Over the last decade, swimming has grown in Leavenworth County. One big reason for that is the work of David Bresser. He is currently the head coach for girls’ swimming and assistant boys’ swimming at Lansing High School. Bresser also runs the Lansing Sea Lions Swim Club for swimmers 5-18 years old. Starting in the fall, Bresser will add college swimming to his repertoire. Bresser will be the swimming coach for the University of Saint Mary. “I went to Saint Mary a few months ago and said ‘what do you think of the idea of a swim team?’” Bresser said. “At first, the reception was kind of lukewarm, but after a while, it caught on. I was getting ready to retire from the military and the stars just seemed to align.” The alignment for Bresser allows the former helicopter pilot to push his message of not only helping the athletes go faster but to work on the ideals of scholarship, leadership and sportsmanship. As Bresser looks to adjust to the recruiting process of the college game, he will take inspiration from his favorite swimmer growing up, Olympic gold medalist Pablo Morales. Bresser remembers having a poster of the swimmer growing up as he set records in the 100-meter butterfly. But Bresser looks up to Morales more for what he is doing now. Morales is now the head coach for the women’s swimming and diving team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The culture that Morales has built is something that Bresser hopes to emulate with the Spires. The team at Nebraska may not be a consistent top program in swimming, but it continues to have high academic standards, which is one of the ideals of Bresser. The new Spires’ coach will start training with the college team in the fall as they prepare for the season to kick off this winter.