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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 head coach, Jeanine Serrano.

Coaching Staff

Jeanine D Serrano

Head Coach

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Samuel Bowman

Head Age Group Coach & Billing Admin

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Julia Vandenberg

Lead Junior Coach

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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.

Blake Thiele

Junior Coach

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Riely A Held

Junior Coach

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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.

Nicole Gross

Novice Coach

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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

Chris Babinec

Novice Group Coach

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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.