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Coaching Staff

Lloyd Larsen

Head Coach

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952-210-8895

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.
 

Ryan Clausman

Head Age Group Coach

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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 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

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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 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 grandchildren!
 

Bill Hedberg

Lead Coach Red Groups and ISM

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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 groups.

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!"
 

Zoya Wahlstrom

Lead Coach Bronze 2 and Senior

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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.
 

Sarah Nelson

Lead Coach Age Group Prep

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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 Free Relay!

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

Tasha Lyn Embry

Assistant Coach

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This 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 children.
 

Mathew Koken

Assistant Coach, Social Media Director

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Brian Nagel

Assistant Coach

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This 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.
 

Micah Roberts

Assistant Coach

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Nicole Roberts

Assistant Coach

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Tamara Bleisner

Assistant Coach

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Bryce Boston

Assistant Coach

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