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COACHES & SUPPORT STAFF

The staff at MAC is here to support your needs.

If your questions are related to workouts, meets, clinic, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact  the Program Director, Shane Ryan, or one of the other coaches below.

For all questions related to administration, such as dues, registration, meet entry billing, or program concerns, please contact the Business Manager, Janis Katz.

 

Coaching Staff

Shane Ryan

Program Director, Head Performance Coach

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WI Swimming Operational Risk Management Baord Chairperson

Shane Ryan has been coaching swimming for 20 years in the State of Wisconsin. In his career Shane has coached 100's of Wisconsin State Champions and has had swimmers hold over 50 Wisconsin State Records. Shane won Wisconsin Swimming Age Group and Senior Coach of the Year in 2017 and Senior Coach of the Year in 2019. He has coached numerous Junior National and National Finalists, Olympic Trial qualifiers, National Age Group Top Ten Rankings and National Age Group Record Holders.  One of Shane's most recognized successes is developing National Age Group Record Holder, American Record Holder and three time NCAA Champion Beata Nelson. Nelson started swimming with Shane when she was a 10 years old at the Madison West YMCA and was MAC's first official swimmer until she graduated high school and went on to swim for the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Prior to founding MAC, Shane was the Program Director at the YMCA of Dane County (MWY- Madison West YMCA from 2006-2010 and YDC - YMCA of Dane County 2010-2012) for six years. While at the YMCA, they won five consecutive YMCA State Championships (2008-2012), won USA 12 & Under State D2 in 2008, were runner-ups at the USA 12&Under State in 2012, and produced State Champions, State Record Holders, Top 16 swimmers, YMCA National Finalists, YMCA National Record Holders and National Age Group Record Holders. 

Shane was the Program Director for the Southwest Aquatic Team from 2012-2015, which is a Milwaukee Area based team and started a Madison Branch in 2013. Shane led SWAT to a second place at the 13&Over State Meet in 2014. While at SWAT he produced numerous State Champions, State Record Holders, National Qualifiers, National Finalists, Olympic Trial Qualifiers and a National Record Holder.

Since founding MAC in 2015, in just two years of existence, MAC took 2nd Place at both 12&U and 13&O Short Course State Championships. Then again took 2nd place in 2018 both 12&U and 13&O Short Course State Championships. In 2019 MAC won their first Wisconsin State 12&U Short Course State Championship and 13&O Short Course State Championship. MAC was also recognized by USA Swimming's Club Excellence Program in 2016 and 2017.

 

Janis Katz

Business Manager

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WI Swimming Finance Chair, 2017-present

Janis has been involved in club sports for over ten years.  She has volunteered in numerous roles including Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising Chair, Meet Director, Official and Treasurer, and in 2019, she became a USA Swimming Nationally Certified Administrative Official.  She enjoys working with families to help make their involvement in the sport the best experience she can and works on inclusiveness for all.  She was the WI Swimming 2018 Disability Acheivement Award recipient. She has a Bachelor's degree in accounting from UW-Milwaukee and has worked extensively in both public and private accounting.  She has two sons who were both club swimmers.  When she's not at her computer, she enjoys reading, kayaking and hangin out with her dog Max.

 

Derek M Toomey

Performance Coach

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Derek grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and started his swim career by following his older brother and sisters by joining the Seminole Sharks at age six. Throughout the years, Derek also played soccer, hockey, basketball and karate. Derek swam at Verona Area High School and after a couple years he picked up year-round training with Badger Aquatics Club. After graduating, Derek was accepted into the University of Minnesota.

In his collegiate career as a Golden Gopher, he went on to become a 15-time All-American, earned a bronze medal in the 50 freestyle at both the 2013 NCAAs and at the 2013 World University Games representing Team USA, as well as became the 50 freestyle Big Ten Champion in 2014 by becoming the first American swimmer to break 19 seconds. He was awarded “Gopher Rookie of the Year” as a freshman and was the Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient as a senior.

As a professional swimmer, Derek represented New York’s Badger Swim Club and trained with Trojan Swim Club in Los Angeles, California. He had the opportunity to travel the country and world, as well as compete at the US Olympic Trials. He was Head Coach of the USC Swim Club, an Assistant Coach for Southern California Aquatics, and a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Trojan Swim Club.

Derek is now a Performance coach for MAC and obtained his Master of Science in Sports Management.  He was a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the University of Wisconsin Men’s and Women’s Swim Team. In his free time, you’ll usually find him on his motorcycle, doing something outdoors, or visiting friends in the Green Bay area.

Amy Silvestri

AG Head Coach, Lead Capitals and Red

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Amy is originally from Madison and moved back with her husband and 4 children. She was a competitive swimmer and turned her love of the sport into coaching 9 years ago, most recently with Ozaukee Aquatics. She has a great amount of coaching exerience including a Head Age Group Coach and a Head Club Coach. She has coached a variety of levels from beginner 8 and Unders to State and National Champions.  In her first year with MAC, Amy helped propel the Age Group Program to the top of the State!

 

Jimmy Graves

Lead Coach, Black and Blue

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Jimmy is a Middleton native and grew up swimming for the Badger Aquatics Club for a total of 12 years, reaching a goal of Junior National Qualifications in the 400, and 800 meter freestyle. He has been coaching in the Madison area for 7 years, starting his coaching career at the YMCA of Dane County for 5 years.  From there he coached for the Mount Horeb Gators for the next 2 years, acting as the interim head coach for the last season he was there. Jimmy has a degree from MATC in Information Technology Programming and I.T. Network Security, but is still going to school and expanding his knowledge base.

His passion is swimming, but in his free time, he likes to read sci-fi books and stay on top of current events. Jimmy owns a home in Madison with his girlfriend, Star and they have dogs, cats, and a chinchilla.  He will be available for private lessons and looks forward to being a part of the growing swimming community here at MAC. Any questions, feel free to contact him via email at Jgraves44@outlook.com.

Andrew W Cotton

Coach, Red and Capitals

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Andrew began coaching his senior year of college for the Newburgh Sea Creatures in the fall of 2016 as an assistant coach in the Elementary groups. It was from there on he quickly rose through the ranks in the organization, becoming a Lead Elementary coach, an assistant to the high school group, an assistant Castle High School coach and then into his most recent position as Director of Communications, Lead coach of High Performance Age Group Swimmers and developmental elementary athletes. Over his short coaching career, he has already assisted in developing US Open and Junior National qualifiers as well as developing Central Zone champions, and Indiana State Champions/Qualifiers. Andrew is truly passionate about the sport, improving athletes in and out of the water, and giving back to the sport that did so much for him. He is looking forward to continuing his coaching career with Madison Aquatic Club. In his free time you can usually find him drinking coffee, hanging out with his friends, family and girlfriend, working on his Olympic lifting, or spending time outside.

Susi J First

Lead Coach, White & Lessons Supervisor

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Susi is a Madison native who grew up spending summers at the West Side Swim Club. She swam year-round at BAC and the Y and did high school swimming at West High School. Susi has taught swim lessons for the last 8 years and has coached for 5 years at West Side Swim Club, including two years as head coach. She attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at UW-Whitewater. When she isn’t interning as an elementary school counselor or coaching, Susi enjoys making art and hanging out with her 8-year-old nephew.

Lars Doll

Competitive Assistant Coach

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Lars has been coaching for four years with Monona Swim and Dive Club. He has been swimming since he was nine with Monona, YDC, and the McFarland Sharks. He swam in high school for Monona Grove where he helped the team win two state championships. He has lived in the Madison area his whole life and  is currently attending UW-Madison as a junior for a degree in computer engineering. In his free time Lars enjoys Pokemon going, hanging out with friends, and playing with his puppy jojo.

Connor E Keith

Assistant Coach and Lessons Supervisor

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Connor is going into his third year of coaching and with MAC. He is from the Madison area and grew up swimming for multiple local club teams, including MAC. He swam at Monona Grove High School where he helped lead them to three consecutive state championships, two as a captain. He received multiple all-state honors and one All-American honor as a part of his school's 200 medley relay. Connor loves coaching and mentoring athletes. He is in his third at UW-Madison where he is studying physical education and adapted fitness. Connor also is a supervisor for the MAC swim lessons program.

Jordan Farwell

Competitive Assistant Coach

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Kyle McNair

Competitive Coach

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Kyle is originally from the Chicagoland suburbs, where he swam for the Mundelein Mustangs Swim Club. With a passion for the sport, Kyle continued to swim collegiately at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP). As a three-time captain, he led the men’s team in winning their 17th consecutive conference championship, while also competing at the NCAA DIII Championships his junior and senior year. After his swimming career ended, Kyle still wanted to be a part of the sport, and was a volunteer coach for UWSP during his 5th year.

After graduating from UWSP, he moved to Appleton and coached the Fox Valley Waves Swim Team as their senior coach for over a year. Kyle recently moved to Madison and is back in school to obtain his MS in GIS/Cartography, and thrilled to still coach the sport he loves. During his free time, he may be watching/listening to the Chicago Cubs, watching his girlfriend perform at the Kanopy Dance company, or be outdoors reading a book on his hammock.

Carly Ryan

Assistant Coach

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Carly (Piper) Ryan is an 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and former World Record Holder (Women's 4x 200 Meter Freestyle Relay). Carly swam for the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was one of the most decorated and dominate swimmers in UW School History. Carly swam professionally for SwimMAC Carolina and competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials and just missed qualifying for her second Olympic Team. Carly then began coaching for her former club team, Pointe Aquatics, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, before joining her husband, Shane Ryan, at SWAT in 2013.