Coaching Staff

Heather L Clark

Head Age Group Coach


Heather started coaching for the Aquahawks in October of 2012. She is an ASCA Certified Level 2 coach. Heather was born and raised in Lawrence and swam with the Aquahawks from when she was 6 years old until she was a High School senior in 2010. As a club swimmer, she was a Sectional finalist, as well as a Junior National and National level Qualifier and a member of the 2009 Kansas State High School State Championship team. Heather has over 10 years of experience teaching swim lessons, as well as experience as a life guard. Heather graduated from the University of Washburn in December of 2015 with a degree in Sociology. During her time coaching with the Aquahawks, Heather has helped to grow the age group program in both numbers and accomplishments. She has helped to grow the number of District Championship and MV Championship qualifiers each year. She has had mulitple swimmers in the MV Top 10 for the 10&under and 11-12 age groups. Heather is the lead coach for the Gold and Silver groups, as well as the lead coach for the Explorer group and the Director of the Summer Swim Academy.

Heather can be reached by phone: (785) 840-5909 or by email:

Jama A Mustain

Bronze Lead Coach


Jama started coaching for the Aquahawks in April of 2015. She was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She first started competitive swimming for the Crestview Country Club when she was 6; joining the Wichita Swim Club two years later, where she swam for the next six years. Jama was an asset to her high school team. She holds their 100 Breaststroke team record, swam on their record breaking 200 Medley Relay team, and was a four-time state qualifier. She started coaching and teaching swim lessons at the Crestview Country Club in 2009. During Jama’s five summers coaching for the Greater Wichita Swim League, she experienced coaching all age groups. She also works at Langston Hughes Elementary School teaching 2nd grade and is a sponsor of their 4th and 5th grade Student Council 

Jama can be reached by e-mail:

Kelsey Liu

Bronze Assistant


Kelsey started coaching with the Aquahawks in the spring of 2016. Kelsey was born in Santa Clara, CA and grew up in Dallas, TX and Montgomery, MD. Kelsey began her swimming career in 2000 and went on to become a NCSA Jr. National, Winter National, and Summer National level qualifier. Kelsey was a school record holder for her high school in multiple events and went on to swim for NC State from 2010-2014. During her time at NC State, she was a two time school record holder in the 200 Breastroke, an All ACC Academic team member, All ACC team member, as well as an Olympic Trial Qualifier. Kelsey has experience as a lifeguard and has worked many years as a coach for numerous summer league teams. Kelsey graduated from NC State with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelors degree in Architechture. She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Historic Preservation from Boston Architectural College. Kelsey is an assistant for the Bronze group.

Isabella R Whittaker

Gold, Silver & Bronze Assistant


Isabella started coaching for the Aquahawks in March of 2018. She was raised in lovely Lawrence, Kansas but spent most her time as a kid in Frankfort, KS, with the small town mentality of playing all land sports that included a ball. Isabella swam independently as a kid because of that mentality and only started competitively swimming in high school once she found the sport. She swam all four years, making just under state cuts her last two years, and graduated in 2015 from Lawrence High. After high school, Isabella stoped swimming competitively due to knee injuries from cycling races in hopes to prevent further injury. She still continues to compete and train for triathlons and in addition to coaching, she currently works at South Middle School, soon to be Billy Mills Middle School, as a Paraeducator. Isabella is continuing her education studying online to be an EMT/Paramedic. She will graduate in December of 2018 as an EMT and has been Red Cross certified since 2013. Isabella is an assistant for the Gold, Silver and Bronze groups, as well as the Assistant Coach for the Free State High Schools Boys Swim & Dive Team during the winter. Isabella is enjoying all the experience and time dedicated to the sport of swimming. 

Courtney A Cruickshank



Aubrey Fischer & Madi Heckman



Board of Directors

Lisa Jones

President, (219)510-2753


Darin Fischer

At-Large Member, (785)766-2463


Deena K Beneda-Khosh

Secretary, (913) 485-3360


Grace Lee

Membership, (785) 550-1259