Swimming and Diving
Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact Shelley Twigg - Waukee YMCA  Competitive Swim Coordinator/Head Coach. 

Coaching Staff

Shelley Twigg

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 (K-12).

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.