Coaching Staff
Lauren Cabalka HEAD SWIM COACH- 11&Up Lead Swim Coach
Hey there...it's Lauren.  This will be my 30th year with the Middleton Gators - back as your head coach, primarily focusing on the 13 & Up’s this season. I started swimming for the Gators in 1988 and continued on for 14 years. During that time, I swam for Mad-Town Aquatics (now Badger Aquatics) and Middleton High School, where I was a captain and 4-year varsity letter winner. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I majored in History and Psychology. During my time there, I was a member of the UW Triathlon Team where I competed in 2 of my 4 Ironman competitions. I then attended Edgewood College for my teaching degree. I am currently a U.S. History and AVID teacher at La Follette High School in Madison and am the Middleton High School girl’s head swim coach.  This past season, we went 16-0 and earned our second State championship!  I also coach TRX classes with BLAZE at the Middleton Fire Station.  When I'm not at the pool, I love to exercise, read, cook and spend time with friends and family.  My husband, Jeremy, and I have a 5-year old daughter, Mila, and a 19-month old son, Leo - both future Gators!  I believe that swimming is a lifelong sport to be enjoyed by all and a sport which truly makes us better, more well-rounded people.  I have a passion for promoting a healthy lifestyle and supporting althetes of all abilities to reach their maximum potential.  I'm ready for another amazing season as a part of the best team in the league!
Andi Kent ASSISTANT HEAD SWIM COACH- 10&Unders
Here we are again, my name is Andi and this year I am the Assistant Head Coach with Lauren.  I've added the wonderful 9-10 age group to my plate and will be heading up the younger swimmers!  In the off season, I am a middle school teacher (math and science) and full-time graduate student.  I am currently half way through my program at UW-Madison and if all goes to plan, will be writing my thesis next summer!  I have previously been a coach at Seminole, for Oregon and West High School as the Head Girls Swim Coach and have been with the Gators for 5 years now.  
 To say that I love Madison, swimming and the All-City League would be an understatement.  I am looking forward to an exciting, fast and fun-filled summer.
Caroline Hippen 11-12 Assistant Swim Coach

"Hi everyone! My name is Caroline Hippen, but most call me CJ. This will be my second year coaching. I am going to be coaching the 11-12s, 9-10s, and 8 & unders this summer and I'm very excited. In addition, I will be a part of the 15-18 group for my final season as a Gator swimmer! I have been a Gator since 2004 starting at age 4. I am currently a Senior at Middleton High School. I swim for MHS Swim Team, Badger Aquatics Club, and of course, Middleton Gators. I plan to continue my swimming career at the University of Illinois this upcoming fall. I'm beyond thrilled to become an even bigger a part of this amazing program that made me fall in love with the sport of swimming. I cannot wait for another great season. Go Gators!"

 
Hannah Hippen 11-12, 9-10 Assistant Swim Coach
Hey everyone! My name is Hannah and this will be my 17th year (!) with the Gator organization and I'm super excited to be the 9-10 and 11-12s coach. My swimming career began with the Gators when I was 7 back in 2002 and ended in 2012 when I graduated high school. I also swam for Badger Aquatics Club for 8 years and Middleton High School for 4 years. Post-high school, I attended Arizona State University for my freshman and sophomore year and then transferred to University of Wisconsin-Madison where I graduated in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. When I'm not at the pool, I enjoy hanging out with my boyfriend, Brian, and our puppy Luna. I can't wait for this season!
Jackson Madonia 9-10 Assistant Swim Coach

Hey there Gators! My name is Jackson and this is my first year as a Gator's coach. I'm excited to be working mainly with the 9-10 group this summer, as well as, all the other Gators. I started swimming with the Gators last year in my first year of All-City League swimming, but I've been swimming for 10 years in total. I swam at Waunakee for high school and will be swimming with the Gators again this summer. I will also be swimming at Iona College this coming fall while majoring in accounting. I also played 8 years of football for Waunakee. I'm super excited to both swim and coach for the Gators this summer and make it another great season. Let's go Gator Nation! 

Luke Delaney 9-10 Assistant Swim Coach
Hi everyone! My name’s Luke and this is my second year as a Gator Coach. I started my swimming career with the Gators when I was 4 and I’ve swam with them every summer since.  I will be mainly coaching the 9-10 group, but I’m excited to work with all the swimmers.  I graduated from Middleton High School and just finished my freshman year at Northern Michigan University where I am majoring in multimedia productions and swim for the Wildcats.  I’ve been swimming competitively for 15 years of my life, I can’t wait to give back and to pass on my knowledge to all of you!  GO GATORS!!!!
Taylor Hellenbrand 9-10, 8&Under Assistant Swim Coach

Hi! I’m Taylor, or you might know it as Tay on the pool deck. This will be my first year as a coach for the Middleton Gators. My love for the sport began 11 years ago with this very team! I just finished my last year at Middleton High School where I swam all four years. I can’t wait to become even more involved in this wonderful swim program and have a great summer while doing so!

Matt Leiferman 8&Under Assistant Swim Coach

Hi, I’m Matthew Leiferman, this is my second year as a Gator coach, mainly coaching the 8&Unders. I have been part of the Gators for over half my life and have loved every year swimming with the team. I graduated from Middleton High School in 2017 where I had participated in soccer, swimming, and track & field.  I am attending Madison College for one more year and then transferring over to the UW-Madison for another six years of school.  I am looking forward to having a lot of fun this summer! 

Emma Pinder Junior Swim Coach, 9-10's & 8&Unders

Hi Gators!  My name is Emma Pinder, this is my first year as a Gator Junior Coach this year.  I’ve been a part of Gators since I was 7 years old and have volunteered the last few years helping out with meets, social events and the 8&Under Relays.    I am an incoming sophomore at Middleton High School and also swim on the MHS girls swim team, an of course a Gator swimmer too!    I am super excited to be working with the 10&Unders this year!!  Go Gators!

Melanie Golden Junior Swim Coach, 9-10's & 8&Unders
Hello Gators, I’m Melanie Golden. I also go by Mel and I am a new coach this year.  I currently attend James Madison Memorial High School.  I have swam for the Gators for seven years.  I am going to be a junior coach and help out with the 10 and unders. I swim for Badger Aquatics Club and JMM. I am very excited for the upcoming season! 
 
Nicolette Krantz Head Dive Coach

Hi everyone! My name is Nicolette and this will be my 16th year with the Gator Dive team. It will be my fifth summer as a coach, but my first as head coach. I am very excited to work with the divers. I dove for Middleton High School all 4 years, and was captain for 2. I attend UW LaCrosse, and am on the swim and dive team there. I am looking forward to a great summer, and another awesome Gator season. Go Gators!

Noah Krantz Assistant Dive Coach

Hey everyone, my name is Noah and this is my second year coaching Gator Divers. I have been diving for 14 years and all of those have been with the Gators. I graduated this year so it will be my last year diving for the Gators!

Rose Horky Assistant Dive Coach

Hey everyone my name is Rose and this is my second summer with the Gators as one of the coaches of the Dive team. I dove for four summers at Hawks Landing Pool, three years at Middleton High School, and one summer with the Gators. I graduated from Middleton High School in 2017, and I just finished up my Freshman year at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee pursuing my BFA in Dance and Performance Arts. I'm super excited to join the Gator family for another season!

Board of Directors
Bill Kubsh President (608)239-6235
Susan Pinder VP -Swim (608)335-0957
Brett Putney VP -Dive (608)509-5870
Matt Flanigan Treasurer
Chad Gabert Secretary
David Golden Swim Age Group Advisor - 15-18
Kim Wolf Swim Age Group Advisor - 13-14
Candice Wagener Swim Age Group Advisor - 11-12
Gretta Luedeke Swim Age Group Advisor - 9-10
Ali Manning Swim Age Group Advisor - 8&Under
Scott Fitzgerald Dive Advisor