Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Olga Splichalova Espinosa CEO & Head Coach & Coach - Seniors (S)

Olga is the founder of St. Croix Swim Club.  She has been with the club since it was formed in 2000. In 2016, Olga was named Chief Executive Officer for St. Croix Swim Club.  In addition to overseeing all levels of swimming, she coaches the Senior group.  Olga is responsible for all wet-side club operations and leads the dry-side as well.  Prior to coaching at SCSC, Olga worked with Edina Gators, Park Center High School as a head coach for two years and Omni Swim Club. A competitive swimmer herself, Olga was a part of the Czech National Team for 11 years.  She is a two-time Olympian - 1992 (6th place finish) and 1996, a European Champion. She is a Czech National Record Holder as well as World Record Holder.  Olga is also a 1993 World Cup Winner. Olga is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a member of the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers, a Big Ten Champion, an NCAA All American, and a U of M Hall of Fame Inductee. She is married, has two children and lives in St. Paul.  Olga's daughter is an SCSC swimmer.

Judith Lallier Group Coach - Juniors (J)

Judy started her swim career when she was 7 ½ years old.  She totally fell in love with the sport.  From there, Judy worked hard and qualified for her first National Championship Meet at age 13 in the 200 Breaststroke.  Judy became a consistent top eight national finisher in the 200 IM plus a top finisher at the Olympic Trials.  Judy was offered a full scholarship and swam for the University of Florida.  She competed on USA National Teams in Moscow, Leningrad, Stockholm, Paris, East Berlin and London.  Judy went on to a rewarding Masters career including over 20 National titles.  She holds many current State titles and at one point, held World Records in the 100 and 200 Backstroke and 200 IM. Judy coached swim teams in Alaska for 10 years and has been coaching in Minnesota for the past 3 years.  Judy joined St. Croix Swim Club in 2017.

 

 

 

Marybeth Rosell Group Coach - Blue Rays (BR)

Marybeth has been a member of the St. Croix Swim Club coaching staff since 2001. Marybeth grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended Southern Methodist University on a swim scholarship. Marybeth moved to Minnesota in 1993 and began teaching Red Cross swimming lessons at the River Valley Athletic Club in Stillwater. She continues to teach both group and private lessons at River Valley which helps recruit swimmers for SCSC. She is a mother of three boys, Adam, Connor and Brennan who were all accomplished SCSC swimmers.  Marybeth still swims in a masters swim program.

Tara Noer Group Coach - Silver Rays (SR)

Tara Noer joined the St. Croix Swim Club coaching staff in the fall of 2007. Tara began her competitive swimming career at age five when she was a member of the Hastings Aquanauts in Hastings, MN. She later joined the South East Metro Sharks (SEMS) in Woodbury, MN. Tara continued her swimming career throughout high school and competed at the Minnesota State Championships as well as many national swim events. She earned athletic and academic scholarships to attend the University of Minnesota where her primary events were the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 200 and 500 freestyle. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Biology and continues to swim and compete in local triathlons. In addition to coaching at SCSC, Tara is also the Aquatic Director and Junior Swim Team coach at River Valley Athletic Club. She is married, has three children, and lives in Stillwater.

Dennis Dadashev Assistant Coach

Dennis grew up in Minnetonka, attended and swam at Hopkins High School. Dennis also swam for the Aquajets. He attended UW-River Falls and majored in Political Science.  Dennis swam for UWRF for a year.  Unfortunately when the swim program was cut, Dennis searched for something to fill the void.  He joined the coaching staff at River Falls High School as an assistant. After one season as the boys assistant, Dennis was also named the Head Coach for the girls swim team!  Dennis currently coaches for the Eden Prairie Boys High School Swim Team.  He is working on a graduate program for a Masters Degree in Public Administration. And, in his spare time, he is an avid Minnesota Timberwolves fan and loves to cook!

Emily Bedford Assistant Coach
Dianna Johnson Assistant Coach

Coach Dianna started with St Croix in the Spring of 2014 and has been an assistant coach for all of the SCSC program levels. She started her coaching career in the Spring of 2008 with Barracuda Aquatics Club as the Lead Developmental Coach and has coached at two other clubs since. She mostly coached the 6-12 year old age range. She has coached kids from Developmental Level to Age Group State and her main focus is technique, kicking and having fun. Her favorite thing about coaching is seeing the kids grow not only as swimmers but as all around people. It's great to see the light bulb go off after the kids have figured out something that has been challenging for them and seeing the hard work pay off. 

Coach Dianna grew up in Jordan, MN and swam for Barracuada Aquatics Club for two years; this was due to there being no local high school programs. She attended Minnesota State University, Mankato after high school to study Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. While at Mankato, Dianna swim Distance Freestyle and Backstroke. She placed in the Top 16 of the NCC Conference for the 1,650yd Freestyle and 200yd Backstroke in 2005-06 and 2006-07, and was a two year letter winner. She was also voted the Mavericks "Most Imporoved Swimmer" three seasons in a row, 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06. Coach Dianna also served as Co-Captain and recieved the Maverick Achievement Award for Senior Student-Athlete Excellence in 2006-07. 

While not on the pool deck, Coach Dianna is a Sr Design Engineer. In her free time she loves spending time with dog Dozer, being outdoors hunting, fishing or hiking. She also attends many Minnesota sporting events with friends and family. Her favortie events are the 1,650yd freestyle and 200yd backstroke. She now enjoys both open and pool competitions as well as marathons and triathlons to mix things up a bit.

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