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Our Coaches are some of the wackiest around: willing to dress up like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, babies, rock stars, and even ice cream cones! Hardworking and dedicated, almost all our coaches are alumni of the Monona Swim and Dive Club. With their knowledge, skills, humor, and encouragement, they turn out a superb group of swimmers and divers each year. Please see a listing of our swim coaches and our dive coaches below, along with contact information and short bios.

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

Kelly Chadesh

Head Swim Coach

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Kelly is the current head coach for the boys team at Monona Grove High School and an eighth grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains. Kelly has 16 years of swim team coaching experience.  She started with the Peoria and Elmhurst YMCA programs and most recently with the Dunlap High School teams and club team the Dolphins from her home town of Peoria Illinois. She played soccer for Elmhurst College and graduated in 2007.

Wendy McNall

Head Dive Coach

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Wendy is excited about joining the Monona Swimming and Diving community as head Dive coach this summer!  Wendy has spent a lifetime around the pool both in the water and on deck since the age of 6.  She swam competitively through high school in the Baltimore, MD area and then attended the University of North Carolina where she earned All-American status 4 times as a collegiate swimmer.  She also dove from the age of 8 through her high school years in Maryland and even in one collegiate meet as a Tarheel.  Wendy has coached swimming at the high school, club, and collegiate levels, but is new to the diving coaching world and is excited about sharing her knowledge and experience with the Monona Divers.  Wendy is a licensed physical therapist and the program director of the PTA program at Madison College during the academic year.  She brings a wealth of knowledge about injury prevention, cross training, and the importance of core conditioning.  She is grateful for the support of her husband Mark and their two children, Sierra and Trinity.

Claire Fernandez

Swim Coach: 11-12 & 13-18

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Claire will be a senior at UW-Madison in the fall, majoring in finance and biology and she plans on going to medical school. Claire has been a competitive swimmer since she was 7 years old and began coaching when she was 14. Claire loves everything about the sport and can't imagine her life without it. Most recently, she was the head coach of a country club team near my hometown of Pewaukee, WI. Claire also currently swims on the UW-Madison Club team, but swam for Lake Country Swim Team and Pewaukee High School growing up. Her favorite events are the 200 and 400 IM and she has always been a distance swimmer. Claire is so excited to be a part of the Monona Swim and Dive Coaching Team!!!

Amber Earleywine

Swim Coach: 9-10 & 13-18

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Coach Amber began swimming at age nine for the Rockford Marlins and continued her swimming career at Rockford Guilford High School and Michigan State University for a total of 13 years.  She placed in the top 12 each year in the Illinois State High School meet and was named an All American in the 100 Butterfly and 400 Freestyle Relay.  Amber was recruited by UW-Madison, North Carolina State University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Michigan State University, where she ultimately competed for 4 years.  During college, Amber helped coach MSU’s summer swim camps.  Post collegiately, she has not been far from the sport coaching at the Rockford Marlins for 4 years and Rockford Boylan High School for 7 seasons (7 girls/2 boys) as an assistant.  Currently, Amber is the head Monona Grove Girls’ swim coach.  Her favorite aspect of coaching is witnessing the growth and progress in her athletes both in the pool and out.  Amber has taught 7 years at Rockford Boylan as an AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Biology teacher.  Since her relocation, Amber has substitute taught in various districts, but plans to return to full-time teaching.  Amber will celebrate 3 years of marriage this summer to her husband  Josh, who owns CrossFit Sanctify (a fitness gym) on Madison’s east side.   Amber is excited to join the MO staff and is looking forward to a wonderful and fun summer season!  

Jen Johnson

Swim Coach: 8 & under

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Jen began swimming at the age of seven for the Chippewa Falls YMCA. She swam for the next 12 years for the Chippewa and Eau Claire YMCA. After high school, she swam four years at Northern Illinois University. She was mainly a distance swimmer and occasionally did backstroke. After retiring from swimming she greatly missed the sport and began coaching the pre swim team clinics in Aurora, Illinois until she moved to Madison. At that point she started coaching for Sun Prairie Piranhas in the Tri-County League in 2003. In 2004, both her and her husband began coaching the Men’s Swim Team at Madison East High School. She coached both teams until starting a family in 2006. Jen has been a teacher for the past 15 years and is currently a special education teacher at Glacial Drumlin Middle School in Cottage Grove. In 2013, she started a new role in swimming as a swim parent. She is now hoping to give back to the sport of swimming as it had provided so many opportunities. Jen is excited to continue working with the MO coaching staff.

Lars Doll

Swim Coach: 8 & under

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This will be Lars' third year coaching with Monona Swim and Dive and he absolutely loves it. Swimming has been a big part of his life since he was a nine year old swimming for Monona. Lars is currently studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to get a degree in computer engineering. 

Liz Hrodey

Swim Coach: 8 & under

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Liz Hrodey and her husband (Andy), children (AJ and Allie) live in Monona. Liz is looking forward to working with our U8 swimmers this summer. Liz has been an educator for 17 years at the high school level. She has coached basketball, swimming, softball, and soccer at multiple youth levels.Liz enjoys seeing those involved in activities grow, learn, experience, and develop a passion for something they can use throughout their life. As a former swimmer, college athlete, and ocean lifeguard (East Coast), Liz knows it takes time to develop the necessary skills to achieve at high levels. Liz's goal for our swimmers is to help them gain confidence in themselves and their swimming skills, while having a positive summer swim team experience.

Callie Hebert

Swim Coach

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This will be Callie's second year coaching for MO and she absolutely loves it!  Callie is a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a part of the Women's Rowing team. She swam for 12 years with J-hawk Aquatic Club and 4 years at Whitewater High School.  Callie's favorite stroke is breaststroke!  She is looking forward for another great season!

Jennifer Keller

Swim Coach

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Jennifer has been competitively swimming for the past 12 years. She has competed on multiple swim teams including Monona Swim and Dive Club, MGM, BAC, YDC and the Monona Grove High School girls varsity swim team. She loves competing in the backstroke and her favorite aspect about swimming is all of the support passed on from teammate to teammate. She is looking forward to another great year of swimming and coaching the 9-10's!

Grace Storms

Swim Coach

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Over the past 9 years, Grace has been a part of MGM, BAC, YDC, Monona Grove High School, McFarland Sharks and Monona swim teams. Her favorite event is 100 breaststroke. She has loved water since she was little and her favorite parts of swimming include reaching your goals and meeting great friends! Besides coaching the 9-10's this summer, she is life guarding and teaching swim lessons at the Monona Pool.

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

Angelique Steenhagen

Junior Coach

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Angelique Steenhagen is a future junior at Monona Grove High School. She is currently a captain of the Monona Grove Girls Swim team and has been swimming competitively for MO and BAC since 6th grade. She was awarded most improved varsity swimmer and was an alternate at state her sophomore year. She also participates in show choir and softball. She is looking forward to being a junior coach this year and is excited for the summer swim season.

Henry Carman

Junior Dive Coach

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Going in to his fourth year as a MO diver, Henry is excited to continue his career in the sport and begin coaching for the club. Henry has won All-City four times and set the 15-18 record in the summer of 2015. Training at Schroeder and the Natatorium, Henry competes in diving year round. Henry is looking forward to being able to coach the younger divers and help them gain the passion he has for the sport. 

Lauryn Christianson

Junior Coach

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Lauryn fell in love with swimming through MO when she started at age 7 and she cannot wait to share her passion for swimming with others. Lauryn is currently on the Monona Grove Girls varsity swim team and Madison Aquatic Club. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke and loves any chance she gets to race and spend time with her teammates. Lauryn can't wait for a fun summer with the 11-12 group!

Erik Doll

Junior Coach

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Going onto his 11th summer on the MO team, Erik has become very talented swimmer. He only likes to swim freestyle, nothing else. He has made many friends around his age throughout this time, and he would like to extend it even further to the younger portion of the team. He is very excited to work with his younger teammates, and he can't wait to meet all of the 11-12's.

Ainsley Parvin

Junior Coach

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Ainsley Parvin has been swimming competitively since the age of seven through MO, and she has been swimming for the Monona Grove High Schools girls swim team for the past two years. She is looking forward to the upcoming swim season and is thrilled for this opportunity.

Eric Storms

Junior Coach

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Eric Storms has been swimming with Monona Swim club for 11 years, he also swims for Madison Aquatics Club and The MG boys swim team. This will be his first season Junior coaching and is looking forward to having lots of fun memories! Fun fact: Favorite part about Monona is hanging out in the tent with teammates and hosting rap battles to enhance others musical prowess.

Connor Keith

Junior Coach

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Connor has been swimming for 9 years. This will be his third year swimming and first year coaching for MO. He is excited to be coaching 8 & unders because he started swim team when he was 8. 

Jordan Allen

Junior Coach

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Jordan started his swimming career swimming MO Swim and Dive when he was just 7 years old. He is currently a member of Madison Aquatic Club (MAC), Monona Swim and Dive, and a member of the Monona Grove high school boys swim team. He also competed in high school boys state meet his sophomore and junior year. Jordan looks forward to getting to know everyone this season! 

Ben McDade

Junior Coach

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Ben has been a proud magician since he was 5 years old and has had a passion for swimming ever since. As a sophomore at Monona Grove High School, he currently swims for the high school team in the winter and with his club team, BAC, throughout the rest of the year. Since this will be his first year coaching, Ben is very excited to meet all of MO’s young swimmers and hopes they will share his love for the team and the sport as a whole.

Jacob Lippiatt

Junior Coach

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Jacob has been swimming competitively for 8 years. He has swam for many different teams including MO, BAC, MAC, and has been part of two state championships at Monona Grove High School. He loves the butterfly and freestyle. His favorite part about swimming is the competition, and that there’s always somebody to race/beat. Jacob is really looking forward to his first year coaching the 9-10’s.

Board of Directors

Erik Gennerman

President

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Amy Foley

Vice President

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Sue McDade

Registrar, All City Board Representative

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Kelly Chadesh

Head Swim Coach

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Michelle Benedict

Diving Representative

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Jeannae Zeutzius

Head Dive Coach

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Phil McDade

Secretary

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John Ryan

Treasurer

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Anne Saloma

Co-Communications

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Michelle Stodola

Co-Communications

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Brian Johnson

Personnel

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Jennifer Garrett

Social

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Cheri Daugherity-Knight

Social

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Melinda Menge

Concessions/Hospitality

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Nicole Rosenthal

Awards

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Jessica Kowalske

Clothing/Apparel

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Amy Russell

Clothing/Apparel

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Pete Jaeger

Timing

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Brian Elfers

Member-At-Large

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