Coaching Staff

Andrew David Schmidt

Head Coach


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 Speedo 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 Speedo Summer Junior National qualifying time, one Speedo 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.

Since joining the Aquahawks in the Summer of 2013 Andrew has helped grow the Aquahawks in both numbers and accomplishments. His swimmers have participated in the All-Star meets, Zone meets, Sectional meets, NCSA Junior Nationals, and Speedo Junior National meets (both Winter and Summer). He has had a swimmer participate in the Junior World Championships in 2015 for Puerto Rico, and his swimmers have broken dozens of team records and even a Missouri Valley record. Andrew is looking forward to and working hard to continue the growth of the Aquahawks and help all the swimmers on the team reach their goals and potential.

Andrew can be contacted by phone: (785) 218-4752 or email:

Heather L Clark

Silver/Gold Coach


Heather started coaching for the Aquahawks in October of 2012. She was born and raised in Lawrence and swam with the Aquahawks from when she was 6 years old until she was a High School senior in 2010. As a club swimmer, she was a Sectional finalist, as well as a Junior National and National level Qualifier. Heather has 10+ years of experience teaching swim lessons, as well as experience as a life guard. Heather graduated from the University of Washburn in December of 2015 with a degree in Sociology. During her time coaching with the Aquahawks, Heather has helped to grow the age group program in both numbers and accomplishments. She has helped to grow the number of District Championship and MV Championship qualifiers each year. She has had mulitple swimmers in the MV Top 10 for the 10&under and 11-12 age groups. Heather is the lead coach for the Gold and Silver groups, as well as the lead coach for the Explorer group and the Director of the Summer Swim Academy.

Heather can be reached by phone: (785) 840-5909 or by email:

Jama A Mustain

Bronze Coach


Jama started coaching for the Aquahawks in April of 2015. She was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. She started swimming on a summer league team at the age of 6. Two years later, Jama began swimming year-round for the Wichita Swim Club, where she swam for 6 years. Following club swimming, Jama was an asset to her high school team. She holds the Wichita Heights High School women’s record in the 100 breaststroke and was on the school’s Women’s 200 Medley Relay record-setting team.

Jama started coaching and teaching swim lessons at the Crestview Country Club in 2009. During her 5 seasons coaching for the Greater Wichita Swim League, Jama experienced coaching all age groups. She also works at Langston Hughes Elementary School teaching 2nd grade. Jama has many years of experience working with children and as a lifeguard.

Jama can be reached by phone: (316)644-2300 or by e-mail:

Jessica Boyer

Silver/Gold Assistant


Jessie started coaching for the Aquahawks in November of 2015. She started competitively swimming at the age of six and at 8 years old her family moved to Lawrence where she joined the Aquahawks. At the age of 15 she was a sectional semifinalist in the 200 & 100 butterfly. Jessie enjoyed swimming for Lawrence High School all four years of high school, finishing 4th place at state her senior year in 2010. After high school, Jessie continued swimming at Drury University. Unfortunately, after many years of struggling & one surgery later her shoulder injuries caused her competitive career to end in 2011 at the age of 19. She continued at Drury to receive her degrees in Biology and Exercise Science in 2014. After enjoying a few years living in Camdenton, Missouri at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, Jessie relocated back to her home town of Lawrence and started working towards her Masters in Nutrition & Human Performance through Logan University with the intentions of a second Masters in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation. Along with being an Assistant for the Silver and Gold groups, Jessie steps to the other side of the pool come spring to be the Assistant Coach for the Free State High School Girls Swim & Dive team.



Kelsey Liu

Discovery Assistant


Kelsey started coaching with the Aquahawks in the spring of 2016. Kelsey was born in Santa Clara, CA and grew up in Dallas, TX and Montgomery, MD. Kelsey began her swimming career in 2000 and went on to become a NCSA Jr. National, Winter National, and Summer National level qualifier. Kelsey was a school record holder for her high school in multiple events and went on to swim for NC State from 2010-2014. During her time at NC State, she was a two time school record holder in the 200 Breastroke, an All ACC Academic team member, All ACC team member, as well as an Olympic Trial Qualifier. Kelsey has experience as a lifeguard and has worked many years as a coach for numerous summer league teams. Kelsey graduated from NC State with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelors degree in Architechture. She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Historic Preservation from Boston Architectural College. Kelsey is an assistant for the Discovery group.

Katie Bussmann

Bronze Assistant


Katie started coaching for the Aquahawks in the Fall of 2016. Katie grew up swimming for the Manhattan Marlins for 14 years and is where she grew to love the sport. She also became an asset for her High school team having gone to state twice, and was on the all league team. She has lifeguarded the past three years and is excited to coach and build up the new generation of swimmers. Katie is a sophomore at the University of Kansas and is majoring in Exercise Science and Spanish. Katie is an assistant for the Bronze group.

Board of Directors

Marc C Schrader

President 901-414-6260


Danica L Thompson

At Large Member, (785)979-7183


Keith Alan Heckman

Operations, (303) 946-7227


Sharon Elizabeth Soule



Darin Fischer

Liason, (785) 766-2463


Lisa Jones

VP Fundraising, 219-510-2753