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
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
- 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
- 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
- Head Coach of Bozeman Swim Club September
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)
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
Matthew A Luterbach
Assistant Junior/Senior Coach
Has been Coaching with the Bozeman Swim Club since June 2010.
Matthew W Johnson
I was born and raised into a swimming family. My two older
brothers and sister have swum for the Bozeman Barracudas, and as
soon as I could swim I joined the team as well. I swam for
the Barracudas for 12 years, competing at state. I have
competed at the state, sectional, regional, and zone meets during
my swimming career. I am currently a student at Montana State
University studying Business Management and swimming for the
Bozeman Masters team. I love coaching for the Barracudas and
enjoy interacting with and helping swimmers attain their goals and
improve their stoke technique.
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.
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!
Started on the Bozeman Swim club coaching staff September
competitive swimming career began at age seven and continued
throughout high school and college. He started coaching a couple of
years after graduating from college, spending one summer as the
head coach of a masters swimming team, one season as the assistant
coach of the girls swimming and diving team for Iowa City's two
public high schools and five seasons as the head coach of the boys
team for the same two high schools. After a decade away from the
sport, Phillip joined the Barracudas coaching staff in the fall of
2011 and began swimming regularly again himself a few months later,
joining the Bozeman Masters in the spring of 2012. In October 2012,
Phillip founded the company Brilliant Swim (http://brilliantswim.com) to develop and bring to
market training and racing tools for swimmers and triathletes. The
Brilliant Swim's first product, the PaceWatch
™ launched in
the summer of 2013.
north of Bozeman with his wife, Karen, his two sons, his
stepdaughter, her daughter and two good-sized dogs. His stepson
lives in Iowa. In-between swimming, coaching, starting a company
and spending time with his family, Phillip enjoys mountain biking,
listening to his favorite podcasts and playing Scrabble on his
Amber Ellen Wivholm
“Just keep swimming……Just keep
swimming……Just keep swimming” by Dory from
These are thoughts that went through my head my entire 14 years
I swam competitively. For some reason this simple saying
always kept me in rhythm, time and most of all sane!
Hello, I am Amber Wivholm. I was born and raised in
Billings Montana and swam for the YMCA Seahawks, Billings Senior
Bronx’s and South Dakota State….GO JACKS. I truly LOVE
this sport and I believe in all it has to offer in the pool and
out. I was able to learn the true values of friendship,
respect, teamwork, discipline and structure. I had the
amazing opportunity to grow up in SWIMMING house hold with my
father coaching the beginners. All through high school and
college I specialized in the breast stroke and IM races, I was able
to attend zones and finals during college multiple times.
After college I coached alongside my father the Skyview High
school swim team for two years. Here I learned how to
structure workouts and help teach the true meaning of the
The last year I have been blessed to be a part of a team that I
grew up competing against and now get the opportunity to be a part
of the team. Overall I truly LOVE the sport and feel very
blessed to be able to pass my wisdom and passion to barracuda
Jamie Louise Kujawa
I began swimming at age 9, and am going on twenty-two years of
competitive swimming. My swimming career began in Western New York,
where I was fortunate to swim for both my club team and my high
school, where I qualified for State. I then went on to swim
Division II at St. Michael's College in Vermont, all four years. I
was team captain my junior and senior year of college, and won
coach's award my sophomore year. Collegiate swimming was one of the
fondest swimming memories I have. I am still friends with so many
of my college swim teammates, and although it was a lot of hard
work and a lot of really early mornings, I will forever be grateful
for all I learned and took from it.
I began coaching the local club team in college, who swam
immediately after my team got out of the water. I'd grab a quick
snack and coach the kids throughout my years at school. I continued
to coach both kids and masters programs as I moved out west, first
settling in Vail, CO for five years and then relocating to Bozeman.
I coach the Bozeman Masters swim club as well as the 'Cudas and
love being a part of both. Swimming has given and taught me so much
in my life, it is an honor to give it back to those who are as
passionate as I am about it.