ACE Head Coach/ Performers Head 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 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 assistant coach of the Stormin' Antlers men's and women's swim program. Jay and his wife Shawna live in Bennington with their two daughters, Grace and Charlotte.
Performers/ Challengers Assistant Coach
Chris has been coaching swimming for 17 years. During that time 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 and women's swim team.
Lyn Ann Nelson
Challengers Head Coach
Lyn Ann (also known as
LA) has been an Aquatic Club of Elkhorn coach since October of
2012. Swimming in the Omaha Metro area since 2003, she swam for
Burke High School under Jay Thiltgen. She then went to swim for the
University of North Florida, later transferring to West Virginia
University. LA was on the All-Big East Conference team in the
200 yd and 500 yd freestyle for 3 years and the 100 yd freestyle
for 2 years, and swam at the NCAA Championships for 3 years during
her collegiate career - 500, 200 and 100 freestyles and 200, 400
and 800 freestyle relays and the 400 medley relay. She has
also swam at the USA Swimming Open National Championships in 2008,
09, 10 and 11.
She is currently
studying to earn a Masters of Education with an emphasis in
Behavioral Disorders Education.
Seekers Group Head Coach
Nate is the head coach of
the Seeker's group for the Aquatic Club of Elkhorn; he has been
coaching the Seeker's since September 2012. Nate graduated from
Harry A. Burke High School in 2011, he swam breaststroke and sprint
freestyles. He qualified for the Nebraska State Swim Meet all four
years and was a Varsity Lettermen for his career as a Bulldog. Nate
swam for the YMCA for many years, qualifying for numerous regional
meets and the Y National Swim Meet. Nate chose to switch to USA
swimming in which he qualified for the Region VIII Sectional Meet
as a club athlete.
He is currently studying
Exercise Science and Athletic Training at University of Nebraska at
Omaha. He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and is involved
in other groups on campus.
Explorers Head Coach
Hannah has been coaching
with ACE since 2012 and is the head coach of the Discovers and
Explorers groups. Hannah is from Topeka, Kansas and began
swimming competitively in 8th grade. She graduated from the
University of Nebraska-Omaha where she majored in Exercise Science
and swam all four years for the Mavs. 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. Hannah also works at Union Pacific where she is an Exercise
Physiologist at the Health and Fitness Center.
Discoverers Head Coach
Carter is a former Burke High captain and GOAL swimmer. He has been working with rec league programs in the metro area for nearly 8 years, and is working towards becoming a doctor. Carter will be working with the Discovers and Explorer's groups.
Claire is from Topeka, Kansas and started swimming competitively as a freshman in high school. She is a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha majoring in psychology with a concentration in mental health. She is the co-captain of the UNO women's swim and dive team. Along with working at ACE, she is a camp counselor during the summer and volunteers at Children's Hospital & Medical Center and Ted E. Bear Hollow.
Matthew S Delisi
Matt Delisi is a former swimmer for HLA and Lincoln Select. Matt finished his undergraduate at the University of Missouri where he worked with the club program and swimmers of all ages. He is currently working on his master's degree at UNO. Matt will be working with the 6-8:00PM workout groups.
Maddie is from Scottsbluff, NE and began swimming
competitively in 3rd grade. She is a student at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha majoring in Art Education.
Maddie swam for four years on the UNO women's
swim team. She holds two records in the 100
Breaststroke and the 200 Breastroke.
Kenna Mull has just
recently been added to our ACE coaching team. She has been
swimming since the age of 5 with Swim Omaha until the age of 9
where she transferred to ACE. She also swam for EHS/ESHS
Stormn' Antlers all 4 years of highschool under the coaching of Jay
Thiltjen and Chris Jenson. Kenna was captain of the team her
senior year. Outside of swimming, she is currently at Metro
community college until the fall of 2015 where she will be
attending UNO for pre-nursing. Kenna also is a youth ministry
leader for her church. Even though she is no longer swimming,
she is thrilled to be a part of it through coaching.
William Caleb Schuermann
Caleb joined the ACE coaching staff in the Summer of 2015. He swam for many years with Tom Beck at Creighton Prep and Greater Omaha Aquatics. He was a part of four state high school championship teams and was the No. 1 recruit out of Nebraska for 2011 by CollegeSwimming.com. Caleb currently still holds the Nebraska state high school swim record for the 500 Freestyle.
He continued his passion for swimming at Missouri State University where he earned Mid-America Conference first and team all-conference standings. His area of study is business and is pursuing a career in an athletic department at a university level.