Allan McCallum of North Dakota, who formerly coached in Des Moines, returns as head of youth competitive swimming for the Y
DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 3, 2019) – The YMCA of Greater Des Moines announced today that Allan McCallum has been hired as Director of Youth Competitive Swimming.
In this role, McCallum will supervise the DSMY Marlins youth swim team programs at local YMCA branches and serve as head coach of a unified Y team composed of the area’s top swimmers. McCallum succeeds Bill Wadley, who came out of retirement in 2018 to launch the Y’s new competitive swim program.
McCallum comes to the Y from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, where he served as head coach of women’s swimming. He started the program there and was named Coach of the Year for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2019. Prior to joining the University of Mary, he had been head coach of the Central Iowa Aquatics Swim Club in Des Moines, where he oversaw the training and development of 200 swimmers and supervised seven assistant coaches. During his tenure there, the club was twice named a USA Swimming Bronze Medal Club and a top 150 club nationally in the Virtual Club Championships.
Frankie Hanson, director of aquatic operations for the YMCA, said the Y is fortunate to find a coach of McCallum’s caliber to continue the tradition of excellence established by the DSMY Marlins during their first full year of competition.
“Allan has a wealth of experience developing talent at every level of swimming, from the youngest novices through the high school and college ranks,” Hanson said. “His athletes have won championships, set records and qualified for national and international competitions, but most importantly, they have also matured as scholars and well-rounded individuals. His coaching style is an excellent fit with the values we seek to instill in the young people who become part of the DSMY Marlins program.”
Before joining Central Iowa Aquatics in 2012, McCallum coached youth swimming in Rapid City and Aberdeen, SD, was an assistant coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, and served as a high school coach in Bozeman, MT. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in physical education and coaching from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. In his own competitive swimming career, McCallum earned all-conference honors three times at TCU, and was twice recognized with honorable mention All America honors in high school.
McCallum’s first day on the job at the Y will be June 17.