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).
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
resides in Fayetteville with his wife Sarah, and daughters
Nora and Alex, who both swim for the AquaHawgs.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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Lead Coach - Rookie Hawgs
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.
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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 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
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.