Co Head Coach-Senior
Rodriguez has been the Edina Swim Club Head Coach for 13 years.
Before that, as Head Age Group Coach in 1999-2000, he led the
Age Group program to their third consecutive state title,
qualifying swimmers with top 16 times in the country. The following
year, he was promoted to Head Coach.
has consistently led the Senior Edina Gators in breaking state
records, earning National top 10 honors, qualifying swimmers for Junior Nationals, US Open,
Senior Nationals and Olympic Trials. He has also qualified
athletes for USA Swimming National Select Camp- in 2010(he was also chosen
to coach) and 2014.
He has been awarded Minnesota's Senior Coach of the year 2
times-2010 and 2011.
earned a Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology with minors in
Psychology, Spanish and Coaching from the University of Minnesota.
He was a four year letterman on the University of Minnesota
Men’s Swimming Team and a member of two time Big Ten
Championship titles. Coach Jeff swam 200 Breast, 200 IM and
400 IM at the national level.
Jeff leads all Senior groups-Gold, Silver, Bronze
Coach Rodriguez enjoys exercising and traveling.
Co Head Coach-Age Group
Coach Denise over 40
years of experience in the swimming world as a swimmer and a coach.
She has spent the last 28 years in Minnesota fulfilling
her dream of making a difference in kids' lives through the
sport. She is in her 9th year at Edina Swim Club. Since
coming to Edina, she has coached every level of swimmer from the
very beginner to State Champions, Zone Champions
and Nationally ranked swimmers and Junior National qualifiers.
Under her leadership, Edina age group swimmers have set
over 30 new State Records since 2006. Denise was promoted to
Co Head Coach in 2013.
She has been a Minnesota
Zone Coach 6 times, Minnesota ASCA President, Minnesota
Swimming Coach Representative, and Minnesota Disability
Chair. In 2011, Denise was awarded the Minnesota Age Group
Coach of the Year. She is an ASCA Level 4 certified
Denise directs all 12 and
under programming, and leads the Prep 3 and Junior
She graduated in 1987
from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Psychology, lives
in Woodbury with her husband, and has 4 grown children of her own.
In her spare time, she enjoys working out and spending time
with friends and family.
Prep 1 Coach/Prep 2 Coach
Wojtek began coaching with the Gators in the summer of 2014. He
comes from Poland where he swam from age 7 through all elementary,
middle and high school. He graduated from the University of Warsaw,
with a degree in Physical Education and Coaching. His entire
working career has been connected with swimming. He worked as
instructor and coach for the Vulcans Swim Club Lincoln in
England for 2 years. He then opened and managed his own swim school
for kids age 2 and over, before coming to America in 2013. He
is excited to work with the 9-10 year olds this season, and bring
his extensive experience in swimming and personal training to the
He leads the Prep 1 and Prep 2 groups and assists with all other
age group levels.
Wojtek is a husband and father of 3 young kids, and he loves
Minnesota even during the winter time.
Gator 3 Coach
Rick swam for Edina Swim Club, Edina High School and the
University of Texas at Arlington, a short lived D1 program with a
top finish of 3rd at NCAA's. In between practice times, he earned a
degree in Economics. He held the school record for the 1650,
and was carried by three other swimmers to be on the 800 free relay
to achieve a team record that was never broken.
Sherri his wife of 36 years and he have two children. Caitlin
and Richard exceeded their parents swimming goals of becoming
drown proofed. They both were captains for Wayzata High School's
Swimming Team and one swam at the Olympic Trials in 2012.
Coach Dunham started coaching in in 1972 and has coached in
Minnesota for the last fifteen years. He is very excited to be part
of the great things happening at Edina Swim Club, and hopes to help
every swimmer realize how important they are, and how important to
Rick leads the Gator 3 group and assist with all other age group
When not coaching, his favorite activity is swimming in Lake
Minnetonka with people he has been swimming with for over
forty years. Swimming is a life time sport.
Gator 2 Coach
Hailey began coaching with the Gators in 2011, after several
years of teaching swimming and coaching for SEMS and Eastridge High
School. She was a 6 year letter winner at Woodbury High
School, and swam at the University of North Dakota. She
graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2014 with an
emphasis in urban classrooms. She brings this classroom
experience to her work with the youngest Gators.
Hailey leads the Gator 2 group and assists with all other age
When not at the pool, Hailey enjoys crafting and photography.
Gator 1/Prep 1 Coach
Buzzy was born in Minnesota. Her mother required her to
know how to swim in the Land of 10,000 lakes. After 1 lesson,
she joined the swim team. After 1 ribbon, she was hooked on
competing. She spent half her growing up years in Illinois
and half in Montana. She was recruited back to Minnesota for
college at Hamline University where she swam under the direction of
She has been coaching swimming for many years, and loves it! She
joined the Gators in the spring of 2014. Buzzy leads the Gator 1
group and assists with all other age group levels.
She is married to a great guy. They have 7 children, and they
are home schooled.
In her spare time, she likes to garden, knit, and sew. Many
mornings you will find her hanging out with her children, and drinking coffee.
Masters Coach/Assistant Coach
Shanda comes to Edina Swim Club from her home
state of Florida with over 20 years of swimming and coaching
experience. Her most recent coaching jobs have included Greater
Pensacola Aquatic Club, Auburn Aquatics, Auburn Swim Camps, and
coaching the high school she graduated from in
In high school, Shanda was a 2x All-American (50 free),
a multiple school record holder, state finalist, team captain
and also played water polo. She then swam her first two years of
college at Indian River State College where she was a mulipule
NJCAA champion, NJCAA national record holder, team record holder,
and swimmer of the year in 2008. Upon completion, Shanda
transferred into Florida State University where she swam against
some of the country's best competition at meets such as ACCs,Winter
Nationals, and the Grand Prix series.
She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Social
Science in 2010. Since her collegiate career ended, Shanda has been
an active member in Masters swimming and at one point had a
national record in the 50 fly (SCM). She is our new
Masters coach and assists with the age group programs.
Outside of the pool, Shanda is a die hard
college football fan, loves to travel, a workout junkie, and a
foodie. She just married her husband Gideon, who is a collegiate
coach and former Olympic swimmer, and they have a furbaby named
Mike is Canadian born, but has lived in the Twin Cities area
since he was thirteen years old. From the age of 13 –
17 Mike won over two-dozen state titles, and picked up a central
zone high-point award.
Mike attended and swam at the University of Minnesota for four
years. At the beginning of his freshman year he was told that
as he was, he would not be on the traveling team or Big Ten
Championship team. He made the decision to be extremely
physically dedicated and did as much as possible to research and
learn as much as he could about the sport so he could better help
his team. He researched countless swim science and swim
theory articles, sat in on USA Swimming clinics held at the
University, and picked the minds of several National and Olympic
level swimmers while they were attending invitationals at the
By the time he finished his senior year at the University Mike
was voted two-time “Most Improved Swimmer” on the team,
he was a three-time Big Ten runner-up in the mile, three-time
individual NCAA qualifier and point scorer, placed 15th
at U.S. Olympic Trials, placed 3rd at Canadian
Olympic Trials, and at one point was in the top 35 fastest swimmers
in the world.
Mike got in to coaching and fell in love with it. He loves
being able to bring all of the things he learned from his
experiences to the table. It is extremely rewarding for him
to see all of the swimmers grow as athletes and as people. He
is an ASCA level 4 certified coach as well as a certified personal
Mike assists with the Senior groups.
Nicole Hedman joined the Edina staff in September 2012 and has
been involved in swimming for over 30 years as a club swimmer, high
school swimmer, college swimmer, and coach. She has extensive
coaching experience with a number of metro area clubs (ABC swim
club, MVSC, Elk River, and Jetstream Aquatics) and also high
schools (Elk River, Anoka, Champlin Park, and Skyview in
Montana). Nicole has had the honor of being a Team MN
zone coach for 8 years, coaching the 15 & over girls, 11-12
girls and the 10 & under girls.
As a swimmer, her personal accomplishments include being captain
for her high school and college teams. She was a High
school state qualifier and 2 time NCAA qualifier. Coach
Nicole's career coaching accomplishments include:
- 25 state champions ages 8 & under to senior level
- 50+ swimmers as zone qualifiers
- 5 junior national qualifiers
- 3 team state championships
Nicole loves seeing the faces of the swimmers when they
have an “I get it moment” or when they surprise even
themselves with their swims. She assists with the Senior
She is married to Mark and has 3 children, Nick, Matthew, and
Jacob. She grew up in Ramsey, MN and graduated from Anoka
High School and then graduated from the College of St. Catherine
with a degree in Elementary Education. She recently went back
to school and finished her middle school math endorsement.
Nicole currently teaches math at Northdale Middle School in Coon
Jessica has been coaching with Edina Swim Club since 2011, and
is also involved with our Masters swim team. She grew up
swimming for Woodbury High School and Twin Cities Swim Team, and
went on to swim at the University of North Dakota where she was
North Central Conference Champion in the 1650, 4 year letter
earner, and NCAA All American, and was named Hardest worker and
Most improved during her time there.
She assists with all the age group levels.
Jessica is a CPA and works in finance with Lifetouch. In
her spare time, she enjoys training for triathlons.
Kim grew up in Burnsville, swimming on Blackdog and coaching
there for years. She went on to swim for all 4 years at the
University of Minnesota. She has been teaching math at
Burnsville High School for the last 11 years and has also been the
girl's high school coach there since 2008. Kim has been a 10
time zones coach as well as the Head Zones Coach in 2012. She
joined the Gator staff in 2008 and works with all groups.
Griffin Moodie grew up swimming for the Edina Gators from age 6
to 18. The majority of that time he was coached under Head Coach
Jeff Rodriguez. Griffin also swam for Edina High School for 6
years, lettered all 6 years and was captain of the team his senior
year under Coach Art Downey. Post high school, Griffin attended
Boston University and swam Division 1 where he was also captain his
senior year and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International
Relations. After college Griffin moved to Los Angeles where he
worked various jobs and continued swimming for recreation with Rose
Bowl Aquatics and the Trojan Swim Club at the University of
Since moving back to Minnesota Griffin has enjoyed coaching the
Gators greatly. Beyond swimming, Griffin enjoys biking, golf,
music, movies and reading. He is looking forward to another
competitive swim season and is extremely impressed by the team and
how it has grown. He assists with all levels.
Abbey grew up swimming for Team Foxjet and Eden Prairie High School
before attending the College of St. Benedict. She continued her
swimming career into four years of collegiate swimming, finding a
love for long distance events. Abbey also swims with the Edina
Masters swim team now as she trains for open water swims,
completing swims around Key West and across San Francisco Bay in
the last two years.
She assists with all age group levels.
Abbey is an account executive for, advertising agency, Periscope.
When not working you can find her training for an upcoming event,
brunching with family and friends or re-reading Harry Potter.
Natalie joined the Edina Swim Club staff in the fall of
2014. She grew up in Montevideo, MN, where she swam
throughout high school. She was a MN State record holder,
Team MN Zone member, Jr. National’s qualifier, team captain
and currently holds 5 school records.
After high school, Natalie attended Swarthmore College, where
she was a 2-time MVP, Division III National’s swimmer &
8-time Centennial Conference champion. She began coaching
while in college, teaching private lessons for children aged 5-12,
as well as working with tri-athletes of all ages. She assists with all groups for Edina Swim
Natalie is currently in her third year of medical school, and
despite the demanding schedule, enjoys maintaining her connection
with swimming through coaching and participating in
triathlons. In her spare time, she enjoys playing gigs as a
professional pianist, reading, traveling and photography.
Alissa M Tinklenberg
Alissa grew up swimming for the Willmar, MN club team and high
school team before attendingGustavus Adolphus College. She
swam for the Gusties and helped them to 4 MIAC Conference
Titles, along with becoming an NCAA 12-Time All-American,
specializing in backstroke and sprint freestyle. Alissa also
swims with the Edina Masters swim team as she trains for
triathlons. She assists with the Senior swimmers.
Alissa is an Associate Auditor at Clifton Larson Allen. In
her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes from Pinterest
and walking/running on the beautiful trails in the metro area.
Nicole comes to Edina Swim Club with over 30 years of swimming
and coaching experience. For the past 10 years she lead an
Age Group program in San Diego, CA. In that time she
developed many Nationally ranked age group swimmers, 3 of which
went on to compete at the US Olympic Trials. She also
developed many Junior Olympic Qualifiers/Champions/Record Holders,
Far Western Qualifiers/Champions, Zone Qualifiers/Champions, and
Sectional Qualifiers. She was also voted Age Group Coach of
the Year while she was in San Diego. Before coaching in
California, Nicole coached in Minnesota. She was the Head
Girls High School Swimming Coach at Mounds View High School for
three years, and during that time she was voted Section Coach of
the Year twice. She was also an Assistant Senior Coach
with Burnsville Swim Club, Edina Swim Club and Mounds View Swim
She grew up swimming in Minnesota with the Burnsville Swim Club
and then went on to swim at St Olaf College. She assists with
the Senior groups on Edina Swim Club.
Nicole just retired from the United States Navy and works as a
Sales Manager at Lee Products Company in Bloomington,