Coaches and Administration

Our Coaches


Brian Jensen has been coaching competitive swimming for 25 plus years.  He started as an assistant coach with the YMCA in 1986 and became head coach from 1990-93.  He started Quicksilver in 1995.   Since then he has lead our program to numerous conference and YMCA State Championships, several top 5-team finishes at the Midwestern Championships, and has sent many swimmers on to All-Star, Zone, and national level meets.  Brian coaches the Senior and Black groups, and also coaches the Grand Island High School team.  He started as an assistant during 2003-04 season and taking over head coach starting with the 2004-05.


Carole Novinski,  volunteer coach for QS1 (developing swimmers) for the past 7 years.  She grew up swimming in the Midwest and swam collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1986-90, where she served as team captain.  She is a former Big VIII champion, NCAA All-American and NCAA Academic All-American. Carole is the mom to 5 kids ranging 6 to 19, four of them currently swimming on Quicksilver.


Brenda Dankert  is starting her 3rd year as a volunteer coach for QS1 (developing swimmers).  Brenda is a full-time firefighter paramedic for Grand Island Fire Department and works as a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. Francis Medical Center.  Brenda was a competitive diver and swimmer in high school.  She loves helping kids find a positive way to cope and improve their overall health.  Brenda is the mom of 4 kids ranging 20-11, three of them currently swimming on Quicksilvers.  


Andy Mangeot is in his second year of volunteer coaching Quicksilver. He helps coach QS1 and Silver. Andy got into coaching when his daughter joined Quicksilver last year. Andy is a retired Firefighter/Paramedic and he continues to work in public service. He is also a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic for the Village of Cairo. Andy is married and is an avid outdoorsman.



Sara Wilson is new to coaching with Quicksilver this year, although she has previous experience coaching age group swimmers, teaching advanced swimming lessons, and coaching her own children in the sport of triathlon. She is happily married to her best friend, Todd, and together they have 5 children aged 17 to 7. Sara is a homeschooling mother and practicing dental hygienist. She grew up swimming in California and swam briefly at UNK before a shoulder injury sidelined her. Sara enjoys teaching stroke technique and watching swimmers’ confidence grow as they master skills. She looks forward to helping kids develop into people of character who have a lifelong love of swimming.


Janessa Slattery  is coaching for her second year for QuickSilver.  She swam throughout high school and for a short time while attending UNK.  She teaches full-time at a local middle school in Grand Island and part-time driver's education.  She is excited to help out with the Silvers again this year with the spare time she has so she can spread her love of competitive swimming.  Janessa is a mom-to-be for the first time expecting in May and hopes her child will become a very active member of the swim team in a few years.


Jennifer Koralewski  is join for her first year coaching with Quicksilver.  However, she has multiple years of coaching with Kearney High School Swimming and GNST Kearney Club swimming.  She grew up swimming in California.  She went to the University of Colorado majoring in Chmestry and secondary science education.  She has taught high school math and science.  She also has coached cross country and track.  She is very active with the youth in her church.


Dan Novinski, interim volunteer coach,  grew up swimming in California.  He swam collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1985-89, where he served as team captain his junior and senior years.  He is a fromer Big VIII champion, NCAA All-American and NCAA Academic All-American.  Dan periodically fills in on deck for meets and coaches between seasons.



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 Melanie Horky at 395-9622.


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Coaching Staff