Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Dan BALDERSON Head Coach and Founder

Coach Dan has swam in California, Hawaii, Germany and Washington. As a student, he swam at Lakes High School in Lakewood and at Central Washington University. He also created and coached Morgan Family YMCA Sea Dragons in ’92 for over 15 years and coached both the Stadium High School girls and boys swim teams.

What Coaching Ohana Means to him: “Coaching is about giving back what someone who cared for you gave you all those many years ago. Coaching provides the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life a person – paying it forward to the next and so on.Love having this team and the ones before be a part of my Ohana, my family … most precious reward given to me by God along with my wife Denise, daughter Lindsey and son Seth.” Coach Dan wishes to “provide the opportunity for greatness in each and every person in swimming and in life.”

Joni Rasmussen Coach & Lessons 3 Instructor

Coach Joni was born and raised in Tacoma.  She learned to swim in 10th grade at Mt. Tahoma and as a junior, her friends convinced her to join the swim team.  While swimming was still difficult, persistence paid off and swimming became a part of her life.  Coach Joni is a teacher at Whitman Elementary in Tacoma.  As a mom, swimming came back into her life when her three children began swim lessons at the Y.  Her twins, Jensine and Keith, are still a part of Ohana and love their time in the pool.  Her favorite race is the 100 Back with the 100 IM coming in a close second.  Coach Joni believes in hands on/in the pool coaching since she works with novice swimmers who are in need of much direction and technique work.

Danica Hopkins Level 1 Instructor
I began swim lessons in 2004 at Fife Aquatic Center, and quickly developed a passion for swimming. I joined the Ohana Swim Team family in 2012, and since then have always held this team close to my heart. I taught Level 1 and 2 lessons for Ohana during 2017-2018, before leaving for Irvine, California to complete my Bachelor's degree. Currently, I am earning my Master's Degree in Secondary Education and am back instructing Level 1 lessons. I am excited to grow this program, and to teach swimming and safety basics, all while creating a fun learning environment. 

Some fun facts about me are that I love Disney, quilting, 80's music, Star Wars, and my rescue dog named Smokey. 

Lindsey Balderson Level 1 and 2 Instructor
keith Rasmussen Bridge Instructor
Maiya Duck Level 1 Instructor

Maiya is a seasoned swimmer and instructor, during her time at Puyallup High School she swam with King Aquatics and the Ladies Vikings Waterpolo Team. With four years of certified lifeguarding and instructing experience she is delighted to be a part of the Ohana Swim Team and can't wait to get your kids competing! Maiya's favorite post swim snack is chocolate milk. 

Felicia Yu Coach

Coach Felicia’s passion for swimming began when she took lessons through the Red Cross in her home state of Indiana. At age 9 she was able to join her first competitive swim team, and fell in love with the challenge of swimming butterfly.

In 2000 her family moved to Washington State where she swam for Puyallup Aquatic Club, the South Sound Titans and Valley Aquatics Swim Team. Her events were the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM.

She was a 4A District and State finalist for Rogers High School (Puyallup, WA) from 2004-2007 and a Division 3 Conference finalist for Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) from 2007-2010. She also served in leadership roles as team captain for both her high school and collegiate swim teams. Her proudest career accomplishment was qualifying for State in the 100 fly (1:02) in her senior year of high school, and being voted by her teammates as the “most inspirational” swimmer.

Today, coach Felicia is rooted in the city of Tacoma, WA with her husband Andrew and dog, Happy. As a family they enjoy staying active through outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding. They also love to travel the world and experience new cultures together.

Coach Felicia is thrilled to return to the world of competitive swimming and give back to her community through coaching. Prior to her start with Ohana Swim Team, she provided private and group swim instruction to children and adults at the Morgan Family YMCA.  In November 2019, she then transitioned to competitive team coaching and became assistant coach for OST.  She believes strongly in OST’s mission statement of providing  “a lane for everyone” and strives to uphold an atmosphere that is positive, challenging and competitive, yet flexible with family, school and life outside the pool.


Brett Kolb Coach and Lesson 2 Instructor

I have been swimming competitively for about 15 years now and currently swim for the University of Puget Sound. I started and swam exclusively on the Carson Tigersharks in Carson city Nevada. Now I'm ready to pass down what I've learned to the next great swimmers of Washington. 

Board of Directors
Joni Rasmussen Board member
Dan BALDERSON Founder and Head Coach
Felicia Yu Coach
Chris Brown -Ohana President President
Jules Boyd Board Member
Don Wetzbarger Vice President
Vera McGinnis Treasurer
Ohana Secretary Secretary/Communications