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

Erich Richardson

Head Coach

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Erich started as Head Coach of the FM Gators Swim Team in the fall of 2014. Previous to that he was an assistant coach for the West Fargo Flyers for 7 years. In regards to his High School Coaching he was the assistant coach for the Fargo South Bruin Girls swim team for 3 years, the assistant coach for the West Fargo Packer Boys swim team for 6 years, and he was the Head Coach for the Shanley Deacon Girls swim team for 3 years. He is now the Head Coach of the West Fargo Sheyenne Girls and Boys Swim & Dive Teams. This coaching all occured after Erich swam for the Gators for 13 years along with most of his siblings, and swam for one year at St. Cloud State University.

Please Contact Coach Erich with any questions about the FM Gators Swim Team at the Email above or phone number below.

(701) 364-4151

Ali M Church

Assistant Coach

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Hi I’m Ali! I swam for the Wahoos in Grand Forks, ND for 10 years and then went on to swim at the University of North Dakota for 4 more years! Long distance freestyle was my jam so that’s what I know best! At UND I got my bachelors degree in nursing. My big girl job is working as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sanford here in Fargo. It is the absolute best! GO GATORS! 

Kyra Ekre

Assistant Coach

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Kyra has been an assistant coach with the FM Gators Swim Team for 3 years. Prior to coaching, Kyra swam competitively for nearly 10 years. She started out with the Bismarck Golden Seals and then later swam for Bismarck Aquastorm when the team was formed. She also swam for the Century Patriots Girls Swimming and Diving team throughout high school and helped them achieve several state championship titles. Besides swimming, Kyra recently completed her nursing degree and will start a new position as an RN in April. Kyra loves being an assistant coach and being able to watch each swimmer grow and gain confidence each swim season.

Jarren K Fallgatter

Assistant Coach

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I started swimming when my mom signed up for the mom and baby swim lessons at the YMCA in Bismarck. Later on, I joined the Bismarck Golden Seals, which morphed into the Bismarck Aquastorm. I swam for a very successful program at Bismarck Century High School that won 3-peat state championships from 2009-2011. After high school, I swam at the division one level for the Colorado State Rams from 2013-2015. After changing my major and retiring from swimming, I began school at NDSU to major in nursing. Being removed entirely from the sport of swimming was hard, so I decided to reach out to local coaches in the area, and I became a FM Gators assistant. I also assist with the girls' program at Davies. I thoroughly enjoy coaching, inspiring youth, and giving back to a sport that contributed to making the person that I am today.

Sarah Floyd

Assistant Coach

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I live in Fargo with my husband and two sons, Jackson and Dexter. I teach STEM at Trinity Elementary School in West Fargo. I love to spend time with my family, read, and go lap swimming. I am a former Gator and have been coaching various swim teams for the past 10 years. 

Rachel Ford

Assistant Coach

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Hi my name is Rachel. I swam for the Mandan Swim club for 11 years and my best event was the 200 IM. I swam for the North Dakota Zones team for the first time when I was 9 and enjoyed it so much I went 5 more times! My goal is to train kids to be successful at meets and to help them grow stronger in practices. Go Gators!

Leann Mengelkoch

Assistant Coach

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I started swimming for the FM Gators Swim Team when I was 6 years old. My younger brother followed me a year later and we continued to swim for the Gators until we graduated high school. I also swam for Fargo North high school from 7th-12th grade. I now attend St. Cloud State University and am on my third year of swimming there. I was the North Dakota LSC junior/senior athlete representative for 2 years.

Claire Monteforte

Assistant Coach

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My name is Claire Monteforte, I'm from Southern California. I have been competitively swimming my whole life. I was on varsity swim and water polo. I have taught swim lesson for 7 years and excited to be on the Gators team as a coach! I hope the swimmers I get to work with, learn to love the water just as much as I do.

Sean Rider

Assistant Coach

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Sean swam on the Gators for 12 years (2000-2012) and for Fargo North High boys swim team from 2007-2012. He has been coaching Gators for the last 5 years (2014-2019) and has also coached high school girls swimming for both the West Fargo Packers and Sheyenne Mustangs. In addition to coaching he works as assistant manager/lifeguard at Island Park Pool in the summers. He graduated from NDSU in May of 2018 and is currently searching for a job as a computer programmer.

Morgan Staffne

Assistant Coach

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Hi I am Morgan, I have lived in Fargo my whole life I swam for 14 years for the local swim teams Red Dragons, Gators, Davies High and I would have swam in college but due to a shoulder injury I was unable to. I am currently a freshman at  MSUM in the art education program. 

Audrey Ulliman

Assistant Coach

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My name is Audrey. I swam for Moorhead High School for 6 years. I am now a student at Concordia. I love working with kids and helping them achieve their goals. 

Board of Directors

Paul Sjurseth

President

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Brian Toay

Vice President/Meet Manager

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Cyndee Thormodson

Secretary

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Theresa Settles

Treasurer

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