Coaching Staff

 

Steve Hall, AquaKids Head Coach

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Coach Steve Hall has been the head coach of the AquaKids since August 2019. 
 
Previously, Coach Steve had coached developmental swimmers (ages 5 to 13) for the Dolphin Swim Team (formally the Dolphin-Laser Swim Team) since the summer of 2009. New and welcome challenges arrived when Coach Steve began developing the Age Group Preparation program in 2012 and the Age Group/Senior program in 2017. Working with the Dolphin Swim Team not only afforded Steve more quality time with his daughter, Hannah, an age group/senior group swimmer herself, but it also gave him a chance to give back to the sport that made him who he is today. 
 
When asked what is his philosophy of coaching, Coach Steve said, “Developing well-rounded athletes not only helps these young athletes achieve their personal training goals but also gives them the building blocks to achieve anything they want, including being future leaders of society.” 
 
Coach Steve achieves this by taking the time to understand each swimmer’s goals for swimming and his or her future goals with education or anything they are interested in. He believes in a family atmosphere which includes swimmers, parents and coaches. Coach Steve also knows that the sport of swimming is always changing and that education never stops, so he is always researching and striving to increase his knowledge for the sport so that he can use this knowledge to help his athletes grow.
 
Coach Steve has trained with all levels of swimmers from State Qualifiers, Zones Qualifiers, Region 8 (Sectionals), NCSA, Futures, Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals, and Olympic Trials qualifiers to Pan-American Swim Champions.
 
Coach Steve has personally coached swimmers to club records, state champions, High School state champions, Zone champions, AAU National champions, Sectional qualifiers, NCSA qualifiers, Futures qualifiers, Winter Juniors qualifiers, Junior National qualifiers, ASI swimmers of the year, Scholastic All Americans and NISCA Swimming All-Amercians.
 
Coach Steve is a certified USA Swimming Coach, USA Triathlon Coach, Youth & Junior USA Triathlon Coach and USRPT Bronze Level Coach.
 
Born and raised in North Little Rock, Ark., Coach Steve attended Northeast High School before going on to be awarded a Henderson State University’s Men's Swimming scholarship. He started his career swimming for the Indian Hills StingRays Summer League, which led to swimming year-round for the North Little Rock Boys Club Marlins, then to Central Arkansas Swim Team Seals (CAST), and finally ended up on the Dolphin Swim Team (LRRC). In 1985 Steve became a swim coach for the West Optimist Club under the mentorship of legendary swim coach Paul Blair. In the summer of 1992, he took on the Head Coach Position for the Lakewood Wave Swim Team. Even more than continuing his close relationship with the sport, Coach Steve really enjoys passing on his swimming knowledge while working with kids of all ages and backgrounds.
 
Coach Steve personal awards and accomplishments include Arkansas State Age Group 1st Place (100 Fly & 200 Fly), Top 8 at Zones 100 Fly & 1st Place 200 IM Relay and Junior Nationals. Qualifier for Arkansas State Age Group 1982 - 1989, Arkansas Zones Team, Region 8 "Sectionals" 1984 -1989, and USA Junior Nationals Qualifier 1988-1989.
 
Other athletic accomplishments: Age Group Triathlete Awards 1981 – 1985 and Track & Field City Meet first team 1982 -1984.
 
In addition, Coach Steve served on the ASI Board as technical chair in 2014 and was named 2019 Age Group Coach of the Year.

 


 

Braden Gentry, AquaKids Assistant Coach

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Coach Braden Gentry swam for the Arkansas Dolphins where he was a multiple-time state and sectional meet qualifier. He also swam for Catholic High School where he was a four-time All District and three-time All State swimmer. 
 
Coach Braden continued his swimming career at Henderson State University where he specialized in sprint freestyle, butterfly, and breaststroke. He has experience being a private swim instructor as well as a swim coach. 
Coach Braden returned to coach the Arkansas Dolphins under Coach Steve during the 2019 summer. He was also the assistant Age Group and Senior Group coach for the Aquahawgs during their 2019-2020 season. 
 
Coach Braden is now one of the assistant coaches for the AquaKids.

 


 

Jordan Godbee, AquaKids Assistant Coach

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Coach Jordan Godbee has been swimming since she was nine years old. She started out on a summer league team and quickly fell in love with the sport and joined a club team. 
 
Coach Jordan swam on the Dolphin Lasers Team for the majority of her swimming career, as well as Cabot High School from which she graduated in 2018. Coach Jordan then went on to swim her freshman year of college at Ouachita Baptist University.
 
In the past, Coach Jordan coached for the Cabot Piranhas summer league team for multiple years. She has been coaching for the AquaKids since the fall of 2019.
 
Asked what she loves about coaching the sport of swimming, she said, “I love that I am able to help kids succeed in a sport that has brought me so much joy into my life and has helped to shape me into who I am today.”

 

Haley Downey, AquaKids Assistant Coach

Coach Haley Downey started swimming when she was seven years old, and immediately fell in love with the water. She swam for Splash Club, Inc as an age group swimmer, where she competed at the state, sectional, and national level. In 2016, Coach Haley qualified for the US Olympic Trials in the 200 breastroke. She also swam for Bartlesville High School and helped initiate a 5-year State Championship winning streak for the Bartlesville girls’ team.

Coach Haley then swam for the University of Kansas from 2016-2020, where she served as a team captain for two years and set school records in the 100 and 200 breastroke. She graduated from KU with a B.S. in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Central Arkansas.

Coach Haley has experience as a swim coach and a swim lessons instructor. She is excited to work with the AquaKids to provide a technical foundation for the next generation of athletes, as well as help foster a passion for the sport of swimming. 


AquaKids Board of Directors

President – Melissa Troup

Vice President – April Gates           Apparel Committee Chair

Treasurer – Aimee Dyson         

Secretary – Amy Priddle                 Safe Sport Chair

Director – Samantha Carpenter      Registration Chair & Website Chair

Director – Jeff Marotte                    Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee Co-Chair

Director – Denise Carle                  Marketing & Social Media Chair

Director – Angela Campagna         Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee Co-Chair