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. email@example.com
|Coaching Staff ( a-z)|
Cabot Coach: Age Group 1, Developmental
Coach Justin Acree teaches science at Cabot Freshman Academy. His swimming career started in 1990 with Foxwood in Jacksonville. By 1992, he became a part of USA Swimming with the Searcy Sharks. Competition and proximity brought him to the LRRC where he swam under coaches Paul Blair, Tom Genz, and Keith McAfee. In 1994, he was named Swimmer of the Year for his age group. He finished his USA career swimming for coach Tay Stratton at the LRRC.
The following summer, he helped with the start-up of the Cabot Piranhas in the CASL, where he coached for 4 years. Concurrently, he swam under coach Coak Matthews at Henderson State University. In the years since, Justin has coached with Overbrook, Maumelle, and Lonoke in the CASL. He also served as the coach of the Little Rock Central High Swim Team during his tenure as a chemistry teacher there.
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Sally E Baumann
Dry Land Coach
Coach Sally is one of our Age Group Dryland Coaches. Her competitive swimming career began at age 8 as a member of the Highlands Ranch Seahawks in Highlands Ranch, CO and continued in Atlanta, GA as a member of Dynamo Swim Club. While an age group swimmer, she qualified and competed at State, Sectionals, and Senior Nationals. Sally continued her swimming career as a scholarship athlete for Texas A&M University (Whoop!). While at Texas A&M, Sally served as a student coach for the Aggies during the 2009-2010 season, as well as multiple sessions as a swim camp instructor for Aggie Swim Camp. After graduation from A&M in 2010, Sally joined the United States Navy.
She recently moved to Little Rock with her husband, Frank (also former Navy), and joined the Arkansas Dolphins in 2015. Both Sally and Frank enjoy swimming masters whenever they can find the time.
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.
LRRC Age Group & Dev Coach
moved to St. Louis 1/2018
Coach Steve Frye
Head Coach - Cabot/Seniors
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
Age Group Prep Coach LRAC
Steve Hall has been coaching Developmental Swimmers (ages 5 to 13) for the Dolphin-Laser Swim Team since the summer of 2009. A new and welcome challenge arrived in 2012 as Steve began developing the Age Group Preparation program. Working with Dolphin Laser Swim Team not only affords Steve more quality time with his daughter Hannah, an age group swimmer herself. It also gives him a chance to give back to the sport that made him who he is today. Naturally, Steve sees being a swimming coach as something more than just a hobby. “Developing well-rounded athletes not only helps these young athletes achieve their personal training goals but also gives them building blocks to achieve anything they want, including being future leaders of society.
Born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Steve attended Northeast High School before going on to be awarded Henderson State University’s Men's Swimming scholarship. Steve started his career swimming for the Indian Hills Sting Rays Summer League, which led to swimming year-round for the North Little Rock Boys Club Marlins, then to Central Arkansas Swim Team Seals (CAST), finally ending up on the Dolphin Swim Team (LRRC). 1985 saw Steve become a swim coach for the West Optimist Club under the mentorship of legendary swim coach Paul Blair. In the summer of 1992, he took on the Head Coach Position for the Lakewood Wave Swim Team. Even more than continuing his close relationship with the sport, Steve really enjoyed passing on his swimming knowledge while working with kids of all ages and backgrounds.
Steve has trained with all levels of swimmers from State Qualifiers, Region 8 (Sectionals), Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals, and Olympic Trials qualifiers to Pan-American Swim Champions.
Steve has coached swimmers to club records and state level Qualifiers.
Steve Hall’s personal awards and accomplishments include: Arkansas State Age Group 1st Place (100 Fly & 200 Fly), Top 8 at Zones 100 Fly & 1st Place 200 IM Relay and Junior Nationals. Qualifier for Arkansas State Age Group 1982 - 1989, Arkansas Zones Team, Region 8 "Sectionals" 1984 -1989, USA Junior Nationals Qualifier 1988-1989.
Other athletic accomplishments: Age Group Triathlete Awards 1981 – 1985 and Track & Field City Meet first team 1982 -1984.
Mary Jo Heye
Jacksonville Sherwood Coach
Cabot Coach: Age Group 2, Developmental
Quincey E Johnson
Evan M Johnston
LRRC Coach all levels, 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 13) and Tessa (age 6). Evan's daughter's - Tori and Tessa are keeping the Johnston swimming tradition alive, both swimming for the Dolphins.
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.
Developmental Coach- LRRC
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.
Head Coach -LRRC
April 28, 2007 Induction into Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame Bio
Developmental, Masters 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.