Crysta Krause, Head Coach
Crysta Krause has been acting as head coach of the Red Dragons since August of 2009. Prior to coaching for the Red Dragons she was an assistant coach for the Willmar Aquatic Racing Stingrays (W.A.R.S.) and worked primarily with the Mini-Ray groups developing stroke technique and introducing young swimmers to the world of competitive swimming. In addition to coaching, Crysta was also a 4 year member of the MSUM swim team and a team captain for two of those years holding multiple school, pool and freshman records. Crysta currently lives in Moorhead with her husband Brian and sons Easton and Braden.
Tony Roetzel, Assistant Coach
Tony Roetzel is from Apple Valley MN. Tony started swimming in 7th grade and competed both with his high school team and club team Black Dog through his senior year. During high school Tony was a volunteer coach for the Valley Middle School Swim Team under Hall of Fame coach Mike McManus, where he worked on building basic techniques and teaching all that goes with competitive swimming. When Tony is not swimming he enjoys playing soccer and ultimate Frisbee. Tony is going to Minnesota State University Moorhead for International business, marketing, and a minor in Spanish.
Diana Cobbs, Assistant Coach
Diana Cobbs is from Minneapolis, MN where she swam for the Richfield Swim Club for 6 years. She swam for Concordia College from 1999-2003 and also coached with the Moorhead Marlin Swim Team for 5 years. Diana is now a first and second grade teacher with the Moorhead Public Schools and her favorite thing about coaching is seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces and watching them develop their strokes.
Kiersten Cooley is from Hershey, Pennsylvania where she swam for the Hershey Aquatic Club for more than 10 years. After high school, she went on to become a member of Northwestern University’s Big 10 Women’s team, specializing in butterfly and distance freestyle events. During her time in the pool, Kiersten coached and taught lessons for several years before moving to Fargo. She made her way to the mid west for a job at WDAY, where she is currently a general assignment reporter. After taking a two year break from the pool deck, she is eager to get back into the world of swimming, now coaching with the Dragons. She can’t wait to help young swimmers develop a passion for the sport that’s significantly shaped her life.
Michael Duncan, Assistant Coach
Michael Duncan started swimming at the age of 7 for the Terre Haute Torpedoes in Terre Haute, Indiana before moving to Fargo/Moorhead. Here, he has swam for the Flyers, Gators, Marlins, and the Fargo South High School team, and continues to compete independently the area. Michael started coaching for the Fargo South boys in 2012, and has since worked with the Davies High School boys’ and girls’ teams, as well as the Concordia Cobbers. Michael’s main goal as a coach is to help the athletes he works with develop to have success as swimmers, as students, and as members of their communities. Outside of the pool, Michael recently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from NDSU, with minors in Gender Studies and Sociology.
Annika Bordak, Assistant Coach
Annika Bordak came to Moorhead from Buffalo, MN, where she swam for Buffalo High School and the Wright County Wave Swim Club. She is currently a senior with the MSUM Dragons, and has enjoyed much success with the team, including holding numerous pool and school records. Annika is pursuing a degree in Biology.
Betsy Smith, Assistant Coach
Veronica Smith, Assistant Coach
Veronica ‘Vern’ Smith has been swimming since 7th grade, with the Red Dragons and the Fargo North Spartans. She recently graduated from Fargo North, and continues to swim with the Red Dragons, specializing in distance freestyle and butterfly. When not swimming and coaching, Vern enjoys jumping on her trampoline and participating in gymnastics.