Head Coach / Seniors
Heidi has been the head coach at WEST Express Swim Team since
Before coaching for WEST Heidi was the head coach of the Highland
Park/St. Paul Academy High School Teams for 10 years.
Heidi swam at Hamline University where she was an 18 time All
American and academic All American during her college career.
After College Heidi was able to see quite a bit of the country
racing as a pro triathlete specializing in the Olympic Distance
format (1.5K Swim, 40K Bike and 10K Run).
Heidi and her husband Tom reside in Chaska and are empty nesters
with their youngest son a sophmore in College at the U of M. She
herself lucky to have trained under some of the best coaches in the
country during her HS and College years and really enjoys the
Kimberly Joy Dahlgren
Head Age Group Coach
Kim has been involved in swimming as an athlete, parent
and coach. Kim was an all-state swimmer (and
basketball player) for Mound Westonka High School.
She went on to swim collegiately at the University of Minnesota
where she competed in the sprint freestyle events. Her major
claim to fame is being a Big Ten Champion (200 Free
Relay) and a member of the All-Big Ten Team. Her swimming
experience grew tremendously by being a parent to two competitive
swimmers over the last 10 years. Kim's daughter Kylie
swims at the University of Missouri and will be a senior and
captain of the women's team this coming fall. Kim's son Jack will
be joining sister Kylie at Mizzou this coming fall. Jack finished
an amazing HS career with 4 state titles this past winter and one
Kim's most recent swimming experience has been on the coaching
side. Kim started with West in December of 2014 but
comes here with a combined 10 years experience between club and
high school. Kim recently retired from High School Coaching after
being the head coach for the Chanhassen High School girls team for
the past 3 years.
Kim graduated from the University of Minnesota and has a
Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Athletic
Coaching. She is also certified to coach USA Swimming,
US Masters Swimming levels 1 and 2.
Ron L Jacobsen
Assistant Senior Coach / Sharks Coach
Ron swimming career started as a 12 year old swimming for the Rolling Meadows Park District Stingrays. While in Illinois he swam for the Palatine Tiger Sharks and Rolling Meadows High School. He went to Minnesota State Mankato where he swam for a year. His coaching career started at age 16 as swimmer/coach for the RMPD Stingrays. While in Illinois he was Head Coach for the Palatine Tiger Sharks, Palatine High School Boys and Assistant coach for the Palatine High School Girls teams. Ron and his wife Deb moved to Minnesota in 1999. While in Minnesota Ron has been Head Coach for the Minnetonka Girls and Maple Grove Boys swim and dive teams and Assisted for Team Foxjet and NHCP Swim teams before finding a home at West Express in the Spring of 2011. Ron enjoys triathlons and spending time with his wife and two children Colin and Riley.
Regan Timothy Quick
Regan has been in the swimming world since middle school when he
joined both West Express and the Chaska High School team. His
career capped off with being a senior captain of the boys team in
In addition to swimming Regan has worked as a lifeguard, swim
instructor, and pool supervisor at the CCC since he was a freshman
in high school. He has had the privilege to have many of his swim
lesson kids make the transition into the WEST family.
Currently Regan is attending college at The University of South
Dakota studying medical biology and Spanish.
Ann E Snuggerud
Assistant Senior Coach / Sharks Coach
Ann lives in Chaska with husband Dave and her 4 kids. She has been living there for about 14 years and loves it!! Ann grew up in St Paul and swam for STAR swim club for about 12 years. She swam in high school and competed at the state meet twice, swam three years at UW River Falls in college, competed at nationals, and was All American. Ann taught swimming lessons for years, and has coached at various levels. She has her Masters Degree in Special Education from the U of MN. Enjoys swimming, biking, running, racing triathlons, and watching her kids compete in their sports.
Reid Charles Thorpe
Assistant Coach / Dolphins Lead Coach
Reid Thorpe grew up as a multi-sport athlete starting swimming
late - not until high school. He quickly became a lead
swimmer on his team and one of the top swimmers in the state
of Wisconsin. Reid chose to pursue academics and swimming at
The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. As a freshman,
Reid was one of the conference leaders in the Breaststroke
events. He “retired” from his swimming career
after his first season at UWSP to pursue fine arts undergraduate
work at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Though MCAD
does not host a swim team, Reid began swimming and competing
through US Masters Swimming. During his Masters swimming
tenure, Reid has been ranked in the top ten nationally for
consecutive years and was at one time the top-ranked breaststroker
in the nation. He has coached swimming and taught art at a variety
of experience levels. Reid was a K-12 Art teacher for twelve years
as well as a Masters Coach, US Swimming Coach for Edina Swim Club,
and a Swim Coach and Swim Instructor for the YWCA of
Kate Christine Willems
Kate has always had a love of swimming and it is truly a passion
for her. Kate swam for West Express from 1998-2007.
She also swam for Chaska High School from 2001-2006. After one
year swimming at Northern Michigan university she decided it was
time to retire from swimming. There was never a doubt she would end
up on deck as a Coach. Kate took her first coaching
job back in 2009 at Waconia Swim Club. In fall of 2011
she came back to WEST and took over the age group
program til the summer of 2013. At that point she took
advantage of an opportunity to be the Head Age Group for 10
& Under swimmers and lead novice coach at Black Line swim
club. Following the Black Line stint Kate took a quick break
from coaching and was super excited to have the opportunity to come
back in 2017 and help out with Dolphins.
Sam Has been swimming since 7th grade when she joined the Chaska
high school swim team. She swam all through high school and
graduated from Chanhassen high school in 2013. She continued
swimming in college, where she swam for South Dakota State
University. While at SDSU Sam developed her backstroke skills and
holds school records for the 200 and 400 medley relays. Sam
graduated in 2017 with a degree in mechanical
She is currently working in Chanhassen as an Energy Engineer. Sam
spends her free time hanging out with family and friends and is
looking forward to getting married in April!