ACE Head Coach/ Seniors Coach
Jay has been coaching for 20+ years with experience at levels ranging from summer league to college. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota where he was a four year letter winner and two year captain of the men's swim program. Following his swimming tenure, he was a volunteer assistant with the Coyotes, were he was able to work with numerous All-Americans and a national champion. He also assisted with the Yankton-Vermillion Area Swim Team where he was an age-group coach.
In 2000, Jay returned to coaching in Omaha, where he was the assistant coach of the Omaha Burke Men's team with head coach Rich Hood. While working with the men's program, he was able to work with numerous state qualifiers, All-Americans and Academic All-Americans. Jay took over as head women's coach in 2002. From 2002-2010, he coached State Champions and All-Americans, and he had at least two Academic All-Americans every year during that period.
Jay began as an assistant coach for ACE in 2009, and became the head coach in 2011. During his tenure, the club has grown from 80 swimmers to over 200, and he has coached state champions, All-Americans, sectional qualifiers, and junior national swimmers.
In 2013, Coach Thiltgen was inducted into the Metropolitan Conference Swimming Hall of Fame.
Jay is an art teacher at Elkhorn High School, and he is the head coach of the Stormin' Antlers women's swim program, after having been the assistant to both the men and women since 2010. Jay and his wife Shawna live in Bennington with their two daughters, Grace and Charlotte.
ACE Assist. Head Coach/ Performers
Challengers Lead Coach
Coach Kim started her swimming career in Upstate New York. Her swimming career led her to the University of Miami in Florida where she was awarded a full scholarship. At the University of Miami she competed at the Division I NCAAs where she finaled. She took a year off of school to travel back to New York to train under her home coach and swim team. Coach Kim has competed all over the United States and has competed in different countries representing the United States of America in many prestigious International meets.
Her love of swimming drew her into coaching. After her college career was completed, she continued to train and started coaching and teaching for her club coach in Miami, Florida. Coach Kim taught children from 2 years old to 9 years old how to swim for years after graduating from the University of Miami. She also coached children from 3 years old to high school aged children. She helped design a swim camp during the summer while living in Miami, Florida.
Kim and her husband, Lance, live in Omaha with their three children, two of which swim on ACE. Currently, Coach Kim is enjoying coaching the Challengers.
Seekers Lead Coach
William, aka Caleb, was a part of the Creighton Preparatory swimming dynasty, where he contributed to four straight team championship wins throughout his career there and contributed to a Top 5 finish in the nation for team performance. He was a part of many state records and is the current state record holder in the 500 freestyle from his sophomore season and was a 15+ All-American throughout his four years there. He took his fast-floating ability to the collegiate D1 level and had a successful career there. While he was there, Caleb was a part of a conference championship, he was conference and team record holder, and a two time 1st team All-Conference member. Caleb obtained his degree in general business from Missouri State University.
Currently, Caleb works full time at Medical Solutions and coaching at ACE as the Age Group Head Coach and the Seeker Head Coach.
Explorers Lead Coach
Discoverers Lead Coach
Carter Kennell has been coaching swimming for 9 years. He began as a summer recreational swim team Assistant Coach at Happy Hollow Country Club, later moving>
Carter is a former high school and college swimmer. He swam for Omaha Burke High school under Richard Hood, where he qualified for the Metro Conference Meet all four years and the Nebraska State Meet for three years. After graduation in 2011, Carter went>
Carter graduated in December of 2015 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Bachelor in Science in Biology with minors in Biochemistry, Math, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Carter is now a graduate student at the University of Nebraska Omaha where he is pursuing a graduate certificate in Biomedical Studies, after which he plans to apply to Medical School.
Kenna has been on the ACE Coaching staff for about 2 years. Before she was a coach with ACE, she swam competetively for ACE and Swim Omaha, as well as all four years for Elkhorn High School and served as one of hte team captains her senior year.
She is a third year student at UNO studying Graphic Design. Additionally you may also see her working at Scooter's in Elkhorn! Outside of coaching, school and work, Kenna has been a leader for her church's high school group for the last three years.
What she looks forward to the most every week is coaching the ACE kiddos and watching them improve everyday. Go ACE!
Coach Maddie is from Scottbluff, Ne. She started swimming when in the third grade. Even when she was little she loved the water, and swimming breaststroke.
Maddie swam at University of Nebraska at Omaha and has the record in the 200 breast. She swim masters and continues to race in the masters meets in addition to coaching with ACE. Maddie is an art teacher at Elkhorn High.
Viola is a former ACE swimmer. She swam high school on the Elkhorn/Elkhorn South Swim and Dive team, where she was a team captain her junior and senior year. During her senior year Viola was named Academic All-American.
She currently attends Creighton University, where she is majoring in psychology on the pre-med track. She has coached summer recreational swim team in past summers. She is very excited to get to be on the other side of the pool deck coaching.
For as long as he can remember, Spencer has been swimming. Through taking swim lessons from the neighbor across the street at the just three years old to participating in the Elkhorn summer league throughout elementary school, swimming has been one of Spencer’s lifelong passions. In 2007, Spencer joined ACE and swam competitively for the team through its many transitions and exponential growth. While in high school, Spencer also swam for the Elkhorn/Elkhorn South Swim Team, competing at the state championships in both his junior and senior years.
After graduating in 2014, Spencer moved to Decorah, Iowa where he attended Luther College. Spencer swam for the Luther College Men’s Swimming and Diving Team in addition to pursuing a major in English. While at Luther, Spencer swam long distance, placing 7th in the 1650 Free and 17th in the 500 Free at the Liberal Arts Championships in 2015. In February 2016, Spencer transfered to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he is currently enrolled in the UNO Writer’s Workshop, hoping to earn his BFA in Creative Writing within the coming year.
Jenna is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was a four-year letterman and was captain her senior year. After high school she attended UNO where she competed on the Women's Swim and Dive team. While apart of the swim team at UNO Jenna competed on conference squad all four years and earned Summit League All-Summit, Academic All-Summit, Academic Honor Roll, Distinguished Scholars and Commissioners Academic Excellence honors. She was the captain her senior year and received the Connie Claussen Senior Career Achievement Award.
At UNO Jenna received her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Early Childhood and her Masters in Elementary Education and Literacy. She currently teachers 2nd grade in Bennington while and is an assistant coach for the Discovers and Explorers group at ACE. She continues her passion for swimming and competing with the Masters swim program at Common Grounds.
Hannah M Alexander
Hannah has coached with ACE for 5 years. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Public Health at Texas A&M University. She is currently interning for the Wellness Council of the Midlands this summer and is returning to coach for ACE while she is back!
Hannah is from Topeka, Kansas and began swimming competitively in 8th grade. She went to the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she majored in Exercise Science and swam all four years. The strokes she specialized in were fly, breast and I.M. She placed top 8 at the Summit League Championships in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 400 I.M.
Chris has been coaching swimming for more than 17 years. He has coached at all levels, from novices to State Champions and All-Americans. In 2012, Coach Jenson was inducted into the Metropolitan Conference Swimming Hall of Fame.
Chris is an English teacher at Elkhorn High School, where he also is the head coach of the Elkhorn Stormin' Antlers men's high school swim team.