Since taking over the helm as the Head Coach of the Nashville
Aquatic Club in 1984, John Morse has established a tradition of
dedication and excellence in Middle Tennessee.
The 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2009 Southeastern Swimming
LSC Coach of the Year, Morse has coached the team to over 40 LSC
Upon Morse’s arrival, NAC has established itself as a
consistent and elite program in developing fast, successful
swimmers. Through Morse’s guidance, NAC has finished in the
top 10 at Senior Nationals, as high as 2nd at the Junior National
Championships, and has been overall team champion at the
Southeastern Sectional Championships.
50+ Olympic Trial Qualifiers
17 National Junior Team Members
16 National Finalists
USA Swimming and US Olympic Committee Developmental
Coach of the Year, 2008
Head Coach, USA, 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Team, Hawaii
Head Coach, USA, 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Team, Hawaii
Head Coach, USA, 2009 National Junior Team Competition,
Assistant Coach, USA, 2011 Pan American Games, Mexico
Assistant Coach, USA, 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Team,
Assistant Coach, USA, 2007-8 National Junior Team
Coach Morse has developed more than 50 Olympic Trial qualifiers,
over a dozen National finalists, four World University Games
qualifiers, World Junior Championship qualifiers, Junior National
Champions, National Team members, FINA World Junior Champions, and
swimmers that went on to become NCAA champions and All Americans.
Morse’s leadership has helped the team garner its twelfth
consecutive Gold Medal Club Award this year. This award identifies
USA Swimming Clubs that have attained a high level of athlete
performance as well as organizational success. NAC has been honored
as a Gold Medal Club in each year of the awards existence.
Morse’s success has also led him to earn the American Swim
Coaches Association Bronze Award of Excellence, signifying ten
years of having a finalist at Nationals. Morse has served as a
National Team Coach in 1992, 2008, 2011, and has been a part of the
Olympic Development Camp (1994), the Eagle Camp (1995), Zone
Distance Camp (1997), and National Select Camp (1998). Morse was
selected as an assistant coach for the National Junior Team in
2007-2008, and participated in international competition in
Melbourne, Australia. In 2008, Morse was recognized by USA
Swimming as the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year, and
was selected as the head women's coach for the 2009 National Junior
Team trip to Vancouver. In 2010, Morse was selected as the
co-head coach of the Junior Pan-Pacific team which competed in
Hawaii. In 2011, Morse was selected as a member of the
Pan-American Games coaching staff which competed in Mexico.
In 2012, Morse was selected as a coach for the Junior
Pan-Pacific team competing in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Coach Morse also stays involved in the politics of swimming. He
has been a delegate to the United States Swimming Aquatic
Convention more than a dozen times. He has also served on the
National Championship Time Standards Committee, the National
Championship site selection committee, the National Club
Development Committee, and currently serves on the Senior
Development Committee for USA Swimming. Coach Morse is also a
member of the Southeastern Swimming board of directors and has
served as the Senior Chairman, Technical Planning Director,
Outreach Director, and Swim-a-Thon Director.
He also stays very involved in high school swimming, and was
instrumental in bringing the high school state meet to Nashville in
1991. He has worked with the Nashville Metro Parks and Nashville
Sports Council to secure three Senior National Championships, 2
Junior National Championships, and 1 Masters National Championships
for the city.
Coach Morse is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he
swam on conference and NCAA championship teams. Coach Morse
is happily married and has 2 stepchildren. He is also an avid
fisherman, and has one dog named Jackson.
Associate Head Coach
Doug enters his fifth season with Nashville Aquatic Club as
Associate Head Coach and Senior Coordinator. During his
tenure in Nashville, the Senior group has developed dozens of
winter Junior National qualifiers, fourteen summer Junior National
qualifiers, eight first time summer Senior National qualifiers,
seven 18&U Olympic Trial qualifiers, placed seventeen athletes
on the Southeastern Zone Championship team, and had numerous USA
Swimming Top 10 swims, including multiple #1 rankings. In
addition, NAC has also had international success, with athletes
securing multiple gold medals at FINA World Junior Championships
and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.
Prior to his tenure with NAC, Doug was the Director of
Competitive Swimming with the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club in
Waynesboro, Va., the Head Age Group Coach and Assistant Senior
Coach at Seacoast Swimming in Providence, R.I., Head Age Group
Coach with the Waves of Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C. and
Assistant Age Group Coach with Machine Aquatics in the Washington,
D.C. area. Collegiately, he has served volunteer assistant coach
posts at Brown University, the University of Virginia, and more
recently, with Vanderbilt University’s Women's swim team.
Doug has also been a member of USA Swimming's National Select
Camp coaching staff (2013).
A 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia, Doug earned a
master’s degree in Sport Management from the State University
of New York at Cortland in 2011, and is currently pursuing his
Doctorate in Sport Management. He is certified as an ASCA Level 4
coach and was selected as a 2009-2010 ASCA Fellow. Doug has
two dogs - Powell and Emmitt - and a cat named Sam.
Age Group Coordinator
Sarah is entering her third season with the Nashville Aquatic
Club as Age Group Coordinator. Sarah swam for the Nashville
Aquatic Club for 11 seasons, and during that time was a member of
the National Junior Team and a 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifier.
Sarah grew up in Franklin, and was a high school All-American
and team captain at Franklin High School.
After graduation, Sarah attended the University of Florida where
she swam for coach Gregg Troy. While at Florida, Sarah was a
3-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, an NCAA All-American,
and a member of the 2009 SEC Championship, and 2010 NCAA
Championship team. Sarah graduated with a degree in
Sarah is dedicated to continuing the tradition of excellence of
the age group program!
As the Developmental Coordinator, Ashley oversees and coaches
the Pre-Competitive Group, Green Group, and White Group. She
grew up in Northern Kentucky and swam for the Kenton County
Clippers and the Cincinnati Marlins. During her time at the
Marlins she qualified for and competed in the 1996 Olympic
Trials. Ashley swam collegiately at Northwestern University
and graduated with a degree in Communications in 2002. After
graduating she moved to Franklin and became an assistant coach with
NAC. In 2004 she became the NAC site coordinator at the WCISC
where she developed swimmers from beginner level to those
recognized as National Age Group Top-10. Ashley has also been
a SwimAmerica swim lesson instructor both in Northern Kentucky and
Nashville. She is looking forward to helping young swimmers
transition to the team and develop a love for the sport of
competitive swimming. She currently lives in Franklin with
her husband and four children.
Senior 1 Coach, Masters
Coach Brian Allen is
entering his fourth season with NAC and will again be coaching the
Senior 1 group. He has previously coached for Father Ryan
High School and was the coach for their middle school program for 5
Coach Brian swam for NAC
for 7 years. He was a 2 time High School All American in the
100 Breaststroke as well as a Junior National Qualifier in the 100
and 200 Breaststroke.
He swam collegiately at
the College of Charleston where he held the school records in both
the 100 and 200 Breaststroke when he graduated with a degree in
Media Communications in 2002. Brian's son Sam is also a
member of the Nashville Aquatic Club.
Red Group Coach
Christian is entering his second season with the Nashville
Aquatic Club. He is also working as the Director of Aquatics
for the Ensworth School.
Christian comes to NAC after a long tenure with the Bolles
School Sharks in Jacksonville, Florida. During his time with
Bolles Christian oversaw two separate groups: One consisting
of developmental age group swimmers between 8-11 years old, the
other comprised of senior level swimmers between 13-17 years old.
Christian has coached swimmers who have qualified for meets
ranging from the Florida Junior Olympics to United States Olympic
Trials. Athletes he has worked with have gone on to swim on
All-Star teams, Zone teams, and United States National Junior
teams. Christian served as a coach with Brunei Darussalam at
the 2012 London Olympic Games, working with the first swimmer to
ever represent Brunei at an Olympic Games.
As a swimmer, Christian began his competitive career in New
Jersey before becoming a boarding student at the Bolles School.
He went on to Southern Methodist University where Christian
was a 9-time NCAA All-American and team captain. Christian
was a member of the United States National Team and represented the
United States at the World University Games.
Sara is entering her first season with NAC after recently moving to
Nashville. She grew up in Ohio, swimming for the Blue Ash YMCA in
Cincinnati. She continued her swimming career at Wittenberg
University in Springfield, Ohio as a varsity swimmer until
graduating. After college, Sara returned to Ohio where she
coached at Countryside YMCA, followed by some time spent in
Orlando, Florida coaching various age groups for Trinity Prep
Aquatics. After taking a break away from the pool to focus on her
career in public relations, she found herself back on deck at the
YMCA of Western North Carolina in Asheville
working with all age
groups, from developmental 6 and under swimmers up to the Senior
and National levels.
Sara is excited to join NAC and looks forward to working with the
Green Group this season!
Red Group Lead Coach
Margy is entering her first season as a coach with the Nashville
Aquatic Club. ýPrior to moving to Nashville, Margy served as
the Assistant Coach for the men and women at Towson University for
four seasons. ýShe grew up in Cincinnati and went on to swim
at Penn State. ýWhile there, she was an NCAA Academic
All-American, Academic All Big Ten Team member and member of the
Deanýs List. ýMargy also competed in the 2004 Olympic
Trials and won a silver medal in 5K Open Water race at the 2005
World Championship. ýMargy began coaching in 2007 at M.E.
Lyons YMCA and Ursuline Academy, both in Cincinnati. ýMargy
and her husband live in Nashville with their daughter.
Jessica begain coaching PreComp, Green, and White with NAC in
2013. She returns in 2014 as PreComp Coordinator.
Jessica swam with University Place Aquatic Club in Washington
state before managing and walking on to the team at the University
of California, Berkeley in 2000. Jessica earned a BA in
Italian and a BA in Classics from Berkeley in 2004, a Masters in
Italian from the University of Notre Dame in 2006, and a PhD in
Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill in 2012. She now teaches Italian at Vanderbil
University. Jessica has been coaching since 1997.
Green Group Lead Coach
Marla Hastings will be coaching the Green Group at the Indoor
Sports Complex this year. She began coaching as a summer
league swim coach for the Cottonwood Pirates in 1997, when her
older children began swimming. She coached for Excel Aquatics for
several years until adopting Gracee in 2005. She was the
coach for Franklin High School Swim Team from 2000-2006, and was
named Tennessee High School Swim Coach of the Year in 2004.
Presently she coaches the middle school swim team at Brentwood
Academy. Marla’s background is classical ballet, so she knows
the importance of learning technique and she loves teaching the
basics. She is married to K. Dwayne Hastings; they have 8 children
ranging in ages from 5-years-old to 33-years-old…the last
three adopted from China. The Hastings have made Franklin their
home for the past 16 years.
Blue Group Coach
James Loveless grew up in Westchester, NY swimming for Badger
Swim Team under coach John Collins. James was a Junior National
Qualifier in the freestyle events as a ninth grader. By twelfth
grade, James expanded into individual medleys and Senior
Nationals/Olympic trial times in the freestyle events. James
attended UC Berkeley (CAL) where he trained under Nort Thornton and
Mike Bottom (Michigan). There, he was a PAC-10 finalist and was
nominated for rookie of the year. After being offered a full
scholarship for swimming, James moved to Syracuse University for
his remaining years where he was team captain, top five finalist in
the Big East Championship and a Big East Academic All Star. After
college, James received a fellowship to Fordham University in 2004
where he completed a Master’s in Education for grades 1-6.
For the past 6 years, James has been teaching science to
elementary/middle school students in the New York area. During this
time, he has also been able to coach with for the Badger age group
team and coaching country club and high school teams as well. James
has coached over 300 age group swimmers to success as well as
coaching swimmers to become Junior National Qualifiers and
All-American athletes. James swims everyday and truly believes that
swimming can improve one’s quality of life.
Red Group Coach
Coach Glenn swam for The University of Texas at Austin, where he
was a Rankin Academic Scholarship recipient, Presidential
Scholarship recipient and a Student/Athlete for the Longhorns.
During his career at Texas, he was a four-time All-American and was
ranked number-one in the NCAA preseason in his specialty the 200
backstroke. He was a U.S. Olympic Trials finalist in 1984,
finishing sixth in the 200m backstroke, earning a Top 25 in the
world ranking in that event. Originally from Atlanta, Coach Glenn
competed for Swim Atlanta as an age group swimmer and was a member
of U.S. National Junior Team that competed in a US vs. USSR Dual
Meet in the former Soviet Union. Aside from a career in human
resources related businesses, he has coached summer league and
master's programs in Texas as well as in Nashville. Coach Glenn is
married to former NAC swimmer and fellow Longhorn Claire Sanders
McCall and is father to Will and Rob.
Although raised in Maryland, Chris is a native Tennessean, born
in Memphis! Chris started her swimming career at the age of
6, swimming for summer league teams, the Rockville JCC, then
Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC), as an age grouper until
college. Chris was a Junior National qualifier in
numerous events spanning her high school and college years, and she
also represented the USA at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in
1985, earning two silver medals and one bronze. Chris swam
collegiately for Princeton University, was selected to All-Ivy and
All East Teams, and was team captain in her senior year.
Chris’ career as a masters’ swimmer began in 1991,
when she swam with Southern California Aquatics Masters
(SCAQ). After a move to Baltimore in 1993, Chris founded the
masters program at North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC), in addition
to coaching age groupers (where she coached a lanky 9-year old
named Michael Phelps!).
After taking a break to have children, Chris continued coaching
after the family moved to Nashville. Chris coached Westside
Masters (The Club at Westside) for 9 years, then headed up JCC
Masters for another 3 years, before switching over to NAC Masters
last October. Chris has numerous years of experience
teaching swim lessons and coaching middle and high school, summer
Zach is joining Nashville Aquatic Club for his first season as
SwimFit Coordinator. He began his coaching career in
Greensboro, NC coaching for summer league teams for 4
summers. After graduating from NC State with a degree in
Marketing he joined New WAVE Swim Team in the fall of 2008.
Zach coached all levels of ability during his time at WAVE
from beginner level 10 & Unders, developmental age
groupers/seniors, sectional level swimmers as well as LSC champions
and high point winners. During his 6 years in Raleigh, Zach
continued coaching neighborhood teams to help promote competitive
swimming. Zach is excited to join the NAC family!
Senior 1 Coach
Coach Tricia grew up swimming for the West Shore YMCA in Camp
Hill, PA. She then went on to swim at the University of
Tennessee where she was a 3-time All-American and an All-SEC Honor
Roll member. Tricia qualified for Olympic Trials in 2000,
2004, and 2008 and was a 2 time Olympic Trial Semi-Finalist.
She graduated from UT in 2011 with a degree in Finance and
Enterprise Management, and currently works at Caterpillar
Pre-Comp & Red Group Coach
Clarissa started coaching the Pre-Competitive Group in the
Winter of 2012. She swam competitively for 16 years, getting
her start with the Dayton Raiders Swim Club in Dayton, OH. After
high school, she swam for Indiana University, specializing in
freestyle and butterfly. Clarissa returned to the Dayton Raiders
and coached age-group, high school, and Master's level swimmers for
two years after college. She then moved to middle Tennessee and is
currently working as an elementary school councilor.
SwimAmerica Program Director
Coach Margaret, a native of North Carolina, grew
up swimming for the High Point Swim Club and swam collegiately for
Emory University. She holds a Master’s Degree from the
University of Virginia and a J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of
Law. In 2006, she returned to swimming as the full-time Program
Director for NAC SwimAmerica and has been instrumental in the
program’s rise as one of the region’s premier swim
schools. As Director, she is committed to SwimAmerica’s
goal-driven curriculum with an emphasis on both competitive
technique and safety. Her young swimmers graduate to be competitors
in the Nashville and Williamson County Swim Leagues as well as
beginner year-round swimmers for the Nashville Aquatic Club. She
and her husband Todd have two sons, Seth, a NAC alum and current
distance freestyler at Brown University and Holt, a high school
senior who is both a competitive swimmer and baseball player.