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.

Sam Trofholz Assistant Coach

Sam started his swimming career in 5th grade with the Columbus YMCA Swim team. His passion for the sport grew over the years, which led Sam to compete in High School at Columbus High. Sam was a four-year athletic letter recipient in swimming, and he also competed in tennis and track & field. The Columbus Discoverer competed in the Nebraska State Championship Meet all four years of high school, and earned four medals at the Meet, during his senior year. Sam also holds two school records in the 100 Backstroke and in the 200 Medley Relay. Sam’s high school coach, Kari Weihl, pushed Sam to become a better athlete and leader, and encouraged him to swim collegiately.

After graduating from Columbus High in 2016, Sam decided to swim for Nebraska Wesleyan University, under Greg Fleming. Sam is a Global Studies Major, and will graduate in 2020. During his first two years at Nebraska Wesleyan, Coach Fleming pushed Sam to continue to work hard and to achieve his goals. Sam competed in the Liberal Arts Championship Meet during his Freshman and Sophomore years, where he earned several medals and school records in the 100 Backstroke, and in multiple relays. Coach Fleming continues to develop Sam’s technique and knowledge of the sport. Sam looks forward to what the next season holds.

Sam’s coaching career began in summer 2017 where he helped his High School coach with a swim clinic a few days a week. Sam also organized the Columbus High Alumni Swim Meet during the 2017 summer, and hopes it becomes lasting tradition. Sam enrolled in a Swim Coaching course taught by Greg Fleming during his Sophomore year at Wesleyan. Fleming taught Sam about the art of swimming, and furthered his understanding of the sport, and what it means to be a coach. Sam is thrilled to have the opportunity to coach for HLA, to learn from the other coaches, and to have a positive impact on the athletes’ swimming careers.

Sora Hutchison Assistant Coach

Following the footsteps of my father and aunt, I started swimming at the age of 8 for Meadowlane, a small neighborhood pool where I would soon spend many summers. Years of recreational swimming lead to my high school career at Lincoln East where I swam under Coach Fleming and Coach Rieker. During this time, I found my strength in the 50 yard freestyle and was honored to have competed at the state level along with being a part of a competitive team which won a HAC championship.
        After graduating from Lincoln East in 2016, I continued my academic career at Creighton University where I joined their swim club andI found my passion for swimming butterfly and the IM. I was elected president my sophomore year and continued to serve them until the university closing in the Spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic which preceded my graduation in May. The years with Creighton’s Swim Club brought me a deeper understanding of leadership and a stronger sense of ‘team’ which I hope to share with other swimmers.

Camryn Mortrude Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Lisa Lewis President
Diana Swarts Vice President
Julia Strong Treasurer
Carrie Lee Secretary
Jill Brown Board Member
Derek Aldridge Board Member
Hilary Everett Board Member
Nick Wischhof Board Member
Stacey Agnew Board Member
Ashton Bailey Athlete Rep