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)
  • 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

Jeff LeBeau Associate Head 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

Background:

Jeff started swimming at the age of 7 years-old in Bloomington, IN at Bloomington Swim Club and while an age grouper won state titles in backstroke in the 10&U, 11&12 and 13&14 age groups.  Jeff swam at Bloomington High School North where he set school records in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 200 IM and was an All-American in the 200 IM. Jeff then attended Clemson University on full scholarship for swimming where he helped Clemson win its only ACC Conference Championship in school history in 1986.  Jeff started swimming with legendary Coach James “Doc” Counsilman while in high school and continued to swim and work at the Counsilman Swim Camps every summer while in college.

Jeff has been coaching for well over 30 years and started his coaching career while in high school in 1981 where he wrote the workouts for the Bloomington North High School girls team (spring sport at that time) for 3 years. They won a Sectional Championship 1 of those years.  After college Jeff started coaching age group swimmers in Honolulu, Hawaii at Punahou Aquatics for 4 and ½ years and during that time Punahou won a State Championship and was runner-up twice.  Jeff then moved to St. Louis, MO where he coached for Rockwood Swim Club for 3 years and where he was part of Rockwood’s 1st LSC Championship.  For 1 year Jeff was the head coach of the University City Swim Club in St. Louis before becoming the head coach at Bloomington Swim Club in 1996.  Jeff coached for BSC for 22 years and was that club’s most tenured coach in its long history from 1955 to 2018.  For 2 years Jeff coached for the Indiana Swim Club where he was Head Age Group Coach 1 year and Interim Head Coach for 1 year.  Jeff also returned to coaching the North High School girls team for 2 years.

Jeff and his wife Chris have a blended family of 5 children 4 of which are married and have 1 grandson so far.

Why do you love to coach?

I love seeing swimmers improve!  I get so much joy out of seeing someone work hard and become a better swimmer and even more joy out of seeing swimmers grow up into wonderful people.  I have coached swimmers who have gone on to be successful in all kinds of careers including doctors, lawyers and engineers.  I think the sport of swimming is great at preparing someone to be successful in life.

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

Chris Campbell Aqua-School Operations Manager

Education:

  • Community College of the Air Force – Associate’s Degree -  Radio Relay Maintenance
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Industrial Technical Education

Accomplishments:

  • U.S. Air Force Veteran
  • Certified Adult Swim Instructor
  • Studied Human Relations at the Master’s level
  • Trainer, Educator in Competency-Based Training Programs

Why do you love to coach?

     Being able to teach others to swim well offers job satisfaction, but is nothing compared to having the privilege of witnessing the joy of accomplishment in those who reach that goal.

Favorite Quote:

     The secret to genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. – Aldous Huxley

Nick Davlantis Lead Coach - Elementary, Senior (summer)

Education & Certifications:

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

Accomplishments:

  • University of Evansville Swimming and Diving (athlete 2015)
  • Teaches math and physics at Evansville Day School
  • Head Coach for Evansville Day School Swimming (2016 - 18)

Background:

Nick has spent his whole life around water. 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

Maria Heathcott Lead Coach - Adult Swim Fit

Education & Certifications:

  • USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach
  • United States Masters Swimming Coach (Level 1/2 Certification)
  • Adult Learn to Swim Certified
  • Red Cross Life Guard Instructor
  • Bachelor’s Degree: K-12 PE/Health Educator 

Accomplishments: 

  • Ironman Kona 2016 qualifier (11th in age group)
  • Boston Marathon Participant (Finish time: 3:01)
  • Ironman finisher in 2013, & 2015 (Second place in Louisville Ironman)
  • Multiple record holder at both Jasper high school and Ball State University
  • IHSAA high school state runner up 2007
  • State qualifier in track and field and cross country

Background:

Maria has 18 years of swimming experience as both an athlete and coach.  After a successful swimming career at Ball State University, Maria became the head coach of the men's and women's varsity swimming teams at Frankfort high school where she taught PE and Health. In addition to her high school coaching responsibilities, Maria led a satellite team of Sugar Creek Swimming Club in the summers as a Head Coach.   Maria now resides in Evansville IN where she came to be closer to family.   Maria married, Brian Heathcott in October 2017 and welcomed their first child, Gunner, January 2020.  In addition to being a wife and mom, she is a PE/Health teacher at St. Ben's School and coaches Rolling Hills Swim Team in her summers.  Maria leads the adult swim fit group at Castle High School three times a week and offers private swim instruction.  She also co-owns faith2tri LLC where she coaches triathletes on a daily basis.   She is an avid athlete and loves to help others reach his/her goals.    She is passionate about her faith, family, and friends.   

Why do you love to coach?

I have been passionate about athletics since I was young.  I swam competitively since I was 8 years old for JAWS club in Jasper, IN.  I continued my swim career in college for 4 years at Ball State University.  Since graduating, I have embarked on triathlons and coaching adults.   I have had much help along my athletic journey and want to help others enjoy the lifelong sport of swimming! 

Favorite Quote:

 “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength” Phil 3:17

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