Coach Rob Klotzbach was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended the University of Buffalo, where he played Division I baseball and graduated with a bachelors degree in marketing. He and his wife Diane and daughter Kylie moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1997. Rob is the owner of two local small businesses. He began helping with swimming in 2005 as a Hy-tek operator, team treasurer, vice chairman, and chairman. He began coaching Spruce Creek High School Swim Team in 2013. Coach Rob founded USRP Racers Swim Team in 2014 with two swimmers, and the team has grown steadily under his leadership. Coach Rob is a motivator who works tirelessly to provide a positive atmosphere for his swimmers. He is a coach member of USA Swimming and a Level 2 ASCA swim coach.
Coach Anne Grams swam as a youngster in south Georgia and has been swimming ever since. She graduated from Florida State University with bachelor and PhD degrees in mathematics. She has morphed from a university math teacher, to a mom, to a homeschool teacher, to a swim official and swim coach. Since moving with her husband Bill to the Daytona Beach area in 1980, she has taught swim lessons, coached masters swimmers and high school swimmers, and now all age swimmers with USRP Racers. Her goal is for her swimmers to love the sport and work to achieve their maximum potential. Coach Anne is a coach member of USA Swimming and a Level 2 ASCA swim coach. She has four children, all of whom are swimmers.
Coach Roxanne Balducci recently moved to Florida after coaching age group and high school swimmers for 37 years in South Texas. She is still passionate about working with swimmers to help them reach their highest potential both in the pool and outside the pool. She likes watching them blossom to the level they want to reach, while having fun and making lifelong friends. Her club swimmers have achieved individual championships at various post-season meets such as Senior Champs and Zones. In addition, she has had many swimmers over the years selected to participate on Zones teams, All-Stars teams, Mexico vs. USA All-Stars teams, and at the Diversity Camp in Colorado Springs. Her high school teams won Districts 33 times and Regionals nine times, accomplishments that contributed to her receiving the NISCA Lifetime Achievement Award and selection into membership in the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Caleb Harwood decided to begin swimming during his eighth grade year in school after a productive summer of surfing. He was surprised to find that he “nearly started to drown.” His path soon crossed with Coach Anne Grams, who started Caleb on the way to a successful swimming career with Seabreeze High School. Caleb says that he had never loved any sport until he started swimming but soon became hooked. Enjoying helping his friends with strokes, turns, and starts led Caleb to complete the training process as a certified USA Swimming coach. Coach Caleb is a favorite with the USRP Itsy Bitsy and Little Racers. He is also a Red Cross lifeguard and water safety instructor. Caleb is currently working on a biology and psychology degree. His other passions are peanut butter and his dog Duke.
Coach Dana Holmquist is an assistant coach for the Senior Racers. Coach Dana moved to this area after retiring from teaching and coaching in south Florida. He brings a wealth of experience and success to our team, having coached 38 years at the high school and club levels in south Florida. Coach Dana led St. Thomas Aquinas High School to four state championships and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to two state championships plus multiple conference and district championships. He was named Broward County Coach of the Year six times and Florida Coach of the Year five times. Coach Dana is a proponent of the team’s race pace philosophy, and he enjoys working with swimmers to improve swimming technique. He describes himself as “an educator with a purpose, passion, and plan wrapped in compassion always looking to make a difference.”
Coach Judy Krodel grew up in the Midwest where she enjoyed swimming and lifeguarding in the summer time. She loves swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the ocean. She owned a small business in Volusia Mall for 33 years but closed it in 2016. She teaches yoga, does personal training, and runs a Healthy Weight and Your Child program at the YMCA. Coach Judy loves cycling, running, and paddle boarding. She has completed two full Ironman triathlons. many half Ironmans, numerous sprint triathlons, and multiple marathons. Coach Judy loves to help people improve their lives through healthy eating and exercise. She enjoys swimming with the Forever Swimmers Master Swim Group along with Coach Anne and Coach Roxanne. She loves encouraging children, including her three grandchildren, to learn to love swimming.
Some of Coach Wendy's fondest memories as a child involved swimming with family and friends in her grandparents’ pool and being a part of a competitive YMCA swim team in Toledo, Ohio. Wendy has also enjoyed working in early childhood education for close to ten years in both Ohio and Florida. When son Aidan joined the USRP Racers, she and her husband Ryan became enthusiastic supporters! Now, as a coach, Wendy is looking forward to working closely with all of the team members as they achieve their personal best as USRP Racers.