Press Release courtesy of YMCA of Northwest Louisiana
The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana welcomes John Janszen as the new Head Coach of the Red River Aquatic Club. Over 170 youth swimmers from Northwest Louisiana are part of this team. John brings years of coaching experience to Shreveport, Louisiana from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he most recently held the position of Assistant Director of Competitive Aquatics at Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA (PCY). His successes at PCY include the recent Men’s Team Champions at the 2017 Long Course YMCA Nationals. While at PCY, John worked primarily with swimmers age 11 and older. He also handled championship meet preparation for all senior athletes. John brings a wealth of administrative experience to RRAC and our Aquatics Program, having served as the Lead Team Administrator at PCY and as an Executive Committee Member, Webmaster, and Records Chair for the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League. Additionally, John serves as Assistant Meet Director for YMCA Masters Nationals.
Prior to coaching at PCY, John was Assistant Director of Competitive Swimming at the M.E. Lyons YMCA, after serving as Swim Team Director at the Coffman Family YMCA in Springboro, OH. At Coffman, he succeeded in achieving record growth of the team size, produced Y National Qualifiers and National Finalists. John spent five and half years coaching in the college ranks at Miami University and Xavier University. At the collegiate level, he oversaw athletes who became All-Conference, NCAA Qualifiers, & US Olympic Trial Qualifiers, managed recruiting and strength and conditioning. A swimmer himself, John enjoyed four years of swimming for Xavier University. He was a four-time Scholar Athlete Award winner and former school record holder. John graduated in 2004 with a degree in Sport Management and earned a Masters of Education in Sport Administration in 2008. John is an ASCA Level IV certified coach. John and his wife Amanda are looking forward to becoming a part of our YMCA community.
RRAC Coach, Angie Carter shares, “I’m excited to have John join our coaching staff and look forward to all that he will bring to our program for these amazing kids!”
YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Aquatics Director, Mason McGee adds, “We have an awesome group of swimmers, families and coaches associated with RRAC, and I’m looking forward to the leadership and experience that John will contribute. His experience both as a coach and his prior leadership within the YMCA organization will be invaluable to the future of our program.”