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Coaches

Alicia Bungum, Head Coach

From: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Favorite Stroke: Backstroke

Favorite Swimmer: Lenny Krayzelburg

Alicia (pronounced Ah-lish-ah) is entering her second year as Head Coach. She swam Division III varsity for the University of Chicago from 2006-2010, and was captain of the team for two years.  She NCAA Qualified in the 200 Backstroke.  She was an assistant coach for the Green Bay YMCA for four years and a girls high school head coach in St. Louis for three years.

Alicia's strengths are improving technique in all four strokes.  She loves helping swimmers be well-rounded in technique and achieving their goals.  She uses test sets to measure swimmers progress and show the swimmer how their hard work is paying off.

Alicia has three children, Josie (6), Mara (4), and Peter (1).  

Office Hours: 15 minutes before and after practice

Best way to contact Coach Alicia Bungum outside "poolside" office hours is by email at coachbungum@gmail.com 

 

Grace Kuntz, Assistant Coach

From: Mandan, ND

Favorite Stroke: Backstroke

Favorite Swimmer: Missy Franklin

Grace has been coaching with the Mandan Marlins for three years as an assistant coach.  She also swam with the Mandan Marlins for 9 years.

Grace's strengths are mid-distance and backstroke.  Grace holds the Mandan Marlins record in the 200 Free, 100 Back, and 200 Back (all long course). 

Grace enjoys working with swimmers to improve their technique and watch as they become more competitive, drop time, and achieve new personal records.

Grace is currently attending BSC with a major in accounting.  Her hobbies are reading books and doing puzzles.

Office Hours: 15 minutes before and after practice

Best way to contact Grace outside office "poolside" hours is by texting her at 701-471-3402

 

 

Dawn Ressler, Assistant Coach, Mini-Marlins

From: Dickinson, ND

Favorite Stroke: Freestyle and Breaststroke

Favorite Swimmer: Katie Ledecky

Dawn is married with two kids.  She works for Mandan Public Schools as a Physical Therapist Assistant teaching motor groups to the early child program and helps students in PE classes.  She swam on a club swim team for four years but did cross country, volleyball, and track in high school.  She loves the water and became a lifeguard and swimming instructor for 6 years.  In 2019, she was again certified as a lifeguard to teach swimming with Mandan Parks and Rec.

Dawn loves working with beginning level children and seeing them gain confidence as they learn the techniques.  She spends her time watching her kids in their activities; basketball, baseball, football, and Marching Braves.  She also enjoys camping and kayaking.

Office Hours: 15 minutes before and after practice.

Best way to contact Dawn outside "poolside" hours is by email at sdressler@bis.midco.net.

 

Char Binstock, Assistant Coach

From: Mandan, ND

Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke and Butterfly

Favorite Swimmer: Amanda Beard

Char grew up in the pool starting in the Mandan Marlins swimming for coach Marv Fiest.  She swam for the Mandan High School team under Ralph Manley specializing in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.  She was part of three state championship teams in her Freshman, Sophmore, and Junior years.  She became a lifeguard and taught swim lessons for the Bismarck YMCA.  After high school she swam for Minnesota State University, swimming the 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and 400 individual medley.  Char is currently training with the Aquastorm Masters Team.
 
Swimming is Char's passion she is excited to give back to the Mandan Marlin's community.
Office Hours: 15 minutes before and after practice.

Best way to contact Char outside "poolside" hours is by email at char.binstock@gmail.com.

 

Jake Goergen, Assistant Coach

From: Mandan, North Dakota

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly

Favorite Swimmer: Aaron Peirsol

As a young swimmer, Jake swam for Mandan High School for six years, from 7-12th grade. He was 5 time state champion and holds 2 team records. Jake swam Division II Varsity for St. Cloud State University from 2006-2008. He competed at the NCAA championship in relays and with B cuts. He is about to start his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Mandan Braves varsity swim and dive team, girls and boys. 

Office Hours: 15 minutes before and after practice

Best way to contact Coach Jake Goergen outside "poolside" office hours is by email at thegergs2@gmail.com