Head Coach and Program Director
John has been the BLA/Dolphin Aquatics’ Program Director
John has been coaching since 1985.
He is also the Director of Community Relations and Special
Projects at Saint Thomas Academy.
- 2018 NHSACA National Swimming Coach of the Year
- ASCA level 5 Coach
- 7 Olympic Trial Qualifiers
- 15 National Qualifiers
- 30 Junior National Qualifiers
- 24 High School All Americans
- 2 World University Game Gold Medalists
- High School Dual Meet record 144-5-1
- 15 State Championship Teams 14 at STA 1 at Minnetonka
HS (The most State Swimming Championships in the History of
Minnesota High School Swimming)
- 1996, 2014 and 2015 MN High School Coach of the Year.
- 1991 MN ASCA Age Group Coach of the year
- John was a 4-time high school All-American and a 12-time
John has been married to Ann since 1988 and they have two
children, Tyler and Ryan.
Associate Program Director
Eva has been with BLA/Dolphins since 1998.
Eva has been coaching since 1991 and she is an ASCA (American
Swimming Coaches Association) Level 3.
One of her goals is to develop well-rounded swimmers for a
long-term career in swimming.
- Indivdual State Champions
- Relay State Champions
- Zone Champions
- Junior National Qualifiers
- Swedish Junior National Champion
- Swedish Junior National Team Member.
- 13 time NAIA National Champion
- 32 time All-American at Drury University.
- Eva was inducted into Drury University’s Hall of Fame in
Head Age Group Coach
Jason joined the BLA coaching staff in the fall of 2010 and has
been coaching since 2004.
- Age Group State Champions
- AA State Champions
- National Top 16 swimmers
- 15 Years of Coaching
- Jason swam for (DAT) Blackline for John Barnes
- Swam for Apple Valley and Rosemount
- 4-time All-American
- State Champion
- Junior National Qualifier
- Zone Qualifier
Age Group Asst
Krystal joined BLA coaching staff fall 2017 and has been coaching
She swam for BLA, Richfield High School, and Morningside
Captain of the Morningside Swim Team
National All-American Honorable Mention
2 time Morningside College Outstanding Swimmer of the Year
3 time NAIA Academic All American
Krystal graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morningside College with
Bachelors of Science in both Biology and Chemistry.
Patti joined BLA coaching staff in the Fall 2019 and has been
coaching since 2004. She took a break from coaching to raise her 2
Head Coach Rosemount High School 2010-2012
Assistant Coach Rosemount High School 2004-2010
Individual State Qualifiers - State Champions - State Record
Holders - All-Americans
Swam for Blackline/Dolphins for John Barnes
Swam for Rosemount High School - Individual State Champion -
State Record Holder - Captain of State Championship Team - Zone
Qualifier - Junior National Qualifier
Swam for Northern Michigan University - All-American at NCAA