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 Swim Lesson 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.

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

Director of Facilities, 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.

Mr. Andrey

Facility Operations Manager, Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Andrey has been swimming for his entire life. He began swimming competitively at the age of 4 and was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to represent Arizona State University as a member of the men’s swim team. He has his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology from Arizona State University and looks forward to helping his students reach their swimming goals!

He is a proud supporter of Pikes Peak Athletics and has two kids swimming competitively with PPA, both of whom came up through the ranks of the lesson program, Base Camp, and swim team.

Ms. Jaecie

Program Operations Manager, Swim Lesson Instructor

Andy Potts, USAT Level 1

Lead Triathlon Coach

Andy comes to PPA with a wealth of experience of competing internationally in swimming & triathlon since 1994. From his teenage years as a swimmer, a successful college career of both swimming & running at the University of Michigan, into a storied, one of a kind, professional triathlon racing career, Andy is passionate about sharing his hard earned knowledge with those who love endurance sports.  

Andy has represented Team USA in both swimming and triathlon on the international stage. A medal winner at the World University Games in swimming, a champion at the Pan American games in triathlon, a two-time World Champion, and a very rare feat of being an Olympian and Paralympian (guide), he has seen it all. Andy has won races all over the world, races that last two minutes to over eight hours!

His experiences as an athlete have made Andy into a curious, yet giving coach. Always willing and eager to share his mistakes as well as learn more about sports and people, Andy is excited to help other achieve their goals.

Michelle Blessing

Triathlon Coach

Coach Michelle is a Colorado native and has been working in real estate since 2003 with prior experience competing as a professional athlete. Some of her accomplishments include running three Ironman triathlons (twice at the IM World Championships in Hawaii), racing nationally with the Team Saturn Cycling team, racing for Team USA at the World Mountain Running Championships, and winning the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City in 1996. In 1998, she transitioned into coaching. Initially, she worked as the Junior National Teams coach for USA triathlon while also personally coaching over a dozen professional athletes, including the US Men’s National Champion, the Australian Men’s National Champion, and the Chilean Women’s National Champion. Further in 2000, she was selected as the coach for the USA Olympic Triathlon men’s and women’s team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She was also named the US Olympic Committee National Triathlon Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, and 2002. After the Olympics, she then ran the USA Triathlon Resident and National teams out of the Olympic Training Center until 2003. She was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Coach Michelle enjoys the outdoors, virtually all sports, and spending time with her friends, family and especially her three young grandchildren.

Coach Larry

Swim Coach

Born and raised in Southern California, Larry was introduced to swimming and water polo at a young age and competed in both sports throughout his childhood and through school. In California, the sport of water polo is closely akin to swimming, and water polo players typically train with swim teams. During years of grueling swim workouts under renowned swimming coach Bud McAllister, Larry qualified for Junior Nationals in backstroke and freestyle events. After graduation, Larry played water polo at one of the more prestigious polo programs, Pepperdine University, where he was a stand-out and team captain.

While still in high school Larry was selected by the US Junior National Coach for the USA Water Polo Elite Development Pipeline. He competed at the 2002 world championships in Cairo and remained a member of the US National B Team throughout college. Larry’s hard work and talent afforded him the opportunity to travel the world in pursuit of one of his passions.  Larry was later selected as an alternate for the USA Water Polo Olympic Team in Athens in 2004.

Larry has coached for over two decades in both swimming and water polo at the club and high school levels. He is an avid water sports enthusiast, engaging in open water swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, and pretty much any other sport that involves H2O. Larry still swims regularly with the PPA masters team and tries to avoid a heart attack at every session. PPA is so lucky to enjoy and be a part of Coach Larry’s passion and enthusiasm for sport and life.

Coach Rob

Swim Coach

Coach Rob began his swimming career in Longmont, CO, where he earned all-American status and 1992 Colorado Swimming Inc. Swimmer of the Year honors. From there, Rob earned a scholarship to swim at the University of Kansas. His proudest moment as a Jayhawk was being named Team Captain his senior year. Upon completing his swimming career, Rob coached several teams in Colorado, including Longmont Swim Club, Loveland Swim Club, RallySport, and Greenwood. During that time, he coached numerous US Olympic Trials qualifiers, US National qualifiers, LSC All Stars, State Champions, and others. Coach Rob has been known to go on long cross-state bike rides, and when he is not at the pool he can be found camping and fishing all the best spots in Colorado.

Coach Ali, NSCA-CPT, Crossfit Level 2

Strength Coach and Personal Trainer

Alison “Ali” Jones is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Pikes Peak Athletics. She works with all ages and abilities in both group and individual settings.

Ali has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biology and Nursing from Western Washington University and Washington State University, respectfully. She was a registered nurse for many years and served in ICUs in both Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.

Ali transitioned to coaching about 10 years ago and has trained and coached in multiple CrossFit gyms while moving around the country with her active-duty military husband. She is a Level 2 CrossFit Coach with additional certifications in gymnastics and weightlifting.  She is also a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer.

Ali grew up playing competitive soccer and was a varsity rower for 4 years at Western Washington University. She also ran a handful of half and full marathons before discovering a passion for CrossFit and its associated disciplines.

Ali and her husband (Matt) have three kids (Austin, Bria, and Emily) who are all age group swimmers at Pikes Peak Athletics. When not at swim practice or meets they try to play in the great outdoors as much as possible.

Sammy Schultz, OLY, NCCPT, ISSA Elite Trainer

Certified Personal Trainer and Strength Coach

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Samantha “Sammy” Schultz is an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer at Pikes Peak Athletics. Sammy works with all ages and levels in group and individual settings. She specializes in working with clients for overall health and wellness targeting imbalances and developing more body awareness to prevent injury and get stronger. She understands that each person’s fitness journey is unique and will take the time to listen to her clients, understand their goals, and adapt training programs accordingly to enhance overall well-being.

Sammy grew up in Littleton and is a Colorado native. Skiing, swimming, and soccer were her first sports, and she has always been a multisport athlete. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2010 to pursue the sport of modern pentathlon (fencing, swimming, running, shooting, and equestrian). Over her 12 years in the sport, she competed in the Tokyo Olympics along with winning 7 National Championship titles. She served in the US Army and competed as a part of the World Class Athlete Program from 2017 – 2021.

Sammy developed her passion for preventative strength training after hip surgery and many injuries during her athletic career. Alongside personal training she teaches and has certifications in a multitude of specialties that include mat Pilates, strength & conditioning, yoga, running technique, exercise recovery, and sports nutrition. She has over 10 years of experience as an athlete programming her own training leading up to the Olympics and navigating many injuries and setbacks.

She has retired from the sport of pentathlon to teach and train others, but still enjoys swimming, running, cooking, outdoor activities as well as dancing, skiing, or going on adventures with her husband, Karl.

Specialties: Overall health and wellness targeting imbalances and developing more body awareness to prevent injury and get stronger.

OLY, NCCPT, Mat Pilates Certified, Certified Yoga Instructor, UESCA Run Coach,

ISSA Elite Trainer with certifications in Strength & Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, and Exercise Recovery Specialist

 

Coach Hannah

Swim Coach

Ms. Jann

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Bonnie Sue

Swim Lesson Instructor & Swim Coach

Ms. Connie

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Connie is a site lead, camp lead, and swim lesson instructor at Pikes Peak Athletics. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is the kids. Her favorite stroke is freestyle. In her free time, Ms. Connie enjoys hiking and napping!

Ms. Montana

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Kate F.

Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Kevin

Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Kevin is a swim lesson instructor at Pikes Peak Athletics. His favorite part about being a swim instructor is making the kids smile. His favorite stroke is breaststroke because you get to swim underwater. In his free time, Mr. Kevin enjoys spending time with his children and his dogs.

Ms. Rhianna

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Rhianna is a swim instructor at Pikes Peak Athletics. She is also on our Lifeguard team! Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is being able to be a highlight in the kiddo’s week. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke. In her free time, Ms. Rhianna enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Ms. Keira

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Lexi

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Natalia

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Natalia is a swim lesson instructor at Pikes Peak Athletics. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is being able to encourage kids and help them become the best swimmer they can be while also helping them feel confident. Her favorite stroke is backstroke because it was her favorite to swim when she was younger and now is her favorite to teach to the kiddos. In her free time, Ms. Natalia enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Ms. Emma

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Emma is a Base Camp coach, camp lead, and swim lesson instructor here at Pikes Peak Athletics. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is watching the kids become better swimmers and enjoy swimming. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke because it is peaceful and fun to do. In her free time, Ms. Emma enjoys spending time outside – paddle boarding and skiing.

Ms. Kate A.

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Kate is a Base Camp coach and swim lesson instructor at Pikes Peak Athletics. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is teaching camps and having fun with the kids! Her favorite stroke is freestyle because it is effective for short distances and long distances. In her free time, Ms. Kate enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her dog.

Ms. Ashlyn

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Brooke

Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Charlie

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Gabi

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Gabi is a Base Camp coach and swim lesson instructor at Pikes Peak Athletics. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is meeting new people. Her favorite stroke is freestyle because she is confident in her ability to execute it. In her free time, Ms. Gabi enjoys painting.

Ms. Addy

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Addy is a swim lesson instructor at Pikes Peak Athletics. Her favorite part about being a swim instructor is connecting and getting to know the kids. Her favorite stroke is freestyle because she thinks it is amazing to watch and teach, while it is also fun learning how to make it efficient. In her free time, Ms. Addy enjoys spending time with her friends.

Ms. Torin, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Conner

Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Taylor, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Sophia, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Piper, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Theron, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Madi, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Eden, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Strom, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Heather, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Julia, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Amelia, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Mr. Endre, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Grace, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Abby – Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Ms. Malia, Seasonal

Swim Lesson Instructor

Coach Macie

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. 

Coach Kelsey

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!

Coach Jim

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.

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