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Aquatic Club of Elkhorn
PO Box 422
Elkhorn, NE  68022

Central to the success of the Aquatic Club of Elkhorn is our outstanding staff. From Discoverers to Seniors, we are very proud of our quality instruction and coaching. We are here to support your needs. If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your swimmer's coach.

For all administrative questions, such as dues and fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact the club manager  or one of the board members listed below. 

Your questions and feedback are important to us.  We will do our very best to reply within 2 business days of inquiry.

 

Our Coaching Staff

Jay Thiltgen

ACE Head Coach/ Seniors Coach

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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.

Nate Skidmore

ACE Assist. Head Coach/ Performers

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Nate started coaching for the Aquatic Club of Elkhorn in the fall of 2012. During that time he has coached numerous ACE athletes to become LSC Champions, All Stars qualifiers and medal recipients, Zones Qualifiers and medal recipients, Sectional Qualifiers, National Top 10 in their age group rankings, and Midwestern Record Holders. 

In 2016, Nate became the Assistant Head Coach of the Aquatic Club of Elkhorn. Additionally, he has been part of the Midwestern Swimming All Stars coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2015, and as the Team Manager in 2016. He has also been a part of the Midwestern Swimming Zones Team as an assistant coach in 2014, and the Head Coach of the MW Zones team in 2016 and 2017. He is also an Assistant Coach for the Men and Women’s team for the Elkhorn/Elkhorn South Stormin' Antlers.

Growing up Nate started swimming with the Maple St. YMCA. He also swam club for Greater Omaha Aquatics. He went to high school at Harry A Burke in Omaha where he was a 4 year Varsity member, and team captain his senior year.

Nate graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May 2017 with a degree in Exercise Science. He also has obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Special Certificate (CSCS) from the National Strength Coaches Association.

Kim Berndt

Challengers Coaching Director

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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.

 

Caleb Schuermann

Seekers Coaching Director

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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.

Matt Delisi

Explorers (Black) Coaching Director

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Matt has been coaching for ACE since the Fall of 2015, previously serving as the head coach for the Cooper YMCA summer recreational team in Lincoln for three seasons. He is currently the the Explorers (Black) group head coach.  Additionally, he is an assistant coach for the Discoverers.

Matt swam competitively for 10 years, beginning his swimming career at Nebraska Aquatics, with a brief stop at Lincoln Select Swimming before finishing his career with Heartland Aquatics, swimming under coaches such as Pat Rowan, Kyle Hunt, and Erik Wiken. He swam varsity for four years at Lincoln Southwest, qualifying for the Heartland Conference meet all 4 years and the Nebraska State meet his last 3 years, while being named a team captain for his senior year. Matt then went on to swim for the Mizzou Swim Club, where the team finished 3rd overall in 2012 and 2013 at the East Coast Collegiate Swim Club National Championship. He also served as the President for the Mizzou Swim Club from 2013-2014.

Attending the University of Missouri for his Undergraduate degree and graduating May 2015, Matt now attends the University of Nebraska-Omaha as he is working on his Master's Degree in Athletic Training, hoping to pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the collegiate level. 

Carter Kennell

Explorers (Green) Coaching Director

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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 on to becoming the Head Coach of Oak Hills Country Club's summers swim team. Carter joined ACE in September of 2015 and is the Head Coach of the Discoverers Group and Assistant for both the Explorers and Challengers Groups.

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 on to compete with the University of Nebraska Lincoln Club Swim team for four years. There he competed in a wide array of meets across the Midwest as well as attending the East Coast Collegiate Club National Championship, sophomore through senior year. 

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.

MaKenna Mull

Discoverers Coaching Director

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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!

Jenna Foiles

Assistant Coach

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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. 

Viola Currie

Assistant Coach

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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.

Spencer Young

Assistant Coach

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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.

Ella Hustad

Assistant Coach

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Ella recently joined the ACE coaching staff in the spring of 2017. Before coaching, Ella swam for ACE for many, many years and also swam for the Elkhorn/Elkhorn South Stormin’ Antlers all four years, being a captain her senior year. 

Ella recently started school at UNO where she will be majoring in pre-nursing for two years and then hopefully attend UNMC nursing school. Ella is also a phlebotomist at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Ella’s younger sister, Isa, also swims for ACE in the Discoverers group. 

Ella says she absolutely loves kids and enjoys coming to coach every week to watch the kids grow more in and out of the water. She says she loves talking to the kids and hearing what they have to say whether it be about swimming or any funny stories they have to tell! 

 

Evan Persson

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Kim Parsons

Club President (2018)

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Tim Uehling

Treasurer (2018)

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Brian Beatus

Member at Large (2019)

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Don Dotson

Member at Large (2018)

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Lisa Ferrer

Member at Large (2020)

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Christian Kloster

Member at Large (2020)

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Paige Pioppi

Member at Large (2019)

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Rob Shradar

Member at Large (2020)

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Laura Thoreen

Member at Large (2019)

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Michael Michalski

Board Advisor (non-voting member)

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Jay Thiltgen

Head Coach (non-voting member)

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Leslie Mayo

Club Manager (non-voting member)

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