Coaches
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. kellyroberts@lrrcfc.com
Coaching Staff

Carl Bernard Auel

Head Coach

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Jenna V Bickell

Asst. Senior Coach

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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

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Steve R Frye

Head Coach-Cabot/Seniors

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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 Conway, Arkansas . He moved to Illinois in 2003 and graduated from Richwoods High School in 2005 where he swam on the high school team.   For three years, Frye swam and coached for Wedgewood Swim Club under the leadership of Paul Beiersdorf. Under Beiersdorf and Coach Lynn Thompson, Frye began to learn the ropes of the swim coaching world. During his college summers he was the Head Swim Coach and Pool Manager for the Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club for three summers.  During this time Frye attended the University of Central Arkansas and studied Kinesiology. While at UCA during the school year Frye worked as the Assistant Coach for Conway High School under Christie Rye . While at CHS the women’s team took a 2nd and 3rd place finish at state while the boys took the same. In 2011 Frye made a permanent move back to Central Illinois and accepted the Head Coaching position for the Peoria Christian High School Girls and Boys Teams.  During his time at PCS both teams managed to break every school record and also recored its highest team finishes at the Sectional and State levels in history.  It was also at this time that Frye was started working for the Dunlap Dolphins Swim Team, a USA year round club, as a Beginner and Head Senior Coach.  In 2013 Frye was named Co-Head Coach of the team and in 2014 was named the Head Coach.  In 2012 Frye was hired full time by the Dunlap School District as the Aquatics Director, Head Diving Coach and Assistant Swim Coach for the high school teams. As a high school coach, Frye coached 11 State Champions, multiple Sectional Champions, State top 12 & top 6 medalist, and NISCA All-Americans.  During his time in Dunlap both Boys and Girls Swim Teams went undefeatd in duel meets for 4 consecutive years and won a combined 8 IHSA Sectional Championships . On the USA Club site with the Dunlap Dolphins Swim Team Coach Frye's groups produced multiple Regional, State, Senior, Zone, Sectional, Future, Junior National and Senior National qualifiers and champions in both Individual events as well as relays. In August of 2017 Frye was named Head Site Coach for the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team in Cabot, Arkansas.  His primary group is the Senior Group in Cabot.  He also is the Aquatics Director for the City of Cabots Parks and Recreation Department and assist with the coaching of the Cabot Piranhas CASL League Summer Team.  Coach Frye, his wife Sarah and two sons Hudson and Henry are very happy to be a part of the Dolphin Family and look forward to making some awesome memories here! 
 
 

Mary Jo Heye

Jacksonville Sherwood Coach

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Quincey E Johnson

NLRAC Coach

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Evan M Johnston

Head Coach LRRC, USA Reg. Chair

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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.

Traci Johnston

Dry Land Coach LRRC

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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.

Keith McAfee

Head Coach -Jacksonville and Sherwood

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Coach Keith is the Head Coach of our Jacksonville and Sherwood sites and Team Administrator. He joined the Dolphin coaching staff in 1986. He took over the Jacksonville program in 1994 and developed the Sherwood site in 2004. As a coach for the Dolphins, he has been instrumental in the development of many of the tops swimmers in Arkansas.

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.
 
Recognizing his numerous contributions’ to Arkansas Swimming, Keith McAfee was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in 2009.  Keith's Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame Page.
 

Kristy McElroy

Drylands Coach-Cabot

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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!

 

Elizabeth Polk

Age Group and Developmental Coach -Cabot

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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 Roberts

Team Coordinator

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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

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Acadia learned to swim as a kid from Coach Tay and grew up on the Laser Swim Team. She also swam with the Crescent City Swim Club in high school after moving to New Orleans. Acadia attended Barnard College, then returned to Little Rock to attend the Clinton School of Public Service. She is now a nonprofit consultant, community organizer, and Masters swimmer.

Tay Stratton

Head Coach LRAC

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Coach Tay Stratton led the Laser Swim Team as Founder and Head Coach from 1992 - 2014. Under her direction, the team grew into one of the largest teams in the State. She has trained swimmers to compete at the State, Regional, Junior, Senior Nationals, and Olympic Trial levels. Under her coaching, the team has had over 50 Top 16 swims posted, had four swimmers rank top 10 in the nation in their age group, set over 100 State and LSC Records, and had many State High Point Champions. One of her alumni set a World Record while on a NCAA Div. I relay. Coach Stratton was the Arkansas Zone Coach for the 1996, 1997, and 2003 teams. She is an ASCA level five coach. She has been named Arkansas Age Group Coach of the Year and was inducted in the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. She has served as ASI Age Group Chair and as ASI Technical Chairman.
 
As a competitive swimmer from the age of five, Tay swam for Millers Swim Gym, and the Little Rock Dolphins.  She attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on a full swimming scholarship and was swim team captain two years.  Her competitive background, coupled with 24 years of teaching 1000’s of students, has allowed Tay to further her dedication and knowledge of stroke mechanics, motivation, racing strategy and training methods. Her mission statement remains the same: To provide a positive and motivating experience that builds self esteem, develops the athlete to their fullest potential, and gives swimmers the skills and lessons of competitive swimming that they may take with them through all walks of life.
April 28, 2007 Induction into Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame Bio

Tasha Stratton

Swim Fit Coach LRRC

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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
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Victoria Wadley

Assistant Senior Coach-Cabot

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Erin Wynn

Dev, AG, and Swim Fit Coach LRRC

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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.