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Ashley Whitney

Ashley was an National Junior Team qualifier as an age group swimmer with NAC. She still holds the Southeastern record in the 200 freestyle for 13-14 girls. Ashley swam for the Bolles School, where she qualified for a spot on the US National Team from 1995-1998. She competed in a variety of national and international competitions and won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in the 800 freestyle relay. Ashley was a member of the 1999 NCAA Championship team swimming for the University of Georgia and completed her collegiate swimming career at the University of California-Berkeley.

A three time Olympic Trials qualifier, Ashley now focuses much of her efforts on training, racing, and coaching for open water swimming. She earned a spot on the 2009 US National Open Water team and has won several open water races around the country. Ashley has coached hundreds of adult swimmers to successful triathlon and open water finishes from sprint to mult-ironman distances. Ashley especially enjoys helping adult swimmers achieve their goals whether they include learning freestyle to participate in their first race or prepare a bid to qualify for World Championship multi-sport competitions. Ashley is excited to bring her swimming and coaching experience back to the team where her competitive swimming career started.

Ashley also enjoys her time as head coach of Nashville’s Seven Hills Barracudas summer league team. She and her husband met in Nashville and enjoy racing triathlons together. They have two daughters who are a part of NAC’s age group team.

 

Jeff Ockerman

Jeff’s mother’s greatest fear was that he’d be a swim coach, and now, 50 years after he started swimming at age 9, he is one! Jeff grew up in Lexington, KY, and at 14 became a National AAU All- American, placing 4th in the 1969 National Long-Distance Swimming Championships.  He swam under coaching greats Doc Counsilman, Mark Schubert, Randy Reese, and Eddie Reese.  He was a multi-year Senior National Qualifier in distance free and IM, All-SEC for four years, and co-captain of Auburn University’s 1977 SEC Champion and NCAA 5th place team.

After graduating from the University of KY College of Law, Jeff moved to Nashville, married, and turned to running marathons (and 1 triathalon) in his 30s until family and work responsibilities – including one term as a Nashville Councilman -- interfered with training.  A knee injury put him back in the water, and in 2007 he joined the NAC Masters program and began competing again.  Jeff was 2012 Masters National Champion for his age group in the 200 yard back and placed 4th in the 200 meter back in that year’s Masters World Championship meet.

Jeff is the Director of Health Planning for the State of Tennessee. He has two grown children, sings jazz and plays jazz keyboard, speaks French, and is learning Spanish. He’s a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University and is the past chair of the boards of the East Area Business Council, the Nashville Civic Design Center, WPLN (Nashville Public Radio), the Sexual Assault Center, and the Nashville Jazz Orchestra.

 

Tony White

Tony has been swimming and competing in triathlons since 2004.  He attended the University of Kentucky where he was the captain of the Triathlon team.  He has coached athletes since the beginning of 2009 where he first started working with the Wildcat Aquatics and Masters swim teams.  In 2011, he got his USAT level 1 Certification and started working with triathletes as well.  He has raced professionally as a triathlete since 2009 and is the 3x champion of the Music City Triathlon.  He is also the reigning Nashville beer mile champion.
 
He is married to his college sweetheart Casey, and has two pets, a 1.5 year old Golden Retriever Drake, and a 5 month old cat, Kip.

Jessica Cutler

Jessica Cutler is formerly from Michigan where she swam all throughout age group swimming and into college where she swam at Michigan State University. Through all four years, Jessica made the Dean’s Honor Role and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. 

Jessica returned to Rockford, Michigan for student teaching and began coaching for her age group team, Rockford Riptide, as well as the high school team she was previously a part of. At the end of her student teaching year she moved to Clarksville, Tennessee for her first job teaching 2nd grade. She coached for the Y team and for a USA team ran out of Fort Campbell.

In July, Jessica made the move to Nashville for her teaching position at STEM Prep Academy and is very excited to be a part of NAC and share her love for the sport of swimming!

Jessica Ralston

Jessica Ralston is a native to Charleston, South Carolina and swam competitively throughout her adolescent years.

In 2010 she began her coaching career with Daniel Island Flying Fish, a summer league, coaching all age swimmers.  In 2012, she began at LTP Racing Club, a newly developed USA Swimming team in Charleston.  During her time at LTP she helped build and grow the entire program for four years from 80 swimmers to over 250.  She was also highly involved with the South Carolina LSC where she coached at several South Carolina Select Camps and served as an assistant coach on the 2013 South Carolina Zone Team.


Jessica is a 2013 College of Charleston alumna with a Bachelors' Degree in Special Education.

 
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