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Sea Devils Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Michelle Mix

Head Senior Coach 763-213-4719

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Michelle received the 2010 Esther and Jerry Simpson Developing Coach of the Year award.  This is a huge honor for Coach Michelle and the Sea Devils!  As the recipient of this award, Michelle received a free trip to the 2010 ASCA clinic in Indianapolis which she attended along with Head Age Group Coach, Terri Moser.  

Michelle is a certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and enjoys being able to talk with kids about how their nutrition affects their performance in the pool.

Michelle swam competitively from 5-17 years of age, and made it to Junior Olympics (JO). She also swam for her high school team from 7th to 11th grade. She was unable to continue her swimming career as the result of a car accident and subsequent  knee surgeries. Michelle began coaching for Swim STMA when it was a Community Ed program and continued when it became a USA Swimming club in 2000.  Michelle and her husband Dave live in St Michael along with their 2 children, Cole and Felicia.

Terri Moser

Head Age Group Coach 763-229-3878

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Terri swam competitively for 10 years (ages 7-17) for the Beaver Dam Swim Team in her hometown of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin . She qualified for State Championships in the Breaststroke all 10 years. She went>

Terri has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Research and Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she did research for 2 years.  Terri and her husband Mark live in St. Michael with their son, Grant.

David Cliff

Group Lead Coach

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Dave swam competitively for Maple Grove /Champlin from age 9- 18. In high school he qualified for State in the 100 Fly his Sophomore and Senior years. He was voted MVP his Junior Season and served as a Captain his Senior Year. Dave swam the 200 Fly and the 1650 Free for the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee . He earned the Coaches Award during his Freshman Year and enjoyed competing in some of the finest pools in the country. From 1999 to 2004, Dave started coaching along side his childhood coach at MGC. While there, he had the opportunity to work with several State Champions in the 8 & U and 9-10 age groups.

Dave joined the Sea Devils in 2009 and has lived in St. Michael since 2004 with his wife, Christine, daughter Emma, and son Aiden.

DaNae Volkers

Group Lead Coach

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DaNae grew up in Elk River, swimming competitively since the age of 12 and then joining the High School team. In high school she was a sprint freestyler, All Conference honors through her career and qualifying for State Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. Junior year she made All State and her 400 Free Relay team broke their school record that season.  She still finds times to swim with the Sea Devils Master Program for the love of the sport! Once high school had ended she had joined coaching with her club team that she had swam with in high school then joined the Sea Devils in 2011 and loves every moment!

On a personal note, after experiencing constant migraines and some moments of forgetfulness, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February of 2016. The tumor was also causing epilepsy which is all now trying to be controlled by medication.  In December of 2017 she had a biopsy and we found the tumor is slow growing & benign- YAY! DaNae couldn’t thank her family, her co-coaches, her friends, her swimmers and the parents that are more supportive than she could ever imagine! All the support means the world to her and she gives a big hug and a thank you.

Ruth Christianson

Assistant Coach

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Ruth grew up in Duluth, MN where she swam for her high school varsity swim team in 8th and 9th grades and was a member of the state relay team in 9th grade. Later in high school she focused increasingly on music and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

Ruth graduated from North Park University in Chicago, IL with a B.A. in English and a minor in music. She worked in fundraising and marketing for the arts before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Since then she has volunteered serving children, families, and women in various capacities at her church and home school co-op.

Ruth currently lives in St. Michael with her husband, Erik and home educates their three children. Two of her children swim with the Sea Devils, and she is thankful they are part of such a great club. Ruth is also a member of the Sea Devils Masters program and had a blast swimming her first lake swim in Alexandria last summer. She is thrilled to be a part of the Sea Devils coaching staff.

Corey Forslund

Assistant Coach

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Cory swam for the Cambridge-Isanti High School team, and was honored to serve as the team's captain for two seasons.  He was able to swim breaststroke at the state meet several years.  After graduating, he enjoyed coaching the team alongside his own former coach, and especially enjoyed coaching his former teammates. 

After high school, Corey swam for Wolf, Jetstream and finally found a home with the Sea Devils first as a swimmer and finally as a coach.  When not>

Corey is currently attending Anoka Ramsey Community College and intends to continue his education at a Minnesota state university.

Tisha Lezer

Assistant Coach

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Tisha grew up in Bismarck, ND. She swam competitively from 7-22 years of age in club, high school, and collegiate programs(UND). Her achievements include multiple top 8 finishes and championships in breaststroke and IM at age group Zones/Nationals and YMCA Nationals, high school state championships and collegiate conference championships.  Tisha was an NCAA National Champion in the 200 yd breaststroke. 

Tisha has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of North Dakota. She is an avid runner and is very health conscious. She has 2 children, Max and Emma, who both swim for the Sea Devils. Tisha lives with her husband Trent in Rogers, MN.

Felicia Mix

Group Lead Coach

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Felicia has been swimming since she was 5 years old. She swam for Swim STMA and then with the Sea Devils when it became a USA Swimming Club.  Felicia attended many state meets as well as zone meets.  She was a multi-sport athlete.  She competed in hockey, cross country and track.   Her swimming career turned into coaching in high school where she coached with the Sea Devils until she went to college.

Felicia now is in her senior year at The College Of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University. She will graduate with a Sociology Major, Anthropology Concentration with hopes to matriculate to medical school. She has a passion for teaching, continual learning, and working with children. 

Tia Volkers

Assistant Coach

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Hello! My name is Tia Volkers and I grew up in Elk River, competing for the JETS Swim Club and eventually, the Elk River High School Swim Team. I graduated in 2017 from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, while also competing as Cougar Swim & Dive athlete. I hope that as you get to know me, my love for swimming and the kids that come with it, will be contagious! I love being able to help my swimmers continuously grow in their skill level in and love for the sport. I believe that swimming should be a good balance of challenging and fun! I can't wait to see you at the pool!

Suzie Gotz

Assistant Coach

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Suzie grew up around swimming her entire life.  With her father coaching her along the way she swam competitively for 7 years on the Cambridge- Isanti swimming team.  She enjoyed being captain of her swimming team her senior year and receiving all conferences honorable mention and academic all conference awards during her high school career.  Suzie then went to college at the University of Wisconsin- River falls where she got a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Coaching.  She now currently is a 1st grade teacher at Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet school.  She coached last year for the North Suburban Aquatics program and looks forward getting back into coaching with the Sea Devils.