Waukee YMCA Head Swim Team Coach
Shelley Twigg grew up in West Des Moines and attended Valley
High School. She was on the varsity swim team for 4 years. In those
4 years Shelley helped lead Valley to multiple undefeated dual
seasons and was a state qualifier for 3 of her 4 years. In
’95 she was a proud member and leader of the Valley Tigers
Swim Team that finished Runner Up at the State Meet.
After making the tough decision not to swim at the college
level, she chose to attend Northwestern College in Orange City, IA
where she was captain of the women’s soccer team and double
majored in elementary education and physical education/health
Upon graduating in 2001, Shelley started her coaching career
with the Urbandale School District for three years. She was an
assistant with the girls swim team, an assistant with the Urbandale
Shark Swim Club, and head middle school swim coach.
After the completion of a brand new pool in the Johnston
Community School District Shelley became the head age group coach
for the new Johnston Blaze Swim Club in 2005. She also became the
assistant girls swim coach at Johnston High School in 2007. In
2010, she became the High School Girls Head Swim Team
Coach. She joined the Waukee YCMA Rays program in
2011. Shelley is a member of ASCA and USA Swimming and is
educationally certified as a Level 3 coach.
Shelley lives in Waukee with her husband Ben and her three
girls, Emma, Lily and Maya.
I started my coaching career with the Waukee Rays in 2006 as an
assistant coach under Dan Briggs. I swam for Valley High School,
and lettered all 4 years in swimming. I was a member of the
VHS swim team that won state in 1974-75 and 1975-76, in fact our
team lost no meets from first meet freshman year until Districts my
junior year. I went on to swim for Winona State University
and garnered 7 school records and was voted MVP my freshman
year. My sophomore year I swam for Mankato State University,
I graduated from University of Iowa with a BA in Business. I
previously worked as an Account Manager for Xerox until we started
Outside of swimming I am a substitute teacher for Dallas Center
Grimes Middle School and High School and also do associate
substituting for all 5 schools. I volunteer for PTO, Dallas
Center fall festival and serve on the Library Board of
Trustee’s as President. When I am not at the pool I
love to read, ride my bike, occasionally do some scrapbooking, and
I am married to Gayle, and have 2 sons, Jared, 12 who swims for
the Waukee Rays and Bryce, 10 who participates in Special Olympics
Swimming. We live in Dallas Center with a cat named Oreo.
Rena Skoog grew up in Rock Island Il. She competed for East
Moline Swim Club and Rock Island High School. While competing for
her hish school swim team she swam her way to 4 state trips.
After a successful 11 years of age group and high school swimming,
Rena swam for Iowa State University. At ISU, Rena had a record
setting career swimming on numerous school record holding relays
and even set the school 50 freestlye record. Rena earned NCAA B
cuts in the 50 free, 200 free, as well as medley and freestlye
relays. Rena was named Cyclone Relay Swimmer for 4 consecutive
years. She was also a four year letter winner, captain her senior
year, and a Big 12 finalist.
Rena started coaching in 2003 for the Walnut Creek YMCA and
ACAC in Ames Ia. Rena lives in Waukee with her husband Peder, her
two children Cora and Erik, and her two crazy beagles.
Peggy Tippin grew up swimming on YMCA swim teams in both Ohio
and Kansas. Her Dad was a YMCA Executive Director so she was
always around the pool! Peggy started teaching swim lessons
and lifeguarding when she was 16 years old and never completely
stopped. She received her Bachelors Degree from Kansas State
University in Recreation Administration and was the Recreation
Director in Lyons, KS until moving to Iowa. She began working
part-time at the Walnut Creek YMCA in 1995 and coached there from
1999-2010. After taking a year off, she decided she missed
being involved with swim team and is going to help coach part-time
Peggy and her husband Wally have lived in Waukee 17 years and have
3 children - Andrew (25), Krista (21), and Kaytlin (17). Andrew
lives in Overland Park, KS and works in the marketing field, Krista
will be a senior and is a swimmer at Truman State University in
Kirksville, MO, and Kaytlin will be a senior at Waukee High School
this fall and swims for Waukee High School and began swimming for
the Waukee Rays in 2010.
Lindsay started swimming at the age of 5 on Urbandale's USA swim
team. She attended Urbandale High School where she
continued swimming and represented her team at state all four
years. During her senior year Lindsay was voted team captain
and helped lead her team to an undefeated dual season .
After making the hard decision not to swim she want to Grand View
College to play softball but after an injury she transferred to
Iowa State University where she graduated with her BA in English
Education. Lindsay spent her summers throughout high school
and college teaching swim lessons. In 2009
Lindsay coached for Norris Middle School in Omaha,
Nebraska where the girls swim team won the city finals
for the first time ever. She joined the Waukee YMCA
in November and has enjoyed getting to know the kids and
Lindsay currently lives in Waukee with her husband Bryce and
their five month old daughter Lahna.
Margaret Hales "Margie"
Coaching Experience: Since
Margaret grew up in and around the water. Her first
experience came in the pool swimming on the school swim team.
In her teenage years, she taught swim lessons to local
neighborhood children. When Margaret began working in the
United States in 1999, she became a lifeguard and Water Safety
Instructor and used both of those to continue sharing her love
and passion for the water. In 2007 she continued to teach swim
lessons to youth and began teaching adults, became a lifeguard
Instructor and began coaching a recreational league and a girls
High School team. In 2008 Margaret moved to Michigan due to job and
coached for a recreation league there. In 2010 she moved to Iowa
due to the job and in 2011 she moved to Marshalltown and
started coaching for Marshalltown Blue Waves. Her most recent stop
is moving to Johnston, where "I have the distinct honor and
privilege to coach for the Waukee Rays."
Margaret is a Training Specialist for the American Red Cross -
Preparedness Health & Safety.
Coaching Highlight: "It's hard to
define specific highlights, because I have so many, but I think the
main highlights are when a swimmer works hard and accomplishes
their goal or when a swimmer thinks they will never get a stroke
and that moment when they do!"
What do you remember most about your favorite youth
"Their passion and love for sharing the knowledge of
the sports, their caring nature and their desire to help us improve
and grow as athletes and better people."
Margaret lives in Johnston, will her Maltese,
Coaching Experience: Since 2006
Whitney has coaching experiences ranging from various club, YMCA
and college swimming teams since 2006. She began coaching the Rays
this past summer.
2001 North Central Iowa Swim Conference Swimmer of the Year.
2001 50 freestyle Iowa State Champion.
2009 IHSSCA Hall of Fame Inductee.
Four time NCAA Division II National Champions (2003-2006)
21 time All-American at Truman State University.
hard work and dedication pay off. Every swimmer is unique and
provides highlights for me, ranging from small victories to large
What do you remember most about your favorite youth
“I enjoyed when the
coaches treated everyone like one big family and my victories, as
well as my teammate’s victories, were shared victories
Whitney is an optometrist in Ankeny.