Meet the Coaches 

Head Coach Todd Fritze

Girls and Boys Head Coach

Todd Fritze has been coaching and teaching in the Park Rapids School District since 1991. His love of the sport continued after swimming throughout college for MSU-Mankato (The Yale of MN). Now he spends his time coaching students in and out of the pool. His beliefs of making your bed every morning and how your attitude drives your effort are remembered by swimmers well after they graduate from his program. In his spare time Fritze enjoys long walks on the beach, Pinterest, learning new magic tricks, eating circus peanuts and playing with cats.

“The only easy day was yesterday.”

School phone: 218-237-6410

Dive Coach Kristi Goochey 

Girls Diving Coach 

Kristi Goochey is back!  Kristi has 22 years of coaching experience, 18 of those previously coaching diving for the Panthers.  Her passion for diving started when she began diving herself in 7th grade. She was a Panther record holder and state participant, she added to her resume when she began diving for the UWEC Blue Golds where she qualified for nationals and became and All American in both 1 and 3 meter categories.  Kristi knows that if her divers believe in the process, have determination, and show perseverance, they will be unstoppable.  

"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it"

Assistant Coach Baylee Gartner

Boys and Girls Assistant Coach 

Baylee graduated in 2017 in Bismarck ND. Went on to NDSU and study health and physical education. In highschool she did cross country, track, and softball. Although she never participated in swimming, she spent the past two years of college working at Foss Swim School in Fargo where she worked with students from ages 6mo-adults. Baylee worked with mostly swim team aged students. She graduated NDSU in May of 2021 and moved to park rapids in August! She teaches K-8 Phys Ed at Century School.