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Coaching Staff

Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt

Head Coach

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Coach Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt comes with an outstanding history as an athlete and coach, having swam collegiately for Texas, and was the first American woman in history to break 22 seconds in the 50 yard free. She was the American record holder from 1988-1992 and a 15 time NCAA Champion. In the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul, she placed 5th in the 50 meter free. Her 25+ years coaching career includes three years as Assistant Coach for Florida State University and three years as Head Coach for James Madison University, with an additional 18+ years of club and high school coaching in Texas, Kentucky, and Nebraska. She is also the Head Swim Coach at Lincoln Southwest High School. Her women's team won the State Championships in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She was named the 2016 Nebraska High School Swim Coach of the Year and one of the 2017 KFOR Sportscasters' Ralph Beechner Coach of the Year awards.

Michael Lee Witt

Senior Coach

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Coach Mike Witt started his swimming career in Omaha, NE.  He was a four year swimmer at Burke High School and was captain his senior year.  Mike started his coaching career in 1986 with the UNO Masters Swim Club.  Mike has worked at the Longhorn Swim Camp as a counselor coach, as a volunteer assistant at the University of Texas, a Satellite Head Coach for the Longhorn Aquatics Club in Austin, a volunteer assistant at James Madison University, assistant coach at Triton Swimming and Head Coach at St. Margaret Mary School in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also the Head Swim Coach at Pius X High School. Mike was named the Midwestern Senior Coach of the Year for 2015 and 2016.

Emma Elizabeth McEntarffer

Head Age Group Coach

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Emma began her relationship with the competitive aquatics world when she was seven years old. She began swimming for Lincoln Parks & Recreation at Ballard Pool, and soon after joined the club scene as a member of the Great Plains Aquatics Club, which then merged into Heartland Aquatics. During her time swimming in high school at Lincoln Northeast, she swam preseason with GNST when the club first came to Lincoln. 

Emma has had many different experiences on the "teaching" side of aquatics throughout her life. She began teaching swimming lessons at 14, and currently teaches private swimming lessons for the YMCA to all ages, abilities, and levels of swimmers. She also coaches their Stingrays program, which prepares new swimmers for joining a competitive team in the future. Emma just wrapped up her sixth season as Coordinator of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Swimming and Diving League. 

Emma has coached with the Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics Swim Team since 2003. In 2010 she was a coach for Nebraska's National Special Olympics Team. During the school year, Emma works as a paraeducator for Lincoln Northeast High School, and is excited to bring her creative approaches to help GNST athletes improve within the sport of swimming.

Jocelyn Theil

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jocelyn began swimming competitively at age 11 for Greater Nebraska Swim Team. She swam four years on the Pius X High School swim team and began lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons for the YMCA as a sophomore. In the summer of 2014 Jocelyn coached the Meadowlane Swim Team, began coaching for GNST and in the fall became an assistant coach for the Pius X High School swim team.

Tony Marco Rublaitus

Assistant Coach

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Coach Tony has been swimming since he was a toddler! Originally from Hoffman, Estates IL (a suburb of Chicago), his competitive swimming career began at Fremd high school. As a sophomore he set a school record on the 200 freestyle relay team and as a senior he nearly qualified for the state meet in the 50 free event. During off season he trained with PPD (Palatine Park District) Swim team. He has been a lifeguard for over 5 years with experience guarding many swim teams, including at University of Iowa's new aquatic center. Tony attended the University of Iowa from 2010-2014 and was on the rowing team and intramural swim team. He now works with LPS as a 4th grade classroom teacher. Tony brings his teaching experience plus rich swimming background to GNST helping out as an assistant coach.

Megan E Wackel

Assistant Coach

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Megan has been around swimming her whole life. She started swimming competitively with Greater Nebraska Swim Team, and continued her career throughout high school. She spent all four years on the varsity Pius X High School swim team. She was a Nebraska State High School Swimming Championship swimmer her fourth year, and competed with the third place girls team.  Megan is currently a student at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Biological Sciences. Megan is looking forward to be able to continue her involvement in the swim world and with new up and coming swimmers. 

 

Cal D Bentz

Head Coach Emeritus in Memory

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Coach Bentz has more than 50 years of coaching experience including 24 years as Head Coach of Swimming and Diving at the University of Nebraska; and 22 years as a high school coach, club coach and teacher.  His collegiate men’s teams produced more than 100 NCAA All Americans and the women’s program produced more than 80 NCAA All Americans.  Under Coach Bentz, Nebraska teams won 16 men’s conference titles and 5 women’s conference titles in swimming and diving.  More than 20 Olympians from all over the world competed for Nebraska under Coach Bentz.


During his tenure at Omaha Westside High School, Coach Bentz’ boys and girls teams won 16 state championship titles.  In 1976, the Omaha World Herald named Coach Bentz, “Nebraska High School Coach of the Year.”  He was a long time member and past president of the Nebraska High School Coaches’ Association and in 1997 was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.  In 2005, he was inducted into the Westside High School’s Coaches’ Night of Distinction.  In November 2008, he was inducted into the Midwestern Swimming Hall of Fame.


Coach Bentz was a four year letterman in swimming, team captain his junior and senior years and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1955.  While coaching at Nebraska he was honored as an Alumnus of the Year and in 1992 he was presented the UNL Parents Association Recognition Award for Contribution to Students.  Coach Bentz has coached and taught, provided competitive swimming camps and clinics in Nebraska and the Midwest for 54 years.  He has worked extensively in fundamental swimming skill development, dry-land and core body strength development and seasonal, periodic and daily workout design.  He has also served as a volunteer coach for the Kearney, Nebraska High School Swimming Team.

Cal Bentz passed away July 4th, 2017. He will always be in our hearts.  

Sarah Anne McEntarffer

Team Administrator

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Please contact me with any questions you may have!

Board of Directors

Ryan M Theil

President

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Tasha Griffin

Vice President

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James Piippo

Board Member

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Marcella Pribadi-Ybarra

Treasurer

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Brian Owens

Secretary

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Kirk Newland

Board Member

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