Rueppel is now in his 8th 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. 2019 will be Rueppel’s 8th 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.
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.
2018 will be Gelderloos' 8th year Directing the Competitive Stroke Camp at Calvin College. Currently, he has six former campers swimming with him and the Calvin Knights.
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.
2019 Headliner for Elite Distance
2019 Co-headliner for Elite Fly/Back and Elite Sprint 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.
2019 Co-Headliner for the Elite Fly/Back Camp
Bill Dorenkott is the Director of Swimming and Diving at The Ohio State University (OSU). Bill started at OSU in 2008 as the Head Coach of Ohio State’s women’s swimming program. During his time in Columbus, Dorenkott has built the Buckeyes into a consistent contender vying for Big Ten Conference titles, racing for NCAA crowns, and sending its athletes to the Olympic Games and World Championships.
A proven winner who inspires that excellence in his swimmers, Dorenkott placed three Big Ten championships – 2002, 2005 and 2006 – on his resume during a 10-year stint as Penn State’s women’s coach; the Nittany Lions never finished lower than fourth at the women’s Big Ten championships during the Dorenkott decade (prior to his arrival, they had never finished higher than fourth). His Nittany Lion teams also finished in the Top 20 at the NCAA championships in three of his last five years in State College.
Dorenkott has coached 28 different student-athletes to 34 Big Ten individual championships, including 19 women to 31 Big Ten titles. During his final season of three coaching the Penn State men, he guided Pat Schirk to an NCAA championship in the men’s 200 backstroke. A total of 57 of his PSU swimmers qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, and his student-athletes set 10 Big Ten records and four Big Ten championship records.
Dorenkott believes in the student- athlete. If his athletes take care of the first three priorities: 1) Be a great person; 2) Remember who you are, where you came from and understand that family is important; and 3) You are at Ohio State to get an education, and your degree will open doors for you a long time after you leave Ohio State.
Dorenkott has coached on four continents, and his student-athletes have competed in the Olympic Games, PanAm Games, World University Games, World Championships, Pan-Pacific Championships, U.S. National Championships and on the U.S. International circuit. He has been a member of the United States Swimming National Team coaching staff since 2001. He served on the U.S. National Team coaching staff during the 2001 World University Games, the 2003 PanAm Games and the 2007 Japan International Grand Prix.
Dorenkott was named a graduate assistant coach of the men’s and women’s swim team at Ashland University in 1991 immediately following graduation and was named head coach of both teams after just two seasons. In his first season at Ashland, he led the women’s team to a conference championship, and led the men to a fourth place showing. He turned the men’s team around the next season as they joined the women’s team as conference champions as the women repeated. In his two seasons as the Eagles’ mentor, the program produced 16 All-Americans in 49 events. Five Ashland swimmers were named Academic All-Americans in 1995, and 33 records were set under Dorenkott’s tutelage. His 1995 men’s team finished sixth at NCAAs after a 9-2 dual meet season, and the women placed 11th. While at Ashland, Dorenkott was the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Penn-Ohio Conference Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year and the 1994-95 Penn-Ohio Conference Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year.
2019 Headliner for the Elite Sprint Camp
Before his time in Gainesville, Jungbluth spent seven seasons (2003-10) as the head coach at Colgate, where he led the Raiders to the top of the Patriot League. His women's squads won the league title in two of his last three seasons in Hamilton, N.Y, while every swimmer he recruited into the program achieved at least one personal-best time during the course of their career. Jungbluth also directed Total Performance Competitive Stroke Camps and Elite Sprint Camps at Colgate.
2019 Co-Headliner for the Elite Breaststroke Camp
Bret Lundgaard enters into his second season as the Head Women’s Swimming Coach at Princeton University. In 2016, Coach Lundgaard was responsible for all training components for 2016 U.S. Olympian Molly Hannis, a four-year member of the US National Team who competed in Rio in the 200 breaststroke.
"Bret Lundgaard has been a huge influence on my swimming career," Hannis said. "His ability to learn and evolve my breaststroke, and breaststroke in general, has rivaled some of the best coaches in the world. I will always be thankful for his contribution to my growth and success as both a person and as an athlete."
Bret's overall approach to coaching, as well as his extremely well-articulated definition of Education Through Athletics (ETA) has put him on the cutting edge in Total Performance of the individual. His track record of success both as a student-athlete and as a coach speaks for itself, but it was his passion for helping his student-athletes succeed athletically, academically and socially through an emphasis on both performance and values that sets him apart.
Coach Lundgaard, who is also currently a USA Swimming National Team Coach, was the Assistant Coach at the University of Tennessee before going to Princeton. Bret had a remarkable five-year impact at Tennessee on both the individual and team levels and was part of a 2013 Tennessee squad that placed third at the NCAA Championships, the best finish in program history.
Tennessee had multiple SEC champions and NCAA All-America honorees during Lundgaard's five years on staff, and the Volunteers were fewer than 30 points away from their first SEC team title in 2016. He was the primary breaststroke and butterfly coach in Knoxville, and he helped Brad Craig and Peter John Stevens earn silver medals at top international events over the last three years, including an NCAA runner-up finish for Stevens in 2016.
Following a successful swim career at the University of Washington, where he was a two-year captain and 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier (100 butterfly), Lundgaard began his coaching career at both Boulder City High School and the Desert Storm Swim Team. One year later, he began his collegiate coaching career at the United States Military Academy, where he served as both assistant coach and director of recruiting. He brought in the program's first Olympic Trials qualifier in more than a decade and helped the Black Knights break two dozen school records during his three years.
Lundgaard earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors all four years of his Washington career. He earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism while also earning a Certificate of Business & Marketing. He earned a master's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee.
2019 Co-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!
2019 Elite Camp Coach
A 2009 Kenyon graduate, Tracy Menzel returns to her alma mater for her first year as assistant coach after spending the previous three seasons as the assistant women's swim coach at Rutgers University.
During her time with the Scarlet Knights, Menzel helped coach a total of seven swimmers to the NCAA Championship while helping the women's team set several records.
Prior to coaching at Rutgers, Menzel worked for two years at University of California, Berkeley in the position of academic coach at the Athletic Study Center, as well as graduate manager to the university's women's swimming program. While at Berkeley, Menzel also completed her Master's in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education.
As a student-athlete at Kenyon, Menzel majored in women's and gender studies while helping the Ladies swimming program win three national team titles and claiming 16 All-America awards, including two-individual national titles in the 100 breast.
2019 Elite Camp Director
In three short years since taking over the men's and women's swimming programs at MIT, Dani Korman has launched the Engineers to the top of Division III swimming. In 2017, Korman led the women’s team to their best finish in program history at NCAA’s (5th overall), coached the National Champion in the men's 200-fly (the first NCAA title for MIT since 2012-13) and had 2016 graduate Margaret Guo, recognized as the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year. Prior to joining the MIT staff, Korman spent three years as an assistant coach with the Yale University women’s swimming and diving program, where she had three swimmers qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships, numerous school records were broken, and multiple student-athletes earned All-Ivy League honors. Prior to Yale, Korman served as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University. Korman is a 2006 graduate of Kenyon College where she was part of four national championship teams. She was a seven-time All-American at Kenyon and served as team captain in her senior year.
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.
Sarah Steen Holcomb
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.
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.