Co Head Coach-Senior
Jeff Rodriguez is in his 18th year as Head Coach of Edina Swim Club. As Head Coach, Jeff is responsible for the senior program and the overall vision and success of the club, meanwhile, training each senior swimmer to their highest level.
His coaching experience includes developing athletes at all levels. Jeff started within the Edina program in 1997 as an assistant coach and became lead age group coach in 1998. As age group coach in 1998, 1999, 2000, Jeff led Edina’s Age Group program to three consecutive state Championships. Jeff became Head Coach in 2002 and currently coaches the three senior groups Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Under his leadership, ESC has consistently placed in the top 3 at the Minnesota Championships and has won over 70 plus Top 2 age group awards at the state level.
In the past five years, Jeff has coached more than 60 athletes who have competed at the USA and NCSA Junior National Championships and coached swimmers at the Olympic Trials in 2012. Athletes on the Edina Senior and National Teams regularly place on USA Swimming's top 10 lists and have set over 40 numerous MN state records and 200 plus ESC club records. Jeff was named Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, selected as Staff for USA National Select Camp in 2010 and attended in 2014. He was also selected as staff for the USA Central Zone Select Camp in 2015.
Jeff's coaching philosophy focuses on being a well-rounded athlete and he enjoys seeing athletes continue swimming into the next phase of their careers. He has a strong belief there is a place for everyone on a team and swimming is a lifetime sport.
As an athlete himself, Jeff competed at the Division 1 level for University of Minnesota in 1994-1998. He was a member of the Big Ten Championship Team in 1996 that won the first championship in over 70 years to start a new tradition for the Gophers. Jeff came away from his college career being a two time Big Ten Champion (team), received Jerry McCual Award, two time Iron Fish Award, Four time Letter “M” Winner, Hardest Worker and Most Improved and a Member of the Dean’s List and 3.0 club. His events were 200 Breast, 200IM and 400IM during the Big Ten and at the National level. Coach Jeff earned a Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology with minors in Psychology, Spanish and Coaching from the University of Minnesota.
Away from the pool, Jeff enjoys traveling all over the world and stays active with exercise.
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 2, 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.
8 and Under Developmental Head 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 bring his extensive experience in swimming and
personal training to the team.
Wojtek directs the 8 and under swimmers on our team and directly
leads the Gator 1, Prep 1 and Gator 3 groups.
Wojtek is a husband and father of 3 young kids, and he loves
Minnesota even during the winter time.
Gator 2 Lead Coach
Coach Hailey has a combined 10 years of experience in teaching
and coaching swimming. She is in her 5th year on Edina Swim
Club, after teaching swimming at Lifetime fitness, 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 has a degree in Elementary Education and brings
this classroom experience to her work with the youngest
Hailey leads the Gator 2 group and assists with all other
When not at the pool, Hailey enjoys crafting and photography.
Jim's not new to
coaching; he’s been a swim coach since 1973 and coached full
time since 1980. His passion for swimming has influenced many
of his former swimmers who now coach all over the United States,
many in Minnesota.
In 2011 Jim
received the Jimi Flowers Disability Swimming Coach of the Year
Award at the United States Aquatics Convention awards ceremony held
in Jacksonville, Florida. This most prestigious coaching
award is named in honor and memory of Jimi Flowers, an incredible
coach who developed numerous Olympic and Paralympic
champions. Jim is also a past
recipient of the Disability Swimming Outstanding Coach Award
Over the years Jim has received other awards including Minnesota
Swimming Senior Coach of the Year (2005) and Senior Athlete of the
Year (University of Saint Thomas) but his greatest reward comes as
a coach watching an athlete strive to become the best he or she can
be and in being a part of that journey.
Jim was raised
in a family where exercise was encouraged and he runs every day,
mainly in Edina where he and his wife Diane have lived since
1984. He completed the first ten Twin Cities Marathons and in
1992 both Jim and Diane qualified for the
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.
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,
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 assists with all age group levels.
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.
Ryan Rich is in his second season with Edina Swim Club.
Over a ten-year coaching career, Ryan has worked with swimmers of
all ages, from age-group to college. He comes to Edina after
recent stops at Purdue University and Tulane University.
Ryan holds a bachelors degree from the University of St. Thomas
and a masters degree from Boston College.