Our Mission

To inspire our Athletes to
achieve 
success in swimming and in life within a safe environment.

 


 


Our Vision

Compete. Succeed. Lead.
One Stroke at a Time


 


 

Head Coach – Coach Cameron “Cam” Elmer
Born 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 3 daughters ages 11,3, and 1 month. I competed USA 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 bringing home and array of gold, silver, and bronze medals.
I competed at Zones at 11 and 12 winning several events and placing top 8 in others.  I finished my swimming career with several top 16 times. In highschool I decided to play football and only returned to swim when I was 13 and 14 to compete on the state IM relays as the breaststroke leg. 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. I strongly believe extracurricular activities help our kids grow strong work ethic and life skills.  Our number one priority is to develop well rounded athletes with loads of character.  ASCA LEVEL 5-Education Level
504-421-1366
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Lead Coach Level 1- Coach Melissa Pehrson
Coach Melissa is a 4th 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 continue her journey as a coach. 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.
701-713-5969
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Lead Coach Prep – Coach Sarah Campbell
Sarah grew up in both California and Texas and swam competitively for 4 years. She has enjoyed swimming as a form of recreation and exercise throughout her life. Sarah has lived in Williston for the past 4 years, and this is her first year with the Williston Sea Lions. She also has 2 daughters on the team. She is very excited to work with our new prep swimmers as they begin their journey with the Sea Lions.

Age Group Coach Level 2- Coach Christen Ayacht comes to you in her first year with the Williston Sea Lions. She was a competitive swimmer from the age of 4 until she was 18. This created a lifetime of memories. She also volunteered teaching swim lessons to elementary kids for 3 years, and volunteered one year coaching a local swim team. The love and passion for the water was passed on to her by her late mother who also was a comptitive swimmer and coach for 10 years. She also spent four years during highschool as a lifeguard. Christen now is excited to pursue her dream, being a swim coach with the Williston Sea Lions! 

Lead Age Group Coach & Lead Coach Level 3–  Coach Krista Pierce
Being born and raised here in Williston, we did quite a bit of swimming. If we weren't in the pool for swim team we were there just to have fun! I started swimming competitively when I was in sixth grade. It kind of stuck from there out. I swam through junior high and high school. At age 15 I was certified as a lifeguard, and really enjoyed my job because I ended up making it my career. I had the privelage to work for Williston Parks and Rec for many years as a lifeguard before managing the previous indoor and outdoor pools in Williston. I spent collectively 10 years teaching swim lessons, running the swim lessons programs, and certifying/mangaing  lifeguards. During this time I also was able to coach for WSL. As a teen, I quickly found that I  enjoyed the challenges of the pool and teaching children and adults to swim or betterering their skills in the water. It has always been rewarding to see any child or adult "get" a concept they have been working on. I, more recently, spent one season as the head coach for WHS girls' team. I started having kids shortly thereafter and am only recently making my way back on deck! I am so happy and thankful  to be back with WSL and especially grateful to be coaching again! I hope to inspire my swimmers as well as light a passion for swimming in them as my incredible coaches did for me. My hours on deck are the best hours of my day!
701-570-3541
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