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Masters Swimming

Coaching Staff

Andrew LeVasseur

Head Coach

Andrew LeVasseur has been with DU’s Masters Swim program since 2008. Andrew began his swimming career on the Schofield Sharks Swim Club in Hawaii. His coaches have included Pat Rainkey and Pete Selmer.

Andrew attended Cherry Creek High School and was a three-year varsity swimming letterman. Although offered a swimming scholarship to Dartmouth University, Andrew instead accepted a music scholarship to the University of Arizona.

Throughout high school and college, and for many summers afterward, Andrew was a swim coach, water safety instructor, aqua fitness instructor, lifeguard and lifeguard trainer.

He has achieved USMS top-10 ranking and consistently places in local, regional, national and international swim meets. Andrew was also named the 2011 COMSA coach of the year and is a level-two ASCA/USMS certified swimming coach. He has 30 years of experience coaching age-group and Masters-level swimming.

Ken Classen
Associate Coach

Ken has coached with DU’s Masters Swim team since 1997. He’s authored several articles in competitive swimming publications, and in 1998, he was named COMSA’s coach of the year.

Ken is a Colorado native and swam competitively at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has brought his distance swimming skills into the pool, and several times, he has placed in the national top 10 in the 1000/1650.

An avid open-water swimmer, he has participated and placed in several nationally known open-water swims, including the Wingshadow Horsetooth Reservoir 10K swim, La Jolla Rough water swims and Big Shoulders in Chicago.

Elliot Lang
Associate Coach

Elliot coaches, trains and swims at DU. (He’s a member of the Hilltoppers Swim Team.) In 2009, he qualified for the USA Nationals in the 100 breaststroke.

He started swimming at the age of 14, when he was cut from the diving team. He could flip in the water, but not in the air. He got a lot better at swimming, and, by his junior year in high school, he was a captain of the team. By his senior year, he received the most valuable swimmer award.

Elliot has been coaching swimming since age18. He joined a Master’s team after college and decided to train with a USA club team after taking a top five at a Masters national competition.

He loves coaching and is passionate about swimming and swimmers.

Teri Moen
Associate Coach

Teri began swimming with the DU Masters team in 2000 and has been a coach since 2003.

She began her swim career in age-group swimming in South Dakota before swimming for St. Olaf College, an NCAA Division III school in Northfield, Minn.

Since then, Teri has accumulated numerous SCY national rankings, is a three-time national champion in short course yards and has also been named the 2010 open water national champion for a 6K swim.

Teri’s open-water experience includes competing in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the Outrigger Canoe Club Swim and the Horsetooth 2.4-Mile Swim, from which she has garnered several first- and second-place finishes. She is also a physical therapist.

David Lee
Associate Coach

David was born and raised in Minnesota where he began swimming competitively at age 6. After becoming a state high school champion as a swimmer, he attended the University of New Mexico on a full athletic scholarship. He was a top 20 NCAA swimmer and a member of a nationally ranked water polo team in college. After college, David coached swimming and water polo on the age group and high school levels.

David taught and coached swimming on a part-time basis throughout his entire professional career. He has coached many competitive swimmers, masters swimmers and triathletes with great success--including Paralympic swimmer Donovan Tildesley and Brent Bieshaar, the winner of the 2013 “Mr. Xterra” award.

David started coaching for SwimLabs in 2006 where he learned the latest stroke techniques and innovations. David is certified as an ASCA Level 1 swim coach. He currently coaches two masters swim teams, a kids’ summer league swim team and two year-round age group swim teams.

Katie Walkenhorst (Luellen)
Associate Coach

Katie began coaching DU Masters in fall 2001 and was head coach from March 2006 to July 2007.

She began swimming competitively at age 8 and continued through college at the University of Iowa for two seasons before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Katie completed her collegiate swimming career at UNL and was awarded All-American status in 1994.

After college, Katie took a few years off but returned to the pool in 1999. She’s been involved in Masters swimming as a coach and swimmer since. Katie has had several top-five USMS Nationals finishes.

Her love of Masters stems from the camaraderie of the participants, encouraging adults to stay fit and accomplish goals, and the personal fulfillment of a satisfyingly hard workout.

Scott Hoftiezer
Associate Coach

Scott started his swimming career in high school and began competing in triathlons in 1986. Throughout his career, he has completed six Ironman races, and numerous Olympic and Half Ironman distance races.

Scott is also an avid open-water swimmer and regularly participates in the Horsetooth 10K swim. He has coached with the University of Denver Masters Swim Team since 2007.

Erika Cheley
Substitute Coach

A competitive swimmer since age 10, Erika competed in Olympic trials for 200 fly in 1988 before swimming at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.

While at SMU, she focused on distance stroke events such as the 400 IM and 200 Fly. In her senior year, Erika was elected captain of the women’s team.

Since moving back home to Denver in 2000, Erika has completed numerous open-water swims and multiple triathlons of all distances (her favorite is Escape to Alcatraz), including three Ironman distance triathlons.