Lucas A Baarlaer
Lucas has been with the Piranhas since July, 2014. Since
2014 the Piranhas have seen significant team growth and athletic
success in the pool. Lucas has experience working with almost
every level. He began his coaching career during his
undergraduate days as an assistant coach for a summer league team,
coaching 8-12 year olds, in his hometown of Boulder, Co.
After completing his Undergraduate Degree in Exercise Science
and competing collegiately at the University of North Dakota,
he spent four years as an assistant coach at UND while working
towards his Master's degree in Kinesiology. After moving to
Minnesota in 2012, Lucas volunteered at the University of Minnesota
and was a part-time assistant coach at Edina Swim Club.
Although Lucas directly coaches the Senior level swimmers on a
daily basis he enjoys working with the younger swimmers on a
weekly basis and ensures that he gets to know every swimmer on the
He is certified as a Level 4 coach through the American Swim
Coaches Association. He currently serves as the Senior Vice
Chair for MN Swimming. During his free time he enjoys being
outdoors and staying active.
Junior Lead Coach
Chris has been a competitive swimmer since he was 8 years old. After a successful high school career, he competed collegially for St. Cloud State and the University Wisconsin- Eau Claire. He competed mainly as a sprinter and backstroker. During his swimming career, he earned 10 All of American Awards, 5 school records, a conference record, 13 WIAC conference titles, and team MVP. He was a member 2 top-10 finishing teams at the Division III national meet. As a coach, Chris has coached age group, high school, college and masters levels for the past 13 years. His favorite coaching moment was as an assistant coach for the Albert Lea boys high school team. There he implemented a strength and sprinting program. The team went on to win the Big 9 conference meet by winning 8 of 10 swimming events and setting a conference record in the 400 free relay.
Age Group 2 - Lead Coach
Maddie began swimming
competitively at the age of 11 and was a Piranha for 7 years before
competing for the University of Vermont for 4 years. In her
competitive career she swam distance freestyle and IM and placed
top-8 in the mile in the America East Conference and East Coast
Athletic Conference meets in 2015. After graduating from UVM she
returned to the Twin Cities and is now a researcher in biomedical
engineering at the University of Minnesota. She’s excited to
be back at Piranhas Swim Club as a coach, and is looking forward to
helping swimmers develop their skills and learn to love the
Age Group 1 Lead Coach
Brandon is originally from Loveland, Colorado
where he first learned to swim. After taking swimming lessons at
age four, he joined the local club team, Loveland Swim Club, where
he had great success competing at all levels. Brandon’s
favorite swimming memories were times spent with his
teammates during practices, during meets, and at other team
Following his age group swimming career, Brandon
swam at the University of Minnesota. He was primarily an IMer,
butterflier, and distance freestyler. He had a great experience as
a Gopher and continues to stay involved with Gopher Athletics. He
also met Head Coach Lucas at Minnesota.
Brandon has previous experience coaching all
levels and abilities and is excited to join the Piranhas. He always
strives to make practice fun and enjoyable while improving
technique and speed. Outside of coaching, Brandon likes to spend
time doing outdoor activities such as biking, water skiing, and
Maureen Ann Mook
Master's Coach / Novice Coach
Maureen came to swimming
at age nine and quickly fell in love with the sport. An
accomplished YMCA, USS club, high school and Division I Collegiate
swimmer, Maureen achieved several awards over the years. She found
masters swimming in her twenties. Her coaching background includes
Masters Swim Coach for the Minneapolis Uptown YWCA, Assistant
girls’ coach for Bloomington Kennedy, Minnetonka and
Rosemount teams. Head Middle School Coach for Simley and
Richfield Swim Club Novice coach.
Maureen has taught
Parent/Child through adults as well as children with special needs
for the Park Board, YWCA and the YMCA. She is currently a certified
YMCA swim instructor for the Burnsville Y and has worked with
triathletes and fitness swimmers to improve their
Maureen has a B.A. from
the University of Northern Iowa and M.A.s in Teaching and Business
Communications from the University of St. Thomas. She a
communications consultant and a teacher. Her daughter
Charlotte swims for the Piranhas Swim Club. When Maureen is
not coaching she is an active parent volunteer.
Kathryn swam competitively for 15 years, starting at age 7 and completing her career as a collegiate athlete at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She was born and raised in Fargo, ND, and swam for the FMY Gators throughout her career. She was a breaststroker from Day 1, but sometimes swam IM and butterfly. After college, she returned home to Fargo where she worked in human resources as her day job, and coached the Gators for 4 years. She recently moved to the Twin Cities to pursue a Master's degree in HR at the U of M. She is excited for the opportunity to continue to coach and connect with a new group of swimmers. Her favorite things about coaching are teaching legal breaststroke kick and helping facilitate the lifelong friendships and memories kids create in swimming.
Kenzie is excited to be back coaching and involved with the sport. She began competitive swimming at age 7 with the St Cloud Swim club, continued on to swim for St. Cloud State University. Throughout her career, Kenzie competed as a breaststroker, IM’er, distance swimmer, and sprinter. She was a school record holder at St. Cloud Tech High school, and a 4 time all state award winner. She was voted most improved 2 times with St. Cloud State, and conference finalist and national team member. She has coached both at the club level, with Granite City Aquatics and St. Cloud Swim Club, as well as the high school level with Cathedral High School. Kenzie enjoys watching swimmers learn to love the sport, and progress in technique and time throughout the season.
I am Michelle
Hamren Olmsted. I grew up in Richfield, and swam on the
Richfield Swim Club and also the Richfield High School team.
I went to University of Minnesota and swam there for 4 years.
After graduating, I coached the novice group of the Piranhas
and was also the assistant coach for the Richfield girls and boys
high school teams for many years. I have taught second grade
and now teach Kindergarten at Centennial Elementary. I am
married and have 2 daughters, Olivia and Nora. Olivia
currently swims on the novice team. I love to work with kids
of all ages, do art, clean, hang out outside, and travel. I
am very excited to be back on the deck coaching for the
Piranhas! It feels like home :)
Jack Chase Bowers