Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Mark Gole Head Coach / CEO

Mark brings over 22 years of coaching experience to the Sharks. Mark is a graduate of Oakland University (Michigan) where he received a degree in communication. While there, he was a member of three consecutive NCAA Division II men’s national championship teams. He was a member of three national championship relays during his time at Oakland and was a 16-time NCAA Division II All-American.

Mark has had a very successful coaching career. He was an Assistant Coach, Head Age Group coach, and Head Senior Assistant coach at the Oakland Live Y’ers Age Group Swim Team (OLY) for eight years. While at OLY, Mark was also the Assistant Coach at Wayne State University.

From there, Mark went on to become the Head Coach at Truman State University. While at Truman, the women’s team won two NCAA Division II National Championships. His peers recognized his extraordinary contributions by awarding him the National Coach of the Year -- twice. He coached four individual (two national records) and three relay National Championship performances. Both the men and women had numerous NCAA Division II All-American performances in the pool and in the classroom.

After Truman, Mark became the Head Coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Mark had the task of starting the swim team from scratch. Mark built the program from the ground up and succeeded by consistently carrying strong roster size and sending swimmers to the NCAA Division II National Championships for the past four seasons. His men’s and women’s teams have been named College Swimming Coaches Association of American Scholars on multiple occassions. In addition, his teams won the Sportsmanship Award in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for five straight seasons for the men and four straight seasons for the women.

Mark brings great experience and results, a strong passion for swimming, strong communication skills, and exceptional stroke technique knowledge. We are confident that his strong character and commitment will ensure a fun, exciting, high-performing, and safe environment. Additionally, Mark will also serve as a coach for Bentonville High School.

Early in our process it was clear that Mark’s interest in our program was sincere. As he expressed in his cover letter, “I am extremely passionate about the sport of swimming and do my best to share that passion with every swimmer that I work with [at NWAA].”

Mark is married to Emily and they have two children, Emma (age 7) and Mason (age 5). 

Eric Paden Head Age Group Coach

Eric brings over 15 years of coaching experience to the Sharks. Eric completed his undergraduate at Truman State University and his graduate degree in China Studies at the University of Kansas with academic programs at Cornell and Columbia University along the way.

Eric has had a very successful coaching career. He was Coach Marks' Graduate Assistant and Assistant Coach at Truman State University 2005-2008. While at Truman, the women’s team won two NCAA Division II National Championships. He helped produce four individual (two national records) and three relay National Championship performances. Both the men and women had numerous NCAA Division II All-American performances in the pool and the classroom.

After Truman, Eric took time to complete his graduate work while coaching masters teams and keeping touch with age group swimming as a part-time deck coach for the Kansas City Blazers, Nations Capital and Clark Swim Team in Kansas City, Washington DC and Northern Virginia respectably.

After graduate school, Eric has spent the last five years as the Lead Senior Development Coach at Rockwall Aquatic Center of Excellence (RACE) under Neil Walker, US Olympic Gold Medalist and former World and American record holder. While at RACE, Eric has produced multiple Texas Age Group Championship (TAGS) individual/relay event, individual high point, and team age-group champions, as well as multiple Winter Jr. National qualifiers for both men and woman. Additionally, Eric helped RACE achieve and maintain a position as a Bronze and Silver Medal Club in the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program.

Eric brings great experience and results, a strong passion for swimming, strong communication skills, and exceptional stroke technique knowledge.  He is very excited to be apart of a growing program and looking forward to seeing what we can all accomplish going into the future.

Eric is married to Brittany and they have recently finalized the adoption of their son Oliver (5 months old).

Trey Roggenstein Head Senior Development Coach

Trey was raised in the Phoenix area. He started swimming in 2nd grade with the Ahwatukee Aquadawgs, which was a local YMCA team, and continued until 8th grade. Trey then made the switch to year-round club swimming with Rio Salado Swim Club. During his time with Rio Salado, he was a Sectional Qualifier and Jr. National Qualifier. He was also part of two team records in the 200M and 400M Medley relays.

Trey swam under Coach Mark Gole at William Jewell College from the Fall 2014 - Spring 2018. While at William Jewell, he was primarily focused on Breaststroke and IM. He was on the conference scoring team all four years at William Jewell. During his collegiate career, Trey missed only one final. Trey's highest finish was a 5th place finish in the 400IM during his senior season. Trey left William Jewell with a school and two pool records as well as several top 5 all-time places in events.

  • 100 Yard Breast - 55.80 (2nd Fastest Performer)
  • 200 Yard Breast - 2:01.21 (School Record)
  • 200 Yard IM- 1:52.28 (3rd Fastest Performer)
  • 400 Yard IM - 4:01.60 (3rd Fastest Performer)
  • 100 Meter Breast- 1:03.44 (Mabee Center pool Record)
  • 200 Meter Breast - 2:16.26 (Mabee Center pool Record)

Trey had his first coaching experience in the Summer of 2015, when he coached at the Ahwatukee YMCA for the Ahwatukee Aquadawgs. During his time with the team, he coached kids from the ages of 5-12. The following summer, he helped in reforming a swim team at the Tempe Family YMCA, and served as Head Coach for the team during the summer season. His most recent coaching experience came from December 2018 - May 2019 where he was the Head Senior Development Coach for Tsunami Swim Team of Kansas City. During his time with this group, he coached kids from the ages 12-16 and helped them with stroke mechanics and forming an aerobic base.   

Tonya Vandermey Head Walton Life Fitness Center Coach

Tonya began her swimming career with the Knoxville (Iowa) Swim Team summer program when she could barely swim a 25. By the next year she won the 8&U MVP team trophy. In 1990 she moved to Evanston, Wyoming where she was lucky enough to be involved in middle school and high school swimming as well as her club, Red Devil Aquatic Team. Her senior year she co-captained a team that placed 3rd at 4A State Championships. This has remained the highest placing for Evanston High School since moving to 4A in 1987.

Tonya began teaching swimming when she was 15 for the Swim America program that her club started. When her family moved to Bentonville, AR in 1996 she began teaching swimming lessons and swimming on the Masters team at the Walton Life Fitness Center (WLFC). This led to a brief coaching job with the Walmart Swim Club (soon to be re-named Northwest Arkansas Aquatics). She coached with Assistant Coach Chad Price during a 3-month interim between Head Coaches.

Tonya attended the University of Canberra (Australia) 2002-2004 and coached with the Capitol Belconnen Swim Club. She coached both the Male and Female 11-12 Most Improved Developmental Swimmers for the Australian Capitol Territory in her first year. This club had the privilege of training at the Australian Institute of Sport, which is an Australian Olympic Training facility where the great Russian freestyler Alexander Popov trained. Unfortunately, the club disbanded due to lane restrictions and increasing lane rental fees.

After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Sport Science (Coaching) she came back to the USA and once again began coaching with NWAA from 2008-2010 as coach for the satellite group at JBU in Siloam Springs. While working at the WLFC she revived the Walmart Swim Team, which merged with NWAA in August of 2018. Tonya continues to coach, teach, swim and be a fan of the sport of swimming.

Liz Braun Assistant Coach
Liz was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She started swimming at the age of 7 and continued to pursue the sport throughout college. Liz swam for the University of Arkansas where she primarily swam backstroke and butterfly. She held the 200 backstroke school record, went to Olympic Trials, and qualified for the SEC Championship Team all 4 years of her collegiate career. Liz’s highest finish at SECs was 7th place in the 200 backstroke and 46th in the 200 backstroke at Olympic Trials. Liz left Arkansas with several top 5 finishes and times. She is very proud to be a Razorback! During her time at Arkansas, Liz studied Childhood Education. She graduated with her Masters in 2017 and is now an elementary teacher. Liz is also the Bentonville High School Head Swim and Dive Coach. 
 
Liz had her first coaching experience in the summer of 2013. She founded and developed the Prairie Grove Priranhas. This is a summer program that only started with 20 swimmers. It is now a program that has over 100 swimmers and competes with the top summer league programs in Northwest Arkansas. This program focuses on promoting the sport while developing proper stroke mechanics. Liz also was given the opportunity to coach at the Univeristy of Arkansas in 2016 as a volunteer assistant. She then became a coach for the AquaHawgs in 2017. During this time, she was the Head Coach for the Rookies and helped each swimmer learn all 4 strokes and inspired kids to discover their love for swimming. 
Colton Holland Assistant Coach

Colton was born and raised in Rogers, AR where he began his swimming career at the age of 9 on the Aquahawgs. He has two siblings who followed him and both are currently swimming in college. Carly Holland is swimming at the University of Arkansas, and Blake Holland swimming at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. During his time on the Aquahawgs, Colton was a sectional qualifier along with being part of the 4x100 Medley Relay state and team record holder. At Rogers Heritage High School, he swam for the War Eagles all four years graduating in the year 2013. There he was a state champion in the 100 Free his Junior year and leaving his senior year with many team records.

After graduating from HS, Colton continued his swimming career in college at Henderson State University, graduating in May of 2016 with a Business Administrative Degree. At Henderson, Colton swam primarily the 200/100 Freestyle with top 16 finishes at the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference. In his senior year, he was selected to be a team captain for the men’s swimming & diving team.

After graduating college, Colton came back to his hometown and began a career at Shine Solar where he is still currently working today. In the summers between school years, Colton helped coach and develop local Summer League Teams. There he improved young athletes’ skills and techniques setting the foundation for success in future swimming.

Casey Schneider Assistant Coach

Howdy! My name is Casey Schneider and I love swimming!! I have been swimming since I was 5years old in Summer league. I swam 4 years on the Women’s varsity swim and water polo team at Clear Lake High School (South Houston, TX). I made State all 4years, the all 4 with relays, then the last year in the 100 butterfly.

All throughout high school I taught swim lessons with the high school team and summer lessons with my club team (Aquastar).

I swam my freshman year at the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX. I specialized in the 200 fly, breast and IM!

I transferred to Texas A&M my sophomore year and attempted to walk on the team, but it wasn’t in God’s plans for me at the time. So, I started coaching with the club team my Senior year of college and fell in LOVE with sharing my knowledge and love for the sport with young swimmers! I’ve done 3 summer camps as a counselor with A&M and hope to go next year for a refresher on drills and techniques!

After graduation (Fighting Texas Aggie class of ’15), I moved back home and became head age group coach for the South Shore Sails. I was there for a year before starting Nursing school at UTMB in Galveston. Where I got my BSN.

I am currently an ER nurse at Mercy (hopefully I won’t see any of ya’ll there = ).  Which is the reason my coaching schedule is inconsistent.

I am extremely excited to be able to share my love of swimming with these kiddos! And feel so blessed to be part of the SHARKS! =

Board of Directors
BriAnna Gogel President
Mark Gole Head Coach / CEO
Mike Noble Vice President
Tiffany Bolding Secretary
Becky Guthrie Merchandise
Casey Milford Social/PR
Emily Tong Meet Director