swimming when she was 8 years old and she hasn’t left the pool since! She started off her career in aquatics 10 years ago as a lifeguard & swim instructor, eventually being promoted as the Aquatics Program Assistant at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). After earning her degree in Strategic & Organizational Communication from UCCS, she served as the Graduate Assistant for Aquatics & Risk Management at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL). Courtney graduated with her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from UNL and moved back to Colorado Springs during the summer of 2021 where she started her position with PPA. In her free time, Courtney loves taking care of her extensive plant collection & having movie nights with her roommates!

 

Justin Trolle, USAT Level 3 Coach

Multisport/Triathlon Coach

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
ITU World Cup - End of Year Top 5 Overall
ITU World Cup Podiums - Silver
ITU Continental Cup Winner - Winner
Elite & Junior World Championship
ITU Under 23 World Championships Top 10 finishes
ITU Junior World Championships Podium - Silver
Junior Duathlon World Champs Podium – Bronze
National Championships
USA Elite National Champs - Bronze
USA Junior Elite Cup Winner – Male & Female
USA Junior National Champion – Male & Female
Ironman
Top 10 Overall finisher
Numerous Age Group winners
More than 20 Kona qualifiers in the past 10 years
Duathlon
NZ National Pro Duathlon Champion
NZ National Junior Triathlon Champion
NZ National Junior Duathlon Champion
Numerous AG National Champions
Xterra / Off Road Triathlon
Xterra Female Winner
Numerous Xterra Podium Finishes
Team Manager Roles
USA U23 Elite Team 2008 & 2009
USA Elite PATCO Team 2008
ITU World Cup Team Manger – Mexico 2009
NZ Duathlon Elite Team Coach/Manager 2005 & 2006
USA Elite Development Camp Manager/Coach 2008 & 2009
Assistant Coach Mooloolaba ITU World Cup 2003
Awards
NZ SPARC 50K Prime Ministers Scholarship Award - 2005

Caroline Bloom, USAT Level 1 Coach

Multisport/Triathlon Coach

Caroline is a Level 1 Coach with USA Triathlon and has been coaching athletes since 2018. She is an ultra-endurance triathlete and lives for multi-day and ultra-events of different types, including 24 hour cycling events and 10K swims. One of her greatest accomplishments was placing second female, first in her age group, at the Ultraman Florida! 

Caroline was a schoolteacher for 13 years before retiring and dedicating her time to her love and passion of triathlon. We are excited to have Caroline’s passion and enthusiasm as the Assistant Multisport Coach for the ever-growing PPA Multisport Program. She also works at Criterium Bikes and loves to match her race kits and name her bikes.  

Aaron Higgins

Swim Coach

Coach Aaron began his coaching career at the age of 14 while at the same time starting competitive swimming. Throughout high school, Aaron played water polo, swam, and played baseball, but his love for the water played the biggest role. Aaron attended CSU Bakersfield in California and was a member of two National teams under the direction of Coach Bob Steele. After a serious injury, Aaron switched to coaching and fell in love with it. He has been coaching with a USA swimming team since 2000.

Aaron has worked with a wide range of swimmers from 10 & under to collegiate athletes, beginning swimmers to Olympians. His philosophy is a Japanese term “Kaizen”, which means always improving. Every athlete always has room to grow and develop, and this is what he enjoys most about the sport.

Aaron lives with his wife and two kids. He enjoys anything outdoors; primarily camping, hiking, and trail running.

Ms. Jann

Swim Lesson Instructor

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. Connie

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Montana

Swim Lesson Instructor

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. Chelsea

Swim Lesson Instructor

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. Lauren

Swim Lesson Instructor

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. Emma

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Lexi

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Torin

Swim Lesson Instructor

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

Swim Lesson Instructor

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. Rachel

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Grace

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Savanna

Swim Lesson Instructor

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!

Macie McNichols

Head Age Group Team Coach, Strength Coach, Personal Trainer

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

Swim Lesson Instructor

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

Swim Lesson Instructor

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

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Sydney competitively 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.

Jenessa Schulte, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, TSAC-F, USAW-1

Coach, Personal Trainer

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

Kelsey Floyd

Age Group Coach

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!

Jim Webber

Coach

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

Swim Lesson Instructor & Swim Coach

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

Base Camp Coach

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.

Ms. Dayna

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Dayna has been swimming since the age of five both on swim team and for fun. She currently swims for Cheyenne Mountain High School and Pikes Peak Athletics. She loves teaching children how to swim with fun and creative methods. Dayna is overjoyed to be part of the Pikes Peak Athletics family and teach your children the sport she loves.

Ms. Katie

Swim Lesson Instructor

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.

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