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 6) and Mason (age 4). He is looking forward to getting started soon. We are working on a time for our families to meet Mark and get to know him in person.

John Moseley Head Developmental Coach / Team Admin

John began his coaching career with the Briar Village Swim Team, in Houston, Texas.   He coached the Briar Village Swim Team for three seasons and served as an Assistant Coach and Head Coach.   While in Houston, John also held a position as a Swim Instructor and Assistant Coach at Memorial Athletic Club. 

John moved to Fayetteville in 2006 to attend the University of Arkansas.   After arriving in Fayetteville, John began working as a Swim Instructor and Assistant Coach at Fayetteville Athletic Club.   Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation and Sports Management, John accepted a role as the Aquatics Director at Fayetteville Athletic Club.   As the Aquatics Director, he revitalized the FAC Sharks Swim Team and Learn-to-Swim program.   He also went on to serve as the Operations Director for Fayetteville Athletic Club.

In November 2014, John accepted a role as the Head Age-Group Coach for Razorback Aquatic Club AquaHawgs.   While with the AquaHawgs, John oversaw the operations of the Age Group Program and primarily coached the Rookie Hawgs and Wild Hawgs.   During his tenure, he helped with the recruitment of new athletes and saw the team grow to record numbers.

John began working for the City of Benton, Arkansas in March 2017.   He served as the Aquatics Specialist and helped open the River Center.   He was instrumental in the success of the Benton Sharks Swim Team in their inaugural season.   While in Benton, John also worked with the Central Arkansas Swim Club.

John is also extremely proud of his work with the Northwest Arkansas Summer Swim League and excited to be involved with the future success of the league.   John was an Arkansas Zone Team coach in 2016.   He has served as the Arkansas Swimming Inc. Technical Planning Chair since October 2016.

 

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.

Caitlin Cothern Assistant Coach

Caitlin grew in Jonesboro, Arkansas where she started swimming at 10 years old.  She started her swimming career Jonesboro Jets Aquatic Club. She later moved to the Dart Frog Aquatics the summer before her high school senior year. Some highlights in her high school career include:

  • 2012 Arkansas All-State Team
  • 2012-2015 Placed Top 5 in 100 Breaststroke
  • 2014 & 2015 6A Arkansas State Champions
  • 2014 Women’s Swim Team Co-Captain
  • 2015 Women’s Swim Team Captain.

Caitlin attended Lindenwood University where she swam collegiately. During her freshman year, Caitlin was a part of the Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Team specializing in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Following this season, she was not able to continue her NCAA swimming career due to medical reasons.

Caitlin began her coaching career with Dart Frog Aquatics during the summer seasons following my senior year in high school, and freshman and sophomore year in college. During Caitlin’s sophomore year, she began working with Parkway Aquatics in St. Louis, MO.  While working with the kids at Parkway, this allowed Caitlin to find her passion for working with kids and nutrition/fitness. Caitlin decided to transfer to the University of Arkansas to study Nutrition & Dietetics and start working towards the career goal of a Pediatric Dietitian.  Caitlin began working with Northwest Arkansas Aquatics in November 2017.  She primarily works with the Hammerheads, Great Whites, and Tiger Sharks.

Liz Braun Assistant Coach
iz 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
Casey Schneider Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
BriAnna Gogel President
Mark Gole Head Coach / CEO
Mike Noble Vice President
Becky Guthrie Merchandise
Lisa Herschbach Secretary
Sheri Martin Fundraising
Casey Milford Social / PR
Jennifer Setliff Treasurer
Emily Tong Meet Director