Background-image
Coaches & Directors

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 Parent Advisory Committee members.

Coaching Staff

Scarlet Kaplan

Wave Ryder Head Coach

Email

Certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach
  • Stages Certified Cycling Instructor
  • Specialized Triathlon Training.

I grew up in Missoula MT and started my athletic career around age 7, swimming for MAC (Missoula Aquatic Club). I went to high school at Hellgate High where I ran cross country and track in addition to swimming on the club and high school teams. After graduating high school in 2014 I attended the University of Colorado Boulder where I was on the female NCAA collegiate triathlon team. While in college I studied biology (specifically body mechanics and physiology) and started working as a coach and fitness instructor. In addition to my collegiate career I was accepted onto team USAT (USA triathlon) and had the opportunity to train at the Olympic Training Center. I wanted to do it all, and I truly thought I was invincible, until in January 2017 a stress fracture in my femur developed into a complete fracture and my world fell apart. I was “let go” from team USA because of my injury, and the next 6 months were a trying time. Looking back, I am grateful for this experience because it allowed me to learn so much about the importance of recovery and how the body reacts to emotional and physical stress as well as fatigue and training. I did become healthy again but choose to focus my energy on my studies and my collegiate triathlon career and did not return to team USA. Unfortunately, I learned our bodies are not machines and there is a limit to training and stress that we must abide by. In 2019 I decided it was time to move back to Montana. I love the outdoors and so I decided to move to Whitefish where I am now the head coach of the Wave Ryders swim team and a Personal Trainer. We only get one life to live, so why wait, make it great!

Michelle Leidenix Botner

Wave Ryder Coach

Email

When did you start working at The Wave? 

  • June 2015

What Certification do you hold?

  • USA swimming coach
  • ASCA Level 1
  • ASCA Level 2
  • First aid/CPR/AED

Why do you coach swim team?

  • I started coaching swim team because my son was involved in the program and I have been involved in swim team since I was 7 years old and love it.

What is your swimming background?

  • I swam USA club swimming from 7 years old through high school, then went on to swim at the University of South Dakota for 4 years.  

What are your favorite activity or hobbies?

  • My hobbies include swimming, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and following my boys around to their sporting activities.

Suzanne DeVore

Wave Ryder Coach

Email

Certifications:

  • USA Certified swim coach
  • ASCA Level 1

When did you start working at The Wave?
July 2017

Why do you teach swim lessons or coach swim team?
To share my knowledge & passion of the sport

Why are swimming lessons important for adults and children?
It’s the only sport that is lifelong & everyone should be water safe

What is your swimming background?
I’ve been swimming consistently all of my adult life
What are your favorite activity or hobbies? Swimming, skiing, hiking, fly fishing, traveling, cooking, wine collecting

Lou Albershardt

Wave Ryder Coach

Email

When did you starting working at The Wave?
October 201

What certification do you hold?
Advanced First Aid and CPR
Water Safety Instructor

Why do you teach swim lessons?
Teaching swimming is teaching a -life skill-

Why are swimming lessons important for adults and children?
Especially this valley – there is so much water – we do not only teach swimming – we teach safety skills and rescue skills for both children and adults

What is your swimming background?
I have loved being in – on – and around water most of my life. I started swimming competitively at age 8 and continued competitive swimming through college. I coached swimming and diving at a small country club for 2 summers

What are your favorite activities and hobbies?
Swimming, Road biking with my husband, XC skiing, walking in the woods around my house and working (playing) in our garden…I also enjoy cooking – I love playing with new ideas, new foods, and recipes

Wendy McNamara

Wave Ryder Coach

Email

Certifications:

  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

When did you starting working at The Wave?
May 1, 2017

Why do you teach swim lessons?
I love swimming and water sports so it’s very rewarding to help a child or adult go from being terrified of the water to one who loves to swim.

Why are swimming lessons important for adults and children?
We live in a world of water: backyard pools, streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Lessons not only introduce the world of water to students and increases the participant’s enjoyment but also teaches them how to navigate that world safely.

What is your swimming background?
Competitive swimmer age 10 through college at Indiana University. Taught swimming age 11 (assistant) through high school.

What are your favorite activities and hobbies?
Swimming, kayaking, SUP, scuba diving, camping/travel in my RV, biking, biking, reading, being out in the woods (by a lake or river of course).

Noelle Mann

Wave Ryder Coach

Email

Coming Soon...