Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Carl Matson Head Coach

Coach Carl began competitive swimming at  Riverside   University   High School  in  Milwaukee , serving as team co-captain his junior and senior years.  He continued swimming at  Luther College  for two years before transferring to  Winona   State   University  to pursue an engineering degree.  He is a former WAT parent, coach and Administrative Official, and has run the  Colorado  timing system for WAT and WHS swim meets.  Coach Carl’s responsibilities include providing administrative support and supervision to the coaching staff, and working with small groups and individual swimmers for more focused instruction.   When he’s not on deck or working at 2 Rivers Bicycle he’s planning the next great getaway with his wife and two children.

Andrew Wheeler Assistant Coach

Coach Andy swam competitively for a team much like WAT as a young swimmer.  He swam for the Stoughton High School Vikings, where he served as team captain for two years, and then for the Carroll College Pioneers.  He has worked for WI/MN Swim Camps and as a lifeguard.  Coach Andy is thrilled to be back in the swim team atmosphere to share his knowledge and love of the sport with younger swimmers.  Coach Andy is is a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard.  

When Coach Andy is not on deck, he works at White House of Music in Watertown.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, camping, and music. 


Kristin Warnecke Assistant Coach

Coach Kristin started swimming competitively for DFAC when she was 9 years old. Going to nationals at 14 in Nashville, TN, she was also a four time state qualifier in high school.  Kristin had a first place finish in the 400 free relay which helped her team get a second place finish overall her junior year (one of my favorite personal swim memories).  Kristin graduated from UW-Parkside in 2006 with a Bachelors of Art with an emphasis is graphic design.  Formerly a coach at Waterloo (where she found her love of coaching), Coach Kristin is excited to be back with WAT!  She love art, hanging out with my kids, and of course swimming.

Noelle Else Assistant Coach

Noelle Else, a former swimmer of both WAT and Watertown High School, is an Assistant Coach who currently studies History Education and Social Justice at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Noelle began coaching with WAT in 2016 before coaching in La Crosse while at school.  In her free time, Coach Noelle loves doing puzzles, cooking, and spending time with her family.  We are excited for Coach Noelle to return home to WAT!  

Madeline Preston Assistant Coach

Coach Maddy began swimming with WAT when she was 7 years old and continued through all 4 high school seasons for Watertown. Her senior year, she was captain of the high school team! Coach Maddy graduated from WHS in 2019 and is attending Drake University to study Health Sciences! She is very excited to be a sub for the club that helped her find her passion for swimming!!  She cannot wait to pass along her knowledge and love for the sport to younger swimmers as often as she is able. 

Larissa Tomczak Sub Coach

Coach Larissa started competitive swimming at the YMCA at a young age.  She was swim captain her senior year at Madison East High School.  During and after college she was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons.  Coach Larissa was a member of a Master's swim program for the past four years and continued to compete in indoor meets and open water races.  When she is not coaching or swimming, Coach Larissa works full-time providing residential support to people with disabilities.  She enjoys gardening and cooking.  

Alex Nell Sub Coach

Coach Alex swam competitively throughout high school.  He is a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard, and holds all necessary credentials to be a United States Swim Coach.  He is friendly, out-going,and passionate about swimming.  He recently graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is looking forward to starting his new career.  

Cheryl Mortensen Sub Coach
Board of Directors
Lauren Wheeler President
Katrina Salva Vice President
Travis Bernhardt Secretary
Dena Willmann Treasurer
Lynn Zehren Meet Director
Carl Matson Head Coach
Addie Schuch Youth Rep