Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
George Adcock Head Coach

Kia Ora! 

George comes to the Blazers from the Iowa Flyers, and TOPS swim clubs.

He was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. George swam for the Mount Eden Swim Club. He participated in Age Group Nationals where he finished Top 5 in the 100 and 200 Backstroke. George also competed in Team Surf Lifesaving Championships. He achieved a BA/BCom from the University of Auckland in Ethics and International Business.

He was the head coach at TOPS swim club in Chicago, IL where he had both Junior and Senior National Level Swimmers and a Top 15 team finish at YMCA Nationals. He coached High School Boys at ORPF where they finished top 10 in Illinois High School State. George has coached multiple YMCA National finalists, USA Junior National, and Senior National Qualifiers. He spent a year at IFLY where he coached swimmers to multiple state records and National Top 10 age group rankings. In 2018, George was named Age Group Coach of the year in Missouri Valley Swimming.  He has also been the Head Zones Coach for Missouri Valley swimming in the Summer of 2017 and 2018.

When asked what his favorite thing about coaching was, George stated, "Seeing kids achieve something they worked so hard to get and at one point probably thought was impossible."

In George's free time he enjoys hanging out with his Wife Tessa and son Quinn. He likes to ride bikes, snowboard and to watch & play cricket.

Mary-Catherine Ivey Head Coach, Junior II

Coach Mary-Catherine Ivey is the Head Junior II coach, overseeing the programs at both Blue Valley West and Shawnee Mission North locations. Mary-Catherine came to the Blazers in 2015 from the Aiken-Augusta Swim League (Georgia LSC) where she was the Aiken Site Director and brings over 12 years of coaching experience, having coached with all levels from beginners to National level senior swimmers.

She has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science and a Minor in Business from the University of South Carolina - Aiken.  Mary-Catherine is originally from South Carolina and currently lives in Merriam, K.S.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, attending Sporting KC games, reading and spending time outdoors. 

Shawn Lynn-Bequette Head Coach, Age Group I and II

Coach Shawn grew up in Topeka, Kansas and swam for Topeka Swim Association (TSA) and Mid America Swim Team (MAST) under legendary coaches Casey Converse and Paul Shubert.  Before coming to the Blazers in 2013, Shawn was the Head Assistant Coach for TSA from 1994-1996.  In that time, Shawn attended the 1995 National Age Group Coaching Conference, was a 1996 Zone C 11-12yrs girls coach, and started TSA's weight training program and the Varsity (High School) team. Shawn is also the Head Coach of the Roeland Park Stingrays in the summers.

While coaching for TSA, Shawn attended Washburn University and studied Exercise Physiology & Kinesiology along with Public Relations.  During my departure from coaching, I always felt pulled back to my love of teaching swimmers. Now I find myself coaching a bunch of wonderful Blazers! I am thrilled with the opportunities the Blazers have given me, including the chance to be the full-time Head Coach of the Age Group I and Age Group II groups.
Alex Morris Head Coach, Senior I (Senior II Admin)

Coach Alex has been several roles with the Blazers since 2011.  He is now serving as the Head Senior I Coach and oversees communication for the Senior II and High School Prep groups.  In the past, Alex has been a deck coach at the Blue Valley North and Shawnee Mission North locations, as well as the Lead Junior II coach for SMN.  Alex is also a math teacher at Shawnee Mission North and has been the Head Girls Swim and Dive Coach there since 2014.  Alex also coaches with the Mission Marlins in the summer.  Along with being the Coach for the boys' teams at both Mill Valley and DeSoto High Schools for 3 years.

Alex was a competitive swimmer for 12 years, including 4 years at Bishop Miege High School.  Alex played water polo for 3 years at Kansas State University (GO CATS!) and graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University in 2015 with a degree in Secondary Math Education and an ESOL endorsement.  Alex is very passionate about swimming, has worked with swimmers of all levels, and loves to share his passion and love of the sport with his swimmers.

Veronica Nothnagel Lead Coach, Junior II, SM West
Uldis Tazans Junior II Coach, BV West

Born and raised in Riga, Latvia, Uldis started swimming at the age of 8 with his local club in Riga. He earned his spot on the National team and there began his journey to loving this sport. As a part of the Latvian national team, he participated in the European Junior Championships, European Championships, and the 11th FINA Short-Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Before moving to the United States, Uldis won several national championship titles and held a national record in breaststroke events and relays from 2011-2014. 

Uldis graduated from Missouri State University in 2018 with a degree in Physical Education and as an alumna for the Men's Swimming and Diving team. Uldis was recognized as 2014's MSU Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year and received the Darin Kent Spirit Award for the 2016-2017 season. 
 

Uldis enjoys biking, hiking, and spending time outdoors. He likes to follow the latest sports updates and attend baseball, football, hockey, and soccer games. 

Kailey Morash Lead Coach, Age Group, SM West
Jennifer Schleicher Age Group Coach, SM West
Dillon Roe Age Group Coach, California Trail
Kayla Ayer Age Group Coach, Indian Trail
Kelsey Gertsema Age Group Coach, Indian Trail
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