Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Chris Van Slooten Head Coach

Many of us have at least one person who was instrumental in shaping their career. My 8th grade United States History teacher was that person. Mrs. Bakita was an electrifying teacher who demanded the best from her students. She possessed the ability to look into each student, see who they could become and expect them to shine. This is when I decided to become a teacher. I soon began exploring a career in teaching by serving as an assistant swim lessons instructor at my local community pool. Eventually, I worked my way up to a lead instructor and then an assistant swim coach with my local community swim team. Upon graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in Secondary Education, I entered the workforce as a substitute teacher and Assistant Swim Coach for the East Grand Rapids Girls Swim Team and  Head Swim Coach for the Northview High School Boys Swim Team. Soon I received my first teaching (White Pines Middle School) and coaching job for Grand Haven Boys Swim Team. I served as classroom teacher in Michigan, Virginia, and Texas for 17 years; now my classroom includes a pool.

I'm currently in my 30th year of coaching (4th with AESC). Prior to moving to Edmond, Oklahoma, I coached with the Virginia Gators, Alamo Area Aquatics Association, and Fork Union Military Academy. I have had the privilege of working with some outstanding coaches who have taught me many lessons. I have also had the pleasure of coaching hundreds of young people who have helped shape my life. Among those swimmers (and teams),  I have coached 12 High School All-Americans, two VISAA State Championships,  6 Summer Junior National qualifiers, 1 Summer Senior National qualifier, and 5 National Age Group Top 10 rankings. 

 

Titus Knight Assistant Head Coach

I’ve been in the sport of swimming since I was age 6. I grew up near Arcadia, OK and that’s where I began my career. I attended Jenks High School my freshman and senior years. Between those years I swam in Austin, TX at Circle C Aquatics with Josh Davis.


I was blessed enough to qualify for Olympic Trials my Junior year which lead me to accept a full scholarship to Indiana University. I swam all 4 years at IU and was an NCAA All American.
After Indiana I moved to Huntington Beach, California where my coach career began on the close watch of Former Olympic and National team Head Coach Mark Schubert. It was here I competed in my 2nd Olympic Trials and coached Jr College, Age Group and Senior National level athletes.


I am extremely excited to be joining the American Energy Family and I hope to grow in my skills as a coach while helping your athletes achieve the utmost success in and out of the pool. I firmly believe in investing in the person not simply the athlete.


One day swimming will end and real life will begin it is our job as coaches to teach our young people how to conduct themselves in order to reach their full potential.
 

Alli Denison Assistant Coach

I was ten years old when I decided to take a leap of faith and enter into the swimming world and haven't looked back since. Something that I initially thought would be a fun hobby turned into a lifestyle, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to share my passion through the club that constructed it. Throughout my years of swimming, I’ve been blessed to have several amazing coaches who have helped me gain confidence not only in swimming but life outside the pool and that, more than anything, is the impact I too hope to have. I am so very blessed to be a part of the AESC family and look forward to everything this journey entails. See you at the pool!

Holly Glover Assistant Coach/Dryland Coach

I have been a fitness trainer and Masters swimmer for 15 years.  I have extensive experience in programming and training, much of which focuses on younger athletes.  My favorite activity is developing swimmers, helping them gain confidence and fitness in the water while building technical mastery of all the strokes.  My main goal is provide a fun and productive workout for our Bronze and Precomp athletes.

Susanne Smith Assistant Coach

 I began teaching swim lessons to children and adults in the summer of 1999 at Swim Atlanta.  We moved to Macon, Ga in 2008 where both of my girls started swimming at Swim Macon.  Soon after I began assisting with the Age Groups and became the primary Coach for the Gold age group.  In 2013- 2015 I was also the Head Coach for the Stratford Academy Varsity swim team in Macon, Ga.  In August of 2015 we moved to Gainesville, FL where I took a break from coaching for three years and worked in student housing for the University of Florida.  We moved to Edmond in August of 2018 and in March of 2019 we discovered AESC and I realized how much I missed coaching and being at the pool every day.  I enjoy working with children of all ages and helping them reach their goals both mentally and physically.  I look forward to what the future holds with this team and feel very fortunate to be a part of it.

Grace Hill Assistant Coach

My name is Grace Hill, but everyone calls me Gracie! I’ve been a swimmer for about 13 years now! I started coaching 2 years ago, and it led me to American Energy. I’m currently a college student and athlete and I get to coach as well which is pretty cool! I love coching my little ones and beginners. Being able to teach them about the sport is a blessing!

Kayci McKinnon Assistant Coach

My name is Kayci McKinnon! I am from Trophy Club, TX, and I am currently a student athlete at Oklahoma Christian University studying nursing. I started swimming when I was 9 years old on a local summer league team, and have been swimming ever since! I’ve taught swim lessons for 3 years to children and adults. I have loved teaching swimming to help kids learn, grow, and have fun in the sport! I am so thankful for the opportunity to coach the sport I love at AESC!

Shyanna Kuehn Stillwater Coach
Board of Directors
Cindy Lightfoot President
George Glover V.P. / Media Relations
Max Myers Treasurer
Mista Burgess Secretary
Nicole Levendofsky Member at Large - Past Pres / Webmaster
Chris Van Slooten Head Coach
Josh Koehn Member at Large - Fundraising
Lori LoVette Member at Large - Apparel
Shilah Seale Member at Large - Meet Coordinator
Stephanie Bruehl Member at Large - Summer League
Carson Dolezal Athlete Rep
Emma Smith Athlete Rep
Charles Seale Safe Sport Coordinator