This will be Ethan's second year at Missouri State
Aquatics. He was originally from Bloomington-Normal,
Illinois where he swam year-round starting at the age of 4, and
swam for Normal Community High School. Previously,
Ethan had been coaching for 8 years (2010-2018) with the Black
Hawk Area Swim Team in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He spent three
years on the age group staff, then became an assistant for the
Senior staff in 2013, running the Senior Group in the winter of
2017-18. For three years he was the Lead-Development
Coach. During this time, Ethan was a part of 5
straight Age Group Coaching Staffs of the Year, and was the
Iowa Age Group Coach of the Year in 2016. He has also been on
two Team Iowa Zones Coaching Staffs.
The club has seen positive growth in the last year. We are
looking forward to another exciting season!
Age Group Coach
Sara is starting her third season with MSA this year. She is
originally from Omaha, Nebraska where she started her swimming
career at Swim Omaha and continued on to swim for the University of
Nebraska at Omaha. For the Mavericks she was a 2 X NCAA Division II
National Qualifier and graduated with a degree in Environmental
Science. After college Sara moved to St. Louis where she worked for
Rockwood School District and Rockwood Swim Club as a Masters swim
coach, water aerobics instructor, and supervisor of their swim
lesson program. While in St. Louis, she also became the Assistant
Aquatic Manager for Life Time Fitness overseeing their lessons
program. Sara and her husband, James (Head Wrestling Coach at Drury
University), moved to Springfield in 2016. She is the Elementary
Science Teacher at Greenwood Laboratory School where she also
coaches their high school swim team.
Assistant Coach - HS Prep
Kaitlin Smith, from Springfield MO, dove into the swim world her
freshman year at Central High School and fell in love with the
sport. She joined MSA her sophomore year working towards a college
swim career. She was a four time state qualifier for Central. In
her senior year at Central she was recruited by Tabor College in
Hillsboro, KS and swam there for one year. During that year she
qualified for the NAIA nationals. Kaitlin was a part of the 200fr
relay as well as the 400fr relay, both of which placed in the top
8. Upon returning home Kaitlin became the head coach for the Pat
Jones YMCA Piranhas, a position she held for two years. She is also
the Assistant coach for Parkview, Springfield Catholic, and
Summit-NCA swim teams.
In hopes of learning and continuing to grow she moved on from the
YMCA to be a coach for MSA and she couldn’t be happier with
the decision to do so.
Chelsea will be starting her
with the MSA program. She has served many roles with the MSA
program, having coached each of the groups during her tenure.
Chelsea now serves as business manager and advisor to the coaches.
A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Chelsea was a standout swimmer for
the AquaHawks of the Missouri Valley LSC. She was a Junior National
Qualifier and very decorated swimmer in Kansas. Chelsea then went
on to swim collegiately for Missouri State and remains one of the
most dominant and decorated swimmers in MSU history. As a Bear, she
won numerous MVC individual and relay titles and held team records.
Before graduating with a degree in exercise and movement science in
2011, she was named MSU Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
Following graduation Chelsea began her college coaching career at
Missouri State, where she is now the Associate Head
be starting his 12th year with the MSA program, having served as MSA’s
head coach from 2007-2012. Dave is now the owner and director of
the program serving in an advisory role. A native of San Antonio,
Texas, Dave grew up swimming for Alamo Area Aquatics and MacArthur
High School. He went on to compete at Drury University from
2001-2005. After graduating with a master’s degree in
Communication, Dave began his coaching career at Parkview and Ozark
High schools. In 2007 he became the assistant swimming coach at
Missouri State, also starting his tenure with the MSA program.
While serving as MSA’s head coach, Dave produced numerous
sectional qualifiers and NCSA Junior National qualifiers while
growing the membership. Dave is currently in his 5thyear as Head Coach of
the Missouri State swimming and diving