Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Michael Peterson ACAC Head Coach

Michael is entering his seventh season with ACAC.  During the years prior to returning to ACAC, while in Colorado, Michael was the head coach and aquatics director of Cherry Hills Country Club where they took the program from 30 kids to 120 kids in 4yrs and became a league contender.  After moving on from Country Club coaching Michael did stints as a volunteer coach at Arapahoe boys high school swim team, assistant coached 4 years for Chaparral High School Girls and 3 years for Grandview High School boys where they saw their first individual state champion.  All the while coaching for Colorado Stars club team and working full time for Newfield Exploration (oil and gas).

At Colorado Stars Michael was the top assistant to Todd Schmitz.  While with the Stars he helped in the development of Olympic Gold Medalist, Missy Franklin, and Olympian, Kara Lynn Joyce.  As the head age group coach, Michael, was a major contributor to the Colorado Stars winning 6 consecutive Colorado state titles and 2 Junior National Championship team titles.  He was instrumental in the coaching of 5 athletes at the 2012 Olympic Trials.  Seeing multiple kids set state records and go onto be nationally renowned athletes.

Since returning to ACAC Michael has overseen the Pre-Senior Group for a year and a half where the Pre-Senior group saw the foundations of building a Senior program.  While at the Pre-Senior level ACAC had multiple swimmers qualify for the Sectionals, ranked top 20 athletes in the country and had athletes place as high as third at Sectionals while in the Pre Senior Group.  Michael has also spent a year and a half in Fort Dodge, being instrumental in establishing the site as well as starting up the Junior College Swim program at Iowa Central Community College.  While at Fort Dodge the site went from 40 kids to 90 kids in 4 month span and had multiple athletes move to the Sectional and Futures level.  Michael also spent a season as the Head Fort Dodge High School girls coach that saw its first individual state qualifier for the first time in 6yrs and qualified multiple relays in a single season.

In 2015 Michael returned to the Ames site as the acting Head Coach of all of ACAC and began overseeing the greater organization while leading the Ames site Senior program.  Since taking over as the acting Head Coach ACAC has gone from an unranked program nationally to a Bronze Medal Club (top 200) in 2017 to a Silver Medal Club in 2018 (top 100 program).  The club has seen success from top to bottom in having more Junior National Qualifiers to the summer of 2019 when Michael and the rest of his staff finished second as a program for the first time ever at the Long Course State Meet, having more qualifiers and more individual state event entries then any other team in the state.  ACAC has also seen its first individual Olympic Qualifier while on ACAC and has since sent kids onto the D1, D2 and D3 collegiate levels who have seen ongoing success.

In 2008-2009 Michael was voted the Colorado 5A Boys coach of the year and also in 2017-2018 ACAC was voted the Senior program coaching staff of the year.

One of Michael's Goal as the Head Coach is to continue to develop all athletes from top to bottom of our program.  "I want to pride ourselves in our program as being known for developing our own athletes." That we want to send kids off into the rest of the world knowing that they have the tools and mindsets needed to be confident and accomplished in life beyond swimming.

As an athlete, Michael was a standout prep swimmer at Ames High School where he earned 9 high school All-American certificates.  He continued his swimming career at the Denver University where he not only served as team captain, but also set 4 school records.  Michael is married to Jill and they have a 4-year-old Wesley and 2-year-old Savannah.  They live on a farm near Stratford.

Ben Utesch Ames Head Age Group Coach

Ben has been coaching for ACAC since 2014. In that time he has coached multiple individual state champions, relay state champions, and team record holders. The 9-10 year olds have also placed 2nd overall 3 times at the state meet as well. Prior to coaching Ben started his swimming career with ACAC at the age of 10. Ben set many former team records and was a high school state championship Backstroker as well as runner up in the Butterfly his senior year. After graduating from Ames High School Ben attended Oakland University, where he swam Division 1 for four years and helped the Golden Grizzlies to 4 conference championships.

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 Beaumont Fort Dodge - Age Group Coach

Ashley Beaumont has been coaching with ACAC in Fort Dodge since Winter 2014.  Ashley works with the Age Groups Swimmers.  In addition to coaching with ACAC, Ashley also is the Head Coach for the Girls and Boys High School Teams in Fort Dodge.  When she is not coaching, Ashley is a teacher at Fort Dodge Alternative High School.  Ashley was a 2014 Graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.

Shaylyn DeYoung Fort Dodge Novice Coach

Shaylyn is in her 2 nd  year as the Novice/Novice Plus coach at Fort Dodge. Prior to coaching for ACAC she coached 3 years for swim teams in the AHEELA and GISL swim leagues. Shaylyn is also a certified United States Triathlon Level 1 and Youth/Junior coach. She owns and coaches for Twin Lakes Tri Club and is also a satellite coach for Z3 Youth Triathlon Team in Des Moines. 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.

Nick Matthews Ames Assistant Pre Senior Coach
Board of Directors
Jason Horras President
Susan Richenberg-Winer Treasurer
Jennifer Matthews Board Member
Franklin Feilmeyer Board Member
Erin Kiojai Board Member
Douglas McCorkle Board Member
Jeremie Knutson Board Member
Kari Smith Board Member