Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Owen Butler Head Coach

Drew Butler is the Head Coach at Swim Omaha.  Drew has been coaching in the Omaha area for 25 years. During that period of time he has started and ran 2 swim teams and coached for two others. Drew’s swimming experience began at the age of 12 when he swam for the Bellevue swim club. He then swam for Bryan High School and ended his career at UNL. Drew has a degree in meteorology from UNL and works at first national bank as a residential mortgage lender.

Eric Samson Head Age Group Coach

 

Coach Eric is a fifth grade teacher at Hillside Elementary in Westside Community Schools. Eric takes a holistic approach to developing swimmers- focusing on building the skills needed both in and out of the pool to help the young people achieve their goals.
 
Starting his club coaching career at Swim Omaha in 2009, he was the Lead Gold Coach from 2011 to 2019. Eric coached with the Aquatic Club of Elkhorn from 2019-2022. He was also an assistant coach at Westside High School from 2015-2019, and resumed his position in 2021. Eric is a Level 2 Certified coach member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, and earned his Masters of Science and Recreation with an emphasis in Coach Education from Ohio University. He draws experience from his research towards his doctoral degree in motivational psychology, and continues to be a lifelong learner in education and swimming. 
 
In 2012 and 2019, Eric was awarded the Midwestern Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. In 2020, Coach Eric was inducted into the Metropolitan Conference Hall of Fame. He has also served as Head Midwestern All Stars coach and Head Midwestern Zone coach several times over the past decade. In high school, Eric swam for Swim Omaha and the Westside Warriors.  Additionally, he swam at the collegiate level for the University of South Dakota. 
 
Coach Eric takes a swimmer-first approach to help swimmers achieve their goals. He believes that the collaboration between coaches, swimmers, and parents is an integral part of the development of young athletes. Eric is very excited to rejoin the Swim Omaha staff and get started with the new short course season!
Andrew Cunningham Team Administrator and Coach

Andy Cunningham has been a swim coach since 2003.  He started coaching with the Bellevue Swim Club and moved to Swim Omaha after a few years.  During his time with Swim Omaha he was Assistant Coach for Ralston/Gross High School swim team.  

 
Andy's passion for coaching and furthering his knowledge brought him to work under John Leonard with ASCA and SwimFast in Fort Lauderdale FL.  After two seasons, Andy happily accepted a position with Millard North to be the head high school swim coach and Aquatics Director.  
 
Andy started at Millard North in the Fall of 2013.  Since this time Andy has been selected by his peers at the Metro Coach of the year three times (2014, 2016, 2021) with 1 Metro Conference Title.  During his time at Millard North his athletes have broken all but three school records.  He has also had 2 state champions.
Ashton Porter Coach, Gold
Adam Kruszka Novice and Bronze Coach
Adam swam for Swim Omaha, Omaha Westside Swim Club, from age 7 to age 16. He has been a Lifeguard since 2015 and a Lifeguard Instructor since 2018. He also swam for Omaha Westside High School his Freshman(2013-2014) and Sophomore(2014-2015) years.
Docker Hartfield Senior Coach

Docker graduated from Griswold High School in 1973 after competing in four sports.   His college years were spent at Buena Vista University at Storm Lake, Iowa. He swam competitively in college and earned four letters. Docker helped the team win its conference championship four years in a row. He specialized in the 200 and 500 freestyle races.

Docker started his coaching career in 1976.  In 1991 he merged his team, Team Nebraska, with OWSC and BSC to form Swim Omaha.  In 1999 Docker was the head Ralston High School swimming coach.

Docker's coaching philosphy is "The way you perform is the way you practice. You also need hard discipline. It's that simple."

 

Doug Krecklow Coach, Seniors


 

Doug has been with the swim club for 30 years. He has a B.A.E. in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Wayne State College and a Master of Science in Biomechanics from Penn State University. Doug is a Level 5 Certified Coach with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA). Under his leadership, many OWSC and SO swimmers have attained regional and national recognition in swimming. Many of his swimmers have also enjoyed successful college careers at schools throughout the United States. He has extensive knowledge of stroke mechanics, physical conditioning, performance psychology and athlete motivation. In addition to his club responsibilities, Doug serves as the Chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department and Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Westside High School.
 

Teryn Solan Coach, Gold

Teryn came to Omaha in 2018 and works as the Aquatics Director for the downtown branch of the YMCA. Before moving to Nebraska, Teryn was pursuing his Master’s in Sports Administration and Leadership at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. While there, Teryn was the graduate assistant for Augustana’s women’s swim team during their very first and second seasons (2016-2018). At the same time, he was an assistant coach for Sioux Falls Surge and a head coach for Swim America.

Teryn is also a 2015 graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI where he was a four-year letter winner and member of the swimming and diving team. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Classical Archaeology and a minor in Geography. During his time at Carthage Teryn qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships as a junior and placed 13th in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:55.41. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Teryn earned an All-American Honorable Mention in 2013 with his 1,000 freestyle split and was a three-time all-conference honoree. He was named his team's Most Valuable Swimmer following his junior season.

Victoria Schab Coach, Silver
Victoria graduated from Ralston High School in 2011 she was a swimmer for Docker Hartfield and a club swimmer for Swim Omaha since Middle School. She went on to continue her swimming career at UNO as a backstroker. Victoria started coaching for us in the fall of 2012 with the silver group. She graduated from UNO in 2015 and went on to further her education at the College of Saint Mary to pursue a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education and Health. Victoria is now in her 5th year of teaching Middle School PE in Bennington and has taken over the role of head coach. She has a passion for working with children and loves to share her knowledge of swimming with her athletes. As a silver group coach, she gets to help develop swimmers from little on, by helping better their strokes, and start training them to be fast swimmers! Victoria enjoys seeing her past swimmers that have moved up to the next level and then eventually into high school, thinking back to when they were so little and just learning thinking that she had something to do with where they are now! 
Victoria enjoys helping new parents learn the sport of swimming and meets, along with mentoring our new coaches! She is looking forward to a great season!
Kristoff Berzins Gold/Senior Coach

Kristoff began coaching competitively in 2010 with HLA in Lincoln Nebraska. There he developed stroke technique and timing with the age group swimmers and helped many of them develop a love for swimming with his enthusiasm and love of the sport. In 2012 he moved to Omaha to become a teacher at Omaha Central High School. It was at this time he joined up with Omaha Swim Federation and helped to grow that team from a group of 12 swimmers to just under 80 swimmers. It was during this time that Kristoff also became the head coach for Omaha Central High School. He brought many swimmers to OSF and Central, thus developing a pipeline for both teams that benefited the swimmers, the coaches and the community! Kristoff is looking forward to working with the swimmers and parents of Swim Omaha and can't wait to help bring this team to the forefront of Nebraska swimming

Gabriel Spiess Coach, Silver
Garrett Cadotte Silver Coach

Garrett swam all 4 years at Nebraska Wesleyan University after graduating from Omaha Gross Catholic.  He holds numerous pool recrods from his collegiate times as well as team records.  He was also a Nebraska State Champion in the 100 Fly.

Lisa Ellis Volunteer Coach

Lisa started coaching with the club in the spring of 1989. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She is a Level 3 certified coach with the America Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and specializes in learning theory as it relates to the acquisition of efficient stroke technique. She is the administrator for the entire program and coordinates our young developing athletes.  Loving swimming at all levels, she has been an Assistant Swim Coach for the Westside Varsity Swim Team since the fall of 1989. Interested in expanding swimming in Nebraska, as well as elevating Nebraska swimming on the national scene, Lisa served 4 years on the Central Zone Board of Directors as the Age Group Championship Meet Co-Coordinator. Previously, Lisa has served on the Midwestern Swimming Board for 16 years in one capacity or another.

Peggy Speer Head Coach [Bellevue Swim Club]

-Grew up in Jackson Michigan and started swimming at age 5
- Graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Education. 
- Coaching competitive club swimming for the past 35 years
- Head Coach of Bellevue Swim Club since 1994
- Head Swim Coach of Bellevue West since 1993

Peggy is a strong stroke technician that believes that strokes have to be technically correct and then proper training will make a swimmer fast.  She believes swimming is a sport to last a life time and that through desire, determination and dedication swimmers will learn skills that make them champions in the water and champions in life. 

Amanda Horbach Bellevue Coach

Amanda graduated high school from Bellevue West in 2017, and graduated from Creighton University in 2021 with a Biology major and Philosophy Minor. Amanda have over 15 years of swimming experience and over 6 years of coaching experience for Bellevue Swim Club.

Chuck Jones Bellevue Coach
Charles (Chuck) swam for Coach Jack Jackson and Omaha Suburban Aquatic Club from 1978 to 1988.   The first of two Olympic Trials qualifications was in 1980 at the age of 14 in the 1500m Freestyle.  In 1984, he won the 400m Freestyle at Junior Nationals West where he briefly held the national record, an entire 15 minutes!  Blocked by a state rule denying athletes the right to train with private teams while participating in the High School program, he graduated from Bellevue East High School never having swum for the school.  Chuck swam at the University for Kansas under Gary Kempf where he was the Big 8 Champion in 1650 Freestyle from 1985-1987.
 
Chuck has been very active in Boy Scouts of America since leaving the University of Kansas, volunteering as an aquatics director and unit commissioner. He works in Global IT and travels the world having more than 1.5 million air miles while visiting 30 countries and still counting. He is happily married, has one son, volunteers with Bellevue Swim Club, and remains in the Omaha area.
Robbie Burke Bellevue Coach

Robbie graduated from Bellevue West, and is currently attending Metro Community College for his general education classes with the intention of transferring to UNO. He has worked for BSC for about a year and a half. On top of his coaching experience he has 13 years of swimming experience. 

Board of Directors
Doug Krecklow Board Liason for Westside Schools
Rhonda Santoni Board Member
Crystal Smith Board Member
Bryan Kratky Board Member
Docker Hartfield Board Member
Owen Butler Head Coach and Program Director