ALISON M PICK
Alison Pick has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since June 2014. She coaches National, National Prep, and Challenge Squads. She is a Level 3 American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) certified coach, a certified USA Swimming coach, and a Level 1 Amphibious Exercise for Improved Swimming (AXIS) certified coach.
Alison brings an impressive resume of coaching and administration experience to WSC. She came to us directly from COOG Aquatics in Houston, TX, where she was assistant head coach. She spent the 8 years before that coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, the number one club team in the U.S., where she coached all levels of swimming, from age group to Olympic Trial qualifiers. While living in North Carolina, Alison also worked as assistant coach at Davidson College in Davidson, NC, head coach of Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC, as well as head coach for the Wynfield Waves and Northstone Country Club, both summer league teams in Huntersville, NC. She coached at South Dakota State University in Brooking, SD. Her first swim coaching gig was as assistant squad coach for the Siouxland Sharks in her hometown of Sioux City, IA.
Coach Alison has many notable coaching awards and experiences. She was awarded 2015 Missouri Valley Age Group Coach of the Year, coached Olympic Trial qualifiers in 2012, and received coach of the year twice (2010-11 and 2011-12) during her role as head coach at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC. Coach Alison’s favorite thing about coaching swimming is helping guide swimmers toward their goals and then seeing them achieve these goals. She likes watching the improvement that takes place in her swimmers.
Alison grew up in Sioux City, IA, where she began swimming at age 9. She swam for the Siouxland Sharks for 10 years, and also swam for Sioux City East High all four years of high school. Alison then swam for Northern Illinois University from 1996-2000. Her favorite races to swim are the 100 fly, 200 fly and 100 free.
Butterfly and freestyle tie for Coach Alison’s two favorite strokes. She holds high school records in the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Free Relay, the 400 Free Relay (which still stands today), and she was also appointed team captain her senior year of high school. She was voted most improved her freshman year at Northern Illinois University and served as team captain there from 1998-2000.
Coach Alison received her Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation from South Dakota University in 2004, with a minor in public recreation. She also studied athletic training at Northern Illinois University from 1996-2000.
Alison is a NASCAR fan, an avid TV watcher and loves watching sports and listening to music (especially Dave Matthews Band). She has a younger brother and recently became an aunt. She adores her niece and tries to spend as much time with her as she can.
Hanging out with Olympians is something Coach Alison was fortunate enough to be able to do while working at SwimMAC Carolina. If she could spend time with an Olympian she hasn’t yet met in person, she’d pick the versatile Tracy Caulkins or record butterflyer Misty Hyman.
Head White Squad Coach
Brian Wingert has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since August 2011. He coaches White squad and also serves as the club’s business manager. Brian is a USA Swimming certified coach.
Coach Brian is from Peabody, KS, where he began swimming at age 6 and swam for 10 years for the Peabody-Burns Super Swimmers. The 200 Medley Relay is his favorite race to swim, and breaststroke is his favorite stroke to swim. His favorite things about coaching swimming are watching swimmers develop and continuously improve and (of course) the good, free food in the hospitality room at swim meets.
Brian received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2014, and his Associate of Science at Butler County Community College in 2011.
Brian enjoys writing and recording music, appreciating and creating art, and reading. He is proud of his younger brother who is in the National Guard.
Coach Brian is a fan of all the Kansas City Sports teams. If he could spend a day with any Olympic swimmer, he’d spend time with Olympic freestyler Anthony Ervin so the two of them could talk about philosophy, music and tattoos.
MITCHELL J WAGNER
Assistant Coach - Lead Red 1 Coach
Mitchell Wagner has been coaching for WSC since December 2013. He coaches Red 2, Red 1, and White squads. He also coaches Wichita Country Club’s summer swim team and the Independent and Wichita Collegiate high school boys swim teams. Coach Mitchell is a USA Swimming certified coach.
Coach Mitchell grew up in Wichita. He started swimming at age 8 for the West YMCA Barracudas. He then swam for the Wichita Aqua Shocks before landing at the Wichita Swim Club where he swam 8th grade through high school. Mitchell also swam for Maize High his freshman through senior years. He swam for The University of Minnesota his freshman year of college before returning to WSC, where he still swims competitively.
Coach Mitchell’s favorite stroke is the backstroke, and his favorite race to swim is the 100 Back, with the long course 400 IM coming in second. He was the 2012 KSHAA Boy’s State Champion in the 100 Back. He is also a Junior National qualifier, Division 1 swimmer, and WSC record holder in the 100 Back and 400 Free Relay. Mitchell’s favorite thing about coaching swim is getting to share his love for swimming with others.
Brandon J Shinsato
Brandon Shinsato started coaching for Wichita Swim Club in September 2015. He assists in coaching Black, Senior and Junior squads. He is a USA Swimming certified coach.
Coach Brandon grew up in Seattle and Wichita and began swimming at age 5. He swam for the Bellevue Club team for 2 years and then swam for Wichita Swim Club, where he swam for 11 years. Brandon went on to swim at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, from 2014-15.
Backstroke is Brandon’s favorite stroke, and his favorite race is the 200 Back. He was a USA Junior National qualifier and a 3-year Scholastic All-American. His favorite part about being a swim coach is being able to teach a new generation of swimmers all the things he learned throughout his swim career.
Coach Brandon studies biomedical engineering at Wichita State University, where he is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Brandon is a musician and loves to write and create music. Brandon’s older sister, Kaitie, was also a WSC swimmer and is now a marketing consultant in Seattle.
Coach Brandon is a Seattle Seahawks fan, naturally. Instead of picking an Olympic swimmer to hang out with for a day, Brandon said he would choose to catch up with his friend and Emory swimmer Andrew Wilson, who recently won Nationals in the 100 breast.
PANYA A AMPHONE
Panya Amphone started working for Wichita Swim Club in September 2014. He assists in coaching National, National Prep, Senior, Varsity and White squads. He also coaches the Linwood Wave Wichita summer league team. Panya is a USA Swimming certified coach.
Panya is from Wichita and started swimming at age 14. He swam for WSC and Wichita Southeast. His favorite races are the 100 Breast, 100 Back, 100 Fly and 200 Breast. He is proud of surviving the 1650 Free and the 200 Fly.
Coach Panya’s favorite stroke is the breaststroke. His favorite thing about coaching swim is working with the swimmers and watching them mature and improve over time.
Panya is studying music education and math at Friends University and he anticipates graduating in May 2019.
Singing, playing violin, watching Netflix, eating, playing piano, dancing and organizing are what Coach Panya enjoys in his spare time. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister.
Team USA is Panya’s favorite team, although he said really doesn’t follow sports. Payna would love to spend a day with Olympian Missy Franklin. He said, “She seems like my kind of fun, dancing and singing and all sorts of stuff like that. Plus, she is my age!”
CAROLINE B MCANDREW
Camps/Clinics Director and Coach
Caroline joined our staff in 2013
as the Assistant Head Coach. She has been coaching in various
capacities since 2003, both here in Wichita and around the world.
Her first coaching position was at Crestview Country Club in 2003
and 2004 when she took the team to their first Championship title
in over 10 years. She then coached at Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
under Dana Kirk and Bruce Smith, in addition to being the head
coach at Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney
During Caroline's swimming career she was a
13-time Kansas state high school champion, 2003 USA Swimming
National Champion, 2004 Olympic Team Member, 2005 2-time NCAA
Champion, and 13-time NCAA All-American. She earned both her B.A.
and M.A in communications from Stanford University. Caroline is
married to Tommy McAndrew and had their first child in
Caroline is an assistant to National Prep
and conducts clinics.