Nothing has a greater influence on the quality of children's sports than the excellence of the coach. The Lake Superior Swim Club staff consists of a number of professionally trained coaches. They, as member coaches in the American Swimming Coaches Association, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States. Certified coaches in USA Swim­ming programs possess training and experience in the physiology and psychology of adolescent development. Our coaching staff provides the assurances that the time your children spend in swimming will be quality time.

Coaching Staff

Howie Leathers

Head Coach



Howie Leathers is the Head Coach of the entire LSSC team. He became the full-time during the start up phase of Lake Superior Swim Club. The coaching philosophy of the team comes under Howie's direction and is instrumental in determining the philoso­phy of the entire team. Howie cut his coaching teeth at the Stanford Swim Camps in 1991 and 1992.  At Stanford, Howie worked under the direction of Skip Kenney and Richard Quick, two of the most celebrated coaches in USA Swimming history. After leaving Stanford, Howie started a Masters swim club at Bemidji State University and served as Head Coach for the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers, helping them capture the Minnesota Short Course Championship title in 1993. 

As a swimmer at Bemidji State University, Howie was named team captain his junior year and also earned All-America honors in 1991.

Howie believes that his responsibility as a swim coach reaches far beyond the pool.  His goal is to help all athletes reach their highest potential socially as well as academically. 


Lindsay Knabe



Lindsay’s swimming career began in the third grade when she tried out to swim on the Valley Dolphins Swim Team in Apple Valley, MN.  Swimming slowly became a singular athletic focus and she eventually enjoyed a long and VERY successful USA Swimming career.  Not only was Lindsay the High Point Winner at the Midwest Mega-Zone  Meet, she also competed at multiple Junior Nationals Competitions during her career. 

While swimming for Eastview High School, Lindsay competed at the Minnesota State High School Meet in the 200 Free, 200 IM, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Free Relay, achieving All State honors individually 8 times.  In addition, she earned Eastview’s Athlete of the Year in 2000 and High School All-American status in 1997 and 1998. 

She went on to realize her dream of swimming at the Division I level by swimming at the University of Minnesota.  Lindsay had the honor to swim 4 years for MN coaching legend, Jean Freeman, who valued each swimmer as a person, and not just as an athlete.  Lindsay also had the privilege to serve as a team captain for the University of Minnesota and earn a Division I collegiate letter. 

Lindsay enjoys excitement that LSSC swimmers have for the sport.  As a coach, Lindsay brings her passion and world class experience to the pool deck every day and shares her knowledge with LSSC athletes.

Lexie J Hendricks



Lexie Hendricks is a native to Bemidji, MN and prior to coaching with the Lake Superior Swim Club, she coached with the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers for 4 years. Lexie has extensive experience coaching each of the USA Swimming age groups.

Alongside, coaching the Lake Superior Swim Club, Lexie was also a fitness instructor at Bemidji State University, as well as taught kettlebell and paddle board fitness classes. As an athlete, Lexie swam for the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers for 10 years. During her high school swimming career at Bemidji High School, Lex was a Minnesota High School State meet participant in the 500 freestyle 3 times, and in the 200 freestyle 2 times. In 2012 Lexie captained the Bemidji Lumberjack high school swim team. She is the previous Bemidji High and Minnesota Section 8a record holder in the 500 freestyle. Outside of the pool, Lexie likes to get outside!  She is an avid white water kayaker and mountain biker.  She also enjoys hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and running.