Elk River Boys Swim Dive
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Coach Denise Green

Head Coach   

Direct email: denise.green@isd728.org

2018-19 will be my 35th year as head coach of the ERHS/RHS/ZHS boys swim team.

Graduated from Mounds View High School in 1980

Graduated from University of Minnesota in 1984. B.S. in Education--English major, coaching minor.

M.A. in English from St Cloud State in 1994

MSHSL swim official for 25 years and counting

English teacher at ERHS since 1984.

30 Years (in 2014) Star News Interview

Coach Doug Bloom

Assistant Swim Coach


Coach Randy Doesken

Team Statistician and Former Assistant Swim Coach


Coach Bret Beecher

Assistant Dive Coach

I have been coaching the sport of Diving for the past 33 years ...five years for St. Cloud State University. This will be my 10th season at Elk River High School. 

I spent the first few years of my life in Elk River and finally moved my family back to Elk River six years ago. 

I graduated from Edina High School. 

I was a diver at the University Hawaii for two years and the rest of my career was at St. John’s University. 



What We Are About

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To be a member of the Elk River swimming and diving team is a privilege.  It involves making certain sacrifices--attending all practices, foregoing skiing and snow boarding, avoiding pop and choosing healthy foods, following curfews, and working hard.  It means that you swim as the coach and team asks, do the workouts and meet warmups as written, and follow all rules and guidelines set up by the coaching staff and the Minnesota State High School League.

Joining the team also has its benefits:  the chance to earn a high school letter, the experience of a team environment, the chance to compete in many meets in a short period of time, the chance to experience different coaching styles, and recognition in schools and newspapers.  We hope you enjoy swimming with the high school as well.  We want to make the swim team experience a fun and enjoyable one.

To be a member of the Elk River High School team, a swimmer or diver must devote his efforts to this team.  You will swim the workouts, including the pre-meet warmups.  You will swim the team’s meet lineups.  You will complete the season with the team which includes training and tapering for the high school junior varsity, section and state meets. 


Team members are strongly encouraged to attend all team parties, dinners, post-meet socials and fan exchange games.  These events are scheduled to create team unity and team friendships.  Parent chaperones are always present at these chemical-free events, and parents are welcome to attend all Saturday team parties.  Since the majority of the team is under age 17, it is required by the coaching staff that the movies shown at these parties have a G, PG or PG-13 rating.  No gambling is allowed at these parties. 

A TEAM cannot work without unity and teamwork.  Team members need to work to a common goal, and a team needs to get along.  Fights, theft and harassment among team members will not be tolerated.  A violation of this policy will result in a two-meet suspension.

Our sport trains and competes during the Winter season of the high school academic calendar. Practices are scheduled Monday through Friday from 2:45-5:15 PM for 9-12th grade and 3:15-5:15PM for junior varsity.  Divers will practice from 4:45-6:30PM.  

By the second week of the season, each team member will be assigned a team brother.  This team mate is your special responsibility.  Check with your brother about his events, cheer him on at every swim, support him in his efforts, make sure he is on the bus.  During practice times, you will work with your brother on stroke technique, turns and starts.  These brother pairs are generally a veteran to the team and a rookie.  These are important connections for both brothers.