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 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.
ACE Assist. Head Coach/ Challengers
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.
ACE Head Age Group Coach / Seekers
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.
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.
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.
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.
She is currently studying to earn a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Behavioral Disorders Education.
Assistant Coach - Performers/Challengers
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.
Assistant Coach - Discoverers/ Explorers
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.
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.