Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Aaron Workman NLAC Head Coach, Senior Coach

Aaron Workman an ASCA Level 5 coach and is our Lead Senior Coach.  He has extensive experience coaching at the college and club levels. Has developed and coached, 4 Olympians from 3 different countries. Multiple USA, Canadian, German, Irish, Hungarian, South African National Team members, numerous All-Americans, and Olympic Trial qualifiers during his time as a coach with the University of North Carolina, Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Team Pittsburgh. 

2021-2022: 1 Division I and 3 Division III commits/ 1 Us Open Qualifier/ 1 Senior National Qualifier/ 2 Junior National Qualifier/ 10 Futures qualifiers/ 15 Sectional Qualifiers / Multiple MA Swim Zone qualifiers/ Multiple Junior Olympic finalists/ Above a 4.0 GPA cum./ and 32 NEW TEAM RECORDS!

 

2020-2021: 2 Division 1 and 1 Division 2 commits/ 1 Us Open Qualifier/ 1 Senior National Qualifier/ 1 Junior National Qualifier/ 6 Futures qualifiers/ 14 Sectional Qualifiers / Multiple MA Swim Zone qualifiers/ Multiple Junior Olympic finalists/ Above a 4.0 GPA cum./ 2 Eagle Scout recognitions and 28 NEW TEAM RECORDS!

2019-2020: Helped to coach, develop and grow NLAC, while having swimmers qualify for the Middle Atlantic Swimming Junior Olympics, Speedo Sectionals, Speedo Futures and the 2020-21 USA swimming Olympic Trials. Coached National High School Record Holder in the 50 free Matt Brownstead (19.24). Had 4 swimmers sign and declare to compete at 3 different Division I swimming programs (ACC,Big Ten,MAC) and 1 Division III program(ECAC).

A four-year letterman at the University of Kentucky, Workman earned All-America accolades four times, was named to the academic All-SEC performer during each of his seasons on campus and was an academic All-America pick in 2001. The freestyle sprinter helped Kentucky to four consecutive top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a 17th place finish in 2001 when he earned All-America honors in four relay events. Workman also competed in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. 

Workman absolutely loves the sport of swimming. It has been a part of his life since joining a team at 4 years old. He hopes to help athletes appreciate the opportunities that the sport of swimming can bring to their lives and help them create a roadmap to achieve their goals.

Workman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting from Kentucky in 2001. He is married to former Kentucky All-American swimmer Jaime Siegele. The couple resides in State College, Pa. with their two children, Molly and Macon. 

Jaime Workman Senior Coach

The 2021-2022 season will begin Jaime’s 6th year coaching for NLAC. Currently Assistant Senior Coach.

Having spent most summer days at the pool, Jaime started her swimming career at her neighborhood summer pool with her sisters at the age of seven. Her USA Swimming career began at age 10 when she started training with Allegheny North Swim Club in Pittsburgh, where she competed at Zone, Junior and Senior National meets. Jaime later swam for North Allegheny High School where she was a school and state record holder. She was part of three consecutive state championship teams, numerous relay state championships and an individual state champion in the 50 Free.  After high school she attended the University of Kentucky, majoring in Elementary Education, where she was a 3 time All-American, 4 time Academic All-American and school record holder. She also competed in the 2000 Olympic Team Trials.

After college, Jaime moved to Columbus, Ohio to start her teaching career in the Olentangy Local School District.  There she was an assistant swim coach for Olentangy High School for one year and then head coach of the Liberty High School boys team for 2 years. Upon returning to Pittsburgh, Jaime coached swimmers from ages 4-14 back at her home club, ANSC.

Jaime is currently entering her 17th year in education as a sixth-grade teacher at Mt. Nittany Middle School.

 
Elizabeth Danforth Sr. Prep Coach

My name is Lizzie Danforth and I am from Richmond Virginia, I am the coach of the Senior Prep group. I am a junior at Penn State and majoring in Kinesiology. I have been a competitive swimmer for over 15 years. I have 4 years of coaching experience at my local summer league team in Virginia. I was the captain of my highschool swim team and love everything about the sport. I am so excited to work at NLAC this year and hope to make young swimmers' love for swimming grow!

Marion Ulmer Lead Age Group Coach - Junior Coach

My connection to State College swimming is deeply personal. I grew up in State College and joined the summer swim league at an early age. I started swimming year-round in elementary school and swam at YMCA District, State, and National Championships.

At the age of 10, I began swimming at USA Swimming meets. I participated in local and regional meets including Junior Olympics. Once in high school, I joined the State College High School Team where I swam at PIAA District Championships and PIAA State Championships.

I attended Penn State and swam for the women's varsity swim team while pursuing another passion of mine—teaching children! I earned my degree in elementary education and have put my education to good use—both at home and on the pool deck.

As a high schooler, I began teaching swimming lessons, and in college I began coaching the Welch Swim Team. I returned to coaching at Welch in 2015 after our family returned to State College, and in 2017 I began coaching the State College Area High School Swim Team. Prior to joining the NLAC coaching staff, I was the head coach for the State College YMCA.

Besides spending time at the pool, I love being with my family! We have five children who also enjoy swimming and spending time at the pool (I'm sure you'll meet them around the pool deck).

I love swimming, and I want each team member to enjoy swimming! As a life-long sport, swimming provides each swimmer with the ability to grow and improve—regardless of their experience level or age. I want to see each swimmer improving—both in the water and personally. I want them to become better athletes while also growing as individuals. I want them to succeed, and to be the best they can be!

I'm excited to be part of the NLAC coaching staff and look forward to working with our swimmers to help them achieve their personal goals and keep improving each day.

Melinda Ohlson Junior Coach

Melinda was born in State College and started swimming year round at age eight.  She began competing at USA meets at age 10 and soon moved to Baltimore.  Swimming for NBAC, Melinda's specialties were 200 Fly, 200/500 Free and anchoring the relays.  After competing at Zone, Junior, Senior meets, she was part of the 7-member women's team from NBAC which won back-to-back Senior National championship titles.  Melinda and her teammates were inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018.  Melinda swam for Penn State and then competed post-college in regional triathlons.  

As a teen and young adult, Melinda taught swim lessons and stroke clinics part time for 9 years.  She then worked regularly with youth both in professional and volunteer capacities, finally returning to school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist and work with both recreational and professional athletes.  

Prior to joining NLAC, Melinda merged her love of swim and working with youth and coached for the Y.   She looks forward to continuing to develop swimmers across many levels.  She believes that because competitive swimming builds personal depth, resilience and fortitude, it gives students great opportunities and skills both for the "now" but also for the rest of their life!  

Melinda is excited to help the swimmers develop as athletes and people, and she is excited to share the joys of learning, training and racing!

Away from the pool, Melinda loves, hiking, reading, learning about other cultures, board games and she is always up for a good riddle.  Melinda and her husband Ryan live in State College with their 5 children.

Mike Laskowski Novice Blue Coach

Mike grew up outside of Seattle, Washington and started swimming at the age of six and continued through college. He was a breaststroker from the very beginning. He swam for Penn State where he was a four year letter winner, a point scorer at Big Tens, and a member of the 1999 Big Ten Championship team. 

Mike has stayed on the East Coast since coming to Penn State and has lived in State College for twelve years. He has two sons that swim for NLAC and works as a school counselor at Gray's Woods Elementary. He has coached youth sports for several years, and has finally decided to give his main sport a shot. He's very excited to be part of the coaching staff!

Lilly Riddle Novice Coach
Lilly is the coach of the Novice group. This is her first year coaching for NLAC. She is a sophomore at Penn State studying political science and journalism.
 
Lilly is from State College and swam for NLAC for 8 years. She swam for the State College Area High School's swim team for 3 years, competing at the AAA PA Districts meet each year. She also swam for the Science Park Swim Team every summer for 10 years, and lifeguarded there every summer for 5 years. She is currently a competing member of Penn State's Club Triathlon team. Lilly is super excited to give back to the organization that helped make swimming her favorite sport!
 
Sarah Hein Age Group Coach

Sarah has been involved with the sport of swimming for over 30 years as a club swimmer, collegiate swimmer, and a coach.  Her coaching stints include summer league, USA club, and the NCAA levels. Sarah is a former Conference Swimmer of the Year, NCAA Division II All-American, and Academic All-American who specialized in the distance events.  When she is not coaching, she teaches Social Science courses at a community college and enjoys spending time with her family and two labs.

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