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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your athlete's success in whatever way possible. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

Coaching Staff

Kristen Luedtke

Head Coach, Girls Team

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Kristen has long history in the swimming world and grew up on the pool deck following her dad around at St. Kates and counseling swim camps from 1996-2007. She swam at Blaine for 6 years and graduated in 2007 ending her high school career as a captain. Kristen then swam at the University of St. Thomas for 4 years and was again a captain her senior year. She was an assistant at Lakeville North for the 2012 girls’ season. In 2014, Kristen coached with Jamie Dayton at Blaine as an assistant. In 2015 she became the head coach of the Blaine Girls and assistant for the Blaine Boys. Kristen is enrolled in the MAOL program at St. Kates pursuing her master’s degree. She currently works at Infor as a Sales Director. Kristen is very excited to be the head coach of your girls again this season.

Erik Hunter

Head Coach, Boys

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Erik Hunter grew up in a swim family with two older siblings he watched swim through college. Inspired by their success he pursued his own swim career. During his time in high school he broke multiple school records and swam in the Southern California CIF state meet all 4 years. He swam for the Mission Viejo Nadadores club team under Swim Coach hall of fame member, Bill Rose. In his 2014-2015 swim season he got recruited to swim at the University of Minnesota. While at the University he swam all 4 years as he pursued a sport management degree and a leadership minor. Throughout his career he has coached kids/ young adults and helped run swim clinics for swimmers of all levels. He is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Blaine Boys Team.

Nick Johnson

Diving Coach, Girls and Boys Teams

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Dave Luedtke

Assistant Coach, Girls Team

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Coach Luedtke has had an extensive history in swimming including Head Coach, Roseville Swim Club 1972-75, Assistant coach: University of Minnesota 1975-78 and Head Coach at College of St. Catherine 1979-1998. He was an assistant Coach at Blaine High School from 2000-2005 becoming the head coach in 2006 bringing them to a second place section finish, the highest in its history at the time. His other accomplishments include 34+ years of swim coaching experience, 30+ Division III All-Americans, one national champion, best St. Catherine team finish in Div. III nationals 7th, 30+ MIAC champions and all-conference athletes, best St. Catherine team finish in MIAC 2nd, and was a member of 1st Biomechanics Research Team for United States Swimming 1984-1988. Coach Luedtke brings knowledge and experience to the coaching staff.  He is excited to be with the team!


 

 

Alyssa Anderson

Assistant Coach, Girls Team

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We are so excited to have Alyssa back on our staff here at Blaine! Alyssa was a swimmer for over 10 years! She is a Blaine High School graduate spending 6 years on the team. Alyssa currently is teaching swimming lessons at Foss Swim School and soon to be coaching the Fastjets team. She is persuing her undergraduate degree in sonography at St. Catherines University and hopes to be come an Ultrasound Technician. 

James Wick

Assistant Coach, Boys Team

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