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Kyle Harris

Head Coach

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Harris was previously the head coach for the Revere SandSharks Swim Club in Boston, MA.  Info from simple Internet search of the SandSharks does not do Coach Harris’ efforts in Boston justice.  Through the Search Committee’s and Board’s multiple interviews and reference checks, we found that he took on the challenge of making the best opportunity for a rec league program in in one of the most economically disadvantaged areas of suburban Boston.

Though the initial competitive team is small when compared to the Barracudas, it was a big first step, and a successful one. He guided one of his first-year competitors to a 2nd place finish at the Bay State Games in the 100 Meter Backstroke for the 11-12 Girls Age Group.  Additionally, in his first year as Head Coach in the New England LSC, Harris received the honor of being selected as coach of the LSC Boys 15-18 Zone Team for the 2017 Eastern Zone Long Course Championships.  That’s pretty heavy stuff and we look forward to his energy, enthusiasm and dedication to take the Barracudas to higher levels of success both in swimming and in life.

Before his time with the SandSharks, Harris coached both high school and other larger; more established USA Swimming clubs and worked in marketing for University of Utah Athletics. Some of Coach Harris’ experience involves working with 10+ Utah HS State Finalist, USA-S State Qualifiers and Finalist, and USA-S Western Zones Qualifiers.

Harris is a Colby-Sawyer College and University of Utah Alumni. He obtained his Coaching Certification and Associates from Colby-Sawyer, which involves Sport Physiology, Sport Psychology, Coaching Fundamentals, and a myriad of other coaching courses. Harris obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in Sport Management making Dean’s List.

During his years as a Colby-Sawyer Charger, though he swam events of all strokes, Harris primarily competed in the 200 Free, 100 Free, and 100 Butterfly. 

Coach Harris' Coaching Philosophy

Coaching Experience, Education, and Honors

  • 2017 Eastern Zones Coach; New England Boys 15-18 Coach 
    • Eastern Zones Long Course Champions
  • ASCA 4 Educated
  • ASCA Coaching 8 & Unders Certified
  • Coaching Certification; Colby-Sawyer College 2015
  • Head Coach; Revere SandSharks Swim Club 2016-17
  • Head Coach; West Jordan High School 2015-16
  • Age Group Coach; Kearns Youth Aquatic Team (KYAT) 2015-16
  • Assistant Coach; Riverton High School 2014-15
  • Head Coach; J.L. Sorenson Squids Swim Team 2014-15

Swimming Experience and Honors

  • Colby-Sawyer College Men’s Swim Team; New London, NH
    • Member of the current 400 Free Relay Record
    • New England Championships (NEISDA) 2012, 2013,2014
    • Athlete of the Week Awards 2013
    • Varsity Letter winner all years competed

Janelle Munson-McGee

Lead Explorers Coach

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Janelle was born and raised in Hawaii, where she competed as an age-group swimmer for the Kamehameha Swim Club. Her swimming experiences range from the collegiate pool, to open water, and triathlons. Being a 5'2" woman, she likes to swim smarter and learn to leverage what she's made of. Janelle has teaching experience with Kindergarten through eighth grade students and swim coaching experience at the local and international stages of swimming competition. In addition to coaching the Explorers group, she is the head coach for the Bozeman Masters Swim team and works full time at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. 

ASCA Level 2 Coach
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Matt Yovich

Lead Discovery Coach

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Jason Schoper

Lead Challenge Coach

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Coach Jason was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and relocated to Bozeman in 2010 to attend Montana State University. He began swimming in 2000, adding swimming to a host of other sports that included basketball, baseball, and track. He quickly fell in love with the sport, and the challenge that came along with it. Over his 10 year swimming career. he learned not only about swimming, but was lucky enough to enjoy many lessons about having a good character, and what is important outside of measurable success, which he attributes to his Club and High School Coaches. These lessons helped him work with his team to win 4 straight district titles, as well as a state title his freshman year. He hopes to pass on not only the knowledge he has gained about swimming over years of both competing himself, and teaching lessons, but also the lessons he has remembered for far longer, and create swimmers that are both good athletes, and good people. He believes that if you work for it, you can achieve it, and believes that the ups and downs in sports, are what create truly well-rounded individuals. 

Lisa Patchin

Lead Development Coach

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Coach Lisa has a myriad of experience that elevates the coaching staff with the Bozeman Barracudas.  Growing up swimming in Oregon, she competed at the Junior National level, and won numerous events and high point awards at the Regional and Wester Zone levels while she was a club swimmer for the Canby Gators Swim Club.  She went on to swim in college at Texas Christian University (TCU), a Division 1 school in the Big 12 Conference, a school well known for their athletics.  She also served as the team’s manager for 2 years, learning the interworking’s of a high level collegiate swim team.

Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Baylor University, which studies the effects of exercise on improving health and fitness for individuals with chronic diseases.  Her education background also includes courses in motor development from birth to adulthood, with an emphasis on the development of fundamental skills and their effects on future performance.

Lisa is now in her second year with the Barracudas and has been able to work with all of the groups, but is now the lead coach for the Development group. She is also using use her knowledge and experiences to help develop a more well-rounded dryland program.  Lisa is excited to continue learning more about coaching and developing not only versatile athletes, but also the skills that help them develop personally and succeed outside the pool.

Rikki Berk

Assistant Coach

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Coach Rikki began swimming competitively at age ten with the Wyckoff YMCA Sharks back in New Jersey. Rikki grew to become a strong competitor in the sport and continued her swimming on her YMCA and High School teams. She then swam throughout College becoming a record holding at her school, Rowan University, and team captain her senior year.  She was one of the first groups of girls to qualify as a National YMCA swimmer and finalist back in her YMCA swimming years and still currently holds records for all teams she competed with.

Rikki started coaching for the Pines Lake Predators, in New Jersey, back in 2012. Her goal was to provide a safe and fun environment for kids and teenagers to discover their athletic talents and enjoy their summer in an encouraging and supportive environment. She then continued coaching at her college for kids needing to improve on their technique and training skills before trying out for other, more competitive, teams in the area.

Many of Rikki’s athletes, ages five through eighteen, have gone on to receive awards, scholarships, and recognition from their community for their swimming ability and positive attitudes.

Rikki has only been in Bozeman for a little over a year and has loved that she was able to connect with all of the swimmers and coaches on the team so easily. She is now in her second season as a Barracudas coach and could not be more excited for another successful one at that. 

Emmett Stottlemyer

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Ted Osterloth

President

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Sarah Brechbuhler

Vice President

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Sarah Schwendeman

Treasurer

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Kasey Fisher

Secretary

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Lon Huckert

Board Member

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Mandy Kirkwood

Board Member

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Brent Brandmayr

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Sara Gram

Board Member

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