Meet Our Coaches
Angie Barbour grew up in a military family. Her dad was in the Navy until she was nine years old, when he retired to Zion, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She never remembers a time when she did not know how to swim, and began swimming competitively at twelve years old. Angie swam through middle school and all four years of high school, three of those years on varsity.
After a fifteen year hiatus from swimming, spent having and raising seven children, she rediscovered her love of swimming and began teaching swim lessons at the Jorgensen YMCA in 2004. For the past fourteen years, she has been teaching people of all ages how to swim via both group and private lessons. Angie enjoys all age groups, but has a particular fondness for her students who are swim team swimmers training during their off season and adult triathletes seeking improvement in their swimming skills. She has also been a coach for the Fort Wayne Sharks and the Dekalb County Dolphin swim teams for the last four years. During that time, she has primarily coached the developmental 9-12 year old group, training them to consistently achieve personal best times at every meet, as well as helping several of her swimmers qualify for YMCA State and Zones meets.
When she is not coaching or teaching lessons, Angie is a substitute teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools. She is also a student at IPFW, studying to become an art teacher. In her limited free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, reading, and making art.
Our assistant coach this year is Ben Fink. He was on the Avalon swim team since he was 5 years old until he graduated last year. His family has been members at Avalon Pool since his older brother was young. He is currently a senior at Purdue studying civil engineering. He’s a graduate of Bishop Luers High School where he was on the varsity swim team all 4 years. He is also a lifeguard at the Y.
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