Jason D Roberts
Head Coach, National & SR Lead Coach
Coach Jason Roberts joins the staff after working 17 years with the Northern Kentucky Clippers. During his time with the Clippers he accumulated a great deal of success taking the program from a locally competitive program in the Ohio LSC to a nationally competitive program. Jason is looking forward to a great deal of fast swimming as the Head Coach of Team Foxjet.
Jason is married to his beautiful wife, Branden and has two step-children (Hannah and Sam). He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Below are Jason’s coaching career by the numbers:
Swimmers to College Swimming (as main coach to athlete since 2004)
43 Swimmers to Division 1 Programs, 15 Swimmers to Division 2&3 Programs
1999 Ohio Age Group Coach of the Year
2006 American Swim Coaches Association "Certificate of Excellence"
2007 American Swim Coaches Association "Certificate of Excellence"
2010 Ohio Senior Coach of the Year
2012 American Swim Coaches Association "Certificate of Excellence"
2014 NCSA Coach of the Year
2014 American Swim Coaches Association "Certificate of Excellence"
Junior National/National Team Members
USA Junior National Team
2006 – Cory Chitwood
2010 – Ellen Williamson and Caitlyn Forman
2011 - Ellen Williamson
2012 – Ellen Williamson and Max Williamson
2013 – Max Williamson
USA National Team
2012 – Cory Chitwood
NCSA All Star Team
2007 – Claire Dickmann and Cory Chitwood
2010 – Ellen Williamson, Krissie Brandenburg and Caitlyn Forman
2011 – Max Williamson
Top 50 in USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships 2007-2014
- Ranked Top 5 in club size (200-300 swimmers) 2010-2014
- USA Swimming Silver Medal Program
- Top 3 in 27 out of 29 JO Championship Meets (SCY and LCM combined)
- 8x Ohio JO Team Champions
National Level Meets
- 2014 NCSA Summer Junior Nationals Combined 5th place finish (15/16 swimmers scored)
- 2010, 2011 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Top 16 combined finish at NCSA Junior Nationals
- 2 Olympic Trial Qualifiers 2008 (First two in team history) (18&unders)
- 8 Olympic Trial Qualifiers 2012 (6 of 8 =18Unders)
- 4 Olympic Trial Qualifiers 2016 (All 4 achieved as 18&unders)
- Swimmers qualify Top 8 at Nationals
- USA Junior National Champions
Swimmer Individual Accomplishments
- 2 Junior Pan Pac Participants
- Junior Pan Pac Medalist
- Gold Medalist World Youth Championships (Meet Record)
- Top 8 finalist 2008 Olympic Trials
- 2 #1 National Top 10/16 swims
- Numerous Top 10/16 swims
- 3x NCAA Champion – Cory Chitwood
- 4 Swimmers score at NCAA’s
-2015 Pan-Am Bronze Medalist 400 IM – Max Williamson
Head AG Coach, National AG Lead Coach
Lloyd has been coaching nearly 30 years. This is his 15th year (30th season) with Team Foxjet. Earlier in his career Lloyd coached at clubs in California, South Carolina and Iowa. Lloyd is an ASCA Certified Level 5 Coach. He has coached swimmers from the youngest levels through Junior Nationals, US Open and US Nationals. Lloyd has coached over 100 National Age Group Top 16 or Top 10 Final Rankings, including several National Age Group Champions and National Age Group Record Holders. He was honored in 2007 and 2009 by the American Swimming Coaches Association (national office) as Minnesota Age Group Coach of The Year. USA Swimming also selected him as an assistant coach for the elite Central Zone Select Camp. Lloyd was also an accomplished athlete with many years of swimming with AAU, Edina High School, St. Olaf College and post-collegiate swimming in the military. At St. Olaf, he was an MIAC Conference Champion, NCAA Division III National Qualifier and Co-Captain.
Lloyd believes that developing life skills and fostering personal growth are the key roles of youth athletics. In addition to his coaching duties with our National Age Group program, he also serves as our Team Administrator.
AG Silver Lead Coach
This is Coach Ryan's 4th year (7th season) with Team Foxjet. Ryan has coached country club, high school, and masters swimming along with his club coaching. Immediately after college he started coaching for the Edina Swim Club and then made his way to be Head Age Group Coach at Team Foxjet.
Under Ryan's guidance athletes have achieved:
> Numerous National Age group Top 16 swims
> 200+ Central Zones Qualifying Times
> 2 individuals going on to win Zone Championships
> 4 out of 6 Age Group Team State Championships as Head Age Group Coach
> Minnesota Age Group Coach of The Year 1998
Recently Ryan has been coaching swimming for over 20 years, while raising 3 beautiful children with his wife Mellanie. When Ryan isn’t on deck he enjoys kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, skiing and music.
Chris J Mayer
Lead 8/Under Coach
This is Coach Chris' 8th year (15th season) with Team Foxjet. We are very excited to announce his return to our staff! Chris worked as a Foxjet coach for seven years before taking a small break from coaching. For the past four years Coach Chris has been coaching at another club. He is excited to return as our 8/Under Lead Coach, developing our newest swimmers and expanding our programming!
Chris began his coaching career in 1990, graduating with a B.F.A. from the College of Visual Arts in 1994. He worked for Deaton Museum Services as a fabrication artist for a few years designing and building movie sets, including “Fargo.” He also worked on the Reagan Library, a life-sized fully automated dinosaur museum in Nebraska and all of the moving butterflies located in the Rainforest Cafés around the globe. Since 2000, he has taught Art at St. Bartholomew Elementary School in Wayzata. He is looking forward to bringing his wealth of knowledge and expertise with younger swimmers to our team.
AG Bronze Lead Coach
This is Traci's 3rd year (5th season) with Team Foxjet. She swam competitively from ages 8-18, with club teams like Mach 3 Flyers, as well as Wayzata’s Varsity High School Team. From ages 8-18 she competed in all State meets, and got 2nd overall at age 11. Ages 9-14 she qualified for Zones. Her best events are the 50 and 100 freestyle, and she still enjoys swimming both on her own and with Masters programs!
She brings a broad range of developmental experience to the program with her swimming experience, her YMCA swim instruction, and 12+ years of teaching private lessons to all age swimmers. Traci is our Lead Developmental Coach and in charge of all 8/Under programming at Foxjets. Her knowledge and passion for coaching 8/Unders is readily apparent in our younger groups!
Assistant Coach ISM, Minifox, Red
Bio Coming Soon!
AG Bronze Assistant Coach
This is Brian's 7th year (14th season) with Team Foxjet. He brings 16 years of coaching experience in Minnesota swimming. He was also the Bloomington Jefferson High School Girls assistant coach for two years. Before beginning his coaching career in 1998, Brian swam competively for 15 years with the Richfield Swim Club, Barracuda Aquatics Club and the Bloomington Kenndy High School for four years. He was also a member of the Team Minnesota Zone coaching staff in 2007. Brian believes that perfecting technique and individual effort, coupled with team support, will give the swimmer a long successful swimming career.
Director of Dryland, AG Assistant
This is Jenny's 4th year (7th season) as our Director of Dryland and assisting with Age Groups. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about injury prevention, particularly with swimmers. Jenny is a former NCAA Division II National Champion (100 Backstroke, 2004). She knows the aches and pains swimmers go through to reach their goals. Her goal now is to work with swimmers to develop muscle balance with strength and flexibility to allow them to compete to their fullest potential. Jenny is a chiropractor, and owns Midwest Chiropractic and Wellness in Eden Prairie. She is an industry leader in injury-prevention and strength development. In her free time Jenny enjoys running (and still swimming!).
AG Assistant Coach
This is Andrea’s 9th year (18th season) with Team Foxjet. She has always been called "Andi" on the pool deck. She is an ASCA Certified Level 2 coach. Andi has ten years of swimming experience as an athlete. She swam in Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN, and was the first East Grand Forks Senior high school swimmer in a co-op between North Dakota and Minnesota. Andi comes from a swimming family, where her three younger siblings all swam and her parents still volunteer and officiate. Andi first fell in love with coaching at Northern Area Swim Association in Bemidji, while attending college there. She most enjoys teaching technique and helping swimmers develop their love of the sport.
AG Assistant Coach
This is Tessa’s 2nd year (3rd season) with Team Foxjet. She assists with the National Age Group and Bronze groups. Tessa began swimming competitively at age 12 when she went out for the high school swim team. She was a part of the Watertown-Mayer-Delano swim team for 6 years while earning MVP for two seasons and All-Conference honors for three seasons. Tessa then went on to compete at the collegiate level at Minnesota State University, Mankato. While at Mankato, Tessa helped coach the Learn-To-Swim program on campus for four years. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.
AG Assistant Coach
This is Courtney’s 1st "official" year (2nd season) with Team Foxjet but she was also an assistant coach for 5 summer seasons while home from college previously. She assists with the Silver and Bronze groups now.
Courtney began swimming competitively at the age of five. She is originally from Seattle, Wash. and moved to the Twin Cities in 2007. She joined Team Foxjet at that time and swam through high school when she graduated from Minnetonka in 2011.
Courtney then went on to compete at the collegiate level at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. While at Southern, Courtney earned All-Conference Top-8 Finishes for the Northeast-10 Conference all four years in breaststroke, butterfly and IM. She was also a Top-3 Finisher her senior year in the 200 butterfly and the 400 IM. Courtney graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, Communications Video Production and Photography.
She is currently a student at St. Paul College, where she is earning her American Sign Language Studies Certification. Courtney enjoys swimming still -- as she is an athlete for a local Masters program. She also loves spending time with her family.
AG & Red Assistant Coach
This is Ariel's 10th year (20th season) with Team Foxjet, all of which have been coaching with our Age Group program. Ariel is the longest-tenured assistant coach for Age Groups in the history of the Foxjets, and does a superb job with this skill level and age. Over 200 swimmers that have come through the Age Groups during her tenure have achieved a Minnesota Swimming State Meet "Champ" time at some point before the age of 13. She is a graduate of Kenyon College (Ohio) where she was a four-year letterwinner and team captain. During her thirteen years of swimming experience, Ariel gave private summer swimming lessons to children for seven years in and around her home town of Pacific Palisades in Southern California. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and works for Wells Fargo.
Tasha Lyn Embry
Red Groups, Minifox Assistant Coach
This is Tasha's 5th year (9th season) coaching with Team Foxjet. She works with Minifox, Red Groups and Age Group Bronze. Tasha is very experienced with our develepmental program and an expert coach for younger swimmers. Tasha comes to us from Martha Burns Swim School (where she still works) teaching swimming for several years. An all-around athlete, she was a competitve swimmer and gymnast at Hopkins High School. Tasha has also worked with the YMCA, at two locations, teaching swimming lessons and working with kids. She is a great teacher, motivator and communicator with young children.