Length of time at Tabor: Since 2014
Concord High School – Elkhart, IN 1986-1990
Wheaton College (IL) – 1990-1994
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin champ 100 breaststroke, 1991 & 1994
CCIW champ 200 Medley Relay 1991, 1993, 1994
2-time NCAA Division III All-American, 1993
DuPage Central , 1994
Concord Swim Club, 1995-1997 & 2000-2004
Concord High School, 1995-1997 & 2000-2002
Goshen Gators SC, 2004-2008
Goshen Swimming Inc., 2008-2013
Goshen High School, 2011-2013
Wheaton College (IL) – Bachelor of Arts – English Literature, 1994
Goshen College (IN) – Teaching License, 2001
Indiana Wesleyan – Masters of Education, 2008
Cara, finishing her degree at Tabor in Special Education
I am an athlete’s coach in the sense that I like to get a lot of input on training decisions. I am pretty energetic and loud on the deck. I consider myself an excellent motivator.
What is special about athletics at Tabor?
Tabor is a special place to be an athlete because we celebrate our God-given abilities in terms of our Creator. It is one thing to praise God for a win, but another to represent His kingdom every day.
I also believe that with so many of the Tabor students participating in athletics, it makes the campus much more supportive of one another’s efforts.
Finally, Tabor is the only school in the state of Kansas that offers both men’s and women’s swimming. If that’s not special, I don’t know what is.
How do you integrate faith into your coaching?
I don’t personally like to wear my faith on my shirt sleeves. Faith is a personal and intimate relationship with Christ that manifests itself differently for each person. My faith is most evident in my coaching as it relates to the coach-athlete relationship. I believe that fostering an environment that places a premium on personal dignity and integrity creates opportunities for inspiration as athletes and people. My faith is my inspiration and when I am inspired by others and can inspire others, I am reminded of my purpose.