Program Director, Head Performance Coach
WI Swimming Operational Risk
Management Baord Chairperson
Shane Ryan has been
coaching swimming for 20 years in the State of Wisconsin.
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
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-
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.
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
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.
AG Head Coach, Lead Capitals and Red
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
Lead Coach, Black and Blue
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
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
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.
Competitive Assistant Coach
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
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.
Competitive Assistant Coach
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 (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.