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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

M Kyle Hastings

Head Coach

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Coach Kyle's background includes extensive experience at the NCAA Division 1 collegiate level, USA Club, and high school.  Kyle's collegiate experience includes working as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Indiana University.  At Indiana University, Kyle helped to develop the sprint, backstroke and butterfly groups into one of the NCAA's elite groups.  During his tenure he has recruited some of the top athletes from around the world and the university has produced multiple USA national team members, a world record holder, NCAA champions, 4 team Top 10 NCAA finishes, and 14 Big 10 champions.  

As a high school associate head coach his successes included five straight high school championships and multiple High School All-Americans.  While coaching at Metro Aquatic Club, a premiere swim club in South Florida, he helped the team rise to a top 50 USA Swimming club in the country, increasing both membership and success in the water.  Individual successes from this club included, 2 Olympians, 4 Senior National Qualifiers, 13 Junior National Qualifiers, 48 Sectional Qualifiers, and multiple LSC relay and individual records. 

 

“CIA has tremendous families and young athletes.  The future is bright and I am very happy to be a part of it."         

Kannon Zeller

Age Group Head Coach

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After graduating in 2011 from LSU where she was team captain and an NCAA All-American, Kannon realized she couldn't stay away from the pool. With 16 years of in pool experience she started volunteer coaching in her hometown of Hobbs, NM for the high school team where both her name and her husband's are still on the record board. Kannon recently relocated to Des Moines in 2014 and currently teaches Science at Urbandale Middle School while coaching middle school swimming at East. As a coach she hopes to guide athletes through the same life lessons swimming taught her: respect, dedication, grit, and integrity.

Eric R Zeller

Lead Assistant Coach

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Swimming is a sport Eric jumped into by chance and never looked back. He started swimming at 16, and while being a 4 sport letterman in high school, Eric decided swimming was his sport and went on to become a multi-year letterman at LSU. He has a strong passion for athletics and loves competing in triathlons of all kinds including Ironman. Eric believes coaching is a way to pass on valuable life experiences such as learning to enjoy the hard work, love the process, and have a "racer" mentality. When he isn't coaching he enjoys working out with his wife Kannon, playing with his dogs, and gardening. 

Kate Davey

Assistant Coach

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Kate Davey brings a wealth of swimming and coaching experience to CIA.  During 15 years of competitive swimming, she garnered many honors: Big Ten Medal of Honor winner and five-time All-American at Ohio State, medalist (gold and bronze) at the 1991 World University Games, third place finisher in the 100 breast at Senior Nationals, and top 16 placing at Olympic Trials.  Her love of swimming and desire to give back led her to ASCA Level  2 certification and coaching positions ranging from summer recreational swim programs to collegiate (assistant coach for U of Iowa women).  Prior to joining the CIA coaching staff in 2013, she served as Co-Head Coach (and assistant coach prior to) for the Waukee Rays.  Kate feels coaching is “the privilege to make a difference in a child’s life.”  When not on deck, Kate spends time with her family, enjoys Bible study, art and reading.

Misty Eastman

Assistant Coach

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Cody L Hackney

Assistant Coach

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Cody began his coaching career with the University of Iowa as a volunteer assistant coach. After spending two and a half years with the university, Cody moved to his boyhood club, CRAA, coaching older age group and senior groups. When Cody moved to Des Moines, he began coaching with the Johnston Blaze Swim Club, and was later named their Interim Head Coach. Through his career, Cody has coached individuals of every age group and ability level, from those striving to achieve “Q” times, to future Olympians. He relishes the chance to develop all swimmers to the best of their ability. Cody does this by believing in hard work, dedication, and emphasizing technique to bring out the best in each athlete. By practicing and developing these traits, Cody believes they will help the swimmers develop not just as athletes, but people.

Jeff Horner

Assistant Coach

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Eddy Johnston

Assistant Coach

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Eddy enjoys coaching swimmers of all ages and will work with them to improve any or all strokes. Eddy began swimming at the age of 4.  He swam for DM Lincoln High School and then played water polo at the University of Iowa.  He currently plays water polo for the Des Moines Water Polo Club.  Eddy and his wife have one son, Owen.

Pasha Korsakov

Assistant Coach

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Pasha was born in the Himalayas, raised in the Amazon, and educated in the school of hard knocks on the mean streets of West Des Moines. He has 12 years of competitive swimming experience, starting with Coach Arkady Lichinsky at age 7 and becoming a CIA swimmer in 2000. During these 12 years, Pasha grew to love the sport, but also threatened to quit after many practices so he sympathizes with current athletes and hopes to help them push through the tough parts of training to be able to achieve success. After his retirement from swimming, he has gone on to participate in triathlon and multi-sport as an athlete and race director. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he did research at the university in gene therapy.

Kristi Rinderknecht

Assistant Coach

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Kristi enjoys coaching swimmers of every age and helping them to develop the skills needed to succeed not just in swimming, but in life.  Her love for the sport of swimming led her to be an assistant coach for the Waukee YMCA Rays swim team for 9 years prior to joining the staff at CIA.  She is also an official for both YMCA and USA swimming.  Kristi swam competitively for 12 years and made the difficult decision to play golf instead of swim in college.  She currently is a physical therapist at the YMCA Healthy Living Center specializing in aquatic therapy.  Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband, Randy, and children Kayla and Rece.  

Leslie Winnett

Assistant Coach

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Leslie is an enthusiastic advocate for the sport of swimming!  She loves the opportunity to share her swimming knowledge and experiences with the swimmers to help them develop their swimming and life skills in a positive environment.  Leslie has swum competitively since the age of 5 for the IWSC/AAU and collegiately for Iowa State University.   She has coached and mentored swim teams, assisted in the establishing of high school swimming in NW Iowa, and was chosen as the 2011 YMCA Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to the DMWC Swim Team as a National YMCA Swim Official and parent coach.  Leslie is a certified USA Swimming National 2 Official, YMCA Swimming National Official, and USA Swimming Coach.  Leslie is celebrating her 27th year working at INS as a systems support/telecom engineer and loves spending her free time with her husband James and her two children Justin and Lexie enjoying life!  GO CIA!

Board of Directors

Brad Lair

President

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Chris M Johnson

Vice President

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Steve Nadel

Secretary

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Beth Frantum

Treasurer

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Abbie Paul

Safety Officer

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Ingrid Stukerjurgen

Fundraising Chair

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Cathy Frandson

Registrar

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Jason Olson

Web Support

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M Kyle Hastings

Head Coach

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Cam Naylor

Meet Director

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Denny Studer

Business Manager- outgoing

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Connie Robinson

Business Manager- incoming

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