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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

Jennifer Wendel

Lead Sawtooth Coach

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Coach Jen was born in Redwood City California and has lived in Salt Lake City Utah, France, Austin Texas, and Portland Oregon. She has a daughter who is 25 and a son who is 22. They both live in Helena which is why she and her husband decided to settle in Bozeman.

When she was old enough to be thrown into the pool, her grandfather taught her how to swim. When she joined the swim team in Salt Lake she had to learn technique and flip turns through trial and error as there was only one coach for a very large team. When she heard that her kids' school was looking for a JV coach, she jumped at the chance to be the coach she never had. She coached at Jesuit High School in Portland from 2010 to 2013 as the JV coach for 40 kids. Looking for a different coaching environment with an opportunity to be able to work more directly with the kids, she coached for a much smaller team for Valley High School for 3 years. The entire team, varsity and JV, was 25 kids. She enjoyed a more individualized approach to coaching with the smaller group. Coaching at a large competitive school and a small diverse school shaped her coaching style and philosophy. She believes collaboration is at the foundation of successful coaching. Kids, parents, coaches, team mates, and extended family members are all an integral part of developing an athlete. She defines an athlete as someone with drive, determination, perseverence, and enjoyment of a sport. Times do not make athletes. Best times are consequences of the drive, determination, perseverance, and enjoyment that the athlete pours into the sport.

Jason Schoper

Lead Discovery Coach

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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
USMS Level 2 Coach

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. 

Darya Peters

Assistant Coach

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Darya has been involved with swimming for thirteen years. She began her swimming career with the Bozeman Barracudas at the age of seven and competed for the team through her senior year of high school in 2017. With the Barracudas, she has served as a team captain for four seasons during her Junior and Senior years. She has been a Barracuda state team member for 12 years, a Montana Zone Team Member two years, an Age Group Regional qualifier four years, and has been specifically selected to be a Senior Sectional relay member for three years. Also, Darya had the great honor to be one of Montana’s four Athlete Representative for a two-year term, traveling once a year with a select few of Montana’s representatives to the National Swimming Convention and was able to be the voice of Montana athletes to the national board.

Being a homeschool athlete up until her senior year of high school, Darya swam year-round for the Bozeman Barracudas. Her Senior year she made a transfer to Bozeman High and was able to swim her final high school season for the Bozeman Hawks. At the end of her first season for the Hawks, Darya was placed on the State 200 Freestyle relay team who was able to set a school record and take down the reigning champions of Missoula Hellgate who had held the record for eight straight years. After graduating in 2017, Darya had been considering swimming collegiately and was considered for scholarships with four separate collegiate teams. Eventually decided to stay in her hometown of Bozeman to pursue a degree at Montana State University.

From an early age, Darya always had a desire to coach swimming, to be able to pass on one of her greatest joys she had growing up. She is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Barracudas and is very excited to be on the coaching staff. She is most excited to be able to watch many young swimmers become great athletes and people. 

Lisa Patchin

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Lon Huckert

President

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Megan Belasco

Vice President

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Kevin Handelin

Treasurer

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Matt Yovich

Board Member

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Kasey Fisher

Secretary

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Mandy Kirkwood

Board Member

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Sarah Brechbuhler

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Ted Osterloth

Board Member

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