Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brian Hein Head Coach

Coach Brian is a former NCAA Division II collegiate coach, working for Delta State University (2001-2010) and transforming a small college swim team into a nationally ranked program.  He is a three-time Collegiate Conference Coach of the year 2007, 2009 and 2010, producing over 75 NCAA Division II All Americans and is an ASCA Level 4 equivalent coach.  Brian has successfully coached multiple Olympic Trials Qualifying Swimmers.  Prior to joining Razorback Aquatic Club in 2018 as head coach, he coached high school and club teams in the Dayton, Ohio area (2011-2018).

He is a two-time winner of the ASCA Award for Excellence.  Brian is a former All-American Swimmer from Ashland University and later swam for the University of Nebraska.   He was named Male Conference Swimmer of the year as a freshman while competing at Ashland.  At Nebraska, he was a member of the Academic All-Conference Team and a Conference Finalist.  He has a BS in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. 

Brian resides in Fayetteville with his wife Sarah,  and daughters Nora and Alex, who both swim for the AquaHawgs.  

Nicholas Carter Head Age Group Coach

Nick is a Rogers native who grew up swimming for Razorback Aquatic Club and is beginning his 3rd year on staff.  Before being promoted to the Head Age Group Coach position, Nick was an intrical part of the coaching staff and worked with all groups.  Nick was also a member of the Rogers High School Mounties Swim Team during his high school years and held multiple school records.

Nick went on to become an accomplished collegiate swimmer, followed by a move to Florida to train with current University of Florida Head Women's coach Jeff Poppell.  While training in Florida, Nick qualified and competed n the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 backstroke.  Nick has a passion for coaching and is excited to work alongside Brian to help us continue to build one of the best age group programs n the state.

Dawson Layman Head Developmental Coach
Carolyn Haefner Assistant Coach/Consultant to Dev. Staff

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 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. At the 2004 Long Course State Championship, Walmart Swim Club had more 8 and under swimmers qualified than any other team at the meet.
Carolyn received Arkansas Swimming Inc. Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2006 and was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame in 1997.
Sarah Hein Assistant Coach - Senior Group

Sarah has been involved with the sport of swimming for over 30 years as a swimmer and coach.  Her resume includes coaching stints at summer league, USA club, and the NCAA levels. Sarah believes is developing the whole athlete; focusing on the technical and endurance aspects of swimming, combined with the mental aspects of swimming.   Sarah is a former Conference Swimmer of the Year, NCAA All-American, and Academic All-American who specialized in the distance events.  Sarah earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska and her Masters of Education from Delta State University.  Sarah is married to Brian Hein.  They have two daughters (Nora and Alex) who both swim for the Aquahawgs.

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 sophomore at the University of Arkansas.  
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.


Kary Todd HawgStart Swim School

Kary has been with the AquaHawgs since 2010.  She's had over 30 years experience in teaching swimming with a variety of levels of swimmer.  She's responsible for development of the year-round swim program at the Fayetteville Athletic Club and was the Aquatics Director there for 6 years.  

Kary was an age group swimmer for the Witchita Falls Super Ducks where she later became a coach.  As a high school swimmer, she earned regional qualifying status in Texas.  She has also spent time as a lifeguard training coordinator at Wet & Wild Water Park in Orlando, Florida.

David Sexton Director of Operations

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.

Joshua Hale Assistant Coach

Josh was a member of the Arkansas Dolphins for 15 years.  He was a multi-state qualifier and champion for Arkansas US Swimming.  Josh was a 6 time sectionals qualifier, and a four year All-State All-Conference swimmer in high school.  Josh returned to the University of Arkansas, after swimming one year at Morningside College.  He has coached summer league, high school and assisted the LRAD age group.

Claire Albright Assistant Coach

Claire is originally from Overland Park, Kansas.  She has been swimming on a team from the age of 4, most recently on the Kansas City Blazers.  Claire was a 4 year All-State High School swimmer and Multi-State Qualifier for Kansas Swimming.  She is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas.  Claire has been coaching for the last four years and is excited to join the AquaHawgs!

Kaley Todd Assistant Coach

Kaley started swimming for Aquahawgs and teaching swim lessons at Hawgstart Swim School in 2010, and continued throughout high school. She also competed for Fayetteville High School where she helped the team qualify for various State Team relays and individual events all four years. After high school, Kaley swam for four years at William Jewell College and continued her involvement with AquaHawgs over summer and winter breaks.  Kaley graduated in 2018 with a degree in Political Science, and  will be attending Law School at the University of Arkansas this fall. 

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