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Head Coach: Anna Heidinger
Anna, formerly Anna Trinidad, has grown up in Colorado Springs swimming. She attended Cheyenne Mountain High School where she was an 8-time individual high school state champion and 4-time Colorado State High School swimmer of the year. After graduating high school, Anna attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison to attain her Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education-Family and Consumer Science. While at Wisconsin, she was a multiple, individual division I NCAA qualifier, 2-time swim team captain, and an All-American. Throughout Anna's swimming career she qualified for Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004, and 2008. After her undergraduate degree, Anna attended the University of Denver to receive her Master's in Higher Education-Sports Administration. She was the assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach at the University of Denver and has many years of experience in club coaching. Anna also is a certified personal trainer, with certifications as a professional exercise specialist and corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is extremely passionate about athlete, student and holistic development and thrives on assisting people of all ability levels in achieving their goals.
Assistant Age Group, Junior, and Senior Team Coach: George Heidinger
A lifelong coach, began his career coaching 8-and-unders for a summer league at age 15. He has since served as an assistant coach for all levels of swimming teams, and head-coached for two different club teams as well as high school and summer league teams. George coached stroke technique camps in seven different seasons at Carnegie Mellon University, assisted in and organized numerous other swimming and training camps and also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2006. He has been selected as a coach for the Allegheny Mountain Zones All-Star team three times and has developed numerous athletes that went on to excel in college swimming programs of all levels. In addition to strength and conditioning, the outdoors and the energy that kids evoke, George’s passion is encouraging athletes to pursue personal excellence regardless of their potential, while respecting the “whole person”.
Assistant Junior and Senior Team Coach: Drew Wotton
Drew was born into a family of sailors, ocean lifeguards, and competitive swimmers, and grew up in and on the water. For Drew, coaching is like being part of the family business: his parents were coaches with his first swim club, and he learned early swim technique under the guidance of various aunts and uncles. A club team swimmer and cross-country runner from the age of 11, Drew consistently ranked among the top student-athletes in Massachusetts throughout his teenage years. He was four-year captain of three athletics teams while attending Bedford High School, and broke multiple team and school records in swimming, cross-country, and track. Even when not training or competing, Drew was never far from the pool, and worked for several years as a swim instructor and lifeguard at Hanscom Aquatics Center.
While in college, Drew became an award-winning athletics program director for the 105th Air Force ROTC Detachment at the University of Colorado. After his tour of active duty service, he returned to Colorado to pursue a career in instruction. In addition to coaching with Pikes Peak Athletics, Drew also teaches elementary school math, organizes and plays competitive Ultimate, and heads a championship-caliber summer club swim team. Drew strives to impart a love of learning on every level to each individual he mentors, and to pass on the joys of being, and excelling, in the water.
Assistant Senior and Junior Team Coach: Chris Byrne
Chris became involved in coaching like the majority of coaches, by participating in the sport. The son of a Marine, Chris traveled across the country swimming but eventually came to call Colorado Springs home. Swimming for Cheyenne Mountain, Chris saw how much impact a coach has in an athlete’s life, and spent as much time as possible learning from his coaches and using them as mentors. Chris spent his first year of college swimming and coaching a high school team at New Mexico Military Institute. After that high school season, he continued swimming at University of Colorado-Boulder where the team won their 5th straight ASA. U. Club National Title. Chris contributed to the title with numerous top 16 finishes. The following year Chris returned home and spent the next 2 and half years coaching in the city and working on his B.S. from Grand Canyon University in Emergency Management. Chris has since began a career in the fire service and continues to swim when he can. Excited to return to coaching after taking year off, Chris looks forward to joining the PPA family and contributing to the already excellent coaching staff. When not coaching or working, Chris can be found out and about playing in the best backyard in the nation, Colorado.
Learn to Swim Manager and Assistant Age Group Coach: Bridgette Schram
Bridgette Schram brings an accomplished background in both swimming and community service to Pikes Peak Athletics. As a student-athlete at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), Bridgette attained her Bachelor's degree in Social Work while competing as a standout swimmer for the UNO Maverick swim team.
Upon graduation, Bridgette was selected to serve a year-long term with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a federal service program that works to strengthen communities throughout the country. As an NCCC member, Bridgette spent much of her time in the Gulf Coast region, assisting in the coordination and implementation of disaster recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and also assisted in emergency preparations for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Following the completion of her NCCC term, Bridgette joined Rebuilding Together New Orleans, where she performed home repairs and led volunteer efforts in some of the city's most devastated neighborhoods.
Most recently, Bridgette managed and was the head instructor for a New Orleans-based swim school, where she also worked to expand the group's outreach to at-risk and disadvantaged clients. She was also the Head Coach of the Benjamin Franklin High School swim team in New Orleans prior to moving to Colorado Springs.
Assistant Junior and Senior Team Coach/Head Flying Horse Aquatics Club Coach: Kathrine 'Moose' Warren
Coach Kathrine 'Moose' Warren moved to the Springs last fall after graduating with a BS in psychology and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was raised a competitive swimmer, racing at the national level through high school, after which she found a new passion for triathlon. Since then she has made her way through multiple All-American awards, four top-eight performances at Collegiate Nationals, and a World Championship title. Landing herself in the pro rankings, she continues in the sport, striving to use her platform to build relationships and inspire young athletes. Her desire is to give back to sport, which has been a true blessing in her life.
Assistant Age Group Coach: Alisha Brieske
Alisha graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in December 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. Born and raised in the dairy state, Alisha has been competitively swimming since a young age. From teaching swim lessons to coaching swim teams Alisha has a great deal of experience in aquatics. In her free time she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, going to the movies and exploring her new hometown, Colorado Springs.
Sports Dietician: Alicia Kendig
Alicia dove into the swimming world at an early age, and continues to participate and give back to the sport that she grew up loving so much. She swam on both Club and Summer teams growing up, and continued her swimming career at Case Western Reserve University where she chose Nutrition as major. The combination of her two passions in life, focused her studies on Sports Nutrition. Her college swimming career culminated in a National Division III National Championship in the 500y Freestyle, but that's not where the fulfillment ended. As a graduate student at Case, she continued her involvement with the Varsity team by serving as a graduate assistant coach and sports dietitian. A coaching internship brought Alicia out to Colorado Springs in 2005 and since then she has continues to be involved in the swimming world, both as an PPA Masters athlete and coach. She has coached at the Collegiate, Masters, Senior, and Age-group levels over the past 5 years. She truly values the time that she can spend developing young swimmers motivation and identity as athletes, as well as helping older athletes strive to meet their true potential.
Kelsey Barrett, Alisha Brieske, Meghan Harper, Anna Heidinger, George Heidinger, Carolyn McLaughlin, and Bridgette Schram,