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Tom Beck

Head Coach/Owner - Senior-National

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Tom Beck has been involved in swimming in Nebraska for over 40 years.  Tom started swimming for his neighborhood summer rec team Keystone at the age of 6, taught and coached by his sister Barb (now Barb Graeve).  Tom started swimming year-round for the Metro Omaha Swim Team (MOST) under Joe Stocker, and later for the Omaha Westside Swim Club (OWSC) under coaches Cal Benz, Pat DiBaise, Bob Nedley, Peter Young, and Doug Krecklow.  Tom attended Creighton Prep High School where he was a relay state champion, a state runner-up in the 100 butterfly, and a relay and individual (100 butterfly) high school All-American.  Tom attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.  During his senior year at UNL, he was a member of Nebraska’s Big Eight championship swimming team.

Tom began coaching in 1986 as a summer rec coach at Keystone Pool, leading Keystone for the next 3 years and climbing to the top 3 in Omaha’s A Division.  He began coaching USA Swimming with MOST in 1988 immediately after finishing his year with the UNL swim team.  Tom coached for 7 years with MOST, the majority of time in the role of head age group/assistant senior coach.  At MOST, Tom helped head coach Mike Hayhurst to develop the team into a perennial age group state champion, winning the state short course age group meet from 1990 through 1996, as well as the state long course meet in 1990 and 1991.  Tom coached several swimmers at MOST to National Top 16 rankings, as well as LSC and Zone championships.  Tom was named the Midwestern LSC Age Group Coach of the Year in 1990.

Tom began coaching the high school team at his alma mater Creighton Prep in the fall of 1990.  His Creighton Prep teams were state runner-ups in 1993 and won the State Championship Meet from 1996 to 2000.  During this time Coach Beck coached swimmers to 12 individual and 8 relay state titles.  He was named Nebraska Boys High School Coach of the Year 4 out of the 5 years from 1996 to 2000.  Tom left Prep before the 2001 season and assisted Millard West head coach Tracy Stauffer for that season.  The West girls finished runner-ups at State.  Tom returned in the Fall of 2001 to once again coach the Creighton Prep team, where he continues coaching today.  He led them to State titles in 2002, and every year from 2007 to 2019 seasons, being named Coach of the Year again in 2007, '09, '10, '11, '13, '14 and '18.  During the period 2002-2019, he coached Prep swimmers to 49 individual and 34 relay state titles.  Omaha World Herald named Coach Tom the 2010 Nebraska High School Boys Coach of the Year, an all-sports honor.  Christ the King Church Sports Club named him it's 2014 Athetic Achievement Award winner, for contributions to sports in the Omaha area.

Immediately before founding GOAL, Coach Beck was at the Millard Aquatic Club (MAC) in Omaha.  Tom was the head age group/assistant senior coach from 1995 until 1998, when he became head coach, a position he held until the spring of 2001.  While at MAC the club doubled in size, growing from 130 to 260 swimmers.  Tom coached 3 swimmers to Senior National standards, 2 swimmers to Olympic Trials standards, and 1 swimmer to a Junior National championship.  Coach Beck was one of three finalists for the Midwestern LSC Senior Coach of the Year in 2001.

Since starting GOAL in 2001, Coach Beck has helped the team to steadily climb the team rankings at the Midwestern Swimming Division 1 (D1) Championship Meets, then remain at or near the top.  GOAL achieved it's first runner-up finish at D1's in the summer of 2008, and won it's first D1 championship in the summer of 2009.  GOAL recaptured the title in the summer of 2019, after finishing as runner-up numerous times between 2009 and 2019.   Coach Beck was named the Midwestern Senior Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2019.  In 2012, GOAL had it's first Olympic Trials participants, when Ryan Miksch and Will Raynor both competed in Omaha at the CenturyLink Center.  Later that summer, GOAL had it's first-ever multiple A finalists at Junior Nationals, when Jacob Molacek and Bob Glover both made the championship finals in Indianapolis.  Coach Beck was honored by his peers by being selected as the  Hank Enterline Central Section Region 8 2012 Long Course Coach of the Year.  He was again awarded that honor in the summer of 2014.

Becky Yungbluth

Head Age Group Coach, Dolphins, Piranhas

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Becky started coaching swimming right after she graduated from Cathedral High School in Omaha in 1985.  Her first coaching job was as an age group swim coach for the US Navy in South Carolina.  She coached there for 2 years.  She then moved back to Omaha to attend Message Therapy School.  Becky graduated as a Message Therapist in 1991.   Becky then started to assist in coaching the Westgate Summer Rec Swim Club in 1994.  When she started, Westgate was in the D League, with a squad of 17 swimmers.  In her final season at Westgate, in 2006,  she was co-Head Coach of a team of 90 swimmers in the B League.  Becky was awarded parent volunteer of the year award at Westgate for her outstanding abilities in motivating and encouraging children.  In the 2009 long course season Coach Becky was a finalist for the Midwestern Age Group Coach of the Year Award.  Then Coach Becky was awarded the MWS Age Group Coach of the Year honor in both 2015 and 2016.   Becky brings to GOAL a great understanding of the most effective techniques for the sport of swimming, as well as the ability to help kids to love the sport, enjoy coming to practice, and just getting to see her and say hello every day!  She works with the dolphin group primarily, but has worked quite a bit with every group in GOAL. Coach Becky lives in Waterloo where she is married to Jim Yungbluth and has 2 daughters, Carey and Cass

Patrick John DiBiase

Assistant Coach

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Coach Pat DiBiase is one of the most decorated swim coaches in Nebraska history.  He began coaching at GOAL in 2018, where he primarily works with the Senior-National group.  Prior to beginning his coaching career, Pat was an All-American swimmer at Westside high school. He swam in college for Kansas and Nebraska. In 1976 he was the conference champion in the 100 breaststroke. Pat also qualified for the NCAA championships during his collegiate years.

 

Pat began his coaching career as the head coach for Westside high school and the Omaha Westside Swim Club (OWSC) in 1978. His boys and girls high school teams both won state championships that year.

 

The next three years he was an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska men’s team, which won 3 conference titles during his tenure at Nebraska.

 

After coaching masters swimming for several years, he came to Marian high school. As the head coach from 1998-2007, Pat lead the Crusaders to nine State Championships, including eight in a row, and one runner-up finish.during that time Marian swimmers and divers held 10 of the 12 state records. His 2004 Marian squad was the national champion dual meet team in the large school division.

 

He then took time off from coaching, only to return to the deck for the 2014-2015 season. Marian went on to win State by 1/2 point over Lincoln Southwest. He then retired due to recurring back issues.

The last three years Pat has coached the girls swimming team at Omaha Burke high school.

In 2019 Pat begins his third stint at Marian high school as an assistant swimming coach.

Pat has been inducted into the Marian Hall of Fame, the Metro Conference Hall of Fame, the Westside high school Hall of Fame, and the Nebraska high School Hall of Fame as a member of the dominant Dynasty award in 2010. He has been named the Nebraska Coaches association swimming coach of the year three times

In 2005 he was selected as the Omaha World Herald’s girls’ coach of the year.

He was a finalist for the National girls swimming coach of the year award in 2016.

Pat has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 38 years. They have a daughter, Libby, and a grandson Cruz.

Benjamin David Butler

Senior group head coach

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Coach Ben Butler was born in Lincoln and started swimming competitively at the age of 6 for his local rec pool. As a youngster he swam for the Great Plains Aquatic Club (GPAC). He swam for Lincoln East High School where he lettered 3 years.  

Ben began his swim coaching career at the recreational level in Waverly, Nebraska while pursuing a teaching endorsement in Special Education. 

He is in his 8thyear of teaching special education in the OPS district.  Ben started his teaching career at Norris Middle School where he was the boy’s head swim team coach for 5 years.  During that time he coached multiple city champions and many of his swimmers went on to compete at the high school level.  While at Norris he also coached the boys JV soccer team for 4 years, and the boy’s JV basketball for one season.   In the 2018–19 season he began his high school coaching career at Omaha Benson High School, where he just finished his 2nd year as head boy’s and girl’s varsity coach.  

Sarah K Lewis

Penguin group head coach

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Sarah is the oldest of seven kids. She started swimming at the age of two and never stopped - throughout her childhood she swam for the Omaha Recreational Swim League. In high school she started teaching swim lessons for Barb Graeve Swim School where she taught for 6 years. Sarah can now be found dancing on deck to entertain and motivate the Penguin Groupers. Her goal is to teach others to love the sport while providing them with a strong foundation that can be built upon for the rest of their swimming careers. Sarah has nearly completed a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Nebraska- Omaha.

Hiliary Brennan McCarthy

Assistant Coach

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Hiliary grew up in Omaha and has been around the pool for most of her life. She has a passion for the sport of swimming and swam for the Y for several years. After several years of life guarding and teach lessons for the Y, she began her coaching career with them in 2009. In 2015, she joined the GOAL coaching staff, assisting mostly the Dolphin/Shark/Senior groups and was the head of the Shark group for a couple of seasons.Hiliary approaches coaching with an emphasis on technique and positive mentality, while also trying to maintain a fun and supportive environment on deck. Her goal is help swimmers be the best they can be while also finding joy in the sport.  
 
She graduated from Marian High School in 2006, obtained her B.A. in English Specializing in Creative Writing from Creighton University in 2010. She can be found working on her writing when not on deck coaching.

Anna Elise Capoun

Assistant Coach

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Anna Capoun started swimming at the age of 10, and recently completed her swimming career after 12 years. She joined GOAL at the age of 12, swam in high school for Skutt Catholic, and finished her career at the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2020. She specialized in freestyle, all distances, along with sprint backstroke and butterfly. Her favorite events are the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle. Anna’s favorite parts of swimming were competing, seeing herself improve each day, and having a team to encourage and push her. She participated in several D1 Championships, Midwestern Sectionals meets, and the Omaha Cup for GOAL. Her high school career consisted of competing at the State meet all four years, with top 16 finishes in several events. Anna also competed at the Summit League Championships all four years of her college career, and the D1 CSCAA Nationals meet in 2019 and 2020. 

 

Anna started coaching with the GOAL Swim School in the summer of 2016, and then began coaching GOAL practice groups in 2017. She loves coaching all ages because each group brings unique challenges and technique emphasis. Her favorite aspect of coaching is being able to see kids progress in their swimming skills and taking pride in their accomplishments. 

 

Anna is studying Art Education at UNO and will be graduating in the Spring of 2021. She plans to coach for her high school team, Skutt Catholic, and hopes to eventually find a teaching job in the Omaha area.

Colleen Deacon

Assistant coach

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Colleen Deacon joined the GOAL coaching staff in September of 2012.  Colleen had a very strong swimming career here in Omaha.  Coach Colleen began her swimming career at 6 years old in Virginia.  Her family moved to Omaha when she was 11 and she continued swimming for a local team.  As a high school swimmer colleen competed for Millard West High school.  She qualified for state and received all american honors all four years. Colleen continued her swimming career at UNO where she qualified for NCAA DII national championships for 3 years, before UNO changed divisions.  She is the current UNO 100 Fly record holder as well as part of 2 relay records.  Colleen completed an exercise science degree at UNO, and is currently in a post-grad education program at College of St. Mary's. Colleen coached for the summer rec team at Tiburon for 6 summers, where under her guidance the team numbers grew each year.  Coach Colleen primarily serves as head coach of GOAL's Senior group, and also works with several other practice groups.  Colleen lives with her husband Jamie in Omaha.

Alex Lewis

Coach Emeritus

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Alex had a long swimming career in Omaha, starting at the age of 4 for Westgate Recreational Swim Team.  She started club swimming age of 7, trying several different clubs in the area for the next two years until she found her perfect match at GOAL.  Alex was the first Green Group swimmer at GOAL and was the 14th member of GOAL.  She is the first swimmer at GOAL to pass through all levels on the team.  She swam High School for Marian and was a part of a state championship and 3 runner up championships.  Alex taught swim lessons for Barb Graeve Swim School and the GOAL Swim School.  She was head Penguins coach 9 years, starting at the young age of 16. Alex brings to GOAL a great love for the sport and for children in general, as well as an upbeat, positive personality.  Alex graduated from the Creighton University Nursing program, and left her position at GOAL to become a full-time labor & delivery nurse, and now holds a position as a travel nurse to see the world!

Jay Creighton Thiltgen

Assistant Coach

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Jay has been around swimming for over 25 years.  He began his swimming career in high school for Rich Hood at Omaha Burke in the early 90's  He continued to compete at The University of South Dakota, where he was a four year letter winner and two time team captain.  Following his eligibility, he continued as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.  During his coaching tenure at South Dakota, he helped work with USD's first ever National Champion, and while swimming he was part of team that finished inside of the Top 8 nationally every year and won two North Central Conference championships.  
 
Upon returning back to Omaha, he has spent time as an assistant coach for Omaha Burke before becoming the head coach of the girl's program in 2002.  Jay lead the girls program from 2002-2009 before becoming an assistant coach with the Elkhorn High School in 2010.  In 2016, Jay became the girl's head coach for the Elkhorn swim program.  During his tenure as head coach, Jay's teams set every school swimming record, placed Top 5 at State every year, produced numerous conference and state champions, and had 12 Academic All-Americans. He was named Metro Conference coach of the year in 2019 and 2020, and Nebraska Swim Coach's Association coach of the year in 2020.
 
In cooperation with the high school work, Jay was introduced as the Club Director for the Aquatic Club of Elkhorn in 2010.  Under Jay's guidance, the club grew from 80 swimmers to over 200 in his first 6 years, and it continued to develop with talent as the years progressed.  While directing the club and primarily coaching the senior group, Jay still had the opportunity to work with swimmers of all ages and abilities, ranging from beginner to high school All-Americans, Junior National Finalists, Olympic Trials qualifiers and collegiate athletes in all divisions.  He has been able to help guide athletes to numerous school records, club records, state championships, and National Level Recognition.  In 2018, Jay was recognized by his coaching peers as the Midwestern Swimming Senior Coach of the year.
 
Following the 2020 short-course season, Jay resigned from his Club Director and Head Coaching positions for personal and health reasons.  During the 2021 season, Jay rejoined the Elkhorn High School aquatics program as an assistant coach.  He is currently an art teacher at Elkhorn High School.  Jay is married to his wife Shawna and has two daughters, Grace and Charlotte

Cassandra Susan Palmer

Assistant Coach

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Coach Cassie has been apart of the GOAL family since 2009.  During her time swimming, Cassie competed in many Midwestern Championships, Sectional Meets, as well as other local and regional meets.  Cassie graduated from Marian High School in 2018, where she swam at the NSAA State Meet from 2015-2018. She competed in the 500 freestyle all four years, and also swam in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, and 400 freestyle relay during those state meets. 
Cassie began coaching in 2016 for Sunnyslope Pool, and started coaching for GOAL in Fall of 2019.  She enjoys coaching all ages and groups because she can connect with swimmers during their entire journey in and out of the pool. 
Cassie is currently studying Bioinformatics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  One can find Coach Cassie reading, baking, or spending time with her leopard gecko during her free time.

Christina Elaine Thomas

Assistant Coach

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Christina started swimming in Jesup, GA with her local summer team then joined Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team in Savannah, GA. She started coaching with her local summer team during high school and loved getting to travel to meets with a big swim family. During her senior year of high school, her 100 breaststroke ranked in the top 20 at the Georgia High School Association state meet. She currently holds all female swimming records for Wayne County High School. In college, she was part of the Georgia Tech Swim Club’s 2019 and 2021 national championships team. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2021 with a neuroscience degree and is currently in physical therapy school at Creighton University. In her free time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and friends, and baking sweet treats. 

 

She joined the GOAL coaching staff fall of 2021. She’s excited to share the joy of swimming with young athletes and help them reach their swimming goals.