Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Laura Wells Program Administrator

Laura Wells grew up swimming in the Nashville area with Excel Aquatics and was an outstanding age group swimmer in the Southeastern LSC. Laura attended Vanderbilt University, where she earned a degree in psychology and secondary education. She also has a Master’s Degree in History (University of Alabama, Birmingham). At the time she attended Vanderbilt, they did not have a swim team, so Laura played club waterpolo instead. She also competed in several marathons during her twenties. Laura enjoyed success in that sport as well, placing 39th in the 2008 Boston Marathon. She recently won the Women's Division of the Andrew Jackson Half Marathon (2021 and 2022). 


Laura coached a summer league team of almost 100 swimmers during college. Laura began coaching again when she moved to Jackson in 2014. She started coaching for Union Swim Club, and moved to the Jackson Gators (a satellite program of Germantown Swim Team) in 2015. In 2016, Laura developed the Jackson Gators' swim lesson program. She became the Head Coach of the Jackson Gators in August, 2017. In December, 2017, the Jackson Gators became an independent swim team: Jackson Swim Team (JAX). Laura played an important role in helping form the new team. She served as the head coach of Jackson Swim Team until spring of 2019. After taking some time off to be a full time mom to her sons Cody (6) and Tyler (3), Laura returned as the JAX Program Administrator in 2021.   



William McCormick Managing Coach

Will McCormick grew up swimming in Memphis, Tennessee with the Germantown Gators Swim program. He swam for 5 years with Gators before leaving USA competitive swim to begin swimming open water races with his boy scout troop.  


After high school Will began studying as a Philosophy student at the University of Memphis. As the University did not have a swim team he got in touch with the USA swim team Memphis Tigers Swimming to be a coach. While with MTS he coached with every age group from intro swimmers all the way to Masters swimmers. Will has also worked as the Assistant head coach for the Collierville Dragons High School team, and the founding head Coach of the Collierville Dragons Middle School team.  He has a specialty in fundamental instructions and distance swimming, as well as a strong familiarity in high level high school competition. 

Shelly Curtin Administrator

Shelly Curtin came to Jackson Swim Team as a "swim mom" in April 2019 when her son Andrew joined the competitive team. Andrew swam for JAX for three years before leaving the team to play high school football. During Andrew's years with the team, Shelly served JAX in important volunteer roles. She joined the Jackson Swim Team Board in October 2020 and served as Board Secretary for two years. Shelly also volunteered to Chair the Annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser for the past two years. Now, Shelly continues to expand her role with Jackson Swim Team, working behind-the-scenes as our Administrative Assistant. 

Kim Hoeldtke Assistant Coach

Kim Hoeldtke has been coaching with the Jackson Swim Team since June of 2020.  She did not start out as a swimmer, but she was a collegiate volleyball player.  She started out as a swim mom.  She sat in the bleachers for 12 years watching her children swim.  All three of her children were swimmers, but now one of her children is in college and is no longer swimming competitively.  The other two children continue to swim competitively and her children have qualified for SES Championships as well as High School Championships. 

She started coaching to fill a gap for the team by completing the necessary certifications with USA swimming.  She has enjoyed it immensely and continues to grow in her knowledge of swimming via USA Swimming and watching videos of other knowledgeable coaches.


Daniel Lancaster Assistant Coach

Daniel was a competitive swimmer for ten years, nearly four of which he swam for JAX. He is now a coach at JAX and is very excited to get to know the team better. Daniel is a Sophomore at Union University where he is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Stehl Sutherland Assistant Coach

Drew is a competitive swimmer for JAX with ten years of experience. He is now a coach at JAX and is very excited to pass his knowledge onto younger swimmers. Drew is a junior homeschooling and doing dual-enrollment at Union University.

Hannah Maria Jones Assistant Coach

Hannah Maria is passionate about swimming and has been a part of a competitive swim team since she was six years old. Hannah Maria was the MSS Championship 13-14 Girls High Point Winner in 2019. Hannah Maria qualified and swam at the Tennessee High School State Championships all four years of high school. In 2022, Hannah Maria was selected to participate in the Southeastern Swimming Athlete Leadership Summit in Huntsville, Alabama. Jackson Swim Team awarded her the JAX Character Award in 2022 and the Female Highest Achievement Award in 2021. Along with swimming competitively, Hannah Maria loves to coach the younger athletes and give swim lessons. She has been coaching for JAX since 2021. 

Hannah Maria has attended Trinity Christian Academy since four-year-old Pre-K and will graduate with an "Honors with Distinction High School Diploma" in May, 2023. She looks forward to attending and swimming for Asbury University in the Fall of 2023.

Personal email address: [email protected]


Ezekiel Hoeldtke Junior Coach

Ezekiel is a competitive swimmer for JAX with 13 years of experience to pass on. Since he could first get in the water he has been fully involved and has a love for the sport. He is a homeschooled Senior who is taking dual-enrollment at Union University. Still competing and learning more about swimming everyday, Ezekiel is enthusiastic about using his skills to better other swimmers and to pass on his knowledge to help others with the sport of swimming.

James Allison Junior Coach

Jamie began competitive swimming at 11 years old and has been swimming ever since! During his first year, his coach awarded him Rookie of the Year, and soon after, he qualified for the Southeastern swim meet. Most recently, he qualified for the Tennessee State High School meet. Jamie’s enthusiasm for swimming has not slowed down, and he is excited to be teaching lessons and having fun with kids new to the sport! When not in the pool, he is outside, hanging out with friends or at the gym. He is appreciative for the opportunity to join the coaching staff of the Jackson Swim Team. Jamie is a rising sophomore attending Faith Tutorial.

Board of Directors
Tina Elacqua Board President
Teresa Sutherland Treasurer
Bethany Murphy Secretary & Social Media Director
Ellen Gaw Registrar
Christine Faith At-large Member & New Member Support