Lloyd has been coaching over 30 years. This is his 18th year (36th 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.
Head Age Group Coach
This is Coach Ryan's 6th year
(12th 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
Under Ryan's guidance athletes
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.
Lead Coach National Age Group
This is Denise's 3rd year (5th
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 was a featured speaker the 2018 ASCA World Clinic in
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 grandchildren!
Lead Coach Red Groups and ISM
This is Bill's 8th year (16th
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 our 8/Under
Bill and his wife Cindy and have
two adult children - Vaughn and Brittany (a former Foxjet
Bill says to all Foxjets, "Get in
the boat with me!"
Lead Coach Bronze 2 and Senior
This is Zoya’s first year
coaching at Foxjets. While she is new to the coaching staff,
she is not new to the program. Zoya swam for Foxjets
2006-2011 and had a very successful career. She swam at
Lakeville North high school and was a co-captain her senior
year. Zoya went on to swim collegiately at the University of
Kansas and was co-captain of the swim and dive team her senior
year. She has a bachelor’s degree in childhood
development with an emphasis on early autism intervention.
Zoya is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Saint
Mary’s, continuing her path of becoming an elementary school
educator. She is looking forward to applying her love of the
sport and passion for working with kids! She is excited to
return “home” – back with Foxjets.
Lead Coach Age Group Prep
This is Sarah's 4th year (7th
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
Sarah is excited to continue
working with developmental groups, sharing her love of swimming and
having fun in the pool.
Tasha Lyn Embry
is Tasha's 6th year (12th season) coaching with Foxjets. 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
Assistant Coach, Social Media Director
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is Brian's 8th year (16th season) with Foxjets Swim Team. He
brings 20+ 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.
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