Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
MITCHELL WAGNER Interim Head Coach

Mitchell Wagner has been coaching for WSC since December 2013. He also coaches the Independent and Wichita Collegiate high school boys and Andover Central girls’ swim teams during the school year. 
 

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, where he swam competitively some more.
 

Coach Mitchell’s favorite stroke is the backstroke, and his favorite race to swim is the 100 Back, with the long course 400 IM coming in second. He was the 2012 KSHAA Boy’s State Champion in the 100 Back.  He is also a Junior National qualifier, Division 1 swimmer, and WSC record holder in the 100 Back and 400 Free Relay. Mitchell’s favorite thing about coaching swim is getting to share his love for swimming with others.

 

Brandon Shinsato Head Age Group Coach

Brandon Shinsato started coaching for Wichita Swim Club in September 2015. 

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 studies biomedical engineering at Wichita State University, where he is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
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 White Squad 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 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 Challenge Squad Coach

Natasha has been coaching for Wichita Swim Club since November 2018.

Natasha is from Newcastle, Wyoming, where she  began swimming at 10 years old. She swam for the the Newcastle Stingrays until college, also swimming for Newcastle High School from her freshman to senior years. Natasha went on to swim for Brigham Young University. Backstroke is her favorite stroke to swim and the 200 Back is her favorite race to swim. 

Natasha is a very decorated swimmer. For the 100Y Backstroke, Natasha was a four-time Wyoming 3A State champion, earned High School All-American, and was the 1999 Wyoming 3A state record holder. She still holds the Wyoming State 3A State High School record 200 Y IM that she set in 2001. She was a 3A State champion in the 200Y Freestyle, 100Y Freestyle, and 200Y IM, and was part of the three-time Wyoming 3A State Champion team. She is a two-time wyoming Aquatic Athlete of the Meet and two-time Wyoming Aquatic Athlete of the Year. She was the Speedo/NISCA Wyoming Swimmer of the Year 2001-2002. While swimming at Brigham Young University, she was First Team All-MWC in 200-yard backstroke. Second Team All-MWC in 100 Back, 200 Back, and 200 IM. Natasha was an Academic All-American at Brigham Young University during the 2003-2004 season. She part of the Women's Mountain West Conference Championship team and team captain junior and senior year.

The 200 Backstroke is Natasha’s favorite race to swim, and breaststroke is her favorite stroke to swim. Her favorite thing about coaching swimming 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 their smiling faces and being a part of another ‘family’.”  

Natasha 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 in 2006.

Natasha and her husband, Steven, have four children: Abby, Eli, Kate, and Luke. She feels privileged to be able to stay home with their children during the day. She is usually busy with family and family activities, but also enjoys photography and baking in her spare time. As far as sporting teams go, Natasha cheers for her alma mater, the BYU Cougars and the Chicago Cubs.

When asked which Olympian she’d like to spend a day with, Natasha replied, “I’d be happy to spend the day with almost any Olympic swimmer! Every Olympian has a unique story of their journey to the Olympics, and I would love to hear all of them. If I were to pick one,” Natasha said, “I would choose Rowdy Gaines. He’s been around the sport for a long time, and it would be interesting to hear his perspective on how swimming has evolved. I would also like to have a good conversation on how he balances work, swimming, and family. 

Jack Quah National Prep/Black Squad Coach
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