Head Coach - Swim Teams
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
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.
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.
Head Coach - Water Polo
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.
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.
Alexander O Brown
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