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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 administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

 phone number 1-605-277-0840

 

Coaching Staff

Lisa Ann Jorgenson

Lead Developmental Coach

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Lisa grew up in Deadwood, SD and swam for the Deadwood 76ers Swim Team from the age of 4 years old through the summer following her senior year in high school.  She has a degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  After Lisa and her husband moved to Aberdeen she took on the role of a full-time stay-at-home mom and volunteered in numerous organizations to which she belonged.  When her daughter and oldest son joined the Aberdeen Swim Club in 2010, she remembered how much she loved the sport of swimming.  Lisa became a member of the ASC Board of Directors in 2011.  Her youngest son joined the team in 2013, and it was then that Lisa joined the staff of ASC as an assistant coach.  Lisa has enjoyed her time as an ASC swim parent, volunteer leader, and coach.  In 2019, she was chosen as South Dakota's lone coach representative at the USA Swimming Leadership Conference.  During the summer of 2021, Lisa was honored to be chosen by her fellow coaching colleagues as South Dakota Swimming's Coach of the Year.  Lisa says that competitive swimming has given her skills that she continues to use as an adult, as well as a childhood full of wonderful memories.  She believes every child that gets involved in the sport of swimming benefits not only from a health perspective, but also in gaining life-long skills such as goal setting, time management, communication, relationship building, and developing a strong work ethic.  As your child's coach Lisa will maintain a positive atmosphere and provide encouragement while teaching the fundamentals of the swimming strokes in a safe and nurturing environment.

Amanda Taylor Mayer

Assistant Coach

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Amanda began swimming competitively when she was 10 years old. She grew up in Miller, SD and swam for their summer swim club for 9 summers. During her senior season Amanda was also an assistant coach and was the recipient of many nominated summer team awards. After graduating from Miller High School she attended Cottey College in Missouri and participated in a student led swim club. Upon graduating from Cottey she attended Northern State University in Aberdeen and swam for the Wolves. During her time at Northern, Amanda served as a team captain for her sophomore and junior seasons. During her senior year she was a volunteer student coach for the Wolves. Amanda returned to Miller for the 6 summers as the Head Coach for MSC while attending college. In her 6 years with the Miller Swim Club, Amanda helped to grow the team to over 50 swimmers and helped to raise  awareness of the sport. In the winter of 2012, Amanda began working and teaching swim lessons at the Aberdeen Ymca, where she still teaches group and private lesson to many swimmers. Amanda began coaching for the Stingrays in the summer of 2017 and has enjoyed coaching all age groups. She has a true passion for the sport of swimming and a love for helping the swimmers develop as athletes and as people. 

 

Derek James Johnson

Assistant Coach

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Derek is currently a Junior at NSU studying Sports Marketing and Administration. He swam for ASC for 4 years, from age 12 to 16. During his time as a swimmer ASC won the state meet two times, in summer 2014 and 2016. He currently still holds 2 team records as part of the 13-14 boys 200 Free relay and the 13-14 boys 200 Medley relay. Derek has been a Lifeguard at the YMCA since 2017, and has taught swim lessons since 2013. Derek enjoys coaching because he likes bringing a competitive energy to the sport of swimming. 

Jessica L Skorheim

Assistant Coach

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Jessica began swimming when she was 8 years old. She grew up in Huron, SD, and swam for the Huron Park and Rec Wobbegong (HPRW) Swim team for 10 years. Jessica was a junior and assistant coach during her high school career with the team. During her time as a swimmer, she was the recipient of many nominated summer team awards. After graduating from Huron High School, she attended Black Hills State University. Jessica rejoined HPRW after college for another 5 years as the Assistant Coach, and later for Dakota Riptide. Jessica began coaching for the Stingrays in the summer of 2021.

Grace Elizabeth Nelson

coach

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Grace began swimming for the Aberdeen Swim Club Stingrays in 2013 when she was 10 years old.  Grace began teaching swimming lessons for Aberdeen Swim Club’s Learn to Swim Program at age 12.  With the new Water Wolves Swim Program at Northern State University, she is continuing as a swim lesson instructor.  She was a team captain her junior year of high school.  During her senior year, Grace was an Athlete Representative for the Board of Directors and started her coaching career as a junior coach.  Upon graduating from Aberdeen Central High School and turning 18, Grace became an assistant coach for the Stingrays.  Grace is attending Northern State University where she is majoring in Elementary Education.  Grace enjoys coaching because she can be involved in the sport of swimming while helping children grow. 

Board of Directors

Travis Bindenagel

President

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Doug R Karst

Vice-President

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Megan A Rosendahl

Secretary

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James L Haugen

Treasurer

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Erica J Schaeffer

Board Member

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Melissa A Hawley

Board Member

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Elizabeth R Ketterling

Board Member

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Amy Scepaniak

Board Member

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John Borchers

Board Member

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