Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Lauren Cabalka GATOR HEAD SWIM COACH (Lead 11/12)
Hey's Lauren.  This will be my 33rd year with the Middleton Gators - back as your head coach, primarily focusing on the 11 & Ups 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 and taught for 11 years at La Follette High School and was the head coach for the MHS girls team through 2021. Aside from Gators, I am a Yoga Up instructor at Dragonfly and an online health & fitness coach.  I love hot yoga, flip flops, top knots and Starbucks Refreshers :).  My husband, Jeremy, and I have an 8-year old daughter, Mila (an 8 & U this year!), and a 5-year-old son, Leo.  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 GATOR HEAD SWIM COACH (Lead 8&Under)

Hello Gators!

My name is Andi and I am so excited to be back for yet again a fun-filled summer!  I am one of the head coaches and specifically lead the mighty 8 and unders.  I have been an 8 and under coach for 16 (I think...) years.  I have been a part of the All-City League for what seems like forever, okay more like 30 years.  When I am not on the pool deck getting to work with all the amazing athletes and families, I am a full-time Middle School Math Teacher in Madison.  I just recently finished my Master's degree and I am so looking forward to a summer of no schoolwork or homework!  I can't imagine spending a summer doing anything else than being on deck and seeing all the amazing things that the All-City League provides swimmers.  See you all in the pool or on deck soon!


Hi Everyone! My name is Alex and I am the head coach for the dive team. I did swimming and diving for nine years with the Gators. I'm just finishing my first year at UW-La Crosse, and am a member of their swim & dive team. When I'm not in the pool, I like playing basketball and hiking. I'm excited to get back in the water, and look forward to having a fun season with the dive team! Go Gators!

Caroline Hippen Assistant Head Swim Coach (Lead 9/10)
Hi Gator Families! My name is Caroline Hippen, but most call me CJ. This will be my sixth year of coaching and this year I will be the lead coach for 9-10s, but will also be helping out with the other age groups as well. I have been a Gator since 2004 meaning this summer is my 18th year of being a part of the team. Woah. This spring, I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Kinesiology. I have swam for the Illinois swim team, MHS swim team, Badger Aquatics Club, and of course, Middleton Gators. I am so excited to coach once again this summer and have another great season of fun and fast swimming. Go Gators!
RJ Leiferman Assistant Head Swim Coach (Lead 13&Up)

Hi!  My name is RJ.  People call me RJ (sounds like "urge").  I am super excited to be back to coach Gators!  I graduated from Middleton High School in 2012 and from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities in 2016 with a degree in civil engineering.  Outside of the pool I enjoy playing/watching sports, playing the piano, reading, and watching movies.

Melanie Golden Assistant Swim Coach (9/10)

Hey Gators! It's time for beautiful weather and another amazing swim season. I go by Melanie and Mel! I swam for the Gators for 11 years, and I am currently swimming at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. I also swam for BAC and Memorial High School. This is going to be a super fun years, so let's go Gators!

Quinn Harris Assistant Swim Coach (8&Under)

Hey Gators, get those caps and goggles out because it's time for All-City Season!! I am beyond excited to get back to the pool for another fantastic summer with my Gator family. I just finished my third year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where I have been studying Exercise Sports Science/Dietetics to pursue a career as a Nutritionist. I swam with the Gators for 9 years, and the Middleton HS Cardinals for 4 years before continuing my swim career on UWL Swim and Dive Team for 2.5 years. Even though I have stepped away from swimming, my love for the sport will never go away. Outside of school and the pool I love lifting/working out, listening to Harry Styles, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family (especially my 3-year-old dog Sully)! I hope you all are as excited as I am as we get ready to start the 2022 Season, and I can't wait to see all your smiling faces on deck. As always, Go Gators!

Nate Lamers Assistant Swim Coach (11/12 & 13/14)

Hey Gators! My name is Nate Lamers and this will be my third year coaching here at Middleton. I will mainly be working with the 11-12's this year but I'm excited to get to know all of you! I first found my love for swimming with this team after moving to Wisconsin from Arizona and the Gators have had a special place in my heart ever since. Since then I have swam for Badger Aquatics, the MHS Boys swim & dive team, and the Gators. I just finished my sophomore year at Georgetown where I am swimming and studying International Political Economy. I am beyond excited to come back to my home with the Gators and be a part of this community for another year!

Emma Pinder Assistant Swim Coach (9/10)

Hi Gators!  My name is Emma Pinder,  this is my third year coaching for the Gators, and my 12th year swimming as a Gator!  I am so excited to be working 9/10's and being back on the pool deck after not having a season last summer.  I am a senior at MHS, and swam for the MHS Girls Swim Team for the past 4 years, and will be swimming my final year as a Gator.  This fall I will be attending the University of Purdue, triple majoring as part of the Larsen Leadship Academy.  

Go Gators!

Natalie Charles Junior Swim Coach


Hi Gators and families! My name is Natalie Charles and I am thrilled to be coaching again this year! This will be my second year as a junior coach for the gators and I am just finishing my junior year at Middleton. I have been swimming for the Gators for 10 years, along with Middleton High School and BAC. I am beyond excited to get to know everyone and have such a fun summer! Lets go gator nation!!

Abby Ensenberger Junior Swim Coach

Hi everyone, my name is Abby Ensenberger and this will be my second year as a Gator coach! I love coaching and can’t wait to continue working with the Gator team. Although I’ve only been with the team for four years, I have been swimming for 11 years. I felt welcomed immediately and hope to bring the same to others. I also swim on the MHS girls swim team and year round with Badger Aquatic Club. Swimming is such a fun sport and I can’t wait to swim and coach this season with all of you!  Looking forward to an awesome season. Lets go Gators!!

Molly Haag Junior Swim Coach

Hi Gators! My name is Molly Haag and I am excited to start my second year as a Gator coach. I discovered my love for swimming when I joined the Gators 11 years ago as a scared, shy, little 7 year old. I just finished my senior year of high school where I swam for the Middleton High School team. I also swim for the Verona Area Swim Team. My favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly, but I avoid breaststroke at all costs! Outside of swimming, I enjoy running track for Middleton High School. I am looking forward to beginning my freshman year at Kenyon College this fall! I am excited to continue swimming at Kenyon and am interested in studying on the pre-med track. Let’s go Gators!

Claire Rothering Junior Swim Coach


Hi everyone! My name is Claire Rothering and I have been swimming with the Gators for 9 years along with swimming for a total of 11 years. I also swim for Edgewood High School, where I’ll be a senior in the fall, and VAST. This is my second year on deck as a junior coach and I am so excited to be back! I can't wait to see everyone and meet new faces! Go gators!

Tait Haag Junior Swim Coach

Hi Gators! My name is Tait Haag and this will be my first year as a Gator coach! I started swimming for the Gators when I was 6 years old and fell in love with the sport then. I loved coming to practice everyday and I have wanted to be a coach ever since then. I just completed my sophomore year of high school where I swam for the Middleton High School Swim team. I also swim for the Verona Area Swim Team. My favorite stroke is freestyle and I love relays, but the only person I would be willing to race in breaststroke is my sister, Molly. Outside of swimming I enjoy running track for the Middleton High School Track team, walking my dogs, reading and playing water polo. I am looking forward to an awesome season! Go Gators!!

Miles Wagener Junior Swim Coach

Hey Gators! My name is Miles Wagener and this will be my first season coaching Gators. I have swam for the Gators since 2014 and am very excited to start coaching alongside that. I also swim for Badger Aquatics Club and completed my sophomore season of Middleton High School Swimming this past year. Outside of swimming, I enjoy running and spending time with my family. I have many great memories of swimming for the Gators and my hope is that the kids I coach will enjoy their experience as much as I have! Go Gators!

Board of Directors
Matt Flanigan President (608)999-1764
Xenia Sundell VP Swim (608)358-9454
Adam Starr VP Dive (608)772-2466
Becky Lindsey 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
Amanda Beyerl Swim Age Group Advisor - 10&Under