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We welcome your questions and input!

Questions about team administration (dues, safety, registration, or policy): please contact one of the Board of Directors as listed toward the bottom of this page. 

Questions related to our swim program (workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming-related needs) please contact your swimmer's group coach, through their email address, listed below.  

Primary group coaching assignments are as follows (note that our other coaches assist, depending on the size of your swimmer's group, and our day to day practice schedule):

 

Age Group Bronze:   Coach Dean Koch

Age Group Silver: Coach Kalie Koch

Age Group Gold: Coach Cindy Potter

Age Group Performance:  Coach Matt Engelhardt

Senior Team Bronze: Coach Dean Koch

Senior Team Silver: Coach Dean Koch

Senior Team Gold: Coach Dean Koch 

Coaching Staff

Dean M Koch

Head Coach

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Coach Dean Koch comes to DFAC swimming with a wealth of swimming and coaching experience.  His most recent coaching experience was for the Saint Charles Swim Team (SCST) located in St. Charles Illinois.  SCST is a 350 member team that is continually ranked one of the top 2 teams in Illinois.  His positions with SCST included Lead Coach for the Senior 1 training group, assistant coach for the National and Senior 2 training groups, as well as the Lead Coach for the SCST Non Competitive Swim Team.  

Dean’s coaching career began back in High School where he was an Assistant Coach for the Sauk Prairie Pool Sharks (summer league team), where he eventually became Head Coach.  He has held several coaching positions with different clubs as well as high school teams.  Coach Dean has coached all levels of swimmers from Beginners to National qualifiers.  He was also very active on SCST Board of Directors and acted as the Treasurer for four years as well as running the administrative and operation functions of the club. 

Coach Dean’s passion for swimming began when he started competing for the Sauk Prairie Pool Sharks at age 5 and continued on at the Sauk Prairie High School where he was a 4 year letter winner, school record holder, multiple Conference Champion and a Small School State Champion.  He went on to swim for the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he was a four year letter winner, school record holder, national qualifier and a 5 time honorable mention All-American. 

Coach Dean is married and has two daughters who are also very active in swimming and swim coaching.  He moved back to the Madison area the summer of 2015 and is very happy to be back home.

Matt D Engelhardt

Assistant Coach

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Welcome Coach Matt to DFAC Swimming!  Matt started his swimming career with DFAC where he swam for 10 years, and was a multi-time State, Speedo Sectionals and Zones qualifier. He also swam for the DeForest High School Boys’ swim team, where he was a 3-time state qualifier and earned all-state honors in the 100 Backstroke. Matt went on to compete for the UW-Oshkosh swim and dive team for 3 seasons where he was a part of school record setting 200 and 400 Freestyle, and 400 Medley relay teams for the Titans, and was elected as WIAC swimmer of the week.  Prior to joining DFAC, Matt was an assistant coach for 1 year with the Wausau Tide Swim Club and head coach for the Horrace Mann Middle School girls’ swim team in Wausau, WI.  In his free time, Matt enjoys biking, camping, and reading. He is very excited to be part of the DFAC coaching staff, and to be involved with the team that created his intense passion for the sport of swimming.

Cindy A Mitchell-Potter

Assistant Coach

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I have been a coach with DFAC since 2003, where I have been fortunate to coach at every age and group level. Currently, I am the Lead Coach of the AG Gold group.  I was born in Upper Michigan, (yup, I am a Yooper), and have always been involved with swimming, starting as a summer youth camp waterfront director, swimming instructor and lifeguard.  I swam club, high school and one year of college.  After graduating from the University of Dubuque, I taught fifth grade in Clinton, Iowa.  We moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota, and I obtained my graduate degree from Minnesota State University, where I worked as a clinical psychologist and a technical college instructor before moving to the Deforest-Windsor area.   

 

You have probably seen my husband, Rick, on deck officiating at meets.  He has been active on the DFAC Board and LSC Board and Official’s Committee.  We have one son, Nicholas.  He began swimming at age six with DFAC, and he signed to swim on scholarship at Miami University.  I love to read and enjoy all water sports, including swimming, boating and scuba diving with my family.

 

Andrea Weinstock

Assistant Coach

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Tammy T Tollefson-Meixner

Assistant Coach

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Tammy Tollefson Meixner has been an important part of the DFAC coaching team for 10 years.  Prior to joining DFAC, Tammy taught private and group swimming lessons, lifeguarded, and was the director of a pool for 10 summers.   Tammy's experience working with youth and teenagers also includes working as a French teacher for middle and high school students for many years.  Prior to teaching, Tammy worked as a project director for a medical company for 10 years.  Tammy is grateful for the opportunity to work with an incredible coaching staff and all of our swimmers.  Tammy holds a master’s degree in French and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UW Madison.

Kalie Beth Koch

Assistant Coach

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Kalie is super excited to be part of our DFAC family. She began her swimming career when she was in 6th grade swimming for the St. Charles Swim Team in Illinois. As part of the ST. Charles Swim Team she qualified for Regionals and was a finalist in the mile (4th place) and 1000 Free (7th place).  She then was a four-year varsity letter winner, IHSA Upstate Eight Academic All-Conference winner for 3 years, and varsity captain her Senior year at St. Charles High School.

When Kalie was a sophomore in high school she started lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons both as a group lesson or a private lesson. As a swim lessons instructor Kalie has worked with all ages from preschool to college level, and all abilities from beginner to experience.

Kalie started coaching during her sophomore year of high school. She started as a volunteer coach for a Special Olympic Swim Team (Fox Valley Special Recreation Association) and learned new ways of teaching each stroke for all abilities so everyone can understand. She coached for this team for three years. During her Junior year of high school, she started to coach for the ST. Charles Swim Team: non-competitive branch as an assistant coach to Coach Dean. Here she Coached for 2 years both the 8 and under team and the 9 and up team.

As well as coaching of DFAC, Kalie is currently attending UW Madison. Her major is in Elementary Education with hopes of going into graduate school for Secondary Education (she can’t decide who she wants to teach yet). But her dream growing up was to become a History Teacher and also a Swim Coach. You may also see her at the YMCA in Sun Prairie lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons.

Eric Reiche

Assistant Coach

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Eric  was a competitive swimmer that swam for Kenosha Tremper High School and was a state swimmer his senior year in both the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke back when it was a one division state.  After high school  Eric  swam for UW Stout where he went to the national event in the 200 Breaststroke, 800 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay and earned All American honors.  After college  Eric  became the head  coach  for Kenosha Tremper High School girls swim team for 4 years taking the team to the state meet each year, helped the Sturgeon Bay High School boys swim team while they were in a  coaching  transition for a short time, an assistant  coach  to both the boys and girls Menomonie High School swim team and then was head  coach  to the DeForest High School boys swim team for 2 years.  In his spare time  Eric  competes in marathons and triathlons including completing 3 Ironman Wisconsin races.   Eric  has 3 kids of which 2 are on the DFAC swim team.  His main job is in the construction industry where he is a Field Engineer for Techline America and covers Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan. 

Claire Wittkowski

Assistant Coach

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Hello all! My name is Claire and I am very excited to begin coaching for DFAC. I began competitive swimming at the age of 9 for the East Grand Rapids Waves Aquatics Club in Grand Rapids, MI. I went on to swim and play water polo in high school and then continued my swim career at Albion College. At Albion my main events were the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as the 1650 freestyle. I first started coaching in 2014 for ages 8-14 at a summer camp in New Hampshire in between the school year. My senior year of college I helped the assistant coach create volunteer days each month for our team to teach stroke technique to the local swim club. During these volunteer days was where I realized I wanted to become and full time coach. After I graduated college I moved to Chicago to teach swim lessons and coach a group of competitive swimmers ranging from beginner to triathletes. I swam with a local Masters group and still swim open water races in my free time. Now I am in Madison and excited to start off the season with DFAC!”

Board of Directors

Steve Kraft

President

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Suzanne Gibbons-Burgener

Vice-President

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Michele McGaffin

Treasurer

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Anne Hegarty

Secretary

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John Schulz

Co-Meet Directior

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Dennis Miller

Co-Meet Director

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Erin Compere

Registar

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Dana Horner

Co-Treasurer

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Carrie Lubcke

Fundraising

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Jennifer Casper

Technology Technician

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