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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 coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Board of Directors
Our swim team is run by a board of directors.  These are parents who have volunteered their time to help run, support and promote our club.  The board organizes swim meets, coordinates team apparel, maintains financial accounts and seeks to carry out the mission and vision of the club. 

The club is very thankful for all that they provide.  If you submit a concern or question to a board member, please remember that they are swim parents too.  They are happy to hear your opinion, suggestions and praise.

Coaching Staff

Brandon Converse

Head Coach/Senior Coach

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Brandon is the Head Coach and also coaches the Senior group.  He has been a part of the Waves for the past 20 years and has coached every level on our swim club. 

Brandon's swimming experience started at the age-group level and progressed all the way up to swimming at Hope College.  His coaching career started immediately following college by working with various age-group and high school programs.  Brandon has also been an assistant coach for Calvin College and currently is an assistant to the EGR Girls  and Boys Varsity Swim and Dive programs. 

In Brandon's own words:

"I feel very fortunate to be able to work with great athletes, parents and volunteers in a community that values swimming and the experiences it provides.  I believe that swimming teaches our kids about work ethic, perseverance, being a team player, empathy, goal setting and developing life long skills that will help them long after their swimming careers are over.  I am here to help kids reach as high as they want to go and I value all those who make the commitment to improve themselves as swimmers and people."

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Josh Dolecki

Head Age Group/Masters Coach

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Josh is the Head Age-Group Coach and oversees the Silver and Gold program, as well as the EGRA Masters Program.

Josh has been swimming competitively since the age of eight in both club and middle/high school. He was a four year varsity swimmer at Brandon High School and captain both his Junior and Senior year. He comes from past coaching experience as the head coach of the Deer Lake Dolphins Rec Swim Team out of Clarkston, Michigan and has been with the EGRA Waves program for the past six years.

He graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science focusing on Health and Fitness. Josh is a recognized Masters Coach in US Masters Swimming (USMS) and an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) certified coach. He has also been involved with Michigan Swimming as a Zone Coach in 2018.

Alec Kandt

Coach

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My name is Alec Kandt and I am the new Head Age Group Coach. I am very excited to be joining the EGRA staff and most importantly the EGRA family. I look forward to joining the team once I make the move from Florida to Grand Rapids. Until then, here is a little bit of background information to help you get to know me.

    I was born and raised in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota where I swam for South East Metro Sharks swim club for ten years and achieved multiple state titles. I graduated from Simley High School where I was a State champion, All-American and currently still hold multiple school records.

    After high school, I continued my swimming career after being recruited to swim for Coach Gianiodis at Michigan State University. Go Green! While at MSU I was a 4-year letter winner, a 3-time Male Swimmer of the year, top-8 Finisher at the BIG Ten championships. I am still the Varsity Record holder in the 100 Breaststroke. While swimming for MSU, I was given the opportunity to compete and even place at many different major National meets, including the 2016 Olympic Trials. I was selected to represent MSU on the Big Ten All Star Team when they swam against the National Team in 2016. 

    While at MSU, I was given a chance to start my coaching career. During my junior year, I started coaching for Mid-Michigan Aquatics. I worked for MMA for almost two years before I accepted a position with the University of Florida And Gator Swim Club. Over the last year, I have been the Volunteer Assistant for the University of Florida. While with Florida I was the Primary Breaststroke Coach, but also worked with Head Coach Gregg Troy and his group. This year I was able to help the team to bring the 7 th straight SEC Title back to the University of Florida. Also, while here in Gainesville I worked with Gator Swim Club as an Assistant coach. While with GSC I had the opportunity to work with the pro team and coach athletes like Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel, Jan Switkowski, and many other high-profile athletes. My primary role with GSC was coaching the groups that are equivalent to EGRA’S Silver and Gold groups. While coaching with this group, I had multiple swimmers reach success by achieving best times, State cuts, Zone Cuts and even some Sectional cuts. 

    I am very excited to join the EGRA family. One thing that really excited me was how close knit the team is, it’s like a family with how welcoming the Staff and Board have been. I’m looking forward to joining the staff and bringing my passion, skills, and experiences to help make this club even more successful than it already is while still having fun. If you have any questions feel free to call, text or email me! 

 

Alec Kandt

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C: 651-226-1593

E: coachalec@egrawaves.com

Lynne Bart

Head Developmental Coach

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Lynne is returning as the Head Developmental Coach starting this Spring 2018!  She was the lead coach for approximately 4 years before moving over to assist with Gold a few years ago.  She brings knowledge of developmental swimming along with experience of upper level age-group swimming.

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Chris Ingram

Assistant Coach: Senior

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Chris assists with Senior in the Spring and Summer seasons.  He also assists with the EGR Varisty programs.  

Anna Serino

Assistant Coach: Silver & Gold

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Anna assists with silver and gold.

Anna has been swimming competitively since she was 7 years old. At age 11 she started to swim USA year round and really fell in love with the sport. She swam with South Lyon Aquatics and the Pinckney High School team. Anna continued her swimming career at Calvin College and is currently in her third season with the team. She specializes in mid-distance freestyle. 

Anna is studying exercise science and psychology at Calvin and is planning to continue her education with a masters in Occupational Therapy. She has previously had experience coaching with the Calvin age group team and the Grand Rapids Christian middle school team. 

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Mallory Nicole Mutschler

Assistant Coach: Bronze, Blue, Precomp

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Mallory  swam for Bethel Park's Recreational Swim Team in Pittsburgh, PA for 7yrs and enjoyed swimming the 200 & 400 Individual Medley and 100 & 200 Breaststroke. Alongside swimming, she has also taught a variety of swim lessons for 6yrs. She will be assisting with the Wealthy groups (Pre-comp, Blue and Bronze).

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Adrienne Wesselius

Assistant Coach: Silver

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Adrienne is a former student and swimmer at Calvin College.  She will be assisting with Silver.

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Luke Herman

Assistant Coach: Gold

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Luke joins us from Calvin College where he is a student and an athlete on the swim team.  He will assist with Silver and Gold. 

Alexa Schipper

Assistant Coach: Silver and Gold

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Alexa joins the Waves to help assist with Silver and Gold.  She is a former EGRA Waves swimmer!

Justin Vasquez

Coach

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Justin Vasquez is a former assistant coach at Grand Valley State University and the new head coach for the new women's program at Davenport.  He will be assisting with Senior in the summer.

Board of Directors

Craig Thomas Alguire

Board Member

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David Chandler

Board Member

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Amanda Coppess

Board Member

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Katie Israels

Board Member

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Brian Marcukaitis

Treasurer

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Katie McIntosh

Board Member

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Pete Michell

Board Member

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Andy Milnes

Board Member

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Mark B Periard

Board Member

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Jennifer Reifinger

President

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Sue Schering

Board Member

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Deanne Walters

Board Member

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Kyle Williams

Secretary

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