Group currently coaching: Any and all groups
Swimming Background: My competitive swimming
background began with the Wave many years ago! Growing up in La
Crosse, I swam for the Wave and Central High School until moving on
to college. I swam four years at St. Cloud State University
and having been coaching ever since. I have been a head coach in
Arizona of a club team and a High School team, I coached a couple
years in Appleton with the YMCA and most recently at was the Head
Coach of St. Cloud YMCA and an assistant coach for St. Cloud
Favorite Event: My favorite events were the 100
Fly, 200 and 400 IM, and the 200 Breaststroke
Favorite part about
coaching: I love the moment in which a swimmer understands
a specific stroke technique that they have been working on; the
“light bulb” moment when a swimmer really gets
What you like to do in spare time: I enjoy
running, biking, playing guitar, and hanging out with my Basset
Novice and Junior
Background: Chris swam for the Y for 5 years and has been
coaching for the past 20 years!
Event: 400 IM
About Coaching: Chris loves working with children and
building relationships with them. She also finds joy helping them
accomplish new skills and improving
In her spare time Chris
likes to watch her children in their activities.
Novice and Junior Elite Coach
Name: Melanie Winter
Group: Novice and Junior Elite
Melanie swam for the Wave as a youth and has coached for the Wave
for the past 10 years
Favorite Event: 500 Free and 50 Fly
Favorite Part About
Coaching: Melanie enjoys bringing kids together as a team
and working to achieve their goals
In her spare time, Melanie enjoys hiking
with her husband, playing sudoku, reading and baking.
Name: Tiara Delapp
Swimming Background: Tiara began swimming in
6th grade. She swam on various club teams throughout high school
and swam for UW-L for two years. Tiara has coached swim teams in
Minnesota and Wisconsin for four years before coming to the Wave.
She has also been a swim instructor for nine years.
Favorite Event: 50 Free
Favorite Part About Coaching: Her favorite part
about coaching is seeing the kids smiling and having a good time
while reaching their goals.
In her spare time, Tiara enjoys traveling and spending time
Name: Alex Watral
Swimming Background: Alex
has been on swim team since she was 8 years old and swam all the
way through high school. During her Junior and Senior of high
school she coached a 10 and under group on her old team. This is
her second year coaching with the Wave.
Favorite Event:100 Breast and 50 Free
Favorite Part About Coaching: Alex enjoys the satisfaction of seeing the
swimmers improve over the season
In her spare time, Alex enjoys reading,
sleeping, playing tennis, crocheting, and spending time with
Name: Eric Wojta
Swimming Background: Eric
started swimming as a junior in high school as rehab from a back
injury. He then went on to swim for UW-L. Eric has been coaching
the Senior group for the past 18 years! He has also working at the
University of Michigan and the University of Georgia swim camps.
His biggest swimming accomplishment is beating All American Swimmer
Chris Maury in the 25 Backstroke in Federal Way Washington in
Favorite Event: Sprint Freestyle, the shorter the
Favorite Part About
Coaching:Eric's favorite part about coaching is the
opportunity to work with swimmers toward a common goal, getting a
chance for people to work together, and mentioning there are no
better people to work with.
In his spare time Eric enjoys camping,
riding bike, eating ice cream, smiling at his newborn son Grady,
and being with his wife (Jill), dog Miki and two cats Gracie
A Minnesota native, Mary
comes to the Wave after swimming for the University of Minnesota
Golden Gophers. She recently received her Master's in Human
Performance from UW-L. Mary loves sharing her passion for swimming
and being a mentor.
Name: Heather Foley
Swimming Backgroud: Swam for the La Crosse YMCA
swim team for 9 years and 4 years at the University of
Favorite Event: 100 Butterfly
Favorite part about coaching: Watching young
athletes work hard to achieve their goals and see how they grow as
a person in and out of the pool.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with family and