Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Sharon Moran Program Director/Head Coach

Coach Sharon lives in Maple Grove. She loves to be outside. When she is not working at the pool you can find her in her yard working on a new landscape design or out at the barn working with her horses.  She has three Arabian horses. One is a five year old that she rescued from auction which is another name for “slaughter”. The other two are elite retired athletes with years of training in all disciplines but primarily in classic dressage. For the past few years they have been working on endurance, obstacle and trail riding.

Coach Sharon loves everything about swimming. Her passion is developing good technique and helping each swimmer optimize their skill based on what their body is able and/or ready to do. Swimming is about learning in layers. Once a skill is solidly learned then it is time to add to the next level of skill. You never stop learning and developing in this sport. Coach Sharon believes that many of life’s lessons can be learned in the pool. Hard work, perseverance, attention to details, not comparing yourself to others and setting attainable goals are just a few of the lessons that swimming helps develop in a young person.

Aidan Culloton Senior Coach

Hello! My name is Aidan Culloton and I started my swimming career just before high school and have been swimming ever since! I went to, and swam for, Saint John’s University where I ended my collegiate career by placing in the top 16 in the 50y freestyle and 100y breaststroke at the MIAC Conference Championships. I was also captain of both my High School and College Swim teams. Now, I am currently in Graduate School for a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and working for the Emily Program in St. Paul. I also have history of coaching swimming and teaching swim lessons on and off for most of my swimming career. Some of my new hobbies include golfing, cross country skiing and watching football! I also enjoy working out, swimming, and being near any body of water, which is why I am super excited for the opportuni

Katelyn Strauss Senior 1 Coach
Margaret Knier Lead Gold Coach

Coach Maggie started swimming competitively when she was 12, and quickly fell in love with the sport. She swam for Big Lake High School and did swim club during the off season. After high school, she went on to swim four years at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she specialized in sprint freestyle and participated in the NCAA swimming championships in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She currently lives in Minneapolis, where she runs her own Etsy business, trains for a marathon, and still gets in the pool once in a while. 

Maggie is very passionate about the sport of swimming and loves the swimming community. She is excited to be a part of the NHCP family!


 

Victoria Roth Silver Coach

Coach Tori began swimming competitively when she was 7 years old, at a small YMCA team in her hometown — Wilton, Iowa. She was a varsity competitor at Muscatine High School, as well as a club swimmer with the Iowa Flyers. Following high school, she went on to continue her swimming career at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In college, she specialized in backstroke and IM, participated as a member of the scoring team at the NSIC championships all four years, and earned the honor of receiving the "Coaches Award" in 2020. Tori currently lives in Minneapolis, where she runs her own creative studio, trains at her CrossFit gym, and spends her days alongside her fur-babies. 

Tori has always wanted to be a swim coach and is thrilled to join NHCP. She looks forward to influencing young swimmers in the same way that hers did growing up!


Megan Schill Lead Silver Coach

Megan began her swimming career in Leawood Kansas where she fell in love with the sport. She graduated high school in Dubuque, Iowa where she specialized in IM and butterfly. The sport of swimming brought Megan to Minnesota. She swam at Minnesota State University, Mankato. During her time at Mankato, she turned into a sprint freestyler. Megan loves the 200 free and 200 IM. When she is not on the pool deck, she is in the classroom teaching fourth grade. Megan is enthusiastic to share her love for the sport with young athletes! 

Jeremy Hughes Lead Bronze

Jeremy has had a long history with NHCP that began as a swimmer in 1986.  From a young age he was highly competitive, hard working swimmer that stood out in the pool.  On deck however Jeremy was an often misguided wild child that may have missed an event or two and undoubtedly made it an adventure for his coaches!

His career highlights include:  Being a club state champion, receiving a scholarship at the University of North Dakota and earning Division ll NCAA All-american honors. None of which were more important to Jeremy than the guidance and mentorship he received from his coaches growing up and the lessons learned from the sport.  

Jeremy works full time and resides in New Hope with his wife Katie and two "tunas" Clara and Harper.  He has spent time serving on the Board of NHCP as well as the city of New Hope's Pool Committee. These endeavors along with being a swim parent ultimately reminded Jeremy of his passion for the sport and drove his decision to step into the world of coaching.  Jeremy is now in his 13th year as a part of NHCP!  When away from the pool he loves to fish, travel and hang with friends.  

Katie Gallant Bronze Coach
Coach Katie started swimming competitively at 10 years old. She swam for the Forks Area Swim Team, Grand Forks Red River High School, and The University of North Dakota. Her favorite events were 100 and 200 fly. She was a 3-time ND state high school champion in the 100 fly. She also was a 2-time Central Zone champion and record holder in the 15-16y Girls 200 Medley Relay. In college at UND she competed at the NCAA DII National Championships and was an Academic All-American.

She taught Swim America swimming lessons for 10+ years and was an assistant coach for the Red River Valley Wahoos Swim Club in Grand Forks. She has been with NHCP since Spring 2022 and is having a blast reconnecting with the sport. She loves helping kids improve their technique and times while having fun and gaining positive experiences and life skills.

Katie is a full-time professor at the University of Minnesota and is a registered dietitian. She lives in Maple Grove with her husband Max and two kids Sophie and Sebastien. She loves snowboarding, boating, hanging out at the pool or beach, and going to live theatre and concerts.
Gretchen Enselein-Kraemer Lead Fish Coach

I grew up in Crystal, Minnesota and swam competitively growing up. I also played hockey and lacrosse and was active in the community. Throughout college I continued to play sports. I am a 7th grade Reading and AVID elective teacher at Robbinsdale Middle School during the school year. I love that I can continue to see my students over the summer as I am the manager at the Crystal Cove Aquatic Center. I just finished my 13th season at the pool and love being around the water all summer long. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, Matt and my dog, Stanley. I also enjoy spending time outside with family and friends, instructing at the gym for kickboxing and strength training as well as running. I am excited to share my passion for swimming with others and look forward to creating a lot of great memories with the NHCP team! 

Katherine Johnson Lead Tuna Coach

I started swimming competitively at the age of 8 on the Mounds View Swim Club and later on the Twin Cities Swim Club. I swam in high school and in college at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.  For the past 12 years, I have been coaching at various places such as North Suburban Aquatics, St. Anthony High School, and Lifetime Fitness. I am a special education teacher at St. Anthony High School. I live in New Hope with my husband, two daughters, and my adorable beagle. I still enjoy swimming, running, and working out. I also have a love for photography. 

I believe that it is important to meet each swimmer at their individual ability level with enthusiasm and passion in order to help them reach their goals. I also believe that swimming should be fun! 

Jessica Bray Coach

Hello! My name is Jessica Bray and I started swimming for NHCP when I was 8 years old! I’ve swam competitively from then on including at high school where I led as a captain my senior year. I am currently swimming up at Concordia College Moorhead where I have been focusing on sprint free and fly. I have a passion for both swimming and NHCP and am so excited to start my coaching journey! I can’t wait to help swimmers fall in love with the sport the way that I did while on this team. 

Tom Mascarenas Fish and Tuna coach
Danielle Baker Tuna Coach

Hi everyone, I’m Danielle and I’m excited to be joining the NHCP coaching team this year!  I have had a love for water since I can remember.  I swam competitively for my high school team, worked as a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons in the past. My favorite strokes are breaststroke and freestyle. My love for swimming has remained over the years and I am now thrilled to be returning to the sport in a different way! I work full time as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and live in Maple Grove with my husband and our two children.  I can’t wait to help support these young athletes in their love for the sport of swimming.

 

Board of Directors
Brian Wright Past President
Megan Nowak President
Anoop Kumar Vice President
Lynne Donaghy VP of Age Group
Steve Singer Treasurer
Eric Neese VP of Finance
Stacey Edgell Secretary