Club North Coaches and Directors

CNS Coaching Staff
Todd Harvey Head Coach

Todd Harvey is currently a sixth grade teacher at Plaza Middle School in the Park Hill School District. He began his swimming career in St. Charles, Illinois; where as an age group swimmer competed at the state and national level.  As a member of the St. Charles Swim Club he competed in six Jr. National Championships from 1991 – 1993 and finished in the top 8 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke three times, while finishing in the top 16 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 400 IM three times.  As a high school swimmer, he was part of two second place team finishes and a state championship team title during his senior year, reaching All-American status in 1992 and 1993.  In 1993, Harvey was selected to the National High School Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Championship meet where he placed 4th in the 100 breaststroke and 8th in the 200 IM. He continued swimming at the University of Iowa placing in the top 16 at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in the 100 and 200 Breast in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and was a member of the 4th place 400 Medley Relay Squad in 1994.  While at the University of Iowa, Harvey was an 8 time Senior National qualifier.  During his junior and senior seasons, Harvey was named captain by his peers. After finishing his college eligibility he continued as an undergraduate assistant to the University of Iowa Men’s Swimming and Diving team while finishing a degree in sociology.

In 1998, while attending The University of Central Missouri, Harvey started the first boy’s and girl’s swim and dive program in Pleasant Hill, MO. The following year he took over the Park Hill South squad in its second year of existence, where he coached the girl’s program for two years and the boy’s program for 10 years. During his tenure at Park Hill South, Harvey coached four All-Americans, 21 All State athletes, 18 Honorable Mention All-State athletes, one individual state champion (2007), one medley relay state championship (2006), ten consecutive team titles at the Suburban Conference Championships and eight years of finishing in the top twenty at the Missouri High School State Swimming and Diving Championships including a fourth (2006) and fifth (2007) place team finish.  In 2010, Harvey started the Liberty North Swim and Dive program and quickly made progress with the development of his swimmers, sending individuals and relays to the state meet, setting conference records and getting swimmers to swim to the best of their ability.

Coach Harvey is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association and carries a level II certification and is currently working on his level III certification.

Todd is married to Tara and they have two children Tait and Shae.

Nate Long Associate Head Coach

Nate grew up in the northland attending the North Kansas City School District.  After graduating from Winnetonka, Nate attended the University of Central Missori and graduated with a degree in social studies education.  Nate has been teaching at Kearney High School since 2014 working as a Special Education and Social Studies Teacher. Nate and his wife Kaitlyn have 1 son, Hudson. 

Nate started swimming in the Northland Swim Conference and has been part of the league for 20 years as both a swimmer and coach.  During college, Nate coached the St. Pius X High School swim teams and had multiple all-state honorable mention relays as well as an all-state swimmer.  Nate then took a job in Kearney as their head swimming coach and led the team to two 4th place and one 2nd place finishes at the MSHSAA State Swim Meet, in seven years. He coached 3 individual state champions, 2 state championship relay teams, and many all-state athletes while at Kearney.

As a swimmer, Nate was a 100 and 200 freestyle, while also specializing in the 100 and 200 backstroke.  While Nate enjoys coaching all four strokes, nothing is as much fun as pushing and encouraging swimmers through a tough set. Nate has been coaching swimming since 2008 and has been with Club North since 2011. Nate enjoys working with all ages of swimmers and finds nothing more enjoyable than swimmers hitting their goal times and working through tough practices.

Riley Byrne Assistant Age Group Coach

Riley was born and raised in the Northland. He graduated from Oak Park High School in 2009. Atfer high school he attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a minor in Mass Media Production. After college Riley opened Squid Prints/Swim, a printing and swim supply store which he ran for 7 years until he began his teaching career. He is currently a 6th grade teacher at Eastgate 6th Grade Center in the north Kansas City School District.

Riley has been coaching swimming since 2007 and has been with Club North since it was started in 2011. He has also coached other club, school, and summer teams as well depending on the season. These teams include MSA in Springfield, Old Pike Country Club and the NKC Middle School swim program. While growing up, Riley swam for the Old Pike Sharks and every summer and for Oak Park High School during the school year. Over the years, he has swam for Northland United Swim Team and Blue Wave Swim Team. His favorite stroke to swim is breaststroke and his favorite race was the 100 breaststroke.

When it comes to coaching swimming, Riley believes that every child should learn how to swim; it is one of the necessary skills for life and it is a life-long sport. He loves to coach swimmers who may have had little experience but have a great drive to learn. Watching these kind of swimmers grow and improve is always so much fun. His philosophy for coaching is that it can be hard and challenging at times, but it is important to relax and have some fun sometimes as well to keep everyone invigorated and energized.

Elise Defabio Assistant Age Group Coach

Elise was born and raised in the Kansas City Area. She went to school at Lindenwood University and graduated with a bachelors in Recreation Administration and Tourism Management. She is currently employed by William Jewell college as their Men's and Women's Assistant Swim Coach.

She swam competitively from the age of 7 to 22.  From 2014-2018, she swam at Lindenwood University where she was Top 8 conference qualifier in the 100 and 200 backstroke all four years, as well as a national relay qualifier. She swam for Blue Wave and Club North when She was younger and has been coaching various levels since she was 18. She has coached all levels including pre-competitive, club, high school, and curently for William Jewell College.

She was a backstroker growing up and through college and loves to teach it! She has coached Club North since 2018, and has been coaching all different levels since 2014. Elise's favorite part of coaching is being able to see the progression of swimmers getting better through the season and knowing that she is part of that growth and time drop. She also loves championship meets that are highly compeitive and you get to see kids really get up and race one another and dig deep.

She is currently surrounded by coaching- she coaches club, summer, and her full time job is being an assistant swim coach for William Jewell College. She is pretty active for the most part so in her free time you can usually find her at a pool, the gym, or walking her puppy outside.

Her advice for swimmers is take in everything that you're a part of. Once you're older you're going to wish you could go back to the easy days where all you had to worry about was swim practice, meets, and hanging out with friends. You don't want to look back and realize that you were so worried about the small things that you forgot what was right in front of you - being a part of a team who loves the same thing you do - SWIMMING!

Kim Foxworthy Assistant Age Group Coach

Kim was born and raised in the Northland. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Psychology and taught preschool for 15 years. She has two daughters, Morgan and Ty, who were born in Florida. Having a pool in the back yard, it was a necessity for the girls to learn to swim. Both girls began lessons at an early age and soon progressed to competing on swim teams.  Kim has taught swim lessons and coached recreational, competitive, and high school swimmers.  Kim started with CNS in August 2014. In addition to working with the young swimmers to develop their strokes, Kim wants to instill a love of swimming and to ensure that the swimmers have fun.

Ty Foxworthy Assistant Age Group Coach
Steven Gardner Assistant Coach

Steven Gardner has been swimming since the age of six, beginning on the Walnut Creek Swim Team.  Although he initially only swam in the summers, he began to take the sport more seriously upon entering high school at Park Hill South (swimming under coach Todd Harvey for three of his four years). He qualified for state his sophomore, junior, and senior years (and was awarded All-State honors all three years), specializing in butterfly and freestyle events. Most notably, in the fall of 2006, as a sophomore, he swam the butterfly leg on the 200 Medley Relay that won state and was awarded All-American honors for the victory. The team would go on to place fourth at the state meet, it's highest in history.  In his junior and senior years, he was All-State in the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay, as well as placing in the top 16 in the 100 Butterfly. The team placed fifth and fourth at the meet for his junior and senior years, respectively.

Following graduation, Steven coached for the Walnut Creek Swim Team as well as Northland United while he waited to ship out and join the Navy, where he was in the Nuclear Power program, learning about the operation and maintenance of nuclear reactors on submarines and aircraft carriers.  Upon leaving military service, he returned to the Missouri Valley coaching scene while attending school to finish an engineering degree.  Coach Steven is a firm believer that we are creatures of habit, so we must make good habits in practice (fast turns, tight streamlines) so that in a meet, all attention can be focused on racing and strategy. He is eager to work with the swimmers of Club North, and feels that his most important job as a swim coach isn't just to make kids swim hard, but to make them want to swim hard.

Tony Ray Assistant Age Group Coach
Ariel Jones Assistant Age Group Coach
Bryce Kober Assistant Coach

Bryce has been swimming since the age of six.  He began swimming on his neighborhood swim team within the Northland Swim Conference, the Coves Crocodiles, where he still holds 9 team reocrds.  At the age of 11 Bryce began swimming competitively on the Northland United Swim Team, which he continued through high school.  Bryce was a 2011 graduate of Park Hill High School and a member of the varsity swim team.  He was a 3 time champion in the 100 Breaststroke and also received individual All-State Honorable Mention Honors All-State Honors on relays for Park Hill.

After high school, during college summer break, Bryce began coaching the Coves Swim Team, where he was the assistant coach for one year and the head coach since 2017.  He was also the 2016 Assistant coach at Rockhurst High School.  

Bryce attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated with a Parks, Recreation and Tourism degree in Natural Resource Recreation Management in 2016. 

Bryce enjoys working with all ages of athletes, emphasizing in fundamentals and proper stroke technique, but most importantly ensuring the sport is a fun experience for all athletes on the club.

Katie Lofland Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Katie grew up in Kansas City and began swimming competitively at the age of 10. She swam for six years for Sherwood Dolphins and three years for Brooktree Barracudas Swim Team. Aside from swimming in the Northland Conference summer league, Katie swam all four years of high school on the varsity squad for St. Pius X. She was able to make multiple trips to state on relay teams and individually qualified in the 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle. After high school, Katie attended William Jewell College where she ran cross country and track all four years. Katie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Rockhurst University. Her goals are to be an elementary school teacher and an athletic coach. Katie began her coaching career at Old Pike in 2017 and recently finished her fourth summer there. She began coaching for Club North in the spring of 2020. Some of Katie’s favorite parts about swim coaching are helping swimmers see their potential and helping them become the best swimmer they can be. She enjoys working with swimmers and loves teaching them a sport she is passionate about.

CNS Board of Directors
Laura Noll President
Andy Riggs Vice President
Shawn Graybill Technology/Sponsorships
Melissa Pottebaum Secretary
Jamie Jensen Membership
Amy Brown Treasurer
Tracy Moran Spirit Wear & Club Travel