Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Howie Leathers Head Coach


Howie Leathers is the Head Coach of the entire LSSC team. He became the full-time during the start up phase of Lake Superior Swim Club. The coaching philosophy of the team comes under Howie's direction and is instrumental in determining the philoso­phy of the entire team. Howie cut his coaching teeth at the Stanford Swim Camps in 1991 and 1992.  At Stanford, Howie worked under the direction of Skip Kenney and Richard Quick, two of the most celebrated coaches in USA Swimming history. After leaving Stanford, Howie started a Masters swim club at Bemidji State University and served as Head Coach for the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers, helping them capture the Minnesota Short Course Championship title in 1993. 

As a swimmer at Bemidji State University, Howie was named team captain his junior year and also earned All-America honors in 1991.

Howie believes that his responsibility as a swim coach reaches far beyond the pool.  His goal is to help all athletes reach their highest potential socially as well as academically. 


Lexie Hendricks Coach

Lexie Hendricks is a native to Bemidji, MN and prior to coaching with the Lake Superior Swim Club, she coached with the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers for 4 years. Lexie has extensive experience coaching each of the USA Swimming age groups.

Alongside, coaching the Lake Superior Swim Club, Lexie was also a fitness instructor at Bemidji State University, as well as taught kettlebell and paddle board fitness classes. As an athlete, Lexie swam for the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers for 10 years. During her high school swimming career at Bemidji High School, Lex was a Minnesota High School State meet participant in the 500 freestyle 3 times, and in the 200 freestyle 2 times. In 2012 Lexie captained the Bemidji Lumberjack high school swim team. She is the previous Bemidji High and Minnesota Section 8a record holder in the 500 freestyle. Outside of the pool, Lexie likes to get outside!  She is an avid white water kayaker and mountain biker.  She also enjoys hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and running.


Elizabeth Peterson Assistant Coach

Elizabeth Peterson has worked in and around pools for more than a decade – as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim coach. She started coaching after high school with the summer swim team at the Duluth YMCA. In 2013, she took a more serious role as the Assistant Coach for her alma mater, Duluth East Girls’ Swim and Dive. When the season ended, she did a brief stint as an assistant coach with LSSC until August 2014, when she left Duluth to attend graduate school in Oklahoma. 

Even land locked Oklahoma couldn’t keep Elizabeth away from the pool! Elizabeth joined the staff of Sooner Swim Club, under the direction of Kent Nicholson, and within several months was the head coach of the developmental age groups. She worked for SSC for three years before returning to Duluth in August 2017. During her time with SSC, she grew into her coaching abilities and is excited to rejoin LSSC this fall. 

Elizabeth brings a positive, caring attitude to the team and is eager to help your swimmers grow and succeed both in the pool and out of it.

Kayla Nelson Assistant Coach

Kayla’s swim career dates back to age 6, where she found her passion through swim lessons at the University of Minnesota Duluth. After lessons she swam with the Duluth YMCA, North Shore Swim Club, and Lake Superior Swim Club. She also swam competitively for Denfeld High School for 6 years, and was a team-elected Captain for her Junior and Senior seasons, voted Most Dedicated by her team four of her six seasons, and received Academic All State Awards, along with All Conference and Section Finalist. 

Although she has hung up her cap and goggles, Kayla has brought herself full circle, still finding joy and passion in this life long sport through teaching children how to swim. Kayla hopes to instill  discipline, hard work, routine, and sportsmanship in future generations through coaching. This will be her first season coaching, and looks forward to helping young swimmers grow and find passion in the sport, just as she has. 

Lindsay Knabe Coach

Lindsay’s swimming career began in the third grade when she tried out to swim on the Valley Dolphins Swim Team in Apple Valley, MN.  Swimming slowly became a singular athletic focus and she eventually enjoyed a long and VERY successful USA Swimming career.  Not only was Lindsay the High Point Winner at the Midwest Mega-Zone  Meet, she also competed at multiple Junior Nationals Competitions during her career. 

While swimming for Eastview High School, Lindsay competed at the Minnesota State High School Meet in the 200 Free, 200 IM, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Free Relay, achieving All State honors individually 8 times.  In addition, she earned Eastview’s Athlete of the Year in 2000 and High School All-American status in 1997 and 1998. 

She went on to realize her dream of swimming at the Division I level by swimming at the University of Minnesota.  Lindsay had the honor to swim 4 years for MN coaching legend, Jean Freeman, who valued each swimmer as a person, and not just as an athlete.  Lindsay also had the privilege to serve as a team captain for the University of Minnesota and earn a Division I collegiate letter. 

Lindsay enjoys excitement that LSSC swimmers have for the sport.  As a coach, Lindsay brings her passion and world class experience to the pool deck every day and shares her knowledge with LSSC athletes.

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