Coaches & Directors

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 the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.


Coaching Staff

Rusty Bernstein

Head Coach



Coach Rusty comes to Woodland Park having coached for over 35 years at club, high school, and  college levels. He is an ASCA Level 4 coach that has developed swimmers to the Sr. National, Jr. National, HS All-American, and Sectional levels.  While coaching in Europe, one of his swimmers also  participated in the 2000 Olympic Games representing the Netherlands. He also enjoyed coaching his high school boys' swim team to an upset, becoming MI State Champions and earning the MI Boys' Swimming Coach of the Year by Michigan HS Athletic Association.  And, yes, he has competitive experience as a club swimmer for ten years, as a collegiate swimmer for Minnesota State, and also as a swimmer at the Master's level.

 Coach Rusty's coaching philosophy beliefs include:

  • Learning how to swim technically correct is the highest priority

  • First place or last place, individual improvement is what’s most important

  • The team is more important than one individual

  • Enable all athletes to reach their full potential if that is their desire

  • Listening, following direction, and effort are 3 crucial elements in athlete development

  • Develop good human beings as well as good athletes

One of the things that he enjoys most is seeing the excitement and energy when swimmers hit those achievements they have worked so hard to accomplish. It is so rewarding!

You may also see him on the pickleball courts, as he's an avid player. He also loves to bowl and is quite good at it :-) (I see some team bowling nights in our future!) He is also father to four wonderful children, is a talented handy-man, and has a tabby cat.

He is very excited about the unique opportunity of leading Peak Swim Team in a fantastic direction!

To contact Coach Rusty, please  or you may text or call him at: (505) 670-5275

Staci L Prickett

Assistant Coach


Assistant Coach:  STACI PRICKETT

Coach Staci comes to Woodland Park having coached for four years with the Elko Anacondas USA Swim team in Nevada. She led the age group team (9-12's), and has also coached several state qualifiers. She is Level 2 ASCA certified, and very dedicated to the sport of swimming.

Staci is married and has three children. Her son is a sixth grader at WPMS, her daughter is a sophomore at WPHS, and her oldest daughter is in Elko, with a family of her own (a sweet one-year old boy!)

Coach Staci is so happy to be back in the mountains. She has 2 cats, 1 dog and can't wait to try her hand at raising chickens and high altitude gardening. She enjoys reading, and her favorite book is "A Severe Mercy" by Sheldon Vanauken.

She loves coaching a swimmer who can barely swim the Freestyle and get them to be proficient in all four strokes. Seeing the improvement from start of season to end brings a great sense of accomplishment.

To contact Coach Staci, please email:

Board of Directors

Gwynne Dawdy Pekron

Founder, Chair, Executive Director


Mary Sekowski