Our Coaching Staff would like to welcome you to the Waukesha Express Swim Team! Below are biographies of our staff, as well as some of their accomplishments. All Express coaches are background checked through USA Swimming’s Coaches Background Check system, and all have current certifications in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Coaches Safety Training. Blaine Carlson, Laurie Carlson, Michael Hamm and Dan Wohl are current members of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA.)
Laurie B Carlson
SwimAmerica Director/Program Coordinator
Head Age Group Coach
Wes R Lagerhausen
Wes is from and swam high school in Lake Geneva but commuted up to Waukesha Express for club swimming. He graduated from Badger High School in 2008 and the University of Wisconsin in 2012 with a degree in Life Sciences. During his swimming career he was a two time olympic trial qualifier in 2008 and 2012 for the 100M free, a Jr National team member where he represented the United States in Australia, a two time division one swimmer of the year, and a two time captain for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Before coming back to Waukesha Express after college, Wes worked at McFarland High School where he was a Special Education Assistant, a Coach for the Mcfarland Spartan Sharks and the High Schools Mens swimming team. While working Special Education, he learned new ways to communicate various subjects, help others in any way needed and found alternative ways to adapt to new or difficult situations. During his time coaching, he helped lead the mens high school team win two Division Two State Runner Up Titles and while coaching club he guided countless swimmers to achieve their personal swimming goals. Some included developing a two time National Junior Team Member and a two time State Record Holder.
Wes loves swimming with all his heart. He believes it has given, and continues to give so much to him. Through his coaching, he hopes to help others see the great things swimming has to offer and love the sport. There is always something to learn from swimming. Whether that is in or out of the pool for all athletes at all levels.
Age Group Coach
Coach Nickie began coaching in 1992 and has worked with all age groups during that time. During her career, Coach Nickie has coached State and Zone champions, Zone and Junior National qualifiers, State and Club record holders and was elected multiple years by her coaching peers to be a Zone coach.
Coach Nickie began swimming at the age of 5 with a couple local teams, during High School, she set multiple school records and took second at State in the 100 fly her senior year, that school record still stands today. She continued her competitive swimming career for four years at Northern Michigan University where she was an All American in multiple events, all 4 years. She helped her team take second place at NCAA Division II Nationals two of the four years she swam. She also set multiple school records; the last of her records fell in 2013, she held the 100 fly record for 25 years.
As a coach, she loves coaching all ages; she takes pride in giving individual attention to each child throughout practice. She feels the most rewarding experience is seeing kids of all ages achieve things that never thought possible. Outside the pool, Coach Nickie enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, watching movies and walking the dog.
Riley began his coaching career for his two hometown club teams, the Crystal Lake YMCA Piranhas and Cary Barracudas, in 2008. He coached as a Assistant AG coach for three years on the Piranhas and was the 8&U Assistant/Head Coach for the Cary Barracuda Summer Swim Team for four and two years respectively. Riley continued his coaching career as a Volunteer Coach for Carroll University's Swim & Dive Team as well as an Assistant Senior Coach at Waukesha Express upon graduation. During this time, Riley has coached many State and National Swimmers as well as record holders.
He began his swimming career at age 14 on the Crystal Lake Central High School Swim Team. He was a Conference Champion in the 500 Freestyle in 2009 as well as a top 6 finisher at Sectionals three of his four years in high school. He then continued his competitive swimming career at Carroll University for four years where he swam the Individual Medley and Distance Events. He set the mile record for his swim team which stood for three years as well as finished top 8 at the Midwest Conference Championships all four years. His Junior and Senior year he also was a top 8 fnisher for the Men's 1m Diving event upon a rotator cuff injury.
He continues his passion for Swimming through coaching and loves to see his swimmers become inspired to put 100% of themselves into this amazing sport. While outside of the pool, Riley enjoys reading, running, and making the most of his summers!
Dalton J Anderson
Senior and AG Coach
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