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

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. Heather has 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

Lead Coach-Bronze


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:

Jessica L Boyer

Silver/Gold Assistant


 Jessie started coaching for the Aquahawks in November of 2015. She started swimming competitively at the age of six and at 8 years old her family moved to Lawrence where she joined the Aquahawks. Jessie was a sectional semi-finalist in the 200 & 100 butterfly, she also enjoyed swimming for Lawrence High School all four years, finishing with a 4th place finish at the Kansas State meet her senior year in 2010. After high school, Jessie continued swimming at Drury University. Unfortunately, after many years of struggling with injury and one surgery later, her shoulder injuries caused her competitive career to end in 2011. She continued at Drury to receive her degrees in Biology and Exercise Science after graduating in 2014. Jessie enjoyed living in Camdenton, Missouri for several years at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Jessie relocated back to her home town of Lawrence and started her masters in Nutrition & human performance through Logan University with the intentions of a second masters in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation. Along with being an assistant for the silver and gold groups, Jessie steps to the other side of the pool to be the Assistant Coach at Free State High School Girls Swim & Dive Team.



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 Discovery 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

Bronze Assistant


Board of Directors

Darin Fischer

Treasurer, (785)766-2463


Lisa Jones

VP of Fundraising, (219)510-2753


Michelle R Walter

Membership, (785) 423-0628


Deena Kay Beneda-Khosh

Secretary, (913)485-3360


Keith Alan Heckman

Member At Large, (303)946-7227


Joe Farthing

VP of Operations, (785)764-2422