Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to registration, workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact Head Coach Alex Lindstrom

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Alex Lindstrom

Alex Lindstrom

Head Coach
Lead Coach Senior I, Senior II

Email: [email protected]

Alex joined Mantas Swim Club as the Head Coach in the Fall of 2008. Alex's philosophy on swimming competitvely is based on technique. He believes swimming to be a lifelong sport for ALL abilities, as long as you're having fun.

"The more efficient you can swim, the faster you can go. Swimming FAST is FUN!"

In addition to the Mantas, Alex is the Assisstant Head Coach for the Men's and Women's Swim Teams at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.

Assistant Coach Matt Van Fossen

Matt Van Fossen

Assistant Coach
Assistant Age Group Coach/ Senior 2/ College

Coach Matt has been involved with the Mantas as both an athlete and coach since 2011. After returning to the Mankato area in 2013 to pursue a degree in Information Technology at MSU, Matt felt the desire to try to break his collegiate best times. He started swimming as the "old man" in the club, and stepped onto deck to coach as the opportunities arose. After 2 years of fun and a few new personal bests, Matt decided to retire his cap and goggles and begin his current role as the Assistant Age Group coach in 2015.

Outside of the pool, Matt's interests include cars, technology, and weightlifting. In addition to Mantas, Matt is a Web Developer at his alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Assistant Coach Paul Vasquez

Paul Vasquez

Assistant Coach
Lead Age Group Coach

Email: [email protected]

Coach Paul is in his first season with the Mantas, coming to the club from Delafield, Wisconsin. During his 17 years of coaching experience, Paul has had the opportunity to work with athletes of all ages and abilities ranging from Novice swimmers to High School State Champions. Most recently, Paul headed Age Group with the Elmbrook Swim Club, specializing in athletes aged 6-12 ready to step up in training groups. He looks forward to helping shape this program, and giving our athletes the tools necessary to to become life long swimmers.

In addition to Mantas, Paul works as a Special Education Teacher for MNVED. He enjoys spending his time away from the pool with his wife and three boys geocaching, attending sporting events, watching movies, and playing board games. They are BIG Disney fans so be prepared for Disney Trivia at practice.

Coaching Staff