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
Swimming has been a part of Sarah’s life for many
years! Sarah started her swimming career at the age of 7 for Team
Foxjet, based here in Eden Prairie. She swam competitively for Team
Foxjet all the way through her senior year of high school. She also
swam for Edina High School during that time as well. Her favorite
events were mid-distance and distance freestyle and butterfly.
During her swimming career, she enjoyed being part of team,
developed lifelong friends, and learned what is means to work hard
in and out of pool!
Sarah's coaching experience started in 2012 when she coached two
summer seasons for Edina Country Club. This is her first season
coaching on a club team and she is enjoying every minute!
Joseph R Bretz
Joe first discovered swimming as a High School Swimmer in Peoria,
IL, and although he has enjoyed a myriad of work-outs in the years
since he always comes back to the pool. After leaving Illinois in
2000 he and his wife, Dena moved around a lot, spending time in
Missouri, Kansas, and Virginia before finally settling in Minnesota
in 2004. Joe first discovered West Express in the spring of
2013 when their then 7-year old Casey tried out for the team.
After that Joe became a USA swim official, and joined the Master's
team at West until finally he began teaching swim lessons for Foss
Swim School in both Chanhassen and Plymouth, MN. He is
excited to work with West on developing its youngest swimmers for
both fun and competition.
Suzie marie Fox
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!
Ron L Jacobsen
Head Age Group Coach / Asst Senior 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.
Teri L Kotilinek
Kristen L Ridler
Kris lives in Chaska with her husband John. Kris has two children,
Katie is a junior at UW Madison (retired WEST Express and
Chaska HS swimmer) and Luke is a Senior at Chaska and
currently on WEST and a captain for the StormHawks HS
Kris grew up in Minneapolis and started swimming when she was 10
with BAC (then called Bloomington Aquatic Club now
Barracuda). She swam 6 years for Washburn HS and
competed at state many years and then went on to swim 4 years at UW
Eau Claire where she competed at national level. Distance
events of all strokes, but backstroke , were her specialty. Kris
has been the WEST Express team registrar for the past 10 years. She
is working with the Dolphins, Sharks and Morning
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.
McKenna Rae Togstad
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.