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.

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
Derrick Rendon Assistant Coach

Coach Derrick is a former Express swimmer and Waukesha South graduate from 2011. Derrick continued his swimming career at Carthage College for four years, where he was a team captain and placed in the top 8 in all of his events. In 2015, he graduated from Carthage with a degree in Accounting/Finance and later his master's degree in Higher Education while also helping as the graduate assistant.

Derrick began as a swim instructor for Swim America for 3 years while in High School and early years of college. He later started coaching at PX3 as the Head Age Group Coach for 4 years. At the same time he was the Head Coach for the Boys at Indian Trail High School and assistant for the Girls team. 

During his time coaching, Coach Derrick has coached State champions, Age Group State record holders, Zone and NCSA qualifiers. Outside of the pool, Coach Derrick enjoys biking, running, and playing soccer.

Alec Carlson Assistant Coach
Sam James Assistant Coach

Sam’s coaching career began this year with the Waukesha Express Swim Team. Sam started her swim career on Express back in 2011. Also, she competed on the Waukesha South/Mukwonago High School Swim Team. After Sam graduated from high school, she swam and dove at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point for four years. She got her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and minored in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently pursuing getting her master’s degree in Elementary Education to become a teacher.

As a coach, she loves working with all different age groups. Sam likes to build strong positive relationships with her swimmers. Her favorite part about coaching, is watching her swimmers hard work and dedication in the pool pay off. Outside of the pool you can catch Coach Sam spending time with family and doing CrossFit. At Express, Sam coaches the Senior swimmers, Age Group White, Age Group Black, and lessons at Swim America.

Matt Gardner Assistant Coach

Matt grew up in Waukesha swimming for Express.  He swam for Waukesha South from 1990-1994. He then went on to swim at UW-Milwaukee, where he received his degree in education. While swimming at UWM he was a team captain and conference champion. In 2000 Matt helped coach UWM to a conference championship.

After swimming he started coaching club swimming with Blaine at Waukesha Express and coaching High School at New Berlin West. In 2001 he moved down to St Louis to coach with Rockwood Swim Club. There he was the Assistant National team coach and Age Group coach, while also running Swim America.  In 2005 he moved back to Wisconsin and coached part time  with Express. The last 2 years he has been the strength and distance coach for the Waukesha North/KM High School girls swim team.

In 2010 he started doing triathlons, competing in his first Ironman in Madison in 2011. Since then Matt has competed in 7 Ironman’s, Age group nationals, Qualifying for Age group worlds and competed in the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.  In 2017 Matt decided to share his love for cycling and use his coaching background to open up his own indoor cycling studio in Hartland (Bicycle Barn) and help train cyclist and triathletes during the winters.

Matt and his wife Stacy have 2 daughters, Makenna and Keira.  They enjoy traveling and spending time as a family – and with their 2 dogs Louy & Lexi.

Quinton Maydaniuk Assistant Coach

Coach Quinton started coaching in 2017 with a summer recreation team in La Crosse, WI. Since then he has been the coach of two high school programs. Prior to coaching Quinton swam at UW - La Crosse where he studied to be a teacher. Quinton's goal as a coach is to help athletes learn techniques that allow them to succeed not only in the pool but in life as well. 

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