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

Leanne Lefebvre Larson

Head Coach: Senior/Senior National Coach

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Coach Leanne grew up in the Twin Cities where she swam competitively to the Junior Olympic level in both long and short course seasons and was a state finalist in the three years she swam for Benilde St. Margaret's High School. She graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, and has, until recently, called Eau Claire her home for over 20 years. Leanne found her way back to the sport she loved in 2016 and onto the deck coaching with the ECY Marlins, which recently became the YCV Barracudas. She has had many successes in her coaching of the 12 & Unders with YCV, including developing several YMCA and Wisconsin individual state champions, and most recently, coaching her swimmers to become Wisconsin's 2022 Division 3 12 & Under State Champions and YMCA Sectional Champs. Coach Leanne is extremely passionate about the sport of swimming, and brings an infectious energy every time she steps onto a pool deck, as well as an "all in" commitment to her swimmers and their families. She believes in the value of remaining teachable and, as a Level 3 ASCA Certified Coach, she continually seeks opportunities to learn and grow to be better on deck and in life. She also believes goal setting and a healthy mindset are essential to finding success in and out of the pool. Swimmers who have trained with Coach Leanne know well that to find success, they need to "Stay positive. Work hard. And make it happen." When she's not on deck or in the water herself, Leanne can be found exploring the great outdoors with her best girl Sadie.

Jamie L Schnurer

Head Age Group Coach/ Gold 2 Coach

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Coach Jamie Schnurer swam competitively for Appleton North High School. She lettered all four years and was a four-time state qualifier as well. Her leadership and motivational skills earned her the team captain position for both the Appleton North Swim and Track teams. After swimming for Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Jamie transferred to UW Madison and where she earned her degree in Dietetics. In her free time Coach Jamie likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters, as well as run. Coach Jamie is our Head Age Group Coach.

As The Meet Director she is the person in charge of all details surrounding the Fox Valley Wave home meets including securing facilities, officials, awards, sanction numbers and manages the correspondence with teams and coaches regarding the meets.

Ruthe A Zimmerman

Silver Lead Coach

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Ruthe Zimmerman is the Silver Lead Coach and Team Administrator.  Coach Ruthe started swimming on the Wisconsin Dells Dolphins Swim Team at age 8.  She went on to swim at UWGB and UW-Milwaukee where she earned her degree in Psychology and went on to get her Masters in Counseling.  Ruthe has been coaching for over 20 years and loves to help swimmers reach their goals both in and out of the pool.  Coach Ruthe is married with two little girls who are both on the swim team. Her youngest daughter Maggie was born with Down Syndrome so Ruthe spends a lot of her time advocating.

The team administrator supports the head coaches and the parent board by managing communication, team website and registration as well as answering questions that come in through the website.

Jenna L Beyer

Deck Coach

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Jenna started competitvely swimming on the WAVE from 4th-6th grade.  In 8th grade she started swimming with the Big Pigeons Swim Club.  Jenna swam with them all thoughout high school and recently just finished her 4th and final season on the Neenah Girls Swim and Dive Team.  She has her CPR, Lifeguard, and WSI certifications.  She worked at the Neenah High School Pool lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons for 2 years.  She is ready to start this new chapter in her life back where her swimming career started.  She is excited to continue her love for this sport through coaching.

Anita K Vanden Burgt

Bronze Coach

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Anita Graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Elementary Ed and now lives in Appleton with her 4 kids (all 4 have swam for the WAVE).  Anita taught swim lessons throughout High School and College and has a passion for working with children of all ages.  She looks forward to challenging herself to do something new and is excited to coach for the WAVE.

Chris Bouressa

Deck Coach

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Chris knows what it is to work hard in sports.  She started running cross country in high school, then took up swimming later in life through a masters team.  She began competing in triathlons, and as a result of her committment and intensity, she qualified for the Hawaii Ironman in 2004.  Chris enjoys her time on the pool deck and helping The Wave swimmers realize the benefits of their own hard work.

Brian Flanagan

President

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The President shall be the chairperson of the Organization and the Parent Board, and have such duties, responsibilities and powers as may be necessary to carry out the directions and policies of the Organization and at all times be subject to the policies, control and direction of the Organization.

Emily Allen

Secretary

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The Secretary is responsible for recording and reporting board minutes, activity files, actions items and archiving all appropriate files. 

Jamie L Schnurer

Meet Director

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Coach Jamie Schnurer swam competitively for Appleton North High School. She lettered all four years and was a four-time state qualifier as well. Her leadership and motivational skills earned her the team captain position for both the Appleton North Swim and Track teams. After swimming for Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Jamie transferred to UW Madison and where she earned her degree in Dietetics. In her free time Coach Jamie likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters, as well as run. Coach Jamie is our Head Age Group Coach.

As The Meet Director she is the person in charge of all details surrounding the Fox Valley Wave home meets including securing facilities, officials, awards, sanction numbers and manages the correspondence with teams and coaches regarding the meets.

Angie Borchardt

Communication Coordinator

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The Communication Coordinator handles all publicity for the team and heads the recruitment of new swimmers to the team. Website and other social media updates, newsletters and handbook maintenance fall under the Communication Coordinator as well.

Ruthe A Zimmerman

Team Administrator

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Ruthe Zimmerman is the Silver Lead Coach and Team Administrator.  Coach Ruthe started swimming on the Wisconsin Dells Dolphins Swim Team at age 8.  She went on to swim at UWGB and UW-Milwaukee where she earned her degree in Psychology and went on to get her Masters in Counseling.  Ruthe has been coaching for over 20 years and loves to help swimmers reach their goals both in and out of the pool.  Coach Ruthe is married with two little girls who are both on the swim team. Her youngest daughter Maggie was born with Down Syndrome so Ruthe spends a lot of her time advocating.

The team administrator supports the head coaches and the parent board by managing communication, team website and registration as well as answering questions that come in through the website.

Katie Loken

Education Coordinator

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The Eduaction Coordinator  works with coaches and board to understand the education needs of the team and create/coordinates programs for education based on these needs.

Andrew Skorr

Vice President

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The Vice President supports the role of the President, and is responsible for all of the Presidential duties in the absence of the President.  

Susan Greenway

Team Treasurer

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Board of Directors

Brian Flanagan

President

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Emily Marie Allen

Secretary

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Angie Borchardt

Communication Coordinator

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Jamie L Schnurer

Meet Director (non-voting position)

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Susan Greenway

Treasurer

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Ruthe A Zimmerman

Team Administrator (non-voting position)

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Katie Loken

Education Coordinator

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Andrew Skorr

Vice President

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Leanne Lefebvre Larson

Head Coach (non-voting position)

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