Carrie Stolar

Masters Assistant Coach


Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Carrie swam for a YMCA team and won numerous state championships; she also was a top eight finisher at Nationals in the 100 and 200 fly and 200 IM.  Carrie competed for Naperville Central High School, where she held school records in the 100-200-500 free, 100 fly and 200 IM and placed at state.

While at Vanderbilt University, Carrie was a Division II All-American in the 200 fly and 400 IM and four-year letter winner and was Vanderbilt’s Academic Athlete of the Year in 1986.  She graduated from Vanderbilt with a double major in Economics and European Studies.  Carrie also has her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Carrie gained coaching experience by coaching summer league teams in her hometown and coaching at the Courage Center. She is a Minnesota Masters swimmer. 

Doug Helm

Masters Coach


Doug moved to Minnesota in the Spring of 2016 with his wife Marsha and daughters Penelope and Nadia. He is a project manager at General Mills, a swimmer, a masters coach, as well as an age group coach.

His swimming career began at age 10 in the Naperville, IL park district conference and continued  year-round swimming at age 12.  He attended and swam for the University of Iowa where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Doug began his coaching career in Iowa City as the City High and West High boys coach during his 5th year at Iowa.  He continued coaching with Maverick Swim Club in Naperville IL, becoming the head age group coach from 1998-2016.  In addition to head coach activities, he lead 12 and over groups of differing ability throughout the years.


Gerry Vandam

Masters Coach


Gerry is from Albuquerque, NM where he swam age group, high school, and then continued  to swim for the University of New Mexico.  While swimming at UNM, he started an AAU club team, Valley Swim Club, and was head coach for 4 years.  After graduating from UNM, he joined the United States Navy were he flew off aircraft carriers for  20 Years (A-6s, A-4s, EA6Bs, F-4s, FA-18s, E-2Bs, T-2s, T-34s and T-38s)  When not at sea, he earned two additional  degrees, a Master of Arts in International Relations  Salve Regina University and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College. During his career in the Navy, he started a masters swim program at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl.  When his kids began swimming at the ages of 7, 5, and 4, he began officiating, continued for 13 years and was certified up to National Referee.  In 1996, he retired from the USN after my Squadron Command Tour at the rank of Commander.  After the Navy, he started working for Northwest Airlines/Delta airlines and moved to Minneapolis.  He retired as a Delta Captain in 2015 after flying DC-9s, MD-88/90, A320's and 747's.

     Gerry started swimming masters during the summer of 1993 and has continued until today. He competed  in many Masters Nationals finishing in the top 10 numerous times.  He missed coaching and after retiring, he was lucky and got a chance again to work with Minnetonka Masters.


Tom Duxbury

Masters Assistant Coach


Tom grew up in Crystal, MN and attended Cooper High School. He is a 1983 graduate of St John’s University where he was an All American swimmer. Tom graduated from St John’s with a BS in Math.

Tom is also a two time All American water polo player and played with the National Water Polo Team in the 1989 and 1990 Olympic Festivals. He has coached water polo at St John’s for the last 10 years.

Tom brings a strong background in strength and dryland training to his Minnetonka Masters coaching position.

Tom’s son, Joe, swam for Minnetonka and St John’s for 4 years where he was the MIAC Elite 22 award winner.