Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt Head Coach

Coach Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt comes with an outstanding history as an athlete and coach, having swam collegiately for Texas, and was the first American woman in history to break 22 seconds in the 50 yard free. She was the American record holder from 1988-1992 and a 15 time NCAA Champion. In the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul, she placed 5th in the 50 meter free. Her 25+ years coaching career includes three years as Assistant Coach for Florida State University and three years as Head Coach for James Madison University, with an additional 18+ years of club and high school coaching in Texas, Kentucky, and Nebraska. She is also the Head Swim Coach at Lincoln Southwest High School. Her women's team won the State Championships in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She was named the 2016 Nebraska High School Swim Coach of the Year, 2017 KFOR Sportscasters' Ralph Beechner Coach of the Year recipient, and 2018 Prep Sports Awards Girls' Coach of the Year.

Michael Witt Senior Coach

Coach Mike Witt started his swimming career in Omaha, NE.  He was a four-year swimmer at Burke High School and was captain his senior year.  Mike started his coaching career in 1986 with the UNO Masters Swim Club.  Mike has worked at the Longhorn Swim Camp as a counselor coach, as a volunteer assistant at the University of Texas, a Satellite Head Coach for the Longhorn Aquatics Club in Austin, a volunteer assistant at James Madison University, assistant coach at Triton Swimming and Head Coach at St. Margaret Mary School in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also the Head Swim Coach at Pius X High School. Mike was named the Midwestern Senior Coach of the Year for 2015 and 2016. Mike was named the NCA Hudl Coach of the Year for swimming in 2018.

Emma McEntarffer Head Age Group Coach

Coach Emma began her relationship with competitive swimming at Ballard Pool when she was seven years old. She then began swimming club as a member of GPAC, HLA, and then briefly with GNST as the club made its way to Lincoln. Emma recently completed her 15th season coaching with the Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics Swim Team. In 2010 she was an assistant swim coach for Special Olympics Nebraska’s National Team. Emma became the Head Age Group Coach at GNST in the fall of 2017. She has had athletes qualify and compete at both Short & Long Course Midwestern Championships, as well as Central Zones. In 2018 Emma was an assistant coach for the Midwestern Zones team. In July 2018 she wrapped her seventh season as Coordinator of the Lincoln Parks & Recreation Swim & Dive League; which serves almost 900 athletes. During the school year, Emma works as a paraeducator in Special Education at Northeast High School.

Jocelyn Theil Assistant Coach

Coach Jocelyn began swimming competitively at age 11 for Greater Nebraska Swim Team. She swam four years on the Pius X High School swim team and began lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons for the YMCA as a sophomore. In the summer of 2014 Jocelyn coached the Meadowlane Swim Team, began coaching for GNST and in the fall became an assistant coach for the Pius X High School swim team.

David Crosby Assistant Coach

Coach David started swimming for Lincoln Parks and Recreation at Woods Pool when he was 9 years old. He swam at Lincoln East High School for four years under Greg Fleming. After graduating high school, David began coaching for the Irving Swim Team. This experience helped him find his passion for helping young athletes develop a love for the sport of swimming. David became the head coach of the Irving Swim Team in 2016 and has helped it grow into the largest team in the league. In addition, he has also worked as a lifeguard, taught swimming lessons, and coached for Nebraska Aquatics. For the past three years, David has worked as a paraeducator for Lincoln Public Schools. He is currently enrolled in the Elementary Education/Special Education program at UNL and plans on graduating in the spring of 2020.

Cal Bentz Head Coach Emeritus in Memory

Coach Bentz has more than 50 years of coaching experience including 24 years as Head Coach of Swimming and Diving at the University of Nebraska; and 22 years as a high school coach, club coach and teacher.  His collegiate men’s teams produced more than 100 NCAA All Americans and the women’s program produced more than 80 NCAA All Americans.  Under Coach Bentz, Nebraska teams won 16 men’s conference titles and 5 women’s conference titles in swimming and diving.  More than 20 Olympians from all over the world competed for Nebraska under Coach Bentz.

During his tenure at Omaha Westside High School, Coach Bentz’ boys and girls teams won 16 state championship titles.  In 1976, the Omaha World Herald named Coach Bentz, “Nebraska High School Coach of the Year.”  He was a long time member and past president of the Nebraska High School Coaches’ Association and in 1997 was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.  In 2005, he was inducted into the Westside High School’s Coaches’ Night of Distinction.  In November 2008, he was inducted into the Midwestern Swimming Hall of Fame.

Coach Bentz was a four year letterman in swimming, team captain his junior and senior years and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1955.  While coaching at Nebraska he was honored as an Alumnus of the Year and in 1992 he was presented the UNL Parents Association Recognition Award for Contribution to Students.  Coach Bentz has coached and taught, provided competitive swimming camps and clinics in Nebraska and the Midwest for 54 years.  He has worked extensively in fundamental swimming skill development, dry-land and core body strength development and seasonal, periodic and daily workout design.  He has also served as a volunteer coach for the Kearney, Nebraska High School Swimming Team.

Cal Bentz passed away July 4th, 2017. He will always be in our hearts.  

Sarah McEntarffer Team Administrator

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Board of Directors
Ryan Theil President
Kirk Newland Vice President
Brian Owens Secretary
Marcella Pribadi-Ybarra Treasurer
James Piippo Board Member
Chris Hansen Board Member
Kristin Crawford Board Member