Coaching Staff

Neil Wright - Head Coach - email

Neil began his age-group swimming in Belgium with the SHAPE Seals in the early 1980s (qualifying for the European Forces Swim League Championships as a 13-year-old).  Eventually he moved to Sturtevant and swam competitively for SEA in the mid- to late-eighties where he was a YMCA National qualifier.  Neil swam with the local high school swim team at J.I. Case where he was a four year varsity swimmer, state qualifier, and team captain.

After graduating high school, Neil spent the next eight years with the United States Army Reserve based out of Fort Sheridan, Illinois.  During that time he completed a BA in Language Arts at the University Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha.

Neil has been an active coaching member of SEA since 1990 and has served as Head Coach since 1998. He has also coached at all three Racine high schools at one time or another - most recently as Head Coach of the Washington Park Girls' High School team back in 1998 (during the 1997 season Neil was voted Racine County Coach of the Year).

Along with a dedicated coaching staff and a committed parent board Neil has lead SEA to numerous top ten finishes at USA State meets, D2 Team Championship in the summer of 2014, many top three team finishes at YMCA State, and to date a team best 18th place finish at Spring YMCA Nationals in 2003.  He has coached swimmers at all levels, from learn-to-swim to US Olympic Trials to tri-athletes and Master swimmers.

Philosophically, he leads by example and believes what swimmers and parents put into the team is what they get out of the team. The more they put in, the more they get out.

Neil has served on the Board of Directors for the WI LSC in the capacity as Secretary and Age-Group Chair. He has also filled roles within the LSC as Open Water Chair, Coaches Rep. and has served as a Zone Coach numerous times - most recently in 2010.

In his free time Neil enjoys spending time with his family, working around and on the house, playing guitar, reading, listening to music (Rush, The Cure, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dawes to name a few), and traveling.


Katie James - Head Age-Group Coach - email

Katie is originally from Madison, Wisconsin where she attended La Follette High School. She started swimming as a young child taking swimming lessons and joining the local YMCA swim team at eight-years-old.

Throughout her age-group years Katie swam club and continued swimming club through her high school years where she was a varsity level athlete and captain during her senior year. She was a Breaststroke and IM specialist and managed the high school boys swim team during her off-season.

Katie has been teaching swimming lessons since 2007 at various pools and loves sharing her passion with swimmers of all ages.  Recently she has stepped into the role of Head Coach for the Horlick Girls' Swim Team.

Katie is newly married with two spunky dogs (fur children) and a chinchilla.  In her free time she enjoys taking her dogs on adbentures and crafting.  She also loves live music, camping, and spending time with friends and family.


Alyssa Gustin - Senior Coach

Alyssa began swimming competitively as a sophomore at Park High School here in Racine and continued to swim for their team throughout her high school career.  She served as an Assistant Coach for the Park girls' swim team during the fall of 2013, and began coaching for SEA in November of the same year.

In 2017, she graduated from UW-Parkside and majored in English.  Outside of coaching she enjoys cooking and listening to music.