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Andrew David Schmidt

Head Coach

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Andrew Schmidt was born and raised in Western Massachusetts where he started his coaching career in 2002 with Pioneer Valley Aquatic Club and Longmeadow High School.  Andrew started working with the 8 & under swimmers and in his first season coached the High Point Champion for the boys at the New England Short Course Championship Meet. After PVAC and Mei’s Typhoons joined forces Andrew experienced even more success.  In 2009 alone Andrew coached the 9-10 Female High Point Champion the same year she broke the New England record in the 100 Breaststroke and coached a senior swimmer to 3 Summer Junior National cuts.  As a high school head coach (2005-2009), Andrew coached his teams to 22 school records, 5 Western Masachusetts records, and 1 Massachusetts state record, while also finishing as a state runner-up on the girls side in 2006.

After moving to New Orleans in the fall of 2009, Andrew joined Nu Wave Swim Team as the Pre-National coach in the Spring of 2010 and was named head coach of Brother Martin High School Swimming in 2011.  As the Pre-National coach Andrew coached swimmers to 9 Florida Sectional cuts, numerous team records, and numerous individual and relay State championships.  He was named to the Louisiana Zones Team in 2011 as the 11-12 age group coach and 2012 as the coach of the 15-18 year olds.  In the summer of 2012 he took over Nu Wave for the departed head coach and trained the National group to one Summer Junior National qualifying time, one Winter Open qualifying time, and numerous Texas and Florida Sectional cuts.  In his tenure as a Nu Wave coach, Andrew helped the team jump from a consistent 7th place team at the LSC state meets to being one of the top teams in Louisiana, with two 2nd place and one 3rd place finish as a team in the last three State Championship meets.

Andrew is excited to bring his knowledge and experience in the sport of swimming to the Lawrence Aquahawks.

Andrew can be contacted by phone: (785) 218-4752 or email: andrew.aquahawks@gmail.com

Cameron S Case

Assistant Coach

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Cameron Case is in his second year of coaching with the Lawrence Aquahawks. He was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas and started swimming with the Lawrence Aquahawks summer league at the age of 8. After his first summer with the summer league, he joined the year-round program and continued with the Aquahawks until he graduated from Lawrence Free State High School in 2009. He was a Sectional Championship finalist and a Junior National Qualifier in numerous events.

He then continued on to swim at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri under head coaches Jack Steck and Dave Collins. He was a major asset to the Bears mainly in Breaststroke and IM events but was very versitile to the team. He was a finalist at the Mid-American Conference in multiple events. Cameron came back to Lawrence in May of 2011 and joined the Aquahawks as a coach in 2012. He has experience with younger kids teaching swim lessons and Lifeguarding for the past 2 years.

Cameron can be contacted by phone: (785).550.4762 or by email: camcase23@yahoo.com

HEATHER L CLARK

Silver/Gold Coach

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Heather Clark is in her first year of coaching with the Lawrence Aquahawks. She was born and raised in Lawrence and started swimming with the Aquahawks when she was 6 years old. Heather swam with the Aquahawks until 2010. She was a Sectional finalist as well as a Junior National and National Qualifier. After graduating high school, Heather went on to swim for the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Heather contributed to the team in backstroke and butterfly events. Heather also works at Stepping Stones here in Lawrence and has many years of experience teaching swim lessons, as well as life guarding.

Heather can be reached by phone: (785) 840-5909 or by email: heather_clark7@yahoo.com

Alissa D Dundes

Platinum & Discovery/Bronze Coach

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Alissa Dundes has been involved in club swimming for almost two decades.  She is originally from southern California and swam for Antelope Valley Aquatics.  After a very successful club career Alissa was a part of the first class recruited by the NCAA Division I University of New Orleans, as a sprint butterflier and backstroker.  Alissa spent her first two years at UNO coached by 3-time Olympic gold medalist Ashley Tappin and former relay World Record holder Keegan Walkley.  For Alissa’s last two years she was coached by current Florida International University head coach Randy Horner and current University of Utah women’s assistant coach James Winchester. 

Shortly after her graduation Alissa joined the Nu Wave Swim Team coaching staff and worked mostly with 8-10 year old swimmers.  She had two main responsibilities with her swimmers.  The first was teaching and developing proper technique in all four strokes, turns, and starts.  Her second major responsibility was teaching swimmers about swim practice.  They learned what a set was, how to read the clock, how to circle swim, and other practice etiquette that is necessary to participate in a swim practice.  Alissa did a great job with swimmer development and sent the majority of her swimmers to Championship meets each season. In addition to club coaching, Alissa was the head coach of men and women’s swimming at Newman High School in 2011 and she was successful in bringing them their first state championship, on both sides, in seven years.

Alissa is excited to bring her talents and experience to the Platinum, Discovery, and Bronze groups of the Lawrence Aquahawks. 

Board of Directors

Danica L Thompson

President, (785)979-7183

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Katherine Marie Gray

Treasurer, (816) 842-0944

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Tracy S Cowman

Membership, (785)608-6516

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Scott T Cowman

Membership, (913) 515-7922

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Keith Alan Heckman

Operations, (303) 946-7227

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Sharon Elizabeth Soule

Liaison, (785) 856-9855

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