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Coaching Staff

Todd Harvey

Head Coach

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Todd Harvey is currently a sixth grade teacher at Plaza Middle School in the Park Hill School District. He began his swimming career in St. Charles, Illinois; where as an age group swimmer competed at the state and national level.  As a member of the St. Charles Swim Club he competed in six Jr. National Championships from 1991 – 1993 and finished in the top 8 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke three times, while finishing in the top 16 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 400 IM three times.  As a high school swimmer, he was part of two second place team finishes and a state championship team title during his senior year, reaching All-American status in 1992 and 1993.  In 1993, Harvey was selected to the National High School Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Championship meet where he placed 4th in the 100 breaststroke and 8th in the 200 IM. He continued swimming at the University of Iowa placing in the top 16 at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in the 100 and 200 Breast in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and was a member of the 4th place 400 Medley Relay Squad in 1994.  While at the University of Iowa, Harvey was an 8 time Senior National qualifier.  During his junior and senior seasons, Harvey was named captain by his peers. After finishing his college eligibility he continued as an undergraduate assistant to the University of Iowa Men’s Swimming and Diving team while finishing a degree in sociology.

In 1998, while attending The University of Central Missouri, Harvey started the first boy’s and girl’s swim and dive program in Pleasant Hill, MO. The following year he took over the Park Hill South squad in its second year of existence, where he coached the girl’s program for two years and the boy’s program for 10 years. During his tenure at Park Hill South, Harvey coached four All-Americans, 21 All State athletes, 18 Honorable Mention All-State athletes, one individual state champion (2007), one medley relay state championship (2006), ten consecutive team titles at the Suburban Conference Championships and eight years of finishing in the top twenty at the Missouri High School State Swimming and Diving Championships including a fourth (2006) and fifth (2007) place team finish.  In 2010, Harvey started the Liberty North Swim and Dive program and quickly made progress with the development of his swimmers, sending individuals and relays to the state meet, setting conference records and getting swimmers to swim to the best of their ability.

Coach Harvey is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association and carries a level II certification and is currently working on his level III certification.

Todd is married to Tara and they have two children Tait and Shae.
 

Michelle Janiak

Age Group Coach

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Coach Michelle has been a competitive swimmer since she was 6 years old. Prior to her collegiate career, Michelle swam on a summer league in her hometown in Iowa from age 6 to 18. When Michelle attended high school, her high school did not offer swimming as a sport. Michelle excelled in cross country and track. She currently still holds the high school cross country record for the girls. Michelle qualified for State all four years of high school.

Michelle made a career sport change at the end of her senior high school year. She decided to walk on at Iowa State University in the Womens Swimming program. Michelle swam four years at Iowa State specializing in mid to long distance free. Some of her highest achievements at ISU were placing in the 200 free and 500 free at the Big Eight Conference meet, receiving Most Improved her Freshman year and receiving the Muriel McBride Scholarship. Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Health Studies.

Michelle lives in Kansas City and has two teenage girls. Michelle has worked for the North Kansas City School District since 2008 as a paraprofessional in Special Education. She is currently attending Rockhurst University, working towards her Masters of Education with a certification in Elementary Ed. Her projected graduation date is May 2015. Michelle loves working with children of all ages and she has been an age group coach in Minnesota and Missouri since 2002. She has coached many swimmers at the State and District levels. Mostly, Michelle takes great pride in encouraging young swimmers wherever they are at in their swimming career.

Michael S Gardner

Gold 2 Coach / Senior Assistant Coach

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Steven Gardner has been swimming since the age of six, beginning on the Walnut Creek Swim Team.  Although he initially only swam in the summers, he began to take the sport more seriously upon entering high school at Park Hill South (swimming under coach Todd Harvey for three of his four years).  He qualified for state his sophomore, junior, and senior years (and was awarded All-State honors all three years), specializing in butterfly and freestyle events.  Most notably, in the fall of 2006, as a sophomore, he swam the butterfly leg on the 200 Medley Relay that won state and was awarded All-American honors for the victory.  The team would go on to place fourth at the state meet, it's highest in history.  In his junior and senior years, he was All-State in the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay, as well as placing in the top 16 in the 100 Butterfly.  The team placed fifth and fourth at the meet for his junior and senior years, respectively.

Following graduation, Steven coached for the Walnut Creek Swim Team as well as Northland United while he waited to ship out and join the Navy, where he was in the Nuclear Power program, learning about the operation and maintenance of nuclear reactors on submarines and aircraft carriers.  Upon leaving military service, he returned to the Missouri Valley coaching scene while attending school to finish an engineering degree.  Coach Steven is a firm believer that we are creatures of habit, so we must make good habits in practice (fast turns, tight streamlines) so that in a meet, all attention can be focused on racing and strategy. He is eager to work with the swimmers of Club North, and feels that his most important job as a swim coach isn't just to make kids swim hard, but to make them want to swim hard.

Riley M Byrne

Silver and Bronze 1 & 2

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Riley has been swimming competitively since he was six years old. He began his swimming career at Old Pike Country Club and continued to swim for the Sharks until the age of 18. At the age of 18 he began coaching for the Sharks and is now in his fourth year there. Aside from swimming at Old Pike he also swam for the Northland United and Blue Wave Swim Teams throughout his swimming career. In high school, Riley swam varsity for four years at Oak Park High School. Riley is a certified Life Guard, Water Safety Instructor and Life Guard Instructor. He is also certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and Coaches Safety Training. He is currently a member of the American Swim Coaches Association and is a Level One swim coach.

Chris Harrington

Bronze 1 & 2 and Pre-competitive

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Chris Harrington has been swimming all of his life. He started at the age of 6, and has kept at it ever since. He has swum at various levels of teams, including: summer age-group, year round competitive, and high school teams. At the age of 16, Chris shifted his focus from inside the water to the pool deck. He began to volunteer with the 8 and under swimmers at Old Pike Country Club, and was signed on as an official member of the coaching staff at the age of 18. Chris is certified in CPR, First Aid, AED, deck safety, lifeguarding (as well as a guard instructor). He has recently joined the American Swim Coaches Association, and is a Level 1 ASCA member.

Nathan Long

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Kim Foxworthy

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Kim was born and raised in the Northland.  She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Psychology and taught preschool for 15 years.  She has two daughters, Morgan and Ty, who were born in Florida.  Having a pool in the back yard, it was a necessity for the girls to learn to swim.  Both girls began lessons at an early ahe and soon progressed to competing on swim teams.  Kim has taught swim lessons and assisted in coaching recreational and competitive swimmers.  Most recently she assisted with the St. Pius X high school swim teams.  Over the years Kim has learned a lot from the coaches around her and looks forward to learning so much more with CNS!

Jessica C Adams

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Jessa has been swimming competitively since she was seven, and loves all things water related. She swam for the Liberty Storm Swim Team until age fifteen then the Clayview Cahunas.  She joined Club North her sophomore year of high school.

Jessa was a four year varsity swimmer for Liberty North High School and received all conference honors in the 50Y Freestyle and 100Y Breaststroke along with the 200Y medley relay, 200Y freestyle relay, and 400Y freestyle relay. Her junior and senior year, she competed at the MSHAA State Swim Meet in the 200Y freestyle relay and 200Y medley relay (butterfly (2012), breaststroke (2013)). She still holds LNHS records in the 100Y breaststroke, 200Y medley relay, and 200Y freestyle relay.

In 2013, Jessa became an assistant coach for the Clayview Cahunas and has taught private swim lessons for three years. Jessa is lifeguard, CPR, and Level 1 coaching certified. Jessa loves working with kids and sharing her love for swimming. She believes in the importance of teaching good sportsmanship along with proper technique to develop a well-rounded athlete. Above anything else, Jessa wants to make the sport of swimming fun and something kids look forward to participating in each day.  Jessa currently attends William Jewell College and is a member of the swim team there. She is currently majoring in math and education and plans to purse teaching math at the high school level and coaching after college.

Bryce Kober

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Bryce has been swimming since the age of six.  He began swimming on his neighborhood swim team within the Northland Swim Conference, the Coves Crocodiles, where he still holds 9 team records.  At the age of 11 Bryce began swimming competitively on the Northland United Swim Team, which he continued through high school.  Bryce was a 2011 graduate of Park Hill high school and a member of the Varsity Swim Team.  He was a 3 – time Conference champion in the 100Y Breaststroke and also received individual All-State Honorable Mention Honors and All – State Honors on relays for Park Hill.   

 

After high school, during college summer break, Bryce began coaching the Coves swim team, where he was the Assistant Coach for one year and Head Coach for the past two years.  He was also the 2016 Assistant Coach at Rockhurst High School.   Bryce attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where he graduated with a Parks, Recreation and Tourism degree in Natural Resource Recreation Management in 2016.


Bryce enjoys working with all ages of athletes, emphasizing in fundamentals and proper stroke technique, but most importantly ensuring the sport is a fun experience for all athletes on the club.

Ethan Rose

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Daniel Day

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Daniel began swimming at the age of eight, and was part of the original Riss Lake Riptide summer swimming team in 2001. In 2003 he started swimming year round with the Northland United Hammerhead swim team where he was coached by Dave Schumaker and then by Brian Timpe starting in 2006. Daniel went on to swim in high school for Park Hill South under Coach Steve De La Piedra. He was named captain both his junior and senior years and was ranked all-state both his sophomore and senior years. Daniel continued his swimming career as a William Jewell Cardinal, competing under Coach Mark Gole. He achieved the NCAA DII B National standard in the 400 IM. Daniel graduated from William Jewell in May of 2016 with a degree in Psychology and is now taking courses at Penn Valley Community College in order to complete the prerequisites for an accelerated nursing program. Over the summers from 2011 to 2016 Daniel was the Head-Assistant coach for the Riss Lake Riptide swim team. Daniel has a real passion for the sport and loves to see his swimmers’ hard work pay off. He believes in the quality of building proper technique in order to propel his swimmers to the next level. Daniel is excited to work with the Narwhal swimmers and can’t wait to see what this upcoming season has in store. 
 

Danielle Spradlin

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Danielle Spradlin is originally from San Antonio, Texas and swam with Alamo Area Aquatics Association for 12 years. She was an Texas All-American, All-State, and team captain of the Judson High School Swim Team. She was apart of various All-Star, Zone, and Zone Select teams. She has competed at Junior Nationals and Nationals in multiple events and relays. In 2011, she received a scholarship from the University of Missouri and made finalsin the Big 12 conference, as well as the SEC conference. She has earned NCAA B cuts in the 400 IM and 200 breastroke. Danielle has been coaching for 3 years and has taught at the Macher's Swim School in Columbia, Missouri. There she taught pre-schoolers and even babies how to swim. Danielle has also coached at Mizzou Swim Camps and with the summer swim team, New Mark Stingrays. She loves the sport and hopes to share her knowledge of swimming with athletes while having fun!

Jake Loel

Assitant Coach

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Jake has been swimming competitively since age six, and spent most of his career at Phoenix Swim Club, where he taught swim lessons and eventually coached recreational teams, Special Olympics teams, and helped out with the club team. He swam for Arcadia High School, where he earned two letters and made top 8 and top 16 in multiple events at Arizona High School State Championships. 

Jake studied French Literature and International Studies at the University of Dallas, where he was a member of the NCAA Track and Field team and was captain of the UD Muskies swim club for two seasons. Jake currently lives in Kansas City, Kansas with his pet Zebra Nerite snail Sven (and several human roommates). He loves animals and Francophone cultures. 

Board of Directors

Brian Sloan

President

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Dawn Holt

General Membership

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Andy Riggs

Treasure

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Doug Wager

Vice President

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Margaret Black

Sponsorships/Spiritwear

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Ryan Huyser

Tech

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Jamie Dawson

Secretary

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