Matt began coaching at MSC in 2005 as an assistant coach. He also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to swim under some really good coaches, taking from them parts of training and technique that he still uses today.
IN Age Group Coach of the Year (2008); Head Coach Team Indiana QUADS (2009), asst. coach (2010); coach of (3) Central Zone Individual Champions; helped Coach over (40) Individual and Relay State Champions; over 90 Munster Swim Club Records Broken (age group and senior); coached (3) Olympic Trial Qualifiers; coached a National Junior TEAM Member (2009) / Junior National Individual Runner-Up / multiple Jr. and SR. National Qualifiers; Head Coach of 3 Munster Masters (small team) State Championships; coached (1) National Champion USMS 2012 and multiple USMS State Champions and State record holders. I swam at Munster HS (years undisclosed...) and went on to swim at The University of Virginia as a scholarship recipient and part of (3) ACC Championship Teams.
Matt enjoys spending time outside with his rescue mix, Rose.
Nicole K Saulters
Years involved with competitive swimming: 19
Years involved with coaching: 4
Accolades with swimming (personal and coaching): 4 time All American in high school, has held over 20 records in age group, high school (pool, section, team, and conference), and college (6), 1 st team all conference in high school, state finalist in age group swimming, state finalist in high school, conference finalist in college.
I have had the great opportunity for be coaching with Munster for four years. I love seeing the swimmer grow and work hard throughout the season. The best part of coaching is getting to build relationships with the swimmers and watching them grow as a person as well as a swimmer.
In my free time I enjoy doing Crossfit, crafting, and reading a good book.
Tina Schmidt-McNulty comes back to Munster Swim Club for her 6th year. She has over 20+ years of experience both as an Assistant and Head Swim Coach. She had the opportunity to help coach at East Chicago Central High School and Crown Point High School as an Assistant Coach with Doug Norris. She also was the Munster High School Girls Head Swim Coach for several years and led the girls to conference and sectional championships along with producing several state finalists. Tina, herself, was a swimmer for MSC, Munster High School and at Indiana University Bloomington. She was a record-holder, state qualifier and All-American.
Tina compliments her assistant coaching position as a Clinic Exercise Physiologist/Nurse/Visiting Instructor at University of Illinois-Chicago. She also has several Fitness/Health articles/courses published and has been an international presenter at Fitness Conventions. When not at the pool, she enjoys spending time with her 2 children (who are also MSC swimmers) and her husband.
Senior/Boys/Girls H.S. Coach
Girls/Boys Swimming Coach,
Swim Program Coordinator, MHS
Senior Coach, Munster Swim Club
Mat started to love the water quickly at the age of 6 months old at the YMCA in Hammond. From there he started competitive swimming at the age of 6 with the Merrillville Aquatic Club (MAC). He was highly committed to club swimming all the way to the age of 23 having always swam 11 months or so each year. In college at Ball State he coached age group swimmers as a camp counselor/coach for three seasons in a row. During his student-teaching, he coached at the New Castle Swim Club. From there he spent one summer coaching at the Palos Orland Swim Association in Orland Park, IL and two summers coaching the Fountain Area Swim Team in the Prairie State Swim League. Finally, he coached three seasons with the Merrillville Aquatic Club (MAC) and with us, the Munster Swim Club (MSC) from 2008-Current.
As an athlete, Mat is proud that he qualified for the high school state meet his senior season of high school in the 100 Butterfly event. Also, having completed his 17-year competitive swimming career with three lifetime bests at the Mid-American Conference meet representing Ball State.
As a teacher, Mat has taught in a variety of diversity. Having taught at Fountain Central Jr./Sr. H.S., Merrillville H.S., and in the School Town of Munster. He has taught grades K-12 Physical Education, High School Health, and Lifeguarding. He was the Aquatics Director at Fountain. He started teaching elementary at Eads elementary his first several years in Munster and really enjoys the interactions with the little ones. In addition to teaching at MHS, Mat is also the Swim Program Coordinator. This includes a variety of organizational things including: Physical Education lifeguarding schedules, the youth swim lessons program in the Fall and Spring/Summer, Community Open/Lap Swim, and misc. pool rental/swim club meet responsibilities. Recently, he created a special needs aquatics program during the summer months.
As a coach, Mat enjoys the thought process that goes into the coaching profession. He also enjoys reflecting on and improving advanced training plans from season to season and the strategy involved in meet preparation and against local rivals. Mat started at MHS coaching the two teams that achieved team state runner up awards and worked hard helping to prepare the new Aquatic Center in the middle of the season. Mat really enjoyed the opportunity after that having his sister as the diving coach and her husband as his assistant. Those were fun and meaningful experiences for our family. In the IHSAA Tournament Sectional Competition, Mat enjoys the process of preparing the team. The girls teams have only been beaten once in five seasons by a very narrow margin, and the boys team remains with a record of consecutive victories. He has been fortunate to have received the Sectional, Post Tribune, and Ball State Alumni Coach of the Year Awards. Recently, the teams swim one Long Course Meters high school meet each season, host sectionals most years, and the Munster Relays meet is moving to a co-ed format. Mat is excited to see what the girls and boys in Munster can continue to do, and enjoys coaching both genders and having a coaching style with all the kids that hopefully they enjoy.