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 board members.

Coaching Staff

Barry J Neville

Head Coach


Barry has been coaching with various programs for over 30 years.  He’s a University of Iowa graduate, an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 coach (top 8% of coaches in the country), and has received ASCA’s Excellence in Coaching Certificate.

From 2012-15, he was Head Coach with Topeka Swim Association (KS).  While at Topeka, they increased swimmer numbers, had 17 first-time Sectional qualifiers, 8 first-time NCSA Junior Qualifiers, and 1 USA Swimming Junior National qualifier.  He also served on Missouri Valley's Senior Committee.

From 2002-11, he was Head Coach of Bettendorf (IA) Swim Club (later merging into Bettendorf Pleasant Valley Aquatics) and Bettendorf Middle School Swim Team.  BETT won several Iowa Senior Championships.  He was named Iowa Senior Coach of the Year, and has served Iowa Swimming as Vice-Chair of Technical Planning and Senior programs and as President of the Iowa Swim Coaches Association.

Prior to Bettendorf, he served as Head Coach of Champaign County YMCA (IL), placing 5th at YMCA Nationals and winning the Illinois LCM Senior Champs.  Head Coach of STAR Swimming in Buffalo (NY), which doubled in size from 200 to 450+ swimmers and won all 12&Under LSC Champs and four Senior Champs.  Head Coach of Huntington YMCA and University of Charleston Aquatic Team in Huntington (WV), placing all four years in the top 20 at Y-Nationals including his girl’s placing 2nd and combined team 8th.  Served as Aquatics Coordinator for the City of Coralville (IA), started the Coralville Swim Club, and coached the Northwest Junior High Swim Team.  He also served as an Assistant with the University of Iowa Women’s Swim Team for 7 years.

Barry has coached 28 YMCA National, 146+ Sectional & Junior National, 31+ Senior National, and 2 Olympic Trial qualifiers.  A former swimmer represented Bulgaria in the 2004 & 2008 Olympics, and is a former American Record Holder in the 100 & 200-yard Breaststroke.

Pool Office Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday (5:45-6:55pm), during Swim America.

Wendy Jean Ahrendsen

Assistant Coach


Wendy Ahrendsen has been with the Brookings Swim Club since the summer of 1998, and has served in various coaching capacities. Growing up in Manning, Iowa (a town of about 1500 in West Central Iowa) she began swimming at the age of 9 and continued swimming for a Summer League team (the Manning Sharks) until graduating from high school. After high school graduation, Wendy attended Wartburg College (a NCAA division III college in Northwestern Iowa) and received a bachelor’s degree in Math and Philosophy, followed by a Master’s degree in Mathematics from South Dakota State University. Although Wartburg did not have a pool, she continued to stay active in the swimming community by coaching the Manning Sharks in the summers from 1992 through 1997. Currently, Wendy coaches the Novice swimmers (silver and bronze groups).

Samantha Rae Nelson

Assistant Coach


Samantha joins our staff in January, 2016.  She swam club swimming for 10 years as well as high school swimming for 4 years.  She's served as both a lifeguard & swim instructor over the past 3 years.  Samantha is a freshman at SDSU, majoring in Athletic Training with a minor in Nutrition.

Sylvia K Wieseler

Assistant Coach


Sylvia joins BSC in September, 2016.  The past two summers, she coached with the Miller Swim Club (SD).  She did club swimming for 8 years.  Sylvia is a sophmore at SDSU.

Board of Directors

Trent J Sorbe



Cory J Lunn

Vice President


Board Tina Davis