Coaching Staff

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 head coach, Jeanine Serrano.

Coaching Staff

Jeanine D Serrano

Head Coach


Brad R Fischer

Senior Group Coach


Swimming Background: I started swimming my freshmen year of high school for the Watertown Goslings and continued through my freshman year of college at UW-La Crosse. I also swam for the YMCA at Pabst Farms while competing in High School.

Favorite Event: 200 and 100 Freestyle, 100 Fly

Favorite Part About Coaching: My favorite part about coaching is being able to watch swimmers achieve their goals and be a part of the experience with them. I have already made so many great memories and can't wait to make more.

In my spare time I enjoy running and occaisionally swimming as well as getting out to fly fish around the area.

Julia Vandenberg

Lead Junior Coach


Years Coaching: since 2002

Swimming Background:    I started swimming for the Tomahawk Swim Club (TSC) when I was 8yrs old and swam for the club until I was 17. I swam all four years for Tomahawk High School, and was a varsity letter swimmer. I started coaching with TSC when I was 16. While in college at UW- Whitewater, I coached for the J-Hawk Aquatic Club for 4 ½ years. I was the Head Coach of the Harrison Area YMCA Swim Team (HAYST) for 4 years in West Virginia. While there I was also selected as a Southern Zone coach, once as an assistant coach and the next year as the head coach. I was also one of the head coaches for the first West Virginia AAU Junior Olympic Swim Team. I have coaching with the La Crosse YMCA Waves for the last two years.

Favorite Events: 100 Breast, 500 Free and 1000 Free

Favorite part about coaching: Being able to pass on my love of the sport and knowledge to new swimmers. Also, when a swimmer finally clicks with a skill they have been working hard to learn.

In my spare time:   I like to go paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing. I took a paddle board boot camp class over the summer and loved it as well. I try to take my dog Duke for walks/ runs as much as possible. I love spending as much time as possible with my niece.

Tyler Zaspel

Lead Junior Coach


How long have been you coaching swimming?

This is my first time coaching swim, but I have been a swim instructor for all levels for 6 years now and am excited to start coaching for the YMCA Wave. 

Swimming Background:

I first started swimming at the age of 4 because I wanted to keep up with my two older brothers.  I soon fell in love with the sport, I started swimming competitively when I was 6 and continued all the way throughout high school. I swam for the Fort Atkinson Swim Team, also known as F.A.S.T., until I was a Sophomore in high school, and competed all four years>

Favorite Swimming Event: 100 Backstroke

Favorite part about coaching: 

My favorite part about coaching is getting to work with kids and share my knowledge of the sport that I love with them.  

What you like to do in spare time?

When I have spare time, I like to spend it mountain biking, reading, or simply just hanging out with my friends.

Coach Watson

Novice & Pre-Novice Coach


Chris Babinec

Novice Group Coach


Name: Chris Babinec

Group: Novice and Junior

Swimming Background: Chris swam for the Y for 5 years and has been coaching for the past 20 years!

Favorite Event: 400 IM

Favorite Part About Coaching: Chris loves working with children and building relationships with them. She also finds joy helping them accomplish new skills and improving

In her spare time Chris likes to watch her children in their activities.

Riely A Held

Assistant Junior Elite & Senior Coach


How long have you been coaching swimming? Since 2014

Swimming Background: I started swimming competitively when I was 12 for my Junior High swim team. I fell in love with the sport and continued to swim for my junior high and then my high school as well as joining SPDY where I swam for six years.

Favorite Swimming Event: 500 Freestyle

Favorite Part About Coaching: I really like getting to know the kids as swimmers and people and just figuring out what each kid brings to the team.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I don't have much spare time between nursing school, work and coaching, but I do like to watch movies, read, and do makeup.

Adam N Wentzel

Assistant Junior Elite & Senior Coach


    How long have you been coaching swimming:
    Since 2015
    Swimming Background:
    Stevens Point YMCA Swim Team from ages 7-18, Stevens Point High School Swim Team from ages 15-
    18 (Team Captain), and La Crosse YMCA Swim Coach.
    Favorite Swimming Event:
    200 Back
    Favorite part about coaching:
    Watching athletes that you coached achieve their goals and being able to help them do so.
    What you like to do in spare time?
    Video games, swim, play tennis

McKenzie Lau

Assistant Junior & Junior Elite Coach


Blake Thiele

Assistant Junior Coach


Eric Wojta

Assistant Senior Group Coach


How Long Coaching: 24 years

Swimming Background: 
-Swam at Manitowoc Lincoln High School
-Swam at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse
-Graduate Assistant Coach at UWL
-Coached at University of Michigan Swim Camps
-Coached at University of Georgia Swim Camps

Favorite Events: Sprints

Favorite part about coaching:
-Making connections with swimmers, parents and other coaches.
-Trusting others while working together> -Being part of something bigger than myself.

What do do in spare time?
-Teach math at> -Hike, bike, run, camp... anything outdoors.
-Being with my family: Jill, Grady, Zeke, my 2 dogs and 2 cats

Ryan Zamzow

Assistant Junior Elite Coach


Olivia Orhn

Assistant Novice Coach


Nicole Gross

Assistant Coach- Sub


How long have you been coaching swimming?

Since 2015

Swimming Background: 

I have been swimming competitively since I was 14. I swam for my high school swim team and trained at my local YMCA with an off-season training group all throughout high school.

Favorite Swimming Event:

100 free

Favorite part about coaching:

My favorite part about coaching is watching the kids grow as swimmers and individuals throughout the year/years. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 In my spare time I love to be outdoors. I especially enjoy hiking, biking and running. I also enjoy reading