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Bob Rueppel

Middlebury College - Head Men's & Women's Coach Director of Competitive Stroke Camps at Kenyon College

Rueppel is now in his sixth season at the helm of the men’s and women’s swimming programs at Middlebury College as well as the director of the college’s natatorium. He came to Middlebury from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he has served as the men’s and women’s coach since 2001. 2017 will be Rueppel’s sixth year leading the Competitive Stroke Camps at Kenyon College, following seven years of directing his own Total Performance Competitive Stroke Camp at Franklin & Marshall.

In his first five seasons at Middlebury, Rueppel saw his athletes break 28 school records. He guided the women’s team to its highest finish since 2008 at the NESCAC Championship, and earned NESCAC Coach of the year in 2016. Nationally, Rueppel has had a multitude of student-athletes earn NCAA All-American honors.

During his 10-year run at F&M, Rueppel’s teams won 10 conference titles (seven men, three women) and broke nearly 90 school records. He coached three NCAA Champions, 37 All-Americans as well as five Academic All-Americans, while his teams earned Team Academic All-American honors for nine-straight years. His student-athletes won Centennial Conference individual titles 139 times, setting 55 Conference marks. Rueppel’s men’s team compiled a 44-10 mark in dual conference meets during his tenure, while the women were 53-10. He was named the Centennial Conference’s inaugural Coach of the Year in 2010.

Rueppel began his coaching career in 1983 at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, taking over the reins of the women’s program until 1989. He worked as an assistant at Wright State University in Ohio from 1994-1995 before becoming the head men’s and women’s coach at Wittenberg University, also in Ohio, from 1995-2001. At Wittenberg, where he coached 33 All-Americans, his student-athletes broke 58 school records, and the team earned Academic All-American honors for six-consecutive seasons.

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Dan Gelderloos

Calvin College - Head Men's and Women's Coach
Director of Calvin Competitive Stroke Camp

Dan Gelderloos is in his twentieth year as the head men’s and women’s coach at Calvin College. During his tenure, Gelderloos has established his women’s team as a conference leader, winning thirteen of the last sixteen MIAA conference titles. In addition, Gelderloos has guided the Calvin women's swimming and diving program to five, top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships, and helped the men's program return to a top-20 standing nationally.

At the individual level, Gelderloos has coached numerous Calvin swimmers to All-American status and individual national titles. Most recently, Elizabeth Counsell earned a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke at the 2013 Division III NCAA Championships and Johnson Cochran finished 3rd and 5th in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 2014 NCAA championships.  Many time national champion, Becky Weima, captured the national title in the 200 freestyle in 2005 and followed with national titles in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle in 2006. 

2017 will be Gelderloos' seventh year Directing the Competitive Stroke Camp at Calvin College.  Currently, he has six former campers swimming with him and the Calvin Knights.  

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Chris Sullivan

Calvin College - Assistant Men's and Women's Coach
Calvin Competitive Stroke Camp

Chris Sullivan joined the coaching staff at Calvin College as the new Assistant Coach in 2016. Sullivan attended Oakland University where he set varsity records in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events and multiple relays. At the age of 21 he competed at the 2004 US Olympic Trials in Long Beach, California and in 2006 he finished top 8 in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly at Division I NCAA Championship meet, making him a 5-time NCAA All-American.

Sullivan grew up in Rockford, MI and helped Rockford High School to their first State Championship titles in both water polo and swimming in 2000 and 2001. After a decorated college career at Oakland, he became the Assistant Coach at Colorado College from 2008-2013.  In 2012 he was inducted into the Rockford Hall of Fame. 

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Matt Easterday

King's College - Head Men's & Women's Swimming Coach
Kenyon Competitive Stroke Camp

Matt Easterday is the Head Men’s & Women’s Swimming Coach at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Since taking the reins at King’s in 2009, both the men’s and women’s teams have virtually re-written the school record boards.  Easterday also coached Patricia Manning to a MAC championship title in the 400 IM in 2011. Prior to King’s College, Easterday was the assistant swim coach at Franklin and Marshall College, where he helped coach two Centennial Conference men’s team champions, seven NCAA Division III All-Americans, and 12 swimmers to break school records. 2017 will be Easterday’s 7th year as a coach with the Total Performance Swim Camps.

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Colleen Rueppel

Middlebury Aquatic Club - Assistant Swim Coach

Colleen Rueppel is in her first year as a Paraprofessional at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury Vermont, and is an Assistant Coach at the Middlebury Aquatic Club.  Rueppel was a four-year letter winner on the women’s swimming team at Wilmington College and got her start as a swimming coach in 2012 with the Total Performance Swim Camps at Kenyon College.  Additionally, Rueppel has coached with the Clinton County Youth Swimming Program in Wilmington, Ohio and the Middlebury Swim Team in Middlebury, Vermont. Colleen currently coaches the Middlebury Aquatic Club in Middlebury Vermont.

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Jessen Book

Kenyon College – Head Men's & Women's Coach
2017 Headliner for Elite Distance and Elite Breaststroke Camps

Coach Book is the Head Coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Kenyon College.  At the conclusion of his first season coaching both the Lords and Ladies programs, Jess Book was voted the 2013 NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year and the 2013 NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year for their inspiring performances at Nationals. In doing so, he became the first Division III coach to earn both awards in the same season since the NCAA combined the men’s and women’s championship meets.  The NCAA team title was a first for Book, as a head coach, and was the record-setting 32nd for the Lords program.  The men's team has continued to claim the first place podium at NCAAS in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while the women have finished 2nd and 4th respectively.

On the women’s side, Book was hired as head coach of the Ladies beginning with the 2010-11 season. At the national level, he directed the Kenyon women to back-to-back fourth-place finishes in his first two seasons. In 2013, however, the Ladies took the NCAA by storm, setting over a dozen College records and claiming the runner-up spot in the team standings. Two Kenyon swimmers, a diver, and two relay teams claimed event titles during that 2013 championship meet.  At the end of the 2012-13 season, Book had three swimmers earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and two named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team. A total of 28 Kenyon male and female swimmers were named to CSCAA All-America teams.

Prior to taking the head coaching position at Kenyon, Book was the assistant men's coach at The Ohio State University from 2008 to 2010. During his tenure with OSU, Book helped the Buckeyes improve from fifth place to first place at the Big Ten Championships and from twenty-first place to ninth place at NCAA Championship meet.

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Mike Bottom

University of Michigan – Head Men's & Women's Coach
2017 Headliner for Elite Sprint Camp

As a co-founder of the Elite Sprint Camps, Mike Bottom, Head Coach at the University of Michigan, returns to Total Performance for his 21st year. Bottom is entering his ninth year at the University of Michigan, and his fourth year as the head coach of both the men's and women's programs.  Bottom is universally recognized as one of the best sprint coaches in the world. In 2016, his swimmer Paul Powers set a Big Ten record in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships (18.85), becoming only the second swimmer in conference history to break the 19-second barrier. He was also an NCAA All-American in that event for the second consecutive year. 

In his eight years with the men, Bottom is 70-3-1 in dual meets (43-1 in the Big Ten), with one national championship (2013), seven Big Ten championships (2009, 2011-16) and seven top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including four consecutive top-five finishes from 2012-15. He is a five-time Big Ten Men's Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-15) and was named CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year in 2013.

In four years with the women's team, Bottom has completely transformed the culture, rebuilding the program from the ground up. The 2015-16 season will go down as one of the best in recent memory, as the Wolverines captured its first Big Ten championship in 12 years, won seven Big Ten individual or relay titles, set 12 short course program records and qualified 12 student-athletes to the NCAA Championships. Under Bottom, Michigan has improved its team standing at the NCAA Championships in each year, going from 36th (2013) to 30th (2014) to 22nd (2015) to 10th (2016). Additionally, four different swimmers finished on the podium as NCAA All-Americans, the most in a single season since 1996.

Bottom has over two decades of international coaching experience and has coached athletes at the last six Olympics, including serving as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Games in Rio. Several current and former student-athletes achieved their Olympic dreams under Bottom's guidance at Michigan, including Clary (USA), Jaeger (USA), Sean Ryan (USA), Charlie Houchin (USA), Bosch (South Africa) and Miguel and Bruno Ortiz (Spain). Among Bottom's non-Michigan Olympics include 10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. (USA), a 10-time Olympic medalist; Duje Draganja (Croatia), the silver medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in 2004; and Anthony Ervin (USA), a gold medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in both 2000 and 2016. In the three Olympics from 1996-2004, nine of the 18 medals awarded in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles were won by Bottom's swimmers. In addition to his Olympic résumé, Bottom has twice served as head men's swimming coach at the World University Games (2013, 2015), and as an assistant coach at two FINA World Championships (2009, 2013).

As a swimmer Bottom is a former World Record Holder in the 100 Fly and member of the 1980 Olympic team and part of three NCAA Championship teams at the University of Southern California. [Bio from Mgoblue.com]

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Kristy Kowal

Olympic Silver Medalist & Former World Record Holder
2017 Headliner for Elite Breaststroke Camp

Kristy Kowal won the silver medal in the 200 meter breaststroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She is also a 2 time World Champion (1998) in the 100 Meter breaststroke and on the 400 medley relay, where she also won the silver in the 200 meter breaststroke. She has won multiple international swimming medals in addition to breaking 8 American Records and 1 World record during her career.  Kristy was the first American woman to win the World Championship title in the 100 meter breaststroke and also the first American woman to break the one minute barrier in the 100 yard breaststroke.

At the University of Georgia (UGA), Kowal helped her team to win two NCAA titles. She was the first woman in the Southeastern Conference history to win the 100 and 200 yard Breaststroke titles in 4 consecutive years. She was the NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and also named NCAA Woman of the Year in 2000. 

Kowal has been inducted into the University of Georgia’s prestigious Circle of Honor, the Pennsylvania Aquatic Hall of Fame, the National Polish-American Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame, and most recently the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.  A former Elite Breaststroke camp headliner, we are thrilled to have Kowal back to share her enthusiasm and expertise with our campers!

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Doug Lennox

Princeton University – Assistant Coach
2017 Headliner for Elite Fly/Back Underwater Camp

Coach Doug Lennox returned to his alma mater - Princeton University - as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s swimming teams in August of 2017 after spending the last three years as an assistant coach at Kenyon College.  At Kenyon, Lennox helped the Lords and Ladies teams to Top 4 finishes at NCAAs each year, including a men's team title in 2015.  Prior to Kenyon, Lennox was an assistant coach at NYU for the 2013-2014 season.  
 
A 2009 graduate of Princeton, Lennox possesses extensive experience in the pool. During his collegiate swimming career, he collected five All-America certificates, was a seven-time Ivy League award-winner, and set ten Princeton records. He helped lead the Tigers to three team conference championships and was named a team captain his senior season.
 
Lennox also swam in international waters, competing for Puerto Rico’s national team. He participated in the 2006 Central American Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the 2009 Rome World Championship. During that run, Lennox set national records in the 100-meter butterfly and the 200-meter freestyle. He also logged 23 national championship event titles.
 
Lennox joined the Teach for America program in 2010 and was stationed in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York, he also kick-started his coaching career and earned a master’s degree from Teacher University at Hunter College. In 2009, he began to volunteer his time with the New York Athletic Club and 2012 he was hired as an assistant coach at Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics.

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Jim Steen

Founder of Total Performance – Elite Camp Special Guest

Coach Steen is the founder of Total Performance Swim Camps and the legendary head swimming coach emeritus at Kenyon College. During his 37-year career, Kenyon Swimming became the most successful collegiate sports program in the country in any division. The Lord's won 31 consecutive NCAA Division III Championships while the Ladies won 23 titles under his tutelage. Over his career, Coach Steen developed over 150 NCAA Champions and over 330 All-Americans. He also coached several Olympians, numerous Olympic Trial qualifiers, Division I All-Americans, and was voted NCAA Division III Coach-of-the-year thirteen times.

Coach Steen is considered one of the most innovative and imaginative coaches in the country. In 1980, he applied his innovative ideas and formula for success into a competitive swim camp program that has seen over 10,000 participants from over 40 states and even 5 countries! Coach Steen will bring his expertise to coach alongside Coach and Camp Director, Dan Gelderloos, for the 2015 Competitive Stroke Camp at Calvin College.

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Administrative Staff

Sarah Steen Holcomb

CEO

Holcomb grew up attending Total Performance Swim Camps as a young competitive swimmer, and worked for Total Performance in various capacities her whole life. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing, from 2007-2009, Camp Administrator from 2010-2011 and Director of Operations from 2010 to 2014 before taking over the CEO role from TPSC founder Jim Steen.

As an All-American collegiate swimmer from Kenyon College, Holcomb graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics in 2001. Growing up in a family of educators (teacher and swim coach), Holcomb was inspired to pursue careers in education, working in College Admissions and then earning her masters in Education from DePaul University and becoming a high school Spanish teacher. She returned to Total Performance in 2010 after her first son was born. Holcomb lives with her husband and two children in Wilmette, IL and returns to Gambier every summer for camp.

Anne Rueppel

Total Performance Administrator

Anne joined Total Performance in 2016. Prior to this position, Anne worked for 29 years in the customer service field starting her career in the Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University. From there Anne worked for Shumsky Enterprises in Dayton Ohio, The Jay Group in Lancaster PA, Woodstream Corporation in PA, and currently at Middlebury College in Middlebury VT. All these positions have dealt with various aspects of customer service and client services.

As the wife of a college swimming coach and the mother of a collegiate swimmer, Anne has been involved with various levels of swimming since 1986. Anne graduated from Marywood University in 1983 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She lives in Middlebury Vermont with her husband, Bob Rueppel, Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach at Middlebury College.

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