Our Mission

To inspire our Athletes to
success in swimming and in life.



Our Vision

Compete. Succeed. Lead.
One Stroke at a Time



Head Coach - Karen Guglich
Head Coach Karen Guglich is in her 10th season with the Sea Lions. She started swimming competitively during the summers when she was five years old.  She continued her swimming career through college where she helped found the Gordon College Men's and Woman's swim team. During her study abroad in Germany, she participated in a local German Schwimmverein, she learned that although the language is different, the importance of good technique and consistent quality training is very much the same.  She attributes her longevity in the sport to her coaches.  “I will never forget the support and encouragement of my coaches. I hope to offer the same to each of the Sea Lion swimmers."  

Lead Coach - Joanna Baltes
Joanna is in her third season of coaching for the Sea Lions and recently was awarded the 2018 North Dakota Coach of the Year.  She is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach.  She grew up swimming competitively during the summer and in high school.  After grad school, Joanna transitioned to open water swimming and competed in Sprint, Olympic, and Half-Ironman distance events.  She loves the water, especially swimming in the ocean and is a certified Scuba Diver.   Prior to coaching with the Sea Lions, Joanna coached soccer, tennis, and skiing.  Joanna enjoys learning more about the art and science of being a swim coach and derives great joy in seeing the swimmers learn self-discipline, become more efficient in the water, and gain confidence. 

Lead Coach - Kim Weir
Coach Kim Weir is in her 2nd year coaching with the Sea Lions. She started swimming competitively as a young girl age 5/6. She continued to swim but not competitively, She loved the water so much that she became  a lifeguard and a swimming instructor!! Prior to coaching with the Sea Lions Kim has coached soccer, baseball, lacrosse and hockey. She loves to help kids improve their skills and have fun!

Lead Coach - Melissa Pehrson
Coach Melissa is a first year swim coach. She began competitive swimming at the age of five and continued to swim competitively throughout high school. Melissa taught swimming lessons and worked as a lifeguard for several years. She has always had a love for being in the water and is excited to start this new journey. She credits her love of swimming to her coaches and hopes that she can pass on that same passion for the water to each swimmer she works with.

Assistant Coach - Kassie Gorder
Coach Kassie grew up swimming competitively in Oroville California.  She attended several swim camps and clinics as a young swimmer. She moved to Grand Forks and swam competitively until her junior year of high school. She’s a returning coach for the Williston Sea Lions after a three year break.

Assistant Coach – Christina Luthy
Coach Christina is excited to be coaching for the Williston Sea Lions. She is a certified ASCA Level 2 coach.  She swam all throughout her childhood, swam competitively on her high school swim team and was a Red Cross lifeguard and swim instructor.  In 1999, Christina completed her first of four full marathons as a running coach with the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training.  She believes that it’s the little things we do collectively that make a huge difference. Since swimming is 100% physical and mental, the skills learned preparing for competition are beneficial in both sports and in life.  Her favorite part of coaching is helping people make possible what seems impossible and to encourage others to be their best.

Assistant Coach – Cameron Elmer
Born Sept. 30, 1990 and raised in Deep South Louisiana where swimming in the bayou was one of the first things taught.  I started working in the Bakken in 2011. My family and I relocated to Williston in 2014. I have two daughters ages 10 and 2. I swam USAA year round swimming from ages 6-13. During that time, I won 6 state championships, set two state records (50 Free, 50 Butterfly), and had 8 Top 16 Times.
At age 10, I competed in the AAU Junior Olympics against swimmers from Australia, Saudi Arabia, and several European countries.  On the combined IM relay with Team LA/TN, I took home the Gold. Along with taking 2nd place in the 100 breast,  and 3rd place in the 100 fly and 50 free events.
At age 11, I attended Zones and at age 12 winning first in the 50 & 100 breaststroke. Placing second and third in serval others. 
By the age of 12, I was ranked 2nd in the country in 100 breaststroke.   At 13 my swim coach made me choose between swimming and football. I chose football and only returned to swimming when I was 13 and 14 to swim on the state IM relays as the breaststroke leg. In high school I was the only player to letter all 4 years 5A varsity football. My senior year I was All State Linebacker and had several full ride scholarships for football and academics.  I took a full ride academic scholarship to Nicholls State University to stay local to my oldest daughter.  Over the years I’ve helped coach youth football and softball since. I strongly believe extracurricular activities help our kids grow strong work ethic and life skills.