Erich J Welton
Senior 1, Senior 2
Erich has been a member of
the staff since the spring of 2014. He served most of that
time as the Head Age Group Coach before being named Head Coach in
the spring of 2017.
Erich started his swimming
career as an athlete in Madison, Wisconsin at the age of 6.
He attended Middleton High School where he was a state champion in
the 500 Free his senior year and multiple time All-American while
in high school. From there he went on to attend the
University of Minnesota where he competed for the Gophers from
2004-2008. While there, he was a member of two Big Ten Championship
teams and earned his varsity letter.
Before coming to
Minnetonka Swim Club, Erich coached at Interlachen Country Club for
three summers and Edina Swim Club for six years. He also served as
a Lead Coach with the Team Minnesota Zone staff from 2013 to
2016. With Edina, he coached a Minnesota state champion 9
consecutive seasons. After moving to Minnetonka, Erich continues to
coach his athletes to being state champions, state record holders
and reaching new heights.
Head Age Group Coach
Coaches: Junior 1,
Blue 2, Developmental
Coach Kubat joined the
Minnetonka Swim Club in the fall of 2014. In 2017 he was
named the Head Age Group Coach. In the spring of 2018 he
coached his first National Age Group Top 20 swimmer and his first
individual State Champion. He is ASCA Level II
certified. Prior to 2017 Kubat previously served as
an assistant coach at St. Olaf College, his alma
During his time at St.
Olaf, Kubat was primarily responsible for leading the sprint
group. In his first year leading the group, his swimmers
broke four school records and achieved nine NCAA 'B'
Kubat is a St. Olaf graduate who competed
for the Oles from 2010-14. He was a nine-time All-American, 19-time
MIAC champion, and holds the school record in the 400 Medley and
400 Free Relays. He was also a member of three MIAC championship
teams, and runner-up in the 100 breaststroke at the NCAA Division
III Championships in 2013.
Kubat also served as an
assistant coach at St. Thomas for one season. Helping lead the
Tommies to a men's first place finish and a women's second place
finish at the MIAC Championships. He had a hadn in coaching 10
individual MIAC champions at UST, four MIAC relay champions, and
multiple NCAA qualifiers and NCAA finalists. He has also coached
for Cretin-Derham Hall High School.
Kubat is from West Des
Moines, Iowa and is the youngest of six siblings. He
currently resides in Chaska.
Emma N Lawrenz
Group Lead Coach
Junior 2, White 1, Blue 1
Emma started swimming with the Detroit Lakes Sunfish at 7 yrs old.
After moving to Minnetonka she swam for Twin Citites Swim Team (Now
Minnetonka), and Foxjets, where she was a 3x USA Swimming Top 10
Age Group swimmer, swam in 7 Junior National meets, and qualified
for USA Swimming SR Nationals twice. On Foxjet she was awarded the
Leadership Award, Coaches’ Award, and Best
For high school she swam 2 years for Detroit Lakes High School and
3 years for Minnetonka High School. She qualified for the high
school state meet in 20 out of 20 events over the 5 seasons and was
an All-American and State medalist in 12
She attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL on
swimming and academic scholarships. In college she was
All-Conference in 28 events over 4 years, including 22 Top-3
Finishes, as well as First Team All-Conference all 4 years. Her
senior year she was Captain and led her team to the Conference
Championship, Undefeated Dual Meet Record, and
4th Place Team finish at NCAA Championships, with 5
NCAA All-American swims. As a student she majored in Biology with a
pre-med focus and minored in Math and Psychology. She was admitted
to medical school but made the last minute decision to not go into
medicine and instead pursue coaching.
She is an avid student of the sport of swimming and is considered a
swim nerd by her coaching colleagues. Coach Emma’s coaching
philosophy is centered around developing swimmers that still love
swimming when they’re 18+ and her belief that “a happy
swimmer is a good swimmer.”
Emma also loves dogs and is the proud owner of a bernedoodle named
Sirius after a character from her favorite book
Jan E Hansen
Group Lead Coach
Coaches: White 2, White 3
Name Pronounced -
Jan Hansen started at
Minnetonka Swim Club in the spring of 2019. Jan began competitive
swimming in Beaver Dam WI at his local YMCA. In high school Jan
swam for Beaver Dam High School where he was a multiple time state
medalist and conference swimmer of the year. In his senior year Jan
became the first state champion ever in swimming for Beaver Dam in
the 100 free. As club swimmer Jan competed for DFAC Swim Club in
Deforest WI. Throughout his club swimming career, he was a regular
state qualifier, finalist, and was a state champion in the 200
Free. He also qualified for Speedo Sectionals, and Junior National
In college Jan studied and
swam for the University of Minnesota from 2014-2018 earning a
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology of Law
Crime and Deviance. He primarily swam freestyle events ranging from
50 to 500 and trained in both sprint and distance groups throughout
his collegiate career. He was also privileged to serve as a team
captain during his senior year.
Jan began his experience
on deck as a regular counselor for the University of Minnesota Swim
Camps. He then began coaching at Hopkin High School where he worked
as an assistant coach for the women’s swim and dive team
during the 2018-2019 season. Outside of the pool, Jan is currently
working as a substitute paraprofessional in Stillwater while
pursuing a future goal of attending law school.
Group Lead Coach
Coach Glenn grew
up on a farm In southern Minnesota near the town of
Best known for The
Defeat of Jesse James Days.
Also the home of the
Gators high school swim and dive team and the Bull Sharks Swim club
where Glenn began his competitive swimming and later assistant and
head coach for his hometown club team.
Glenn swam for Hamline
University and graduated with a degree in exercise science and
psychology in 2015. Later then coached with Augsburg College
Women’s Swim and Dive program.
Before coming to
Minnetonka, Glenn coached 3 high school season with Fridley Tigers
as head coach, Assistant Boys coach for the Cougars in
Glenn now lives with in
St. Louis Park with his wife Audrey and dog Lucy.
Sara J Bielski
Sara joined the
Minnetonka Swim Club coaching staff in 2014. Sara started her
swimming career swimming for Twin Cities Swim Team where she went
on to swim for Minnetonka High School from 2005-2009. After, High
School Sara pursued a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication
Studies from Kansas State University. As an undergraduate Sara was
a competitor for K-State Swimming and Lacrosse Club teams. While in
school Sara was a Sports Information Intern for K-State Athletics.
She also took part in media coverage for Big 12 conferences and
clinics. After college Sara continued her passion for sports
working for Van Wagners New Stadium team in correspondence with the
Vikings. Sara enjoys swimming for Minnetonka Swim Club Masters
Assistant Coach/Masters Assistant Coach
Coaches: National, Senior 1, Senior 2, Junior
Doug moved to Minnesota in
the Spring of 2016 with his wife Marsha and daughters Penelope and
Nadia. He is a project manager at General Mills, a swimmer, a
masters coach, as well as an age group coach.
His swimming career
began at age 10 in the Naperville, IL park district conference
and continued year-round swimming at age 12. He
attended and swam for the University of Iowa where he earned
his BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Doug began his coaching
career in Iowa City as the City High and West High boys coach
during his 5th year at Iowa. He continued coaching
with Maverick Swim Club in Naperville IL, becoming the head
age group coach from 1998-2016. In addition to head coach
activities, he lead 12 and over groups of differing
ability throughout the years.
Coaches: Junior 3, White 1, White 3, Blue
Luke Johnson grew up in the Elk River
Area and has been an avid swimmer his whole life. He started
swim club at 7 years old and competing ever since. Luke
achieved Zone times as a youth, swam at high school state for Elk
River, swam, dove and played water polo at St. John’s
University. He also competed in US Masters Swimming earning 3
age group national championships in the 1650.
Luke started coaching in 2001. He
has years of experience coaching all levels. In 2010, Luke
was named Minnesota Swimming Development Coach of the year for the
Hopkins Hurricanes. He currently leads the Blake / Providence Girls
Swim and Dive team and the Cooper Boys team. Luke is an
Ironman and focuses on his athletes being physically ready and
mentally prepared for practice and competing. His
philosophy is swimming should be about fun, personal improvement,
and team success!
Coaches: Blue 2, Developmental
Coach Jessica joined the
Minnetonka Swim Club coaching staff in 2016.
She has been coaching
swimming for 15+ years at a variety of levels. Prior to
joining the Minnetonka Swim Club Staff, Coach
Jess coached Masters, Age group and Developmental groups for
the Twin Cities Swim Team at the University of Minnesota, was the
head varsity coach at the high school level, and before that a
volunteer student coach for the University of
Minnesota Women's Swimming and Diving Team under the legendary
Jean Freeman and Terry Ganley. She has a degree in
Recreation Administration and Sport Management with a Coaching
minor from the University of Minnesota.
Coach Jess loves the sport
of swimming and is excited to be working with the awesome coaches
Christine A Kline
Coaches: Junior 1, Junior 2, Blue 2
Chris joined the
Minnetonka Swim Club coaching staff in 2016.
Chris grew up in
Duluth Minnesota and swam for 6 years during both Junior High
and High School swimming for the Duluth Central HS Girls Swim &
Dive team. She specialized in the 500 Free as a distance
swimmer but also swam backstroke and the IM. Chris
currently swims as a member of Minnesota Masters Swimming and
practices with Minnetonka Masters 3 to 4 days a week.
Chris is married and has
two boys that have been swimming for the club for over 5 years with
the oldest now swimming for Minnetonka HS as well. They
currently reside in Chanhassen and when not at the pool or spending
time with her family, Chris works for General Dynamics as a Lead
Software and Project Engineer.
Scott began his swimming
career just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, swimming on the
Nor Gwyn summer swim team, the North Penn Aquatic Club and finally
on the North Penn High School team. In high school, Scott
specialized in sprint freestyle and backstroke events, and was a 4
time All American, 3 time Pennsylvania state record holder, 4 time
Pennsylvania state champion, 2 time Junior National qualifier, and
Swimming at the University
of Minnesota and specializing in sprint freestyle, Scott was a 5
time All American, a member of the team-record setting 4x100 free
relay, Senior National qualifier, Academic All Big 10, Iron Fish
Award winner, and team captain.
Sofie is a graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High
School, located in Wheaton, Illinois, as well as an alumna of
Luther College, located in Decorah, Iowa. She graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, including a
She has been a competitive swimmer since she was six
years old. Growing up, she was a member of the Wheaton Swim
Club. During high school, she was a varsity swimmer for the
Wheaton Co-Op Swim Team, serving as a team captain her senior
year. During her undergraduate studies, she was a varsity
swimmer for the Luther College Swim and Dive team, elected as a
team captain during her senior year. Throughout her tenure at
Luther, she was a member of the distance team, specializing in
the 1000 and 1650 yard races.
Prior to coaching the Minnetonka Swim Club, Sofie coached
for the Wheaton Barracudas in Wheaton, Illinois as an assistant,
and then later as a head swim coach. She is also an
assistant swim coach for the Blake-Providence High School
Girls’ Swim Team.
Abby Hehr is originally
from Blaine, MN. That is where she swam for her high school team
starting in 7th grade. When she wasn’t competing for the High
school, she trained with FASTJets in Blaine. Abby specialized in
backstroke and the 200 IM. Abby was a part of the state team both
her junior and senior year and was captain her senior
Abby graduated from the
University of Minnesota- Twin cities in fall 2017 with her Bachelor
of Arts in psychology and is now currently a graduate student at
Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis. She is getting her
master’s in special education and licensure to be a Special
Education Teacher. Abby is currently working at Minnetonka Middle
School East in the DCD/Transition room. Abby loves helping her
students at MME and is looking forward to being a part of the
Minnetonka Swim Club.
Barb began her swimming career in Mt. Prospect, IL, where she still holds their record in the 200 Fee from 1980 (1:53.63), 100 Fly set in 1979 (57.78), 500 Free (5:02.04) set in 1979. In 1978 Barb was state champion in the 100 Fly and placed second in the 200 free; in 1979 she repeated her championship in the 100 Fly, and added the 200 Free and 500 Free. That year she also placed third in the 200 Free.
While attending college at Southern Illinois University, Barb competed from 1980 – 1984, finishing her college career as a 16-time All American. As a freshman, she posted a school record 35 victories, winning 27 individual events, setting 13 school records, and being an AIAW All American in four events. Barb's swimming successs lead to her induction into the SIU Hall of Fame ~six years after graduating with a B.S. in Community Health. She completed a Physical Therapy Assistant degree in May of 1996 at the College of St. Catherine.
Barb continues to swim and set records today. She currently holds the national record for the 50 fly in her age group (which we're not telling) as a Minnesota Masters swimmer and has achieve All-American status in that event!
With a strong belief in how great the sport of swimming is, one of her children also swims with the team--and she encourages nearly everyone she meets to consider taking up the sport.
Masters Assistant Coach
Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Carrie swam for a YMCA team and won numerous state championships and was a top eight finisher at Nationals in the 100 and 200 fly and 200 IM. She also competed for Naperville Central High School where she held school records in the 100-200-500 free, 100 fly and 200 IM and placed at state.
While at Vanderbilt University, Carrie was a Division II All-American in the 200 fly and 400 IM and four-year letter winner and was Vanderbilt’s Academic Athlete of the Year in 1986. She graduated from Vanderbilt with a double major in Economics and European Studies. Carrie also has her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Carrie gained coaching experience by coaching summer league teams in her hometown and coaching at the Courage Center. She is a Minnesota Masters swimmer and state record holder, triathlete, and a frequent competitor in summer lake swims.
Assistant Masters Coach
Gerry is from Albuquerque, NM where he swam age
group, high school, and then continued to swim for the
University of New Mexico. While swimming at UNM, he
started an AAU club team, Valley Swim Club, and was head coach
for 4 years. After graduating from UNM, he joined
the United States Navy were he flew off aircraft carriers
for 20 Years (A-6s, A-4s, EA6Bs, F-4s, FA-18s, E-2Bs, T-2s,
T-34s and T-38s) When not at sea, he earned two
additional degrees, a Master of Arts in International
Relations Salve Regina University and a Masters of Arts
in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College.
During his career in the Navy, he started a masters swim
program at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl. When his kids
began swimming at the ages of 7, 5, and
4, he began officiating, continued for 13 years
and was certified up to National Referee. In 1996,
he retired from the USN after my Squadron Command Tour at the
rank of Commander. After the Navy, he started
working for Northwest Airlines/Delta airlines and moved to
Minneapolis. He retired as a Delta Captain in 2015 after
flying DC-9s, MD-88/90, A320's and 747's.
Gerry started swimming masters during
the summer of 1993 and has continued until today.
He competed in many Masters Nationals finishing in the
top 10 numerous times. He missed coaching and after
retiring, he was lucky and got a chance again to work
with Minnetonka Masters.
Aquatics Office Coordinator