Coaching Staff

Neil Wright - Head Coach - email Coach Neil at south.eastern.aquatics@gmail.com

Neil began his age-group swimming in Belgium with the SHAPE Seals in the early 1980s (qualifying for the European Forces Swim League Championships as a 13-year-old).  Eventually he moved to Racine and swam competitively for SEA in the mid- to late-eighties where he was a YMCA National qualifier.  Neil swam with the local high school swim team at J.I. Case where he was a four year varsity swimmer and state qualifier.

After graduating high school, Neil spent the next eight years with the United States Army Reserve based out of Fort Sheridan, Illinois.  During that time he completed a BA in Language Arts at the University Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha.

Neil has been an active coaching member of SEA since 1990 and has served as Head Coach since 1998. He has also coached at all three Racine high schools at one time or another - most recently as Head Coach of the Washington Park Girls' High School team back in 1998 (during the 1997 season Neil was voted Racine County Coach of the Year).

Along with a dedicated coaching staff and a committed parent board Neil has lead the SEA swim team to numerous top ten finishes at USA State meets, D2 Team Championship in the summer of 2014, many top three team finishes at YMCA State, and to date a team best 18th place finish at Spring YMCA Nationals in 2003.  He has coached swimmers at all levels, from learn-to-swim to US Olympic Trials to tri-athletes and Master swimmers.

Philosophically, he leads by example and believes what swimmers and parents put into the team is what they get out of the team. The more they put in, the more they get out.

Neil is active within the WI LSC and currently serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors and has served as Age-Group Chair in the past. He has also filled roles within the LCS as Open Water Chair, Coaches Rep. and has served as a Zone Coach numerous times - most recently in 2010.

In his free time Neil enjoys spending time with his family, working around and on the house, playing guitar, reading, listening to music, and traveling.

 

Katie James - Head Age-Group Coach - email Coach Katie at coachkatiejames@gmail.com

Katie is originally from Madison, Wisconsin where she attended La Follette High School. She started swimming as a young child taking swimming lessons and joining the local YMCA swim team at eight-years-old.

Throughout her age-group years Katie swam club and continued swimming club through her high school years where she was a varsity level athlete and captain during her senior year. She was a Breaststroke and IM specialist and managed the high school boys swim team during her off-season.

Katie has been teaching swimming lessons since 2007 at various pools and loves teaching them! Sharing her skills with children is most rewarding. She also enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and attending concerts in her free-time.

Katie moved to Racine and is finishing her degree at Kaplan University in Early Childhood Development and is scheduled to graduate in May 2017.  She's also getting married in July of 2017!  Teaching and being creative are her biggest joys in life. The smile on a swimmers face when they learn something new is priceless and she is very excited to help give those smiles to SEA swimmers!

 

Alyssa Gustin - Senior Coach

Alyssa began swimming competitively as a sophomore at Park High School here in Racine and continued to swim for their team throughout her high school career.  She served as an Assistant Coach for the Park girls' swim team during the fall of 2013, and began coaching for SEA in November of the same year.

Alyssa is currently attending UW-Parkside majoring in English and in her free time enjoys listening to music and dancing.

 

Jacob MacKenzie - Age-Group Coach

I started swimming competitively at the age of eight for Barracuda Swim Team (now PX3) where I still hold 3 individual team records as well as one relay record. I transferred to SEA my junior year of high school and represented the team on four relays at the 2015 YMCA Nationals meet as well as individually in the 800 Freestyle at Speedo sectionals that same year.

I am currently juggling work as well as school with the intent to return to school full time to study nuclear medicine technology.  In my free time I enjoy listening to music, watching NBA games, and hanging out with friends.

 

Dana Chartrand - Age-Group Coach Coach

Dana (Coach D) learned to swim when she was very young from her mother who taught swimming lessons at the DeKoven Center in Racine.  She continued her swimming journey through swim lessons at the YMCA and she eventually joined SEA at the age of 10.  SEA lead her to her high school career as a varsity swimmer all fours years at Washington Park High School.  SEA also gave her the swimming endurance and knowledge to become a lifeguard and swimming instructor and eventually coming full circle back to SEA as the Bronze coach!

In her spare time, Coach D enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking and traveling.  She graduated from Carthage College and is a teacher.