Julie Stone - Head Coach & 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, became the Hurricanes Head Coach in 2015, and has coached swimmers competing at every level from Novice to US Olympic Trials.  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. She and her husband TJ have 3 children -Nate, Claudia, & Stephanie - who have all grown up swimming with the Hurricanes. 
 
 
 
 
 
Coach Tom
Tom Dahl - Lead Coach Senior Silver/Gold
 
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. Coach Tom began coaching with the Hurricanes in 2011. 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 - Lead Coach Senior Bronze
 

Coach Michael has been swimming in Indiana, North Dakota, and Minnesota at the club, high school, and/or Masters levels since 1999. 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, and has led the Senior Bronze group since that time. 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 - Lead Coach Cyclones 
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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. She has been coaching with the Hurricanes since 2017, and has lead the Cyclones since 2019. She loves to do photography and hang out with family and friends during her free time!

 

 
 
 
 
 

Joe Vrudny - Lead Coach Gust/Gale/Whirlwinds
 

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 Wayzata School District.  He is married to Kimberly, a college professor and chair of the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas. They have 2 boys. Abe is a senior+ at the University of St. Thomas and Andy is a senior at Wayzata High School. In his free time he enjoys fishing, biking and spending time at his rustic cabin up in the north woods.

 

 

 

 
Nate Duncan - Lead Coach Breeze/Blast/Pre-Team
 
Coach Nate comes to the Hurricanes with 21 years of experience in competitive swimming, both as an athlete and a coach. Nate started swimming at the age of 4 in Terre Haute, Indiana and since has competed at the club, high school, college, and masters levels. Swimming for the Fargo Davies Eagles, he was a state champion in the 100 yard Backstroke in North Dakota, and went on to swim Backstroke and Mid-Distance/ Distance Freestyle for the Saint Cloud State University Huskies. Alongside his athletic career, Nate has been coaching for 7 years for various High School and Club teams in North Dakota and in Minnesota, on top of another 7 years of teaching swimming lessons. Nate recently graduated with his Master’s in College Counseling and Student Development from Saint Cloud State University and is very excited to be joining the Hurricanes coaching team! Outside of the pool, Nate loves to be outdoors, play board games, video games, as well as read, work out and is a growing film-nerd!
 
 
 
 

 

 

Nicole Freeman - Assistant Coach - PreTeam/Breeze/Blast/Cyclones 

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.  She has been with the Hurricanes since 2015. 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 - Assistant Coach - Cyclones/Senior Silver&Gold
 
Coach Nate has been a Hurricane since 2006, admittedly spending most of his time in those first years doing underwater handstands.  He continued to both swim and coach with us all through high school and college, and graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering the University of St. Thomas in 2021.  In high school he  was our first NCSA Junior Nationals Qualifier, St. Louis Park HS team captain, 6 time Varsity letter winner, school record holder,  All-Conference, and All-State honors recipient. He earned All-Conference honors all 4 years of his college career, was the 2019 MIAC Champion in 200 Butterfly, and team captain his senior year.  He still holds several Hurricanes team records, but his goal is for all of them to be broken by swimmers that he's coached.  Outside the pool his passions include weight lifting and expanding his culinary skills.