Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Carl Auel Head Coach
Jenna Bickell Asst. Senior Coach
 

Coach Jenna is the Assistant Coach for the Senior Team since the fall of 2015. Her competitive swimming career began at age 10 as a member of the Fort Smith Tideriders. While an age group swimmer, she qualified and competed at State, Zones, Sectionals, and Junior and Senior Nationals. She holds LSC records, zone records, top 16 times, and was awarded ASI Age Group Swimmer of the Year, as well as being an NISCA High School Scholastic All American. Jenna continued her swimming career as a scholarship athlete for Texas A&M University (Whoop!) where her accomplishments include Big 12 Champion in the 200 Butterfly, NCAA qualifier, and being named to the First Team Big XII All-Academic team. While at Texas A&M Jenna served as a student coach for the Aggies during the 2006-2007 season, as well as multiple sessions as a swim camp instructor for Aggie Swim Camps. After graduation from A&M in 2007, she worked for Ashland Chemical before joining the Aquatics Office at the Little Rock Athletic Club in 2013. Jenna and her husband Julian welcomed a baby boy, Simon Kjell, in January of 2015. Both Jenna and Julian enjoy swimming masters whenever they can find the time.

Phoebe Campbell Head Coach Cabot
Juliana De Santi Assistant Coach LRRC
Mary Heye Jacksonville Sherwood Coach
Evan Johnston Head Coach LRRC, USA Reg. Chair

Coach Evan has been involved in swimming for the last 42 years.  A coach in Arkansas since 1995, Evan has had the opportunity to work with swimmers from the novice level to the National level.  Evan has coached countless swimmers to State championships, Zone qualifiers, Sectionals, Junior Nationals and the US Open.

Evan swam competitively until he was 28 years old and then hung up the suit.  Evan hails from a large family of swimmers (7 in all).  After high school Evan was recruited by and attended Iowa State University.  After his freshman year at Iowa State, Evan entered the United States Army and served as an Army Medic for three years in San Antonio, TX. Upon completion of his Army service Evan went back to swimming for Henderson State University, where he was a 16 time NAIA All-American.

Evan has been named Arkansas Age-Group Coach of the Year 4 times. He has served Arkansas Swimming over the years as Membership/Registration Chair, Club Development Chair, Age-Group & Senior Chair and been an Arkansas Zone Coach nine times.  Evan was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2014.

Evan and his wife Traci now reside in Maumelle, Arkansas with their two daughters, Tori (age 15) and Tessa (age 9).  Evan's daughter's - Tori and Tessa are keeping the Johnston swimming tradition alive, both swimming for the Dolphins.

Traci Johnston Dry Land Coach LRRC

 

Coach Traci has been involved with competitive swimming for over 20 years. 

Traci has been a certified lifeguard for many years (too many to count).  She has spent many years teaching swim lessons and is currently the dryland land coach for the Arkansas Dolphins Age Group/Senior Prep swimmers at the Little Rock Racquet Club.  She is also (along with Coach Evan) the high school swim team coach for Central Arkansas Christian (CAC).

Traci focuses on cardio, core and conditioning training to strengthen swimmers in the water.  She is an avid runner.  She enjoys running mostly half marathons.  Traci is a certified United States Swimming coach, Arkansas Activities Association Volunteer Coach and a certified Full Out Barre Instructor.

Traci is married to Coach Evan.  Their daughter Tori swims on the Senior team and Tessa swims on the Age Goup 1 team at the Little Rock Racquet club.  The Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team is definitely a family affair.

Keith McAfee Head Coach -Jacksonville and Sherwood
Coach Keith is the Head Coach of our Jacksonville and Sherwood sites and Team Administrator. He joined the Dolphin coaching staff in 1986. He took over the Jacksonville program in 1994 and developed the Sherwood site in 2004. As a coach for the Dolphins, he has been instrumental in the development of many of the tops swimmers in Arkansas.

Coach Keith is a Little Rock native and began his swimming career at age 6 as a member of the Millers Swim Gym. He joined the Little Rock Racquet Club Dolphins swim team in 1972. As an age group swimmer, he held several state records and was selected as team captain for the Dolphins his senior year. While at swimming Hendrix College, he not only served as Team Captain but, received the prestigious Carl Babcock Award for Outstanding Leadership in Athletics.

White attending Hendrix College, he coached the Hendrix Aquakids from 1983-1986. He has taught hundreds of children how to swim as an instructor at the Little Rock Racquet Club.. He was active in the development of the West Little Rock Optimist Summer Swim League and coached five of the competing teams over a four- year period. In 2003, in addition to his Dolphin coaching duties, he took over the coaching of the struggling Sherwood Sharks Swim Team, which is part of the Central Arkansas Swim League. Through his direction, he took this summer program to the top of the league with four straight undefeated seasons and is one of the largest in the state.

He has been involved in many aspects of Arkansas Swimming, Inc. He has volunteered his time by serving as Equipment Chair and Awards Chair. He has been the Meet Director for many ASI Age Group Champs meets. He has been instrumental in the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame, serving on the committee since 1987.  He was awarded the highly coveted Conoco Phillips 66 Volunteer of the Year in 2000 and Arkansas Swimming Coach of The Year in 2013.
 
Recognizing his numerous contributions’ to Arkansas Swimming, Keith McAfee was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in 2009.  Keith's Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame Page.
 
Amber McCall LRAC Coach
Kristy McElroy Drylands Coach-Cabot

Coach Kristy is a military wife and mom to four amazing children. She has a background in Elementary Education and is a former Dance Instructor.  Coach Kristy began taking fitness classes in 2013 after being diagnosed with health issues.  "I decided that I was too young to be "sick", I wanted to have the energy and stamina to play with my children again!" A specialist recommended that she "Get Moving!" and find an exercise that she liked, and that is exactly what she did! After attending group fitness classes at the Cabot Community Center, she quickly fell in love with group fitness and soon became a licensed Zumba and Aqua Zumba Instructor and also pursued her interests as a Personal Trainer.  Currently, she holds Nationally Accredited Certifications with AFAA Group Fitness, ACE Certified Health Coach, AFAA Personal Trainer, R.I.P.P.E.D. Certification, R.I.P.P.E.D. Master Trainer, RUMBLE Certification, Bare Above Certification, Aqua Certification and USA Swimming Coaching Certification with a special interest in Dryland.  Cardio Yoga Certification is also a part of her portfolio.  Kristy also has a background in teaching cycle and other forms of cardio and strength classes.  She has had the honor and privilege in being a presenter with R.I.P.P.E.D., the One Stop Body Shock, at the SCW Fitness Convention in Dallas, Texas.  "I love promoting a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages and fitness levels. I strive to keep my fitness classes, personal training and coaching fun and motivating!" Looking forward to seeing the kids grow in strength, and more importantly self confidence!

 

Tay Stratton Head Coach LRAC
Coach Tay Stratton led the Laser Swim Team as Founder and Head Coach from 1992 - 2014. Under her direction, the team grew into one of the largest teams in the State. She has trained swimmers to compete at the State, Regional, Junior, Senior Nationals, and Olympic Trial levels. Under her coaching, the team has had over 50 Top 16 swims posted, had four swimmers rank top 10 in the nation in their age group, set over 100 State and LSC Records, and had many State High Point Champions. One of her swimmers set a World Record while on a NCAA Div. I relay swimming for U of Georgia. Coach Stratton was the Arkansas Zone Coach for the 1996, 1997, and 2003 teams. She is an ASCA level five coach. She has been named Arkansas Age Group Coach of the Year and was inducted in the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. She has served as ASI Age Group Chair and as ASI Technical Chairman.
 
As a competitive swimmer from the age of five, Tay swam for Millers Swim Gym, and the Little Rock Dolphins.  She attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on a full swimming scholarship and was swim team captain two years.  Her competitive background, coupled with 30 years of teaching 1000’s of students, has allowed Tay to further her dedication and knowledge of stroke mechanics, motivation, racing strategy and training methods. Her mission statement remains the same: To provide a positive and motivating experience that builds self esteem, develops the athlete to their fullest potential, and gives swimmers the skills and lessons of competitive swimming that they may take with them through all walks of life.
April 28, 2007 Induction into Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame Bio
Tasha Stratton Substitute Coach

Tasha Stratton joined the Laser team in September of 1998 as LRAC Head Age Group Coach.  Tasha swam competitively through her high school years.  She has a competitive background in swimming where she swam for the Little Rock Racquet Club.  She began teaching swimming at age 16 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.  She taught swimming as well as water aerobics and lifeguarding while attending Lyons College and Emergency Medical Technical School.  She also has had experience working in childcare through independent organizations including the Montessori school system.  Tasha is the Head coach of the Laser Masters program where she oversees training of Lasers Masters Swimmers. 

Tasha was the aquatic director at the LRAC for eight years where she oversaw swim instructors and lifeguards.  She also teaches private and group lessons.  When not coaching you may see Tasha with her fourteen-year-old daughter Skye or her six-year-old son Ronan or her one and a half year old son Finn.  Tasha has always loved working with children and wants to help them achieve high self esteem and success through the sport of swimming
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Victoria Wadley Assistant Senior Coach-Cabot
Christian Watkins LRAC Coach

Coach Christian is a Little Rock native with a zeal for swimming. She has competed in swimming for approximately 10 years with three different teams: the Arkansas Dolphins, Little Rock Christian Academy, and Hendrix College.  Most of her coaching experience occurred during her college years where she attended Hendrix College receiving a BA in Health Science and coaching for the Hendrix Aquakids.  Whether it is triathlons, open water swimming, kayaking, river floating, or lake activities; water has always been a part of her lifestyle. Outside of the water, she enjoys reading, hiking, cycling, cooking, and painting; anything outdoors basically.    She is currently enrolled at UAMS College of Public Health to achieve her MPH in Global and Rural Healthcare. Her love of people, enthusiasm, and passion for water safety are perfectly paired for working with all levels of swim knowledge and comfort.

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