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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 Sherry Niesen.

BAC has a fantastic coaching staff, composed of experienced career coaches, young enthusiastic coaches, former national-level swimmers, and numerous All-City coaches from around Madison.

Coaching Staff

Andrew J Walden

Head Coach/CEO - HS/SR Group

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Drew is BAC's Head Coach and CEO, and has been coaching in the Madison area since 1987.  He has also coached in Iowa and Minnesota, and has served several terms as the General Chair of Wisconsin Swimming.  Drew was an excellent age group flyer and swam collegiately at Iowa State.  Drew has been responsible for developing numerous national level swimmers going back decades.

Jacob V Johnson

Head Age Group Coach-Lead Pre-Senior

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Jacob is the Head Age Group Coach for BAC and has been with the club since 1999.  He has also coached for Shorewood, Maple Bluff, Goodman, and Madison West.  Jacob is a two-time Wisconsin Coach of the Year and works primarily with our PreSenior Group.

Connie J Martin

ES Head Coach - Lead Coach - ES Junior

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Connie has been coaching with BAC since 2003, and has worked with every group from Little Badger to PreSenior.  She also coached and managed at Nakoma for over a decade.  She is currently the Lead Coach for our ES programming - working primarily with ES Ribbon and ES Junior.  Connie is also a former 'BAC mom' who three girls were standouts for BAC and then UW Madison.  When she isn't coaching Connie also works as a personal trainer.

Brenda S Erdman

Head Baraboo Coach

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Brenda is the Lead Coach of all of our Baraboo programming, where she's been coaching since 2012.  She grew up in Wautoma, graduated from UW LaCrosse, and is an elementary physical education teacher in Reedsburg. 

Alli Bell

Lead Coach - WS Little Badgers

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Alli grew up swimming for BAC and at Parkcrest pool. She joined the BAC coaching staff in 2019 and primarily works with WS Little Badgers. She is also a coach at Parkcrest pool. 

Gabriela A Sanchez

Lead Coach - ES Little Badgers

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Gabby grew up swimming for BAC and Madison Memorial, and swam collegiately for UW-Milwaukee. Gabby joined the BAC coaching staff in 2018. She is the lead coach for our East Side Little Badgers group and also works with our East Side age group swimmers.

Brianna L Gage

Lead Coach - WS Ribbon

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Brie joined the BAC coaching staff in 2005 and also coaches for Ridgewood.  She swam for Ridgewood and Memorial, where she was a JV Conference Meet Record Holder in the 100 Fly.  She is the lead coach for our WS Ribbon Group.

Jon M Jung

Lead Coach - WS Trophy

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Jon has been coaching with BAC since 2011. He started coaching the East Side Trophy and Silver groups, and after a few years moved over to the West Side where he is currently the lead coach of West Side Trophy. Outside of the pool, Jon teaches third grade at Stephens Elementary in Madison. 

Thomas G Stout

Lead Coach - Baraboo Ribbon

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Tom grew up in the Madison area and was an All-State swimmer for Middleton.  He joined BAC in 2017 and works with our Baraboo Groups.  Tom is also a BAC dad - his two daughters swim for BAC!

Jill C Diehl

Lead Coach - Baraboo Medal and Trophy

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Jill joined the BAC coaching staff in 2017.  She swam for the Dells Dolphins during her younger years and was the President of the Baraboo Area Makos, before joining BAC.  She grew up in Wisconsin Dells, went to Michigan State and UW during her collegiate years and is currently the GM of the Tommy Bartlett Show.  Jill and her husband Trevor Lohr have three children (all BAC swimmers), Aidan, Ella and Claire. Jill works with the Medal and Trophy age groups in Baraboo.

Jay L Tomasiewicz

Lead Coach - WS Junior

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Jay grew up swimming for SHOR and for Shorewood HS in Milwaukee.  He attended UW Madison and plans to further his education with med school.  He has been coaching with BAC since 2012 and is the Lead Coach of the West Side Junior Group.

Ryan S Neigbauer

Lead Coach - WS Bronze & Silver

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Ryan graduated from UW-Madison in 2019 and has been coaching with BAC since 2017. Before coming to UW-Madison, Ryan was a member of the Men's Swim and Dive team at UW-La Crosse. Ryan primarily works with West Side Bronze and Silver groups.

Nicole C Oliveira

Lead Coach - ES Ribbon & Bronze

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Nicole has been coaching for BAC since 2017. She grew up swimming for the Middleton Gators and in the Madison area. Nicole works with our East Side Ribbon and Bronze Groups.

Rachel A Breger

Lead Coach - ES Trophy, Silver, Gold

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Rachel joined the BAC coaching staff in 2017 and works primarily with our East Side groups. She grew up in Brookfield and swam for EBSC and Brookfield East, and previously coached the Omaha Special Olympics swim team.

Derek T Scheer

Lead Coach - WS Gold

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Derek is a BAC dad and a former UW swimmer who grew up in Cincinnati swimming for the Pepsi Marlins.  He's been active coaching triathletes and masters swimmers in the Madison area for years, and joined the BAC coaching staff in 2011.  He is the lead coach for our Gold Group.

Nicolas M Bell

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Cole joined the BAC coaching staff in 2019. He grew up swimming for Parkcrest pool, BAC, and Madison Memorial. He now attends UW-Madison. Cole has worked with many different ages while coaching, but has primarily coached the West Side Bronze and Silver groups. He has also coached at Parkcrest pool in the All-City League since 2018. 

Timothy W Capps

Baraboo Coach

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Hayley K Chesnik

Coach

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Hayley has been coaching for BAC for nine years. She was also the head coach at West Side for seven years in the All-City summer league. This season, she will again be coaching the Silver group on the west side! Besides coaching for BAC, Hayley works at a local nonprofit here in Madison. 

Valerie M Chesnik

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Valerie is a former West Side, BAC and Madison West swimmer. She has previously coached for West Side Swim Club and the Madison Edgewood Men's team. This will be Valerie's seventh year coaching with BAC. Valerie works with the WS Trophy group. At her day job, Valerie is the Communications & Development Manager for the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. 

Michael D Drives

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Michael began swimming competitively at Ridgewood pool and Badger Dolphins, which would later become BAC. He swam for Madison Memorial, and went on to swim for Army at USMA. Michael completed his degree at UW-Madison, and returned to BAC as a coach. He has been working primarily with the high school groups since 2015.

Claire E Eckerle

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As a swimmer, Claire competed for Parkcrest, YDC, Memorial HS, and BAC.  She joined our Coaching Staff in 2016 and graduated from UW-Madison this past spring. Claire works with many age groups and in the last year has worked primarily with the Senior Group.

Courtney Evensen

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Courtney joined the BAC coaching staff in the fall of 2019. She primarily works with the west side Junior group. She swam at the University of Missouri-Columbia for four years and has competed at the NCAA Championship Meet, USA Swimming Nationals, and the US Open. She is currently in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Speech Language Pathology. 

Ian M Girdley

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Ian joined the BAC Coaching Staff in 2013 and works primarily with the PreSenior Group.  He was a BAC and Ridgewood swimmer, and also swam for Verona HS and UW-Stevens Point.  Besides coaching with BAC, Ian has coached at both Hawks Landing and Nakoma in the summer.

Robin C Hartung

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Robin grew up swimming for BAC and Madison Memorial, and swam collegiately for UW-La Crosse. Robin joined the BAC coaching staff in 2018 and primarily works with our West Side Ribbon group.

Eric T Knight

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Eric joined the BAC Coaching Staff in 2005. He primarily coaches the Senior Group, but has also assisted with both Gold and Ribbon.  Eric has twice been nominated Wisconsin Age Group Coach of the Year. Eric and his wife Beth reside in Verona with their two kids Tommy and Elliot.

Taylor N Jackson

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Taylor grew up swimming in Maryland, and joined the BAC coaching staff in 2018. She also coaches for Seminole in the All-City League, and during the day works for the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County with the TOPS program. Taylor primarily works with the PreSenior and ES Gold groups. 

Erik W Johnson

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Tomer Korabelnikov

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Tomer was born in Israel and grew up in Brookfield. He swam for EBSC and Brookfield East. He graduated from UW in 2020 and joined the BAC coaching staff in 2016. He works primarily with our West Side age group and senior swimmers.

Tim J Peterson

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Tim began coaching for BAC in 2019. He works primarily with ES Ribbon and Bronze. Prior to moving to Maison in 2019, Tim lived in Washington D.C. and northern Virginia, where he was a substitute coach for the US Masters Team DCAC and senior coach with Nation's Capital Swim Club in Burke, VA. Tim grew up in northern Virginia, where he was a standout summer league, high school, and club swimmer. He coached his swimmer team for many years and was assistant head coach at South County High School. Tim works full time as a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio's daily afternoon news and features program "Central Time." He lives in Madison with his wife Sarah and their dog Finn. Tim is excited to be coaching again and part of the BAC family. 

Stevie N Posegay

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Stevie recently moved to Wisconsin with her husband, Erik, and two daughters, Avery and Olivia. Stevie has over 10 years of coaching experience. She previously coaches at the State College Area YMCA in State College, PA, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Baltimore, MD, the Parkland Aquatic Club in Allentown, PA, and the Lancaster Aquatic Club in Lancaster, PA. Stevie works with the WS Ribbon Group. 

Michael Radloff

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Michael joined the BAC coaching staff in 2017 and works with our ES Trophy Group.  He is a former BAC swimmer who also swam for Ridgewood and Memorial HS.  He currently works as a science teacher at Lodi High School.

Abigail J Schmeiser

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Abi is a former BAC and Waunakee High School swimmer, and she's currently a student at UW-Madison. Abi joined the BAC coaching staff in 2020, and is currently helping with many of our groups. 

Emily A Schwabe

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Emily joined the BAC Coaching staff in 2013. She has worked primarily with our Junior Group since joining BAC. Emily also currently coaches the Edgewood High School Girls, and is a former Shorewood Hills Pool Head Coach. She is a former standout high school swimmer and swam for LSU and Wisconsin during her collegiate career.

Marin Elisabeth Skidmore

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Marin joined the BAC coaching staff in 2018 and works primarily with the Gold group. She swam for EBSC, Germantown High School, and the University of Illinois. Outside of the pool, Marin is a post-doctoral researcher in agricultural economics at UW.

Christopher A Wills

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Chris is a former BAC and UW swimmer. Chris started his swimming career in the All-City Swim League and then joined BAC beginning in what is now called the Bronze group. Chris has competed at many high level meets including NCAA Championships, The U.S. Open, and USA Swimming Nationals & Junior Nationals. Chris coaches all ages and abilities, but primarily works with the Senior Group.