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Coaches & Directors

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 one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Elisa Spaeth

Head Coach

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Elisa is the head coach of the West Bend Swim Club and lead coach for the Juniors and Seniors.  She swam for WBSC for 17 years, went to West Bend West, and continued her swimming career at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater for 4 years.  Elisa started coaching for WBSC in 1994 with the younger groups.  Her last 2 years at Whitewater, she was the head coach at Fort Atkinson Swim Team before heading home after graduation.  Elisa became the head coach of WBSC in 2002 – 2007.  After 2007, she took 5 years off to start a family with her high school sweetheart, Jeff, also known as ‘Coach Jeff.’  In 2012, Elisa returned to coaching and transitioned into the head coaching position in 2018.  Elisa graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Physical Education Degree with an emphasis in Health, Adapted PE and Coaching.  She earned a Masters Degree in Administration from National Louis University.  Elisa is a Phy Ed and Health teacher at West Bend West High School.  Elisa and Jeff have 4 children, Mallory, Logan and twins Kobey and Finley.  When not at the pool, Elisa enjoys her family time, scrapbooking, sitting by a campfire and traveling. 

Dave A Bloomier

Gold, Juniors & Senior Coach

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Coach Dave Bloomier was the head swimming coach for Waukesha North for 31 years. Dave retired from teaching and coaching North in 2011. Coach Bloomier has been the women’s coach at West Bend (West) since 1980, now co-oped with East. Still at the helm for 41 years. Coach Bloomier has coached 38 of his swimmer to All-American status. Three of Bloomier’s breaststrokers broke the national record in the 100 meter breaststroke and also competed in the Olympic Trials along with two flyer’s. His high school standout, Kyle Bubolz broke the 50 and 100 meter free and the 100 fly national record. Kyle was named National swimmer of the year in 2004. His club swimmer Matt McCugh was a WBSC swimmer who was a state champion and Big Ten Champion in the 100 Fly and 100 Back.   Coach Bloomier was one of the owners of Mid-States Swim Camps for 27 years until he retired from teaching. He has served as President and state delegate for the Wisconsin High School Swim Coaches Association. Coach Dave Bloomier was awarded the Wisconsin High School Coach of the Year Award in 1984, 1990,1991,1999 and 2003. The National Federation for Midwest District also award him Coach of the Year in 2003. Coach Dave Bloomier was inducted in the Wisconsin Swim Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.   On the club level Coach Dave is still very active with WBSC. He has coached numerous state champions and National qualifiers at the JR. and SR. level. He has coached for three clubs, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Tosa Swim Club and West Bend.  Dave has coached club for over 50 years.  Coach Bloomier is a retired phy ed teacher from the Waukesha School District.  He is married to his high school sweet heart, Shirley.  They have 3 children, Tami, Elisa and Jeff who were all swimmers and they have 10 grandchildren.

James Carl Sachse

Age Group Silver

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Coach Jim Sachse started swimming for the West Bend Swim Club when he was 10.  He swam on the West Bend Boys’ High School Team and graduated from West Bend High School in 1969. He went on to get his B.S. in Education (Physical Education) in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin and earned a Masters in Education in 1990 from Luis University. In the summer of 1970, Jim started coaching for the West Bend Swim Club and became a full-time coach after graduating in the summer of 1974.  He became the Head Coach of the West Bend Swim Club in 1976 until 1980.  In 1975 Jim was hired as a part time Physical Education Teacher at Badger Middle School for two years. Also in 1975, he was hired as the Assistant Swim Coach for the West Bend East Boys’ Swim & Dive Team. Jim’s teaching career became permanent in 1977 when he was hired as the Physical Education Teacher at Green Tree Elementary School.  He also married Carol Melius, his wonderful Wife and Best Friend for 37 years before her passing on May 20, 2015.  In the school year of 1978-79, Jim was hired as the Head Coach of the West Bend East Boys’ Swim & Dive Team. This position changed to Head Coach of the West Bend Boys’ Swim & Dive Team in 2009-10, when the School District decided to Co-op East and West Boys Swim and Dive Teams. In 1980-81 Jim was asked to become the Head Coach of the West Bend East Girls’ Swim & Dive Team which he did for 10 years. 1981-82 he became a Full time Physical Education teacher and was teaching at Barton and Green Tree Schools. In 1989-90 he was moved completely to Barton School and in 2005-07 Jim finished his teaching career at Fair Park School.  After retiring from teaching in 2007, coaching swimming became my main passion. In 2007 Jim was asked to coach the West Bend East Girls’ Swim & Dive Team which he did for 6 years. In 2014-15, Coach Dave asked me to become his Assistant Coach for the West Girls’ Swim & Dive Team which I immediately agreed to and have been his assistant coach for the Girls since then. I came back to be an Assistant Coach for the West Bend Swim Club in September of 2010, where my passion for swimming started in 1961. I am enjoying every minute of coaching for All three Teams and hope to do it for a few more years.

Kris Engstrom

Stingray Coach

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Kris Engstrom has been part of the West Bend Swim Club forever:  swimmer, parent, board member, and coach!   Her parents signed her up for the West Bend Water Bees swim club (the club that is now WBSC) when she was 8 because they were looking for an organized sport for her siblings.  Kris’s family grew up swimming in WBSC with Coach Jim and Coach Dave as their coaches!  In high school, she swam at West Bend East with Jim as her high school coach.  After high school, Kris swam at the University of Stevens Point.  Eventually, she graduated with a degree in elementary education and currently teaches 4th grade at Campbellsport Elementary. Her time coaching with the club started shortly after graduating, but she took a break to raise her four daughters.   When Kris’s daughters were old enough, they joined club as well. As a swim club parent, she was involved on the WBSC board for several years ( member at large, secretary, vice- president, president).  While her daughters are now WBSC swammers and have completed successful high school and college swimming careers, Kris continues to coach WBSC by guiding your children to realize their joys of swimming.  Kris is married to her husband Troy, who has also been in many board positions.

Brittany Roecker

Sub Coach

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Coach Brittany Roecker started swimming for WBSC at age 10 and was a part of the team for eight years. She went to West Bend East High School and continued her swimming career at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay on a swimming scholarship. While in high school, 2001-2003, Brittany started coaching for WBSC and coached the younger groups.  Brittany later graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology. After college she returned to coaching for the WBSC from 2008-2010. In 2010, Brittany took a break from coaching to focus on her daughter and her career in the social work field. For ten years, Brittany focused on low income, high risk, families and children. Brittany returned to coaching for WBSC in 2016 when her daughter expressed interest in the sport. Brittany has continued coaching for WBSC since 2016, coaching different age groups. She currently works as the Aquatics Director in Port Washington. Brittany has been the head coach for the Port Washington High School boys swim team since 2018. When not at the pool, Brittany enjoys spending time with family, friends, and watching her daughter compete in the pool and on the equestrian team.  Brittany has a daughter, Audrianna.

Deb Wichman

Stingray Coach

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Coach Deb Wichman coaches our Stingray 3 swimmers.   She started swimming at age 11 for the Freeport Area Swim Team (FAST).  She swam Varsity all four years in high school, making State two of the four years.  Deb then swam for Rockford College and made school records in the 100 Backstroke and the 200 Backstroke.  While in high school she began as an Assistant Coach for the Freeport Area Swim Team, then in 1989, she took the Head Coach position for the Monroe Area Swim Team (MAST) summer team for one year in Monroe WI.  After college, Deb was the Head Coach for the Chillicothe YMCA Gators Swim Team in Chillicothe MO for 4 years. She then moved to Wisconsin in 1999 and she was Head Coach for the Grafton High School Girls Swim Team for one season in 2001. She began coaching for WBSC in 2014, and was Head Coach for the West Bend East Girls Swim Team in 2015 and 2016.  Since then she has been an Assistant Coach for the Combined East and West Girls and Boys High School swim teams along with continuing to coach for WBSC.  Deb has been married to her husband Jess since 1994 and they have two children in college, Katie and Alex.

Kailyn Anderson

Sub Coach

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Kailyn was born and raised in Lake in the Hills, IL. She is the oldest of four who all love to be in the water and swim. Kailyn graduated from UW-Platteville in 2016 with a BS Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. By day she worked at a financial firm as a client coordinator, but by night she loved to spend as much time as possible with her family and friends. Kailyn and her husband Zach live in West Bend with their two cats Herbie and Hanz. Kailyn started her 12 year swimming career with the Trails of Algonquin Swim Team and continued to compete on several competitive swim teams throughout the North Western suburbs of Chicago. The best experiences throughout those years was being able to swim alongside her brother and sister, cheering each other on and pushing one another to do their absolute best. When they get together, they love to reminisce on those days and talk about all their swimming memories and accomplishments.  Kailyn started her coaching career as an assistant cheer coach with her  high school cheer team during her college years. But it wasn’t the same as swimming and she wanted to get back to her roots and coach her favorite sport. She is so happy to be coaching alongside some amazing and inspiring coaches with the West Bend Swim Club. She is looking forward to learning as much as possible from her fellow coaches and swimmers as well. Kailyn just finished her first year of coaching with the West Bend Swim Club.   

Kevin Keepers

Gold, Juniors & Senior Coach

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Coach Kevin Keepers joined WBSC in April of 2021 and is assisting with coaching the Gold, Juniors and Seniors.  He formally was coaching the gold novice group with Rocket Aquatics his last 3 swim seasons there.  Kevin began his coaching career at Waukesha North, coaching Track and Football at the varsity level.  Coach Kevin started swimming at age 6 for SWAT and continued to swim for various clubs until high school where he swam for Waukesha North under Coach Dave Bloomier.  In high school Kevin received All American honors as a part of several relays and also was a part of a state record holding relay.  He also was a multiple varsity letter winner in track and football and earned athlete of the year his senior year.  Coach Kevin lives in Sussex and is married to his wife Shannon. They have two girls, Mckenna and Kennedy, and also have a Yellow Lab named Millie.  Outside of coaching swimming, Kevin enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping with his family. Coach Kevin is excited to be a part of WBSC and is looking forward to learning from the great coaching staff!! 

Board of Directors

Matt Aleithe

President

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Sara Tibbitts

Vice President

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Heather Rank

Registrar

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Terriann Gundrum

Treasurer

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