Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Michael Williams Head Coach

Coach Mike has been a Torpedoes coach since 2010 and currently coaches the Senior training group and the Bronze training group. Mike is a certified Water Safety Instructor, a Certified Pool Operator, and has achieved a Level 5 ASCA Education, the highest level offered to coaches through the American Swim Coaches Association. A 1985 graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School, Coach Mike earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana State University and a Master of Education Degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Mike teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology and Biology at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. He is also the Head Coach of both the boy’s and girl’s high school swimming and diving teams at North. Mike was named the High School Sectional "Coach of the Year" by his coaching peers in 2019. Mike has been married to Jeanie since 1992, and together they have three children and one grandchild.

David Breiding Gold Coach

Coach Dave has been coaching for the Torpedoes for over 15 years.  While originally a part-time job while attending graduate school at Rose-Hulman (where he swam varisty for 4 years), he has continued to pursue more responsibility and involvement with the team.  He met his wife, Alison, while coaching for the Torpedoes, and they now have 2 children (Tia and Stuart) who are active participants for the Torpedoes.  His own swimming career allowed him to partake in meets all over the country, including multiple national level events.  He is currently the Gold group coach, and works with the Senior athletes who do not participate in Vigo School Corporation High School programs (Senior Non-HS).  

Cristina Elliott Senior Assistant and Age Group Assistant

Coach Cristina has enjoyed the world of swimming ever since she joined THT in Summer 2000. She also swam with Indiana Swim Team (Bloomington, IN), Terre Haute South Vigo, and Terre Haute Masters. She assisted Torpedoes Lessons during her high school years and gained club coaching experience while attending Indiana State University. In 2016, Cristina earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Indiana State University. While connecting the dots among her life passions, she also pursued a certification (Autism Fitness Level I Certified Coach) to promote functional fitness to athletes of varying behavioral and physical needs. Cristina became the Head Coach of Boys Swimming at Terre Haute South during the 19-20 season, began teaching English at Terre Haute South during the 20-21 school year, and is currently assisting the Orange, Blue, and Senior groups.

Joel Lauritzen Lead Orange and Blue Coach

Joel has just about done everything around the pool for almost 25 years.Joel comes from Lansing, MI where he was a four year varsity swimmer for Everett High School under legendary coach John Bullock. He also was captain his senior year. Lauritzen was a four year varsity award winner in cross country and one of if not the only three year captains in the school's history.  After high school Joel went to college originally for sports writing. Joel specifically covered swimming for multiple newspapers and still freelances in this area. Through this time it allowed Joel to meet and talk with some of the top high school swimmers and coaches in the midwest. This allowed him to learn and develop into his coaching philosophy today. Lauritzen also has a BS degree in Bible Theology and Youth Ministry from Great Lakes Christian College and a MA in Leadership Studies from Lincoln Christian University and Seminary. Joel is also an accomplished USA Swimming official having reach the N3 National Level in Officiating and also officiates all different divisions of college swimming. Currently Joel has been coaching with Terre Haute Torpedoes for about four years with the master's and age groups. Previously he also served on the board for four years with three years as board president. Joel been happily married to Hailee for 17 years and has four kids that all swim (Nevaeh, Connor, Ty and Nolan). 

Jordan Gramlich Assistant Coach

I swam for 13 years, became a coach for ISU women’s swimming, I’m a psychology major at ISU and will be graduating in December 2020 after 3.5 years of undergrad. After that I will be going to grad school in the fall of 2021, hopefully still at ISU. I am a cross fitter at Common Ground CrossFit / Yoga. I am from central Missouri but I love Terre Haute and the people here that have become my family. Coaching THT is one of the best parts of my day, I love ending the day at the pool with the most amazing kids! 

Bridget Gutish Assistant Coach

Bridget has been coaching with THT for two years. Though she learned to swim at a young age, she was never exposed to competitive swimming until after high school, when she began teaching swim lessons and water fitness at the YMCA. A year later, a fellow swim instructor recommended her to the Torpedoes and she has been a coach since. She is a senior at Saint Mary-of-the Woods College pursuing a degree in preschool through sixth grade general education as well as preschool through twelfth grade special education and plans to teach elementary school in the Vigo County School Corporation starting next fall. 

Madison Misko Assistant Coach
Jerrilynn Bayless Masters Coach
Board of Directors
Edie Myers President / Senior Co-Rep
Jerrilynn Bayless V. Pres. / Masters Rep / Silver Co-Rep
Alyson O'Rourke Treasurer / Blue Rep
Jessica Jackson Meet Director / Orange Co-Rep
Lisa Moore Sponsorship Chair / Bronze Rep
Ashley Ingle Secretary / Gold Rep
Randy Jensen Member-at-Large / Senior Co-Rep
Megan Watson Member-at-Large / Orange Co-Rep
Heather Meadors Member-at-Large / Silver Co-Rep