Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Marcus Bach Head Coach

Coach Marcus “Sam” Bach has been a part of the Lincoln swimming community from the time he started competing in Lincoln Parks and Recreation in 1996. From then on his love for the sport of swimming has grown in so many ways. In 2000 Sam was a member of the inaugural Heartland Aquatics swim team. He competed at the highest level of age group swimming during his time with Midwestern Swimming. During his high school career Sam was a four-year athletic letter recipient and competed at the Nebraska State Championships in the 100 Back and 200 IM. He was a Boys’ team captain in his senior year at Lincoln East High. During his time in high school Sam started to develop his coaching skills at Hillcrest Country Club working as a swim lessons instructor and swim team 10&Under coach.

Coach Sam’s Hillcrest team won the City CC league championships from 2007-2012.  Sam started coaching club swimming year round in 2011 with Greater Nebraska Swim Team. The experience working alongside Cal Benz has been an essential cornerstone in Coach Sam’s coaching philosophies. Over the 8 years coaching with GNST he has had the honor and privilege of being selected by his peers to coach at varying levels for several Zone and All Stars meets. The experience and knowledge gained from these events has helped shape Coach Sam, providing him with more tools to better serve the athletes. In 2015 Coach Sam was voted as the Midwestern Age-group Coach of the Year. Coach Sam serves on the Midwestern Board of Delegates as the Coaches Chair. This experience has given him the opportunity to attend clinics that have provided him with new materials and strategies to improve swimmer performance.

Starting in 2018 Coach Bach will be the Head Coach of Heartland Aquatics, following these principles: To develop swimmers to their fullest capabilities, and in the process, teach life balance, citizenship, and dedication to the rewarding sport of competitive swimming. From year one to now “ALL THE WAY”

Jo Mac Assistant Coach

Johanna, “JoMac” Machmer is a former Division 1 collegiate athlete, professional trainer, volunteer coach and full-time mom of two (one of which is HLAer, Zoe!). JoMac grew up outside of St. Louis in Greenville, Illinois, loving the outdoors and playing basketball. She found her way to Nebraska to play for the Cornhuskers in the late ‘80s and after earning her degree from UNL began working with at-risk youth in a variety of areas.  She has been a trainer for all staff at the Lancaster Juvenile Detention Center for 15 years. 

JoMac ran her town’s country club and city pools for several years while growing up. She taught swim lessons, was a guard, and managed staff.  During college she worked at Woods. She still talks about this as some of the best times of her life! Over the years she has coached soccer, basketball, softball, and baseball. JoMac loves kids and enjoys nurturing their growth through sports and other avenues. Kids respond to her enthusiasm and can sense her genuine love for “the game,” whatever that may be.

Mikara Feit Assistant Coach

I have had a long relationship with swimming that started back when I was 7 years old and
began competing with the Lincoln YMCA and University Place swim team. Later down the line, I
went on to be a 4-year letter winner at Lincoln Northeast High School and swam the 400
freestyle relay at state finals in 2016. Throughout high school, I also swam for Greater Nebraska
Swim Team. After I graduated from Northeast, I attended the University of Nebraska Kearney
where I was a member of the swim team for all 4 years and specialized in distance freestyle and
backstroke. In February of 2020, I ended my 14-year swimming career with school records in
the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 400 and 800 freestyle relays. In addition to these I left
UNK with 7 events in the All-Time Top 10 (200 free, 1000, 1650, 100 back, 200 back, 200 fly,
and 100 IM).
My coaching career began in the summer of 2016 at the Lincoln Northeast YMCA working
primarily with the youngest age groups. Then in 2017, I started as an assistant coach at
University Place pool, the team that started my passion for swimming years ago. In 2019, I took
over as head coach, and that summer I led UNI to our 4 th consecutive city championship. I
added USA Swim Coaching experience during the summers of 2018 and 2019 where I was an
assistant coach for Greater Nebraska Swim Team. In June of 2020, I was able to join the HLA
squad and I look forward to being a part of building the future of HLA.
On top of my love for swimming, I also have a love for teaching. I graduated from UNK in
December 2020 with my degree in 7-12 Special Education and K-12 English as a Second
Language. That same month I began teaching at Lincoln East High School.

Jacob Hawkins Assistant Coach

Coach Jacob started swimming when he was 8 years old at the  YMCA dolphins. Since then he has never stopped. Jacob swam for Lincoln Northeast High School and was able to be a part of an amazing group. He was a 4 time letter winner, holds school records in the 100 back, 200 medley, 400 and 200 free relay. His team also won their first “HAC” conference title and city championship within his four years along with runner up in the 400 free relay at State. Jacob is working on his academic and athletic career at Nebraska Wesleyan. In his freshman year at the Liberal Arts Championship Jacob got a medal in the 100 back along with the team winning the Liberal Arts Championship and American Rivers Conference Champions. “Coach Fleming wants to see us succeed and we deliver.”  Swimming has been a big part of my life and I have stuck with it till this day.

Alexander Provost Assistant Coach

I stared swimming for teams when I was 8 years old and had swum every year for a club until I
graduated high school in 2020. I moved to Lincoln from Omaha in 2012 and swam for the
rachet club for 2 summers. In 2014 I decided to make the change from summer swim leagues to
a year-round team and joined GNST. I swam with them until 2019 when I switched to Lincoln
Select for the last year that I swam competitively. I started swimming in high school for Lincoln
East in 2016. There I found my favorite events were the 100 Backstroke and the 200 IM. I went
to the state competitions for all 4 years I swam for East. My most standout year was my junior
year where I swam the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.93. My senior year I swam a 55.19 in the 100
Backstroke at the state meet. After that I left the world of swimming for a while with COVID,
but now I can’t wait to get back into the sport!

Board of Directors
Heartland Aquatics Board President [email protected]
Heartland Aquatics Treasurer [email protected]
Heartland Aquatics Membership [email protected]