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Coaches & 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 matters, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Erik Scalise.

Coaching Staff

Erik Scalise

Head Coach - Swim Teams

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Head Coach Erik Scalise is a native Nevadan.  He began competing in swimming at 12 years old and has been a staple in Nevada aquatics programs ever since.  He attended Reed High School and went on to compete at UNLV for 4 years.  During his time at UNLV Erik was captain of the team both his junior and senior years.  Erik won UNLV Athlete of the Year in the 1996-1997 school year and is an NCAA All American athlete.

Erik returned to Reno to continue both his schooling and swimming careers.  He attended UNR and received his MBA with a focus in Finance.  He swam for Reno Aquatic Club and qualified for 4 Olympic Trials, competed in 27 USA Swimming Nationals, and became a 19 time United States Masters Swimming National Champion and Record Holder.

Erik coached first began his coaching career in 1999 with local high school and club teams.  In 2009 Erik decided to take his swimming and coaching careers to the next level by focusing on coaching aspiring athletes and thus began Northern Nevada Aquatics.  Erik not only coaches all ages and ability levels of the swimmers on the team, but also runs the program.  In the short time that NNA has been around it has produced two Olympic Trials qualifiers and has successfully recruited to several NCAA division 1 schools.  Currently NNA is the largest aquatics program in the Northern Nevada.  NNA added a water polo program in 2010, The Incline Aquatic Club joined NNA in 2014, and the High Desert Aquatics Joined in 2018.   

Erik continues to train daily for swimming and hopes to impress upon his swimmers his passion for the sport and representation for all Northern Nevada Aquatics programs.

Morgan McCord

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Coach Morgan McCord has been a part of NNA as a swimmer, coach, or both since its beginning.  She is passionate about coaching and sharing her love for swimming with others, especially swimmers that are new to the sport.  Morgan currently studies Spanish and secondary education at UNR with hopes to become a teacher soon.  When she is not coaching or with her studies, you might find her traveling the world pursuing other aquatic adventures such as SCUBA diving and boating.

Jared Scalise

Head Coach - Water Polo

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Coach Jared Scalise is a Reno native.  He has been a competitive Water Polo Player and Swimmer for over 25 years.  He attended Reed High School and went on to win the 1997 Nevada State AAAA Swim Championships in the 50 and 100 Freestyle during his senior year.  He also won MVP in both Water Polo and Swimming during the 1996-97 Season.  Jared attended University of the Pacific on a full scholarship as a dual NCAA Division 1A athlete.  He competed in both Water Polo and Swimming for the Tigers.  He helped the UOP Water Polo Team to a 4th place NCAA National finish during the 1998 Season.  Jared Coached the Manogue High School Swim Team for 8 years from 2001-08 with his brother Erik Scalise.   Manogue finished 4th place in 2002 and 2nd place in 2003 at the AAAA State Swim Championships.  Jared started coaching for NNA from the beginning in 2009.  In 2012 he started the NNA Water Polo team for all ages. The program has grown to include age group, high school and masters water polo players for boys and girls. He has continued to train, compete and coach for NNA and believes in a lifelong commitment to exercise and health.

Jorie Turner

Coach - Computers

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Coach Jorie Turner grew up in South Lake Tahoe, California. She started swimming at 8 years old for the Tahoe Swim Club.  Although Coach Jorie does not compete any longer, she loves being on the coaching and administration side of the sport and watching swimming evolve and being creative with drills and sets.  Coach Jorie swam varsity for 4 years at South Tahoe High School and swam 4 years NCAA as a Pirate at Whitworth University. Being a part of a college team was the best part of her entire swimming career.  During her senior year they defeated the University of Puget Sound who had held the women’s conference title for 20 consecutive years. Coach Jorie graduated in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education.  

Coaching allows her to share her passion for swimming with athletes of all ages. Jorie has been coaching 10 years and has been with NNA for 4 years.  She believes in what Head Coach Erik has done with the program at Northern Nevada Aquatics.  Jorie loves watching the NNA coaches share their passion for swimming, and helping the athletes achieve their goals.  Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the athletes you work with succeed and reach their goals. 

 

Joann Porter

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Coach Jo Ann Porter was born in Chicago, IL, and grew up in Reno, Southern California and Oklahoma.  She learned to swim through the Red Cross lesson program as a young child and competed for two years in high school, returning to Reno to represent the University of Nevada women’s swim team. During her career, she established school records in the 100 and  200 yard freestyles and finished her career with the 100-yard backstroke record as well as numerous relay records. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BS in Health Sciences.  Coach Jo Ann began coaching for Swim Nevada and Reno Aquatic Club from 1993-1995 and then again with Northern Nevada Aquatics in 2012. Coach Jo Ann chose to coach for Northern Nevada Aquatics because of Head Coach Erik, whom she has known for thirty years. His philosophy that swimming should be a sport of inclusion that spans all age groups and builds a community of aquatic support is the fundamental reason that she continues to support NNA. She competes as part of US Masters Swimming in the pool and open water events. Her other favorite hobbies are snowboarding and skiing, wakeboarding and hiking the Sierra Nevada.

David Duward Hoover

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Dave Hoover brings 36 years of coaching experience to NNA.  Dave started coaching in 1983 as an age group coach for the Reno Aquatic Club.  He later coached age groupers with the Sparks Piranhas Swim Team, eventually becoming their Head Coach in the fall of 1989.  In early 1993, Dave left the Piranhas to assume the duties of Head Age Group and Senior Assistant coach with the Reno Aquatic Club.  He worked closely with then Head Coach, Ed Spencer, coaching both top level age group swimmers as well as national level senior swimmers. In December of 1997, Dave assumed the Head Coach position of Reno Aquatic Club which he held through January 2009.

Dave produced 162 National finalists over his eleven years as the RENO head coach with forty finalists finishing in the top 8 in the country.  Reno Aquatic Club teams placed in the top 25 in the country at Nationals twelve times, with two of those finishes placing in the top 10 in the country (2003 & 2004).  Dave has placed athletes on the United States World Championship Team, Pan Pacific Team, Pan American Team, World University Games Team, and Goodwill Games Team.  He has also placed athletes on the United States National “A” Team, National “B” Team, National Open Water Team, and National Junior Team as well as having numerous athletes qualify for both USA Swimming Junior Nationals, NCSA Junior Nationals, and National and Regional Select Camps.  His RENO teams won the Speedo Sectional Championships twice (2003 & 2006) and the Nevada State Championship once (1998). During his career, he has coached two American Record holders and one National Champion as well as numerous Pacific Swimming record holders.  He has been fortunate to work with a multitude of high school Regional and State Champions and has produced well over 100 high school “All-Americans” during his tenure.  Many of the local school record holders were at one time coached by Dave.  Dave was formerly the head coach for Reed High School and McQueen High School and is currently the head boys and girls coach for Reno High School.

Dave has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nevada.  He has been married for over 22 years to his wife Lori, who works for the State of Nevada in the Controllers Department as Chief of Staff.  He has two sons, Jordan (20) and Josh (16).  He works full time as a financial services professional at New York Life here in Reno and makes his home in northwest Reno.

Alexander O Brown

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I started coaching for the Carson Tigersharks when I was more than ten years ago. I graduated from Galena High School where I set school and regional records and was NIAA most outstanding swimmer in 2010. I coached and swam at Lake Erie College before transferring to Cal State Bakersfield where I completed my degree in Exercise Science. I continued  as strength and conditioning coach for Dive San Diego before returning back to Reno. When I am not coaching, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga, snowboarding and surfing.