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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

Matt Yovich

Lead Discovery/Explorer 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.

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 Western 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 interworkings of a high level collegiate swim team.

Lisa received her Master’s Degree from Baylor University in Clinical Exercise Physiology, 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 in her third year with the Barracudas and has been able to work with all of the training groups/levels, but is currently 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.

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!

Jesse Franc

Assistant Coach

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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.

Board of Directors

Brent Brandmayr

President

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Jane Mittelsteadt

Vice President

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Sarah Schwendeman

Treasurer

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Sara Gram

Secretary

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Megan Belasco

Board Member

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Lori Kopp

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Nate Card

Board Member

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Ted Osterloth

Board Member

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