Coaching Staff

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.

Our Leadership Team

Brian Hein

Head Coach


Coach Brian is a former NCAA Division II collegiate coach, working for Delta State University (2001-2010) and transforming a small college swim team into a nationally ranked program.  He is a three-time Collegiate Conference Coach of the year 2007, 2009 and 2010, producing over 75 NCAA Division II All Americans and is an ASCA Level 4 equivalent coach.  Brian has successfully coached multiple Olympic Trials Qualifying Swimmers.  Prior to joining Razorback Aquatic Club in 2018 as head coach, he coached high school and club teams in the Dayton, Ohio area (2011-2018).

He is a two-time winner of the ASCA Award for Excellence.  Brian is a former All-American Swimmer from Ashland University and later swam for the University of Nebraska.   He was named Male Conference Swimmer of the year as a freshman while competing at Ashland.  At Nebraska, he was a member of the Academic All-Conference Team and a Conference Finalist.  He has a BS in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. 

Brian resides in Fayetteville with his wife Sarah,  and daughters Nora and Alex, who both swim for the AquaHawgs.  

Paige Harper

Lead Coach - Wild Hawgs 1


Paige is the Lead Wild 1 Coach.  She brings a wealth of experience to the Aquahawgs.  She is originally from Orlando, Florida where she began swimming summer league at the age of 6.  Paige attended and swam for Boone High School where she was inducted into their athletic Hall of Fame.  Upon graduation, Paige attended L.S.U. where she was on full scholarship, captain of the swim team, NCAA All-American and an SEC Champion in the 100 Breastroke. She began her coaching career, which spans over 30 years, in Baton Rouge coaching summer league and then, BTAC as a Head Age Group Coach. 
Paige has coached for several programs which include ATAC, in Tallahassee, Florida, and ASL, in Augusta, Georgia where she was the Assistant Head Coach.  She has also coached on the colligate level at Florida State University, where she was the Assistant Men's and Women's Swim Coach.  Paige is also a veteran Preschool teacher having taught for over 14 years in Tallahassee, Florida at Holy Comforter Episcopal School.  During this time, she was also a private swim instructor.
Paige is married to Neil Harper, Head Women's Swim Coach at the University Of Arkansas.  They have two daughters, Katherine, 22 and Kelly, 20.

Anita Parisi

Assistant Coach


Anita Heil Parisi currently coaches the Jr. Hawgs.  She has been with the Aquahawgs since its inception in 2008 and has helped coach every group of the Aquahawgs at one time or another!   

Anita has over 40 years of competitive swimming experience.  She began her own competitive swim career in 1968 as a member of the Little Rock Dolphins and while an age group swimmer was named the 1980 women’s Arkansas Athlete of the Year for Swimming.  Anita proceeded to swim on scholarship as a collegiate All-American at Rice University in Houston, Texas.  While building a 20 year career as an Information Technology executive/consultant, Anita continued her swimming participation as Master swimmer, Masters swim coach, and private swim instructor.  Upon her professional retirement, Anita and a friend created the Fayetteville Athletic Club Shark swim team.  From there, Anita started 7 summer swim teams in Northwest Arkansas and was a founding member of the NWA Summer Swim League.  She currently coaches the Mount Sequoyah Marlins and, new this summer, the Wilson Park Wahoos. 


Anita is married and has 4 boys who all swam for the RAC/Aquahawgs.  She is a 2006 inductee into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame and her family currently sponsors the Heil Mile award given at the annual Hall of Fame banquet. She is a founding member of the Ozark Open Water Swim.  

Carolyn Haefner

Lead Coach -Hawgs


Carolyn Haefner is the Lead Coach of the Hawgs. Carolyn was the original founder coach of Walmart Swim Club, now known as Northwest Arkansas Aquatics Sharks. Her coaching career began in 1975 when she stepped up to become the coach for the Bentonville Summer Swim Team at Bentonville’s City Pool. Under her coaching, the summer swim program grew from 25 swimmers to 125 in her 9 years of coaching the team. The Bentonville Swim Team was a member of the Tri-State Summer Swim Conference, and under her leadership, she took the team to many first place conference championships. In 1984, she began a year round United States Swimming program at the Walton Life Fitness Center in Bentonville. She experienced all the growing pains in bringing Walmart Swim Club from its initial membership of about 20 to about 70 when she retired from coaching to become the full-time Aquatics Director at the center in 1994.

Prior to Carolyn retiring from coaching, the Walmart Swim Club achieved its first championship victory at the 1994 Arkansas Swimming Inc. Long Course Championships. Carolyn retired from Walmart after 16 ½ years at the Walton Life Fitness Center as swim coach and Aquatics Director.
In September of 2003, Carolyn returned to coaching with the Walmart Swim Club, now known as Northwest Arkansas Aquatics Sharks, and served in the capacity as Head Age Group Coach. At the 2004 Long Course State Championship, Walmart Swim Club had more 8 and under swimmers qualified than any other team at the meet.
Carolyn received Arkansas Swimming Inc. Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2006 and was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame in 1997.

Nick Carter

Lead Coach - Senior Hawgs 2


A Rogers native, Nick began swimming in 8th grade and joined Razorback Aquatic Club in 2005.  He was also a member of the Rogers High School Mounties swim team.  

As a collegiate swimmer at Missouri State, Nick finished first in the 200 Butterfly and 2nd in the 500 Freestyle in Mid America Conference.  He has trained under Coach Jeff Poppell at University of Florida for over three years and competed in 2016 US Olympic Team Trials in the 100 and 200 Backstroke.

We are excited to welcome Nick back to Northwest Arkansas and to the AquaHawgs.

Nathan May

Assistant Coach


Nathan became a competitive swimmer for Razorback Aquatic Club at age 6, has taught swim lessons since 2013, served as an AquaHawgs coaching assistant in 2016, and earned his USA Swimming coaches certification in 2017.  He is a USAT triathlete and completed his first Half Ironman event in 2017.
In addition to being a successful athlete, Nathan also has a great relationship with kids he teaches.  He's active in the college and student ministry at Fellowship Bible Church and served on the summer camp staff at Camp Kanakuk as their youth triathlete coach.  Nathan is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas.  

Dawson M Layman

Lead Coach - Rookie Hawgs


Caitlynn Young

Assistant Coach


Sarah Hein

Lead Coach - Wild Hawgs 2


Sarah is the Lead Wild Hawgs 2 Coach.  She has been involved with the sport of swimming for over 30 years as a swimmer and coach.  Her resume includes coaching stints at summer league, USA club, and the NCAA levels. Sarah believes is developing the whole athlete; focusing on the technical and endurance aspects of swimming, combined with the mental aspects of swimming.   Sarah is a former Conference Swimmer of the Year, NCAA All-American, and Academic All-American who specialized in the distance events.  Sarah earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska and her Masters of Education from Delta State University.  Sarah is married to Brian Hein.  They have two daughters (Nora and Alex) who both swim for the Aquahawgs.

Matt Adams

Director of Operations


Matt is a Fayetteville native and was a member of Razorback Aquatic Club when they ushered in the opening of the Jones Center in 1995.  Matt and his wife Amy have twin girls and one boy. They returned to Fayetteville in 2013 from Little Rock. Professionally, Matt works in the vendor community.  

Matt is no stranger to Arkansas swimming. In addition to growing up as a swimmer in Arkansas, Matt was the Head Senior coach for the Arkansas Dolphins from 2008-2013. During this time the Dolphins enjoyed tremendous team growth, National and Olympic Trials qualifiers, as well as widely recognized team success. Also, while in Little Rock Matt was the Assistant coach with UALR and helped grow the team to a competitive level in the Sun Belt Conference.

Matt swam collegiately at Missouri S&T and was a multi-time All-American, school record holder, and team captain. There he earned degrees in both Economics as well as Business Management Information Systems. He also holds a Masters in Energy Business from the University of Tulsa.

Amy May

Team Administrator


Amy and her husband, Doug, are Rogers natives and have four kids.  Drew and his wife, Amanda, are active duty Air Force and live in Valdosta, Georgia.  Kate and her husband, Austin reside in Kansas City.  Their third child, Josiah, lives in heaven, and Nathan is a student at the University of Arkansas.  

Amy has been with RAC since her two youngest boys started swimming in 2005.  She serves as editor of our team communications, including the Monday Message.  She is our bookkeeper for the AquaHawgs, HawgStart Swim School, and Razorback Aquatic Club, the non-profit side of our business.  She provides administrative support to the  coaching staff and is often your first point of contact for questions relating to the "dryland" side of our team. 

Kary Todd

HawgStart Swim School Director


Kary has been with the AquaHawgs since 2010.  She's had over 30 years experience in teaching swimming with a variety of levels of swimmer.  She's responsible for development of the year-round swim program at the Fayetteville Athletic Club and was the Aquatics Director there for 6 years.  

Kary was an age group swimmer for the Witchita Falls Super Ducks where she later became a coach.  As a high school swimmer, she earned regional qualifying status in Texas.  She has also spent time as a lifeguard training coordinator at Wet & Wild Water Park in Orlando, Florida.