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 RFSC in 2008 and then coaching for the team in 2015. I am also a coach for the girl’s swim team at Tartan High School and OMNI Swim Club. 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 am currently a student at UWRF, majoring in biomedical science & animal science. When I’m not on deck, I enjoy walking my dog, riding my horses, and reading.

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.

JULIA RYDBERG
Coach

I was first involved with RFSC as a high school swimmer and was always appreciative of the personalized coaching and positive team culture. RFSC embodies what it means to have a growth mindset. As a swimmer, I enjoyed competing in the 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM, however my favorite event was the 200 medley relay. I began coaching for RFSC in 2017. It has been rewarding seeing the success of the club and swimmers! I work as a high school history teacher. Outside of school and coaching, I love to walk my mini goldendoodle, Penny, and spend time working on creative projects.

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.

STEPHANIE DERKS
Coach

I started swimming with RFSC in the fall of 2013. From that moment, I fell in love with swimming and the club in general. I love swimming because every time I swim, I do everything possible to put all my effort into my swim! Swimming makes me strive to improve every time I’m in the water and, in turn, as a coach I am able to help other kids do the same. My favorite events are the 100 fly, 500 free and 400 IM. I began coaching for RFSC in 2018 and enjoy helping swimmers learn and achieve their swimming goals!

KARISSA BAAR
Coach

I started swimming with RFSC in 2013 and coaching in 2018. I love swimming because you learn so much such as determination, perseverance and how to be a hard worker. I also love that I swim I get to spend 2 hours of my day with my friends! My favorite events are the 400 IM and 100 Butterfly. I'm currently a high school student and a member of the girls swim team and marching band. Outside of swimming I enjoy listening to music, reading, hanging out with my friends, playing with my dog and going to my family's cabin.

CONNOR BAAR
Coach

My love of swimming began in my Aunt's pool when I was 6 months old. We spent every weekend of the summer in the pool, and there I began teaching my sister how to swim in 2013. I started swimming with RFSC in Sep 2015 and found myself enjoying the sport ever since. I swim mainly distance, but dabble in sprints as well. My best events are the 200 and 500 freestyle. I started helping out with some of the younger groups when needed in 2018, and was hired as a coach in 2019. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and spending time with friends & family, and trying to make people laugh.

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.

MIKAYLA ERF
Coach

ANNALEE PLEMMONS
Coach

My swimming journey started when I was six years old at my hometown community pool. Ever since then I've always loved being around and in the water. I started teaching swim lessons in 2016 at my local pool and worked for the FOSS Swim School.  I became a coach for the River Falls Swim Club in 2020. I also am the assistant swim coach for the River Falls High School swim teams (boys and girls) since 2018.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 2019 with my degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. I currently live in River Falls and work for the School District of River Falls in the Special Education program. Hope to see you in the pool! 

LAUREN WEISS
Coach