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 additional coursework in
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
Sharon I Simpson
Club Bookkeeper & Masters Coach
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
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 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
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
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.