Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact our club directors.

Coaching Staff

Phillip J Smith

Head Senior Coach - Lakeville


Lakeville High School

  • Graduated 1996

  • 14 time letter winner, 6 time All State

  • Three time captain Cross Country / Swimming / Track

University of Minnesota

  • Ran Cross Country and Track 1996-1999

  • Graduated with a BS in Kinesiology in 2000


  • Was an All American Triathlete in 2004

  • One of the Top Amateur Triathletes for several years

Storm Swim Club

  • Head Lakeville SR coach 2002- Present

  • President of the Storm Swim Club 2006 - Present

  • ASCA Level 5 (Highest achievement possible)

  • Lead the Club to a Level 3 USA Swimming Organizational Achievement

  • Lead athletes to:

    • 110 National Top Ten Swims and 14 #1 rankings

    • 65 State Records

    • 9 National Age Group Records

    • Over 45 athletes have gone on to swim in College

MSI (MN Swimming INC)

  • Technical Chair 2008-2012

    • Served on the Technical Board 2012-2014


When you don’t find Coach Phil on the deck you will find him playing Ultimate Frisbee, fishing and any number of outdoor activities.  Having grown up in Lakeville, he still considers Lakeville home and has a passion for making the community stronger.  He also feels that continuing education is the key to staying connected to the sport that he has a passion for.

Charles N Smith

Head Senior Coach - Prior Lake



Twin Cities Swim Team: 

  • Assistant Coach: Mound/Minnteonka 2001-2002
  • Head Coach in Waconia from 2002 - 2004

South Metro Storm

  • Head Age Group Coach 2004 - 2007
  • Head Sr Coach - Prior Lake 2007 - Present
  • Vice President/Treasurer 2005 – Present

ASCA Achievements

  • Level 5 Swim Coach - only 3% of all coaches hold this designation


Athletic Achievements


  • Six-year letter winner at Lakeville High School
  • Two time all state in 100 Fly and 200 IM
  • Captain during his Sr Year

Track and Cross Country

  • Four-time letter winner in both sports at Lakeville High School
  • Two time all state in CC and two time all state in track
  • Competed at the University of Minnesota in both sports for four years
  • Lettered during his Junior year
  • Two time Academic All-Big Ten


  • Placed 6th in the country as an amateur at USA Nationals in 2004
  • Placed 27th in the country as a professional at USA Nationals in 2005
  • Won 10+ races in the Minnesota and surrounding area from 2003 – 2005


Chuck is married to his lovely wife Nicole and they have son named Braden!  They love the outdoors, playing Ultimate Frisbee, Mountain Biking and camping. If you’re up for a ride, you can join Chuck on most sunny days at Murphy Hanrehan!

Garrett D Runing

AG1/AG2/AG3 Coach - Prior Lake


High School Years:

  • Graduated from Eastview High School in 2011.
  • Captain in 2010-2011 season.
  • Four year letter winner in swimming.
  • Three time state participant in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 seasons.
    • 2008-2009- 9th in 200 free relay.
    • 2010-2011- 10th in 200 freestyle and 23rd in 500 freestyle.

College Years:

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, BS in Recreation Management 2015
  • Four year letter winner in swimming
  • Three time WIAC Conference Champion
    • 2011-2012- 200 Freestyle
    • 2012-2013- 200 Freestyle
    • 2013-2014- 800 Freestyle Relay
  • Two time school record holder
    • 200 Freestyle
    • 800 Freestyle relay

Garrett enjoys spending time with family and friends when he isn’t working. During the non-winter months he enjoys playing golf and spending time at the cabin.  During the winter months he enjoys downhill skiing with his family.  Garrett has a huge love for the sport of swimming and wants to do as much as he can to improve the younger generations of swimmers.  He spent time in 2015 being a volunteer swim coach for the La Crosse Special Olympics. 

Dan J Schneider

Jr1/Jr2/Sr Coach - Lakeville


Timothy T Mitchell

Jr1/Jr2 Coach - Prior Lake


Gunnar L Teigen

Jr1/Jr2 Coach - Lakeville


Coach Gunnar started with Storm in the Fall of 2019.  

He previously was the Head Coach of the Northfield Swim Club for six years.  During his time at the club Gunnar coached at all levels.  The club nearly doubled club membership and over 100 relay and individual records were broken.  While with the club he also served as the Camps Coordinator for MSI and was on the Tech Planning Committee.  Prior to Northfield he served as Interim Head Coach for the River Falls Swim Club for one year.
Gunnar will also be entering his seventh year as an Assistant Coach with Carleton College.  Gunnar has helped with all facets of the program including season planning, daily training and recruiting.  In the Fall of 2018 he also had the opportunity to teach an Intro to Swimming course and managed the lifeguard staff on campus.
Gunnar graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2012 and was a four year swimmer.  He originally is from Hartland, WI and went to Arrowhead High School where he swam all four years and swam with the Lake Country Swim Team growing up.
When not coaching Gunnar enjoys playing basketball, playing a fun board game and following Wisconsin sports (when the teams are doing well).  Gunnar is engaged to Steph Korba (former Storm swimmer AND coach!) and the two currently reside in Lakeville.

Katelyn C Nadeau

Jr1/Jr2 Coach - Prior Lake


Luke T Sabal

Ag/Jr Coach - Lakeville


Josephine P Sommers

Ag1/2/3 Coach - Prior Lake


Board of Directors

Phil Smith



Charles N Smith

Vice President/Treasurer


Gunnar L Teigen

Safe Sport Coordinator