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Coaching Staff

Heidi Miler

Head Coach / Seniors

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Heidi has been the head coach at WEST Express Swim Team since 2009.
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 considers
herself lucky to have trained under some of the best coaches in the country during her HS and College years and really enjoys the coaching profession. 

 

 

Kimberly Joy Dahlgren

Head Age Group Coach

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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 state record! 
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.  

Suzie marie Fox

Dryland Coach

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Ron L Jacobsen

Assistant Senior Coach / Sharks Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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 2017.

 

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

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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

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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 Minneapolis. 

McKenna Rae Togstad

Assistant Coach

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Kate Christine Willems

Assistant Coach

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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. 

Samantha Prasher

Assistant Coach

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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 engineering. 
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!
Board of Directors

Dan Bock

President

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Jill Ann Sabol

Vice President

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Karen Urevig

Treasurer

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Luftia Tardia

Secretary

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Susan Jayne Zoe Marek

Director

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George John Rehbein

Director

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Rob Fuglie

Director

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Michael Kim Larson

Director

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