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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

Hans Dersch

Head Coach

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Coach Hans  "My job is to take the best information available and present it to swimmers in a way that helps them reach their full potential."

Swam summer league and a little high school, but only joined SwimAtlanta at 15. Coach Chris Davis, fast progress, first a Jr. National Champion team, then an individual Jr. National win.  Next summer, first Senior Nationals, 4th place.  The University of Texas, a perfect fit, amazing team under Eddie Reese and Kris Kubik, won NCAA championships 3 out of 4 years.  Time to retire (but swimming is so hard to quit!).  From SwimAtlanta, made Pan American team (Cuba!) won gold, back to Austin to train for Trials. Made Olympic team! Won gold on 400MR, finished with personal best. 

Jumped right into coaching at Texas A&M (Jay Holmes is still there!) Did swim clinics for many years (borrowing drills and ideas from the best swimmers in the world). Took a break for rural life and raising kids, then jumped back into coaching at Nitro where amazing coaches and families are the norm, and also a small private HS (kids won State!)  I wanted to find the right fit where my skills and talents can make a positive impact in the world, and every day coaching the Barracudas gives me those opportunies.

Matt Yovich

Lead Development Coach

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Matt has been in and around competitive swimming for a long time.  He started swimming at age 5 and swam through high school graduation.  He became a swim official at age 19 and officiated high school, college and age group club meets for several years.  Since his daughter began swimming with the Barracudas 8 years ago, he has been a swim parent, a board member/officer, a nationally certified official and now a coach.  He has also been involved with Montana Swimming as Finance Vice Chair and now as General Chair.

Matt wants swimming to be a lifetime activity for our Barracuda athletes and desires for all to learn swimming as a survival skill.  He knows that the competitive swimming community is different than most sports – more collegial, collaborative and familial – and results in life-long friendships.  He gets excited by seeing swimmers attain small successes, at any level of swimming, and the confidence and self-worth that results over time.  Those successes are the result of excellent and efficient technique and hard work.

Lisa Patchin

Lead Senior 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. 

Lyra Reynolds

Assistant Coach

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Coach Lyra is from Littleton, Colorado, where she swam for 8 years competitively. Lyra qualified for and swam at summer league state three times in the 100 backstroke and twice in the 200 free. She also qualified for Continental A-Leagues in high school in her 100 backstroke.

Lyra is a sophomore at MSU and studies Soil and Water science. She came to Bozeman to explore the outdoors and get away from the crowding of the city. When she isn’t at the pool, Coach Lyra can be found rock climbing or skiing. Her favorite place to climb is in Livingston or back home in Clear Creek Canyon. She loves to ski at Bridger Bowl and is excited for the snow to start falling.

She is going into her fourth year of coaching. Prior to this season, Lyra coached the Centennial Piranhas in her hometown. She really enjoyed coaching all of the age group swimmers, and even had one of her practice groups win the Division Championship for their age group. Though she is sad to leave her old team, Coach Lyra is super excited to join the Barracudas this season! Lyra is ready to learn and grow with the team and is looking forward to a fun time with the team! If you see her at the pool or around town, don’t be afraid to say hello!

Cynthia Trudgeon

Assistant Coach

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Coach Cynthia began swimming in Helena Montana at the age of seven. Cynthia quickly fell in
love with the sport. She moved to Butte and continued swimming for the tarpons. Cynthia ended
with the Butte High Bulldogs where she received an All-State title.


Cynthia Moved to Bozeman in 2018 to continue her education. She is a sophomore at Montana
State University getting her degree in Biochemistry with a track in Pre-med. Cynthia spends her
free time doing almost anything and everything outside such as climbing, skiing and hiking.


This is Cynthia’s first year with the Barracudas and her first year coaching. She is excited to use
her prior knowledge and love for the sport to pass it along to the other swimmers on the team.

Jesse Franc

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Jane Mittelsteadt

President

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Megan Belasco

Vice President

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Sara Gram

Treasurer

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Nicole Olson

Secretary

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Lori Kopp

Board Member

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Nate Card

Board Member

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Trevor Huffmaster

Board Member

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Karen O’Connor

Board Member

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