PX3 Coaches

Coaching Staff
Coach Megan Palmer Interim Head Coach (Red & Barracudas)

Coach Megan grew up in Oak Park, Illinois where she started her swimming career at the age of 7 with TOPS(The Oak Park Swimmers). As a high school swimmer she attended Oak Park River Forest HS where Megan was a part of both the 1988-’89 and 1989-’90 Girls High School State Championship Swim Teams. During her Junior and Senior years she was a Top 12 finisher in the 100 backstroke and a member of the top 12 finishing 400 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay.

Megan was recruited and received a scholarship to swim for Illinois State University. While attending ISU she received a degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Athletic Training.

After graduating from ISU, Megan worked at The Wheaton Sport Center (WSC) where she was a personal trainer and the Aquatics Director. While leading the Aquatics Department, she built on the existing swim lesson program to include Advanced Stroke Clinics, a Master Swim Team, a Triathlon Training Group and started the Wheaton Stingrays Swim Team.  Prior to her time at the WSC she also coached age group swimming with the Academy Bullets and JV Coach for the Rosary Beads Girls Swim Team.

In 2009, Megan and her family moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Her two oldest daughters joined the Patriots in 2013, her third daughter joined not long after that.  In 2018, when Megan’s 4th daughter joined the team, she was asked to help coach the Barracudas and has been with us helping out wherever she has been needed.

She truly enjoys coaching this level!  She loves seeing your children learn and grow into confident young swimmers.

Coach Cece Ostergren Assistant Coach (Seniors/Blue/National)

Cece started her competitive swimming career in Minnesota at age 11. At 16 she went on to compete at the junior national level. She was team captain of her high school team and team manager for the boys team.

She went on to swim D1 at UW-Milwaukee as a Panther. Cece was a captain of the team her senior year. She swam primarily butterfly and sprint free. Cece graduated with a degree in film. She has been a swim instructor for the past eight years.

Coach Colleen Thomas Assistant Coach (Barracuda & Red)

Coach Colleen grew up here in Southeastern Wisconsin and swam competitively for more than 10 years. After finishing a Bachelors of Business Administration at UW, she headed West and lived in various cities in Southern and Northern California over the past 25 years. She continued her love of swimming and training through Masters Swimming in San Diego where she went to graduate school in a joint program at UCSD and UCLA earning dual Master's degrees in Pacific International Affairs and Business Administration. Her career has been a mix of entrepreneurial, corporate and consulting roles in global supply chain and operations leadership in and around the sports arena including Callaway Golf, Easton Baseball and Hockey's global supply chains, Vista International's global operations for Bushnell, Bell, Giro, Camlebak and many other brands. Colleen loves the sport of swimming and is motivated to help kids build confidence, self-esteem, discipline and understand the rewards of being part of team, and is super excited about being part of the Patriots coaching staff. 

Coach Logan Long Assistant Coach (Seniors/Blue/National)

Coach Logan is a former age group/senior swimmer from central Illinois. He loved the sport of swimming from early on and being part of a team is something that he has always loved. He was four year Division 1 Swimmer at Eastern Illinois University.

Before PX3, he with the Kansas City Blazers as a Lead Age Group Coach, Assistant Senior Coach, and Assistant National Team Coach. Coach Logan has been with the PX3 since February 2021.

Coach Caitlin Dassow Assistant Coach (White)

Caitlin began her competitive swimming career at the age of 6 in Illinois. Throughout age group and high school Caitlin was a contributor to the team's undefeated seasons and three-time conference championship titles. After high school, Caitlin went on to swim D1 at Western Illinois University until the program was dropped following her sophomore season. During her time at Western Illinois, she set an all-time top 10 time in the 200 fly and received all-academic honors. She transferred to the University of Northern Iowa to complete her college career. During her career, she primarily swam butterfly and IM. Caitlin has worked with two adaptive aquatic lesson programs and as an assistant coach for the Pirhanas Swim Club in Pleasant Valley, IA.

Caitlin is currently completing her degree in Theraputic Recreation with her internship at the RecPlex with the Discovery program. Caitlin enjoys working with diverse populations to help support them to enjoy life's activities to their fullest potential.

 
 
Coach Heather Wulterkens Assistant Coach

Heather Wulterkens swam competitively starting at the age of 8, with the Stevens Point YMCA Dolphins, and concluded her competitive career as a Blugold, swimming for the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  In addition to competitive swimming, Heather worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor throughout high school and college. She has also served as an official for swim meets. Heather holds a bachelor's degree in communication disorders (UW-Eau Claire) and a Doctorate of Audiology (Central Michigan University).

Coach Sam Wulterkens Assistant Coach

Sam Wulterkens is an educator, first and foremost.  He was never able to swim competitively in the small community where he grew up (Stanley, WI), but has worked around water for much of his life. Sam was a Red Cross certified lifeguard along with being certified for the same with the Boy Scouts of America.  Sam worked on the waterfront at Phillips Scout Reservation, where he taught swimming, lifeguarding, small boat sailing, motorboating, and water skiing merit badges. In college Sam taught swim lessons and worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA.  Sam earned a bachelor of music education - choral music emphasis, from UW-Eau Claire, and a Masters in Music Education from Central Michigan University.

Coach Carina Monroe Assistant (Blue/Red/White)

Coach Carina began swimming competitively when she was 7 and joined PX3 when she was 12 years old. She started helping out with swim lessons and coaching pre-competition in 2018. Coach Carina now swims for the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she is majoring in kinesiology and minoring in psychology while also getting her pre-nursing requirements. She will be a junior at UNO in the fall and one of their team captains, which she is super excited about. Coach Carina is mainly a long distance swimmer but also swims IM and backstroke. She also enjoys competing in open water races and triathlons during the summer. She has always loved swimming and loves teaching others what she has learned, so she is super excited to be coaching for PX3 again!

Coach Jasper Bunker Assistant Coach (Blue/Red/White)

Coach Jasper began her competitive swimming career as a 7 year old and joined the Pleasant Prairie Patriots as a 9 year old. She also swam for Tremper High School. She currently swims for Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She is a sprinter and mainly swims the 50 free, 100 fly, 100 breast, and 100 back. Some of Coach Jasper’s swimming achievements are: medaling at Wisconsin Club and High School State meets, GLIAC Conference Champion Team, 4x GLIAC podium finisher, and 3x NCAA D2 B cut standard qualifier. She is majoring in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management and minoring in Indoor Agriculture. She has worked various jobs in aquatics at the RecPlex for the past 4 years. Swimming has helped Coach Jasper establish life long friendships and has always been a source of fun for her. She loves sharing her excitement for the sport and teaching swimming skills to current Patriots athletes!

Trainer James Ryan Certified PX3 Dryland Trainer

A native of Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, James attended LakeView Technology Academy and played volleyball at Tremper High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he majored in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise and Movement Science and received a certificate in Promoting Activity for Diverse Abilities. James is currently a Personal Trainer in the Fitness Department of the RecPlex and works with multiple sports teams.