Greetings all! My name is Andy Levine and I'm stoked to be the head coach of The Dam West Dolphins! This will be my 18th year of coaching swimming. I have coached club swimming at CAC, Swim Dogs, MACS, and Boulder Swimming. I have coached High School Girls' Swimming at Legend High School and the Highlands Ranch Boys Swim Team. Most recently I was the coach at Homestead Farm and was given an opportunity to explore other options for coaching. This has led me to the Dam West Dolphins! I am super excited to be here and look forward to working with all thew simmers and parents.
A little about me, outside of swimming:
I am a middle school teacher of Language Arts and coach a bunch of other sports at school. My wife's name is Sadie and I have a 5-year-old daughter, Mirabelle. She is super stoked to be a Dolphin this summer too! Woowee! We have a little dog named Sweet Pea as well, and she's well, she's interesting. Other than those things happening in life I am a lover of reading, watching TV and movies, and I have recently become an avid fan and participant of water polo (with a little swimming in there for good measure). Life is good and I can't wait to get on deck for the Dolphins!
My coaching philosophy is pretty basic, in terms of approach. I am a big-time proponent of technique work for all 4 strokes and the 5th stroke; streamline. I really focus on making sure that all swimmers are using their best strokes in practice so that that is reflected in the water at meets. My big change in the coaching approach is that I am much more focused on doing more swimming sets, with shorter distances, but going really fast when we do them. So, if you add the awesome technique, the perfect streamline, an amazing start, a super-fast turn, and go as fast as you can as often as possible, well, then you have a swimming machine that is hard to beat! This summer is going to be amazing, and I can't wait to see everyone at practice!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, etc.
I look forward to embarking on this adventure with you all and can't wait to get started and meet everyone!
My name is Alex Hess. I was a senior at Rangeview High School, however starting this fall I'm going to be at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to study Music Education for grades K-12. I've been on the team for almost 11 years and started at the age of 7. I've been coaching for two years and this would have been my third year coaching. I love being a swim coach because I love teaching kids how to swim, as well as watch them grow as individuals. Something that I like to do for fun is work at the pool as a lifeguard, swim (of course), lacrosse, playing my trombone, singing and coming up with random songs on the piano.