ACE Head Coach/ Performers 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 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.
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
Assistant Coach - Performers
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.
Assistant Coach - Performers/Challengers
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 and women's swim team.
Maddie Hutt is from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She swam for four years for University of Nebraska and Omaha Swim team and still holds the record in the 200 and 100 breast. She now teaches art at Elkhorn High. Maddie still loves to swim and trains with the masters swim team here at Common Ground.