Midnight Sun Swim Team

                                

        
   
   

   

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Patrick Burda Head Coach

Patrick has been the Midnight Sun Swim Team Head Coach since August 2019.  Growing up in Brooklyn, Ohio and attending Brooklyn High School Patrick got his start in swimming first as an athlete on his summer recreational swim team and then as a coach in 2002 of the same team he grew up swimming on.  Patrick attended Cleveland State University, a Division I school, where he was a member of the swim team in addition to studying Film and Video Productions.

Patrick’s philosophy is that the essence of all successful and injury free swimming is taught through an efficient stroke learned through drills taught from a young age.  Maximizing the efficiency of every stroke has to be a priority and results in years of continued success in the pool. Passion and dedication to their sport and team are important traits that swimmers learn and take into the real world after swimming.  Teaching swimmers to be disciplined in their commitment is an opportunity to learn about life and shows how swimming’s value is more than just in sport. 

Patrick spent his five years before moving to Fairbanks as the head coach of the Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Club, and annually had at least one swimmer compete at Zones. While under Patrick’s leadership the Killer Whales constantly earned highest points per swimmer and individual high points awards at championship meets.  Additionally three quarters of the club would earn an IMX score annually. While with the Killer Whales Patrick served on the Alaska Swimming board of directors and attended USA Swimming Aquatics Convention. 

Prior to moving to Ketchikan Patrick was in charge of building and developing a new training site as the head site coach for North East Ohio Nemesis.  After three summers with NEON the site had more than quadrupled in size, with many of those swimmers having gone on to swim in college. In his time with NEON his swimmers broke multiple team records and individually won multiple District Championship events.  He also qualified multiple swimmers to Zones and USA Sectional Meets. 

Patrick spent four years as head coach for Lakewood Recreation Swim Team, in which time the team saw some of its most successful years in its 40 year history.  While at the helm the team nearly tripled in size to almost 200 swimmers. Additionally the team managed to qualify and send multiple swimmers to Zones, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals.  Multiple team and LSC records were set in his tenure with Lakewood including multiple ‘AAAA’ time qualifiers. In 2011 Patrick was nominated to be Lake Erie Age Group coach of the year. In his third year with LRST, they were the fourth team in Lake Erie swimming to achieve USA Swimming Level One Recognition.  While with Lakewood Patrick was selected to be a Zone coach in 2011 and a district sponsored swim camp coach.  

From 2011 to 2013 Patrick served as the head coach for North Olmsted High School.  While with North Olmsted swimmers broke many of the school records, including every women’s relay record in the opening meet his final year.  The 2013 state meet was the first in school history where the school had a women’s relay team qualify to compete. Patrick coached the Southwest Conference Most valuable male athlete and was nominated as women’s team head coach of the year in 2013.  While coaching his final year at North Olmsted and then the year after that Patrick was a volunteer coach for independent swimmers from Brooklyn High School whom did not have a high school team. 

Alyssa Keill Junior Coach
Coach Alyssa was born and raised right here in Fairbanks. She started swim lessons in the preschool classes at Mary Siah and Hamme and joined the Midnight Sun Swim Team at age 9. Alyssa still holds onto a few Team records and Top 5 times, but relinquished her only State record to Lydia Jacoby (Olympian). She graduated from Lathrop High School in 2009 and was recruited to swim NCAA DI at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where she received her Bachelors in Exercise Science with a minor in nutrition. Later she attended the University of Nebraska, Omaha for a Masters in Health Promotion.
Alyssa began coaching for MSST in 2013 with the novice groups and returned to coaching after her Masters program was completed in 2016. She now coaches the Junior Group where her swimmers regularly compete at the state level each year. Several of her swimmers have qualified for Sectional meets and Western Zones. Alyssa has served as an assistant coach for Team Alaska at the Age Group Western Zones meet in 2019 and 2021 and as head coach in 2022.
In addition to coaching Alyssa works for the American Lung Association and is a volunteer ski patroller on the Moose Mountain Ski Patrol.
Camille Dayton Age Group Coach

Ive been a competitive swimmer for eight years now. I started on Wasilla Waves at the age of 12. At the age of 16 I moved to Knik and finished my club career at the YMCA. I was the first Alaskan in history to qualify for the YMCA national swim meet. I swam on colony high school for all four years of high school and made the podium three of the four years. I have multiple club records, high school records, and state records. I am currently in my third year of college and compete on the swim team for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and plan on becoming a collegiate swim coach after I graduate.

Avery Hafele Novice 3 Jr Coach
Cassidy Welsh Novice 2 Jr Coach
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