Indiana Swimming
Level 4

coach-andy-pedersenAndy Pedersen
Head Coach & CEO
Seniors
coachp@southeasternswim.org

Andy Pedersen, or "Coach P," has been the head coach of SSC for over 30 years. 

Coach P grew up in Bedford, Indiana and began his coaching career with local summer league teams while during high school. The proud Indiana University graduate first came to Southeastern in 1993.

Andy loves coaching because it is an awesome tool to use to help young people hone and perfect important life skills that are vital to their future success. He believes swimming is a tough team sport that demands great time management skills, hard work in the pool and classroom, and great compassion for teammates. He enjoys coaching student-athletes who bring great energy, embrace challenges, and yearn to get better every day.

Coach P is most proud of the SSC "tribe," the family of connected alumni who are proud to be Royals, engaged and interested in their team even in their years beyond the program and who are incredibly helpful to our athletes in providing guidance, networking, and lifelong friendships.

His wife, Erica, is a teacher at Lantern Road in the HSE school district. Their daughter Ellie is a three-sport varsity athlete at HSE (XC, swimming, and track), daughter Molly is a standout varsity swimmer, and AJ currently competes in lacrosse, basketball, baseball, football, and swimming. 

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Matt Papachronis
Head Age Group Coach
Bluefins
Senior Assistant
coachmatt@southeasternswim.org

Matt Papachronis is thrilled to return to SSC for the 2018 season, having enjoyed a decade-long run with the Royals from 2001-10. Matt comes back to Southeastern after eight years as head coach of Washington Township Swim Club and North Central Swimming and Diving. During that time, he doubled the size of the team, improved their state power point ranking from 30th to 10th, and led the North Central boys to an IHSAA state runner-up finish in 2013, also fielding a set of National Record breaking relays.

A proud Wabash College graduate and four-year letterwinner, Matt was a team captain; school, pool, and conference record holder; National Time Qualifier; and left Wabash with the fourth-highest career point total in school history. Matt is also a graduate of Valparaiso High School, where as a swimmer he was an All-American and state finalist. In his time competing for Valparaiso Swim Club, he was a ten-time state champion in the butterfly and freestyle events, a Zone champion, and a Junior National finalist. 

Matt began his coaching career at Valparaiso Swim Club in 1998. In his ten years with SSC, Matt coached a number of state champions & record holders, Mid-States Quad champions, Zone champions, and dozens of Top 10 National swimmers and relays. In 2010, he was voted Indiana Swimming's Age Group Coach of the Year. In 2006, he was elected to serve as Indiana Swimming’s Age Group Swimming Chairman for a 6-year term, and has served as Indiana’s Quad Team Coach, Head Coach of the Age Group Elite Camp, and Open Water Coach. More recently, he was awarded Indiana Swimming's Conoco Philips Coach of the Year. In 2016, he was chosen to serve on USA Swimming's Central Zone Board of Review.

Matt lives in Indianapolis with his wife Ann & three children, and when he’s not coaching he enjoys traveling, watching other sports, and supporting the local Fishers community.

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ben-wachtelBen Wachtel
Sea Dogs
Senior Assistant
coachben@southeasternswim.org

Ben Wachtel started coaching with Southeastern in 2013 and has worked with just about all ages and ability levels. He is the head coach of the Sea Dogs group for advanced 11-12 year-olds. In his time at Southeastern, he has guided athletes to a number of individual and relay state championships and team records.

Coach Ben is a graduate of Westfield High School and was the school's first individual state champion in any sport, winning a total of four individual state titles at the IHSAA state championships, and was inducted into the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2011. He also swam for Purdue, where he was a team captain for two years, a school record holder, and still ranks in the top 10 in the sprint freestyle events (though he hopes not for much longer). He qualified for Olympic Trials in 2012, where he represented his home club team, SSC!

Ben loves building relationships and guiding young people to be better, stronger, and tougher. He believes swimming teaches young people to take ownership for their own success and helps impart valuable life lessons about the value of hard work, dedication, grit, goal-setting, teamwork, leadership, and responsibility.

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dan-kingDan King
Lionfish / Lionfish Gold
Masters
Senior Assistant
coachdan@southeasternswim.org

Coach Dan returns to his alma mater after five years with Washington Township Swim Club and North Central High School. A 2005 HSE graduate, Dan swam for IUPUI and loves playing rugby, soccer, and swimming. Dan is the head coach of the Lionfish group, is our head masters coach, and also works with the Senior group.

Dan loves coaching because he can shape the future of our kids, not just as athletes but as future members of our society. He loves the sport's individual competitive nature for the betterment of the team and our culture here at SSC, which he says feels like one big family!

 

 

 


blake-brewerBlake Brewer
Director of Operations
Stingrays (Intermediate 10&U)
sscdirops@southeasternswim.org

Blake Brewer is the Director of Operations for Southeastern Swim Club - your first contact for registration, billing, and most other administrative duties. He is the head coach of the Stingrays group and brings a high level of energy and passion to SSC. He assists with Flying Fish, Bluefins, and Masters on a daily basis.

Previously, Blake has fulfilled various coaching and aquatics director duties with Carmel Swim Club, the Bridgewater Club, Azionaqua, and Lawrence Swim Team, where he was the head coach of the Lawrence Central High School team. In these positions, he coached a wide variety of ages, ability and experience levels.

Blake is a Zionsville and Ball State University graduate who lives in Greenfield with his wife, Jordan, and their two dogs, Toby and Kaia. Swimming is ingrained in who he is, and his passion is helping young athletes learn and understand a sport that he has loved for over 20 years.

He loves coaching with Southeastern because it feels like a family - from the close-knit coaching staff to the enthusiasm of the athletes, he is proud to be part of a team that helps each other every day.


heather-streettHeather Streett
Director of Recruitment
Flying Fish (Beginner 10&U)
hstreett@gmail.com
joinsoutheasternswimclub@gmail.com

Heather Streett has been with Southeastern for over 25 years and has played a formative role in the development of countless state champions, All-Americans, team captains, and collegiate athletes. It often starts with Coach Heather - she is SSC's director of recruitment, runs the swim lesson program, and has been a summer league coach for almost 20 years. Come to the HSE high school end-of-year banquet and you'll hear senior speeches that look back to where it all began, with Coach Heather. (She probably took their senior photos, too!)

A graduate of Zionsville High School and DePauw University, Heather swam for 12 years and in high school was a three-year state meet qualifier. She loves swimming because it is such a great activity to strengthen the whole body, is a life-long activity, and makes you safer around the water. She also loves all the skills the sport teaches, including time management, goal-setting, developing great habits, handling adversity, team spirit, and lasting friendships.

She and her husband Kenny live in Fishers with their son, Keegan and daughter, Harper. She has a love for photography, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

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jeanne-tracyJeanne Tracy
Sharks (Advanced 10&U)
jean_tracy@att.net

Go to a swim meet where Jeanne Tracy is coaching and you will have no doubts about her profound influence on young people - it is not uncommon for another coach or parent to excitedly introduce themselves as someone she guided years ago. Ask an SSC alum who their favorite coach was and no doubt you'll hear stories about Jeanne's Bagel challenges, Pyramid sets, or the famous Indy 500 challenge.

In a legendary coaching career spanning decades, Jeanne has shared her passion and energy with countless athletes, including too many state champions, high point award winners, 10&U team titles, and record holders to count. She is one of the most successful developmental coaches in the history of Indiana Swimmming.

She began her swimming life as an eight-year-old in the New Jersey-Philadelphia area, ultimately achieving her personal goal of competing at Senior Nationals at age 18. Jeanne moved to Indiana to attend Anderson University and got her start there, coaching - and swimming - with age groupers there.

Through the years she has been a head coach for age group, summer league, middle school, and high school teams. She has coached all ages and ability levels but at all stops, the athletes she has worked with have enjoyed success. Her greatest talent is bringing out the best in others and helping young people believe they can do anything! It is just about impossible not to have fun swimming for Coach Jeanne. She has been with SSC since 2007 and recently retired from teaching physical education, most recently at Highland Junior High in Anderson.

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kayla-patersonKayla Paterson
Stingrays Assistant
kcapaterson@gmail.com

Kayla Paterson has been involved in swimming since her days as an age grouper with Lawrence County Aquatics in Southern Indiana. The Bedford North Lawrence graduate then attended Indiana University (bachelor's in Kinesiology; master's in Applied Sport Science) and began her coaching career while in school with the Counsilman Center Indiana Swim Team.

Prior to coming to SSC in 2016, Kayla served as the Head Age Group Coach at Greenfield-Central Aquatic Team, where she coached all ages and ability levels. Many of the athletes she worked with went on to have outstanding high school and now collegiate swimming careers.

Kayla coaches because she loves the sport and enjoys working with young athletes. She enjoys teaching skills that will be used in and out of the pool. She also loves guiding individual growth and development as the sport has a unique power to teach character, responsibility, discipline, and friendship. She believes SSC is unique because of how much fun the athletes have and the encouraging team culture.

Kayla and her husband, Cam, have a son named Everett who recently celebrated his first birthday. They also love their two dogs, Finley and Emma.

 


rachel-burkeRachel Burke
Lionfish Silver (Novice 11-14)
97rachel.burke@gmail.com

Rachel is a lifelong swimmer who recently finished her collegiate swimming career at Butler, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and Mathematics. In her time as a Bulldog, she was a 3-time Big East Conference qualifier in the backstroke and mid-distance freestyle events.

In May 2018, Rachel was the USMS Masters National Champion in the 1000 yard freestyle. As a high school and club swimmer, she was a state qualifier, sectional champion, and conference champion in multiple events. She attended Mt. Vernon High School near Evansville.

Rachel loves sharing her passion for swimming with young athletes. Her goal is always to help swimmers be the best they can be, and more importantly have fun! Many of her best friendships were made being in the water, and she says being involved with swimming helped her become the person she is today.

Rachel is no stranger to SSC's team culture - in high school, Rachel and her team joined SSC's summer Senior Trip three times. She counts these memories among favorite experiences as an athlete. The trip not only helped her find what kind of school she wanted to attend for college, but also helped her build relationships with other swimmers and coaches, eventually leading her to coaching with SSC!