Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
John Moseley Director/Head Coach

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 returned to Northwest Arkansas as the Head of Development and Team Director in August 2017.  While at NWAA, John helped grow the team to over 200 swimmers.  In 2019, the NWAA Girls finished 1st at the Arkansas Swimming Long Course Champioships.

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, 2018 and 2019.  Coach John will be the 2020 Arkansas Zone Team Coordinator and Head Coach.  He has also served as the Arkansas Swimming Inc. Technical Planning Chair since October 2016.

Mohamed Abdelaal Head Senior Coach

Coach Mo is serving his first year with the Aquahawgs as Head Senior Coach.  Prior to arriving in Northwest Arkansas with his wife Elisha and two children, Mohamed was the Head Site Coach for Scarlet Aquatics, a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club in New Jersey. 

While at Scarlet Aquatics Mohamed was directly responsible for placing athletes on the National Junior Team and is currently a USA-S National Junior Teeam Coach.  For 6 consecutive years (2015-2020) multiple athletes have achieved 18 and under world 100 times.  In May 2019 Mohamed was honored to be an attendant and a presenter at USA National Team Coaches Seminar and one year earlier in 2018 he was a presenter at the National Select Camp. 

Coach Mo coached different athletes to medal performances at 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Games,2019 Pan American Games, 2016 European Championships, 2019 Junior European Championships, 2019 Junior World Championships, 2017 US Open, 2018 USA Nationals, 2016/2017/2018 USA Junior Nationals - as well as coaching two athletes to semi-final finishes at the 2016 Olympic Games.  He was honored to be the ASCA Age Group coach of the Year finalist three consecutive years from 2017-2019.  His athletes have combined for 5 National Age group records and over 60 NJ LSC records.  

He is a graduate of Montclair State University with degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education.  Mohamed Competed 4 years for Montclair State Universtiy where he was captain of the team his Junior and Senior years.  

 

 

Dawson Layman Head Developmental Coach
Dawson is a Junior at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Accounting.  He swam throughout high school for the Har-Ber Wildcats; where he qualified for the State Relay teams both his Junior and Senior year.  From the Spring of 2017 to the Fall of 2018, he taught as a level 3 Swim Instructor for HawgStart Swim School. In February of 2017, Dawson began coaching with the AquaHawgs; where he coaches both Rookie Hawgs and Hawgs practice groups having multiple State Qualifying Swimmers.
Carolyn Haefner Assistant Coach

Carolyn was the original founder coach of Walmart Swim Club, now known as Northwest Arkansas Aquatics Sharks. Her coaching career began in 1975 when she stepped up to become the coach for the Bentonville Summer Swim Team at Bentonville’s City Pool. Under her coaching, the summer swim program grew from 25 swimmers to 125 in her 9 years of coaching the team. The Bentonville Swim Team was a member of the Tri-State Summer Swim Conference, and under her leadership, she took the team to many first place conference championships. In 1984, she began a year-round United States Swimming program at the Walton Life Fitness Center in Bentonville. She experienced all the growing pains in bringing Walmart Swim Club from its initial membership of about 20 to about 70 when she retired from coaching to become the full-time Aquatics Director at the center in 1994.

Prior to Carolyn retiring from coaching, the Walmart Swim Club achieved its first championship victory at the 1994 Arkansas Swimming Inc. Long Course Championships. Carolyn retired from Walmart after 16 ½ years at the Walton Life Fitness Center as a swim coach and Aquatics Director.
 
In September of 2003, Carolyn returned to coaching with the Walmart Swim Club, now known as Northwest Arkansas Aquatics Sharks, and served in the capacity as Head Age Group Coach. When the team at the Jones Center restructured and became the AquaHawgs, she was hired as Head Age Group Coach.  She is currently a part-time coach/mentor/and advisor to all of our AquaHawgs swimmers and staff.
 
Carolyn received Arkansas Swimming Inc. Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2006 and was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame in 1997.
Paige Harper Assistant Coach
Paige is the Lead Wild 1 Coach.  She brings a wealth of experience to the Aquahawgs.  She is originally from Orlando, Florida where she began swimming summer league at the age of 6.  Paige attended and swam for Boone High School where she was inducted into their athletic Hall of Fame.  Upon graduation, Paige attended L.S.U. where she was on full scholarship, captain of the swim team, NCAA All-American and an SEC Champion in the 100 Breastroke. She began her coaching career, which spans over 30 years, in Baton Rouge coaching summer league and then, BTAC as a Head Age Group Coach. 
 
Paige has coached for several programs which include ATAC, in Tallahassee, Florida, and ASL, in Augusta, Georgia where she was the Assistant Head Coach.  She has also coached on the colligate level at Florida State University, where she was the Assistant Men's and Women's Swim Coach.  Paige is also a veteran Preschool teacher having taught for over 14 years in Tallahassee, Florida at Holy Comforter Episcopal School.  During this time, she was also a private swim instructor.
 
Paige is married to Neil Harper, Head Women's Swim Coach at the University Of Arkansas.  They have two daughters, Katherine, 22 and Kelly, 20.
 
Nathan May Assistant Coach
Nathan became a competitive swimmer for Razorback Aquatic Club at age 6, has taught swim lessons since 2013, served as an AquaHawgs coaching assistant in 2016, and earned his USA Swimming coaches certification in 2017.  He is a USAT triathlete and completed his first Half Ironman event in 2017.
 
In addition to being a successful athlete, Nathan also has a great relationship with kids he teaches.  He's active in the college and student ministry at Fellowship Bible Church and served on the summer camp staff at Camp Kanakuk as their youth triathlete coach.  Nathan is a Junior at the University of Arkansas.  
Anita Parisi Assistant Coach
Anita Heil Parisi currently coaches the Jr. Hawgs.  She has been with the Aquahawgs since its inception in 2008 and has helped coach every group of the Aquahawgs at one time or another!   
 

Anita has over 40 years of competitive swimming experience.  She began her own competitive swim career in 1968 as a member of the Little Rock Dolphins and while an age group swimmer was named the 1980 women’s Arkansas Athlete of the Year for Swimming.  Anita proceeded to swim on scholarship as a collegiate All-American at Rice University in Houston, Texas.  While building a 20 year career as an Information Technology executive/consultant, Anita continued her swimming participation as Master swimmer, Masters swim coach, and private swim instructor.  Upon her professional retirement, Anita and a friend created the Fayetteville Athletic Club Shark swim team.  From there, Anita started 7 summer swim teams in Northwest Arkansas and was a founding member of the NWA Summer Swim League.  She currently coaches the Mount Sequoyah Marlins and, new this summer, the Wilson Park Wahoos. 

 

Anita is married and has 4 boys who all swam for the RAC/Aquahawgs.  She is a 2006 inductee into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame and her family currently sponsors the Heil Mile award given at the annual Hall of Fame banquet. She is a founding member of the Ozark Open Water Swim.  

Cristin Roberts Assistant Coach
David Sexton Assistant Coach

David Sexton began swimming with the local club team in Tulsa at age 7.  A few teams later, he graduated from Swim Tulsa in 1991 and began a Division III swimming career at Hendrix College and finished at Trinity University.  After graduation, David was the age group coach for Swim Tulsa for three years.  During that time, he was also the head Zone Coach for Oklahoma and assistant Zone coach .  His daughters, Ashley and Brianna both swim with the team.

Caitlynn Young Assistant Coach

Caitlynn swam all throughout high school for Har-Ber Wildcats; where she qualified for state relays multiple times.  While attending high school, Caitlynn started lifeguarding.  She transitioned into coaching in 2018.  Caitlynn is currently in her second year at the University of Arkansas, and is studying to be a Special Education Teacher.  Caitlynn is an  Assistant Coach for both the Rookie and Hawg training groups.

 

Jana Olson HawgStart Director/Team Administrator

Jana graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2000.  She has been a part of the AquaHawgs organization since 2017.  In 2019, Jana took on the position of  Team Administrator for the Razorback Aquatic Club.  She brings with her over ten years of experience in Early Childhood Education. In 2020, she stepped into the role of HawgStart Director/ Team Administrator.  Jana looks forward to combining her experiences and expanding our programs.

Board of Directors
Joe Bussell President
Paula Wicklund Vice President
David Sexton Treasurer
John Moseley Director of Operations
Adam Goodwin Parent Representative
Clayton Hamilton Parent Representative
Amber Herzberg Parent Representative
Jennifer Setliff Parent Representative
Amy Woodard Parent Representative