RFSC COACHES


 

MICHAEL BRUDZINSKI  
Head Coach

I have been with RFSC since September of 2008, I was an assistant coach until May of 2011 when I became the Head Coach. Before that I was an assistant coach with OMNI swim club from 2004-2008. I have been involved with swimming since 2002; I swam for Tartan High School in Oakdale MN from 2002-2005, during which time I also swam/coached for OMNI swim club. In 2005, I began my undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and graduated with a degree in Mathematics with a double minor in History and Military Science. During my time at UWRF I swam all four years. I have been a serving member of the Army since 2006, and accepted my Commission as an Officer in July of 2009. I have been with various Engineer units throughout the state, and have deployed to Afghanistan (2012-2013) and Iraq (2016) over my career. I have a beautiful wife, Caitlin,and two adorable daughters, Amelia and Bria, who I am sure you will see on the pool deck on several occasions throughout the season!

MARISSA METZLER
​Assistant Head Coach

My swimming career started with lessons at four years old, and I’ve been in & around the pool ever since!  I began swimming with River Falls Swim Club in 2008 and started coaching for the team in 2015.  Additionally, I have been the assistant coach for the Tartan High School girls' and boys' swim teams since 2019 and 2020, respectively.  I was also given the opportunity to spend time coaching at OMNI Swim Club from 2019-2021, where I experienced different styles of teaching and club dynamics.  That exposure has given me a broader perspective of competitive swimming.  I am fascinated by the biomechanics of swimming and the impact that even the smallest changes in technique can have on a swimmer’s efficiency.  I graduated from UWRF in 2021, majoring in Biomedical Science and Animal Science (equine emphasis) with minors in mathematics and chemistry.  When I’m not on the pool deck, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, visiting my horse, reading, or watching a movie with my dog.

KAYE ANDERSON
Coach 

I started to swim with RFSC the fall of 2011. From there I continued swimming until 2016 when underlining health issues got in the way. While I do not swim competitively anymore, I still enjoy swimming laps and working on my technique. While I was still swimming my favorite events were 100 IM, 100 Breast, and 200 Breast. I have been teaching swim lessons and life guarding at the Hudson Y since 2017, working with kids ages 3 to 15. I was asked to join the RFSC coaching staff summer 2019 and have absolutely loved it! I am currently a student at UWRF, majoring in Psychology and English Education.

 

KARISSA BAAR
Coach

I started swimming with River Falls Swim Club in 2013 and coaching in 2018. I love being a part of the club because it gives the opportunity to learn life skills like determination, perseverance, respect, mentorship, a good work ethic, and so much more.  I graduated from River Falls High School in 2022.  While in high school, I was on the swim team for all four years.  Two of those years, I was captain of the team!  I was also involved in marching band.  When I'm not on the pool deck, I enjoy reading, baking, four wheeling, and spending weekends at my family's lake place!

ANIKA COLEMAN
Coach

I began swimming with River Falls Swim Club in 2013 and started coaching for the Club in 2018. I fell in love with the Club. My experiences have taught me so much about friendship, commitment, confidence, support, and mentorship. I am excited to pass on my positive experiences to newer swimmers. My favorite events are the 100 and 200 Breaststroke and 500 and 1,000 Freestyle. I attend River Falls High School. When I’m not in the pool or school, I enjoy participating in speech and spending time with friends and family.

BRYANNA ZILLMER
Coach

I started to swim with Eau Claire Aquatics Club in 2013 and then swam for 4 years at Memorial High School.  While I was swimming, my favorite events were the 500 free and the 200 free.  I have been teaching swim lessons to all ages and lifeguarding since 2019.  I started coaching for River Falls Swim Club in 2021.  I'm currently a student at UWRF, majoring in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in Economics.  When I'm not in the pool, I'm enjoying the outdoors, playing with my dog, or just hanging out.

 

LAUREN WEISS
Coach

I started swimming with River Falls Swim Club (RFSC) in 2016, and I started coaching in the spring of 2021.  I love swimming because it clears my mind.  I love coming to the pool and seeing my friends that I have made because of RFSC.  My favorite events are the 200 and 500 freestyle.  I attend River Falls High School and I am a member of the girls' swim team and National Honors Society.  When I am not swimming, I spend time reading, watching sports, and hanging out with friends and family.

MACKENNA ANDERSON
Coach

My first year at River Falls Swim Club was in 2014 and have been working hard ever since. I first began swimming when I was really little doing swim lessons at the YMCA. Since then I have developed and have started to become someone I want to be. I love swimming because it helps me become stronger and challenges me to strive for that version of me. I began coaching at RFSC in early 2020 and I love to help new swimmers along in their process of becoming amazing athletes. I am a distance freestyler and my favorite events are the 500 free and the 200 free.

ELISE GULICK
Coach

I have been swimming with River Falls Swim Club (RFSC) since 2015.  I love the people and the atmosphere of the pool.  My teammates have become some of my closest friends. I have gained so many new skills that have helped me in all aspects of my life (Sadly, I haven’t learned how to teleport…yet.).  I am very grateful for the great coaches that have helped me achieve my goals.  That’s one reason I was thrilled to start coaching in the fall of 2021.  I enjoy spreading the love for such a great sport.  It’s a fantastic experience to coach kids and help them grow into confident and strong swimmers.  I hope to continue growing as a swimmer, coach, and person through RFSC.

SYD THOMPSON
Coach

I have been swimming with River Falls Swim Club (RFSC) since the fall of 2018.  Prior to joining the club, I swam non-competitively for a long time.  I enjoy swimming because I love the adrenaline, the competition, and all of the friends I have made.  I also cherish the feeling of working hard for a long time and then achieving my goals.  My favorite events are the 100/200 IM and the 50/100 free.  I have been coaching with RFSC since November of 2021.  Outside of swimming, I like baking, hiking, and traveling.  After high school, I want to join the military through ROTC.

PAYTON PEARSON
Coach

I have been swimming with River Falls Swim Club since 2019.  I have always loved swimming and, after I finished my swimming lessons, I knew I wanted to keep being in the water regularly.  When I heard about the club, I was super excited to join them.  When I was offered a coaching position, I was even happier to be at the pool.  Some of my favorite strokes and events are 50 and 100 freestyle.  I don't know why I love swimming, but it just feels like home in the water.  I could be swimming with some family and be the last one in the pool.  It has always been my comfort area.

KJERSTEN RICHTER
Coach

Biography pending

JAKE WEISS
Coach

Biography pending

AMETHYST MORROW
Coach

Biography pending

KAI HAGEN
Coach

Biography pending

MICKEY BAAR
Coach

Biography pending