Coaching Staff

Andrew David Schmidt

Head Coach


Andrew Schmidt was born and raised in Western Massachusetts where he started his coaching career in 2002 with Pioneer Valley Aquatic Club and Longmeadow High School. Andrew started working with the 8 & under swimmers and in his first season coached the High Point Champion for the boys at the New England Short Course Championship Meet. After PVAC and Mei’s Typhoons joined forces Andrew experienced even more success. In 2009 alone Andrew coached the 9-10 Female High Point Champion the same year she broke the New England record in the 100 Breaststroke and coached a senior swimmer to 3 Speedo Summer Junior National cuts. As a high school head coach (2005-2009), Andrew coached his teams to 22 school records, 5 Western Masachusetts records, and 1 Massachusetts state record, while also finishing as a state runner-up on the girls side in 2006.

After moving to New Orleans in the fall of 2009, Andrew joined Nu Wave Swim Team as the Pre-National coach in the Spring of 2010 and was named head coach of Brother Martin High School Swimming in 2011.  As the Pre-National coach Andrew coached swimmers to 9 Florida Sectional cuts, numerous team records, and numerous individual and relay State championships. He was named to the Louisiana Zones Team in 2011 as the 11-12 age group coach and 2012 as the coach of the 15-18 year olds. In the summer of 2012 he took over Nu Wave for the departed head coach and trained the National group to one Speedo Summer Junior National qualifying time, one Speedo Winter Open qualifying time, and numerous Texas and Florida Sectional cuts. In his tenure as a Nu Wave coach, Andrew helped the team jump from a consistent 7th place team at the LSC state meets to being one of the top teams in Louisiana, with two 2nd place and one 3rd place finish as a team in the last three State Championship meets.

Since joining the Aquahawks in the Summer of 2013 Andrew has helped grow the Aquahawks in both numbers and accomplishments. His swimmers have participated in the All-Star meets, Zone meets, Sectional meets, NCSA Junior Nationals, and Speedo Junior National meets (both Winter and Summer). He has had a swimmer participate in the Junior World Championships in 2015 for Puerto Rico, and his swimmers have broken dozens of team records and even a Missouri Valley record. Andrew is looking forward to and working hard to continue the growth of the Aquahawks and help all the swimmers on the team reach their goals and potential.

Andrew can be contacted by phone: (785) 218-4752 or email:

Heather L Clark

Silver/Gold Coach


Heather started coaching for the Aquahawks in October of 2012. She 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. Heather has 6+ years of experience teaching swim lessons, as well as experience as a life guard. During her time coaching with the Aquahawks, Heather has helped to grow the age group program in both numbers and accomplishments. Heather is the 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 Coach


Jama started coaching for the Aquahawks in April of 2015. She was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. She started swimming on a summer league team at the age of 6. Two years later, Jama began swimming year-round for the Wichita Swim Club, where she swam for 6 years. Following club swimming, Jama was an asset to her high school team. She holds the Wichita Heights High School women’s record in the 100 breaststroke and was on the school’s Women’s 200 Medley Relay record-setting team.

Jama started coaching and teaching swim lessons at the Crestview Country Club in 2009. During her 5 seasons coaching for the Greater Wichita Swim League, Jama experienced coaching all age groups. She also works at Langston Hughes Elementary School teaching 2nd grade. Jama has many years of experience working with children and as a lifeguard.

Jama can be reached by phone: (316)644-2300 or by e-mail:

Jessica Boyer

Silver/Gold Assistant


Kelsey Liu

Discovery Assistant


Board of Directors

Danica L Thompson

President, (785)979-7183


Keith Alan Heckman

Operations, (303) 946-7227


Sharon Elizabeth Soule



Darin Fischer

Secretary, (785) 766-2463


Robin Bolton Pickett

Fundraising, (785) 865-8036


Joseph Mastrosimone

V.P. Membership


Cathy L Dahl