Our Coaches

 

Julie Stone - Head Coach and Senior Silver/Gold Lead  
 

 Coach Julie grew up in Minnesota Swimming.  She swam competitively for 13 years with the SEMS Swim Club, Woodbury High School, and the University of Minnesota. She was a Junior National Qualifier, team captain, 6 time Varsity letter winner, school record holder, 4 time Section Champion, All-Conference, and All-State honors recipient. She taught swimming lessons all through high school and college, and graduated from the U of M with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After working several years in that field she decided to return to her true passions:  being at the pool and working with kids.  She started with the Hurricanes as an assistant coach in 1999, has experience working with every age group, and has coached multiple State Champions, Zone Champions, and Junior National qualifiers.  Her favorite part of coaching is helping swimmers at all levels reach beyond their comfort zone, surprise themselves, and accomplish things they didn't know they could.  These days when she's not coaching she still enjoys swimming, running, camping, and photography.  She and her husband TJ have three children who all currently swim with the Hurricanes.

 

 


 
 
Tom Dahl - Senior Silver/Gold Lead                      
 

Coach Tom

Coach Tom's swimming experience dates back to age 5, swimming for the Hurricanes for many of his age-group years and continuing to swim through college! He was a captain for Hopkins High School and UW Eau Claire, earning All-Conference, All-State, and All-American honors in high school. This is Coach Tom's 10th year with the Hurricanes. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied Human Resource Management and Professional Sales. He works full time in sales and lives in the Maple Grove area.

 

 

 


 
 
Michael Duncan - Senior Bronze Lead
 

Coach Michael has spent the last 20 years swimming in Indiana, North Dakota, and Minnesota at the club, high school, and Masters levels. He spent a short time diving in high school as well. Since 2012, he has coached with 8 different programs, including high school, club, and college teams and athletes in all age groups. In the Twin Cities area, he has been coaching with the Hurricanes Swim Club since 2016. Michael’s main goal as a coach is to help the athletes he works with develop to have success in the pool, in the classroom, and in their communities. Outside the pool, Michael enjoys drawing, listening to music, and studying the sport of swimming. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from North Dakota State University, with minors in Sociology and Gender Studies.

 

 

 
 

 

Sarah Vrudny - Cyclones Lead
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Coach Sarah has been in the water since age 4! She grew up in a small town in Colorado and swam on a club team during the summer, named, get this, the Cyclones! She was a part of the first ever High School swim team starting her sophomore year, helping lead the team as a captain, setting initial records, and establishing a foundation for the sport in rural Colorado. Sarah attended St. Kate’s for nursing school. She swam all four years mainly swimming sprint freestyle events, but also competed in the 200 breaststroke and 200 IM. She was captain her junior and senior years, received All-Conference honors for sportsmanship, and set some new team records. Coach Sarah currently works as a school nurse at Echo Park Elementary School in the Eagan/Rosemount/Apple Valley district. This is her 2nd year coaching with the Hurricanes. She loves to do photography and hang out with family and friends during her free time!

 

 

 

Joe Vrudny - Gust/Gales  

 

Coach Joe's competitive swimming career began at Brainerd High School, where he was a multi-time all-state and all-American.  He continued swimming at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he was a multi-time all-conference swimmer.  Coach Joe brings a lot of coaching experience, including Brainerd High School, Wayzata High School, Mach III Flyers and his four years with the Hurricanes.  When Coach Joe isn't coaching or swimming, he teaches second grade in the the Wayzata School District.  In his free time he enjoys fishing, biking and spending time at his rustic cabin up in the north woods.

 

 
 
 

 
 
Jen Holmquist - Lead Coach PreTeam, Whirlwinds, and Breeze/Blast  

Coach Jen began swimming before she could walk. She grew up in Osceola Wisconsin where they unfortunately did not have a swim team. Instead of swimming, in high school she was the MVP and Captain of the Dance Team. At the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Jen continued to dance and was elected President of the dance team. Jen's background in coaching includes GMMO Swim Team, the YMCA Ridgedale Tidal Waves and the Hopkins Hurricanes. In addition, Jen has great experience teaching swim lessons and working in aquatics. While she loves all ages, she particularly enjoys the 3-8 year olds. Outside of swimming Jen is the Minneapolis Golf Club Pool Director, has a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling and Psychology, and she is pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling. Jen loves to bike, Rollerblade, kick-box and longs to live by the ocean. 

 

 

 

Nicole Freeman - Breeze/Blasts, Whirlwinds, Senior Bronze
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Coach Nicole started swimming at the age of 6 for the Rochester Swim Club and went on to swim for the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire for four years.  In college she swam distance events and the 400 IM.  Since graduating from college Coach Nicole coached four years at the La Crosse YMCA and the Rochester Swim Club Orcas.  This is her third year with the Hurricanes.  Coach Nicole is putting to use her BS in Kinesiology and Masters in Therapeutic Recreation at her job as an Aquatic and Fitness Specialist at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley.  When not coaching or working, Coach Nicole enjoys participating in Triathalons, baking and spending time with family and friends.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nate Stone - Cyclones and Seniors 

 


 

Gabe Gauderman - PreTeam, Breeze/Blasts, Whirlwinds, Gust/Gales