Coaching Staff

2018 Coaching Staff

 

The coaches 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 administrative questions, such as those related to dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.



Age Group Coaches

8 & Under
Co-Lead Coaches: Josie and Clarise
Assistant Coaches: Lauren, Konrad, (Luke and Kalie on Friday)

9-10
Lead Coach: Jamie
Assistant Coaches: Clarise, Josie, Lauren, Konrad

11-12
Co-Lead Coaches: Konrad and (Clarise in the pre-season, Caleb in the regular season)
Assistant Coaches: Luke, Kalie, Jamie

13-14
Lead Coach: Kalie
Assistant Coaches: Caleb, Konrad

15-18
Lead Coach: Luke
Assistant Coaches: Caleb, Konrad



Coach Bios

Konrad Plomedahl
Head Coach
konradplomedahl@gmail.com

Hi! My name is Konrad Plomedahl, and I am very excited and honored to be coaching for the Piranhas this season! Here is a little summary about me and my swimming career:

I have been swimming competitively since 5th grade. I started swimming for the Sun Prairie Piranhas when I moved here in 7th grade. I swam a total of six years with the Piranhas. I also swam four years for the Sun Prairie High School Swim and Dive team. My junior and senior year I was captain of the High School team, and in my senior year I qualified for state in four events (200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay, and 100 fly). For the last three years I have been a member of the UWEC Swim and Dive team. I was on the Conference team each year, competing in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly. I was also elected team captain for this last season.

This will be my 5th season as a coach for the Sun Prairie Piranhas. My other coaching experiences include three seasons with the Sun Prairie Storm, two seasons assisting the Eau Claire Marlins, and I have been the Head Coach for the Sun Prairie Mini Piranhas program. I also have taught many swim lessons and stroke refinement classes.

I am very proud of my accomplishments as a swimmer, and I am even more proud of, and thankful for, the teams I had the privilege being a member of. I hope that I can help all swimmers this season gain the same sense of pride in swimming as I have.

I am very excited to get to know all of you this season! Go Piranhas!!

Jamie McMillin
Assistant and Lead Coach
piranhacoachjamie@gmail.com

Jamie McMillin has been with the Sun Prairie Piranhas for the past 9 years and will begin her 10th year coaching this season. Jamie is the 9 and 10 Lead Coach and assists with the other groups as well.

Jamie has been involved in swimming for many years. She swam for DeForest and Madison Aquatic Clubs as an Age Group Swimmer, and then continued her swimming career at DeForest High School. Once she was in College, she swam for University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 4 years where she specialized in the 400IM, 200 Back, and 200 Breaststrokes. She also finished her Bachelors in Sociology during her time in Stevens Point.

After attending UWSP, she worked at the University of Wyoming as the Men's and Women's Head Assistant for 2 years in Laramie, Wyoming. After coaching the Cowboys and Cowgirls she got the itch to become an educator, and came back to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she earned her Masters in Special Education and coached the Titan's for 2 years as their Assistant Swim Coach.

Finally, she landed in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, where she has been teaching at Patrick Marsh Middle School for the past 16 years as a Special Education Teacher. She also is in her 3rd year of coaching Sun Prairie Storm.

When Jamie has free time, she loves to spend time with her dogs, Smores and Mocha. She also likes to travel to Europe each summer. This summer she will be going to Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Salzberg Germany. Jamie is excited to start another fun season with the Piranhas!

Kalie Koch
Assistant and Lead Coach
coach.kaliekoch@gmail.com

Kalie is super excited to be part of our Piranha family. She began her swimming career when she was in elementary school swimming for the Pottawatomi Porpoises summer team. Then is 6th grade she started swimming competitively for the St. Charles Swim Team in Illinois. As part of the St. Charles Swim Team she qualified for Regionals and was a finalist in the mile (4th place) and 1000 Free (7th place). She then was a four-year varsity letter winner, IHSA Upstate Eight Academic All-Conference winner for 3 years, and varsity captain her Senior year at St. Charles High School.

When Kalie was a sophomore in high school she started lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons both as a group lesson or a private lesson. As a swim lessons instructor Kalie has worked with all ages from preschool to college level, and all abilities from beginner to experienced. You may see her at the YMCA in Sun Prairie lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons, where she has been for 4 years.

Kalie started coaching during her sophomore year of high school. She started as a volunteer coach for a Special Olympic Swim Team (Fox Valley Special Recreation Association) and learned new ways of teaching each stroke for all abilities so everyone can understand. She coached for this team for three years. During her Junior year of high school, she started to coach for the ST. Charles Swim Team: non-competitive branch as an assistant coach. Here she coached for 2 years both the 8 and under team and the 9 and up team. Then in May 2016 Kalie got USA Swimming Certified as a coach and started coaching for DFAC as an assistant coach for 9-13 year old's, middle school and high schoolers. Kalie is currently a lead coach for the beginner 9-13 year old team on DFAC.

As well as coaching, Kalie is currently attending UW Madison. Her major is Elementary Education and History with hopes of going into graduate school for Secondary Education (she can't decide who she wants to teach yet). But her dream growing up was to become a History Teacher and also a Swim Coach.

Josie Nettum
Assistant and Lead Coach
piranhacoachjosie@gmail.com

My name is Josephine (Josie) Nettum and I am starting my sophomore year at UW-Whitewater this fall. I joined the Piranha family when I was 9 years old. In addition to swimming on the team for eight years, I also swam on DFAC for three years, Sun Prairie Storm for four years, and the high school team all four years. In high school I participated in both JV and Varsity conference and lettered three times. As a senior I ended the season by placing fifth overall in the 100 backstroke at JV conference and swam at Varsity conference.

I started coaching in the summer of 2016, I was a coach for Mini Piranhas coaching the 9-10 age group. Then in the November, after the High School Season, I started coaching for Storm. During the winter session I coached Tropical Storm and in the Spring session I coached both Tropical Storm and Thunderstorm. Last summer I became a Piranha Coach, I was a co-lead coach for the 8 and unders. I also have been teaching swim lessons from kids age 2 to 15 for the past 3 summers. I really enjoy coaching and getting to know the swimmer, I can't wait to return to the pool! I hope I can make a positive difference in the swimmers lives the way my swim coachers did in the past!

I am so happy for the opportunity to have my tenth year as part of the Piranha Swim Team to be a coach!

Clarise Nettum
Assistant and Lead Coach
coachclarise@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Clarise Nettum. I just completed my freshman year of college at UW La Crosse. I was nine years old I joined the Piranhas swim team and have been part of the team ever since. In addition to swimming on the Piranhas, I also swam on DFAC for three years, Sun Prairie Storm for four years, and all four years on the high school team. In high school, I lettered three times. I swam for both JV and Varsity conferences. As a senior, I finished my season with a PR in the 100 breaststroke at varsity conference, reaching my goal time.

I started coaching in the summer of 2016 for the Mini Piranhas, working specifically with the eight and unders. That winter I started coaching for Sun Prairie Storm. I worked with the Thunderstorm and Tropical Storm groups for three sessions. Last summer was my first season coaching for the Piranhas. I coached 8 and unders and also helped with 9-10?s and 11-12?s. In addition to coaching, I also have been teaching swim lessons for the past three years, ages two to adults. I really enjoy coaching and helping kids improve their skills in the water!

I am so excited to start my tenth season with the Piranhas as a coach! I hope I can help make the team as fun and memorable for the kids as my past coaches did for me!

Luke Hetue
Assistant and Lead Coach
piranhacoachluke@gmail.com

My name is Luke Hetue and I am stoked to be a coach again for the Sun Prairie Piranhas!

I have been involved with competitive swimming since I was 8. I started out with my hometown team on the Sheboygan YMCA Chinook swim team. I grew up swimming with them for 7 years. I started high school at Sheboygan South and made it to state as a freshman earning Rookie of the Year. My family then moved to Johnson Creek in the summer of 2013 and I swam my first of 4 seasons with the Piranhas. I also was a part of the Sun Prairie High School Men?s Swim Team for the rest of my high school career. During this time, I qualified for state in 11 events, was a team captain Junior and Senior year, and earned MVP and the Jay Haraldson Spirit Award respectively. My strengths are in sprinting and breaststroke!

I just finished my Sophomore year at UW Madison in the School of Engineering studying Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on Bio-mechanics. Recently, I have taught swim lessons and helped the high school team. I was an assistant coach last summer for the Piranhas and loved it just as much if not more than swimming myself. I hope to bring energy and enthusiasm into practices and the meets. I hope to help the swimmers grow in and out of the pool!

Lauren Benzine
Assistant and Lead Coach
laurenbiebz15@gmail.com

Hello!
My name is Lauren Benzine. I am currently a senior at Sun Prairie High School. I began my swimming career on the Sun Prairie Piranhas swim team when I was 7 years old! Over the past 10 years of my competitive swimming career, I have also swam for DFAC, Waterloo, Storm and the Women?s Sun Prairie High School swim teams. I earned my varsity letter in High School Swimming and was a captain my senior year. Some of my favorite events include the 100 Breaststroke, 200 IM and 100 Fly. For the past two years, I have been working as a lifeguard at the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center. As apart of my job, I teach swim lessons from all ages; toddlers to adults (which is my favorite part of the job!). This fall I will be attending Columbia College Chicago with plans in majoring in music business and theatre. I am super excited to meet everyone and to be coaching for the team I was apart of for 8 years!

Caleb Meixner
Assistant and Lead Coach
calebmeixner@gmail.com

My name is Caleb Meixner, and this will be my first year coaching for the Piranhas. Here is a background of my swimming and coaching career.

I have been swimming competitively since 3rd grade. For 10 years I swam on my club team, DFAC. During that time I swam for Sun Prairie High School Swim and Dive team for 4 years. I was voted captain of the High School team in my senior year and qualified for state in 4 events. I am currently a member of UWSP Swim and Dive Team. At the 17-18 conference meet, I received 10th in the 400IM and 200 back. I am very content with my swimming accomplishments and I intend to help all the swimmers complete their goals. As I said before, this is my first year coaching for Sun Prairie Piranhas. Other coaching experiences I've done are, volunteer coaching for DFAC, two years of being a swim instructor at UWSP, and one year coaching for Sun Prairie Mini Team.

I am very enthusiastic to meet everyone this season and I hope to have an awesome summer!