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Eric Seversen: Head Coach, Head Senior Coach [email protected]

Born and raised in Minnesota, Eric began swimming with Team Foxjet and later NHCP.  Initially thinking he was a backstroker or sprint freestyler, he later found his niche in the longer stroke and freestyle events.  A former MN state record holder in the 800-meter Free, Eric earned a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin.  While at Wisconsin-Madison, Eric earned degrees in Biochemistry and Genetics as well as completed additional coursework in exercise physiology.

Eric began coaching a small swim club in 1995 where he coached his first state qualifiers, champions and zones qualifiers.  In 1999, Eric began coaching with Badger Aquatics Club as Head Site Coach-Middleton.  During the next 3 years, he coached numerous zone qualifiers, state champs, several top 16 swims and helped lead BAC to a combined team state championship in 2000.

The opportunity to coach in Minnesota brought Coach Seversen and his family to SEMS in the spring of 2003 where he assumed the role of Head Age Group Coach.  In the fall of 2004, Eric was promoted to Program Head Coach.  In the years since joining the SEMS coaching staff, Eric has seen our enrollment nearly triple and our team standing rise to top 10 in Minnesota.

Eric lives in Woodbury with his wife, Gayle, and their two children, Gunnar and Maggie.


Sharon Simpson: Masters Coach [email protected]

Mr. and Mrs. Simpson founded SEMS in 1971.  Sharon became a full-time coach with SEMS in 1983 after working part time from 1971-1983.  She was also the Pool Supervisor for Woodbury Community Education swimming program from 1970-1983.  For ten years, she was an assistant coach for the Woodbury Girl’s Swim Team program.

Sharon became the Head Age Group Coach in 1990 and was SEMS Head Coach from the fall of 1997 to the fall of 2002.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science in 1989.  She began the SEMS Masters program in 1991.  Sharon has two children, both have been team members of SEMS.  She now has two grandchildren.


Luke Money: Head Age Group Coach [email protected]

Luke grew up in Fergus Falls Minnesota and swam for both the Fergus Falls Flyers and the Fergus Falls Otters. In high school, he was All-State during his sophomore, junior and senior year.  He was runner up in the 100 butterfly his junior and senior year.

After high school, Luke attended and swam for St. Olaf College where he was an All-American on the 200 medley relay his sophomore year and was All-Conference his sophomore through senior year. Luke graduated from St. Olaf with a B.A. in History in 2011. 

Prior to joining SEMS, Luke coached the age group team in his hometown the summer of 2008. In addition to coaching with SEMS, Luke is currently a student at the University of St. Thomas working to earn a teaching licensure in 5-12 social studies. When not in the classroom or on the deck coaching he likes to spend time reading a good fantasy novel and doing some swimming of his own. 


Elizabeth Karpe: Head Developmental Coach [email protected]

Elizabeth grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and has always loved anything to do with water. She started swimming competitively later than most. Her initial athletic path was started as a competition dancer, and even though her life had always been filled with swim lessons it was not until she joined her high school swim team that she found her true life’s passion. From there she joined the area’s club team, Northern Lights Aquatics.

She swam at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she specialized in swimming the butterfly and majored in History and Elementary Education. While at Eau Claire she met her husband James, who was a diver for the University. They now live in Cottage Grove with their two children Gavin and Kaia, who swim for the team, and their springer spaniel Elsa, who loves nothing more than a daily swim in the pond behind their house.

Elizabeth is a firm believer that swimming is for everyone, no matter where they are coming from or at what point in their lives they are coming to the team; and loves to pass on her passion for the sport. She is deeply committed to building up her swimmers’ abilities to tackle life challenges both in the water and out of the water. There is nothing she loves more than to see her swimmers have a light-bulb moment and finally break through a barrier they have been working at with dedication; making her coaching career the most rewarding thing she has done in her professional life.


Zach Devine: Assistant Senior Coach [email protected]

Zach re-joined the SEMS staff in 2012 and is the primary coach for the Senior Groups.  
Zach grew up in Columbia, Missouri and swam for the Columbia Swim Club starting at 7 years old. Zach attended Hickman High School and graduated in 1997. At Hickman he was 10-time Missouri All-State, High School All-American, and school record holder.  
Zach attended college and swam for 4 years at the University of South Dakota and has a BS in Education (2002), and a Master of Arts Degree in Education (2003).  
Zach has coached at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Summer League (1996-1998), Siouxland Sharks Swim Club in Iowa (2002-2003), SEMS (2005-2008), Park High Schools Boys & Girls (2004-2008), Rapid City Racers in Rapid City, SD (2008-2010), Lawrence Aquahawks in Lawrence, KS (2010-2012), and back with SEMS (2012-present).  
Zach has a wide range of coaching experience as he as worked with novice swimmers to Olympic Trials qualifiers in 2012 and 2016. Zach has coached multiple swimmers to team and State records in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Missouri Valley.  
Given his accomplishments, Zach, is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) member and he has achieved ASCA Level 4 Certification.  
Along with his coaching duties Zach is formally a Special Education Teacher at Park High School in Cottage Grove, is currently the Supervisor of Special Services at Cannon River STEM School and owns Body Rhythms Massage in Woodbury with his wife Rachael. Zach and Rachael have 3 children (Averie, Aaron, Addison).  


Jordan Skaar: Assistant Coach [email protected]



Jordan grew up in Woodbury, MN and started swimming for SEMS as an 8 years old. She fell in love with swimming and competed in it year-round. During the high school season she competed for the Stillwater Ponies. In high school her events were the 200 IM and 500 Free.


After high school, Jordan attended Luther College in Decorah, IA. She swam all 4 years at Luther. Her specialties included IM and distance freestyle. Jordan graduated from Luther with a B.A. in Elementary Education and minors in Physical Education and Health.


Jordan joined the SEMS staff in December 2013. She wanted to give back to the team and sport that was so influential in her life. She began substitute teaching the following year for South Washington County Schools. Currently she is an elementary Physical Education and DAPE teacher at Pullman and Grey Cloud Elementary schools. She enjoys the busy lifestyle of being a teacher and coach.


When she isn’t at school or on the pool deck she enjoys running, biking and swimming on the SEMS masters team. She enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend Aaron. She is also a huge sports fan. Her favorite teams are the Vikings and Wild.

Jordan lives in Inver Grove Heights, MN with her sister Abby and cat Sage.



Megan Shannon: Assistant Coach [email protected]

Born into a family of swimmers, Megan was taught at a young age the importance of water safety. Whether it was at the lake or swimming laps for the Minot Otters US Swim Club, Megan never missed an opportunity to swim. She was most competitive in breaststroke and is quick to tell you that "Breaststroke is the BESTstroke!" 
Megan earned a BA in Fine Arts from Jamestown University. Megan feels strongly that swimming teaches children not only the importance of water safety but important life skills such as sportsmanship, how to be a member of a team, how to take and apply directions, and most importantly, how to set goals and work hard to achieve those goals.
Megan lives in Cottage Grove, MN with her husband, three children, beloved mutt Lucy and angry cat Astrid. Megan spends the winter under a blanket anxiously awaiting camping and paddle board season. 




Lizzy Perkins: Assistant Coach [email protected]

Lizzy grew up in Newport, MN and started swimming for SEMS in elementary school. She swam year-round competing in meets with her older brother Ryan. During the high school season she competed for Woodbury high School swimming the 200 and 500 freestyle and holding the record in the 400 freestyle relay. 
After high School Lizzy attended the University of St Thomas where she competed with their swim team for two years. She graduated in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree and a major in health promotion.
Lizzy joined the sems coaching staff in the spring of 2014 shortly before graduating college. Her passion for swimming grew into a passion for helping young swimmers succeed in the pool.
As well as coaching SEMS and being a stay-at-home mom, Lizzy is also an assistant swim coach for East Ridge high School boys swimming and coached for 2 years with Woodbury  high school girls swimming. She lives in St Paul Park with her husband Drew, their two kids Ryder and Sadie and their yellow lab Oakley.


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