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Coaches & Directors

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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Adam Nelsen

Team Head Coach, Head Coach Benton/LR

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Coach Adam Nelsen has been involved with swimming since he was 4 years old. He began competing under the guidance of Coach Paul Blair. At an early age, he demonstrated a high level of understanding for the mechanical aspects of swimming and a natural feel for the water that blossomed into a love for the sport. During his career as an Arkansas swimmer, Coach Adam broke many state and association records in multiple individual events and relays across various age groups.

In 2014, Coach Adam was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. This was a tremendous honor that was a highlight of his swimming career in the state. He realized that there were so many wonderful coaches, officials, and parents that had helped him during his journey. Coach Adam recognized that he owed it to the next generation to give back to the sport in the form of coaching. His long term goals are to ensure that children gain a love of swimming that will carry them through the sport for the rest of their lives.

Coach Adam currently coaches out of the Jim Dailey Fitness Center in Little Rock and the River Center Natatorium in Benton. Adam has coached the Arkansas Zones Team, Central High School and multiple summer league teams. He is also the Catholic High School Swim Coach.

Adam was named Age Group Coach of the Year by Arkansas Swimming in 2017.

Coach Adam is happily married to his wife Monica. They have 6 children: Morgan, Dylan, Aubrey, Zach, Eli and Gabe. He is the Aquatics Director for the new City of Benton River Center Natatorium. In his spare time, he likes to perform music and spend time traveling with the family.

Curtis Lagrone

Assistant Coach - Benton

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 My name is Curtis LaGrone, and I am currently finishing the final semester of my degree in Physical Education/Health for k-12 at Henderson State University. I was fortunate enough to know immediately following high school that coaching is what I want to do with my life. I have 14 years of personal competitive swim experience as an athlete, and will soon begin my 7 th  year as a competitive swim coach. In this time, I have coached teams in the Southeast Arkansas Swim Association, for the Team Arkansas AAU Junior Olympic team, Arkadelphia High School swim team, and with the Central Arkansas Swim League. I love my swimmers fiercely and will do whatever I can to help them to be the greatest version of themselves that they can be. I see swimming as not only a beautiful and dynamic sport, but as a life-saving skill and a gateway to a world undiscovered character and untapped potential. Swimming offers a very unique opportunity as quite possibly the most team-oriented individual sport in existence, and gives a feeling of camaraderie that cannot be found anywhere else. I find that it is my obligation, first and foremost, to instill a passion in my athletes. If this can be done effectively, then the rest will easily fall into place. I believe strongly in injury prevention, body positioning, building a strong foundational base, and tend to follow very closely to the quote, “If we have done our best, then we can await the results in peace.” I do not expect anything less, or more than the very best that my athletes have to offer. It is by pushing our limits and breaking out of our comfort zones that we find growth, and only by growth do we truly find success

Sarah Craig

Head Site Coach - Bryant

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My name is Sarah Craig. I have been involved with swimming since I was 8 years old. I started competing with the guidance of Coach Paul Blair on the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team. I went on to swim for COSST in Texas, and Healthworks in El Dorado. I realized while in college that swimming was still a huge passion in my life. I then pursued my Masters in Kinesiology in Coaching and started coaching with the Magnolia Dolphins throughout college.    Having the opportunity to coach kids in the developmental stage is a huge opportunity to see what they are capable of doing, both in and out of the water. I believe swimming can help them become a better version of themselves with discipline, hard work, and maintaining a passion about swimming.   

Lee C Smothers

Head Coach - Russellville/Clarksville

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Coach Lee Smothers developed a love for swimming when he got involved with the CASC Racers. Lee was one of the original members of the team when it was first started.  Lee competed for 9 years under Coach Patrick Bass. He competed at all levels of the sport (zones, sectionals, juniors) and has been ranked in the top ten in America in butterfly at multiple points in his career. Lee’s love for the sport is evident anytime he steps on the deck by the way he interacts with younger swimmers. He aims to pass the torch to the next generation of swimmers by impacting children’s lives the same way his was using positive coaching and teaching life lessons through the sport.

Lee is a graduate from Central Baptist College. He will pursue a master’s degree in the fall. Lee recently was married and spends most of his spare time working with his church as youth pastor. 

Farrin Cain

Head Coach - USA El Dorado

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Farrin Cain joined the RACERS organization in September of 2008.  Farrin is a graduate of Katy High School – Katy Texas and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arkansas @ Monticello where he played strong safety for the football team.  Farrin is married to Brandy Cain they have 3 sons Devin, Carson, and Maddox as well as 2 daughters, Katy and Olivia.  Farrin has coached recreational, AAU, USA, Masters, and College level swimmers.  He believes that if you give 100%, no more, no less, then you will be successful.  His Professional Experience includes swimming for Team Texas in the 1978 Junior Olympics.  He has been the Head Coach of the Crossett Eagle Swim Team - 1994 SASA Conference Champions, Wynne Marlins – 2-time AAU State Champions in 2006, and 2007.  He is currently the Head Coach of the HealthWorks Hurricanes 4 – time AAU State Champions (2008 – 2011) and SASA Conference Champions in 2008, 2009, and 2011.  Farrin served as the Head Coach of the El Dorado International Swim Team – who competed in Bad Bergzabern Germany in 2009 placing 12th out of 45 clubs from around the world.  Farrin was also the Co-Head Coach of Arkansas AAU Junior Olympic Swim Team competing in Des Moines, IA – 2004and 2009, New Orleans, LA - 2005 and 2011,  Hampton Rhodes, VA – 2006and 2010, Knoxville, TN – 2007, Detroit, MI 2008 The Team won the AAU Junior Olympic National Championship in 2009 and 2011.  Farrin attended the Central States Swim Clinic in Chicago, IL in 2010, He served as the Arkansas Chairman for AAU National Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii - 2006, Chicago, IL - 2007, Cancun, Mexico - 2008, and San Juan, Puerto Rico - 2010.  Farrin now holds the office of Lieutenant Governor of the AAU Arkansas Districtfor all sports (2009 – Present).

Billy Breedlove

Head Coach - Paragould

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Megan Hill

Assistant Coach - Little Rock

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Coach Megan Hill is currently in graduate school earning her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas. She previously attended Henderson State University and obtained her undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education (K-12) with an additional licensure in Middle School Mathematics (4-8).

 

Coach Megan got her start in the swimming world through Adam Nelsen. In April 2017, she became a lifeguard at the RiverCenter in Benton. She taught swim lessons and coached the Benton Sharks summer league team during this time. She said “I absolutely fell in love with the sport of swimming! Swimming has become one of my hobbies, and I am always trying to learn more about this fascinating sport to pass on to the kids that I teach.” 

 

Coach Megan recently married her high school sweetheart Nathan Hill on April 28, 2018 after dating for six years (yes it was about time). When she is not studying, she loves to go fishing, hiking, swimming and eat out with friends or family.

James Kent Eldreth

Assistant Coach - Little Rock

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Kent Eldreth graduated from Henderson State University in 2018 where he studied Finance and Accounting. He specialized in breaststroke and represented the Red Wave swim team as a captain his senior year. He held the school record in the 100 breaststroke and swam at Dll NCAAs in 2018 in the 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.

Kent attributes much of his passion for coaching to teaching his four younger siblings swimming and says that sharing the skill has always come naturally. He emphasizes to young people that athletics are a great way to build strong character for life, and that the four D's are important in and out of the pool. 

Steven R Bostick

Head Coach - Arkadelphia

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The Racers are excited to have Coach Steven Bostick join our team of experienced coaches. Bostick is in his fourth year at Ouachita Baptist University as the men's and women's swimming and diving head coach and second year as women's cross country coach.

Bostick attended Ouachita beginning in 2004, where he was a four-year letterman for Ouachita's swimming and diving team. In 2008, he graduated with a BA in accounting and began working as a tax accountant for Purvis Gray & Company. 

In 2010, Bostick was hired as the head swimming and diving coach at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Fla. He coached the Bobcats until coming back to Ouachita. Bostick also has served as owner and heach coach of High Tide Aqautics in Gainesville, where he and his staff of eight assistants trained senior-level athletes.

Eric Vogan

Head Coach - USA Texarkana

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Board of Directors

Adam Nelsen

Executive Board Member, President

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Bradley J Hagan

Executive Board Member, Vice-President

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David Bratton

Board Member

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Beverly L Nelson

Board Member

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Gina Sims

Board Member

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