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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 issues, please contact the Business Manager, Janis Katz

 

Coaching Staff

Shane Ryan

Program Director, Head Performance Coach

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2017 WI Swimming Short Course Senior Coach of the Year

2017 WI Swimming Short Course Age Group Coach of the Year

2017-2019 WI Swimming Operational Risk Management Chair

Shane Ryan is a 7 time USA Junior National Qualifier (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free and 100 Fly), Division I scholarship athlete (University of Minnesota and Iowa State University), and a D3 NCAA Qualifier at UW-La Crosse. While at UW-La Crosse he formerly held 7 School Records, was a 14-time All-American and was named WIAC Swimmer of the Meet in 2003 & 2004. At UW-L he received his degree in Sports Management with a Competitive Coaching Concentration. Shane has coached competitive swimming programs in the Madison and Milwaukee area for over 15 years. As Director, he has lead teams to two USA Swimming Wisconsin State Championship titles and five consecutive YMCA championships. Shane has produced Olympic Trial Qualifiers, a USA National Record Holder, a National Female High School Swimmer of the Year, and he has produced over 50 National Qualifiers. Shane and Carly (Piper) Ryan were married in 2014 and have a son, Clint, and daughter, Piper.

Mike Hruska

Head Competitive Coach

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"One of my favorite things about the Madison Aquatic Club is the people.  The swimmers work hard, have fun, and are great teammates.  The parents support the swimmers, the coaches, and the team.  And each of the staff members are here because they are great at what they do and work together as a team.  It's a great environment for all members of the team."

Mike grew up swimming in the Madison area with the Verona Aquatic Club.  He went on to represent the University of Wisconsin Badgers as a division one scholarship athlete, and then on to the UW La Crosse Eagles.  He was a two time Senior National Qualifier in the 200 Breaststroke and the state record holder in the 100 Breaststroke.

Mike has coached Madison area club swim teams, along with everything swim related including learn-to-swim, high school swim, masters swim, and triathletes, for over a decade.  He learned his teaching techniques and philosophy base from his first club coaching position at the Verona Aquatic Club under the tutalage of their longtime head coach Randy Trowbridge.  He is an ASCA Age Group Level 4 coach, has led swimmers to a number of age group high point, individual, and relay state championships, USA Swimming top ten and all-time top 100 times, in addition to qualifying swimmers for national meets.  

Mike is currently the program coordinator for the Wisconsin Swimming coaches education program.  He was previously on the Wisconsin Swimming board of directors as Safety Chair and was part of the American Swimming Coaches Association 2014 Fellows program.  He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Melissa, their daughter, Adie, their puppy, Reese, and his family and friends.  He stays motivated in his own athletic life through participating in triathlons and is an Ironman Wisconsin 2015 finisher and his age groups first out of the water award winner.

Mike leads the MAC Capitals group

Phone: 608-438-7778  Email: hruskamike@gmail.com

Derek M Toomey

Performance Coach

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Michael Rudie

Competitive Coach, Lead-Blue & Sr Black

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Michael has been coaching in the Madison area for over 10 years. He grew up swimming for his YMCA clubs in Illinois and Massachusetts and continued swimming in college at Bridgewater State University. He began coaching in Madison as an assistant with the YMCA of Dane County and the Monona summer team. Michael has also been the head coach of the Monona Grove girl’s high school team and head coach of the YMCA of Dane County swim team.  

During the daytime hours you can find Michael in a suit and tie working with families and businesses for Mutual of Omaha. He also enjoys hammocking (yes that is now a verb) hunting and hanging out with his favorite Hodag (person from Rhinelander Wisconsin), his wife Megan.

Luke Schaser

Lead-White & Red & Lesson Supervisor

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Luke began swimming for Verona Aquatic Club when he was 7 years old. At 8, he made his first state cut and his swimming career went off from there. He swam year round until he was 13 years old, winning state when he was 10 and going to multiple zone meets, swimming with some of the best swimmers from the state and then left swimming to play other sports. When he was a freshman in college, he started coaching high school basketball for the high school that he attended. He was the head coach of the freshman team and assistant for the JV team for 3 years. He then moved out to the state of Washington for a year to be the lifeguard and facilities manager for an Aquatic Center and Water park in Clarkston, Washington. He moved back to Wisconsin in 2014 and was hired as a swim coach in the spring of 2015, coaching multiple age levels in his first full year of coaching full time. In addition to coaching, he also works as a swim instructor for Madison Swim Academy, providing private lessons for kids having trouble with normal lessons and kids with special needs. 

Jimmy Graves

Competitive Coach, Lead-Blue & Sr Black

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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.

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.

Nick Lund

Competitive Assistant Coach

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Nick is senior at UW Madison and is majoring in Economics.  He swam several years for Badger Aquatics and spent his entire high school career swimming for Middleton.  during high school, he taught swim lessons and played soccer in his off seasons.  This past season he swam for the Madison Aquatic Club with Coach Shane.  

Connor E Keith

Competitive Assistant Coach

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Jordan Farwell

Competitive Assistant Coach

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Carly Ryan

Assistant Coach

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Carly (Piper) Ryan is an assistant coach with MAC's competitive and performance groups.  Carly is an Olympic Gold Medalist and former World Record holder as a member of the United States 4x200 Freestyle Relay team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.  She is also former UW-Madison swimmer and team captain dominating the Big Ten and UW record books.  In addition to Olympic Gold and winning a National Championship, she is a decorated NCAA All-American and is in the UW-Madison Athletic Hall of Fame for her accomplishments.  

Janis Katz

Business Manager

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2017-19 WI Swimming Finance Chair

Janis handles the administrative and business side of the team so our coaches can spend their valuable time on our swimmers.  She is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Accounting.  Her most rewarding experiences have been being involved in club sports by assisting in the many aspects of club management including fundraising, officiating, treasurer, and meet director.  She enjoys when she is able to get away from her computer screen to meet MAC families and help them have a positive swim experience.  She has two children, David and Matthew, who have both been club swimmers.