Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Rob McCabe Lead Coach - Senior / Program Director

Coach Rob has been at SWAT since March of 2015. Initially as our Head Age Group Coach and Competitive Program Director starting February 2016.  Starting the Spring of 2021 he has been leading our Senior groups.  Rob has over 20 years of coaching experience and has covered just about every level of the sport.  He has worked with learn to swim, country club, age group, senior, high school, college and masters. 

As a club coach he as coached several NAG Top 10 athletes, national, junior national and Olympic Trial swimmers as well as numerous state qualifiers, champions and record holders. Rob has been a Wisconsin Zones coach nine times and served as the Head Coach three times.

Coach McCabe has been involved with governance of Wisconsin Swimming and the WIAA. Rob has been the Wisconsin Swimming Age Group Chair, Coaches Representative and on the WIAA Coaches Advisory Board. He has administrative experience as clubs Business Manager and Chairperson.

Coach Rob is originally from Fort Atkinson and currently resides with his wife Jess in Glendale and their children Patrick and Maura. As a youngster he started swimming at age eight with FAST. Later in high school he swam with J-HK. As a club swimmer he was a state qualifier and team record holder. When in high school he represented his school at the state meet as an individual and relay contributor. He earned awards such as, 4x letter winner, MVP and Team Captain. From there he went on swim collegiately at UW-Whitewater. There he was a multiple conference finalist and runner-up. With the Warhawks Rob was Team Captain, MVP, 4x letterman and Conference Swimmer of the Week. Throughout most of his competitive swimming career he excelled at distance freestyle and sometimes IM and backstroke.

If you catch him away from the pool deck he may be outdoors hiking, bicycling or up north somewhere. He enjoys reading John Grisham, trivia, listening to classic rock and jam base music. He is on the path to see his current favorite band Phish 100 times and has seen many rock legends
live in concert.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 1998-2001 Coach J-HK
  • 2001-2015 Head Age Group Coach SHOR
  • 2001-2015 Head Coach Girls and Boys Shorewood High School
  • 2015-2021 Head Age Group Coach SWAT
  • 2021-Current Head Senior Coach SWAT


  • 15+ Shorewood High School Conference and Sectional Team Champions
  • 3x WIAA Girls D2 State Champions (2001, 2003, 2012)
  • WI Swimming Board of Directors – Age Group Chair and Coaches Rep
  • WI Swimming Zones and Open Water Coach
  • Coached Several High School State Team Champions
  • Coached State LSC and WIAA State Record Holders
  • Multiple Coach of the Year Honors; WISCA, WI Swimming, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & North Shore Conference

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Wendy Blunt Lead Coach - Age Group
Coach Wendy has been coaching since 2008. She started coaching with the Schroeder Swim Team where she was the Head novice coach, coaching all ages of novice swimmers to advanced / state level. She has worked with all age groups including Masters' swimmers. 
Coach Wendy believes that everyone has a place in the pool whether that is for safety reasons or to train for the Olympics and anything in between. She has worked in aquatics since 2006 teaching swim lessons and guarding for Milwaukee County. Wendy started swimming with the Milwaukee Piranhas rec team at age 6 later moving to the Schroeder team. She comes from a large family having 10 siblings where all of them also swam at some point or another. 
When Wendy is not coaching she loves to travel and hang with her family. She has a husband, Patrick, Daughter, Frances (Frankie) and Son, Patrick Jr (PBJ). She loves anything active: Swimming (YMCA Masters National Champion multiple times), Water Polo, Ice Hockey (League Champions 2019), Sand Volleyball (League Champions multiple times), Rock climbing, Cycling, Running (ran 1,000 miles in 2014), racing corvettes with her husbands corvette club, and recently did her first Triathlon at Devils Lake and a marathon 2.5 open water swim...even though she is deathly terrified of fish! You can ask her to join in or sub for any sports team and she will probably "let you know" if she can jump in. 
George Guddie Lead Coach - Age Group White

Coach George is a charter swimmer of SWAT on its inception in 1985. Starting his coaching career in 1991 as Head Coach he has coached novice to national level swimmers of all ages. George works to bring the joy that a swimmer’s experience finding their competitive drive, making the first legal swim or advancing their careers to the collegiate level. Swimming is an enduring sport that builds character, creates lifelong relationships and fosters the will to succeed.

As a High School coach, he has coached numerous school record holders, state champions and has taken Whitnall High School every year to the state meet since taking over as Head Coach. In club he builds the framework for swimmers to reach their full potential and advance to higher levels in the program. Many first-time state cuts have come from Coach George.

Coach George was born and raised in Milwaukee and currently lives in Muskego with his wife Rebecca and their four children. George started his swim career with the Greenfield Otters and then was an original member of SWAT when Greenfield and Whitnall merged. In High School he was a 4x letter winner, 4x MVP and Team Captain and held the 200 IM School record. Coach George did not swim in college but started his coaching career in Michigan. Taking the reins of a small team in 1991, he grew and developed the UPY Barracudas from 18 swimmers to 42 and had many qualifiers at the State level. After graduation, he headed back to Wisconsin and Coaches the team that fostered the love of the sport in him.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 1991-1993     Head Coach UPY Cudas   
  • 1994-2012     Lead Coach SWAT
  • 2012-2015     Head Coach NBSC     
  • 2008-Current Head Coach Whitnall High
  • 2015-Current Lead Coach SWAT


  • 2x WHS High School Conference Champions
  • WI Swimming Board of Directors – Open Water Chair
  • WI Swimming Open Water Zone Head Coach (2016-Current)
  • Coached 2 High School State Champions

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Kaitlin Hernandez Lead Coach - 8 and Under

Coach Kaitlin is in her 12th year with SWAT and is proud to be leading the 8&U team. She started competitive swimming at the age of seven and it has been a part of her life ever since, including a successful high school and college career in Minnesota. She enjoys helping young swimmers learn and grow in their abilities and love of this sport, so they too can make swimming a sport they can enjoy for life. 

Besides coaching, Coach Kaitlin stays busy as a Spanish teacher and mom of four boys, all of whom swim for SWAT. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors running, swimming and gardening, and doing home projects with her husband.

Taylor Bean Assistant Coach - Age Group

I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years starting at the age of 8. This is my 2nd year with SWAT. I swam on multiple club teams as we moved around a lot when I was growing up. Most recently I swam for Naperville Central High School for all 4 years of high school and swam for Mavericks swim club. As well as coached for the Mavericks swim club during my senior year of high school, and coached for my summer team the Hobson West Waves for 4 years (2 years as a lead coach for the 8 and under age group). I am currently a junior at Marquette University studying Exercise Physiology hoping to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. I am CPR, first aid, and coaches safety training certified. 



Sarah Giuliani Assistant Coach - 8 and Under

Coach Sarah is excited to return to SWAT to be working with the 8 and Under groups. She coached with various age groups with SWAT from 2013-2014, as well as the Franklin High School girls' and boys' teams for five years from 2012-2017. She grew up in Green Bay and started swimming on the Green Bay Swim Club when she was nine years old. Coach Sarah attended UW-Eau Claire and swam for her first two years of college.

Coach Sarah teaches middle school Spanish. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and their five kids.

Josh Lefeber Assistant Coach - Senior

Coach Josh swam for SWAT from middle school through college. He grew up in Franklin and swam for Franklin High School. SWAT helped prepare Josh for several WI state meet podium and champion finishes, as well as zones, speedos, and nationals qualifying times. He was able to continue utilizing these skills in college and qualify for NCAAs with All-American finishes. Josh still connects with old SWAT, FHS, and college teammates, recognizing swimming is more than just yardage and times. 

As a coach, Josh wants swimmers to realize their potential and achieve their goals while building their passion for the sport. Swimming has helped him in all aspects of life, building relationships, learning perseverance, time management, and hard work. He wants to help foster these skills in the Senior group swimmers as they grow and move into their next chapter. Above all, he wants the swimmers to have fun and be the very best like no one ever was. 

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 2016-2017        Lead Coach Club Wolverine    
  • 2019-2020        Franklin High School Assistant Coach
  • 2022-Current    SWAT Senior Assistant Coach
  • 2022-Current    SWAT Masters Coach
Kelly McElvain Assistant Coach - Senior

Coach Kelly swam for SWAT herself for over 10 years before continuing her swimming career in college. After a year of swimming at the collegiate level, she decided that her passion for swim would be better fulfilled through coaching. So, with years of experience as a swim lesson instructor and being a swimmer herself, Kelly found herself back at SWAT as a coach.

Kelly enjoys working with the swimmers to fulfill their specific, individual goals in the sport, while fully engage in the process. In order to provide her swimmers with the success they desire, she works with them to advance technically and powerfully in the water. Coach Kelly understands that swimming is an excellent outlet to have fun, create friendships, achieve goals, and above all develop a strong sense of character, learning how to be disciplined, respectful, and cooperative.

Coach Kelly was born and raised in West Allis, WI and lives with her parents, two older brothers, and one younger sister (who also swam for SWAT). She is currently enrolled at UWM as a full-time student, pursuing a double major in Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 2019-Current Assistant Coach
  • 2015-Current Swim America Lesson Instructor


  • Captain of High School team

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Esmeralda Perez Assistant Coach - Age Group
Coach Esmeralda, also known as Coach Ez, has coached the younger swimmers since 2017 to create a fun swimming
environment while teaching swimmers how to build skills in and out of the pool. Ez enjoys the energy and passion that
the 8 and under swimmers bring to each practice. Teaching the young swimmers how to swim each stroke and compete
in a meet is what Ez enjoys most. Swimming is a lifelong sport that can bring many opportunities to swimmers and
builds lasting friendships.

Coach Ez has been with SWAT since the age of 12. Ez grew up in Greenfield WI and began swimming with her siblings
throughout middle school and high school years. At the end of the season banquets, Ez was awarded as SWAT’s Most
Improved 13-14 year old and later as SWAT’s Most Improved 15-16 year old. She also swam with SWAT over college
breaks. SWAT prepared Ez to qualify and score at state championship meets, zones meet, and speedo championship.
Ez swam for Greenfield High School and swam at D1 high school state as a freshman in 100 fly. She swam all four years of
college at Carthage College. CCIW All Conference swimmer in the 100 fly for a 3rd place finish and also swam 50 free, 100
free, and 200 fly. Ez currently swims with the SWAT Masters group, along with her stepmom and aunt, to train for
Masters Nationals.

Professional Background/Expertise:
· 2017- Current Assistant Coach SWAT
Certifications and Credentials:
· ASCA Level 1 Certified
· American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Perry Perkins Assistant Coach - Age Group
Coach Perry graduated high school in 2008 from Greenfield where he swam and dove on the swim team. After, he attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he obtained his bachelor's degree. Coach Perry manages the aquatic programs for two recreation departments, where he and a group of over 100 dedicated staff work to teach swimming to thousands of kids each year.  Coach Perry has been working to improve swimming stroke mechanics and refining the form of swimmers for 15 years. In addition to coaching for SWAT, coach Perry serves as the assistant coach for Whitnall's Swimming and Diving team. 
Certifications and Credentials: 
Certified American Red Cross Instructor in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding, Babysitting, and Water Safety 
Coach Member of USA Swimming 
Mark Schrank Staff Coach
Anna Temke Junior Coach
Anna has been swimming competitively since she was 7 and started swimming with SWAT when she was 11. She is currently a junior at Greenfield High School and has swam on on the Greenfield-Pius XI Co-op team for the past 3 years. Her favorite events include the 200 IM and the 100 back.

Anna has just recently completed all of her coaching certifications. She is also certified as a lifeguard and has been teaching lessons with Swim America for the past two years.

Anna is looking foward to helping out with all groups and learning from our great coaching staff!
Jackson Zgola Staff Coach

Coach Jackson swam with SWAT for about 10 years before he began coaching. At age 15 he started teaching swim lessons for Swim America before becoming a Site Supervisor for the program later on. Then, at age 17 he began coaching Age Group Gold and Age Group Platinum. He is also now the Program Director for Swim America.

Coach Jackson resides in Milwaukee with his parents and 2 siblings, both of them also swimmers with SWAT. He graduated from Greendale High School in 2019 after 4 years of swimming on the Co-Op PG2 team. Coach Jackson is a full time Firefighter/Paramedic with the Milwaukee Fire Department. He enjoys working with swimmers on technique and dryland activities. He plans on doing his best to help his swimmers reach their highest potential in this extremely rewarding sport.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • February 2022-Present: Program Director Swim America
  • March 2019-Present: Assistant Coach AGG/AGP
  • November 2021-Present: Firefighter/Paramedic with Milwaukee FD


  • Qualifying and competing in division 1 high school state meets
  • Captain of high school conference and sectional championship teams

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 & 2 Certified
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Licensed/Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Board of Directors
Kristie Rask President
Jack Chmielewski Vice President
Kristin Beres-Board Treasurer
Dawn Salbreiter Secretary
Bob Antholine At Large
Beth Borneman At Large
Michael Doyle At Large
Bonnie Rydelski At Large
Kim Werth At Large
Rob McCabe Comp Program Director - Non Voting
Brian Temke - Operations Manager Operations Manager - Non Voting
Kay Chmielewski-Board Business Manager - Non Voting