Coaches & Staff

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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. 

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.  

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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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Jessen Book

Kenyon College – Head Men's & Women's Coach
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.

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Kristy Kowal

Olympic Silver Medalist & Former World Record Holder
2020 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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Tracy Menzel

Kenyon College - Assistant Men's & Women's Coach
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.  

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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

Ron Kontura

Director

 

Sarah Steen Holcomb

Lead Consultant

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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