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Autumn Kappes

Chief Executive Officer

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Autumn started with the Orcas in the fall of 2011.  Autumn oversees all groups within the Orca Program.  

Autumn has been around the pool her entire life swimming for both club teams and high school in Wisconsin.   Autumn has worked in many capacities of aquatic programs since 1992 including swim school, lifeguarding, coaching high school swimming, and aquatic management.

 Autumn has an extensive background in aquatics both as a swimmer, as a teacher, and director.

Autumn comes to the Orcas from the Waukesha Express Swim Club (WEST) where she began working as the SwimAmerica Program Director in January of 2003. Prior to working at WEST, Autumn worked in the aquatics program at the Oconomowoc YMCA, Swimtastic, and at All-American Aquatics.  She was also the pool director from 1999 - 2002 at the Western Racquet Club.  Autumn has also served as the Head Coach of the Waukesha West High School Mens and Womens swim teams.  Autumn is also an authorized instructor for the American Red Cross.

Autumn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a teaching degree (preschool - 6th grade), and taught 6th grade for four years at St. Martin of Tours in the Milwaukee area. 

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Logan Petzold

Age Group Coach/Swim Lessons Lead

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Logan has been coaching for Med City Aquatics since 2009.   She grew up just north of St. Paul in Lino Lakes, MN and swam six years for her high school team cumulating as a senior captain.  She then swam four years for Hamline University; again being named a captain her senior year.   Logan has loved swimming for as long as she can remember and developed her love of coaching while working with a summer league while still in college.  After undergrad she continued her education and received her Masters in Counseling at UW-River Falls all while continuing to coach.  Though Logan enjoyed working in the schools as a counselor coaching was her first passion and has been happy to devote herself to the pool!

Previous to coming to Rochester Logan coached for the Great Wolf swim team and for the White Bear Yacht Club.  She and husband Andy welcomed daughter Ivy in December 2014!

Jeremiah Jackson

Age Group & Diving Coach

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JJ is the Orcas Head Diving Coach and periodically assists with some of the other swimming groups.  JJ has an extensive background in coaching and participating in diving in the area.  JJ is currently in his 9th season as the diving coach at St. Mary's in Winona.  He has also coached diving for both the mens and womens teams at Winona High School for 13 seasons.  JJ has had numerous conference championships while coaching both high school and college.  JJ led a summer club for 6 years in the area.  JJ has been nominated as Section Coach of the Year and Big 9 Conference Coach of the Year.