Jade A Sobek
It has been my priveledge to be the Head Coach of the Bozeman Barracuda Swim Club since September of 2009. With my daughters, Malynn Tillie and Magdalene Grace, I have been enjoying our life in Bozeman, Montana. I continually look forward to all the challenges and accomplishments that come with each new season.
I swam for the Billings YMCA from the ages of 8-18. I also swam for Billings Senior High School and was a part of the State Championship team in 1999. I continued my swimming career at Denison University; where I competed at the National Championship meet 3 out of 4 years. I graduated with a major in Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching. My course work has prepared me for the career I have always dreamed of, coaching swimming. After graduation I gained more experience as a collegiate coach for Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. I also continued my swimming experience on the Carthage Masters Swim Team. After completion of my Masters Degree in Education, I moved back to Billings, Montana and joined the coaching staff of the Billings Aquatic Club as the Age Group head coach, where I was for 3 years. I also spent one year as a personal trainer at the local gym, and two years teaching in the Health and Human Performance department for MSU-Billings.
As a Montana resident most of my life, I know of the great history that is associated with the Bozeman Barracudas. I look forward to being a part of that history, and helping this team to be a part of the competitive force of Montana swimming. I can’t wait to get our season underway and begin coaching for a group of swimmers that have shown their desire for success and have the potential to be the best in Montana!
Swimming Experience and Honors
- Began competitive swimming at age 8 (1990).
- Billings Senior High School swimmer. All-State and Letter winner all 4 years. State Champions 1999. Team Captain 2000.
- Denison University Collegiate swimmer. 13-time All-American and 4 year letter winner. Team Captain 2004. National runner up in 50 Freestyle 2004, Division III Nationals.
- Masters Swim Team 1 year in Kenosha, WI and 1 year in Billings, MT.
Coaching Experience and Honors
- Assistant Swim Coach at Carthage College 2004-2006. CCIW Champions in 2006.
- Age Group coach for Billings Aquatic Club. 2006-2009. State Championship Short Course: 2008-09 and Long Course 2008.
- Masters Swim Coach for Masters of Billings Swim Team. 2008-2009. Co-Founder of Team.
- Montana Swimming Assistant Zones Coach 2012
- Western Zone Select Camp Assistant Coach 2013
- ASCA Montana Swimming LSC Age Group Coach of the Year 2013
- Montana Swimming Head Coach of the Year 2015
- Head Coach of Bozeman Swim Club September 2009-Present
- ASCA Level 3 Coach
- Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Certified
- Montana Swimming Head Zones Coach 2016
Team Manager / Head Age Group Coach
My husband and I enjoy
sharing our experience of coaching together and have been coaching
together since 2007. We have 2 beautiful daughters named:
Malynn Tillie that was born May 26, 2009, and Magdalene Grace was
born April 22, 2011 on Good Friday. I
LOVE coaching the sport of swimming and am excited to
pass on my passion and knowledge of the sport.
My swimming career
started with the local YMCA team in White Bear Lake, MN. I
gained so many incredible friends, many of whom I still have
today. I became a dedicated year round swimmer at the age of
7, and have continued a love of the sport now for over 20 years as
a coaching member of the Bozeman Masters Swim Team, and swimming on
my own when I get the opportunity. I enjoyed swimming for my
high school for 6 years and swam for Carthage College in Kenosha,
WI where I graduated with a double major in Special Education and
Elementary Education and a minor in religion. After graduation I
began my teaching and coaching careers in 7th grade
Special Education and for the Kenosha Barracuda Swim Team.
After 2 years I moved to Montana to marry Jade, I continued
teaching and began coaching for the Billings Aquatic Club (2
years). Our move to Bozeman to coach the Barracudas in 2009
has been an amazing positive experience all around. I
continue to teach 1/2 time at Meadowlark Elementary, but my true
passion lies in coaching and working with youth. Jade and I
are thrilled to be able to focus on coaching in Bozeman and watch
the team and swimmers grow and improve!
- Began competitive
swimming at age 7 in 1989, competed year round for YMCA, and later
for STAR Swim Team (USA swim team)
- White Bear Lake High
School (MN) swimmer. Letter winner grades 7-12, Team Captain
in 1999. Team Record in 200 Medley Relay.
- Carthage College
Collegiate swimmer. Letter winner 2 years.
- Masters Swim Team 2
years in Kenosha, WI and 1 year in Billings, MT
- Began coaching in
2005. Barracuda Swim Club, Kenosha WI 2005-2007, Billings
Aquatic Club 2007-2009. State Championship Short Course and
Long Course 2008, Short course 2009.
- Masters Swim Coach for
Masters of Billings Swim Team. 2008-2009. Co-Founder of Team. Coach
for Bozeman Masters Swim Team (2010-2011)
- ASCA Level 1 Coach and Certified Postitve
Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach
I believe that swimming
is an opportunity for youth to grow in physical, mental, and social
endeavors. Swimming provides a competitive attitude that is
geared both individually and toward a team. It is the job of
a coach to cater to both these areas. A coach will provide
guidance through workouts, education of technique and race
strategy, team building, and through being a good role model.
Swimmers of varying ability can all find success in the sport
because it is so multi-faceted in areas of improvement. A
coach will provide structured workouts that improve swimmers of
varying abilities and age. Each swimmer is an important part
to the team as a whole. A coach must teach responsibility
towards the swimmers own personal goals and the team’s
goals. A coach must also create an environment that is
comfortable and encouraging to all swimmers no matter what the
ability or level of the swimmer is. Overall, a coach must be
someone that the swimmers trust to enhance their swimming
Neil A Strauss
I started swimming when I was 8 and found out I was most skilled
with breaststroke after my first season. After three and a
half years of swimming with the Barracudas I qualified for my first
state meet. After six years of swimming I started ranking in
the top eight places for breaststroke and freestyle events at state
championships. And in 2009, 2010, and 2012 I had the
privilege to go to Federal Way, Washington for age group
sectionals. For three years, near the end of my time with the
club, I was able to achieve my long-term goal of being a state
champion in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke (it takes a lot of
hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm). Breaststroke is still
my favorite, though I am starting to enjoy butterfly. I still
keep in contact with a lot of the friends I met while swimming with
the Barracudas, and I have many awesome memories of the team.
- Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach
I decided to help coach partly because I missed the team, and
because I enjoy helping others learn, rise through struggles, and
achieve their goals. I learned a fair amount about swimming
along the 12+ years of being a Barracuda, and continue to seek more
knowledge about drills and technique work. The summer of 2013
was my first season as a coach for the team and I LOVED it.
The atmosphere is great, everyone is respectful, and all of the
coaches are great to work with. I am excited about this short
course season and beyond!
Britney D Gitch
- Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Certified Coach