Eric A Seversen
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 completed 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
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
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 his hometown the summer of 2008. In addition to coaching with SEMS, Luke is currently a student at the University of St. Thomas working 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
Zach re-joined the SEMS staff in 2012 and is the primary coach for the Senior Groups.
Zach grew up in Columbia, Missouri and swam for the Columbia Swim Club starting at 7 years old. Zach attended Hickman High School and graduated in 1997. At Hickman he was 10-time Missouri All-State, High School All-American, and school record holder.
Zach attended college and swam for 4 years at the University of South Dakota and has a BS in Education (2002), and a Master of Arts Degree in Education (2003).
Zach has coached at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Summer League (1996-1998), Siouxland Sharks Swim Club in Iowa (2002-2003), SEMS (2005-2008), Park High Schools Boys & Girls (2004-2008), Rapid City Racers in Rapid City, SD (2008-2010), Lawrence Aquahawks in Lawrence, KS (2010-2012), and back with SEMS (2012-present).
Zach has a wide range of coaching experience as he as worked with novice swimmers to Olympic Trials qualifiers in 2012 and 2016. Zach has coached multiple swimmers to team and State records in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Missouri Valley.
Given his accomplishments, Zach, is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) member and he has achieved ASCA Level 4 Certification.
Along with his coaching duties Zach is currently a Special Education Teacher at Park High School in Cottage Grove, and owns Body Rhythms Massage in Woodbury with his wife Rachael. Zach and Rachael have 3 children (Averie, Aaron, Addison).