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 one of the board members.

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


Chuck started working for the Storm swim club in 2003 and has worked as the head coach of the Prior Lake offerings since 2006. He became the vice-president of the non-profit Storm club in 2006.  

A lifelong athlete, he achieved All State rankings six times in high school and earned a varsity letter at the University of Minnesota for cross country running.  He trained and competed as an All American Triathlete in 2004 and as a professional triathlete in 2005, placing 27th at the U.S. National Championships.

Chuck goes mountain biking as often as possible.  He was recently married and enjoys hanging out with his awesome wife in Richfield, MN.

Twin Cities Swim Team: 

  • Assistant Coach: Mound/Minnetonka 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

Brenda M Robrock

AG1/AG2/AG3 Coach - Prior Lake


Brenda began her aquatics career as a synchronized swimmer from the age of 9 through college.  She competed in synchronized swimming for the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.  Brenda achieved nationals in synchronized swimming in her junior year of college.  Brenda coached synchronized swimming from 1993-2013.

Brenda began teaching swim lessons at the age of 14 and has continued to do so today. She currently works as a Site Supervisor for the StormChasers "Learn to Swim" program at the Storm Swim Club, in addition to coaching age group swimming for the Storm Swim Team.  She coached age group swimmers with USA Swimming from 2000 to the present.  She also coaches middle school swimming for the Prior Lake school district and has coached the middle schoolers since 2008.

Brenda is passionate about kids learning to love the water and have fun. She is considered to be the "pool mom" on deck by many children and families. She is a proud mom of three very successful sons. One of her sons serves in the US Marine Corps in California. Another son swims on scholarship for the University of Denver and will be competing in swimming at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha.  Her third son is a member of the Storm Swim Club and has commited to swimming for the University of Denver in fall of 2016.

Running, biking, hiking, swimming, marathons and triathlons are just a few of the active endeavors that Brenda pursues in her spare time.  She also loves taking care of her pets, playing trivia and visiting her sons.

Emma N Lawrenz

JR1/JR2 Coach - Lakeville


Emma started swimming with the Detroit Lakes Sunfish at 7 yrs old. After moving to Minnetonka she swam for 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 Attendance.

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 events.

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.

She is an avid student of the sport of swimming and is considered an absolute swim nerd by her coaching colleagues. She was coached by a number of nationally recognized coaches, led by her college coach, Hollie Bonewit-Cron, who coached Ryan Lochte at U of FL. 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 puppy named Sirius after a character from her favorite book series.

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


Danielle C Faison

Ag1/Ag2/Ag3 Coach - Lakeville


Hunter R Burchfield

Jr1/Jr2 - Prior Lake


Trent J Meyer

Ag1/Ag2/Ag3 - Prior Lake


Board of Directors

Phil Smith



Charles N Smith

Vice President/Treasurer