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Coaches and Club Directors

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”

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.

Eric Lewandowski

Assistant Coach

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Eric began his competitive swimming career in the 4th grade with the Grand Island YMCA Quicksilver Swim Team, where he quickly fell in love with the sport. Along with swimming for Quicksilver, Eric also competed for the Grand Island Senior High Islanders for four years, where he was a 10x State medalist, and helped the team in getting current school records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
 
After graduating from Grand Island Senior High in 2016, Eric decided to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is currently a junior studying chemical engineering. Not only that, but he also joined the UNL Swim Club as a freshman, and is now serving as the President of the club. Running practices for the UNL Swim Club is what inspired Coach Eric to get fully involved with swimming again, this time in the form of coaching.
 
During the summer of 2018, Eric coached under coach Brian Jensen for the Grand Island YMCA Quicksilver Swim Team, where he was able to learn more about coaching and swimming, and fuel his passion for the sport. All of Eric’s experiences have led him to HLA, where he is extremely excited to work with the coaches and swimmers, learn more about the sport, and to help the swimmers achieve their goals and be a positive influence.

Sam Henry Trofholz

Assistant Coach

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Sam started his swimming career in 5th grade with the Columbus YMCA Swim team. His passion for the sport grew over the years, which led Sam to compete in High School at Columbus High. Sam was a four-year athletic letter recipient in swimming, and he also competed in tennis and track & field. The Columbus Discoverer competed in the Nebraska State Championship Meet all four years of high school, and earned four medals at the Meet, during his senior year. Sam also holds two school records in the 100 Backstroke and in the 200 Medley Relay. Sam’s high school coach, Kari Weihl, pushed Sam to become a better athlete and leader, and encouraged him to swim collegiately.

After graduating from Columbus High in 2016, Sam decided to swim for Nebraska Wesleyan University, under Greg Fleming. Sam is a Global Studies Major, and will graduate in 2020. During his first two years at Nebraska Wesleyan, Coach Fleming pushed Sam to continue to work hard and to achieve his goals. Sam competed in the Liberal Arts Championship Meet during his Freshman and Sophomore years, where he earned several medals and school records in the 100 Backstroke, and in multiple relays. Coach Fleming continues to develop Sam’s technique and knowledge of the sport. Sam looks forward to what the next season holds.

Sam’s coaching career began in summer 2017 where he helped his High School coach with a swim clinic a few days a week. Sam also organized the Columbus High Alumni Swim Meet during the 2017 summer, and hopes it becomes lasting tradition. Sam enrolled in a Swim Coaching course taught by Greg Fleming during his Sophomore year at Wesleyan. Fleming taught Sam about the art of swimming, and furthered his understanding of the sport, and what it means to be a coach. Sam is thrilled to have the opportunity to coach for HLA, to learn from the other coaches, and to have a positive impact on the athletes’ swimming careers.

     

Jacob Michael Hawkins

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jacob started swimming when he was 8 years old at the  YMCA dolphins. Since then he has never stopped. Jacob swam for Lincoln Northeast High School and was able to be a part of an amazing group. He was a 4 time letter winner, holds school records in the 100 back, 200 medley, 400 and 200 free relay. His team also won their first “HAC” conference title and city championship within his four years along with runner up in the 400 free relay at State. Jacob is working on his academic and athletic career at Nebraska Wesleyan. In his freshman year at the Liberal Arts Championship Jacob got a medal in the 100 back along with the team winning the Liberal Arts Championship and American Rivers Conference Champions. “Coach Fleming wants to see us succeed and we deliver.”  Swimming has been a big part of my life and I have stuck with it till this day.

Board of Directors

Tim Hanway

President

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Megan Weibye

Vice President

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Julia Strong

Board Member-Treasurer

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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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Diana Swarts

Board Member

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Carrie Lee

Board Member

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Martha A Walstad

Athlete Rep

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Jill Brown

Board Member

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