Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Christine Garcia Head Coach

phone 715-892-0510

Robert Garcia Head Coach

Robert has been coaching since 2000.  Robert thoroughly enjoys studying technique and enjoys working with the youngest age group where learning proper technique is key.  Chris and Robert have 4 kids, Nick, Hanna, Jack and Georgia.  Nick and Jack both received D1 swim scholarships to UW-Green Bay and UW- Milwaukee respectively.  Georgia plays waterpolo for the UWM club team.  Hanna swam for one year at Carroll University.

Tierney Edwards Head Assistant Coach

Hi! My name is Tierney Edwards. 

I have been swimming my entire life! I grew up in Rhinelander and then went on to swim at UW-Whitewater where I had the pleasure of swimming distance events!
I moved to Minocqua in 2015 when I started teaching at AV-W, and in 2018 I started coaching with LSC. I love watching our swimmers grow and improve! I am excited to be coaching again this year! Go Loons!
Laurel Parins Assistant Coach

Hi, I’m Laurel! I am a former collegiate swimmer, past swim coach for a Green Bay Area swim team, and former assistant coach for the UW-Green Bay swim teams. I now own a local health and wellness studio, Roots Health Studio where I lead my Wellness Within Membership, 1:1 Wellness Programs, and teach some fitness classes! I have two little ones, Josie (5) and Cullen (3.5) who are littles fishes as well and whom you’ll see often!  I love working with children to adults to improve swimming skills and speed and achieve overall better health and happiness! 

Grant Van Lishout Assistant Coach

Past USS and collegiate swimmer, husband of Sherry and father to Lily (10) and Hope (7), I look forward to working with your children and helping them have the best swimming experience possible.  I love to meet the swimmers where they are at and believe in challenging swimmers just above their ability level.  Everyone should give the butterfly, breast stroke, and longer swims a try!  

Sherry Van Lishout Assistant Coach

Hi, my name is Sherry Van Lishout and I am 38 years old and work as a part time pastor doing children’s ministry at Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua. I swam in club and in high school as a youth where I grew up near Pulaski Wisconsin 30 minutes from Green Bay. I have experience teaching both Red Cross and YMCA swimming lessons to kids over the years in various communities I’ve lived. And now I am enjoying the opportunity to help coach at swim club practice for Lakeland! Swim all the way to the wall kids! You can do it!

Susanne Schaars Assistant Coach

I have been around swim for years.   I swam age group, coached age group in college, and now back to coaching with my kids in the program.  

Ashley Johnson Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Lynn Baker President
Don Smolinski Vice President
Susan Mickle Secretary
Jennifer Howard Treasurer
Courtney Timmons Member
Andrea Kimball Member
Melissa Patterson Member