COACHING STAFF


Lloyd Larsen Head Coach & Program Director
Lead Coach for National Groups

Lloyd has been coaching over 30 years. This is his 19th year (38th season) with Foxjets. Lloyd is an ASCA Certified Level 5 Coach. He has coached swimmers from the younger levels through Junior Nationals, US Open, and US Nationals. Lloyd has coached over 100 Nationally-Ranked swimmers (Top 10 or Top 16), including several National Age Group Champions and Record Holders. USA Swimming selected him as an assistant coach for the elite Central Zone Select Camp, and he has been a featured speaker at the ASCA World Coaches Clinic.  Lloyd was also an accomplished athlete with many years of swimming with AAU, Edina High School, St. Olaf College and post-collegiate swimming in the military. At St. Olaf, he was an MIAC Conference Champion, NCAA Division III National Qualifier and Co-Captain.

Lloyd believes that developing life skills and fostering personal growth are the key roles of youth athletics.  He espouses and lives by our Core Values of Integrity, Family, Attitude, and Ambition.  Lloyd's primary coaching duties are with the National Team, while also serving as the team's primary administrator.

Ryan Clausman Head Age Group Coach
Lead Coach for Silver Groups and Senior Group

This is Coach Ryan's 8th year (15th season) with Foxjets.  Ryan has coached country club, high school, and masters swimming along with his club coaching. Immediately after college, he started coaching for the Edina Swim Club and then made his way to be Head Age Group Coach at Foxjets. He primarily coaches the Silver groups and oversees the entire Age Group and Developmental programs.

Under Ryan's guidance athletes have achieved:

>  Numerous National Age group Top 16 swims
>  200+ Central Zones Qualifying Times
>  4 Age Group Team State Championships as Head Age Group Coach
>  Minnesota Age Group Coach of The Year 1998

Ryan has been coaching swimming for over 20 years.  He enjoys photography, skiing and paddle sports.  He also stays busy raising 3 beautiful children with his wife Mellanie.


Sarah Nelson Lead Coach for Age Group Prep

This is Sarah's 4th year (7th season) coaching with Foxjets. A native of Iowa City, she started swimming as a freshman in high school. Title IX was passed about a year later which opened up many opportunities for female athletes, including scholarships. Sarah swam for the University of Iowa for four years (three years on scholarship) and placed in the top 5 (three times) at the Big Ten Championships in freestyle events. After college, she participated in Master's swimming in Iowa, Ohio, and Connecticut before moving to Minnesota where she met husband Steve (while planning the 1993 Masters National Meet).

Both Sarah and Steve have been active with Foxjets since their children Daniel and Kirsten started swimming in 2005.  Most meets would find them on deck as volunteer officials.  In August 2017, the whole Nelson family swam two relays at the Masters Nationals (combined age-group 160+) held in Minneapolis and wearing Foxjet swim caps for the 200M Free Relay!

Sarah is excited to continue working with developmental groups, sharing her love of swimming and having fun in the pool. 


Matt Koken Lead Coach for Bronze Groups, Social Media


Michael Berg Assistant Coach


Katie Quinn Assistant Coach


 


 

Steve Nelson Lead Coach for Red Groups

In the spring of 1966 my mother finally got tired of sitting on our dock playing life guard as my two brothers and I spent several hours each day in the water. She signed my older brother and I up for a Jr. Lifesaving class being taught by the St. Louis Park High School swim coach. He promptly recruited me to join the swim team, fortunately short circuiting a very unpromising career as a wrestler. At my first High School dual meet I witnessed MY team defeat Robinsdale Cooper 50 - 45 by prevailing in the last event, a very close 400 Freestyle Relay. I was hooked.

I swam four years for the Orioles finishing with a second place at the state meet in the 100 Backstroke my Senior year. It was then on to four years of swimming at the University of Minnesota where I just missed placing in the 200 Backstroke at Big Tens in spite of having a big time drop. My participation in the sport then split into two paths. I started coaching at St. Louis Park High School in 1977 continued there for nine years, loving every minute of it. I also continued swimming competitively joining Minnesota Masters Swimming where I still compete today. My two greatest moments from Masters are:  1) Meeting my wife, Coach Sarah, in 1992 and 2) Placing 10th at the 2017 Long Course Masters National Championships in the 200 Medley Relay for the 160 – 199 (cumulative) Age Group with the Relay consisting of myself Backstroke, son Daniel, Foxjet class of 2014 Breaststroke, daughter Kirsten, Foxjet class of 2016 Butterfly, and Coach Sarah Free.

In 2015 I joined the Foxjet Coaching staff as a volunteer working with Bronze and in 2018 I was hired to work with Age Group Prep along with Coach Sarah. I also currently coach the Senior Group, and look forward to leading that group beginning in November!

 


Brian Nagel Lead Coach for Bronze Groups

This is Brian's 11th year (22nd season) with Foxjets Swim Team. He brings 20+ years of coaching experience in Minnesota swimming. He was also the Bloomington Jefferson High School Girls assistant coach for two years. Before beginning his coaching career in 1998, Brian swam competitively for 15 years with the Richfield Swim Club, Barracuda Aquatics Club, and the Bloomington Kenndy High School for four years.  He was also a member of the Team Minnesota Zone coaching staff in 2007.  Brian believes that perfecting technique and individual effort, coupled with team support, will give the swimmer a long successful swimming career.


Ryan Hurley Assistant Coach

Ryan was a national caliber swimmer with extensive experience and focus on technique, training, and competition.  He competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials, finaling in the 200 meter breaststroke in 2004 and 2008. He swam at the University of Virginia where he was a captain in 2007 and 2009, ACC Champion in the 200 yard breaststroke, and a two-time NCAA All-American.   He still swims masters today, and recently completed Ironman Wisconsin.  

 
Ryan is excited to bring his experience to help the next generation of swimmer learn commitment, hard work, and personal development that go beyond the pool deck.  He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Keavy and their rescue dog Rio. 

Aaron Tostenson Assistant Coach