Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Mitchell Wagner Head Coach

Mitchell Wagner has been coaching for WSC since December 2013 and was named Head Coach of WSC on July 24, 2020. He currently coaches National Squad and Silver Squad.
 

Coach Mitchell grew up in Wichita and started swimming at age 8 for the West YMCA Barracudas.  He then swam for the Wichita Aqua Shocks before landing at the Wichita Swim Club where he swam 8th grade through high school. Mitchell also swam for Maize High his freshman through senior years.  He swam for The University of Minnesota his freshman year of college before returning to WSC. 

Mitchell’s favorite thing about coaching swim is getting to share his love for swimming with others.

 

Brandon Shinsato Assistant Coach

Brandon Shinsato started coaching for Wichita Swim Club in September 2015, and is the current Lead Coach of Gold Squad. 

Coach Brandon grew up in Seattle and Wichita and began swimming at age 5. He swam for the Bellevue Club team for 2 years and then swam for Wichita Swim Club, where he swam for 11 years. Brandon went on to swim at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, from 2014-15.

Backstroke is Brandon’s favorite stroke, and his favorite race is the 200 Back. He was a USA Junior National qualifier and a 3-year Scholastic All-American. His favorite part about being a swim coach is being able to teach a new generation of swimmers all the things he learned throughout his swim career.

Coach Brandon earned his BA in Exercise Science at Wichita State University.
Brandon is a musician and loves to write and create music. Brandon’s older sister, Kaitie, was also a WSC swimmer and is now a marketing consultant in Seattle.

 

Brian Wingert Assistant Coach

Brian Wingert has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since August 2011.  He coaches White Squad and also serves as the Director of Business Operations for WSC.

Coach Brian is from Peabody, KS, where he began swimming at age 6 and swam for 10 years for the Peabody-Burns Super Swimmers.  The 200 Medley Relay is his favorite race to swim, and breaststroke is his favorite stroke to swim.  His favorite things about coaching swimming are watching swimmers develop and continuously improve and (of course) the good, free food in the hospitality room at swim meets. 

Brian received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2014, and his Associate of Science at Butler County Community College in 2011. 

Brian enjoys writing and recording music, appreciating and creating art, and reading.  He is proud of his younger brother who is in the National Guard.

Coach Brian is a fan of all the Kansas City Sports teams.  If he could spend a day with any Olympic swimmer, he’d spend time with Olympic freestyler Anthony Ervin so the two of them could talk about philosophy, music and tattoos.

Natasha Jones Assistant Coach

Natasha has been coaching for the Wichita Swim Club since November 2018. She is the lead coach for Red Squad.

Natasha is from Newcastle, Wyoming, where she began swimming at the age of 10 years old. She swam for the club and high school teams in Newcastle before continuing her swimming career at Brigham Young University. Backstroke is her favorite stroke to swim and the 200 backstroke was her favorite race.

Natasha was a seven-time Wyoming 3A High School State Champion, a High School All-American, and broke two Wyoming 3A state records in the 100 back and 200 IM. She was a part of the three-time Wyoming 3A state championship team. She was a two-time Wyoming Aquatice Athlete of the Meet, two-time Wyoming Aquatic Athlete of the Year, and the Speedo/NISCA Wyoming Swimmer of the year 2001-2002. While swimming for four years at Brigham Young University, she earned First Team and Second Team All-MWC honors as well as being and Academic All-American during the 2003-2004 season. She was a part of the Mountain West Conference Championship team and lead her team as captain during her junior and senior years.

Her favorite thing about coaching is sharing her love of swimming with others. She said, "It's fun to watch the swimmers progress and improve at meets, as well as see them push through tough sets. What I really enjoy is seeing all of their smiling faces and being a part of another 'family'."

She received her Bachelor of Science in Home and Family Living with an emphasis in Interior Design and a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Natasha and her husband, Steven, have four children. 

Jack Quah Assistant Coach

Jack started coaching for WSC in May 2019. He is an assistant coach for the Gold, Silver, and Red Squads.

Jack grew up in Wichita and started swimming at the young age of four. He spent his whole swimming career competing for the Wichita Swim Club. His favorite stroke is the breaststroke, and he will tell you, "Breaststroke is the best stroke!"

As a coach, Jack loves seeing all of his athletes do well in both competition and practice. When asked about his coaching goals, he said, "I want to create and environment where everyone feels comfortable and encouraged to succeed."

Jack is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science at Wichita State University.

Hayley Knapp Assistant Coach

Hayley began coaching for WSC in June 2019 and is the lead coach for the Bronze Squad.

Hayley grew up in Wichita and began to swim competitively at the age of 10 for the summer league team at Rockwood before joining the Wichita Swim Club. She continued her swimming career by swimming for four years at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Her favorite stroke is the butterfly and her favorite events to swim were the 100 fly, 50 free, and 200 back.

When asked about coaching, Hayley said, "I enjoy having the opportunity to teach kids everything I know about the sport I love. I also love watching their passion and love for swimming deepen as the grow older. My goal as a coach is to help as many kids as possible. I want to not only help them improve physically, by also help them grow emotionally and mentally."

Hayley earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish from William Jewell. She will be pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Biology with the future goal of researching dolphins. 

Board of Directors
Tracy Burrus President
Glen Patton Vice President
Albert Dirkzwager Treasurer
Kate Higgins Secretary
Janet Studnicka Director of Development
Jae Davis Safe Sport Chair/Board Member
Lisa McPherson Board Member
Patricia Blessant Board Member
Brian Hatridge Board Member
Stan Jekov Board Member
Emily McVay Board Member