Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Erich Richardson Head Coach

Erich started as Head Coach of the FM Gators Swim Team in the fall of 2014. Previous to that he was an assistant coach for the West Fargo Flyers for 7 years. In regards to his High School Coaching he was the assistant coach for the Fargo South Bruin Girls swim team for 3 years, the assistant coach for the West Fargo Packer Boys swim team for 6 years, and he was the Head Coach for the Shanley Deacon Girls swim team for 3 years. He is now the Head Coach of the West Fargo Sheyenne Girls and Boys Swim & Dive Teams. This coaching all occured after Erich swam for the Gators for 13 years along with most of his siblings, and swam for one year at St. Cloud State University.

Please Contact Coach Erich with any questions about the FM Gators Swim Team at the Email above or phone number below.

(701) 364-4151

Ali Church Assistant Coach

Hi I’m Ali! I swam for the Wahoos in Grand Forks, ND for 10 years and then went on to swim at the University of North Dakota for 4 more years! Long distance freestyle was my jam so that’s what I know best! At UND I got my bachelors degree in nursing. My big girl job is working as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sanford here in Fargo. It is the absolute best! GO GATORS! 

Sarah Floyd Assistant Coach

I live in Fargo with my husband and two sons, Jackson and Dexter. I teach STEM at Trinity Elementary School in West Fargo. I love to spend time with my family, read, and go lap swimming. I am a former Gator and have been coaching various swim teams for the past 10 years. 

Emma Hepper Assistant Coach
Leann Mengelkoch Assistant Coach

I started swimming for the FM Gators Swim Team when I was 6 years old. My younger brother followed me a year later and we continued to swim for the Gators until we graduated high school. I also swam for Fargo North high school from 7th-12th grade. I now attend St. Cloud State University and am on my third year of swimming there. I was the North Dakota LSC junior/senior athlete representative for 2 years.

Shaun Mengelkoch Assistant Coach

I have been involved with swimming since 2004, when my sister Leann started swimming. I followed suit one year later and competitively swam up till I graduated high school in 2017.

Preston Owen Assistant Coach

I am from Brainerd MN and have been swimming since I was 2. I went through our YMCA program as well as the middle school and high school teams and started coaching when I was a sophomore. I currently attend MSUM in the film, animation, and music programs.

Katelynn Sjurseth-Smith Assistant Coach

Hi I'm Katelynn! I have been swimming my entire life, and started competitive swimming in 2011 on both the Davies High School Girls and FM Gators swim teams. I graduated Davies in 2018 and continued my swimming career at Concordia College for a year. I also was Team Athlete Representative for two years on the Gators! I've been a freestyle sprinter and IM-er my entire swimming career, so I often give out sprint and IM sets to the swimmers. I am majoring in Business Marketing at Concordia, and also barista at Moxie Java in West Acers Mall. I can't wait for a great season with these lovely Gator swimmers!

Brady Spiering Assistant Coach
Morgan Staffne Assistant Coach

Hi I am Morgan, I have lived in Fargo my whole life I swam for 14 years for the local swim teams Red Dragons, Gators, Davies High and I would have swam in college but due to a shoulder injury I was unable to. I am currently a freshman at  MSUM in the art education program. 

Board of Directors
Paul Sjurseth President
Brian Toay Vice President/Meet Manager
Theresa Settles Treasurer
Ali Jordahl Concessions Chair
Lisa Nordeng Social Co-Chair
Alexa Vein Social Co-Chair
Ashley Peterson Communications Chair
Angie Fogel Secretary