Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Nick Weiss Head Coach

 

Coaching Teams:  Travelers, Seniors

 

I have always loved the water. I joined the Spartan Sharks when I was seven years old and continued my swimming career at McFarland High School and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I have held various MSS and high school team records, as well as qualifying for Junior Nationals in 1999.


For 13 years, I coached McFarland High School Spartan swim teams, leading the HS Boys to six consecutive state titles and one state runner-up in 13 seasons, and two HS Girls state runners-up in six seasons. I have had the pleasure of coaching numerous state champions, record holders, and All Americans. One of my greatest honors was being named WISCA Boys Coach of the Year five times (2008-2012), and WISCA Girls Coach of the Year (2016).

 

I have worked with the Spartan Sharks since 2005, training swimmers of all levels, including numerous state, zone, Junior National, and Olympic Trial qualifiers. I was named Wisconsins Senior Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 short-course season.

 

My favorite part of coaching is developing lasting relationships with swimmers and celebrating their successes, whether participating in their first meet or qualifying for national-level competitions, and everything in between.

Neil Weiss Head Age Group Coach

Coaching Teams: Mini Sharks, Kickers, Travelers, Extreme Team

I grew up swimming with the McFarland Spartan Sharks and the high school team.  I graduated from MHS in 2001 and went to college in Stevens Point.  I have been coaching in McFarland for 10 years and have worked with every age group with the Sharks. 

I love watching swimmers have fun, build confidence, and improve throughout their seasons and swimming careers.  Some highlights throughout my coaching career include being chosen as a 2015 Wisconsin Zone Coach, working with multiple state champions (club and high school), and winning Wisconsin State Championships at the club and high school level. 

Outside of the pool, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, playing music, and anything that has to do with Star Wars!

Sara Landolt Coach

Teams: Minis, Kickers & Extreme Dryland 
love working with first-time athletes of any age or ability. I've played and coached sports successfully at many levels (rec, club, HS and D1 college). 

My goal when working with Minis and Kickers is to help swimmers discover a love for swimming based on: becoming  comfortable in the water, growing  confident in their skills and discovering the  courage to try new things. My goal as a Dryland coach is to create the best swimming athlete possible. We work on many things including: body awareness, connectivity, balance and explosiveness. 

Education/experience: I build teams and develop character. I'm a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor (2013-present) and have many coaching certifications across multiple sports (of course swimming!), most recently earning one in Sports Conditioning Specialist (2017). My degree is in journalism. I swim with Stu Schaefer's McFarland Masters swim team - join us! I’m happy to be part of the Shark family--the pool is a great place to be! Shark Power!

Jessica Garvey Assistant Senior Coach

Coaching Teams: Extreme Team, Senior Team

Nikki Gamble Assistant Coach Extreme, Senior

Coaching Groups: Mini Sharks, Kickers

I bring many years of swimming experience to the Sharks team as I swam on several club teams from early childhood and continued to swim as on my high school team. For the past few years I have been swimming on the McFarland Master’s team with Stu Schaefer and Sara Landolt as well. Swimming has been an important part of my life and I have really enjoyed watching my own children learn to love swimming as well. As a coach to the minis and kickers I’m looking forward to helping our young athletes develop their swimming skills, grow in their confidence, how to have fun, and be great teammates!

I’m very excited and proud to be a member of the Sharks coaching team!

Ryan O'Donnell Assistant Senior Coach
Katarina Cady Assistant Extreme Coach
Angie TeBeest Assistant Coach Travelers
Stu Schaefer Volunteer Coach

Coaching Groups: Mini Sharks, Kickers

Coaching experience:  25 years of coaching experience including: McFarland Spartan Sharks swim team, McFarland High School Girls / Boys Head Coach, Maple Bluff All City Swim Team, Edgewood High School Boys coach, and Waterloo USS Swim Team.  For additional info about me click here.

Board of Directors
Jeanna Freeman President
Angie TeBeest Vice President
Jennifer Jarrett Treasurer
Neil Weiss Secretary
Katie Ganshert Fundraising Chair
Nick Weiss Head Coach
Melissa Schoenbrodt Volunteer Coordinator
Shannon Alf Volunteer Coordinator
Tracy Marks-Geib Awards Chair
Marykay Wills Registration Co-Chair
Angie Kunze Registration Co-Chair
Carrie Headley Meet Director