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Coaches

Carrie Stolar‚Äč

Masters Coach

Carrie has been involved with Minnetonka Masters since 2006, joining initially as a swimmer then becoming part of the coaching staff in 2013.

Carrie began competitive swimming in Naperville, Illinois in the local park district conference and then competed for Naperville YMCA, winning state championships and finaling at YMCA Nationals. She also swam for Naperville Central High School where she was the school record holder in 100-200-500 free, 100 fly and 200 IM. Carrie graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Economics and European Studies. At Vanderbilt she was a NCAA All-American in the 200 fly and 400 IM and was Vanderbilt’s Academic Athlete of the Year her sophomore year. Carrie also has her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Carrie gained coaching experience by coaching summer park district teams in her hometown, at Courage-Kenney Rehabilitation Institute, Hopkins Hurricanes and Genesis Aquatics. She is an avid open water swimmer and certified ALTS instructor (Adult Learn to Swim).

 

Doug Helm

Masters Coach

 

Doug moved to Minnesota in the Spring of 2016 with his wife Marsha and daughters Penelope and Nadia. He is a project manager at General Mills, a swimmer, a masters coach, as well as an age group coach.

His swimming career began at age 10 in the Naperville, IL park district conference and continued  year-round swimming at age 12.  He attended and swam for the University of Iowa where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Doug began his coaching career in Iowa City as the City High and West High boys coach during his 5th year at Iowa.  He continued coaching with Maverick Swim Club in Naperville IL, becoming the head age group coach from 1998-2016.  In addition to head coach activities, he lead 12 and over groups of differing ability throughout the years.

 

Gerry Vandam

Masters Coach

 

Gerry is from Albuquerque, NM where he swam age group, high school, and then continued  to swim for the University of New Mexico.  While swimming at UNM, he started an AAU club team, Valley Swim Club, and was head coach for 4 years.  After graduating from UNM, he joined the United States Navy were he flew off aircraft carriers for  20 Years (A-6s, A-4s, EA6Bs, F-4s, FA-18s, E-2Bs, T-2s, T-34s and T-38s)  When not at sea, he earned two additional  degrees, a Master of Arts in International Relations  Salve Regina University and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College. During his career in the Navy, he started a masters swim program at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl.  When his kids began swimming at the ages of 7, 5, and 4, he began officiating, continued for 13 years and was certified up to National Referee.  In 1996, he retired from the USN after my Squadron Command Tour at the rank of Commander.  After the Navy, he started working for Northwest Airlines/Delta airlines and moved to Minneapolis.  He retired as a Delta Captain in 2015 after flying DC-9s, MD-88/90, A320's and 747's.

     Gerry started swimming masters during the summer of 1993 and has continued until today. He competed  in many Masters Nationals finishing in the top 10 numerous times.  He missed coaching and after retiring, he was lucky and got a chance again to work with Minnetonka Masters.

 

Molly Hebzynski

Masters Coach

 

My name is  Molly  Hebzynski and I'm so excited to be joining the Minnetonka Swim Club! I swam competitively for 12 years, beginning at NHCP followed by six years for the Maple Grove Swim & Dive Team and eventually collegiately at St. Cloud State University. At SCSU, I specialized in butterfly and sprint/mid freestyle and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications Advertising.

Previously, I worked at an architecture and engineering firm but made the decision to transition to coaching full time. I've spent the last two years coaching different high school teams and spent last summer at Stanford University coaching at their international swim camps. I love swimming because it's a lifelong skill where you meet lifelong friends!

In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog TJ, trying new recipes, and savoring long bike rides.