Mike Parratto - Head Team Coach & Co-Program Director, Sr-Elite Lead Coach & Jr-Select Co-Lead Coach
Head Coach Mike Parratto is a USA Swimming National Team Coach and the leader of the Riptide staff. Mike is an ASCA Level 5 coach with 36 years of coaching experience. He has positively impacted the lives and swimming careers of thousands of athletes across the country. Mike is best known for coaching highly-decorated Olympian Jenny Thompson. He currently coaches USA Swimming National Teamer and multiple Jr World Record holder Regan Smith and has recently been on the coaching staff for Jr World Championships & Pan Pacific Championships. Mike is internationally renowned for his ability to challenge swimmers across all disciplines.
Michelle Hopewell - Senior 2 Lead Coach, Homeschool Program Manager
Michelle has coached all levels at Riptide since its inception. An elite swimmer herself, Michelle is former captain of the University of MN Women's Swim Team where she received a B.S. degree in Scientific and Technical Communications. She also served as an Age Group and Masters coach with Twin Cities Swim Team at the U of M for eight years. A full-time mother of three, she and her husband are busy with their active teenagers, all who have grown up through Wise and Riptide! She is credited with developing the Wave Swim Team at Wise Swim School and is one of the founding coaches of Riptide. Michelle is an ASCA Level 2 Certified Coach. She has been with Wise Swim School and now the Riptide Swim Team since 2007.
Amy Parratto - Senior 1 Lead Coach, Jr-Select Co-Lead Coach, 8 & Under Lead Coach, Masters Coach, Team Manager
Amy joined the Riptide coaching staff in the fall of 2012. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art. Amy was both a swimmer and a diver through college and was a 5-time All American in diving. She has coached both sports since 1983 in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Indiana. In addition to her coaching duties at Riptide, she serves as the team's meet director and team manager. Amy is an ASCA Level 4 coach. She and Mike have coached together since 1984 and have two grown daughters - Melissa (27) and Jessica (24) a Rio Olympian in platform diving. In her spare time, Amy enjoys participating in Riptide's Masters practices and meets, open water events and staying active.
Maggie McMahon - Gold & Bronze Lead Coach
Maggie grew up in Lakeville, MN, where she developed her great love of swimming. As a 4 th grader, she joined the Lakeville swim team and continued swimming through high school on the varsity team. Her favored events were distances. She went on to earn a degree in elementary education from St. Kate’s University in St. Paul, MN. Maggie has spent the last 10 years put her teaching skills to work by coaching young swimmers for the South Metro. In addition, she took on other coaching opportunities including coach of the Prior Lake Middle School Girls swim team, being a camp coach at St.Olafs Swim Camp and Zones coach/ team manager. She also helped grow a new learn to swim program in Prior Lake. Maggie is looking forward to working with the young swimmers joining Riptide.
Leigh Lewis - Silver Lead Coach
Peggy Kratz - Assistant Coach
Wendy Peterson - Assistant Coach
Wendy Peterson started her swimming career in northern California as a 6 year old and was a competitive swimmer in all strokes until she reached high school and focused mainly on distance events. She moved to Madison, Wi at the tender age of 13 and swam on her varsity high school swim team for 4 years, setting pool and state records in the 500 free. She also competed at Junior Nationals in numerous events during her high school years. Wendy went on to be a “Golden Gopher” and swim varsity at the University of MN for 4 years. She is passionate about swimming and has enjoyed competing in triathlons and now open water events as a Riptide Masters Team member. Wendy enjoys working with the younger kids, watching them learn, have fun and improve in the water. She lives in Eagan with her husband and 3 children.
Penny Lindstrom - Assistant Coach
Cara Pavek - Assistant Coach
Paul Smith - Co-Program Director
Paul leads Riptide's strategic planning, growth and development programs and, in addition, oversees our Private Lesson & Clinics programs, customer service, team travel, public relations & social functions. Paul's daughter, Regan, swims for Riptide's Senior Elite team and is a member of the USA Swimming National Team.