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Coaches

Kyle Harris

Head Coach

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Harris was previously the head coach for the Revere SandSharks Swim Club in Boston, MA.  Info from simple Internet search of the SandSharks does not do Coach Harris’ efforts in Boston justice.  Through the Search Committee’s and Board’s multiple interviews and reference checks, we found that he took on the challenge of making the best opportunity for a rec league program in in one of the most economically disadvantaged areas of suburban Boston.

Though the initial competitive team is small when compared to the Barracudas, it was a big first step, and a successful one. He guided one of his first-year competitors to a 2nd place finish at the Bay State Games in the 100 Meter Backstroke for the 11-12 Girls Age Group.  Additionally, in his first year as Head Coach in the New England LSC, Harris received the honor of being selected as coach of the LSC Boys 15-18 Zone Team for the 2017 Eastern Zone Long Course Championships.  That’s pretty heavy stuff and we look forward to his energy, enthusiasm and dedication to take the Barracudas to higher levels of success both in swimming and in life.

Before his time with the SandSharks, Harris coached both high school and other larger; more established USA Swimming clubs and worked in marketing for University of Utah Athletics. Some of Coach Harris’ experience involves working with 10+ high school state finalist, USS state qualifiers and finalist, and USS Western zones qualifiers.

Harris is a Colby-Sawyer College and University of Utah Alumni. He obtained his Coaching Certification and Associates from Colby-Sawyer, which involves Sport Physiology, Sport Psychology, Coaching Fundamentals, and a myriad of other coaching courses. Harris obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in Sport Management making Dean’s List.

During his years as a Colby-Sawyer Charger, though he swam events of all strokes, Harris primarily competed in the 200 Free, 100 Free, and 100 Butterfly. 

Coach Harris' Coaching Philosophy

Coaching Experience, Education, and Honors

  • 2017 Eastern Zones Coach; New England Boys 15-18 Coach 
    • Eastern Zones Long Course Champions
  • ASCA 3 Educated
  • Coaching Certification; Colby-Sawyer College 2015
  • Head Coach; Revere SandSharks Swim Club 2016-17
  • Head Coach; West Jordan High School 2015-16
  • Age Group Coach; Kearns Youth Aquatic Team (KYAT) 2015-16
  • Assistant Coach; Riverton High School 2014-15
  • Head Coach; J.L. Sorenson Squids Swim Team 2014-15

Swimming Experience and Honors

  • Colby-Sawyer College Men’s Swim Team; New London, NH
    • Member of the current 400 Free Relay Record
    • New England Championships (NEISDA) 2012, 2013,2014
    • Athlete of the Week Awards 2013
    • Varsity Letter winner all years competed

Haley A Chura

Assistant Coach

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Haley is Certified PCA Double Goal Coach

I am a professional triathlete and former NCAA Division I swimmer at the University of Georgia. I was a member of the Bulldogs' 2005 NCAA Championship Team and finished ninth in the 200 backstroke at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. After college I continued swimming recreationally while pursuing a career in public accounting. In 2013 I left my accounting position to race triathlon professionally and ended the year leading the professional women's field out of the water at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. I'm happy to be back in Bozeman to continue my triathlon training and coach the Barracudas, the same team I started my swimming career with in the early 1990s.

Rikki Berk

Assistant Coach

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Coach Rikki began swimming competitively at age ten with the Wyckoff YMCA Sharks back in New Jersey. Rikki grew to become a strong competitor in the sport and continued her swimming on her YMCA and High School teams. She then swam throughout College becoming a record holding at her school, Rowan University, and team captain her senior year.  She was one of the first groups of girls to qualify as a National YMCA swimmer and finalist back in her YMCA swimming years and still currently holds records for all teams she competed with.

Rikki started coaching for the Pines Lake Predators, in New Jersey, back in 2012. Her goal was to provide a safe and fun environment for kids and teenagers to discover their athletic talents and enjoy their summer in an encouraging and supportive environment. She then continued coaching at her college for kids needing to improve on their technique and training skills before trying out for other, more competitive, teams in the area.

Many of Rikki’s athletes, ages five through eighteen, have gone on to receive awards, scholarships, and recognition from their community for their swimming ability and positive attitudes.

Rikki has only been in Bozeman for a little over a year and has loved that she was able to connect with all of the swimmers and coaches on the team so easily. She is now in her second season as a Barracudas coach and could not be more excited for another successful one at that. 

Jennifer Wendel

Lead Sawtooth Coach

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Lead Sawtooth and 8&Under Group Coach

Jason Schoper

Lead Discovery Coach

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Todd Kendall

President

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Jane Mittelsteadt

Vice President

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Kevin Handelin

Treasurer

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Melinda Culbertson

Secretary

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Megan Belasco

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Lon Huckert

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Ted Osterloth

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Matt Yovich

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