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 smileywas born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. She started swim lessons in the preschool classes at Mary Siah and Hamme and joined MSST around age 9. She swam on MSST through high school and was recruited to swim NCAA DI at the University of New Mexico, where she completed her 4 years of eligibility, returning each summer to train with MSST. 
Alyssa has her Bachelors in Exercise Science (minor: nutrition) and her Masters in Health Promotion. She has a job working for the American Lung Association in Alaska at the Fairbanks office.
Jennifer Rynish Age Group Coach

Coach Jennifer was born and raised in Seymour, Wisconsin. She did swim lessons as a kid and spent many summers out on the lakes swimming, knee boarding, and tubing. In her sophomore year of high school, she joined swim team and finally found a sport she loved. After competing though high school, Jennifer went on to race triathlon, with her strongest leg being swimming. Through out high school, college, and life after college, she has taught swim lessons. Jennifer has a degree in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, and is currently working for Siemens Industries in the Fairbanks office.

Sebiyam Werdin-Kennicott Novicce 3 Coach
Ella Bailey Novice 2 Coach

Coach Ella was born and raised in Faribanks, Alaska.  She is currently a senior in high school at Lathrop High School. She started out with swim lessons at the Alaska Club and Hamme Pool.  After lessons she joined MSST, she has been a part of MSST since she was 10 years old.  She also swim for LAthrop High School Swim and Dive for all four years of high school.  After high school she plans to attend either Northern Arizona University or Colorado State and get a major in Biology with an interest in Dental School.

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