Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brandon Converse Head Coach/CEO/Developmental Coach

Brandon is the Head Coach and also coaches the Senior group.  He has been a part of the Waves for the past 20 years and has coached every level on our swim club. 

Brandon's swimming experience started at the age-group level and progressed all the way up to swimming at Hope College.  His coaching career started immediately following college by working with various age-group and high school programs.  Brandon has also been an assistant coach for Calvin College and currently is an assistant to the EGR Girls  and Boys Varsity Swim and Dive programs. 

In Brandon's own words:

"I feel very fortunate to be able to work with great athletes, parents and volunteers in a community that values swimming and the experiences it provides.  I believe that swimming teaches our kids about work ethic, perseverance, being a team player, empathy, goal setting and developing life long skills that will help them long after their swimming careers are over.  I am here to help kids reach as high as they want to go and I value all those who make the commitment to improve themselves as swimmers and people."

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Josh Dolecki Head Senior Coach

Josh is the Head Senior Coach for the EGRA Waves program.

Josh has been swimming competitively since the age of eight in both club and middle/high school. He was a four year varsity swimmer at Brandon High School and captain both his Junior and Senior year. He comes from past coaching experience as the head coach of the Deer Lake Dolphins Rec Swim Team out of Clarkston, Michigan and this fall will be mark his 10th year coaching with the Waves.

He has coached all levels within the program; teaching the foundations of stroke with the Developmental Groups at Wealthy, introducing the competitive elements of swimming and training cycles with Silver and Gold groups as the Head Age-Group Coach, and uses his 12 years of coaching experience to help the Senior level athletes set their goals and reach for the highest level of success. He is also the founder of the EGRA Masters Team, and coached and grew that adult swim program for five years.

He graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science focusing on Health and Fitness. Josh is a recognized Masters Coach in US Masters Swimming (USMS) and an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) certified coach. He has also been involved with Michigan Swimming as a Zone Coach in 2018 & 2019, and recently, the training of triathletes and open water/enduro-swimmers.

Alec Kandt Head Age-Group Coach/Masters Coach

Alec is the Head Age Group Coach and the Head Masters coach. Alec was born and raised in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota where he swam for South East Metro Sharks swim club for ten years and achieved multiple state titles. Alec graduated from Simley High School where he was a State champion, All-American and currently still hold multiple school records.

After high school, Alec continued his swimming career at Michigan State University where he swam for Coach Gianiodis. While at MSU Alec was a 4-year letter winner, a 3-time Male Swimmer of the year, top-8 Finisher at the BIG Ten championships and the US Nationals. Alec still is the Varsity Record holder in the 100 Breaststroke. While swimming for MSU, Alec was given the opportunity to compete and even place at many different major National meets, including the 2016 Olympic Trials. Alec was selected to represent MSU on the Big Ten All Star Team when they swam against the National Team in 2016.

While at MSU, Alec was given a chance to start his coaching career. Alec started coaching for Mid-Michigan Aquatics. Alec worked for MMA for almost two years before I accepted a position with the University of Florida And Gator Swim Club. In 2018 Alec was the Volunteer Assistant for the University of Florida. While with Florida Alec was the Primary Breaststroke Coach, but also worked with Head Coach Gregg Troy and his group. In 2018 Alec was able to help the team to bring the 7th straight SEC Title back to the University of Florida. Also, while in Gainesville Alec worked with Gator Swim Club as an Assistant coach. While with GSC Alec had the opportunity to work with the pro team and coach athletes like Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel, Jan Switkowski, and many other high-profile athletes. 

Lynne Bart Assistant Coach: Precomp, Blue, Bronze

Lynne is returning as the Head Developmental Coach starting this Spring 2018!  She was the lead coach for approximately 4 years before moving over to assist with Gold a few years ago.  She brings knowledge of developmental swimming along with experience of upper level age-group swimming.

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Chris Ingram Assistant Coach: Senior

Chris assists with Senior in the Spring and Summer seasons.  He also assists with the EGR Varisty programs.  

Luke Herman Assistant Coach: Silver & Gold

Luke joins us from Calvin College where he is a student and an athlete on the swim team.  He will assist with Silver and Gold. 

Brenna Erickson Assistant Coach: Silver and Gold

Brenna is a GVSU student who will be assiting with Wealthy.

Alyssa Zapata Assistant Coach - Wealthy groups
Catherine Erickson Assistant Coach: Pre-comp/Blue/Bronze

Catherine is an assistant coach with the Wealthy groups and a student at GVSU.

Megan Fraula Assistant Coach: Senior

Megan joins us from Davenport University.  She is a former Byron Center swimmer and will assist with Senior.

Lauren Bockheim Assistant Coach: Silver and Gold

Lauren joins us from Davenport University.  She was a former swimmer at Northview high school and will assist with Silver and Gold.

Willow Kuech Assistant Coach: Silver and Gold

Willow joins us from Grand Valley State University.  She will be assisting us with Silver and Gold.

Board of Directors
David Chandler Board Member
Mark Periard Board Member
Jennifer Reifinger President
Leah Koldenhoven Secretary
Mark Spitzley Treasurer
Staci Alguire Apparel Coordinator
vanessa bradley Hospitality Coordinator
Julie Lausch-Wiseman Fundraising Coordinator
Amy Townsend Volunteer Coordinator