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/Pre-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

Ethan Schmitz Gold Coach

Ethan grew up in the Chicago area and began swimming at age 6. He swam for BEST, BHS, and the Gopher Swim Club with his primary events being the 100 backstroke and the 500 free. After school, he took short break from the sport to travel for work, moving to Alexandria and Detroit over the span of two years. Now than he's back and settled in the Minneapolis area, he is excited to get back into the sport - as a coach instead of a competitor. He is incredibly excited to join the NHCP team!

 

Margaret Knier 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!


 

Katelyn Strauss Silver Coach
Megan Schill 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! 

Amanda Wilson Fish and Bronze Coach

I started swimming competitively at the age of 8 on the Lakeville Swim Club and later the South Metro Storm Swim Club. I swam in High School and was Captain during my senior year for Lakeville North High School. My favorite stroke to swim in Butterfly. I have taught swim lessons off and on throughout the past 12 years. I am a special education teacher at Lionsgate Academy. I currently live in Plymouth with my fiance. I enjoy swimming, being outdoors in all seasons, working out, and painting. I also volunteer for two local non-profits for individuals with disabilities, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am excited to share my passion for swimming and look forward to coaching on the NHCP Team!

Katherine Johnson Tuna and Bronze 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! 

Gretchen Enselein-Kraemer Fish and Tuna 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! 

Jessica Bray Asst. Coach Fish and Bronze

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. 

Josie Sticha Novice
Board of Directors
Katie Woods Past President
Brian Wright President
Megan Nowak Vice President
Lynne Donaghy VP of Age Group
Gerud Hetland Treasurer
Eric Neese VP of Finance
Rachel Freed Secretary