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All Swim Omaha coaches are professionals and registered with United States Swimming.  Coaches are also registered with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). Through constant evaluation and ongoing education, our coaches stay abreast of the newest and best teaching techniques and skill development. This commitment to professionalism and continuity has allowed Swim Omaha to be recognized as one of the preeminent teams in the state.

Coaching Staff

Docker J Hartfield

Head Coach

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Lisa J Ellis

Director of Programs and Operations

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Lisa started coaching with the club in the spring of 1989. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She is a Level 3 certified coach with the America Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and specializes in learning theory as it relates to the acquisition of efficient stroke technique. She is the administrator for the entire program and coordinates our young developing athletes.  Loving swimming at all levels, she has been an Assistant Swim Coach for the Westside Varsity Swim Team since the fall of 1989. Interested in expanding swimming in Nebraska, as well as elevating Nebraska swimming on the national scene, Lisa served 4 years on the Central Zone Board of Directors as the Age Group Championship Meet Co-Coordinator. Previously, Lisa has served on the Midwestern Swimming Board for 16 years in one capacity or another.

Doug E Krecklow

Coach, Seniors

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Doug has been with the swim club for 30 years. He has a B.A.E. in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Wayne State College and a Master of Science in Biomechanics from Penn State University. Doug is a Level 5 Certified Coach with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA). Under his leadership, many OWSC and SO swimmers have attained regional and national recognition in swimming. Many of his swimmers have also enjoyed successful college careers at schools throughout the United States. He has extensive knowledge of stroke mechanics, physical conditioning, performance psychology and athlete motivation. In addition to his club responsibilities, Doug serves as the Chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department and Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Westside High School.
 

Bob E Henchal

Coach, Gold

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The beginning of the 2015- 16 short course season marked 14 years that Coach Bob has been with Swim Omaha, the majority of that time as head Silver group coach.

After spending most of his adult working life with the YMCA and then IBM, Coach Bob moved back to Omaha, married Mary, and returned to his physical education background to coach swimming, beginning at Oak Hill Pool in Ralston, where he still coaches "Summer league".

His undergraduate degree, in phys ed and philosophy, was received from Creighton University in Omaha. His Masters was received from the University of Oregon, in exercise physiology, athletic administration, and recreation management.

  

Eric Steven Samson

Coach, Gold group

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Eric is in his eighth year coaching with Swim Omaha and the Gold group.  After five years of teaching 3rd grade at Franklin Elementary in OPS, Eric now teaches 5th grade at Hillside Elementary in Westside Community Schools.  In 2012, Eric was named the Midwestern Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year.  He has also served as Head Midwestern All Stars from 2013-2015 and Head Midwestern Zone coach in 2013 and 2014, as well as an assistant Zone coach in 2012.  Eric is a Level 2 Certified coach member of ASCA and is working on his Masters degree of Coach Education through Ohio University.

Eric grew up swimming at Westridge pool.  He graduated from Westside in 2003, spending the entirety of his high school career swimming for Swim Omaha and the Westside Warriors.  Eric competed at the collegiate level for the University of South Dakota. 

Eric is eager to continue coaching the Gold group and looks forward to another season of sportsmanship and great swims!

Victoria Schab

Coach, Silver

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Andy A Rider

Coach, Senior

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Andy joined Swim Omaha in 2002 and swam in both the Gold and Olympic groups. He continued his swimming at Westside High School, where he swam all four years graduating in 2008.

Andy’s coaching career took off as Head Summer League Coach from 2007-2012 for Westridge Pool. He also held the Assistant Coach position for the University of Nebraska Omaha Women’s Swim and Dive team during the 2011-2012 season. 

As a Special Education teacher at Westside High School, Andy tailors his teaching to the students’ needs. In 2011, he joined the coaching ranks for Swim Omaha with the Senior group. In addition, he is an Assistant Coach for the Ralston/Gross Swim and Dive team.

Frannie M Cammarota

Coach, Bronze & Novice

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Frannie’s coaching shows a true passion for swimming. A former Swim Omaha swimmer herself, Frannie feels at home with the club and is excited to be coaching the next generation of Swim Omaha swimmers!  Frannie also had four successful years of swimming for Westside High School. She is currently majoring in Elementary Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Frannie started her coaching career as Lead Summer League Coach for Brookhill Country Club where she held the position for 7 years. She joined the coaching staff at Swim Omaha in 2012, working with the Novice and Bronze groups. After two years, Frannie transitioned to Assistant Coach for the Silver group. She brings lots of energy and enthusiasm to Swim Omaha.

David K Harris

Coach, Silver

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Peggy Speer

Head Coach [BBSC]

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Richard K Draper

Senior Coach

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Rich’s coaching career started in Elgin, NE in 1968. He went on to coach at West High School in Iowa City, IA from 1971-1977, and then moved on to coach at Boone Senior High School from 1979-1980. He had state winners during both high school tenures.

Rich was the Head Sprint Coach for the University of Iowa. During his tenure, 1980-1984, the team beat University of Indiana at the Big Ten Championships 2 years in a row, being the first team in 20 years to complete such a feat. 

Rich continued his college coaching at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The women’s team was undefeated his first year, 1984. In 1985, he coached the MAC Conference most valuable swimmer and she additionally was a qualifier in the 100 yard Butterfly for the NCAA Division 1 Championships.

Rich returned to the University of Iowa, where he coached from 1986 to 1995. Rich has coached numerous Big Ten event winners, a Big Ten Athlete of the Year, and NCAA All Americans.

Rich coached Jon Davey, who went on to set the English National Record in the 400 meter IM at the English Olympic Trials.

Rafal Szukala, another of Rich’s protégés, won the NCAA 200 yard Butterfly in 1992, and then the 100 yard Butterfly in 1994. The summer of 1994, Rich and Rafal traveled to Rome, Italy for the World Championships. Rafal won the 100 meter Butterfly and became the first Polish swimmer to win a world title.

Rich retired from his college coaching career to return and returned to Omaha, where he was the Head Coach for Millard North High School for many years. He then transitioned to the Ralston Rams Swim team, and for the past several years has been assisting Docker and Andy with the coaching duties. In 2017, Rich joined the coaching ranks of Swim Omaha in assisting the Silver and Senior groups at Westside High School. 

Board of Directors

Helen Jane North

President

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Jodie L DeSordi

Secretary

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Lisa J Ellis

Coach, Novice, Bronze, Senior

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Doug E Krecklow

Board Liason for Westside Schools

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Cathy Z Blake

Board Member

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Rhonda Z Santoni

Board Member

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Mark E Dietrich

Board Member

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Marcena Marie Hendrix

Board Member

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David Brinker Harding

Board Member

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