Coaches & Directors

 

 

 
 

Mitchell Wagner

Interim Head Coach

coachmitchell@wichitaswimclub.org

Mitchell Wagner has been coaching for WSC since December 2013. He also coaches the Independent and Wichita Collegiate high school boys and Andover Central girls’ swim teams during the school year.

Coach Mitchell grew up in Wichita and started swimming at age 8 for the West YMCA Barracudas.  He then swam for the Wichita Aqua Shocks before landing at the Wichita Swim Club where he swam 8th grade through high school. Mitchell also swam for Maize High his freshman through senior years.  He swam for The University of Minnesota his freshman year of college before returning to WSC, where he swam competitively some more.

Coach Mitchell’s favorite stroke is the backstroke, and his favorite race to swim is the 100 Back, with the long course 400 IM coming in second. He was the 2012 KSHAA Boy’s State Champion in the 100 Back.  He is also a Junior National qualifier, Division 1 swimmer, and WSC record holder in the 100 Back and 400 Free Relay. Mitchell’s favorite thing about coaching swim is getting to share his love for swimming with others.

Mitchell earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wichita State University in May 2018.

When he's not in the pool, Mitchell enjoys soccer, watching his siblings compete, and going to the lake.

Brian Wingert

Director of Business Operations

Lead Coach: White

billing@wichitaswimclub.org

Brian Wingert has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since August 2011. He coaches White Squad and also serves as the club’s business manager.

Coach Brian is from Peabody, KS, where he began swimming at age 8 and swam for 10 years for the Peabody-Burns Super Swimmers. The 200 Medley Relay is his favorite race to swim, and breaststroke is his favorite stroke to swim. His favorite things about coaching swimming are watching swimmers develop and continuously improve and the free food in the hospitality rooms at swim meets.

Brian received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2014, and his Associate of Science at Butler County Community College in 2011.

Brian enjoys writing and recording music, appreciating and creating art, and reading. He is proud of his younger brother who is in the National Guard.

Coach Brian is a fan of all the Kansas City sports teams. If he could spend a day with any Olympic swimmer, he’d spend time with Olympic freestyler Anthony Ervin so the two of them could talk about philosophy, music, and tattoos.

 

Janet Studnicka

Director of Development

janet@wichitaswimclub.org

Janet began her role as Director of Development for Wichita Swim Club in November 2018. She will be spearheading the capital campaign and develop programs that will be funded by some of the money raised.

Janet was born and raised in suburban Chicago, and swam on a summer team during her middle school years. 

Janet has over 25 years’ experience as a fundraising professional. She has held positions at a variety of nonprofits and institutions, including Harvard University, hospitals in South Carolina and west Texas, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Nature Conservancy in three locations: Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Janet’s children, Henry and Clover, swim at Wichita Swim Club.

 

Natasha Jones

Assistant Coach

smjones8@att.net

Natasha has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since November 2018.

Natasha is from Newcastle, Wyoming, where she  began swimming at 10 years old. She swam for the the Newcastle Stingrays until college, also swimming for Newcastle High School from her freshman to senior years. Natasha went on to swim for Brigham Young University. Backstroke is her favorite stroke to swim and the 200 Back is her favorite race to swim. 

Natasha is a very decorated swimmer. For the 100Y Backstroke, Natasha was a four-time Wyoming 3A State champion, earned High School All-American, and was the 1999 Wyoming 3A state record holder. She still holds the Wyoming State 3A State High School record 200 Y IM that she set in 2001. She was a 3A State champion in the 200Y Freestyle, 100Y Freestyle, and 200Y IM, and was part of the three-time Wyoming 3A State Champion team. She is a two-time wyoming Aquatic Athlete of the Meet and two-time Wyoming Aquatic Athlete of the Year. She was the Speedo/NISCA Wyoming Swimmer of the Year 2001-2002. While swimming at Brigham Young University, she was First Team All-MWC in 200-yard backstroke. Second Team All-MWC in 100 Back, 200 Back, and 200 IM. Natasha was an Academic All-American at Brigham Young University during the 2003-2004 season. She part of the Women's Mountain West Conference Championship team and team captain junior and senior year.

The 200 Backstroke is Natasha’s favorite race to swim, and breaststroke is her favorite stroke to swim. Her favorite thing about coaching swimming is sharing her love of swimming with others. She said, “It’s fun to watch the swimmers progress and improve at meets, as well as see them push through tough sets. What I really enjoy is seeing their smiling faces and being a part of another ‘family’.”  

Natasha received her Bachelor of Science in Home and Family Living with an emphasis in Interior Design and a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University in 2006.

Natasha and her husband, Steven, have four children: Abby, Eli, Kate, and Luke. She feels privileged to be able to stay home with their children during the day. She is usually busy with family and family activities, but also enjoys photography and baking in her spare time. As far as sporting teams go, Natasha cheers for her alma mater, the BYU Cougars and the Chicago Cubs.

When asked which Olympian she’d like to spend a day with, Natasha replied, “I’d be happy to spend the day with almost any Olympic swimmer! Every Olympian has a unique story of their journey to the Olympics, and I would love to hear all of them. If I were to pick one,” Natasha said, “I would choose Rowdy Gaines. He’s been around the sport for a long time, and it would be interesting to hear his perspective on how swimming has evolved. I would also like to have a good conversation on how he balances work, swimming, and family. 

 

Brandon J Shinsato

Lead Coach: Black and Senior

Assistant Coach

coachbrandon@wichitaswimclub.org

Brandon Shinsato started coaching for Wichita Swim Club in September 2015.

Coach Brandon grew up in Seattle and Wichita and began swimming at age 5. He swam for the Bellevue Club team for 2 years and then swam for Wichita Swim Club, where he swam for 11 years. Brandon went on to swim at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, from 2014-15.

Backstroke is Brandon’s favorite stroke, and his favorite race is the 200 Back. He was a USA Junior National qualifier and a 3-year Scholastic All-American. His favorite part about being a swim coach is being able to teach a new generation of swimmers all the things he learned throughout his swim career.

Coach Brandon received his BA in Exercise Science at Wichita State University.

Brandon is a musician and loves to write and create music. Brandon’s older sister, Kaitie, was also a WSC swimmer and is now a marketing consultant in Seattle.

Coach Brandon is a Seattle Seahawks fan, naturally. Instead of picking an Olympic swimmer to hang out with for a day, Brandon said he would choose to catch up with his friend and Emory swimmer Andrew Wilson, who recently won Nationals in the 100 breast.

Luke Gartner

Assistant Coach

lukegartner@hotmail.com

Luke began coaching at WSC in October 2017.

Luke’s hometown is Alpena, Michigan, but he has lived in Wichita since his teen years. He started swimming at WSC when he was 14, and swam for WSC from 2008-2012. He then taught lessons for WSC Swim School from 2012-14. He then went on to swim for the inaugural Nebraska Wesleyan University collegiate swim team from 2014-17.

Luke’s favorite strokes are backstroke and butterfly, and is favorite races are the 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and 200 butterfly. His favorite thing about coaching swimmers is helping young swimmers improve their skills in the water, and readying them for life outside the pool.

The swimming accomplishment Luke is most proud of is when he swam under two minutes in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke (personal bests) at the Liberal Arts Championships in February 2017. He made these times after missing 3 straight weeks of training in January due to a concussion. Luke was a WSC Sectional qualifier in 2012, holds Nebraska Wesleyan University swimming records in the 200 and 400 medley relays, and was a Liberal Arts All-Championship team performer in the 400 IM (2015), 400 medley relay & 200 butterfly (2016), and 200 medley relay (2017). He was awarded the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Men’s-Swimmer-of-the-Week honor for competition taking place October 16-22 in 2017 and was awarded the Nebraska Wesleyan University Male Sportsmanship honor of the year in the 2014-15 collegiate season and served as team captain there from 2014-17.

Luke earned his B.S. in Accounting from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2017 and his Associate of Science from Butler County Community College in 2014.

Luke enjoys serving the community, participating in church activities when not at the pool. His favorite team to follow is the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Go Big Red! Eric Shanteau is the Olympic swimmer Luke would choose to hang out with for a day. Luke said, “He made something great out of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, despite having cancer. Making good out of a really tough health/physical/emotional problem would be an insightful conversation to have with him.”

 

 

Back (Left to Right)

Back Row (Left to Right)    
Jeff Barley Albert Dirkzwager Glen Patton
Finance Treasurer Vice President
jbarley@ucict.com mdirkzwager@cox.net pattong1@cox.net
     
Charlie Bennett    
Facilities + Upgrades    
slvrprch1@gmail.com    
     
Front Row (Left to Right)    
Lisa McPherson Jae Davis Emily McVay
Employees + Bylaws Meet Director

Director of Non-Competitive Programming

lamcpherson@martinpringle.com jae.lynn.davis@gmail.com emily@wichitaswimclub.org
     
Brian Wingert Janet Stunicka Joe Hutchinson
WSC Business Manager Director of Development President
billing@wichitaswimclub.org   janet@wichitaswimclub.org JHutchinson@usd259.net
     
Alison Pick Tracy Burrus Natasha Jones
Head Coach Social Membership
alison@wichitaswimclub.org burrust@usd385.org smjones8@att.net

 

 

Coaching Staff

Mitchell J Wagner

Head Coach

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Mitchell Wagner has been coaching for WSC since December 2013 and was named Head Coach of WSC on July 24, 2020. He currently coaches National Squad and Silver Squad.
 

Coach Mitchell grew up in Wichita and started swimming at age 8 for the West YMCA Barracudas.  He then swam for the Wichita Aqua Shocks before landing at the Wichita Swim Club where he swam 8th grade through high school. Mitchell also swam for Maize High his freshman through senior years.  He swam for The University of Minnesota his freshman year of college before returning to WSC. 

Mitchell’s favorite thing about coaching swim is getting to share his love for swimming with others.

 

Brandon J Shinsato

Assistant Coach

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Brandon Shinsato started coaching for Wichita Swim Club in September 2015, and is the current Lead Coach of Gold Squad. 

Coach Brandon grew up in Seattle and Wichita and began swimming at age 5. He swam for the Bellevue Club team for 2 years and then swam for Wichita Swim Club, where he swam for 11 years. Brandon went on to swim at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, from 2014-15.

Backstroke is Brandon’s favorite stroke, and his favorite race is the 200 Back. He was a USA Junior National qualifier and a 3-year Scholastic All-American. His favorite part about being a swim coach is being able to teach a new generation of swimmers all the things he learned throughout his swim career.

Coach Brandon earned his BA in Exercise Science at Wichita State University.
Brandon is a musician and loves to write and create music. Brandon’s older sister, Kaitie, was also a WSC swimmer and is now a marketing consultant in Seattle.

 

Brian Wingert

Assistant Coach

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Brian Wingert has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since August 2011.  He coaches White Squad and also serves as the Director of Business Operations for WSC.

Coach Brian is from Peabody, KS, where he began swimming at age 6 and swam for 10 years for the Peabody-Burns Super Swimmers.  The 200 Medley Relay is his favorite race to swim, and breaststroke is his favorite stroke to swim.  His favorite things about coaching swimming are watching swimmers develop and continuously improve and (of course) the good, free food in the hospitality room at swim meets. 

Brian received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2014, and his Associate of Science at Butler County Community College in 2011. 

Brian enjoys writing and recording music, appreciating and creating art, and reading.  He is proud of his younger brother who is in the National Guard.

Coach Brian is a fan of all the Kansas City Sports teams.  If he could spend a day with any Olympic swimmer, he’d spend time with Olympic freestyler Anthony Ervin so the two of them could talk about philosophy, music and tattoos.

Natasha Jones

Assistant Coach

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Natasha has been coaching for the Wichita Swim Club since November 2018. She is the lead coach for Red Squad.

Natasha is from Newcastle, Wyoming, where she began swimming at the age of 10 years old. She swam for the club and high school teams in Newcastle before continuing her swimming career at Brigham Young University. Backstroke is her favorite stroke to swim and the 200 backstroke was her favorite race.

Natasha was a seven-time Wyoming 3A High School State Champion, a High School All-American, and broke two Wyoming 3A state records in the 100 back and 200 IM. She was a part of the three-time Wyoming 3A state championship team. She was a two-time Wyoming Aquatice Athlete of the Meet, two-time Wyoming Aquatic Athlete of the Year, and the Speedo/NISCA Wyoming Swimmer of the year 2001-2002. While swimming for four years at Brigham Young University, she earned First Team and Second Team All-MWC honors as well as being and Academic All-American during the 2003-2004 season. She was a part of the Mountain West Conference Championship team and lead her team as captain during her junior and senior years.

Her favorite thing about coaching is sharing her love of swimming with others. She said, "It's fun to watch the swimmers progress and improve at meets, as well as see them push through tough sets. What I really enjoy is seeing all of their smiling faces and being a part of another 'family'."

She received her Bachelor of Science in Home and Family Living with an emphasis in Interior Design and a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Natasha and her husband, Steven, have four children. 

Jack Quah

Assistant Coach

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Jack started coaching for WSC in May 2019. He is an assistant coach for the Gold, Silver, and Red Squads.

Jack grew up in Wichita and started swimming at the young age of four. He spent his whole swimming career competing for the Wichita Swim Club. His favorite stroke is the breaststroke, and he will tell you, "Breaststroke is the best stroke!"

As a coach, Jack loves seeing all of his athletes do well in both competition and practice. When asked about his coaching goals, he said, "I want to create and environment where everyone feels comfortable and encouraged to succeed."

Jack is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science at Wichita State University.

Hayley Knapp

Assistant Coach

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Hayley began coaching for WSC in June 2019 and is the lead coach for the Bronze Squad.

Hayley grew up in Wichita and began to swim competitively at the age of 10 for the summer league team at Rockwood before joining the Wichita Swim Club. She continued her swimming career by swimming for four years at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Her favorite stroke is the butterfly and her favorite events to swim were the 100 fly, 50 free, and 200 back.

When asked about coaching, Hayley said, "I enjoy having the opportunity to teach kids everything I know about the sport I love. I also love watching their passion and love for swimming deepen as the grow older. My goal as a coach is to help as many kids as possible. I want to not only help them improve physically, by also help them grow emotionally and mentally."

Hayley earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish from William Jewell. She will be pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Biology with the future goal of researching dolphins. 

Board of Directors

Tracy Burrus

President

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Glen Patton

Vice President

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Albert Dirkzwager

Treasurer

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Kate Higgins

Secretary

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Janet Studnicka

Director of Development

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Jae Davis

Safe Sport Chair/Board Member

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Lisa McPherson

Board Member

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Patricia Blessant

Board Member

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Brian Hatridge

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Stan Jekov

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Emily McVay

Board Member

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