Erich J Welton
Senior 1, Senior 2
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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. He coached 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
from West Des Moines, Iowa and is the youngest of six
siblings. He currently resides in Minneapolis.
Haley J Spencer
Group Lead Coach
Coaches: Junior 2, White 1, White 2
Haley came to
Minnesota from O'Fallon, MO where she swam for Rockwood Swim
Club. In high school, Haley was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the
100 and 200 breast and 400 IM. Haley also was the 2008 Junior
National Champion in the 200 breast.
Continuing her swimming
career at the University of Minnesota, Haley was named a team
captain in 2012 and 2013, helping the team to a Big Ten
Championship both of those years. Haley was a 4 time Big Ten
Champion and set the Big Ten Record in the 200 breast in 2013. In
2011, Haley was the NCAA Champion in the 200 breast and was the
runner-up in the same event in 2012 and 2013.
Also in college, Haley
was a member of the 2011 Pan-American Games US National Team and
placed 2nd in the 200 breast. Haley qualified for the 2012 Olympic
Trials in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 and 400 IM. She placed
7th overall in the 200 breast.
Haley gained experience
in coaching through working with a summer league team in O'Fallon
and working with the U of M swim camps.
Haley received her degree
in psychology from the University of Minnesota in
Group Lead Coach
Coaches: Junior 3, White 3, Blue 1
Dan has been a part of the Minnetonka staff since summer of 2014
and has worked with a wide variety of the groups amongst the team.
Dan continues his long time Minnetonka career giving back to the
team that has given him so much. He is a 2013 Minnetonka alumni who
has been a part of the team every since it developed. As well as
working as a member of the club program, Dan continues to assist
with the High School swim teams as well.
Pursuing his swimming career through college, Dan went to
UW-Whitewater and swam all four years primarily swimming butterfly
and backstroke. At Whitewater he was runner up in the 100 and 200
backstroke events during his senior year as well as establishing a
new school record in the 100 butterfly. His final semester of
school, Dan assisted with the UW collegiate team who brought 3
athletes to the DIII NCAA Championships. He graduated from
Whitewater in December 2017 with a degree in Human Health,
Performance, and Recreation.
Furthering his education, Dan looks to apply to various graduate
programs in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist and Certified
Strength and Condition Specialist in the upccoming future. He
enjoys continuing to swim as a part of the masters program and
wants to remain competitive with his own swimming.
Daniel M Berve
Dan joined the Minnetonka Swim Club staff in
Originally from Papillion, Nebraska, Dan was a high
school All-American who led his team to the 2003 Nebraska state
championship and enjoyed personal wins in the 100 back (2 years),
200 free (3 years), and 500 free (1 year).
A 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dan
was also a 2006-07 team captain, five-time All-American,
five-time Big Ten finalist, two-time CSCAA Academic All-American,
and ranks third all-time at Minnesota in 100 fly, fifth in the 100
back, and ninth in the 200 back. Following his final year as
a Gopher, he competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 100 fly and
Dan gained experience by coaching U of M camps,
summer league teams and as a fifth-year volunteer coach
for the U of M men’s team. He also holds a Masters degree in
Applied Kinesiology and Sport Management from the University of
Since coaching for Minnetonka Swim Club, Dan has
coached multiple state and zone champions, National Top 10
athletes, and state record holders.
Dan is the Director for Minnetonka Aquatics.
He also currently serves as Head Coach for the
Minnetonka High School Girls' and Boys' Swim & Dive Teams and
has been Section Head Coach of the Year in 2012 (girls), 2013
(girls) 2014 (boys), 2015 (girls), 2016 (girls), and 2017
(boys). He also is an member of the Board of Directors for
Minnesota Swimming, Inc. (MSI) and has served as the Chair of the
Technical Planning Committee for MSI from
Jessica has been coaching
swimming since 1999 and is certified as a level two
member of ASCA. She graduated with a B.S. in
Recreation Administration and Sport Management (and a minor
from the University of Minnesota, where she also
spent a year as a volunteer swim coach and manager for the
University of Minnesota Women's swimming and diving team under
Coach Jean Freeman and Coach Terry Ganley. Jessica
has been a
head varsity swim coach at the high school level, as well
as a lead swim coach for the TWIN Cities Swim Team, from
developmental swimmers to Masters swimmers; and was also
Aquatic Event Management Specialist at the University of Minnesota,
helping to plan and run National-level competitions there
joined the Minnetonka Swim Club coaching staff in
In addition to coaching
for the Minnetonka Swim Club, Jessica is a Senior
Administrative Assistant in HR for Target Headquarters in
Minneapolis, and the treasurer for the Gopher Swimming and Diving
Fast Lane Fans Booster Club.
Sara J Bielski
Junior 2, White 2
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
Christine A Kline
Coaches: Junior 3, White 1, White 2, Blue 1
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.
Senior 1&2, Junior 3, White 1, Blue 1
has been part of Minnetonka since 2016. He has been assistant coach
to almost all the different groups, mostly coaching the Junior and
swimming through college at St Cloud State University, he was
primarily a 100/200 Breaststroker, mid-distance Freestyler, and an
IM swimmer. Matt placed first in the 200 Breaststroke at the
Midwestern Collegiate Championship in 2010. He was also the
Breaststroke leg of the record setting 400 Medley Relay at SCSU in
2009. Matt continues to train and swim at the competitive
Matt Girard is pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, leaning
towards Sports Therapy and getting someone with an injury back to
competitive, or exercise, health. He has always had a love of
sports and exercise, and wants to see others have the ability to do
what they want to do in life, free of pain. He also wishes to
become a Personal Trainer soon, and combine both aspects into one,
with a minor branch in Nutrition Health. Matt is currently
observing PT at Southdale, Edina, and the Eden Prairie Twin Cities
Coaches: White 3, Blue 2, Developmental
Sam was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa, and swam for the Mason
City Swim Club since the age of 7. The club would later be renamed
to North Iowa Splash. In High School, Sam was four-year letter
winner, four-year state qualifier in 200 and 500, two-time
All-American in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay, and still
holds the school record in the 400 free relay. After high school,
Sam went to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She was three-time
conference champion, 18-time all conference honoree, and the holds
the school/conference record in 1650. This past summer, Sam was a
swim camp counselor at Kenyon College with Total Performance Swim
Camps working with 12&unders. She has also been teaching swim
lessons for 8+ years at her local pool and at Luther. Sam recently
graduated from Luther College in May 2018 with a degree in
Accounting/Mathematics. She is now working in Eden Prairie as
an accountant at a pharmaceutical company.
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.
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.
Thomas J Duxbury
Masters Assistant Coach
Tom grew up in
Crystal, MN and attended Cooper High School. He is a 1983 graduate
of St John’s University where he was an All American swimmer.
Tom graduated from St John’s with a BS in Math. Tom is also a
two time All American water polo player and played with the
National Water Polo Team in the 1989 and 1990 Olympic Festivals. He
has coached water polo at St John’s for the last 10
years. Tom brings a strong background in strength and
dryland training to his Minnetonka Masters coaching position.
Tom’s son, Joe, swam for Minnetonka and St John’s for 4
years where he was the MIAC Elite 22 award winner.