Welcome to the coaches page. We are very proud of our coaches staff and look forward to using our talents to make your competitive swimming experience a great one.
If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your coach.
For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Team coordinator, Kelly Roberts. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna V Bickell
Asst. Senior Coach
Coach Jenna is the Assistant Coach for the Senior Team since the fall of 2015. Her competitive swimming career began at age 10 as a member of the Fort Smith Tideriders. While an age group swimmer, she qualified and competed at State, Zones, Sectionals, and Junior and Senior Nationals. She holds LSC records, zone records, top 16 times, and was awarded ASI Age Group Swimmer of the Year, as well as being an NISCA High School Scholastic All American. Jenna continued her swimming career as a scholarship athlete for Texas A&M University (Whoop!) where her accomplishments include Big 12 Champion in the 200 Butterfly, NCAA qualifier, and being named to the First Team Big XII All-Academic team. While at Texas A&M Jenna served as a student coach for the Aggies during the 2006-2007 season, as well as multiple sessions as a swim camp instructor for Aggie Swim Camps. After graduation from A&M in 2007, she worked for Ashland Chemical before joining the Aquatics Office at the Little Rock Athletic Club in 2013. Jenna and her husband Julian welcomed a baby boy, Simon Kjell, in January of 2015. Both Jenna and Julian enjoy swimming masters whenever they can find the time.
Juliana De Santi
Assistant Coach LRRC
Steve R Frye
2013 Team Illinois USA Central Zone Coach-Team Finish: 1st
2015: Fitter and Faster Tour Coaches Collaboration Coach
ASCA Level 3 Performance Coach
Coach Frye grew up in
Mary Jo Heye
Jacksonville Sherwood Coach
Quincey E Johnson
Evan M Johnston
Head Coach LRRC, USA Reg. Chair
Coach Evan has been involved in swimming for the last 42 years. A coach in Arkansas since 1995, Evan has had the opportunity to work with swimmers from the novice level to the National level. Evan has coached countless swimmers to State championships, Zone qualifiers, Sectionals, Junior Nationals and the US Open.
Evan swam competitively until he was 28 years old and then hung up the suit. Evan hails from a large family of swimmers (7 in all). After high school Evan was recruited by and attended Iowa State University. After his freshman year at Iowa State, Evan entered the United States Army and served as an Army Medic for three years in San Antonio, TX. Upon completion of his Army service Evan went back to swimming for Henderson State University, where he was a 16 time NAIA All-American.
Evan has been named Arkansas Age-Group Coach of the Year 4 times. He has served Arkansas Swimming over the years as Membership/Registration Chair, Club Development Chair, Age-Group & Senior Chair and been an Arkansas Zone Coach nine times. Evan was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2014.
Evan and his wife Traci now reside in Maumelle, Arkansas with their two daughters, Tori (age 15) and Tessa (age 9). Evan's daughter's - Tori and Tessa are keeping the Johnston swimming tradition alive, both swimming for the Dolphins.
Dry Land Coach LRRC
Coach Traci has been involved with competitive swimming for over 20 years.
Traci has been a certified lifeguard for many years (too many to count). She has spent many years teaching swim lessons and is currently the dryland land coach for the Arkansas Dolphins Age Group/Senior Prep swimmers at the Little Rock Racquet Club. She is also (along with Coach Evan) the high school swim team coach for Central Arkansas Christian (CAC).
Traci focuses on cardio, core and conditioning training to strengthen swimmers in the water. She is an avid runner. She enjoys running mostly half marathons. Traci is a certified United States Swimming coach, Arkansas Activities Association Volunteer Coach and a certified Full Out Barre Instructor.
Traci is married to Coach Evan. Their daughter Tori swims on the Senior team and Tessa swims on the Age Goup 1 team at the Little Rock Racquet club. The Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team is definitely a family affair.
Head Coach -Jacksonville and Sherwood
Coach Keith is a Little Rock native and began his swimming career at age 6 as a member of the Millers Swim Gym. He joined the Little Rock Racquet Club Dolphins swim team in 1972. As an age group swimmer, he held several state records and was selected as team captain for the Dolphins his senior year. While at swimming Hendrix College, he not only served as Team Captain but, received the prestigious Carl Babcock Award for Outstanding Leadership in Athletics.
White attending Hendrix College, he coached the Hendrix Aquakids from 1983-1986. He has taught hundreds of children how to swim as an instructor at the Little Rock Racquet Club.. He was active in the development of the West Little Rock Optimist Summer Swim League and coached five of the competing teams over a four- year period. In 2003, in addition to his Dolphin coaching duties, he took over the coaching of the struggling Sherwood Sharks Swim Team, which is part of the Central Arkansas Swim League. Through his direction, he took this summer program to the top of the league with four straight undefeated seasons and is one of the largest in the state.
He has been involved in many aspects of Arkansas Swimming, Inc. He has volunteered his time by serving as Equipment Chair and Awards Chair. He has been the Meet Director for many ASI Age Group Champs meets. He has been instrumental in the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame, serving on the committee since 1987. He was awarded the highly coveted Conoco Phillips 66 Volunteer of the Year in 2000 and Arkansas Swimming Coach of The Year in 2013.
Coach Kristy is a military wife and mom to four amazing children. She has a background in Elementary Education and is a former Dance Instructor. Coach Kristy began taking fitness classes in 2013 after being diagnosed with health issues. "I decided that I was too young to be "sick", I wanted to have the energy and stamina to play with my children again!" A specialist recommended that she "Get Moving!" and find an exercise that she liked, and that is exactly what she did! After attending group fitness classes at the Cabot Community Center, she quickly fell in love with group fitness and soon became a licensed Zumba and Aqua Zumba Instructor and also pursued her interests as a Personal Trainer. Currently, she holds Nationally Accredited Certifications with AFAA Group Fitness, ACE Certified Health Coach, AFAA Personal Trainer, R.I.P.P.E.D. Certification, R.I.P.P.E.D. Master Trainer, RUMBLE Certification, Bare Above Certification, Aqua Certification and USA Swimming Coaching Certification with a special interest in Dryland. Cardio Yoga Certification is also a part of her portfolio. Kristy also has a background in teaching cycle and other forms of cardio and strength classes. She has had the honor and privilege in being a presenter with R.I.P.P.E.D., the One Stop Body Shock, at the SCW Fitness Convention in Dallas, Texas. "I love promoting a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages and fitness levels. I strive to keep my fitness classes, personal training and coaching fun and motivating!" Looking forward to seeing the kids grow in strength, and more importantly self confidence!
Age Group and Developmental Coach -Cabot
Hi all, I am Coach Elizabeth!
I started swimming at the age of 6 and fell in love right away. As I continued to grow up on a pool deck I found myself coaching the other kids and constantly following my coaches around. As I went through college I was a volunteer coach for the team I grew up on, coaching the 10 and under kids. During this time I went on to coach high school swimming for 4 years and led our wonderful group of kids to state and won two years in a row! Once my family moved to Arkansas my daughter found a love of swimming too and here we are! Working with kids of all ages is a passion of mine and to be able to do it as a swim coach is a dream come true. I look forward to meeting you all and continuing your child's swimming adventure with you!
Kelly has joined our team in the summer of 2013. She has a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Arkansas State University. She has served in a similar role for the Asbury Christian Child Development Center as Assistant Director. She has worked for Asbury Christian Child Developmnet Center from 1988 to present both as a preschool teacher and Assistant Director. She also volunteered as the treasurer for the Christ Lutheran School Parents Organization for eight years and served as a Girl Scouts of America troop leader for 7 years.
Kelly is married to Steve Roberts and has two grown children, Miranda and Steven. Though relatively new to USA swimming, Kelly swam competitively as a young child in Winona, Mississippi. She also enjoyed the aspect of being a “Swim Mom” when her daughter competed for Mt. Saint Mary in high school.
Kelly will work about 15 hours a week in the swim team office at the LRRC assisting the team in billing, administrative aid, and bookkeeping. Please stop by the office at the LRRC and introduce yourself to Kelly.
Acadia T Roher
Swim Fit Coach LRRC
Head Coach LRAC
April 28, 2007 Induction into Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame Bio
Swim Fit Coach LRRC
Tasha Stratton joined the
Laser team in September of 1998 as LRAC Head Age Group Coach.
Tasha swam competitively through her high school years. She
has a competitive background in swimming where she swam for the
Little Rock Racquet Club. She began teaching swimming at age
16 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. She taught swimming
as well as water aerobics and lifeguarding while attending
Lyons College and Emergency Medical Technical School. She
also has had experience working in childcare through independent
organizations including the Montessori school system. Tasha
is the Head coach of the Laser Masters program where she oversees
training of Lasers Masters Swimmers.
Tasha was the aquatic director at the LRAC for eight years where she oversaw swim instructors and lifeguards. She also teaches private and group lessons. When not coaching you may see Tasha with her fourteen-year-old daughter Skye or her six-year-old son Ronan or her one and a half year old son Finn. Tasha has always loved working with children and wants to help them achieve high self esteem and success through the sport of swimming.
Assistant Senior Coach-Cabot
Dev, AG, and Swim Fit Coach LRRC
Coach Erin's career in aquatics began back in 2006. She started at the Little Rock Athletic Club as a lifeguard, then became a swim instructor and a coach for the Lasers Swim Team. Then in 2007, Erin began coaching and teaching swim lessons at the Little Rock Racquet Club. Erin very much enjoyed her time there, gained a lot of experience and knew she made life time friends with the staff and coaches at LRRC.
Erin had to leave in 2009, because she was getting married and moving to Missouri. However while living in Missouri, (2011-2012) Erin did her own free lance swim lessons then later joined Parkway Swim Club as a coach and taught swim lessons as well.
Then at the end of 2012 Erin and her husband moved to Sonora, California. While living there, Erin joined Tuloumne County Aquatics (TCA) swim team in early 2013 as a coach and again, taught swim lessons. Erin coached with TCA for just over a year, then it was time for Erin and her husband to move back to Arkansas - which we call home.
It wasn't until nearly summer in 2018 that Erin returned to the pool deck, (back on "home turf" :) ) happily coaching again at the LRRC. Erin is most experienced in coaching Developmental and Age Group levels, however she has worked with/coached all ages. Erin is very passionate about encouraging a love for the sport of swimming as well as health and wellness in our youth.
In her spare time, Erin loves hanging out with her husband Jason and their son, Jasper and their two dogs. Erin also enjoys rock climbing, yoga, cooking, gardening and making jewelry.