Jenessa joined Pikes Peak Athletics as an Assistant Strength Coach having recently moved to the area from Seattle, Washington. Jenessa swam competitively for eleven years, competing at the collegiate level for Seattle University swimming butterfly and freestyle and was selected as a Team Captain her senior year. She received her Bachelor’s in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology and obtained her CSCS certification post-graduation. She has coached for US Masters teams based in Seattle, worked with Nike Swim camps, and served as a strength and conditioning/sport science intern for Seattle University Men’s Soccer in addition to the other Division 1 teams at the University. Jenessa enjoys working with a wide variety of sports, but especially loves being able to help swimmers improve their strength and performance in and out of the pool to build all around athleticism. After her years of swimming, she now enjoys competing and training for triathlons. When not swimming, cycling or running you can find her hiking or exploring the area for some great food places!
Coach Katelin began working with Pikes Peak Athletics shortly after moving to Colorado Springs in 2018 to begin her Master’s Degree at UCCS. 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. While competing at CMU, Katelin was a Team Captain and broke three school records in numerous distance events. She earned her BS in Exercise Science during which she discovered her love for coaching and working with young athletes. Katelin grew up in Northern California and in her spare time enjoys spending time outside and traveling to see her two younger sisters. 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 swimming is evident through the energy she brings to the pool deck during each practice!
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.
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
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.
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. Sydney began synchronized swimming in elementary school and fell in love with the sport. She then continued to pursue swimming for another eight years. She began teaching swim lessons at Pikes Peak Athletics in October of 2018 and loves teaching children. Sydney believes that hard work is crucial to skill development, but also prioritizes fun while in the pool.
Ms. Sophie started swimming competitively when she was six years-old, and immediately was hooked. She swam both summer league and club until eventually moving to Colorado where she joined Pikes Peak Athletics. Teaching with PPA for a little more than two years, Sophie loves working with the kids and watching them progress in the water. When she isn’t swimming or teaching lessons, you can likely find Sophie practicing the cello or playing with her dogs. Sophie is now attending Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, where she will get to swim competitively and study music. She will be home on breaks and for the summer.
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.
Ms. Maggie has been working for Pikes Peak Athletics since April of 2018. She has been a competitive synchronized swimmer for nine years, and has loved swimming since she was young. Her favorite part of teaching swim lessons is the reaction from the kids when they accomplish the skill they have been working on in lessons.
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. Jann was born and raised in Kettering Ohio, where she earned a bachelor degree in education from the University of Dayton.
From there she moved to Bloomington, Indiana and graduated with a Masters of Science from Indiana University in Clinical Exercise Physiology, specializing in chronic disease management. Jann met her husband and moved to Colorado where she raised her two daughters (also part of the PPA family) in Manitou Springs. Swimming has always been a part of her life; competing, coaching, and teaching swim lessons. Jann currently works in District 14 as a para professional with special needs students, and teaches and swims Masters with PPA.
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. Brianna joined the Pikes Peak Athletics swim team in 2013 and began teaching lessons in January of 2019. She loves helping kids grow and watching them become more and more comfortable in the water. She wants kids to have the same love for the water that she has and the ability to be safe. She is a sectional level swimmer and is currently swimming for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She will be home for breaks and during the summer.
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. 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!
Ms. Alyssa joined the Pikes Peak Athletics family as a swim instructor in 2018. As the oldest of 11 cousins she has always loved playing with kids and having fun. When not in the pool, you can find Alyssa on the slopes or exploring the back country in her Jeep with friends.
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.
Tracie joins Pikes Peak Athletics to assist with the business side so the coaches can spend their valuable time providing top quality instruction and peak activity! She earned a BBA in Management and BS in Recreation from The University of North Dakota as well as a MBA from UCCS. She comes with an extensive background in business operations as the Membership Director for VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa and the Recreation and Events Manager at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and The Country Club of Colorado. Tracie is excited to join PPA and be immersed in the swimming world. She competed in high school as a freestyle sprinter and diver and received All American honors in Minnesota. She also swam in Australia for the Team USA International Sports Exchange and then swam for the University of North Dakota for one year before studying abroad in France and working internships in Florida and Oregon. She continues to compete in running and triathlons. She also loves to snowboard, wakeboard, and ride sport bikes. When not busy she enjoys traveling, her favorite place and where she got married is Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu.
Kara found her passion for swimming when she was just five years old at a local summer league program in Kingwood, Texas. Her love for racing drove Kara to compete collegiality at the division I level at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as a sprint freestyler and backstroker. During her time in Little Rock, Kara was an assistant coach for the Arkansas Dolphin-Lasers and during summer breaks would coach the same summer league team she grew up with. Kara graduated with a bachelors in strategic communications and turned her passion for swimming into a career working as the communications coordinator at USA Swimming. In her role she helps grassroots programs across the country with their marketing and communications efforts and contributes new ideas to help grow the sport. In her spare time Kara likes to explore the outdoors by hiking, skiing and enjoying good food with friends. She is excited to be a part of Pikes Peak Athletics’ passionate coaching staff!
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 Chris has ten years of competitive swimming experience and has been coaching for seven. He has a bachelors degree in Strength and Conditioning from UCCS and is pursuing his CSCS certification. Chris has a passion for all things related to health and fitness, and took up weightlifting after he stopped swimming. He is always looking for the opportunity to expand his knowledge and enjoys integrating exercises and drills from a variety of training modalities. During his free time, Chris enjoys working out, snowboarding, playing video games, and visiting the Bear Creek Dog Park with his dog Finn.
Chris became involved in coaching like the majority of coaches, by participating in the sport. The son of a Marine, Chris traveled across the country swimming but eventually came to call Colorado Springs home. Swimming for Cheyenne Mountain, Chris saw how much impact a coach has in an athlete’s life, and spent as much time as possible learning from his coaches and using them as mentors. Chris spent his first year of college swimming and coaching a high school team at New Mexico Military Institute. After that high school season, he continued swimming at University of Colorado-Boulder where the team won their 5th straight ASA. U. Club National Title. Chris contributed to the title with numerous top 16 finishes. The following year Chris returned home and spent the next 2 and half years coaching in the city and working on his B.S. from Grand Canyon University in Emergency Management. Chris has since began a career in the fire service and continues to swim when he can. Excited to return to coaching after taking year off, Chris looks forward to joining the PPA family and contributing to the already excellent coaching staff. When not coaching or working, Chris can be found out and about playing in the best backyard in the nation, Colorado.