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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.)

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Coaching Staff

Blaine D Carlson

CEO/Head Coach

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Blaine came to the Waukesha Express Swim Team in 1994 after graduating from The University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Political Science and History. As a swimmer, Blaine was a four-time University of Wisconsin – Madison school record holder and was a team captain. While at Madison, Blaine was a finalist in the Big Ten Conference as well as at the US National Meet. In 1990, he was a two time silver medalist at the United States Olympic Festival, and went on to be ranked in the top 25 in America and top 60 in the World. Blaine has taken the experiences that he learned as an age group, senior, and collegiate swimmer and has applied them to his coaching style. In the last eighteen years of coaching, swimmers under Blaine’s guidance have gone on to have swims ranked in the Top 16 in the nation, have had swims ranked in the top 100 of all-time in United States Swimming, qualified for Olympic Trials, and broken 7 National Records. Swimmers in the last 18 years have set state records, finished in the top 8 at the national level, been High School All-Americans, and have gone on to earn college swimming scholarships. Just this year, Blaine received the American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence and has guided ten swimmers to Olympic Trial Qualifying times. Blaine is committed to developing the swimmers to reach their maximum potential, while doing what is best for each individual. He strongly believes in the values that swimming can instill in young people. It is important that kids today learn more than just how to swim fast in our program.  

Laurie B Carlson

SwimAmerica Director/Program Coordinator

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Laurie joined the team in 1996 to develop our swimming lessons program, which has grown to be one of the largest SwimAmerica programs in the country.  As the team has grown, Laurie has also gotten involved with the management of the swim team, and coordinating the two prorgams.  The goal for Laurie and the SwimAmerica program is to encourage young swimmers to get involved in our sport.  The hope is that the young swimmers in our community will love the sport as much as Laurie and her staff, and will continue in the sport at any and all levels.
 
Laurie is a former Express swimmer and graduate of Waukesha South High School. In high school, Laurie was a WIAA state qualifier and YMCA National qualifier. She continued her swimming career at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she earned a scholarship, was a team captain, and an undergraduate assistant for the swimming team during her last semester at school. Laurie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1993. 
 
 

Dan Wohl

Head Age Group Coach

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Dan comes to Waukesha from Sandusky, Ohio.  He began swimming competitively at age 6, and got his start in the sport with the Vacationland Swim Club which is run by his parents.  He eventually became a US Open qualifier and went to the NCAA Divsion 1 Championships, representing Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, he was a 4-year letterman, team captain, and 21-time conference champion in both individuals and relays. He earned 1st Team All Mid-American Conference honors all 4 years, and was 2-time MAC Swimmer of the Year.
               Dan’s coaching background began at age 17 with a country club team in Sandusky.  During his summers at Club Wolverine, he worked as an athlete counselor/coach at the Wolverine Swim Camps.  Following college he coached 1 year with his parents’ team back in Sandusky, while also serving as the Head Coach of the summer country club team.  In 2009 he was hired by Bowling Green Swim Club as Head Age Group Coach where he remained for 3 years until coming to Waukesha.  His background in IM and distance freestyle drives much of his coaching philosophy in order to cultivate an all-around swimmer with the skills and attitude to be successful throughout the life-long sport of swimming. 

Wes R Lagerhausen

Senior Coach

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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.

Nickie Tew

Age Group Coach

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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 Stone

Senior Coach

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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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Margaret Locke

AG Coach

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Jennifer MacGregor

AG Coach

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Board of Directors

Blaine D Carlson

Board Member/CEO/Head Coach

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Laurie B Carlson

Board Member

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Andy Schaser

Board President

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Morgan M Hamm

Board Member

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Peggy Butt

Board Member

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Christy Jagdfeld

Board Member/Welcoming Committee Chair

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Keith Mee

Board Member

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Andy Tranel

Board Member

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