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 Izzy and son Lucien are part of SCSC.

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 Group Coach - Blue Rays (BR)

Dennis grew up in Minnetonka and started swimming at the age of 8. He started swimming for Aquajets at age 10 and swam for Hopkins High School. He attended UW-River Falls, where he graduated in 2017, and majored in Political Science.  Dennis swam for UWRF for a year and was a finalist at the WIAC conference meet as a freshman in individual events along with breaking the school record in the 400 Medley Relay. Unfortunately, the program was cut after his freshmen year. Dennis searched for something to fill the void.  He joined the coaching staff at River Falls High School as an assistant for the boys team. After one season as the boys assistant, Dennis was named the Head Coach for the girls swim team from 2015-2017. After joining SCSC in the fall of 2017, Dennis briefly left SCSC to attend graduate school at the University of Kansas from 2018-2019 where he served as a Volunteer Assistant with the Womens program and graduated with his Masters of Public Administration in 2020. Dennis is also currently the Head Coach for the Hudson Girls High School Swim Team. In his spare time, he is an avid Minnesota Timberwolves fan and loves to bake bread.

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.

Kurt Becker Assistant Coach

Kurt Becker was born and raised in the air capital of the world, Wichita, KS.
As an age group swimmer for Wichita Swim Club, he went to five junior national championships and one senior national championship in the 200 Fly and 400 IM. Kurt attended United States Air Force Academy and obtained a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998.  Kurt moved to Minnesota and began coaching boys’ high school swimming in Columbia Heights and started flying for 3M company as a corporate pilot in 2000.

With his 3 kids involved in swimming, Kurt decided that since he was spending all his time at the pool anyways, he might as well try and contribute by coaching. He got certified and began coaching in 2013 for the Hudson Area Swim Association and Hudson Boys’ High School swim team. He was a 3 time Team Minnesota coach for all-star and zone teams. He is currently an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) level 3 coach. Kurt has raised 3 swimmers of his own, who have participated in club, high school, and special Olympic events. In addition to his wife and kids, he has 2 adult stepkids, 3 grandchildren who call him Gumpy, and 2 rescue dogs.

Coach Kurt joined SCSC staff in October of 2020.

Sandy Whitaker Assistant Coach

Sandy grew up in Westerville, Ohio. He attended and swam for St. Charles Preparatory High School. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics. Sandy swam for the Golden Gophers for his four years there. After graduating, Sandy secured a full time position in the Minneapolis-Fridley area and is currently a Project Manager. Recently, Sandy completed EMT training and received his EMT certification. He is a Head Coach at Central High School for girls and a part-time assistant coach for the boys swim team.  Coach Sandy started coaching with SCSC in September of 2018.

Bryce White Assistant Coach

Bryce comes from a long history of competitive swimming beginning in her youth and concluding with her competing for Hamline University in college. Growing up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, she competed on the varsity swim team her four years there. Moving not-to-far from home, she attended Hamline University. There, she swam competitively while majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and minoring in Social Justice. Since graduating in 2020, she has spent more time coaching with St Croix, instructing most of the time with the Silver Ray group. She also obtained a Yoga Teacher Certification and a Sports and Exercise Science Certification in 2021. 


She is a certified USA Swimming Coach and has been coaching with St Croix Swim Club for the last five years. 

Greg Breheim Assistant Coach

Coach Greg is a swimmer at Hamline University that specializes in anything involving sprints. Growing up in Arden Hills, Minnesota, he swam for the club, NSAC in addition to competing at Irondale High School. At Irondale, he became both a captain for the swim team as well as the football team while receiving various awards for highest GPA on the team, all conference, and highest team spirit. Greg is hoping to share what he has learned, both in and out of the pool, with the swimmers at St Croix, and to learn about other aspects of the sport as he goes into his senior season at Hamline.

Coach Greg has joined SCSC staff in May 2018.

Board of Directors
Charles Vazac President (2022-2024)
Mike Biebl Vice President (2022-2024)
Jessica Mathiason At-Large Member (2022-2024)
Mike Christianson Treasurer (2021-2023)