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MICHAEL BRUDZINSKI  
Head Coach, EMAIL

I have been with RFSC since September of 2008, I was an assistant coach until May of 2011 when I became the Head Coach. Before that I was an assistant coach with OMNI swim club from 2004-2008. I have been involved with swimming since 2002; I swam for Tartan High School in Oakdale MN from 2002-2005, during which time I also swam/coached for OMNI swim club. In 2005, I began my undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and graduated with a degree in Mathematics with a double minor in History and Military Science. During my time at UWRF I swam all four years. I have been a serving member of the Army since 2006, and accepted my Commission as an Officer in July of 2009. I have been with various Engineer units throughout the state, and have deployed to Afghanistan (2012-2013) and Iraq (2016) over my career. Currently I am the Company Commander of the 273rd Engineer Company in Medford, WI. I have a beautiful wife, Caitlin, who I married in May 2015. I have an adorable daughter, Amelia, who I am sure you will see on the pool deck on several occasions throughout the season!


 
MARISSA METZLER
​Assistant Head Coach

I’ve been with RFSC since 2008- first as a swimmer, and now as a coach! My swimming career started with lessons at four years old, and I’ve been in & around the pool ever since. If I had to pick just one, my favorite event would have to be the 200 IM, but I liked swimming almost every event I tried. I am currently a student at UW-RF, majoring in biomedical science & animal science. When I’m not on deck, I enjoy riding my horses and reading.

DANA THIBODO
​Assistant Coach 

I have been with RFSC since September of 2017. I am from Rosemount, MN and I’ve loved being in any kind of water for as long as I remember but I started to swim competitively when I was 12, and then started teaching swim lessons at 16. I was a captain of my high school team my senior year and I was a breaststroker that eventually turned into a freestyle sprinter. I’ve always loved being around my teammates and I hope to spread that energy to this club! I am currently a UWRF student double majoring in biology with a biomedical emphasis and animal science with a companion animal emphasis. In my free time, I love spending time with friends and family, going to the animal shelter to pet dogs, and watching some good Netflix shows!

KYLIE BERBERICH
​Assistant Coach

I have been coaching for the River Falls swim club since October of 2017. I have been swimming since I was 10, starting on a club team in my hometown, and to this day I still enjoy swimming. The past five years have been teaching swimming lessons as well as life guarding in Milton, Wisconsin. I am currently a student at UW-River Falls, and am planning on majoring in Secondary Education. Outside of coaching and school I enjoy going to movies, participating in local theater productions, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to helping the swimmers grow as athletes, and enjoy swimming.

MARIAH FLOHR
​Assistant Coach

I started swimming when I was a toddler and grew to love the water more and more as I kept swimming. In 2016, I started lifeguarding at my local waterpark. During this time, I also started teaching swimming lessons to all age groups. I especially enjoyed working with the swim team. Now that I am a student at UWRF, I am eager to continue working with youth in the swimming pool.

MARY KOLARS
​Assistant Coach

I started swimming lessons at a young age and instantly fell in love with the water. I came to RFSC in 2010 and have been here ever since! Although I like many events, my favorites would have to be the 200 free and the 100 back. I am currently a senior in high school and plan to study nursing in the fall and I also plan to swim on a women's swim and dive team. I met many of current friends through RFSC we have had a lot of fun swimming together. My hope for your swimmers is not only do they grow as athletes but also that they grow in friendships! 

SAM TROYER
​Assistant Coach

I have been swimming since 2008 and I absolutely fell in love with the sport! My best events are the 500 Free and the 200 Free, but my favorite events are the open mile and the 1000 Free! I am currently a high school student and hoping to get a scholarship to swim for a college! I don’t get very much free time, but when I do I love listening to music and watching movies! I met some of my best friends in swimming, and that is why I continue in this sport! When I am in the water I just let all my problems go and swim, it is like my escape! I also encourage my younger swimmers to try new things and try their hardest!

OLIVIA JOHN
​Assistant Coach

I have always loved being in and around the water when I was younger and I still do! I have been with RFSC since 2010 and I fell in love with this sport. I am a breaststroker but my favorite events are 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast and 200 Breast. I am currently in High School and I am Captain of the River Falls High School Swim and Dive Team. I am very excited to coach at RFSC. I have learned many, many things from my past and present coaches at RFSC and I love being able to bring that knowledge to others. In my free time I love listening to music, doing anything outdoors and spending time with friends and family. See you at the pool!

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BRENDA DERKS
Team Admin; 
Email, 715-559-7680

My responsibilities include many of the functions of the club outside of coaching. This allows our coaching staff to focus on improving your swimmer’s skills. I have been a parent of swimmers in the club since about 2004. I have spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of this organization since we have joined.
Feel free to email me with questions or concerns - that is the best form of contact for me. I will also be available in the pool office during many of the swim practices if you would like to talk directly.