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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of your swimmer's coaches below. For Billing or General Questions, please e-mail Sharon Simpson or call the SEMS office at 738-SWIM (7946) in the morning from 9:00am-Noon Monday through Friday.  Please leave a message along with your telephone number if there isn’t an answer.

Coaching Staff

Eric A Seversen

Head Coach

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Born and raised in Minnesota, Eric began swimming with Team Foxjet and later NHCP.  Initially thinking he was a backstroker or sprint freestyler he later found his niche in the longer stroke and freestyle events.  A former MN state record holder in the 800-meter Free, Eric earned a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin.  While at Wisconsin-Madison, Eric earned degrees in Biochemistry and Genetics as well as additional coursework in exercise physiology.

Eric began coaching a small swim club in 1995 where he coached his first state qualifiers, champions and zones qualifiers.  In 1999, Eric began coaching with Badger Aquatics Club as Head Site Coach-Middleton.  During the next 3 years, he coached numerous zone qualifiers, state champs, several top 16 swims and helped lead BAC to a combined team state championship in 2000.

The opportunity to coach in Minnesota brought Coach Seversen and his family to SEMS in the spring of 2003 where he assumed the role of Head Age Group Coach.  In the fall of 2004, Eric was promoted to Program Head Coach.  In the years since joining the SEMS coaching staff, Eric has seen our enrollment nearly triple and our team standing rise to top 10 in Minnesota.

Eric lives in Woodbury with his wife, Gayle, and their two children, Gunnar and Maggie.

Sharon I Simpson

Club Bookkeeper & Masters Coach

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Mr. and Mrs. Simpson founded SEMS in 1971.  Sharon became a full-time coach with SEMS in 1983 after working part time from 1971-1983.  She was also the Pool Supervisor for Woodbury Community Education swimming program from 1970-1983.  For ten years, she was an assistant coach for the Woodbury Girl’s Swim Team program.

Sharon became the Head Age Group Coach in 1990 and was SEMS Head Coach from the fall of 1997 to the fall of 2002.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science in 1989.  She began the SEMS Masters program in 1991.  Sharon has two children, both have been team members of SEMS.  She now has two grandchildren.

Luke E Money

Head Developmental Coach

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 Luke grew up in Fergus Falls Minnesota and swam for both the Fergus Falls Flyers and the Fergus Falls Otters. In high school, he was All-State during his sophomore, junior and senior year.  He was runner up in the 100 butterfly his junior and senior year.

After high school Luke attended and swam for St. Olaf College where he was an All-American on the 200 medley relay his sophomore year and was All-Conference his sophomore through senior year. Luke graduated from St. Olaf with a B.A in history in 2011. 

Prior to joining SEMS, Luke coached the age group team in my hometown the summer of 2008. In addition to coaching with SEMS, Luke is currently a student at the University of St. Thomas to earn a teaching liscensure in 5-12 social studies. When not in the classroom or on the deck coaching he likes to spend time reading a good fantasy novel and doing some swimming of his own.   

 

Zach J Devine

Senior Coach

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Zach grew up in Columbia, Missouri and swam for the Columbia Swim Club starting at 7 years old. At Hickman High School he was 10-time Missouri All-State, High School All-American, and school record holder. Zach attended college at the University of South Dakota receiving a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Special Education and Physical Education. Zach is currently a Special Education Teacher at Park High School in Cottage Grove. 

Zach began coaching in 1996 with a local summer league team in Columbia. He was an Assistant Coach with the Siouxland Sharks Swim Club (Sioux City, Iowa) in 2002. He was an Assistant and Head Coach for Park High School Girls and Boys Swimming from 2004-2008, Assistant Coach for SEMS from 2005-2008, Head Coach for the Rapid City Racers (Rapid City, SD) from 2008-2010, Head Coach for the Lawrence Aquahawks (Lawrence, Kansas) from 2009-2012. Zach has coached numerous athletes of all ages to State and up to Olympic Trials.

Zach lives in Woodbury with his wife Rachael and his children Averie, Aaron, and Addison.

Brian Jeffrey Gorman

Assistant Coach

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Sherry J Gross

Assistant Coach

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Hana L Hannigan

Assistant Coach

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Jordan M Skaar

Assistant Coach

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Lizzy Gross

Assistant Coach

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Kris Kunze

Assistant Coach

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Gregory S Wise

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Eric A Seversen

Head Coach/Program Director

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Chad Smoley

President

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Parris Vitela

Vice President

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Kristen Bettmann

Treasurer

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David Burns

Secretary

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Jennifer Langstraat

Board Member

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Kathy Tidd

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Tammy Verhoeven

Board Member

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Leigh Lewis

Board Member

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