Head Coach / CEO
Jeff Rodriguez is in his 20th year with the Edina Swim Club. As Head Coach, Jeff is responsible for the senior program and the overall vision and success of the club, meanwhile, training each senior swimmer to their highest level.
His coaching experience includes developing athletes at all levels. Jeff started within the Edina program in 1997 as an assistant coach and became lead age group coach in 1998. As age group coach in 1998, 1999, 2000, Jeff led Edina’s Age Group program to three consecutive state Championships. Jeff became Head Coach in 2000 and currently coaches the Silver, Gold and National groups. Under his leadership, ESC has consistently placed in the top 3 at the Minnesota Championships and has won over 70 plus Top 2 age group awards at the state level.
In the past 10 years, Jeff has coached more than 60 athletes who have competed at the USA and NCSA Junior National Championships and coached swimmers at the Olympic Trials and US Open in 2012 and 2016. Athletes on the Edina Senior and National Teams regularly place on USA Swimming's top 10 lists and have set over 60 numerous MN state records and 200 plus ESC club records. Jeff was named Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, selected as Staff for USA National Select Camp in 2010 and attended in 2014. He was also selected as staff for the USA Central Zone Select Camp in 2015. In 2016, coach Jeff was nominated for Fitter and Faster Age Group Coach of the year for his age group successes.
Jeff's coaching philosophy focuses on being a well-rounded athlete and he enjoys seeing athletes continue swimming into the next phase of their careers. He has a strong belief there is a place for everyone on a team and swimming is a lifetime sport.
As an athlete himself, Jeff competed at the Division 1 level for University of Minnesota in 1994-1998. He was a member of the Big Ten Championship Team in 1996 that won the first championship in over 70 years to start a new tradition for the Gophers. Jeff came away from his college career being a two time Big Ten Champion (team), received Jerry McCual Award, two time Iron Fish Award, Four time Letter “M” Winner, Hardest Worker and Most Improved and a Member of the Dean’s List and 3.0 club. His events were 200 Breast, 200IM and 400IM during the Big Ten and at the National level. Coach Jeff earned a Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology with minors in Psychology, Spanish and Coaching from the University of Minnesota.
Away from the pool, Jeff enjoys traveling all over the world and stays active with exercise.
Lead Developmental Coach
James joined the Gators during the Spring 2017 season. A
Hoosier native, he grew up swimming with the Noblesville Swim Club
in central Indiana. After a successful four years at the
Noblesville High School swim team, he went on to swim Division I
with the Valparaiso Crusaders. He majored in Spanish, German and
Intl' Business and studied French, Biology and Actuarial
James coached for the Mako Swim Team in northern Indiana from
2013-2014 and continues a life long track of teaching swim lessons.
Here in Minnesota, he coaches the Edina Swim Club Age Group Prep
and Bronze groups, co-coaches Masters, works as a Development
Advisor for Pinwheel Advisors, and pursues higher education.
James moved to Minnesota in October of 2016. Away from work,
he can be found playing french horn for the local church,
traveling, or acclimating painfully slow to Minnesota during the
John G Wood
I come from a swim oriented family and grew up swimming for Star
Swim Club in St. Paul. A multisport athlete, I pursued a
hockey career through college and after graduating rediscovered my
passion for the sport of swimming. I began coaching for Lifetime
Athletic in 2015 where I grew the St. Louis Park location from a
swim lesson based program to a competitive swim team within 6
months. In Early 2017 I made the move to Edina and love what
I do here!
Aside from coaching at Edina, I am the assistant women’s
coach, and head men’s coach at Armstrong High School in
Robbinsdale. Alongside the sport of swimming, I pursue my
passion for health and fitness through my own training and the
personal training of various individuals varying from elite
athletes to those new to the fitness lifestyle.
This is Nick's first year coaching for the Gators after coaching
kids of all ages for Wayzata
Country Club. Nick swam for the Gators for nine years and
finished his swimming career at St. Olaf College, specializing in
breaststroke and the 200 I.M..
After nine years of benefiting from the sport, Nick hopes to
help foster a love of swimming and healthy competition in the next
generation. Nick hopes that he can pay forward what he gained
from the sport: from the community and friends gained, to the more
obvious physical benefits, to the mentality conducive to success in
and out of the pool.
Outside the pool Nick enjoys reading science fiction, playing
video games, exercising, and psychology.
Coach Jake Stodolka started with Edina Swim Club for the Long
Course season in 2017. He is a 2009 graduate of St.
John’s University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in
Theology. He started his professional career in Ministry and
Social Work. Jake has been working in the swimming industry
since 2008 as an instructor and coach. In 2016 he decided to take a
break from the world of competitive swimming, but was earning to
get back to the pool the day he stopped.
Coach Jake is an ASCA Level 2 Certified Coach, Certified Pool
Operator, and American Red Cross Lifeguard. His goal in
coaching is to nurture the athlete both in and out of the pool and
to create a positive environment.
He is excited to work for Edina for its reputation as the
premier swim club in the state of Minnesota and their staff that
shares his values!
Conner A McHugh
Spencer competed for a little more than 15 years, and coached for 8 years. She grew up in the north metro and swam for The Great Wolf Swim Team, until going to college at The University at Buffalo-New York. While swimming for UB, Spencer was a 7X Division 1 MAC conference champion, 3X UB school record holder, a MAC conference record holder, and her senior year she was awarded the “MAC Outstanding Senior Swimmer; Class of 2015”. Spencer’s main events were the 400 IM, 200 IM, 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 1000 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 1650 Freestyle, and basically the “Go To” team mate when points were needed.
Spencer’s swim coaching experience ranges from beginners just learning to swim to training high- intensity, competitive swimmers for racing. Spencer started coaching with Swim America swim lessons at an early age, moved on to help with The Great Wolf Swim Team, and then was an Assistant Coach for Coon Rapids High School boys’ and girls’ teams. Spencer was also a camp counselor every year for UB’s college summer swim camps. Spencer’s coaching philosophy meshes well with the Edina Swim Club’s, in the aspect of swimming being a lifelong sport. There are so many wonderful life lessons and friendships the sport of swimming has to offer, if you just open yourself up to them.
Spencer currently works for Katun Corporation in their New Product Development Department.
When she is not working, or coaching, you can find her on her bicycle, “Blue Streak Blitzen”, or keeping up with the latest fashion trends.
Andrea grew up swimming for Edina Swim Club from the ages of
7-18 and was coached by Coach Jeff. She also swam on the Edina
School girls team from 8th to 12th grade. After graduating from
school, Andrea went on to swim for the Minnesota Gophers. She was
four year letter winner and team captain her senior year. She was
a part of the Gophers team that won the Big Ten title in 2008.
Andrea works in recruiting for General Mills. She also enjoys
biking, competing in triathlons, and reading.
Taylor Renee Bacon
This is Taylor’s first year with the Edina swim club, although the pool has always been a second home to her. She began competitively swimming with a club team in Mankato at the age of 6. Her swimming career continued into high school where she earned All American honors. After constant pain while swimming, due to an injury she opted not to swim in college.
For the last five years, Taylor has coached with multiple programs both in Mankato and in the Twin Cities. She has worked developing and training kids at various levels including; age group kids for a club team in Mankato and High School boys at Mankato East. Taylor loves helping kids fall in love with the sport of swimming and coaching in a way that allows swimming to be a lifelong passion.
Taylor has her B.S. in Marketing and works during the day for a company in Minnetonka. When she’s not working or coaching, she enjoys being outside and still fuels her desire to compete by running both half and full marathons.
Nora Stauber joined the Edina staff in May 2016 and has been
involved in swimming for almost 15 years as a club swimmer, high
school swimmer, college swimmer and coach.
Growing up in Hermantown, MN, she swam with North Shore Swim
Club and then Proctor-Hermantown High school where she was a 2-time
state qualifier and team captain her senior season. Following her
high school career, Nora swam for the Minnesota State University,
Mankato Mavericks where she was a 4-time Conference Team member and
team captain her senior season. While swimming for the Mavericks,
Nora also taught swim lessons, coached club, and was a camp
counselor with the Maverick Swim Lesson Program. After graduating
from MSU with a degree in Sport Management, she went back up North
to coach at the Duluth Area Family YMCA and work in the University
of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Department.
In June 2015, Nora began pursuing her Master’s Degree in
Leadership at Augsburg College where she also serves as the Swim
and Dive coach. She currently resides in Wayzata, MN.
Annalise M Colton
Annalise grew up swimming for Edina Swim Club and swam for Coach
Jeff. She was a 16-time club state champion and competed and placed
at both Junior and Senior Nationals. She currently still holds the
Edina Swim Club 200 fly record. She also swam for Edina High
School and won the 100 butterfly individual state title in 2007.
She also was a part of the first place 200 medley relay team in
2007 and 2008. She was a seven-time NISCA All-American.
Annalise swam for the University of Minnesota from 2009 –
2013 and was a four-year letter winner. She was a part of the
1st place Big Ten Championship team in 2012 and 2013.
She was Academic All-Big Ten in 2013. She also competed at
the 2012 Olympic trials.
Annalise works as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Medtronic in
the product development of implantable neurostimulators. She has a
Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue
University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering
from the University of Minnesota. She enjoys traveling the world
and reading in her free time. She has also run a few marathons and
is now training to compete in triathlons and open water races.
Isaac has been coaching for the Gators for the last 3 years and
has enjoyed helping swimmers of all ages reach their highest
Isaac is Rwandan, he grew up in Jinja, Uganda and started
swimming as a young boy. He began swimming competitively at
age 12. In his swimming career, he competed for the country
of Uganda at the All Africa Games and the World Championships in
Italy in 2005. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Sports
Science from United States University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Over the last 13 years Isaac has taught swimming to children as
young as 3 years old all the way up to adult athletes. He was
the Head Coach for the International School of Uganda Swim Team
winning 8 conference championships. In 2013 Isaac became the
Athletic Director/PE Teacher at GEMS Cambridge International School
in Kampala, Uganda. Isaac started a swim team at the school
in 2013. By 2015, GEMS ranked 3rd among all
international schools in Uganda beating his former ISU team.
Since 2007, Isaac served as Uganda’s National Swimming
Head Coach. He has coached athletes to various World
Championship games, Common Wealth Games, All Africa Games and the
Youth Olympics. In 2012, one of his swimmers qualified for
the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Isaac was chosen as the
Ugandan Head Swimming Coach for the 2012 Olympics.
Isaac is married and lives in Prior Lake and enjoys being
outside and being in the water.
Julie grew up in Wayzata and had a short swimming career at the
Wayzata Country Club from ages 7-9. She graduated from Breck School
in 1987. She spent her college years out in Oneonta, NY at Hartwick
College with a major in Psychology. After college, she moved to
Seattle, WA and worked in the stock brokerage industry. 1994
brought her back to Wayzata and she began working in her families
business of manufacturing and selling electric cattle prods. While
sales of cattle prods took her all around the country, she meet her
husband, Pete, in Fargo, ND at a trade show. They now have 4 kids,
all who swim with the Edina Swim Club. Julie began working at the
Edina Swim Club in January of 2012.