Tom Himes - Director of Aquatic Programs / Head Coach / CEO
Tom Himes has 38 years of coaching experience in addition to five years of summer league coaching. Coach Tom first began his career with NBAC in 1985 after spending six years with the Howard County YMCA (1979-1985). He spent 17 years with NBAC as the Head Age Group Coach, before departing in 2002 to coach with The Retriever Aquatic Club (2002-2006), Green Terror Aquatic Club (2006-2007), and Loyola Blakefield Aquatics (2007-2009). During his time with each team, Tom elevated the level of each club's Age Group Program. In 2009, he returned to NBAC and in December of 2010 he took over once again as the Head Age Group Coach. In the fall of 2016, Coach Tom was named NBAC's Head Coach.
Coach Tom has coached swimmers to more than 500 National Top 25/Top16/Top10 rankings, including 81 number one rankings, 37 National Age-Group Records and more than 450 Maryland State Records. In addition, NBAC won 11 consecutive American Swimming Coaches Association Age Group National Team Championships. He has coached some of the best swimmers in the world as age groupers, including Olympic Champions Michael Phelps and Beth Botsford and he has produced countless others that have gone onto being collegiate swimmers, USA Swimming JR Team Athletes, and USA National Team Athletes.
Tom has served on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors for more than 30 years in various capacities including the General Chairman, Age Group Chairman, Technical Planning Chairman, Zone Team Coordinator, Zone Team Head Coach and member at large. In addition, Tom was appointed to the National Age Group Development Committee for the 2017-2020 period.
In 2005, Coach Tom was inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2015, the American Swimming Coaches Association honored him with the National Age Group Coach of the Year award. To recognize his service to Maryland Swimming, the Maryland Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year Award was renamed in his honor.
Paul Yetter - Head Senior Coach
Paul Yetter became NBAC’s Head Senior Coach in November 2016. Prior to the Fall of 2016, Paul was the Head Coach of T2 Aquatics (Naples, FL 2010-2016), an Assistant Coach at Auburn University (Auburn, AL 2009-2010), NBAC’s Head Senior Coach (2004-2009), and NBAC’s Harford Site Lead Coach (2002-2004). During the 2001-2002 season, Paul gained experience assisting National Coach of the Year Bob Bowman with a variety of NBAC’s training groups.
A 7-time member of USA Swimming’s National Team Coaching Staff, Paul has represented the USA as an Assistant Coach at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2007 Japan Open, the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships, and the 2005 World Championships. Additionally, Paul has served as the Head Women’s Coach of the 2007 Pan American Games, and most recently as the Head Men’s Coach for the USA’s Youth World Championship Team at the 2013 Youth World Championships in Dubai, U.E.
Coach Yetter's athletes have represented the USA in every major International Competition, winning medals at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Championships, Pac Pacific Championships, World University Games, Pan American Games, Junior Pan Pacific Championships, and the FINA World Youth Championships.
Yetter was Katie Hoff’s coach when she set a LCM World Record in the 400 IM in 2007, and then again in 2008.
Since 2003, Yetter has guided 12 different athletes to a No. 1 US National Age Group ranking, setting over 75 US National Age Group Records in the process.
For his efforts in coaching, Yetter was named the 2007 USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year as well as the 2007 United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year for all Olympic Sports.
Kathryn Violette - High Performance & Challenge Coach/Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach
Kathryn has been a Senior Coach since 2016, working with NBAC’s High Performance, Challenge 1, and Challenge 2 training groups. In addition to her roles assisting and leading these training groups, Kathryn leads the Strength & Conditioning component for all NBAC Senior athletes.
Kathryn’s guidance has been instrumental in the recent improvement of NBAC’s Challenge 1 & 2 training groups; from the Spring of 2016 to the Spring of 2019, NBAC’s Challenge groups improved from 2 to 21 Sectional Qualifiers, from 0 to 8 Futures Qualifiers, and from 0 to 2 Junior National Qualifiers.
During the 2018-2019 Short Course season, Kathryn designed and implemented a training plan that guided 4 Challenge 1 athletes to individual Maryland State LSC Championships.
A native of Westbrook, Maine, Kathryn graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 with a B.S. in Dietetics and a Minor in Psychology. As a Student- Athlete at UNH, Kathryn was part of 2 America East Conference Championship teams and was voted to serve as UNH’s Team Captain.
In addition to her role as an NBAC coach, Kathryn is a Registered Dietitian (RD), a Liscensed Dietician Nutritionist (LDN), and is currently working toward a certification to become a CSSD (Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics). NBAC athletes have benefited from working informally and formally with Kathryn on their nutrition, fueling, and recovery goals; contact her directly at [email protected] to set up a formal nutrition session.
Brian Horan - Discovery/Imagination Level Coach
[email protected] Coach Brian’s swimming career began when he was just 6-years-old. He swam for Cheltenham Aquatic Club (CAC) outside Philadelphia. He grew up in their program and during college began coaching for CAC. He spent two years with the club before moving to Baltimore.
In 2008, Coach Brian became a swim instructor with the Michael Phelps Swim School and began coaching NBAC’s stroke clinic. In 2013, he began coaching our age group swimmers. Today, he oversees our Discovery 2, and Imagination 2 & 4 groups.
In addition to his NBAC coaching responsibilities, he managed and coached the summer swim team at Otterbein Swim Club from 2008-2013. When he can, he continues to assist that club with swim meets.
Coach Brian is a proud Towson University Tiger, graduating in December 2016 with a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting
Robert Kesler - Discovery/Imagination Level Coach
Coach Rob joined NBAC in the fall of 2016 as an Age Group Coach. While he may be new to NBAC, his passion for swimming and teaching began at an early age, swimming for the South Carroll Serpents and the Green Terror Aquatic Club. As a teenager, he began teaching swim lessons and working with young people.
Following high school, Rob began working at a sports camp and after-school program that offered swimming as one of many activities. He left the sports camp in 2008 after serving as its director for several years and moved to Hawaii, where he taught kindergarten physical education at a local elementary school.
After spending nearly a year there, Coach Rob returned to Maryland to complete his bachelor’s degree at Frostburg State University where he was chosen by the faculty to give the commencement address for the College of Education in 2011.
In the summer of 2015, Rob returned to the South Carroll Serpents as the assistant swim coach, and prior to NBAC, he was an age group coach for the Carroll County YMCA. During the school year, he teaches fifth-grade in Baltimore County.
Charles Nyasae - Discovery/Imagination Coach
[email protected] Coach Charles is one of NBAC’s newest age group coaches. Despite being fairly new to NBAC, Charles is no stranger to Goucher College’s pool. The pool our age group swimmers call home is the same pool Charles swam his collegiate career from 2002 to 2006 when he graduated from Goucher with a Major in Economics.
In 2014, Charles headed up his first Developmental Swim Team, helping young swimmers learn proper stroke technique. His desire to teach and grow as a coach has continued to flourish and he is looking forward to helping young swimmers progress to the next level.
When not coaching or swimming, Charles works at Brick Bodies Fitness Services as a Membership Counselor.