Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Lauren Cabalka GATOR HEAD SWIM COACH - 13&UP Girls
Hey's Lauren.  This will be my 32nd 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 and taught for 11 years at La Follette High School. Aside from Gators, I am the head coach for the Middleton High School girls swim team, 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 4-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!

Hey Gators!

My name is Andi and I am back again for a fun filled summer with the best team in the All-City League.  I am one of the Head Assistant Coaches and will be leading the mighty 8 and unders.  I love all age groups, but the 8 and Unders are the best.  I have been a head 8 and Under Coach now for 15? years!  In the offseason, I am a middle school math teacher (8th grade) and graduate student (COVID delayed the whole research and thesis thing...) 

I have years and years of coaching experience from coaching at Seminole and being the head coach at both Oregon High School and West High School.  I grew up swimming in the All City League for Seminole and would not image spending my summers any other way.

In my free time I enjoy crafting, working out, hanging with my family and friends and attempting to find motivation to write (most of) my thesis this summer.

I can't wait to make this summer fun, safe and help young athletes find the love of swimming :)

Hannah Andryk ASST HEAD SWIM COACH- 11/12's
Hey everyone! My name is Hannah and this will be my 19th year with the Gator organization and I'm super excited to be a lead coach for 11-12s. 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. I received my degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison in 2017 and I am currently working on my masters degree in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College. Currently, I am a 5th grade teacher at Leopold Elementary in Madison and loving every minute of it! I live in Verona with my husband, Brian, and our cute puppy, Luna. Can't wait for another amazing season with the greatest team in the world!
Caroline Hippen Assistant Swim Coach - 9/10 Girls
"Hi Gator Families! My name is Caroline Hippen, but most call me CJ. This will be my third year coaching. I will be primarily working with the 9-10 girls, but will be helping out with the other age groups as well. I have been a Gator since 2004, starting at age 4, which means this will be my 15th year of being apart of Gator Nation! I am currently at freshman at the University of Illinois where I am swimming and studying Kinesiology. I have swam for MHS Swim Team, Badger Aquatics Club, and of course, Middleton Gators. 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!"
Emma Pinder Assistant Swim Coach - 9/10's

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!

Melanie Golden Assistant Swim Coach - 8&Under

Hey Gators! I'm Melanie Golden, but I usually go by Mel. I have been swimming for the Gators for eight years and this will be my second year as a junior coach. I'm excited for the upcoming season post-All City win! I currently attend Memorial High School. I also swim for Badger Aquatics Club and JMM. I will be assisting with the 10 and unders this season. Let's go Gators! 

Nate Lamers Assistant Swim Coach- 13&Up & 9/10 Boys

Hey Gators! My name is Nate Lamers and this will be my second year coaching here at Middleton. I will mainly be working with the 10 and unders but am 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 freshman year at Georgetown where I am swimming and studying International Political Economy. After missing out on last season I'm even more excited to once again be back and be a part of this community!

Quinn Harris Assistant Swim Coach- 8&Under

Hi Gators!! It’s been a while! What a crazy year and some odd months we’ve had. I am so excited to finally get back on the pool deck to see all of you again. I recently just finished my second year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where I have been studying Exercise Sports Science and plan to minor in nutrition to pursue a career in Dietetics and become a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist. Along with my second year of school I just finished my second season as a swimmer for the UWL Swim and Dive Team. Besides swimming I love running, working out, painting, being outdoors, traveling, hanging out with friends and family but most importantly hanging out with my 2 year old dog named Sully! I hope you all are as excited as I am as we get ready to start the 2021 Season and I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces on deck. Go Gators!

Abby Ensenberger Junior Swim Coach

Hi everyone, my name is Abby Ensenberger and this will be my first year as a junior coach for the Gators, but I was a volunteer coach previously working with mini gators and 8 and unders. I love coaching and can’t wait to continue working with the Gator team. Although I’ve only been with the team for three years, I have been swimming for 10 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!!

Natalie Charles Junior Swim Coach


Hi Gators and families! My name is Natalie Charles and I am thrilled to be coaching this year! I was a volunteer coach in the 2019 season, and am just finishing my sophomore year at Middleton. I have been swimming for the Gators for 9 years, as well as for other teams like Middleton High School and Badger Aquatics Club. I am beyond excited to get to know everyone and become a larger part of this amazing community. On top of that, I am so happy that we’ll be back in the water this summer and can’t wait! Lets go gator nation!!

Sammi Kubsh Junior Swim Coach


Hi I’m Samantha Kubsh most call me Sammi and I am one of the junior coaches this year!  I am a junior at Middleton High School. I have swam for the high school team for 3 years now, I’ve been swimming for the Gators for 8 years, and I’ve been swimming competitively for 9 years.  This will be my first year as a junior coach, but I was a volunteer coach prior with the Gators. I’m so grateful for this season and getting the opportunity to coach on an amazing team! 

Benja Niesen Junior Swim Coach


What’s up everyone! My name is Benja Niesen, and this is my first year as a Junior Coach with Middleton Gators. I’ve been swimming with for Middleton since I was 9, and have since gone on to swim for Middleton High School, as well as with Madison Aquatic Club. Outside of swimming I also play rugby, and love spending time outdoors. I can’t wait to get to meet everyone this summer and have a great season! 

Claire Rothering Junior Swim Coach


Hi everyone! My name is Claire and I have been swimming with the Gators for 8 years but I’ve been swimming for a total of 10 years. I also swim for Edgewood High School, where I’ll be a junior in the fall, and BAC. I love summer swimming and am so excited to be a junior coach this year! Looking forward to seeing everyone on deck this summer  Go gators!

Molly Haag Junior Swim Coach

Hi Gators! My name is Molly Haag and I am excited to start my first year as a Gator coach. I discovered my love for swimming when I joined the Gators 10 years ago as a scared, shy, little 7 year old. I just finished my junior year of high school where I swam for the Middleton High School team. I also swim for Madison Aquatic Club. My favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly, but I avoid breaststroke at all costs! In the spring I enjoy running track for Middleton High School. I still have another year of high school, but I am planning to swim in college. I am looking forward to meeting you all and having a great summer! Let’s go Gators!

Alex Starr Head Dive Coach

Hi Everyone! My name is Alex and I am the head coach for the dive team. I have been swimming and diving with the Gators since 2013. I'm just finishing my senior year at Middleton High School, where I was a member of the swim & dive team. I also swim for the Badger Aquatics Club. I will be attending UW-La Crosse in the fall, and plan to be a part 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!

Board of Directors
Bill Kubsh President (608)239-6235
Sue Pinder VP Swim (608)335-0957
Adam Starr VP Dive (608)772-2466
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
Amanda Beyerl Swim Age Group Advisor - 8&Under