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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's 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.  As a coach, Drew is 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's 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's 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 a phy ed teacher in Reedsburg.  Brenda is also a 'swim mom' - 2 of her 3 daughters swim for BAC.

Gretchen F Bauer

Lead Coach - WS Little Badgers

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Gretchen is a former BAC swimmer that joined the coaching staff in 2014.  She's the lead coach for our WS Little Badger Group.  Gretchen has also coached in the All-City league and for EW HS as well.

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.

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!

Michael Radloff

Lead Coach - ES Trophy

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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.

Erik W Johnson

Lead Coach - WS Bronze & WS Silver

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Nicole C Oliveira

Lead Coach: ES Bronze

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Rachel A Breger

Lead Coach - ES Silver

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Rachel grew up in Brookfield and swam for EBSC and Brookfield East.  She joined BAC in 2017 and works with our ES Groups.  When she isn't coaching Rachel works for Navitus Health Solutions.

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's been coaching with BAC since 2012 and is the Lead Coach of the WS Junior Group.

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 Cincinatti 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.

Hayley K Chesnik

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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. 

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.

Michael D Drives

WS Gold Coach

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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 is currently a student at UW-Madison.  Claire works primarily with our WS Junior Group.

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-SP.  Besides coaching with BAC, Ian has coached at both Hawks Landing and Nakoma in the summer.

Eric T Knight

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Eric joined the BAC Coaching Staff in 2005.  This season he will be coaching the Senior Group, but also assisting 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.

Tomer Korabelnikov

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Tomer was born in Israel and grew up in Brookfield.  He swam for EBSC and Brookfield East.  He's currently a student at UW and is on the club water polo team.  He joined the BAC coaching staff in 2016 and works primarily with our WS age group swimmers.

Ryan S Neigbauer

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Alexandra K Peirce

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Alex joined the BAC coaching staff in 2013.  She grew up in Indiana, swimming for Three Rivers Aquatics Club.  She works primarily with our WS Bronze and Silver Groups.

Katie E Pingle

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Katie is another BAC coach with over 10 years of experience after joining the staff in 2004.  She has coached a variety of groups and currently helps out primarily with our land training.  

Emily A Schwabe

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Emily is former standout swimmer who grew up swimming in Waukesha.  She swam for LSU and UW before joining the BAC coaching staff in 2013.  She works primarily with our Junior Group and also coaches the Edgewood HS girls.

Jon M Jung

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This will be my fifth year coaching with BAC, and I will be coaching the trophy group and silver group on the East Side.  I recently graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Elementary Education and will be subbing in the Madison area.  I grew up swimming at Ridgewood and now coach at Hawks Landing during the summer.

Timothy W Capps

Baraboo Coach

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Gabriela A Sanchez

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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. 

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. 

Kara McCarty

Baraboo Coach

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Kara joined the BAC Baraboo coaching staff in December 2018. In addition to coaching BAC, Kara works as a Red Cross water safety instructor and lifeguard at the Baraboo Indoor Pool. She swims with the Baraboo masters swimming team and also competes in triathlons and open-water swim events.

Robin C Hartung

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Christopher A Wills

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Michael E Sullivan

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Sydney Marguerite Lofquist

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Emmy E Sehmann

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Nicolas M Bell

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Alli Bell

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Jack C Mondi

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Courtney Evensen

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Tim J Peterson

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Ariana D Saghafi

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