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Our great coaches bring out the best in our athletes! 

Pictured from Left to Right:  Salem Smith, Mike Heuke, Julia Mikulec, TJ Lechner, John Young, Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt, David Hogan

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Heuke
Mike Heuke Head Coach

Many moons ago on a clear day high above the fabled water of the Douglass Hills Swim Club I was born in mid-air as my mom and dad were skydiving. Not really, I was born in Louisville, KY in July of 1971. I grew up in the enchanted land of Douglass Hills, wrestling brown bears and flossing my teeth with the whiskers of saber-toothed lions I bested in daily skirmishes. Not really, I grew up in Douglass Hills, attended Crosby and Eastern, graduated from the University of Kentucky and today teach AP Psychology at Eastern High School, coach the Eastern High School Swim Team and sell real estate for Stonelake Realtors. When not wrestling bears and lions I spend time with my awesome family—my wife Erin and my boys Austin and Travis. They get to partake in my favorite of all past times, helping coach the Hurricanes of Douglass Hills. I’ve been on the warpath with this team since I was 7 years old—and it never gets old, coaching with my good friend Leigh-Ann. I am also a complete geek for University of Kentucky sports teams, the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, when I’m not out lassoing Unicorns. See you on the deck of the Douglass Hills Swim Club—I’ll be the one with claw marks on my back.

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Leigh-Ann Fetter Witt Head Coach

Yes, the rumors are all true: I was born and raised here in KY. I have been coaching for over 25 years. I have coached every level of swimmer, even Coach T.J. in his “glorious” butterfly days. I swam in the Olympics during my college years at The University of Texas. I drink more diet coke than all the other coaches put together. (Yes, I got them Hooked. Proud sponsor of the Olympics! I should own stock.) I have been known to throw an occasional flip-flop at a swimmer-- in my earlier years. I travel from Nebraska each summer, where I now live; and drag my girls, Ashley and Kaitlyn, back “home” to this awesome team I’ve grown up on and truly love. (Don’t worry parents: husband, Mike, will be back to m.c. the Friday night pep rally before Champs!!)…

Can’t wait for this next roller coaster ride to begin. Go Hurricanes!!

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TJ Lechner Assistant Coach

Born on the banks of the Ohio River on a cold, foggy morning of March 21st a long, long time ago. My name is T.J. Lechner, I have been associated with Douglass Hills for 24 years (swam for 13, and this will be my 11th season of coaching). I am known for being goofy, "beardful" (it's a word I made up for myself due to my ability to have such awesome facial hair…see picture), and passionate more than most about Douglass Hills. Douglass Hills is my lifelong love. So is teaching, mentoring, and coaching the kids/swimmers on the team. I also coach throughout the winter. Can't wait to see the gates open for another season! Lets Go DH! #hurricanepride

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Julia Mikulec Junior Coach

Hi! My name is Julia and I am so excited to be back for another summer with Douglass Hills. I’ve been on the team since I was 8 years old, and this will be my 3rd season coaching. When I’m not here during the summer, you can find me at the University of Kentucky working towards my B.A. in English. After I graduate this coming spring, I will head to grad school for my Master’s in Teaching so I can become a high school English teacher. And while I love school, I'm very much looking forward to another summer full of cool morning practices, late-night swim meets, afternoon thunderstorms, kids complaining of the cold, coaches complaining of the cold, sunburns, sandal tans, dinners at Roosters, and hanging out with my favorite group of people. DH, it’s good to be back. I can’t wait to see you and give you a big 'ole hug. 

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Salem Smith Junior Coach

Hey guys! My name is Salem and I'm beyond thrilled to be joining everyone on the pool deck for another summer swim season! I have been spending my summers with DH for 15 years now and this will be my second year coaching.

Just a couple things about myself: I swam for Douglass Hills for 13 years, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 2014, and I am currently a senior studying Elementary/ Special Education at Bellarmine University.

Luckily for me, I am an avid Diet Coke drinker and listen to 80’s and 90’s music on the regular, so that puts me in good standing, right? I am beyond excited to be coaching again my best friend since forever on the pool deck (can you guess who?) and spending the next 8 weeks with the coolest group of kids around! Can’t wait for this next season at the pool with my favorite people! Go Hurricanes!

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John Young Junior Coach - NEW

19 long years ago, on the night of the first quarter moon in the month of March, I was brought into this world for one purpose, and one purpose only: to be a part of the best summers ever on the Douglass Hills Swim Team. In my early years, I was nurtured in the fertile lands of Douglass Hills, but was forced against my will to move to—dare I say it—Plainview. However, despite my new location, I remained loyal to my homeland, where I swam for 15 years. I also helped coach the youngsters on the team for the past two years, but this will be my first year as a true DH coach. I went to St. X in high school, and I just finished my first year at UK where I’m majoring in mechanical engineering (Go Cats). I work as a lifeguard after swim practices are over. I love Douglass Hills and all its swimmers more than anything, and I can’t wait to have a great summer with these awesome kids and coaches!

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