Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

ALISON M PICK

Head Coach

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Alison Pick has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since June 2014.  She coaches National, National Prep, and Challenge Squads.  She is a Level 3 American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) certified coach, a certified USA Swimming coach, and a Level 1 Amphibious Exercise for Improved Swimming (AXIS) certified coach.

Alison brings an impressive resume of coaching and administration experience to WSC.  She came to us directly from COOG Aquatics in Houston, TX, where she was assistant head coach.  She spent the 8 years before that coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, the number one club team in the U.S., where she coached all levels of swimming, from age group to Olympic Trial qualifiers.  While living in North Carolina, Alison also worked as assistant coach at Davidson College in Davidson, NC, head coach of Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC, as well as head coach for the Wynfield Waves and Northstone Country Club, both summer league teams in Huntersville, NC.  She coached at South Dakota State University in Brooking, SD.  Her first swim coaching gig was as assistant squad coach for the Siouxland Sharks in her hometown of Sioux City, IA. 

Coach Alison has many notable coaching awards and experiences.  She was awarded 2015 Missouri Valley Age Group Coach of the Year, coached Olympic Trial qualifiers in 2012, and received coach of the year twice (2010-11 and 2011-12) during her role as head coach at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC.  Coach Alison’s favorite thing about coaching swimming is helping guide swimmers toward their goals and then seeing them achieve these goals.  She likes watching the improvement that takes place in her swimmers.

Alison grew up in Sioux City, IA, where she began swimming at age 9.  She swam for the Siouxland Sharks for 10 years, and also swam for Sioux City East High all four years of high school.  Alison then swam for Northern Illinois University from 1996-2000.  Her favorite races to swim are the 100 fly, 200 fly and 100 free.

Butterfly and freestyle tie for Coach Alison’s two favorite strokes.  She holds high school records in the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Free Relay, the 400 Free Relay (which still stands today), and she was also appointed team captain her senior year of high school.  She was voted most improved her freshman year at Northern Illinois University and served as team captain there from 1998-2000.

Coach Alison received her Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation from South Dakota University in 2004, with a minor in public recreation.  She also studied athletic training at Northern Illinois University from 1996-2000.

Alison is a NASCAR fan, an avid TV watcher and loves watching sports and listening to music (especially Dave Matthews Band).  She has a younger brother and recently became an aunt.  She adores her niece and tries to spend as much time with her as she can. 

Hanging out with Olympians is something Coach Alison was fortunate enough to be able to do while working at SwimMAC Carolina.  If she could spend time with an Olympian she hasn’t yet met in person, she’d pick the versatile Tracy Caulkins or record butterflyer Misty Hyman. 

 

MITCHELL J WAGNER

Assistant Head Coach

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Mitchell Wagner has been coaching for WSC since December 2013.  He coaches Red Squad and Senior Squad.  He also coaches the Independent and Wichita Collegiate high school boys swim teams, as well as the Andover Central girls high school swim team.  Coach Mitchell is a USA Swimming certified coach.

Coach Mitchell grew up in Wichita.  He 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 still swims competitively.

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.

Brian Wingert

Head White Squad 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 Director of Business Operations for WSC.   Brian is a USA Swimming certified coach.

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.

Caysi Sykes

Head Age Group Coach

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Brandon J Shinsato

Assistant Coach

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Brandon Shinsato started coaching for Wichita Swim Club in September 2015.  He assists in coaching Black, Senior and Junior squads.  He is a USA Swimming certified coach. 

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 studies biomedical engineering at Wichita State University, where he is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

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

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Luke began coaching at WSC in October 2017. He assists in coaching White, Red, and Challenge squads. 

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 works as a universal banker during the weekday and 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.

Ben Scheffer

Assistant Coach

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Ben joined Wichita Swim Club in October of 2017. He assists in coaching National, National Prep, and Black Squads.

Coach Ben grew up in Blue Springs, MO, and began swimming at age 6. He started club swimming for the Kansas City Blazers at age 12, and swam with the Blazers for 9 years. Ben then went on to swim for the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 2011-12. He then Coached for the Kansas City Blazers for 2 years (2014-15). 

The personal swimming accomplishments Ben is most proud of are setting the 6A state record in the boys 100 Y backstroke (which still stands today) and being an Olympic Trial Qualifier in the 200 M backstroke in 2012. As is reflected in his favorite accomplishments, Coach Ben’s favorite stroke is the backstroke, however his favorite race to swim is the 100 M freestyle. His favorite thing about coaching is watching young swimmers learn the importance of dedication and hard work.

Ben earned his Associate of Business Management from Johnson County Community College in 2013.

Coach Ben works on a cattle ranch in the morning and enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and bicycling when he’s not at the pool. Michael and Jacqueline are Ben’s proud parents, and he is also the middle child of two brothers, Matthew and Daniel. 

Coach Ben is a baseball fan, and his favorite team to root for is the St. Louis Cardinals.If he could pick an Olympic swimmer to spend the day with, Ben said he’d choose Olympic freestyle sprinter, Anthony Ervin. He would like to talk to him about what kept him dedicated after so many years.

CAROLINE B MCANDREW

Camps/Clinics Director and Coach

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Caroline joined our staff in 2013 as the Assistant Head Coach. She has been coaching in various capacities since 2003, both here in Wichita and around the world. Her first coaching position was at Crestview Country Club in 2003 and 2004 when she took the team to their first Championship title in over 10 years. She then coached at Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics under Dana Kirk and Bruce Smith, in addition to being the head coach at Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney Australia. 

 
During Caroline's swimming career she was a 13-time Kansas state high school champion, 2003 USA Swimming National Champion, 2004 Olympic Team Member, 2005 2-time NCAA Champion, and 13-time NCAA All-American. She earned both her B.A. and M.A in communications from Stanford University. Caroline is married to Tommy McAndrew and had their first child in January. 
 
Caroline is an assistant to National Prep and conducts clinics.
Board of Directors

JOE HUTCHINSON

President

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Glen PATTON

Vice President

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JEFF BARLEY

Treasurer

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Tracy BURRUS

Secretary

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LISA MCPHERSON

Board Member

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Jae DAVIS

Meet Director

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Charlie BENNETT

Board Member

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Albert DIRKZWAGER

Board Member

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Janet Studnicka

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Natasha JONES

Board Member

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