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IAM Coaches

Indy Aquatic Masters is proud of our coaching staff. Between them, our coaches have more than 150 years of coaching experience with distinctive national awards. In addition, all of our coaches are certified by either U.S. Masters Swimming or the American Swim Coaches Association, up to maximum Level V. Our coaches are here for you. Ask them your questions, follow their advice, and see how far your swimming can take you.

Our Coaches

Dean Hawks, head coach

Dean brings extensive coaching experience to IAM. Going back his college days, he not only competed for Southwest State University, but also coached the club and women’s teams. Since then, Dean has coached club, high school, college, and Masters swimmers. In fact, Dean has coached 32 high school All-Americans, 96 All-State swimmers, and one National Record Holder. He has also been the Wyoming High School Coach of the Year a number of times and was a finalist for National High School Swimming Coach of the Year before “retiring” in 2012. A lifelong student of the techniques and training methods of swimming, Dean has coached at swim clinics in Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana, in addition to clinics at the University of Texas, the University of San Diego, and California State at Bakersfield. Always a student, he attends the ASCA World Swimming Clinic and many other clinics every year. Dean is an ASCA Level IV and USMS Level III certified coach.

Dean began swimming Masters at the age of 21, and then branched out to triathlons, half marathons, and cycling races. In 2000, Dean found a new passion... open water swimming. The Waikiki Rough Water Swim, Maui Channel Swim, and Colorado’s 10k in the Horsetooth Reservoir have become some of his favorite events.

Mel Goldstein, Founder and assistant Coach

Mel has extensive swimming and coaching experience going back many, MANY years and his expertise is invaluable to our program. Having served on the first FINA Masters Congress in 1994, Masters swimming is Mel's passion. He also served as Treasurer for USAS, the National Governing body for all US Aquatic Sports, and was the first USMS representative to be on USAS. As far as USMS goes, Mel served as both Secretary and President for 8 years, was named 2001 USMS Coach of the Year, is currently the Club and Coach Development Director. And, in September 2012, Mel was inducted into the International Swimming Masters Hall of Fame.

The author of two books on Masters swimming, Mel is currently an ASCA Level V Certified Coach and coaches for IAM at the IUPUI Natatorium, Butler University, the Riveria Club, Fishers High School, and North Central High School. Mel’s favorite stroke is butterfly.

George Quigley, President and Assistant Coach

Born in Indianapolis, George began his competitive swimming career in 1946 – and continues swimming competitively to this day. He also competed as a triathlete from 1982-1987. Among his many accomplishments, George has been a USMS National Champion, a USMS National Record Holder, and a USMS and World Top Ten Swimmer. He also completed the Ironman in Hawaii in 1984. George began coaching more than 20 years ago first as an age group coach in the 1950s and 1960s. He has been coaching Masters swimmers since 1991 and is an ASCA Level V Certified Coach. George coaches for IAM on Saturdays and throughout the week as needed at our various locations. His favorite stroke is backstroke.

Karen Gernert, Assistant Coach

Karen was raised in Minnesota and attended college in Wisconsin. After graduate school, she finally landed in Indianapolis. Before starting her “swimming career” in August 2009, Karen’s only swimming experience was participating for one year on her high school’s synchronized swimming team. Now having falling in love with both swimming and competing, Karen coaches at the Fishers location and wherever else as needed. Away from IAM, she is coaches high school and age group swimmers with the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers and serves as Secretary and Registrar for Greater Indiana Masters Swimming. Karen is ASCA / USMS Level III certified.

Brian Cummings, Assistant Coach

A native of Indiana, Brian has been swimming longer than he can remember. He has been coaching for a number of years and coaches at Fishers High School, North Central High School, Warren Central High School - and wherever else he is needed. Brian is an ASCA / USMS Level III certified coach. Away from the pool, Brian enjoys working as a purchasing manager and spending time with his two sons.

Todd Dawkins, Assistant Coach

Todd has been coaching masters for 13 years both in Indianapolis and Dallas, and is an ASCA / USMS Level III Certified Coach. Todd enjoys swimming on many different levels ranging from swimming as motivation for ice cream (with chocoalate syrup) in the evenings to competing in both the pool and open water. He currently coaches at North Central High School. Away from the pool, Todd is a husband, dad, and pastor.

AnnE Schnieders, Assistant Coach

A native of Indianapolis, Anne grew up swimming at one of our workout locations, the Riviera Club. Anne has been a Masters swimmer since 1998 and has earned several Top 10 times in her swimming career, as well as winning the 50 Back at the 2000 USMS Long Course National Championships and being on several All American relay teams. She has been coaching for 13 years, both Masters and age group teams, and is USA Swimming Level I Certified and USMS Level II Certified. Anne currently coaches at the IUPUI Natatorium and Five Seasons Sports Club. Her favorite stroke is anything other than breaststroke (and anything shorter than a 100!

BRITTA MILLER, Assistant Coach

Orignally from Illinois, Britta has been swimming since she was 7. As a high school senior, she won the 500 Free at the Illinois High School State Championships. Since then, she has only gotten faster. Quiet on land, she is definitely a shark in the water!  Britta got her first taste of coaching at the University of Illinois's summer swim camps, where she competed for the U of I swim team in the 200 Free, 500 Free, and 200 Fly. After graduating with a degree in Actuarial Sciences, she found her way to Indy. Primarily coaching at the IUPUI Natatorium, this USMS Level 2-certified coach still counts the 500 Free as her best event and the 200 IM as her favorite. Away from the pool, this part-time software engineer loves being a mom, competing in triathlons, playing the board games and her flute, hiking, and cooking.


Mark grew up swimming and coaching at Azionaqua Swim Club and Zionsville High School. He participated in regional triathlons in the mid to late 80's. The summer of 1990 he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail then went to work for Galyan's. After 14 years at Galyan's, he went to Purdue (IUPUI) and received his degree in Construction Management. After 5 years in commercial construction management, Mark started his own residential renovation company. He is currently attempting to transition to more woodworking than general contracting. Mark is married and lives in Pike Township. His wife, Ellen, is the CHRO for Healthx. He has three children. His daughter, Harper, is a Junior at IU. His son, Trey, is a Junior at Pike High School. And his eighth grade daughter, Mia, is at New Augusta North. Last year Mark started training to participate in triathlons again and really enjoyed getting back in the pool. He received his USMS Level 1&2 coaching certification in April, and is currently training for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November 2017.