Eric A Seversen
Born and raised in
Minnesota, Eric began swimming with Team Foxjet and later
NHCP. Initially thinking he was a backstroker or sprint
freestyler he later found his niche in the longer stroke and
freestyle events. A former MN state record holder in the
800-meter Free, Eric earned a scholarship to the University of
Wisconsin. While at Wisconsin-Madison, Eric earned degrees in
Biochemistry and Genetics as well as additional coursework in
Eric began coaching
a small swim club in 1995 where he coached his first state
qualifiers, champions and zones qualifiers. In 1999, Eric
began coaching with Badger Aquatics Club as Head Site
Coach-Middleton. During the next 3 years, he coached numerous
zone qualifiers, state champs, several top 16 swims and helped lead
BAC to a combined team state championship in 2000.
The opportunity to
coach in Minnesota brought Coach Seversen and his family to SEMS in
the spring of 2003 where he assumed the role of Head Age Group
Coach. In the fall of 2004, Eric was promoted to Program Head
Coach. In the years since joining the SEMS coaching staff,
Eric has seen our enrollment nearly triple and our team standing
rise to top 10 in Minnesota.
Eric lives in
Woodbury with his wife, Gayle, and their two children, Gunnar and
Patrick A Underhill
Head Age Group Coach
Pat grew up in Eden
Prairie and swam for Team Foxjet. As an athlete, he was a National
Qualifier and 7-Time Div. III All-American specializing in sprint
freestyle and butterfly. He received a B.A. in Psychology from West
Virginia University. He began his coaching career as an Assistant
Coach for Team Foxjet (2000-2001).
Moving on to NHCP
Swim Club, Pat was an Assistant Coach for 2 years before being
named the Head Coach in the fall of 2003. In his 4 years as the
Head Coach, NHCP more than doubled its membership and the team
improved from 23rd place to 6th place at the State Meet (2nd Place
In 2006, Pat was awarded the Jerry and Sharon Simpson Developing
Coach of the Year Award and in 2007 was named the Senior Coach of
the Year. He has coached State Champions, Zone Champions, State
Record Holders and Junior National Qualifiers. Pat joined the SEMS
Coaching Staff as the Head Age Group Coach in the fall of 2007. He
lives in Saint Paul with his two dogs, Bugsy and Capone.
Sharon I Simpson
Club Bookkeeper & Masters Coach
Mr. and Mrs.
Simpson founded SEMS in 1971. Sharon became a full-time coach
with SEMS in 1983 after working part time from 1971-1983. She
was also the Pool Supervisor for Woodbury Community Education
swimming program from 1970-1983. For ten years, she was an
assistant coach for the Woodbury Girl’s Swim Team
Sharon became the
Head Age Group Coach in 1990 and was SEMS Head Coach from the fall of 1997 to the
fall of 2002. She graduated from the University of Minnesota
with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and
Exercise Science in 1989. She began the SEMS Masters program
in 1991. Sharon has two children, both have been team members
of SEMS. She now has two grandchildren.
Luke E Money
Luke grew up in
Fergus Falls Minnesota and swam for both the Fergus Falls Flyers
and the Fergus Falls Otters. In high school, he was All-State
during his sophomore, junior and senior year. He was runner
up in the 100 butterfly his junior and senior year.
After high school Luke
attended and swam for St. Olaf College where he was an All-American
on the 200 medley relay his sophomore year and was All-Conference
his sophomore through senior year. Luke graduated from St. Olaf
with a B.A in history in 2011.
Prior to joining SEMS,
Luke coached the age group team in my hometown the summer of 2008.
In addition to coaching with SEMS, Luke is currently a student at
the University of St. Thomas to earn a teaching liscensure in 5-12
social studies. When not in the classroom or on the deck coaching
he likes to spend time reading a good fantasy novel and doing some
swimming of his own.
Zach J Devine
up in Columbia, Missouri and swam for the Columbia Swim Club
starting at 7 years old. At Hickman High School he was 10-time
Missouri All-State, High School All-American, and school record
holder. Zach attended college at the University of South Dakota
receiving a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Special Education and
Physical Education. Zach was a Special Education teacher for the
South Washington County Schools from 2003-2008, in the Rapid City
Area Schools from 2008-2009, and has returned to South Washington
County Schools once again.
began coaching in 1996 with a local summer league team in Columbia.
He was an Assistant Coach with the Siouxland Sharks Swim Club in
Sioux City, Iowa from 2001-2002 while finishing college. Zach was
an Assistant and Head Coach for Park High School Girls and Boys
Swimming from 2004-2008, Assistant Coach for SEMS from 2005-2008,
Head Coach for the Rapid City Racers in Rapid City, SD from
2008-2010, Head Coach/General Manager for the Lawrence Aquahawks in
Lawrence, Kansas from 2009-2012, and returned this summer as an
Assistant Coach with SEMS once again. Zach has coached numerous
athletes to Speedo Sectionals, Zones, Junior Nationals,
Senior Nationals, and World Champ Trials/Olympic
lives in Woodbury with his wife Rachael and his children Averie,
Aaron, and Addison.