Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Lauren Cabalka GATOR HEAD SWIM COACH (Lead 9/10)
Hey's Lauren.  This will be my 34th year with the Middleton Gators - back as your head coach and a new age group (9-10s!). 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 fitness instructor at Dragonfly Hot Yoga and an online health & fitness coach.  I love hot yoga, flip flops, top knots and Starbucks Refreshers :).  My husband, Jeremy, and I have a 9-year old daughter, Mila (a 9-10 this year!), and a 6-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 11/12)
Hi Gator Families!  My name is Caroline Hippen, but in the swimming community, I am known as CJ. This will be my seventh year of coaching and this year I will be the lead coach for 11-12s and 13-14 Girls. I have been a Gator since 2004 meaning this summer is my 19th year of being a part of the team. Wow! I had to double check my math on that one! I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Kinesiology in May of 2022. I have swam for the Illinois swim team, MHS swim team, Badger Aquatics Club, and of course, Middleton Gators. I also coached for the MHS swim team and Badger Aquatics Club this past year. Chlorine is quite literally in my blood, if you can't tell! I took a job as the Aquatics Manager at TPC Wisconsin, formerly Cherokee Country Club, so you will be seeing a little less of me this summer but still cannot get rid of me yet;) I always look forward to summer simply because being a part of the Middleton Gators is such a joy of mine. 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.

Quinn Harris Assistant Swim Coach

Hey Gators, get those caps and goggles out because it's time for All-City Season!! I am beyond excited to return to the pool for another fantastic summer with my Gator family. I am currently studying Elementary/Middle School Education with a minor in Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 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, and now I'm coaching! Outside of school and the pool I have a big passion for lifting/working out (I am getting ready to get my personal training/group fitness certifications), listening to country music, and traveling. I hope you all are as excited as I am as we get ready to start the 2023 season, and I can't wait to see all your smiling faces on deck. As always, Go Gators!

Molly Haag Assistant Swim Coach

Hi Gators! My name is Molly Haag and I am excited to start my third year as a Gator coach. I was a gator swimmer for 12 years, and I am so sad to not be a gator swimmer this year, but am very excited to be able to devote more time to coaching!! I just finished my freshman year at Kenyon college, which I absolutely loved! I am a math major and on the swim team at Kenyon. I mostly swim distance freestyle, but would like to become a sprinter. I will also be a barista at Barriques this summer, so I'm sure I will see some of you there too. I can't wait to have another amazing summer. Let’s 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 third year as a coach for the gators and I just recently graduated from Middleton High school. I have been swimming for the Gators for 11 years, along with Middleton and VAST! I plan on attending the University of Idaho this fall to study architecture and continue swimming. I am beyond excited to get to know everyone and have such a fun summer! Lets go Gator Nation!!

Claire Rothering Junior Swim Coach


Hi everyone! My name is Claire Rothering and I have been swimming with the Gators for 10 years but have been swimming for a total of 12 years. I swam for the Edgewood High School Girls' Team during my four years there. In the fall, I will be attending UW-Madison to major in nursing on a Pre-PA track. I will also be working with the women's hockey team there! This is my third year on deck as a coach and I am so excited to be back! I can't wait to see everyone and meet new faces, as well as finish out my own swimming career with the best team in town! Go Gators!

Tait Haag Junior Swim Coach

Hi Gators! My name is Tait Haag and this will be my second 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 junior 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 second season coaching Gators. I have swam for the Gators since 2014. I also swim for Badger Aquatics Club and completed my junior 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 want the kids I coach to enjoy their experience as much as I have! Go Gators!

Emma Chandler Junior Swim Coach

Hey guys, I’m Emma! I’ve swam for gators since I was 7 and I’m so excited for my first year coaching! I graduated from Middleton High School in 2022 and now go to the University of Minnesota. Outside of swimming I love baking, hanging out with friends and spending time on the lake. I’ve been a part of the gator family for so long and I can’t wait to be a coach! Go Gators!

Ryanne Woodall Junior Swim Coach

Hi everyone, I’m Ryanne! I swam for Gators for 12 years and this will be my first year coaching. I graduated from Middleton High School in the spring of 2022, where I finished my 14 year swimming career. I’m currently a student at Colorado State University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. I love working with kids and swimming was my passion for so long, so I’m super excited to be coaching the Gators this year!

Blaise Lin Junior Swim Coach

Hi everyone! My name is Blaise Lin and this will be my 14th year with Gators, my first as a coach. I started swimming with Gators back in second grade, until I graduated high school last year. I am currently a freshman at the University of California, Los Angeles studying Business Economics. I like being active, listening to music and having fun. I can't wait to meet all of you!

Colin Gabert Junior Swim Coach

Hey Gators!  I’m Colin Gabert and this is my second year coaching.  I’ve been a Gators swimmer since 2014.  In addition to the Gators, I also swim for the Badger Aquatics Club and Middleton High School.  In my free time, I enjoy golfing, skiing, and playing with my dog Leo. I am excited to see you all this season.   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
Stephanie Kirker Treasurer
Chad Gabert Secretary
David Golden Swim Age Group Advisor - 13&Up
Candice Wagener Swim Age Group Advisor - 11-12
Amanda Beyerl Swim Age Group Advisor - 9-10
Emily Dula Swim Age Group Advisor - 8&Under