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John Morse

Head Coach

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Since taking over the helm as the Head Coach of the Nashville Aquatic Club in 1984, John Morse has established a tradition of dedication and excellence in Middle Tennessee.

The 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2009 Southeastern Swimming LSC Coach of the Year, Morse has coached the team to over 40 LSC Championship titles.

Upon Morse’s arrival, NAC has established itself as a consistent and elite program in developing fast, successful swimmers. Through Morse’s guidance, NAC has finished in the top 10 at Senior Nationals, as high as 2nd at the Junior National Championships, and has been overall team champion at the Southeastern Sectional Championships.

The Morse File

60+ Olympic Trial Qualifiers

19 National Junior Team Members

18 National Finalists

USA Swimming and US Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year, 2008

International Experience

Head Coach, USA, 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Team, Hawaii

Head Coach, USA, 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Team, Hawaii

Head Coach, USA, 2009 National Junior Team Competition, Vancouver

Assistant Coach, USA, 2011 Pan American Games, Mexico

Assistant Coach, USA, 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Team, Hawaii

Assistant Coach, USA, 2007-8 National Junior Team Competition, Melbourne

Coach Morse has developed more than 60 Olympic Trial qualifiers, over a dozen National finalists, four World University Games qualifiers, World Junior Championship qualifiers, Junior National Champions, National Team members, FINA World Junior Champions, and swimmers that went on to become NCAA champions and All Americans.

Morse’s leadership has allowed the team garner twelve consecutive Gold Medal Club Awards. This award identifies USA Swimming Clubs that have attained a high level of athlete performance as well as organizational success. NAC has been honored as a Gold Medal Club in each year of the first 12 years of the awards existence.

Morse’s success has also led him to earn the American Swim Coaches Association Bronze Award of Excellence, signifying ten years of having a finalist at Nationals. Morse has served as a National Team Coach in 1992, 2008, 2011, and has been a part of the Olympic Development Camp (1994), the Eagle Camp (1995), Zone Distance Camp (1997), and National Select Camp (1998). Morse was selected as an assistant coach for the National Junior Team in 2007-2008, and participated in international competition in Melbourne, Australia.  In 2008, Morse was recognized by USA Swimming as the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year, and was selected as the head women's coach for the 2009 National Junior Team trip to Vancouver.  In 2010, Morse was selected as the co-head coach of the Junior Pan-Pacific team which competed in Hawaii.  In 2011, Morse was selected as a member of the Pan-American Games coaching staff which competed in Mexico.  In 2012, Morse was selected as a coach for the Junior Pan-Pacific team competing in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Coach Morse also stays involved in the politics of swimming. He has been a delegate to the United States Swimming Aquatic Convention more than a dozen times. He has also served on the National Championship Time Standards Committee, the National Championship site selection committee, the National Club Development Committee, and currently serves on the Senior Development Committee for USA Swimming. Coach Morse is also a member of the Southeastern Swimming board of directors and has served as the Senior Chairman, Technical Planning Director, Outreach Director, and Swim-a-Thon Director.

He also stays very involved in high school swimming, and was instrumental in bringing the high school state meet to Nashville in 1991. He has worked with the Nashville Metro Parks and Nashville Sports Council to secure three Senior National Championships, 2 Junior National Championships, and 1 Masters National Championships for the city.

Coach Morse is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he swam on conference and NCAA championship teams.  Coach Morse is happily married and has 2 stepchildren.  He is also an avid fisherman, and has one dog named Jackson.

Doug Wharam

Associate Head Coach

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Doug enters his sixth season with Nashville Aquatic Club as Associate Head Coach and Senior Coordinator.  During his tenure in Nashville, the Senior group has developed dozens of winter Junior National qualifiers, sixteen summer Junior National qualifiers, over a dozen first time summer Senior National qualifiers, twelve 18&U Olympic Trial qualifiers, placed twenty-two athletes on the Southeastern Zone Championship team, and had hundreds of USA Swimming Top 10 swims, including more than thirty #1 rankings.  In addition, NAC has also had international success, with athletes securing multiple gold medals at FINA World Junior Championships and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Prior to his tenure with NAC, Doug was the Director of Competitive Swimming with the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club in Waynesboro, Va., the Head Age Group Coach and Assistant Senior Coach at Seacoast Swimming in Providence, R.I., Head Age Group Coach with the Waves of Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C. and Assistant Age Group Coach with Machine Aquatics in the Washington, D.C. area. Collegiately, he has served volunteer assistant coach posts at Brown University, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University’s women's swim team.

In 2013, Doug was selected as a member of USA Swimming's National Select Camp coaching staff.  In 2014, Doug received recognition as an ASCA/Fitter & Faster National Age Group Coach of the Year finalist.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia, Doug earned a master’s degree in Sport Management from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2011, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Sport Management. He is certified as an ASCA Level 5 coach and was selected as a 2009-2010 ASCA Fellow.  Doug has two dogs - Powell and Emmitt, a cat named Sam, and a totally rad wife.

Sarah Peterson

Age Group Coordinator

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Sarah is entering her third season with the Nashville Aquatic Club as Age Group Coordinator.  Sarah swam for the Nashville Aquatic Club for 11 seasons, and during that time was a member of the National Junior Team and a 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifier.  Sarah grew up in Franklin, and was a high school All-American and team captain at Franklin High School.

After graduation, Sarah attended the University of Florida where she swam for coach Gregg Troy.  While at Florida, Sarah was a 3-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, an NCAA All-American, and a member of the 2009 SEC Championship, and 2010 NCAA Championship team.  Sarah graduated with a degree in advertising.

Sarah is dedicated to continuing the tradition of excellence of the age group program!

Amy Maruskin

Developmental Coordinator

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Amy is entering her third year with Nashville Aquatic Club.  Prior to this season she had worked as both an assistant and lead coach for the Green and White groups, but has recently moved into the role of Developmental Program Coordinator.  Amy is excited to have the opportunity to oversee the development of NAC's athletes from the PreComp level up through White group.

 

A native of Massachusetts, Amy began her swimming career at Patriot Swim Club based in Acton, MA.  Swimming throughout high school she became a Massachusetts All-Star athlete and continued swimming as a scholarship athlete in college at the University of Tennessee and the University of New Hampshire.  In 2006 Amy graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from UNH.  In 2011 she received a M.S. in Elementary Education with an additional 30+ graduate hours of study in the field of Applied Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee.  Having spent the last few years as an elementary school teacher, Amy is looking forward to focusing solely on coaching.

 

Christian Bahr

Senior Coach

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Christian is entering his third season with the Nashville Aquatic Club.  He is also working as the Director of Aquatics for the Ensworth School.

Christian comes to NAC after a long tenure with the Bolles School Sharks in Jacksonville, Florida.  During his time with Bolles Christian oversaw two separate groups:  One consisting of developmental age group swimmers between 8-11 years old, the other comprised of senior level swimmers between 13-17 years old.  Christian has coached swimmers who have qualified for meets ranging from the Florida Junior Olympics to United States Olympic Trials.  Athletes he has worked with have gone on to swim on All-Star teams, Zone teams, and United States National Junior teams.  Christian served as a coach with Brunei Darussalam at the 2012 London Olympic Games, working with the first swimmer to ever represent Brunei at an Olympic Games.  
 
As a swimmer, Christian began his competitive career in New Jersey before becoming a boarding student at the Bolles School.  He went on to Southern Methodist University where Christian was a 9-time NCAA All-American and team captain.  Christian was a member of the United States National Team and represented the United States at the World University Games.

Peter Browne

Age Group Coach

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Peter has been involved in competitive swimming for over 40 years with more than 30 of those in a coaching capacity.  Over the last 6 years he has primarily worked with entry level swimmers, focused exclusively on proper stroke technique, starts, turns and streamlining.  Numerous Southeastern relay and individual records have been accomplished by swimmers in the groups he has coached.

Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University in 1992. He has been married to Christie for over 21 years and they have 4 children, all of whom have or are swimming competitively.

Margy Cramer

Red Group Coordinator

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Margy is entering her third season as a coach with the Nashville Aquatic Club, and serves as the Red Group Coordinator. Prior to moving to Nashville, Margy served as the Assistant Coach for the men and women at Towson University for four seasons. She grew up in Cincinnati and went on to swim at Penn State. While there, she was an NCAA Academic All-American, Academic All Big Ten Team member and member of the Dean's List. Margy also competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials and won a silver medal in 5K Open Water race at the 2005 World Championship. Margy began coaching in 2007 at M.E. Lyons YMCA and Ursuline Academy, both in Cincinnati. Margy and her husband live in Nashville with their daughter and son.

Chelsea Fourakre

Red, Blue Group Coach

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Chelsea begins her first year with Nashville Aquatic Club as the lead coach for the Red Group at the Sportsplex, and as an assistant coach throughout the program.  Chelsea began her coaching career in Ocala, Fl coaching the summer league team for 4 years. After high school, she attended the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in psychology. In the summer of 2011, Chelsea started coaching the summer league team for Gator Swim Club. Chelsea coached numerous levels and abilities while at Gator Swim Club including learn-to-swim, summer league, 10&Unders, and age group champions. Her proudest moment coaching, so far, was when Gator Swim Club achieved Gold Medal Status for the first time in 2014. She looks forward to coaching at NAC!

Jessica Greenfield

PreComp Coordinator

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Jessica begain coaching PreComp, Green, and White with NAC in 2013.  She returns in 2014 as PreComp Coordinator.  Jessica swam with University Place Aquatic Club in Washington state before managing and walking on to the team at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000.  Jessica earned a BA in Italian and a BA in Classics from Berkeley in 2004, a Masters in Italian from the University of Notre Dame in 2006, and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.  She now teaches Italian at Vanderbil University.  Jessica has been coaching since 1997.

Marla Hastings

Green Group Coordinator

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Marla Hastings enters 2014-2015 as the Green Group Coordinator. She began coaching as a summer league swim coach for the Cottonwood Pirates in 1997, when her older children began swimming. She coached for Excel Aquatics for several years until adopting Gracee in 2005.  She was the coach for Franklin High School Swim Team from 2000-2006, and was named Tennessee High School Swim Coach of the Year in 2004. Presently she coaches the middle school swim team at Brentwood Academy. Marla’s background is classical ballet, so she knows the importance of learning technique and she loves teaching the basics. She is married to K. Dwayne Hastings; they have 8 children ranging in ages from 5-years-old to 33-years-old…the last three adopted from China. The Hastings have made Franklin their home for the past 16 years.

Melanie Lattin

Age Group Coach

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Coach Melanie Lattin believes that all children have immeasurable worth and strives to give top quality instruction to each swimmer.   She spent 2 years as the Director of the Excel Swim School, teaching swimming to thousands of children and adults. Coach Melanie has coached various age groups, but spent 3 years working with 8 and under swimmers at Excel Aquatics.  During all 3 years, the 8 and unders went on to win the Southeastern Short Course Championship.   She has been fortunate enough to coach many Southeastern record holders and top performers at SES Championships. She is the Head Coach of Brentwood Middle School Swim Team, was the Head Coach for the Division A Championship team for the 2013 Williamson County Swim League, and spent 2 years coaching with the MTHEA swim program.  Coach Melanie strives to create an environment where each swimmer feels valued. 

After attending the University of Utah for 5 years on scholarship, she graduated cum laude with a BS in Business Marketing and a minor in Biology.  She is certified as both a level 1 coach through USA Swimming/ASCA and level 2 US Masters swimming coach.  Melanie has received training as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.  Melanie and her husband, Matt live in Brentwood with their 3 children.

TJ Liston

Senior 1 Coach

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Coach TJ Liston joins the Nashville Aquatic Club as our Senior 1 lead coach, and an assistant for the Senior Groups at all locations.  TJ has been a head coach since 1981 and in his 30 plus years has been named South Carolina Coach of the Year numerous times.  He has been recognized at the National level as well as at the LSC level. His swimmers have been ranked both nationally and internationally and have held national age group records. He has coached a two time National Champion, an Olympic Trial finalist, two national team members, two Junior National Champions, multiple Junior, National and Olympic Trial level qualifiers, multiple State Record Holders, and a YMCA National Record Holder.  In Virginia, Coach Liston lead his team to recognition as a USA Swimming Bronze medal club in three different years. Coach Liston spent many years in multiple offices on the Board of Directors of South Carolina Swimming.  He was the Chair of the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone for USA Swimming for 6 years.  He has been the Virginia Swimming Coaches rep the last four years and also sat on the Senior Committee of Virginia Swimming and the USRY Regional Committee.   He was a member of the VSI Board and has been a delegate to the National Convention on multiple occasions for both South Carolina and Virginia Swimming.

Coach Liston received his degree from the College of Charleston.  He and his wife, Lisa, have three grown children, scattered around the country, and one grandson.  They also have a fabulous old chocolate lab, a young feisty Carolina dog, and a worthless cat.

James T Loveless

Age Group Coach

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James Loveless grew up in Westchester, NY swimming for Badger Swim Team under coach John Collins. James was a Junior National Qualifier in the freestyle events as a ninth grader. By twelfth grade, James expanded into individual medleys and Senior Nationals/Olympic trial times in the freestyle events. James attended UC Berkeley (CAL) where he trained under Nort Thornton and Mike Bottom (Michigan). There, he was a PAC-10 finalist and was nominated for rookie of the year. After being offered a full scholarship for swimming, James moved to Syracuse University for his remaining years where he was team captain, top five finalist in the Big East Championship and a Big East Academic All Star. After college, James received a fellowship to Fordham University in 2004 where he completed a Master’s in Education for grades 1-6. For the past 6 years, James has been teaching science to elementary/middle school students in the New York area. During this time, he has also been able to coach with for the Badger age group team and coaching country club and high school teams as well. James has coached over 300 age group swimmers to success as well as coaching swimmers to become Junior National Qualifiers and All-American athletes. James swims everyday and truly believes that swimming can improve one’s quality of life.

Glenn McCall

Age Group Coach

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Coach Glenn swam for The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Rankin Academic Scholarship recipient, Presidential Scholarship recipient and a Student/Athlete for the Longhorns. During his career at Texas, he was a four-time All-American and was ranked number-one in the NCAA preseason in his specialty the 200 backstroke. He was a U.S. Olympic Trials finalist in 1984, finishing sixth in the 200m backstroke, earning a Top 25 in the world ranking in that event. Originally from Atlanta, Coach Glenn competed for Swim Atlanta as an age group swimmer and was a member of U.S. National Junior Team that competed in a US vs. USSR Dual Meet in the former Soviet Union. Aside from a career in human resources related businesses, he has coached summer league and master's programs in Texas as well as in Nashville. Coach Glenn is married to former NAC swimmer and fellow Longhorn Claire Sanders McCall and is father to Will and Rob.

Chris McPherson

Masters Coordinator

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Chris started her swimming career in Maryland at the age of 6, swimming for summer league teams, the Rockville JCC, then Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC), as an age grouper until college.   Chris was a Jr. National qualifier in numerous events spanning her high school and college years, and she also represented the USA at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1985, earning two silver medals and one bronze.  Chris swam collegiately for Princeton University, was selected to All-Ivy and All East Teams, and was team captain in her senior year.

Her involvement with Masters Swimming began in 1991, when Chris swam with Southern California Aquatics Masters (SCAQ).  After a move to Baltimore in 1993, Chris founded the masters program at North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC), in addition to coaching age groupers.  After taking a break to have children, Chris continued coaching after the family moved to Nashville.  Chris coached Westside Masters (The Club at Westside) for 8 years, then headed up JCC Masters for a few years, before coming to coach NAC Masters in 2010.   Chris also continues to enjoy swimming, and she has started to compete again in the past few years, including qualifying for and participating in USMS Nationals, the 2011 Pan Am Maccabi Games in Brazil, and the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel.  

Chris has numerous years of experience teaching swim lessons and coaching middle school, high school, summer league, USA Swimming, and USMS.  She is certified as a Level 3 coach with United States Masters Swimming, as well as a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association.  Chris is married to John, a fellow masters swimmer, and is Mom to Matt (19yrs) and Meghan (18yrs).

Alex Pierce

Age Group Coach

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A native of Hendersonville, TN, Alex is entering her second season coaching for NAC. She attended Hendersonville High School and swam at four Tennessee High School state championships. Alex swam for Nashville Aquatic Club from 2004-2009. With the Nashville Aquatic Club, Alex competed at Southeastern Championships, Zone Championships, Sectionals, Grand Prix and National swim meets. Alex continued her swimming career at Michigan State University where she graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at Michigan State, she was a women’s team captain, competed in all four Big Ten Conference Championships, competed on relays at the Big Ten Conference Championships, made the Top Ten Times list in the 200IM, 400IM, 100fly, and 200fly, was a Scholastic All Big Ten award receiver, and made the Dean’s list in 2012 and 2013.  Alex coached with the Panama City Swim Team Tsunamis in 2013-2014, Excel Aquatics in the summer of 2013, and the Indian Lake Warriors summer league team in the summer of 2012. Alex is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration through the University of Findlay in Ohio.

Clarissa Wentworth

Age Group Coach

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Clarissa started coaching the Pre-Competitive Group in the Winter of 2012, and has now coached the Red Group exclusively for the past three seasons  She swam competitively for 16 years, getting her start with the Dayton Raiders Swim Club in Dayton, OH. After high school, she swam for Indiana University, specializing in freestyle and butterfly. Clarissa returned to the Dayton Raiders and coached age-group, high school, and Master's level swimmers for two years after college. She then moved to middle Tennessee and is currently working as an elementary school councilor.

Ashley Ann Whitney

Triathlon/Masters Coach

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Ashley was an National Junior Team qualifier as an age group swimmer with NAC. She still holds the Southeastern record in the 200 freestyle for 13-14 girls. Ashley swam for the Bolles School, where she qualified for a spot on the US National Team from 1995-1998. She competed in a variety of national and international competitions and won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in the 800 freestyle relay. Ashley was a member of the 1999 NCAA Championship team swimming for the University of Georgia and completed her collegiate swimming career at the University of California-Berkeley.

A three time Olympic Trials qualifier, Ashley now focuses much of her efforts on training, racing, and coaching for open water swimming. She earned a spot on the 2009 US National Open Water team and has won several open water races around the country. Ashley has coached hundreds of adult swimmers to successful triathlon and open water finishes from sprint to mult-ironman distances. Ashley especially enjoys helping adult swimmers achieve their goals whether they include learning freestyle to participate in their first race or prepare a bid to qualify for World Championship multi-sport competitions. Ashley is excited to bring her swimming and coaching experience back to the team where her competitive swimming career started.

Ashley also enjoys her time as head coach of Nashville’s Seven Hills Barracudas summer league team. She and her husband met in Nashville and enjoy racing triathlons together. They have two daughters who are learning to swim with NAC’s Swim America program.

Margaret Akers

SwimAmerica Program Director

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Coach Margaret, a native of North Carolina, grew up swimming for the High Point Swim Club and swam collegiately for Emory University. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Law. In 2006, she returned to swimming as the full-time Program Director for NAC SwimAmerica and has been instrumental in the program’s rise as one of the region’s premier swim schools. As Director, she is committed to SwimAmerica’s goal-driven curriculum with an emphasis on both competitive technique and safety. Her young swimmers graduate to be competitors in the Nashville and Williamson County Swim Leagues as well as beginner year-round swimmers for the Nashville Aquatic Club. She and her husband Todd have two sons, Seth, a NAC alum and current distance freestyler at Brown University and Holt, a high school senior who is both a competitive swimmer and baseball player. 

 
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