NPAC Coaches

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Denise Howard

Head Coach


Coach Denise has been a part of NPAC for 10 years. She has been swimming since she was 9 years old. She swam all four years in high school, and>

Coach Denise began working with NPAC as a coach for the Developmental Pac in October of 2012, and in August of 2015 she was promoted to Assistant Coach working with the Novice group. Coach Denise has loved the transition from swimmer to coach and is looking forward to gaining more knowledge about the sport. Her mission as a coach is to enhance a love for the water in every athlete, promote good sportsmanship, instill confidence, and pass>

Coach Denise earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014. In her spare time she loves spending time with her fiance Chris, traveling, being outdoors, and trying new things, whether is be new foods or new activities. She loves animals and anything that has to do with the water.

Zac Kassel

Assistant Coach


Coach Zac has been working with NPAC since November of 2010, when he was hired>

Having never been a competitive swimmer, Coach Zac became interested in swimming in 1997 when he took a college class in conditioning swimming at UAF.  He has been hooked ever since.  He began teaching swimming in 1998 and has since taught hundreds of students, both children and adults, to love and appreciate the sport of swimming.  Having never swam>

In his spare time, Coach Zac enjoys spending time with his wife Mandy, his daughters Zaeya and Zahna, and their four cats.  He also enjoys cooking, gardening, bicycling, and of course swimming.

Board of Directors

Kristi L Boatman