Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Lee Smothers Head Coach

Jets Aquatic Club Head Coach Lee Smothers has been committed to excellence in swimming his entire life.  As a founding member of the CASC Racers, Lee began to make a name for himself in the swimming world.  Lee excelled as an age-group swimmer being ranked in the top ten in America in butterfly at multiple points in his career with his highest ranking being second in the nation.  He has been an Arkansas state record holder, earned Central Zone championship titles in both the 50 and 100 butterfly, has held multiple team records, and has qualified for and competed in sectional and NCSA championships. 

Coach Lee has continued his successful aquatics career in the coaching arena.  Since becoming a USA-S certified coach in 2019, Coach Lee has coached multiple zone, sectional, and futures championship qualifiers, as well as 12 state champions.  He has served as a head site coach for three separate locations, coached multiple summer league teams with memberships exceeding 200 swimmers, and managed several different aquatics facilities.  Lee’s love for the sport is evident every time he steps on the deck by the way he interacts with his swimmers.  Through positive coaching and teaching life lessons through the sport, Lee aims to pass the torch to the next generation.
Coach Lee is a graduate of Central Baptist College.  When he’s away from the pool, Lee continues to enjoy working with children by serving as a youth pastor for his church.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Makaleigh, and their two dogs.
James Riddle Coach | Senior and Age Group Elite

Dr. Riddle started swimming competitively at the age of 7 for the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. After moving back to Oklahoma in the 7th grade he joined the Phillips 66 splash club trained by internationally renowned Coach Milt Nelms, and later former Jets Coach Bob Stabb. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where he was a three time NCAA DII All-American, four time academic All-American, and obtained a BS in biology. He graduated medical school from The University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts.  James completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Bernards Medical Center. He has always had a passion for teaching which led him to accept a faculty position with the residency program. He brings that same passion for teaching to the pool deck and is excited to be a part of the Jets family.


Elizabeth Fairhead Coach | Fun & Fitness, AG2, AG1
Jessica Blevins Coach | Fun & Fitness, AG2, AG1

Coach Jessica grew up swimming with JETS and am so happy to be back as a JETS Swim Coach!!! She works full-time as a Skills Trainer for special needs adults at St. Bernards Project SEARCH.  She assists individuals with job skills and obtaining employment in the community. By night, she coaches with Jets and also serves as Past President and current board member of the Young Professional for the American Cancer Society and she is also a ProjectCARE Mayoral Coalition board member.  Coach Jessica is an avid gym goer and former record holder in Powerlifting.

Olivia Smith Coach | Fun & Fitness, AG2, AG1

 I own my own online boutique as well as am a real estate agent. I currently am going to Arkansas State, majoring in Global Supply Chain Management, with a minor in business marketing. I swam for the Jonesboro Jets for 9 years, and then the Valley View swim team for 4 years. I have always enjoyed the sport of swimming and love watching that love grow in every swimmer I have the privilege to coach! Go Jets!!

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