Coaching Staff
Coaching Staff

John Barnes

Head Coach and Program Director

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John has been the BLA/Dolphin Aquatics’ Program Director since 1996.

John has been coaching since 1985.

He is also the Director of Community Relations and Special Projects at Saint Thomas Academy.  

Coaching highlights:

  • 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

Swimming Highlights

  • John was a 4-time high school All-American and a 12-time college All-American. 

John has been married to Ann since 1988 and they have two children, Tyler and Ryan.

Eva Kremer

Associate Program Director

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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.  

 

Coaching Highlights:

  • Indivdual State Champions
  • Relay State Champions
  • Zone Champions
  • Junior National Qualifiers

Swimming Highlights:

  • 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 2004.

Jason Oberg

Head Age Group Coach

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Jason joined the BLA coaching staff in the fall of 2010 and has been coaching since 2004.  

Coaching Highlights:

  • Age Group State Champions 
  • AA State Champions
  • National Top 16 swimmers
  • 15 Years of Coaching

Swimming Highlights:

  • 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
 

Krystal Carlson

Age Group Asst

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Krystal joined BLA coaching staff fall 2017 and has been coaching since 2014.

She swam for BLA, Richfield High School, and Morningside College.

Swimming Highlights:
Captain of the Morningside Swim Team
National All-American Honorable Mention
2 time Morningside College Outstanding Swimmer of the Year Award
3 time NAIA Academic All American

Krystal graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morningside College with Bachelors of Science in both Biology and Chemistry. 

Patti Hornung

Asst Coach

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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 young girls.
 
Coaching Highlights:
Head Coach Rosemount High School 2010-2012
Assistant Coach Rosemount High School 2004-2010
Individual State Qualifiers - State Champions - State Record Holders - All-Americans
 
Swimming Highlights:
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 Meet