Coach Mike joins VAST this
season after nearly a decade of coaching in the region. In 2001, he was an assistant
coach with the Oshkosh YMCA (WI) swim team along with coaching duties with the Oshkosh North boys and girls high school squads. In 2004, he joined the Shawano Community Swim Club (WI) as a volunteer assistant coach,
helping one swimmer to a Zone Championship. In 2005, Mike moved to Grand Forks,
ND and became an assistant coach with the University of North Dakota swim teams. There,
he helped both men’s and women’s squads to top 10 team finishes at the NCAA Division II meet along with helping
many swimmers to All American status.
Mike swam for the University
of Wisconsin – Oshkosh from 1998-2002. While at UWO, he set a few team
records, recorded top eight swims at the WIAC conference meet, and was an All American in the NCAA Division III swim
meet in 2002.
Mike currently resides in
Vermillion with his girlfriend, Jenny, daughter Kyleigh, and newborn son, Rylan.
This marks Melanie's third season coaching with VAST.
Melanie joined the VAST coaching staff in the fall of 2005 as an assistant coach. She is a graduate from UW-Stevens Point,
where she swam for the Pointers. A four year letter winner for the Pointers, Melaine excelled in the distance freestyle
events. Melanie will work mainly with the VAST 2 group this season, although you will see her working with all groups
Melanie resides in Vermillion, with her husband Jason,
and daughter, Adelle.
Jenna Von Fange
Jenna is a first year assistant for VAST. She
is a sophomore at USD and is on the swim team. Jenna has been swimming since eight years old. She is a sprint
freestyler and breaststroker. She is from Wichita, Kansas where she competed
for Wichita North High School and the Wichita Aqua Shocks. When she is not coaching or swimming, she loves to hang out