NASA Coaching Staff

Seth Cripe

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Club Director/ Head Senior Group Coach

Coach Cripe began his swimming career at the age of eight swimming for NASA under the legendary coach Joe Keller. He continued with the club until graduating high school in 2016. During his high school career Coach Cripe was a 4 year all conference selection and 4 time all-state selection. Coach Cripe was a four year recipient of the Courage and Ambition Award.

After high school Coach Cripe continued his swimming career at Olivet Nazarene University while pursuing a teaching degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. While a member of the Tiger's swim team he was a four year NAIA National Championship Qualifier, NAIA National Championship Team Champion in 2017, was a ten time NAIA All-American, and voted as the Men's team captain his senior year.

After graduating from ONU Coach Cripe took a teaching job at Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Indiana and was an assistant for Warrior Swimming under Head Coach Jason Scott and the Wawasee Varsity Swim Team. While coaching with Warrior Swimming, Coach Cripe was a part of coaching an Age Group State and Central Zone Champion in 2021.

Coach Cripe began coaching for NASA in the fall of 2021 and looks forward to continue the Northridge Tradition coaching with NASA.

Coach Cripe is a Proud Part Owner of The Green Bay Packers.

Coach Cripe has been married to his high school sweetheart and NASA Alumni, Sydney since July of 2021 and loves the journey they have begun together. 

 
 

Coach Braden Weldy

Elementary Silver/Bronze Coach

 

Coach Braden began his swimming career with NASA while in elementary school under Coach Joe Keller. He was part of the first Northridge High School undefeated NLC swim season in both dual meets and the conference championship for the Raider boys in 1998-1999, and the first Sectional win in 2000. Coach Braden was a freshman when the team started an undefeated NLC dual meet and conference meet championship record that lasted over 15 years. He was a multi-year recipient of Academic All American, NLC All Conference swimmer, and was team captain as a Junior and Senior. 

After High School and due to the many lessons learned from swimming, including goal setting and leadership skills, Coach Braden earned a Navy ROTC Scholarship to Purdue University. He coached swimming during several summers with a traveling swim camp in Detroit, MI and Mount Holyoke, MA, in between summer trainings with the U.S. Navy. Coach Braden focused on training for U.S. Navy Special Operations, and became an Officer in the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Community, also known as the bomb squad. After active duty service, He and his spouse Krystal moved back home to Indiana, where He obtained his M.B.A. from The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

Coach Braden and Krystal now live in Middlebury raising their 4 children, and are enjoying being close to family and friends. He volunteers time with Notre Dame business students as an advisor in the Meyer Business on the Frontlines program, and is responsible for leading a manufacturing facility in Elkhart, IN. He was recognized as a Michiana 40 under 40 with the Class of 2020.

Coach Braden loves being back at the pool where he spent countless hours as a youth swimmer. He believes that swimming can provide increased self-confidence and the foundational teaching for many life skills beyond just stroke technique. Positive experiences with goal setting, work ethic, commitment, follow thru, team work, failure and winning, good sportsmanship, etc can prepare swimmers for lifelong achievement and develop them into outstanding members of our society, while building lifelong relationships and fun!

 
 

Coach Brandi Hougland

Middle School Assistant Coach/Elementary Silver Assistant

 
 
Coach Gabby Strombeck
 
Elementary Gold Lead Coach

Gabby started swimming with the Elky Seahorses at the Elkhart YMCA at the age of eight. She then joined the Concord Swim Club starting in 6th grade until graduation in 2008. During her freshman year of high school, she was selected as NLC All-Conference honorable mention and awarded most improved swimmer. Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years included awards of NLC All-Conference, and MVP each year. All 4 years, she was awarded as a Scholar Athlete as well as Kiwanis Athlete of the Month 3 times. In 2007, she was the 100 Butterfly Sectional Champion, as well as part of the winning 200 Freestyle Relay and competed in at the IHSAA State Meet. In 2008, she was the 100 Freestyle NLC Champion. During her high school years Gabby also worked as a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons. Gabby lettered 4 years in Swimming, 2 letters in Tennis and 2 years as Boys Tennis Manager. Finishing high school with 8 varsity letters.

After high school, she studied Nursing at Ball State University and completed her BSN, RN degree in 2012. She has been married to Brandon for 9 years. Their daughter, Grace 9, is a NASA swimmer since 2020 and son Rowen 5, has just started Kindergarten and is taking swim lessons and playing soccer.

Coach G has really enjoyed this new role of coach! It has made her fall back in love with the sport all over again. The opportunity to be involved with this great team, and see the kids work hard and then see that hard work turn into achieved goals has been very rewarding.

 

 

Coach Shelly LaLime

Elementary Bronze/Silver Lead Coach/Middle School Assistant

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Shelley began swimming under Joe Keller for NASA back in the 1990’s, her love for swimming started very young. She was a member of several NLC championship teams and Sectional championship teams through out high school. Even after high school she continued to give swim lessons, watching kids learn the strokes and improve is truly her passion when it comes to coaching. As she continued her education reached her goal of getting her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, she still enjoyed teaching a lesson every now and again. Much of her strong values and discipline in her life she accredits to the coach she had and the NASA program. Her goal is to continue that legacy for every kid who goes through her group!

 

Shelley has been married for 15 years to Cory and they have 3 children Maddie 18, Carson 6 and Hayden 6. Her biggest adventure so far in life is being a mom and adopting her youngest two from Ethiopia where she spent almost  2 months going through the process. Without the discipline and drive provided by swimming programs she isn’t sure she would have made it that long by herself in a foreign country. Her two youngest children are involved with NASA  and love the time with friends and learning how to swim better. When she is not at the pool she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym with friends and working on ways to help the orphanage her kids were in, in Ethiopia.

 

Coach Caleb Cripe

Middle School Lead Coach/Age Group Assistant

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Coach Caleb began his swimming career at the age of seven swimming for NASA. He continued with the club until graduating high school in 2018. Along with his NASA and high school career Coach Caleb had another avenue where he could use his swimming abilities to obtain more goals he had set for himself. 

 

Caleb was apart of the USA Paralympic Swimming program and was able to compete around the country representing NASA and the United States. Coach Caleb was able to over his time at NASA qualify for the 2012, 2016, and 2020 Paralympic Trials, break four S7 SCY American Records, and be announced to the Team USA roster. 

 

In 2017, Coach Caleb had qualified to compete in the Para World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. He competed in the S7 100M backstroke where he got 4th in the world. And in 2019, Coach Caleb qualified for the Para Pan/Am Games that competed in Lima, Peru. Coach Caleb competed in the 100M backstroke, 50M butterfly, and the 200M Individual Medley. 

 

After high school Coach Caleb continued his swimming career at Olivet Nazarene University while pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Sport Management. 

 

Coach Caleb graduated from ONU in May 2022. Beginning in January 2023, Coach Caleb will begin classes to earn his MOL (Master in Leadership) online and will graduate with this in January 2024.

 

Coach Caleb is very excited to be joining NASA as a coach. Coach Caleb wants to help these athletes find their passion for swimming and learn the valuable life skills that NASA teaches. 

 

Outside of swimming Coach Caleb is a Miami Dolphins fan and enjoys hanging out with his family and friends.

 

Coach Anthony Powell

Middle School and Elementary Assistant Coach

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NASA Board of Directors
Seth Cripe

Club Director

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Tabby Bratt

Business Manager

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Tyler Bellin

Member at Large - Technical

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JaNeille Clemens

Member at Large - Business Sponsorship/Funraising

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  Rebecca Yeater

Administrative Assistant/ Disability Coordinator

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Nicole Sullivan

Member at Large - Marketing/Hospitality

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Emily Gephart

Member at Large

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