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 following coaches:

**Simply Click On The “Email” Link By The Coach’s Name Below And It Will Connect You With That Coach’s Direct Email**

For all questions related to administrative needs such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members at the bottom of this page. 

Coaching Staff

Kyle Lynn Margheim

Head Coach

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I am a Mitchell, SD native starting swimming at age 5 in Mitchell and now started my coaching career in South Dakota. For the past 6 years I have been the head coach for the Mitchell Aquatic Club, growing the team to double the size from when I started. Over my time at MAC I have coached kids to All-Stars, Zones, Sectionals, Junior Nationals, and Olympic Trials. In 2015 I was named the SD Swimming Year Round coach of the year and have served as Age Group Chair and Technical Planning Chair on the SD Swimming Board of Directors. Coaching and working with kids is what I love to do and I think it’s important to build well round people that swim and enjoy the sport of swimming!

I swam competitively at the Missouri State University (Go Bears!), where I was a 4 year letter winner and earned all-conference honorable mention honors for the Missouri Valley Conference championship meet and Sun Belt Conference.

Brooke Boots

Assistant Coach

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I am originally from Chanhassen, Minnesota where I began swimming when I was eight. I swam for Team Foxjet for ten years before moving on to The University of South Dakota. At the University of South Dakota I swam for three years and dove for one. I lettered all four years and placed top eight in The Summit League Conference my junior year.

I began teaching swimming lessons in Minnesota at Lifetime Fitness when I was sixteen and have carried my love for swimming and teaching kids with me to South Dakota. I was a coach on the Vermillion Area Swim Team for two years before coming to Sioux Falls. I am now a second grade teacher in Tea and am excited to share my passion for teaching kids and to watch them grow and learn in the sport of swimming. 

Paula Margaret Gordon

Assistant Coach

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I am Coach Paula.  I was a charter member of the Brookings Swim Club, where I grew up, and swam for the Jackrabbits for four years, graduating from SDSU.  I am a teacher and was the first Certified Athletic Trainer in the Brandon Valley School District.  I currently teach elementary PE at Fred Assam Elementary and Valley Springs Elementary.  

I have coached the Brookings Swim Club (summer ‘83), the Snowfox Swim Team (‘98-’10), the Seals Swim Team (‘10-’16), where I was the head coach from 2010-2014.  In May of 2016, I became an assistant coach for the charter team of the Sioux Falls Swim Team and am currently an assistant coach.  I am also on the South Dakota Local Swim Club (SDLSC) Board of Directors as the Safety Chair.  

My husband, Rick and I have three children and Rick has a daughter, Kelli.  Our three children, Paul, Haley and Jack, all swam in Sioux Falls and at the University of Iowa.  Swimming has played a major role in our family and I am thrilled to continue to share the love for the sport with Sioux Falls Swim Team!

Carla J Van Santen

Luverne Site Director

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I have been coaching the Luverne branch of the Sioux Falls Swim Team for over 5 years. I continue to be instrumental in implementing and bringing aquatic success to Luverne where previously there had never been a swim team.

I have been around or in water for most of my life. As a teen I was a state park lifeguard and eventually finding employment at the Luverne Area Aquatics and Fitness Center where I have been for the past 35 years. To this day I continue to instruct, change, challenge, mentor and entertain all who enter the facility. My many responsibilities also include instructing swimming lessons and planning and conducting a variety of classes. My lifeguard training course prepares the attendees to respond and prevent aquatic emergencies. In the water safety instructor classes I instruct/demonstrate all of the strokes and skills. These classes incorporate a wide age range which yields an additional challenge.

I am also a certified water aerobic instructor leading significant variety of water classes along with a certified senior (Active Ager) trainer. This presents a diverse mixture of age appropriate exercises and classes.

Supervisor of Luverne Area Aquatics and Fitness, instructor trainer, personal trainer, wife, mother, grandmother, big buddy mentor and swim coach are just a few of my many roles I embrace and love.

Lora A Pelzer

Assistant Coach

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Coach Lora's competitive swimming experience began in 2009 when her daughter joined the swim team.

 

After three years of being a swim mom, she had the opportunity to volunteer as an assistant coach and eventually became part of the team's coaching staff. She joined the Sioux Falls Swim Team staff as an assistant coach in 2019.

 

Lora also has two years of teaching group and private swim lessons. Her two children have successfully competed at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Morgan Ann Willard

Assistant Coach

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Hello, I am Coach Morgan Willard. I am a native of Pierre, SD. I am a full-time Clinical Dietitian along with wife to Sam and mommy to Mia.

As a young swimmer, I grew up as a member of the Pierre Swim Team. For college, I swam for Boise State University where I was a part of two WAC championship teams and a team captain. For my senior year, I transferred to South Dakota State University where I was able to swim my last year with my two younger brothers, Jim and Alex McLain. At SDSU I was a school record holder, 2nd place summit league finisher and New Comer of the Year.

I started teaching swimming at the age of 14. I have had the pleasure of instructing kids of all ages for the city of Pierre, Pacific Swim School in Northern California and Swim America in Sioux Falls, in addition to several private swim lessons.  This is my first official coaching position. I have missed the sport dearly since my husband and I moved home after living in Japan for several years. I am very excited and honored to share my passion for the sport with the Sioux Falls Swim Team!

Andrew E Iverson

Assistant Coach

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Marisol Adriana Rios

Assistant Coach

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I’m Marisol, a new coach to the Sioux Falls Swim Team and new to the area as of April 2020. I am from West Fargo, ND and swam 10 years as a competitive swimmer with the West Fargo Flyers. Right after high school I started coaching for my home club and was with them for 5 years before starting nursing school. I also coached for DSMY Marlins in Des Moines, IA the summer of 2019 after graduating from nursing school. I am currently a full time LPN for a clinic at Sanford. I look forward to getting to know the team as I continue my coaching career.  

Isabel Joan Waite

Assistant Coach

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My name is Isabel Waite and I grew up in Watertown, South Dakota. I began competitive swimming at age nine and it has been a life-long commitment ever since. I am attending Augustana University located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. Also, I compete as a Viking on the Augustana Women’s Swimming Team. My love for swimming also carries over into a strong passion for coaching and leadership.