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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Please note that normal hours of operation for the head coach's cell phone are weekdays from 9:00AM - 9:00 pm, Saturday 9AM - 2PM, and from 1 hour before to 1 hour after HLA swim meet sessions. Outside of these hours, please leave a message.

Coaching Staff

Marcus S Bach

Head Coach

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Coach Marcus “Sam” Bach has been a part of the Lincoln swimming community from the time he started competing in Lincoln Parks and Recreation in 1996. From then on his love for the sport of swimming has grown in so many ways. In 2000 Sam was a member of the inaugural Heartland Aquatics swim team. He competed at the highest level of age group swimming during his time with Midwestern Swimming. During his high school career Sam was a four-year athletic letter recipient and competed at the Nebraska State Championships in the 100 Back and 200 IM. He was a Boys’ team captain in his senior year at Lincoln East High. During his time in high school Sam started to develop his coaching skills at Hillcrest Country Club working as a swim lessons instructor and swim team 10&Under coach.

Coach Sam’s Hillcrest team won the City CC league championships from 2007-2012.  Sam started coaching club swimming year round in 2011 with Greater Nebraska Swim Team. The experience working alongside Cal Benz has been an essential cornerstone in Coach Sam’s coaching philosophies. Over the 8 years coaching with GNST he has had the honor and privilege of being selected by his peers to coach at varying levels for several Zone and All Stars meets. The experience and knowledge gained from these events has helped shape Coach Sam, providing him with more tools to better serve the athletes. In 2015 Coach Sam was voted as the Midwestern Age-group Coach of the Year. Coach Sam serves on the Midwestern Board of Delegates as the Coaches Chair. This experience has given him the opportunity to attend clinics that have provided him with new materials and strategies to improve swimmer performance.

Starting in 2018 Coach Bach will be the Head Coach of Heartland Aquatics, following these principles: T o develop swimmers to their fullest capabilities, and in the process, teach life balance, citizenship, and dedication to the rewarding sport of competitive swimming. From year one to now “ALL THE WAY”

Uriah Reiners

Assistant Head Coach

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   Coach Uriah has been swimming since before he can remember. He started learning how to swim in Winfield, Kansas when he was in elementary school and hasn’t stopped since. When he moved to Lincoln in 4th Grade he competed as a Prairie Life Penguin during the summers, where he met Coach Greg Fleming who really ignited his love for the sport. He began competitive club swimming when he was in 8th grade at GNST. After his freshman year at Lincoln East High School, he switched clubs to Lincoln Select Swimming and swam with them through his College Career. As a Lincoln East Spartan, Uriah was a 4-time Athletic Letter recipient from 2009-2012. He competed at the Nebraska State Swimming and Diving State Championship Meet his sophomore through Senior year in the 100 Breast Stroke, 200 IM, and multiple state relays. He was part of 3 State runner up team titles and was a boys’ team captain his senior year. In 2010 he began his coaching career at Hillcrest Country Club coaching the 10&Unders. He helped coach the Waterbugs to 4 City CC League Championships from 2010-1013.

            After Graduating from Lincoln East High School in 2012, he began his collegiate swimming career at William Jewell College under Head coach Mark Gole from 2012-2016. During his time at William Jewell College, he was a multiple school record holder in both the 100 and 200 breast stroke and several school relays. He still currently holds some of the top 10 fastest times in school history in the 100 and 200 Breast Stroke, the 200 IM, along with several relay splits. He competed at both the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) his freshman year and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) for his remaining 3 years. While he was at William Jewell college he learned everything he could from Head coach Mark Gole about the sport of swimming, including how to train, how to incorporate race strategy into races, and the cunning edge stroke techniques of the time.

            In 2016, Uriah graduated from William Jewell College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and accepted a job as a Para Educator at Lincoln East High School the following school year. During the 2016-2017 high school winter sports season, he was a volunteer assistant coach for the Lincoln East Spartans Swimming and Diving Program. In 2017, he accepted a job with Heartland Aquatics as one of the assistant coaches to Erik Wiken. Uriah served as the Interim Head coach for the 2017-2018 short course season alongside Karin Hanisch, until Coach Sam Bach was hired as the new full time Head Coach of Heartland Aquatics. Once Coach Sam come on board, Coach Uriah became the lead coach for both the Age Group 1 and Junior team programs. Coach Uriah is looking forward to working alongside the HLA coaches to progress HLA to become the best club team possible.  ALL THE WAY, HLA!

Karin Hanisch

Assistant Coach

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Karin's swimming career began in Wisconsin, swimming 10 years for the Ripon Community Swim Club (RCSC), qualifying for both the Short Course and Long Course State Championships for 9 of those years as well as being the first member of the club to ever qualify for the Central Zone Championships.

 

Karin's passion for coaching began at age 13 when a shoulder injury took her out of the water for four months and her coach had her assist with the younger swimmers to keep connected to the team. During the summer after Karin's senior year of high school she was hired in an official capacity as an assistant coach for RCSC where she ran practics for the beginning to intermediate swimmers.

Karin mived to Michigan to attend Michigan State University in the fall of 2010 where she competed for two years on the MSU Triathlon Team. Karin returned to coaching in the fall of 2012 and left the Tri Team in order to serve as an assistant coach for the Spartan Swim Club, coaching the beginning and intermediate groups. Karin earned her degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Honors College at Michigan State University in May of 2014. New to Nebraska, Karin moved to Lincoln in June of 2014 for a job in Virus Operations with Zoetis.

Karin began her time with Heartland Aquatics as an assistant with ThunderSharks and Age Group 2 in the fall of 2014. In the fall of 2015, Karin became the lead coach for Age Group 2.

 

Karin enjoys competing in open water races in the summer, and is an avid runner, completing her first marathon in 2014.

Jo Mac

Assistant Coach

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Johanna, “JoMac” Machmer is a former Division 1 collegiate athlete, professional trainer, volunteer coach and full-time mom of two (one of which is HLAer, Zoe!).  JoMac grew up outside of St. Louis in Greenville, Illinois, loving the outdoors and playing basketball.  She found her way to Nebraska to play for the Cornhuskers in the late ‘80s and after earning her degree from UNL began working with at-risk youth in a variety of areas.  She has been a trainer for all staff at the Lancaster Juvenile Detention Center for 15 years. 

 

JoMac ran her town’s country club and city pools for several years while growing up.   She taught swim lessons, was a guard, and managed staff.  During college she worked at Woods. She still talks about this as some of the best times of her life!   Over the years she has coached soccer, basketball, softball, and baseball.  JoMac loves kids and enjoys nurturing their growth through sports and other avenues.  Kids respond to her enthusiasm and can sense her genuine love for “the game,” whatever that may be.

Bailey Dawson

Dry-land Coordinator

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Bailey is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science while attending Creighton University where she also excelled on the softball field for the Bluejays.  After graduation, Bailey completed a summer Internship at Arizona State University while working with Men's and Women's Basketball and Baseball.  Upon the completion of her Internship at ASU, Bailey then went on to Graduate School at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she received her Master's Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning.  While working towards her Master's Degree, Bailey served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Creighton University where she worked with Baseball, Volleyball, Softball, Women's Soccer, Women's Rowing, Men's and Women's Tennis while also assisting with Men's and Women's Basketball and Men's Soccer.

 

Upon receiving her Master's Degree Bailey came to work at Peterson's Sports Performance/Peak Physical Therapy, while also acting as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she helped work with the volleyball, softball, baseball, rifle and bowling teams.  Bailey has been at PSP/Peak Physical Therapy for 5 years where she has trained athletes of all sports ages youth to collegiate.

 

Coach Bailey Dawson is Heartland Aquatics first ever dry-land coordinator, starting the 2017-2018 Short Course Season. She will oversee the construction and implementation of our Dry-land Program for AG2, AG1, JR, SR2/SR1 and National Team.

Board of Directors

Kera Frederick

President

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Michelle Biesecker

Vice President

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Julia Strong

Board Member-Assistant Treasurer

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Karen Foster

Secretary

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Derek Aldridge

Board Member

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Sasha Dobson

Board Member

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Steve Austin

Board Member

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Megan Weibye

Board Member

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Shelby A Mullendore

Student Athlete Representative

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