Co Head Coach
Coach Rodriguez has been with Edina Swim
Club for 16 years, and Head Coach for 13 years. As Head Age Group
Coach 1999-2000, he led the Age Group program to their third
consecutive state title, qualifying swimmers in the top 16% in the
country. The following year, Coach Rodriguez was promoted to Head
Coach. He has been awarded Minnesota's Senior Coach of the
year 2 times-2010 and 2011.
Coach Jeff has led the senior level Edina
Gators in breaking state records, earning National top 10 honors,
qualifying swimmers for Junior Jationals, US Open and Senior
Nationals. Coach Jeff 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 at 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
For fun, Coach Rodriguez enjoys exercising
Co Head Coach
Coach Denise has spent
the last 28 years coaching and teaching at every level of swimming
in Minnesota, and has achieved Level III ASCA certification.
She is in her 8th year at Edina Swim Club, and since coming to
Edina, has coached hundreds of state and zone level swimmers,
including State Champions, Zone Champions, State Record holders,
and #1 Nationally ranked Age Group Swimmers.
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.
Denise leads the Junior,
Prep 3, Prep 2, and Gator 3 groups.
Denise lives in Woodbury with her husband, and has 4 children of
her own. She loves kids, swimming, decorating and movies. Her
mission as a coach is to encourage and empower swimmers to believe
in themselves, develop fully as athletes, and take away the values
from the sport that will help them reach their full potential in
all of life's endeavors.
Swim Lesson Supervisor
Natalie has been in the swimming community for over 10 years
– starting with swim lessons for Foss Swim School, working
with children from 6 months of age to 12+ years of age.
Before coming to Edina Swim Club, she was the head age group
coach for FASTjets club team (2009-2012) – leading multiple 8
& under and 9 & 10 age group team and individual state
champions; along with multiple Zone, and nationally ranked age
She is driven to provide a fun and safe atmosphere with her
swimmers, while reinforcing high levels of swimming technique. Her
unique style of coaching has proven to make the sport of swimming
both exciting and yield great results.
Outside the world of swimming – Natalie is married to her
husband, Danny. She enjoys gardening and going out for walks with
her puppy, Coco. She is a high school graduate from Wayzata, and is
currently finishing her Organizational Leadership degree at the
University of Bethel (2015).
Gator I/Gator II/Prep I
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. When not at
the pool, Hailey enjoys crafting and photography.
High School Fitness/Prep I
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.
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 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 Rapids.
Sam began swimming competitively at age 5 with the NHCP
Swim Club. She was able to compete in the Junior National
swim meet in 2006 and 2007. In high school, she swam at
Providence Academy,getting voted captain her junior and senior
year. Sam continued her swimming career at the College of
Saint Benedict where she was captain her senior
She graduated from St. Bens in 2013 with a degree in
Nutrition and Dietetics. In my spare time, Same loves to
cook, watch football, and do water sports!
Carolyn has been coaching for the Edina Gators since last fall
in 2012. She began her swimming career when she was very young on
Edina Swim Club. She also swam for the Edina Girls' High
School team and was a captain her senior year. Carolyn
continued swimming in college at St. Ben's on the Blazer Swimming
and Diving Team. At St. Ben's, she studied elementary
education and graduated this past December. She has
loved her experience as a swimmer and couldn't be happier as a
coach for the Edina Swim Club! In her spare time, she loves
Lucas Baarlaer swam at the University of North Dakota and earned
a B.S. in Exercise Science, and is currently pursuing his M.S. in
Lucas also coached at UND from 2008-2012 and his swimmers earned
multiple NCAA I "B" cuts, accounted for several school records. He
also had 3 swimmers achieve 2012 Olympic Trials cuts.
He is an ASCA Level 3 coach and is pursuing Level 4. His
hometown is Boulder, Colorado.
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
conference champion in the 1650, 4 year letter earner, and NCAA All
Jessica is a CPA and works as an accountant with
Lifetouch. In her spare time, she enjoys training for
Andrea Hanson grew up swimming for Edina Swim Club from the ages
7-18 and was coached by Coach Jeff. She also swam on the Edina
School girls team from 8th to 12th grade. After graduating from
school, Andrea went on to swim for the Minnesota Gophers. She was
four year letter winner and team captain her senior year. She was
a part of the Gophers team that won the Big Ten title in 2008.
Andrea works in recruiting for General Mills. She also enjoys
biking, competing in triathlons, and reading.
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.
Liz started coaching with Gators in September 2012. She grew up in
Woodbury, MN where she began swimming with SEMS Swim Club at 7
years old. She swam for 15 years and continued her career
throughout college, where she was voted Captain her senior
year. She attended Iowa State University and studied Business
and Marketing. Since graduating, she has been working at
Aerotek as a Recruiter.
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.
David started coaching fall 2013