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Coaching Staff

Lloyd Larsen

Head Coach



Lloyd has been coaching 30 years.
This is his 17th year (33rd season) with Foxjets. Lloyd is an ASCA Certified Level 5 Coach. He has coached swimmers from the younger levels through Junior Nationals, US Open and US Nationals. Lloyd has coached over 100 Nationally-Ranked swimmers (Top 10 or Top 16), including several National Age Group Champions and Record Holders. USA Swimming selected him as an assistant coach for the elite Central Zone Select Camp, and he has been a featured speaker at the ASCA World Coaches Clinic.  Lloyd was also an accomplished athlete with many years of swimming with AAU, Edina High School, St. Olaf College and post-collegiate swimming in the military. At St. Olaf, he was an MIAC Conference Champion, NCAA Division III National Qualifier and Co-Captain.

Lloyd believes that developing life skills and fostering personal growth are the key roles of youth athletics.  He espouses and lives by our Core Values of Integrity, Family, Attitude and Ambition.  Lloyd's primary coaching duties are with the National Team, while also serving as the team's primary administrator.

Ryan Clausman

Head Age Group Coach


This is Coach Ryan's 5th year (10th season) with Foxjets.  Ryan has coached country club, high school, and masters swimming along with his club coaching. Immediately after college he started coaching for the Edina Swim Club and then made his way to be Head Age Group Coach at Foxjets.  He primarily coaches the Silver groups, and oversees the entire Age Group and Developmental programs.

Under Ryan's guidance athletes have achieved:

>  Numerous National Age group Top 16 swims
>  200+ Central Zones Qualifying Times
>  4 out of 6 Age Group Team State Championships as Head Age Group Coach
>  Minnesota Age Group Coach of The Year 1998

Recently Ryan has been coaching swimming for over 20 years, while raising 3 beautiful children with his wife Mellanie.

Denise Carlson

Lead Coach National Age Group


This is Denise's second year (3rd season) at Foxjets. She began her career in 1987 after graduating from the University of Minnesota, having coached with several local clubs since that time. Denise is an ASCA Certified Level 4 Coach and has worked with all levels, from novice to masters throughout her career. In the 30 years she has been coaching, Denise's swimmers have achieved over 40 National Top 10 times and set over 30 Minnesota State Records.  Many of her swimmers have gone on to swim in college, as well as achieve National and Olympic Trial Qualifying times. Denise will be a featured speaker the 2018 ASCA World Clinic in Anaheim.

It is Denise's goal to see athletes gain confidence and important life skills through their involvement in the sport of swimming, and use those skills as they pursue their chosen life paths. Denise has served as a Minnesota Zone's Coach 6 times and has also been active in Minnesota swimming governance, serving as the president of the Minnesota Coaches Association, plus terms with Minnesota Swimming as a Coach Rep and Disability Chair.  She was the 2011 Minnesota Age Group Coach of the Year and chosen as a USA Swimming Zone Select Camp Coach in 2017.

Denise is married with 4 grown children and one new grandchild!

Jim Andersen

Lead Coach Senior and Masters


The Andersen File
ASCA Certified Level 5 Coach
St. Paul Swim Club 1973-1980 - Head Coach
Edina Swim Club 1980-1990 - Head Coach
Twin Cities Swim Team 1991- 2010 - Head Coach/Associate Aquatics Director

Personal Accomplishments

- His Teams have won Twenty+ Minnesota State Swimming Age Group & Senior State Championships.
- He has Coached multiple Olympic Trails Finalists
- USA National Team members competing  at Pan Pacs, Pan-Am Games, and World University.
- Coached Gold and Bronze Paralympic Athletes at the 2008, 2012 Paralympics Games
- Coached multiple Paralympic athletes to American, Pan American, Pan-Pac, and World Records.
- 2016-17 Fall-Winter season he lead a group of forty 8 & under's with no “A” Times to having 30.

Fun Facts about Jim:

He coached all four of his daughters
He Coached at Edina Swim Club Foxjet Coaches Lloyd, Ryan, And Chris.
His other passions are his Wife, Children, Grandchildren, running, reading, and travel.

Bill Hedberg

Lead Coach Bronze Groups


This is Bill's 8th year (15th season) with Foxjets, with three tenures dating back to 1997.  Bill's first coaching position was founding the Saint Anthony Sailfish in 1969 (just out of college). A proud alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Bill was an educator in the Minneapolis Public Schools for over 30 years, teaching elementary physical education. The majority of those years he taught on the North side of Minneapolis. Bill says this was a great experience!

He has coached all levels of swimming from Seniors to 8/Unders. When asked "Why are you still coaching?", Bill's immediate response is "I'm having too much fun!"  When you see Bill on deck you will see a lot of energy, enjoying swimming and working with kids. Teaching, coaching, and being a positive influence on these young peoples lives are Bill's passions.  He is excited to be part of the coaching staff that has been assembled at Foxjets!  He looks forward to the beginning of every season and working with all the talented swimmers in the Bronze group.

Bill and his wife Cindy and have two adult children - Vaughn and Brittany (a former Foxjet too!).

Bill says to all Foxjets, "Get in the boat with me!"

Chris J Mayer

Lead Coach Minifox and Red


This is Coach Chris' 8th year (16th season) with Foxjest.  Chris worked as a Foxjet coach for seven years before taking a small break from coaching. For four years Coach Chris coached at another club, before returning in 2016. He is one of the finest 8/Under coaches in USA Swimming, developing our newest swimmers and expanding our programming!

Chris began his coaching career in 1990, graduating with a B.F.A. from the College of Visual Arts in 1994. He worked for Deaton Museum Services as a fabrication artist for a few years designing and building movie sets, including “Fargo.” In addition to his coaching career, Chris is an elementary art teacher at St. Bartholomew School.

Sarah Nelson

Lead Coach Age Group Prep


This is Sarah's 3rd year (6th season) coaching with Foxjets. A native of Iowa City, she started swimming as a freshman in high school. Title IX was passed about a year later which opened up many opportunities for female athletes, including scholarships. Sarah swam for the University of Iowa for four years (three years on scholarship) and placed in the top 5 (three times) at the Big Ten Championships in freestyle events. After college, she participated in Master's swimming in Iowa, Ohio and Connecticut before moving to Minnesota where she met husband Steve (while planning the 1993 Masters National Meet).

Both Sarah and Steve have been active with Foxjets since their children Daniel and Kirsten started swimming in 2005.  Most meets would find them on deck as volunteer officials.  In August 2017, the whole Nelson family swam two relays at the Masters Nationals (combined age-group 160+) held in Minneapolis and wearing Foxjet swim caps for the 200M Free Relay!

Sarah is excited to continue working with developmental groups, sharing her love of swimming and having fun in the pool. 

Nancy Nelson

Lead Coach ISM, Assistant Coach


This is Nancy's 4th year (8th season) with Foxjets.  Nancy started swimming when she was 8 years old, where she swam with Brooklyn Swim Club and Park Center High School from grades 9-12.  She swam at four Junior National swim meets during her USA swimming career, and attended UND where she swam distance events.  Her now-adult daughter Justine was also a member of Foxjets!

Tasha Lyn Embry

Assistant Coach


This is Tasha's 6th year (11th season) coaching with Team Foxjet. She works with Minifox, Red Groups and Age Group Bronze. Tasha is very experienced with our develepmental program and an expert coach for younger swimmers. Tasha comes to us from Martha Burns Swim School (where she still works) teaching swimming for several years. An all-around athlete, she was a competitve swimmer and gymnast at Hopkins High School. Tasha has also worked with the YMCA, at two locations, teaching swimming lessons and working with kids. She is a great teacher, motivator and communicator with young children.

Jenny Heidt

Assistant Coach, Dryland Director


This is Jenny's 5th year (9th season) as our Director of Dryland and assisting with Age Groups. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about injury prevention, particularly with younger swimmers. Jenny is a former NCAA Division II National Champion (100 Backstroke, 2004). She knows the aches and pains swimmers go through to reach their goals.  Her goal now is to work with swimmers to develop muscle balance with strength and flexibility to allow them to compete to their fullest potential. Jenny is a chiropractor, and owns Midwest Chiropractic and Wellness in Eden Prairie. She is an industry leader in injury-prevention and strength development. In her free time Jenny enjoys running (and still swimming!).


Mathew Koken

Assistant Coach, Social Media Director


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Brian Nagel

Assistant Coach


This is Brian's 8th year (15th season) with Foxjets Swim Team. He brings 18 years of coaching experience in Minnesota swimming. He was also the Bloomington Jefferson High School Girls assistant coach for two years. Before beginning his coaching career in 1998, Brian swam competively for 15 years with the Richfield Swim Club, Barracuda Aquatics Club and the Bloomington Kenndy High School for four years.  He was also a member of the Team Minnesota Zone coaching staff in 2007.  Brian believes that perfecting technique and individual effort, coupled with team support, will give the swimmer a long successful swimming career.

Micah Roberts

Assistant Coach


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Nicole Roberts

Assistant Coach


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Tamara Bleisner

Assistant Coach


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Andrea Hoffman

Assistant Coach, Graphic Design Director


This is Andi’s 10th year with Foxjets Swim Team. During her tenure, she has served as a Lead Coach or Assistant Coach for nearly every group on the team. A native of Grand Forks, Andi was a high school swimmer, head coach of the Bemidji Area Swim Club and most recently, has added Graphic Design to her duties with Foxjets (her professional field away from the pool).