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Coach's Office Hours for Long Course Season: At home-Mon/Wed/Fri 1-3pm.

At the pool-Mon/Tues/Fri Shelly: 5:35-5:50pm Jade 6:15-6:45pm.  Please note on Board Meeting nights and meet travel days some office hours will not be available at the pool.

Coaching Philosophy

We believe that competitive swimming is an opportunity for youth to be challenged as an individual and develop teamwork.  Challenges that a swimmer may be faced with are workouts, techniques, strategy and racing. As a coach I believe that all swimmers must work on all four areas of swimming.  Also swimmers need to be able to interact with others in order to reach their goals. Each swimmer is important to the team and it is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that each goal of the swimmer and the team is met. Working on these skills is an essential part of lifelong health and fitness.  Swimmers deserve to be encouraged to use swimming as a key to success in and out of the pool, and into a collegiate career. Every coach must see the potential in every swimmer and motivate them to achieve the highest success they desire.  A coach must be knowledgeable, organized and empathetic in order to create a positive swimming experience.

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the Head Coach or one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jade A Sobek

Head Coach

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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
  • Head Coach of Bozeman Swim Club September 2009-Present

Michelle Sobek

Team Manager / Head Age Group Coach

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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!

Swimming Experience and honors:

  • 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 (co-founder)

Coaching Experience and Honors

  • 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)

Coaching Philosophy:

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 experience.

Matthew W Johnson

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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!

Board of Directors

Jade A Sobek

Head Coach

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Matt Yovich

President

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Mike Josten

VP President

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Kevin Handelin

Treasurer

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Karla Wascoat

Secretary

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Jeremy Kopp

Board Member

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Lon Huckert

Board Member

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Denny Lee

Board Member

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Craig Smith

Board Member

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