Coaching Staff
Michael Peterson ACAC Head Coach
Bryan Lederhouse Ames - Head Pre Senior Coach
Ben Utesch Ames - Head Age Group Coach
Aron Nakama Ames - Head Novice Coach

Aron returns to ACAC following a three-year absence where he began his pursuit of a PhD in Neuroscience. He hopes to graduate in 2019.  He is now heading up our Novice program where we look to see some great improvements from his vast knowledge of stroke technique.

Aron served as Head Coach of ACAC from 2002-2011. Duriing that time Aron produced 3 National Qualifiers, 4 Junior National Qualifiers, 9 ISI State Records, numerous High School State Champions, and led the team to a 2009 Runner-up finish at the Winter ISI Senior Championships. Aron has coached at National and International level meets including World Championships Trials (2009), and Short Course World Championships (2004). Aron also committed time to developing swimmers in the community by serving as Site Supervisor for SwimAmerica from 2002-2009.

As a swimmer, Aron represented Iowa State University (1998-2001) and was a consolation finalist at Big 12’s (2001). In High School, Aron was the Wisconsin High School State Champion (1998) in the 100 free. Aron competed at 7 Junior National meets for his club and also competed at the 1996 Summer Senior Nationals.

Aron is married to Myra Mendoza and they have two future swimmers: Naya and Kano.

Ashley Koons Fort Dodge - Age Group Coach

Ashley is in her first season of coaching for Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club.  She started swimming competitively in high school for Newton and lettered as a varsity swimmer for three years.  Currently she teaches at Fort Dodge High School and has served as the assistant coach for the Fort Dodge High School girls’ team.  Ashley is from Newton, Iowa.

Hannah Newell Fort Dodge Head Site Coach
Shaylyn DeYoung Fort Dodge Novice Coach

Shaylyn comes to us after coaching 3 years for Laurens Summer Swim Team and 2 years for Emmetsburg Winter Swim Team. She is also a satellite coach for the Z3 Youth Triathlon Team in Des Moines and has competed as a triathlete herself since 2009. Shaylyn has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 6, starting her career in her home country of South Africa before moving to Ames to compete as a middle distance/distance swimmer at Iowa State. She married an Iowa farm boy and is raising 5 swimmers and triathletes of her own on their farm in Pocahontas. We are excited to have Shaylyn and her children join our program!

Nick Matthews Ames Assistant Pre Senior Coach
Kayli Whitcanack Ames Assistant Novice and Senior Coach
Leah Dietrich Ames Assistant Age Group Coach
Board of Directors
Jason Horras President
Sue Winer Treasurer
Jen Matthews Secretary