Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Aaron Opell Head Coach, Director of Operations

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Healthcare Administration
  • Master’s Degree: Kinesiology and Sport Administration
  • ASCA Certified Swim America Program Director (swim lessons)

Accomplishments: 

  • Proud father and husband
  • United States National Team member (Coach 2015-16, 2018-19, 2019-20)
  • United States National Team member (Athlete 2009-10)
  • 2009 Big Ten Champion (200 Breaststroke 2009)
  • NSC accomplishments since Aaron’s arrival in 2012
    • 20 + swimmers signed to swim in college
    • 40 + Junior National qualifications
    • 3 x National Age Group records achieved
      • Lilly King 100Y breast (2015)
      • Lilly King 100M breaststroke (2016)
      • Women’s 15 – 16 200M Medley Relay (Brown, King, Jensen, Treski) (2015)
    • 500 + kids have learned how to swim through Learn to Swim program & clinics

Background:

Aaron Opell began swimming for the Newburgh Sea Creatures at age seven and continued to swim for the club until graduating from Castle High School and attending college at Indiana University.  At Indiana, Aaron joined the swim team as a walk-on, but within his first year, he worked his way onto IU's travel and Big Ten team after dropping ten seconds off his previous career-best times.  Aaron continued to improve while swimming under Coach Ray Looze at Indiana.  By his junior year, he earned a spot on the USA Swimming National Team in the 200-meter breaststroke, finished second at the U.S. Open in the 200-meter breaststroke, and competed at the US Olympic Trials.  As a senior at Indiana University, Aaron earned the title of Big Ten Champion when he won the 200-yard breaststroke and broke Indiana University's record.

After completing his undergraduate degree in healthcare administration, Coach Aaron Opell earned his Master's degree in kinesiology and sports management through Indiana University.  While continuing his schooling, he swam professionally in competitions across the world.  After deciding to retire from swimming, he worked as a volunteer assistant coach for IU where he greatly enjoyed coaching his teammates and working with his previous coaches.

When Aaron graduated in 2011, he moved to North Carolina to coach for SwimMAC under his previous coach Pam Swander and legendary coach Dave Marsh.  This opportunity provided him with the ability to gain more experience coaching various age and talent groups from younger teenagers to Olympic medalists.  Although Aaron greatly enjoyed his time in North Carolina, he moved back to Indiana in June of 2012 when his high school sweetheart and soon-to-be wife, Emily (Starrett) Opell accepted a teaching position in Indiana.  Emily and Aaron got married on August 28, 2012 and currently have an adorable son named Vincent.

These experiences have helped shape Aaron as both a swimmer and coach and give him personal insight into all facets of competitive swimming.  Having either seen or experienced individuals accomplishing goals at all levels, Aaron is confident that there is no better sport to teach children valuable life lessons than swimming. He also believes that the career he has chosen will help him fulfill his life’s mission which is to be the best father, husband, and leader he can be.  

Why do you love to coach?

As a leader, it is my mission to impact as many lives as possible by helping others realize their worth and become successful in life. Because this sport and the people I have met through it have shaped me into the person I am today, I believe that swimming provides me the best opportunity to carry out this mission.

Favorite Quote:

 “People are like trees. They are either growing or they are dying. Regardless of where we are in our lives, we must commit to growing our mind, body, and spirit everyday” – Lou Holtz

"You can only reach your true potential when your desire to grow or make an impact exceeds your desire for its rewards." - John C. Maxwell

Nick Davlantis Head Age Group Coach

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelors of Arts & Physics (University of Evansville 2015)

Accomplishments:

  • University of Evansville Swimming and Diving (alum 2015)
  • Math and Physics teacher - Evansville Day School (2016 - 2020)
  • Head Coach - Evansville Day School Swimming (2016 - 18)
  • Math teacher - North High School (2020 - 2022)
  • Head Age Group Coach - Newburgh Sea Creatures (current)

Background:

With over a decade of experience working with all levels of competitive swimming, he's seen and been a part of many swimmers’ journeys from learn-to-swim programs all the way to preparing for competition at some of the highest levels in the sport. He enjoys using his personal experiences as an athlete, leader, and role model to better help the swimmers he works with to maximize their potential.

Why do you love to coach:

I love coaching because I love seeing kids of all ages fall in love with a sport that can be incredibly rewarding. I also love helping swimmers reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives and that starts with the discipline and good habits we reinforce as coaches.

Favorite Quote:

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." -Henry David Thoreau

Faith Geach Aqua-School Director

Education & Accomplishments: I am a Castle High School Alumni and I am currently a student at the University of Evansville, studying Health Services Administration. I will be graduating in 2023. 

 
Background: I was a cheerleader for 15 years but always had a love for swimming. I have been a swim instructor for 7 years and absolutely love what I do. 
 
Why do I love to coach/Instruct? I love watching each individual child excel in something that is so important. I also love to see how much the kids enjoy being in the water as they grow into young athletes. 
 
Favorite Quote: "Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
Bryan Davis Assistant Coach
Jeff LeBeau Assistant Coach

Education & Certifications:

  • BA Degree in English: Clemson University 1988
  • ASCA Level 4 Senior
  • ASCA Level 3 Age Group

Accomplishments:

  • Age Group State Champion in 10&U, 11&12 and 13&14 age groups
  • High School All-American in 200 IM and held 4 High School Records for over 30 years at Bloomington High School North
  • NCAA Qualifier in 800 Free Relay 3 years
  • While coaching at Bloomington Swim Club
  • Coached numerous Age Group State Champions
  • Coached Junior National Qualifiers in 3 different decades
  • Coached top 8 finisher at Winter Nationals in 2017

Favorite Quotes:

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.-Zig Ziglar

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.-John D. Rockefeller

Abigail Daniel Assistant Coach

Education and Accomplishments:

I am currently completing my bachelors in biochemistry at the University of Evansville, and after that I am planning on continuing to medical school. I am in the Bachelor of Medicine program with Indiana University and recently had my research published by the University of Pittsburgh through their Science Education Alliance database!

Background:

I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but my family moved to Newburgh almost ten years ago, and I swam for nine years for the Newburgh Sea Creatures and Castle High School. My Mom, Dad, and little sister all still live here and I enjoy being able to stay so close to them! During high school I taught swim lessons for our Learnt to Swim and Sea Serpents programs, and I taught private lessons for the Rolling Hills Country Club.

Why do you love to coach?

My favorite thing about coaching here at NSC is the fact that I get to watch all of these young swimmers grow as athletes and people. I changed so much during my years here and a good portion of that was thanks to the amazing coaches I had. Getting to be a part of their journey is truly one of the best experiences I have ever had and I am so grateful to get to work with all these amazing individuals.

Favorite Quote:

"I intend to make my own way in this world" -Louisa May Alcott

Todd Kaho Assistant Coach

Education & Accomplishments: I am an alumnus of Castle High school. After I received my Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Indiana State University. Recently got married to my Wife Jessica and have a dog named Willow. 

 

Background: I swam one year in high school, coached the summers for the Newburgh Sea Creatures, and during the college school years swam four years of Master while coaching the Terre Haute Torpedos. 

 

Why do you love to coach? I love seeing athletes accomplish their goals and overcome a barrier once they finally understand a concept. 

Favorite Quote: Find a way. If you can't then make one.

Andy Haas Assistant Coach

Groups:

  • Interim Black and Senior Development

Education:                                         

1982 Castle High School

1984 Vincennes University

1986 University of Evansville

Accomplishments:   

- National Age Group Coach of the Year

- Coached over 100 event State Champions

Coaching & Swimming Experience:

Andy has been coaching swimming for 30 years and is a former Newburgh Sea Creature coach himself. While Andy was coaching at NSC, the team placed 2nd in the State of Indiana. Andy has influenced many programs around the tri-state area including Mt. Vernon, Tri-State Athletics, and Techumseh. He is happily married with 2 children.

Additional honors and Activities:                         

- Loves to camp, bike, and boat

Why do you love to coach?        

I love seeing instant results in a swimmer!

Favorite quote:

"Did you just do that!?"

 

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