Coaches & Directors

The administrative functions of the club are overseen by the NA Board of Directors. The board consists of elected parents. The elections for board positions are held annually in August. The Executive Board consists of the president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. All parents and board members are invited to serve on various committees and help with club activities

Coaching Staff

John Ebito

Head Coach


Coach Ebito began his swimming career as a youth in the rivers of Nigeria only to become the  1973 and 1978 All African Games gold medalist in the 100 Fly. 

He became a University of Nebraska-Lincoln collegiate swimmer and achieved continued success in qualifying as an Olympic swimmer for the 1976 and 1980 games. 

He began his coaching career with different club teams in Lincoln where he developed age group swimmers that were consistently ranked in the top 8 for MW Swimming. He has coached the Midwestern All Star and Zone teams and was awarded the Midwestern Age Group Coach of the year in 2010.  In the two years since becoming the head coach for Nebraska Aquatics, he has had several swimmers qualify for Midwest Sectionals , Zones, Allstars and D1 Championships.

John is married to his wife Crystal recently celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2017. They have two grown children; their son Ethan graduated from West Point Military Academy and his daughter, Emma, attends UNL. 

Pam Hovorka

Assistant Coach


Coach Pam has been involved in swimming as a swimmer, coach and supporter for over 40 years.


She has had the opportunity to be an assistant coach for Prairie life Center USS club team, assistant coach for Zones, and head coach for Hastings YMCA Aquatics Club team. She was also the assistant coach and head coach for Prairie life Center recreational swim team, assistant coach for Hillcrest and most recently the head coach for Irvingdale, consisting of over 100 swimmers. She has coached swimmers who have swam both at the high school and collegiate level. One of her highlights was attending a coaches clinic at the US Olympic training center in Colorado springs, and swimming in the flume (at world record pace!).


Pam is a P.E. and Health teacher at Lincoln East High School. She has been married to her husband Joe for 26 years and has 2 children, Jaret and Meegen. She has coached and supported both of her children in their swimming careers.


Coach Pam is very excited to become part of the NA family.

Eric Shanks

Assistant Coach


Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Coach Eric is a former Nebraska Aquatics Head Coach and through the years has been a familiar face on-deck.

He is a also former Assistant Coach at Lincoln High and has been an Official at the Nebraska High School State meet, a Deck Marshall at three US Olympic Team Trials and was a Crew Chief at the 1999 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

Eric teaches Political Science at area colleges, including Midland University,where he is also a Volunteer Assistant Coach. 

Crew Keller

Assistant Coach


Crew has been swimming since he was 5 years old. He swam with Lincoln club teams and at Lincoln Northeast.  He was a three year state qualifier and a four-time academic all-conference award recipient.  He also played football, baseball, and ran track at Northeast.


He was a dual sport athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan University competing in both football and swimming; he has been an academic all-conference selection all four years in football as well as the three years he has been swimming. His swimming focus has been in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke  and  freestyle events where he has competed in both consolation and A-finals  at their championship meet.


He will graduate from Nebraska Wesleyan University in May of 2018 with majors in Business Administration & Sport Management, with minors in Coaching, Human Resource Management, and Marketing. 

Board of Directors

Edward Mlinek

President / Secretary


Catherine Gokie



David Frye



Michelle Denker

Fundraising/Social Media


Chad Bearinger

Pool Coordinator


Jeffrey Herzberg