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
Email: Feely@aa.edu

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.

Eileen Fengler Age Group Coach

Eileen swam with Charger Aquatics from 2005 - 2013 and Albuquerque Academy from 2008-2013. She swam for a Masters Club Team in Santa Clarita, CA while in college. She has been the assistant JV Swim Coach for Albuquerque Academy since 2016. She is also a USMS Certified Adult Learn to Swim Instructor. 


Eileen graduated from the Academy in 2013 and The Master’s College with a B.S. in Biology (Pre-Medicine) with a minor in Biblical Studies in 2016. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist with an emphasis in Sports and Medical Massage. 

Gabrielle Sanchez Age Group Coach

Gabrielle hails form the North Mississippi area and swam for the Southeastern LSC for many years. She was able to compete in many Southeastern Championships and multiple sectional meets. She was also one of the original swimmers to attend the Mississippi High State Champs for Desoto County, where she also set multiple records for her high school. Gabrielle continued her swim career at New Mexico State University (2014-2018). She was also able to compete in the Western Athletic Conference Championship in the 100 and 200 back as well as the distance freestyle events. During her academic time at NMSU she earned her bachelors in Public Health, with a focus in Community Health. She also had her Level 1 swimming certification.

Cristina Kawamoto Substitute Coach

Cristina Kawamoto has been a familiar face at Albuquerque Academy for many years.  Formerly the coach for Charger Aquatics Silver and Gold groups, she now coaches our noon Masters group. Cristina also teaches swim lessons and water aerobics at New Mexico Sports and Wellness.  A Level-2 Certified ASCA coach, Level-2 Certified ASCA Masters coach, ASCA certified Summer League coach, USA Swimming Stroke and Turn Official, Level-1 Certified US Synchronized Swimming coach and USMS Certified Adult Learn to Swim Instructor, Cristina graduated from the University of the Philippines with a bachelor's degree in statistics.

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.

Wendy Lott Age Group Coach - Los Alamos

  

Wendy Lott began coaching for Chargers during the fall of 2011.  Wendy began her own swimming career at the age of 9, where she trained with Tiger Aquatics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During these years, she qualified and swam for both the Louisiana Zone and Jr. Nationals teams.  She swam for LSU for a year before a recurrent knee injury made her ineligible to swim.  She transferred up to Northeastern University in Boston and swam one more season before her knee finally took her out of collegiate swimming for good.  Despite the injuries, Wendy continues to swim Master’s, and enjoys cheering her own daughter on in the water.  Wendy has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Archeology and a master’s degree in History with an emphasis in Cultural Resource Management / Historic Preservation.

Wendy's goal for each swimmer is to develop a positive, healthy fitness foundation that can last a lifetime. It is her hope to help develop each swimmer physically, mentally and socially so that they can learn to reach their highest potential. Wendy believes that through swimming, skills can be developed that last a lifetime.

Richard Keyser Sr. Asst. Coach - Los Alamos
Jim Smith Morning Masters Coach

Jim Smith has been involved in New Mexico swimming since the mid-1960’s.  He swam with ANAF, Coronado Aquatic Club, University Swim Club, Albuquerque Academy, and UNM.

Over his swimming career, he swam with many top performers including Olympic medalists, world record holders, and national champions.

Early on Jim had an interest in coaching and began coaching at the Albuquerque Country Club after high school. Jim coached age group teams at Coronado Aquatic Club, University Swim Club, and Mesa Aquatics Club along with a summer league team in Mesa, AZ with over 500 swimmers. His swimmers have won state championships and achieved national top-10 rankings.

Involvement with masters swimming began shortly after graduating from UNM and has continued to date.  As a USMS swimmer Jim has competed in local, regional and national meets. He has competed in open water swims from California to Florida and Colorado to Chicago.

After a brief 39-year hiatus, Jim is now coaching the a.m. masters group at Charger Aquatics.

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