Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
John Butcher Head Coach

 

John’s coaching career began in Alaska with Midnight Sun Swim Team from 2006 to 2009, beginning with the age group program, and culmininating as the Interim Head Coach working with the Senior program. He also worked as the Head Coach for Lathrop High School, Hutchinson High School, and Monroe Catholic High School. During his time in Alaska, John coached qualifiers for Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and Alaska State Championships. John coached with Lobo Aquatics in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 2009 to 2011, working with the Age Group Program as well as the Senior Group. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the University of New Mexico Women’s Swim Team.

Since joining Charger Aquatics in 2012, John has coached State Record Holders, National Top 10 ranked swimmers, and qualifiers for Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and NM State Championships. John has coached swimmers that have been selected to attend the Western Zone Select Camp, National Diversity Select Camp,and National Open Water Select Camp. 

John graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a BA in History in 2009, and a Masters in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico in 2011. John is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level-3 Coach.

 

Aimee Dunavant Head Age Group Coach

Coach Aimee is a Level II American Swim Association Swim Coach (ASCA), with over 12 years of experience Aimee has coached every level ranging from age group swimmers to NCAA “B” Qualifiers.

Growing up in El Paso, TX, Aimee was a Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) qualifier and finalist with the El Paso Aqua Posse. She continued onto swim for University of New Mexico (UNM) from 2001-2005 where she was All-Mountain West in both the 100yd. and 200yd. Butterfly. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from UNM in 2006.

Aimee taught Physical Education at Zuni Elementary before leaving Albuquerque in 2008 to take the Assistant Swim Coach position at the University of Evansville (Indiana). From Evansville, Aimee coached at the University of Northern Colorado where, in 2012, she received her Master in Sports Administration. Shortly after, she returned to Albuquerque, NM to coach at her alma mater as Assistant Coach for the University of New Mexico.

Aimee has built her swimming knowledge through summers working as a swim camp counselor at numerous universities including the University of North Carolina, Texas A&M University and the Air Force Academy. While in Colorado as the Assistant Coach for University of Northern Colorado, she was an Age Group coach for the Eaton Red Waves.

When not coaching Aimee finds herself in the pool at Master practices, backpacking and camping through our National Parks and mountain biking throughout the southwest.

 

Jack Feely Senior Coach

Coach Jack was born and raised here in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began swimming club at age 10. During his tenure as a club swimmer he competed at the state, sectional, junior national levels and set multiple state records. Jack attended St. Pius High School where he graduated in 2012 as a NISCA 2-time High School All-American and New Mexico High School State Record holder in the 200-yard freestyle. After High School Jack attended and swam all 4 years for Grand Canyon University. He graduated in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in physical education. During his time at Grand Canyon Jack swam at the Division II and Division I level and served as a team captain his junior and senior year. He was a U.S. National qualifier and participant and is a former school-record holder in the 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle and 200 Backstroke. While in college Jack coached with a summer league team for 5 years where he coached and taught lessons to kids from ages 5 to 18 years. After graduating college Jack became the head age group coach for Lobo Aquatics from 2016-2019. During his time with Lobo he coached multiple state champions, Western Zone qualifiers and was named the 2018 New Mexico age group coach of the year.

 

Elizabeth Brown Age Group Coach

Coach Liz brings over 30 years of coaching experience to Charger Aquatics, having joined the club in 2015. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, she served as Head Age Group coach at Las Cruces Aquatic Club (LCAT) for nine years. Additionally, she coached in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as her first coaching job in Shawnee, KS at the age of 16. During this time, Liz has coached numerous state and zones qualifiers, as well as Illinois state record holders and qualifiers to the now-defunct National Age Group Championships.

Liz began her swimming career at the age of six at Osborn Swim Club in Detroit and continued club swimming with the Johnson County YMCA, KC Blazers, Decatur Swim Club and Badger Dolphins. Her collegiate career began at Millikin University (where she was one of three women competing on the men’s team) and she finished her last three years at the University of Wisconsin where she was a National Qualifier and two-year co-captain while majoring in journalism and minoring in history.

In addition to sharing her passion for swimming with the athletes at Charger Aquatics and Albuquerque Academy, Liz is the Executive Director of the Information Display & Entertainment Association (IDEA), a professional association for members of the event presentation industry.

Lyndsay Irwin Age Group Coach

Lyndsay grew up in Albuquerque swimming for in the Sundance League. She started with the Coronado Gators in 2003 and transitioned to the JCC Orcas in 2005. From there, she volunteered as a coach when she was 14 years old and grew into the role of Head Coach for the 9-10 age group by 2014. Lyndsay has taught swimmers of all ages and skill levels. Her favorite stroke is butterfly!

Lyndsay graduated in 2014 from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program. On top of coaching, she freelances for online clients with illustration and photography.

 

 

Bev Leasure Senior Coach - Los Alamos

Bev started her swimming career as an age group swimmer in Miami, Florida.  She was an assistant coach for LAHS  for two years and head coach for two years during which time she had two state champions and the teams placed in top 5 with the girls placing top three in both years.  She has coached masters swimming for the past 13 years with swimmers placing top 4 at Masters Nationals.  Bev started coaching age group swimmers in Los Alamos in 2008, with swimmers achieving the sectional and junior national level.   Bev has attained the ASCA Level III certification.  She has a BS degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University.

Monica Peterson Noon Masters Coach

After a childhood and adolescence filled with competitive swimming and water polo, Monica’s first coaching experience was with the New Mexico High School Water Polo League in 2003.  She continued aquatic instruction with Piranha Swimming in Ogden, Utah as well as experienced the view from the pool deck as a referee for USA Water Polo.  Monica first experienced U.S. Masters Swimming with Dallas Aquatic Masters in 2007 and has sought for Masters clubs since.  In 2016 she started cycling and running which naturally led to multi-sport competitions such as triathlon and aquabike races.  She appreciates mutual encouragement to keep moving forward and doing more than yesterday, pushing just a little harder to achieve the satisfaction that comes from doing hard things.

Zoe Nance Morning Masters Coach

My swimming career began at a ripe young age when my Dad threw me off a dock in Minnesota.  I quickly adapted and became a fish.  I’ll say mermaid.  I moved through the American Red Cross at such speed I was too young to participate in the Junior Lifeguard Class.  I grew up on the water, around the 10,000 lakes of MN, and big Lakes like Texoma, and Eerie.  When I was at the University of New Mexico, studying Exercise Science in the 90s, I took Swimming I and II taught by Lady Lobos.  I haven’t been out of the pool since.  In 1997 I participated in my 1st triathlon at Lake Cochiti as the swimmer as a favor and in 1998 completed my 1st Triathlon in Los Alamos.  In 1999 I began swimming Masters; I swam with Winona Masters in Minnesota, and then, with Tom Radam at Irving Masters, and Fountain of Youth Masters in Texas, I have also swum with Chargers and with Lobo. Somewhere between 2012 and 2014 I got certified USMS Level I/Level II, a couple of years ago I decided I wanted more, and took the Adult Learn to Swim Coaching Certification.  I headed back to 10,000 lakes, coached for the Winona Masters, began hosting Open Water Swimming Clinics and moved back to New Mexico in 2015.  I have been coaching since.  I host 3 Open Water Swims per year in New Mexico; bring dozens of athletes to the lakes for fun, and passion. I serve on the local USMS chapter board as the Open Water Chair.  I LOVE to swim!  My main goal through my coaching is to improve your enjoyment of swimming.  Outside of enjoyment my goals are to:

Improve your form by working on technique

Work on your efficiency in the water

Increase your speed and endurance

Improve your weaknesses while maintaining your strengths

Incorporate additional strokes, to aid, in overall shoulder strength and stability

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