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Coaching Staff

Pedro Pereira

Head Coach

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Coach Pedro, a former swimmer for the University of North Dakota, is an 18-time NCAA All American. He is a five-time NCAA National Champion and three-time NCAA National Record
Holder. Coach Pedro was a member of the 2001 Brazilian National Team and an eight-time Brazilian Junior National Champion.


His coaching experience includes serving as a Head Age Group Coach and Senior Coach for Triton Swimming of Louisville, Head Age Group Coach for Performance Elite Aquatics in
Madison, MS, Head Age Group Coach and Interim Head Coach for the Central Area Aquatic Team in Seattle, Washington.


Coach Pedro had a previous coaching experience with the E’town Dolphins, where he served as the Head Age Group Coach and Head Senior Coach for 4 years (2010-2013). During those years, several Dolphins swimmers went on to win multiple state championships, qualified to Sectional meets as well as Junior Nationals.


Other coaching experiences include being a Zone Championship coach for both Team Kentucky and Team Mississippi, All-Stars Coach for Team Kentucky, and a two-year experience coaching Marina Barra Clube back in his hometown, Rio de Janeiro.


Coach Pedro is also a member of American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and has been named as Age Group Coach of the Year twice (2010 & 2013).

Dena Braeger

Assistant Coach

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Dena Braeger is a native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  At age 8 she began her swimming career, and her favorite event was quickly the 25 yard butterfly.  She held many club and high school records and was a Zones level swimmer in High School.  She finished her swimming career at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was a Patriot League All-Star, and Academic All-Star.  Following graduation, Dena served in the Army at multiple levels of leadership, including commanding a 350-solider company in ground combat during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Dena returned to the pool deck from 2005-2009 in a coaching and mentoring role at West Point while assigned as an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department.  In 2011, Dena left the Army to serve her family full time as a mother and Army wife.  Most recently, she had the opportunity to coach the Hohenfels Tigers Swim Team in Germany, and she spent the last year coaching with the Dolfins as an assistant for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Teams.  Dena comes with a lifetime passion for the sport of swimming and for developing athletes, and she is excited to continue to work with the team in the capacity of interim head coach.  Dena has been married for the last 20 years to LTC Ken Braeger, and they have 6 children. 

Chase Simmons

Assistant Coach

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Chase Simmons was born in the desert of Tucson, Arizona. He is the son of an army officer and grew up moving every couple of years. He has lived in the southern and eastern parts of the United States and spent 6 years in Mannheim, Germany, where he started his swimming career. At the age of 10 he started swimming for the European Forces Swim League where he developed a love for the sport. This love for the sport is what drove him for the next 12 years and pushed him to swim in college. His senior year of high school he earned a swimming scholarship at the University of the Cumberlands where he then swam for 4 years and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in biology. While at the University of the Cumberlands he was captain of the swim team as well as an All-American and national qualifier. Now that his swimming career has ended he is trying to give back to the sport that has been a huge part of his life as well as pass on his passion for the sport to others. 

Board of Directors

Dawn Brandenburg

Board President

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Kelly Godfrey

Board Treasurer

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Brian Fellows

Board Secretary

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Tina Godfrey

Board Member

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Brandon Raney

Board Member

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Kristi Toms

Board Member

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Kathy Porter

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Greg Koval

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Joseph West

Board Member

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