Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Hans Dersch Head Coach / Senior Contact Coach

"My job is to take the best information available and present it to swimmers in a way that helps them reach their full potential."

Head Coach Hans Dersch is a U.S, Olympic Gold Medalist (1992 Games, Barcelona).

Hans began swimming in summer league from age 7-14, along with two years of high school team, but only joined a club team (SwimAtlanta) at 15. Under Coach Chris Davis, he made fast progress, and sparked a storied athletic career, first with a team Junior Nationals Championship, then a Junior National individual win, where he set a National Junior Olympic Record. He was a very young high school Senior so he spent a gap year taking classes at Georgia State and training at SwimAtlanta.

The next summer, at his first Senior Nationals, he was Rookie of the Meet placing 4th in the nation against his former Olympic heroes.  This was enough to attract scholarship attention from the University of Texas, where under Eddie Reese and Kris Kubik, he was part of 3 NCAA championship teams.  After college he retired (but swimming is hard to quit). 

Working at Ernst & Young, Hans resumed training at SwimAtlanta, and made the 1991 Pan American team, winning 2 gold medals in Cuba, then moved to Austin, Texas to focus on Olympic Trials. Shocking many, he placed 2nd in the country and made the Olympic team. In Barcelona, Hans won Gold as part of the men’s 400 Medley Relay, finishing his career with a personal best.

Hans jumped right into coaching at Texas A&M University along with Jay Holmes, the current Head Coach. He operated traveling swim clinics for many years (constantly learning and borrowing ideas from the best swimmers and coaches in the world). When his young family moved to a rural area, he took a break from coaching to raise kids, and run a business, then jumped back into coaching the National Group at a large private club team in Austin Texas. 

Hans has coached Junior National, and National Champions, NCAA Champions, Olympic Trials finalists, International Swim League pro team members, and numerous NCAA Division 1 scholarship athletes.  He also briefly coached his own kids’ small private high school, where his team went from unknowns to winning State in two years, and setting records that stand today.

So why is Hans in Bozeman?

“I wanted to find the right place, and the right fit where my skills and talents can make a positive impact in the world. Every day, coaching the Barracudas gives me those opportunities.”

 
Matt Yovich Development and Ch White 1 Contact Coach

Matt has been in and around competitive swimming for a long time.  He started swimming at age 5 and swam through high school graduation.  He became a swim official at age 19 and officiated high school, college and age group club meets for several years.  Since his daughter began swimming with the Barracudas 8 years ago, he has been a swim parent, a board member/officer, a nationally certified official and now a coach.  He has also been involved with Montana Swimming as Finance Vice Chair and now as General Chair.

Matt wants swimming to be a lifetime activity for our Barracuda athletes and desires for all to learn swimming as a survival skill.  He knows that the competitive swimming community is different than most sports – more collegial, collaborative and familial – and results in life-long friendships.  He gets excited by seeing swimmers attain small successes, at any level of swimming, and the confidence and self-worth that results over time.  Those successes are the result of excellent and efficient technique and hard work.

Lisa Patchin Senior Contact Coach / Team Manager

Coach Lisa has a myriad of experience that elevates the coaching staff at the Bozeman Barracudas.  She began swimming competitively at age 10 with the Canby Gators Swim Club in Canby, OR and quickly rose to become a top-level swimmer in the NW/Western Zone region, specializing primarily in sprints and mid-distance freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly.  She achieved several Junior National times and won numerous events and high point awards throughout her teenage years.  She went on to swim in college at Texas Christian University, a Division I school in the Big 12 conference, which has become well known for their athletic programs.  She also served as the team’s student manager and was able to learn the inner workings of a high level collegiate swim team.

Following graduation from TCU, Coach Lisa obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Baylor University.  Her primary professional career has been working in Cardiac Rehabilitation, rehabilitating patients with various cardiovascular diseases.  In addition, her degree coursework included courses on motor development from birth to adulthood, with an emphasis on the development of fundamental skills and their effects on future performance.  This has greatly helped her in understanding proper progression of athletic skill and training capacity to achieve success in sport.

Coach Lisa is now in her fifth year with the Barracudas.  She worked as an assistant the first year, enabling her to work with all ages/groups. As a lead group coach, she first started with our primary Age Group level and has since moved up to the Senior group.  Lisa strives to become a better coach each season than the last, learning from both successes and failures.  She truly enjoys the process of developing not only versatile athletes, but also the skills that help them grow personally and succeed outside the pool.

Jason Schoper Challenge Blue Contact Coach

Coach Jason began his competitive swimming career at the age of 9 in Corvallis Oregon. While competing on the team, he began working as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and lifeguard instructor to continue his work in and around the pool. He was a member of the Corvallis Aquatic Team until his senior year before deciding to take time away from the sport. 

After several years out of the pool, Jason found his love for the water again in the form of teaching others, which he restarted in 2012 and has continued since. Jacon also began coaching for the Barracudas in 2017, taking over the lead responsibility for the Challenge Blue group in 2020. Coach Jason still swims recreationally and for exercise, but his true love is in sharing his knowledge with others from the learn to swim beginners all the way up to Ironman athletes and open water swimmers. He has enjoyed the process of learning new things about both the sport and coaching, and feels very fortunate not only to be able to share his love for the sport with participants of all ability levels, but to also share in the success of his swimmers and their accomplishments. Coach Jason believes that hard work and determination will also precede success in life, whether in the pool or out, and strives to make the lessons learned in the sport things that can also be transferred to other aspects of life. However long the Barracuda athletes remain with the team and sport, his goal is to create lasting memories and life experiences for everyone he is able to work with.

Logan Dorrough Challenge Teal & White 2 Contact Coach

Coach Logan started swimming when he was 8 on a summer league. Swimming on this summer league helped develop his passion for swimming. After swimming multiple summers, he shifted his focus to a year-round competitive team and swam with them throughout his highschool years. 

Starting in 2019, Logan started coaching for both a summer league and year-round club team. He quickly fell in love with coaching and enjoyed sharing his swimming experiences with other swimmers. Logan also likes to encourage his swimmers to find a community and passion for swimming, and strongly believes that the swimming community is a great way to build friendships, develop life skills, and learn to set and accomplish goals.

Sara Wussow Challenge White Coach
Kieran Pope Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Megan Belasco President
Trevor Huffmaster Vice President
Nicole Olson Secretary
Sara Gram Treasurer
Jane Mittelsteadt Board Member
Nate Card Board Member
Michael Ball Board Member
Troy Watling Board Member