Coach Abby

“Providing every opportunity for children to reach their highest potential at each stage in their development is the mission that drives me as a coach.  Children join the sport of swimming for so many different reasons. It is my goal to provide a program that meets the needs of all the children on the team whether it is a new swimmer learning efficient stroke technique or a National Level athlete that wants to swim in college”.  

-Coach Abby


Abby Tesch is the Head Coach of the Woodson Y Northern Swimming team.  Abby is a native to Wausau, she swam for the Woodson YMCA as an age group swimmer, graduated from Wausau West High School and went on to swim competitively at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Abby has been coaching in the Wausau area since 2001 when she started the TIDE USA Swim Club year round program. The TIDE and the Y program merged in the spring of 2017 and Abby took on a position as the Senior Director of Aquatics and Competitive Swimming at the Woodson YMCA.  As a Head Coach Abby has had many accomplished swimmers including 18 athletes that went on to swim at the collegiate Division 1 Level. Abby has coached over 20 Wisconsin State Champions, 7 Grand Prix Series Qualifiers, over 30 Speedo Championship Series Qualifiers, 13 Junior National Qualifiers and 2 US Open and Senior National Qualifiers.  


Recently the WYNS Team under the direction of Head Coach Abby scored higher at Y state than ever before in Woodson Y history.  Nine WYNS Swimmers competed at Y Nationals and the team scored more points at Nationals than ever in Woodson Y History.