PX3 Coaches

Coaching Staff
Coach Steve Frye CEO/Head Coach (Senior & National Coach)
2013 Team Illinois USA Central Zone Coach-Team Finish: 1st
2015: Fitter and Faster Tour Coaches Collaboration Coach

Coach Frye grew up in Conway Arkansas. He moved to Illinois in 2003 and graduated from Richwoods High School in 2005 where he swam.  Coach Frye swam and coached for Wedgewood Swim Club under the leadership and mentoring guidance of Paul Beiersdorf. Frye later went on to become the Pool Manager and Head Coach for the Illinois Valley Yacht & Canoe Club summer swim team for 3 years while also attending the University of Central Arkansas where he studied Kinesiology and was on staff as a lifeguard supervisor and aqua aerobics instructor. While at UCA Frye was asked to be the Assistant Coach for Conway High School Swimming. While at CHS the women’s team took a 2nd and 3rd place finish at state while the boys took the same. Coach Frye coached 11 State Champions and 1 All-American while at CHS. In 2010 Coach Frye moved back to Illinois to become the Head Coach and a permanent substitute teacher at Peoria Christian School. Frye also accepted a position with the Dunlap Public School District as the Aquatics Director and the Dunlap Dolphins Swim Team as the Head Senior Coach and Age Group Coach. In November 2011 Frye made the full move to Dunlap becoming the assistant coach for the high school team and the Associate Head Coach for the club team. During Frye’s time in Dunlap the DHS Program was undefeated in all duel meets and captured 8 Sectional Championships between the Boys and Girls Programs, the only 8 in its program’s history. Frye produced multiple IHSA State medalist and All-Americans while with DHS. With DDST, Frye was promoted to Head Coach in 2013 and his groups then produced multiple Regional, State, Senior, Zone, Sectional, and Junior National and Senior National qualifiers in both Individual events as well as relays. 1 of Coach Frye’s swimmers went on to qualify for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials.  Coach Frye produced multiple USA State Champions and National Top 10 swimmers while at DDST with many his former swimmers currently competing at the NCAA Division 1 level in swimming on scholarships. In 2017 Frye became the Aquatics Director with Cabot Parks and Recreation and the Head Site Coach in Cabot for the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team.  During his time with the Arkansas Dolphins he produced many State Champions, Sectional, NCSA and Futures qualifiers and the team was undefeated at the Arkansas LSC Age Group and Senior Championships Meets. Regionally the team captured a 2nd place finish at the Pro-Am Meet in Lewisville, Texas in 2017 and were back to back team champions at the Elite Meet in Edmond, OK for both 2018 and 2019. Frye came on board with the RecPlex in February of 2020 as the Aquatics Manager where he and his family are very excited their future.  Frye looks forward to seeing the PX3 team grow into a powerhouse key player in the Wisconsin LSC.

Coach Logan Long Head Age Group Coach (White & Blue)

Coach Logan is a former age group/senior swimmer for Coach Steve from central Illinois, he loved the sport of swimming from early on. Being apart of a team is something that he has always loved and knew he wanted to continue with after. He decided to swim at the Division 1 level in college at Eastern Illinois University. This is where he really developed and refined his swimming abilities to what they are today. Progressing through his four years on the team he realized his favorite part about it was helping the freshmen and those younger than him on how to be the best athlete they could be.

He took this passion with him after graduation moving to coach for the Kansas City Blazers for two years. Coach Logan coached with a very diverse group there and learned so many new ideas on how to be a great coach, and a great mentor for younger athletes. The Blazers are where he really fell in love with coaching and knew that coaching is something that would have to be a part of his life for the foreseeable future. 

Coach Logan is now a coach for the Pleasant Prairie Patriots and oversees the swim lesson program for the RecPlex.

Coach Megan Palmer Assistant Coach

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 Rosery 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 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 Colleen Thomas Assistant Coach

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 Terra Wright Assistant Coach

Coach Terra is a wife and mother to three teenage children and two dogs. She started with the RecPlex in 2020 as a swim instructor, but has been teaching swimming for 14 years. She looks forward to continuing her swim journey with the PX3 family.

Coach Eleni Gewalt Junior Coach

Coach Eleni began swimming lessons at age 5, with the intention just of her becoming comfortable in the water. Becoming comfortable in the water is exactly what she did, and a strong swimmer soon blossomed! After cruising through all the levels of swim lessons and dominating on a small swim team, she began swimming competitively with the Patriots at age 9. She just kept on going from there, and qualified to swim at WI State Championships her very first season on the team (and every season after that).  Eleni’s swimming career has continued over the next 8 years, and thanks to the support of her Patriots coaches and teammates, has won several WI State Champion titles and swims regularly on a National level, even nabbing a Junior National Title in August 2021. Now, in addition to being an active member of the Patriots team, Eleni enjoys coaching her teammates and sharing her experience and talents with the next generation of swimmers. Currently a senior at Richmond-Burton High School in Spring Grove, IL, Eleni will take her swimming and academic talents to the University of Arizona in the Fall of 2022. 

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.  

Taylor Hutton Aquatics Coordinator (Team Admin/Coach)

Team Administrator and Safe Sport Coordinator

Taylor Hutton started as an Aquatics Supervisor at the RecPlex in April 2019. She was previously a volunteer assistant for Ball State Women’s Swimming and Diving for two seasons, coached for Wheaton Swim Club for one year, and for four summers for a summer league team.

She swam four years at Carthage College and received a bachelor’s in environmental science in 2015. Taylor then went on to pursue a master’s in sport administration from Ball State University, graduating in 2018. Prior to swimming at Carthage, she swam for her high school team, Wheaton Swim Club, and her neighborhood pool in the summers.