Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Blaine Carlson CEO/Head Coach
Blaine came to the Waukesha Express Swim Team in 1994 after graduating from The University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Political Science and History. As a swimmer, Blaine was a four-time University of Wisconsin – Madison school record holder and was a team captain. While at Madison, Blaine was a finalist in the Big Ten Conference as well as at the US National Meet. In 1990, he was a two time silver medalist at the United States Olympic Festival, and went on to be ranked in the top 25 in America and top 60 in the World. Blaine has taken the experiences that he learned as an age group, senior, and collegiate swimmer and has applied them to his coaching style. In the last eighteen years of coaching, swimmers under Blaine’s guidance have gone on to have swims ranked in the Top 16 in the nation, have had swims ranked in the top 100 of all-time in United States Swimming, qualified for Olympic Trials, and broken 7 National Records. Swimmers in the last 18 years have set state records, finished in the top 8 at the national level, been High School All-Americans, and have gone on to earn college swimming scholarships. Just this year, Blaine received the American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence and has guided ten swimmers to Olympic Trial Qualifying times. Blaine is committed to developing the swimmers to reach their maximum potential, while doing what is best for each individual. He strongly believes in the values that swimming can instill in young people. It is important that kids today learn more than just how to swim fast in our program.  
Laurie Carlson SwimAmerica Director/Program Coordinator
Laurie joined the team in 1996 to develop our swimming lessons program, which has grown to be one of the largest SwimAmerica programs in the country.  As the team has grown, Laurie has also gotten involved with the management of the swim team, and coordinating the two prorgams.  The goal for Laurie and the SwimAmerica program is to encourage young swimmers to get involved in our sport.  The hope is that the young swimmers in our community will love the sport as much as Laurie and her staff, and will continue in the sport at any and all levels.
 
Laurie is a former Express swimmer and graduate of Waukesha South High School. In high school, Laurie was a WIAA state qualifier and YMCA National qualifier. She continued her swimming career at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she earned a scholarship, was a team captain, and an undergraduate assistant for the swimming team during her last semester at school. Laurie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1993. 
 
 
Jake Burchfield Senior/Super 8's Coach

Jake’s coaching career began when he was a swim instructor/coach for his club team in Minnesota at the age of 16. Jake then swam in college for four years at UW - La Crosse where he was a team captain and seven-time school record holder. In 2019 he graduated from UWL with a degree in psychology and was awarded Male Athlete of the Year. During his off seasons at UWL, he would coach summer swim camps at the Universities of Stanford and Georgia. 

Jake came to Express after Graduating from SUNY - Cortland with a master’s degree in Exercise Science. As the Cortland assistant coach, he conducted graduate research on the use of power racks as a pre-competition warmup for sprinters. With Jake’s background in swim research, he believes in applying science to the sport, and strives to educate his athletes while continuing to learn himself. 

As a coach, Jake hopes to foster an environment where his athletes can learn the values and skills to succeed in the pool and in life. At Express Jake coaches the Senior swimmers, Super 8’s, Masters, and MS/HS training groups.

Dan Wohl Age Group Coach
Dan comes to Waukesha from Sandusky, Ohio.  He began swimming competitively at age 6, and got his start in the sport with the Vacationland Swim Club which was run by his parents.  He eventually became a US Open qualifier and went to the NCAA Divsion 1 Championships, representing Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, he was a 4-year letterman, team captain, and 21-time conference champion in both individuals and relays. He earned 1st Team All Mid-American Conference honors all 4 years, and was 2-time MAC Swimmer of the Year.
 
Dan’s coaching background began at age 17, where he was an assistant coach of a country club summer league team in Sandusky.  During his collegiate summers at Club Wolverine, he worked as an athlete counselor/coach at the Wolverine Swim Camps.  Following college, he coached 1 year back in Sandusky with Vacationland Swim Club, while also serving as the Head Coach of the summer league country club team. In 2009 he was hired by Bowling Green Swim Club as Head Age Group Coach where he remained for 3 years until coming to Waukesha.  His background in IM and distance freestyle drives much of his coaching philosophy in order to cultivate an all-around swimmer with the skills and attitude to be successful throughout the life-long sport of swimming. 
 
Dan has been with Waukesha Express Swim Team since May of 2012.
 
 
Nickie Tew Age Group Coach

Coach Nickie began coaching in 1992 and has worked with all age groups during that time.  During her career, Coach Nickie has coached State and Zone champions, Zone and Junior National qualifiers, State and Club record holders and was elected multiple years by her coaching peers to be a Zone coach. 

Coach Nickie began swimming at the age of 5 with a couple local teams, during High School, she set multiple school records and took second at State in the 100 fly her senior year, that school record still stands today.  She continued her competitive swimming career for four years at Northern Michigan University where she was an All American in multiple events, all 4 years.  She helped her team take second place at NCAA Division II Nationals two of the four years she swam.  She also set multiple school records; the last of her records fell in 2013, she held the 100 fly record for 25 years. 

As a coach, she loves coaching all ages; she takes pride in giving individual attention to each child throughout practice.  She feels the most rewarding experience is seeing kids of all ages achieve things that never thought possible.  Outside the pool, Coach Nickie enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, watching movies and walking the dog. 

Jennifer MacGregor Age Group Coach
Board of Directors
Andy Schaser Board President
Morgan Hamm Board Member
Peggy Butt Board Member
Christy Jagdfeld Board Member
Keith Mee Board Member
Andy Tranel Board Member
Blaine Carlson CEO
Laurie Carlson Board Member