Coach John Dankert

John Dankert

John Dankert


B.S. in Education University of South Dakota 1989

M.A. University of South Dakota 1994

Swimming Career

High School

  • Made Varsity as a freshman in 1981, the year Kennedy was the State Champion.

Following the High School State Meet, John started swimming year around with the swim club the spring of 1981.  

  • Elected Co- Captain along with Fellow MWM member Greg Bodeker

  • 1984 All-American in the 400 Free Relay, as well as a 4th place finisher in the 100 Fly.

  • Attended Junior Nationals in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they surpasses the high school state record at that time.   


  • Broke multiple school records freshman year at the University of South Dakota, in the 100 and 200 Yds/SC Meters Butterfly events.

  • 1985 North Central Conference Champion in the 200 Fly and Runner up in the 500 Free.  Set the school record in the 200 fly which lasted for 6 years.  Helped lead South Dakota to 2nd place in the conference.  200 Butterfly time from 1985 is currently 16th all-time in the history of the Men’s Program.  

  • 1988 Co-Captain of Men’s Swimming Team

Coaching Career

John initially got the taste for coaching during the Cedar Rapids Recreation Commission Summer Swim League.

Fall 1988 – Assistant Swimming Coach of the University of South Dakota Men’s and Women’s Swimming Programs.  His responsibility consisted the assisting the Head Coach organizing recruiting, helped in Team Management, and conducting practice.

1989-1990 Assistant Swimming Coach, CRAA.  Coached by Scott Bonine

John was responsible for his own group of 9-10 year olds, attending meets designated by the Head Coach.  This is where he really got a taste of coaching, where he learned to develop a season plan, worked with individual swimming working on their stroke technique.

1990-1993 Graduate Assistant at the University of South Dakota, Head Coaches Mike Hein and Ron Allen

  • Responsible for all the recruiting responsibilities first year.  

  • Directly recruited 2 men who, between the 2 of them were 7 time Division II All-Americans

  • Created and supervised weight training program, which produced 1 3 time Division II All-American and 1 All-American Relay.  

  • 1991 South Dakota Men were 13th in the nation, in 1992 they were 12th, and in 1993 the men were 5th in the nation for Division II Schools.  

  • Experienced and used frequently Blood Lactate Analysis, Stroke Rates, and used a velocity meter to determine the swimmers efficiency.  

1994-1996 Head Age Group Coach for CRAA coached by Head Coach Scott Bonine

  • Supervised the competitive 100 swimmers.

  • Developed Fund Raising programs for the team.

  • Assisted the Head Coach in all coaching duties, whose team included several High School State Champions, USS State Champions, Zone Qualifiers, Junior and Senior National Qualifiers.  

  • Directly coached 2 groups and supervised 2 other groups.  Personally coached multiple Zone qualifiers and one eventual state champion.  

1995-1998, Assistant Coach at Coe College

  • Wrote 90% of the workouts based on the season plan

  • Developed the weight training program

  • Organized the recruiting process

  • During the 3 years at Coe, his swimmers set 19 school records.  

2005 – Present, Milky Way Masters

  • 3 time State Champs!   

  • numbers have risen to over 100 Members for the first time

  • Helped initiate evening practices