Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaching Staff


Paul Murphy

Head Coach

Email: swimdownhill@aol.com

Paul began coaching in 1981. He has dedicated his entire professional career to coaching young athletes. Paul is a Certified ASCA Senior Level 5 and Certified ASCA Age Group Level 4 coach, an original member of the World Swimming Coaches Association, a member of the international Swimming Coaches Association, a member of USA Swimming and a Certified ASCA Masters Coach. Along with his individual accomplishments, Paul has coached at Olympic Trials, USA Open and National competition, sectional championship meets, All Star and Zones meets, state high school championships, and recently assisted in coaching Junior National Team to a 2nd place finish. Along with the above accomplishments Coach Paul has also held several LSC Board of Directors and LSC committee positions. Coach Paul Murphy also was the head high school coach of the undefeated Men’s and Women’s swim teams at Bella Vista High School

Paul’s coaching philosophy is to impart teach Positive Belief, Accountability, Respect and Character into all his swimmers. A few of his coaching accomplishments include:

Many of the swimmers continued their competitive swimming to achieve the highest standards in competitive swimming once they began their college swimming career.

70 + Olympic Trial qualifiers

5 Olympians

5 ISL Swimmers

Master Swimming World Record Holder(s)

Swimmers achieved after moving on to 35 NCAA All Americans at all levels

Over 37 High School All Americans

Over 38 Top 16 Ranked Reportable

National Age Group Record Holder (individual and relays)

2 Region 8 or Sectional Championships.

Several Junior and Senior National Finalist

Several State High School Champions

4 LSC Hall of Famers

Chaired or served on every LSC BOD or Committees


Jessamine Harris

Gold Coach

Email: coachjess@aquahawks.org


Matthew Wilkus

Silver Coach

Email: coachmatt@aquahawks.org


Hudson Ramirez

Junior Coach


Bailey Sibenaller

Junior Coach


JT Striebel

Junior Coach

Email: johntstiebel@gmail.com

Board of Directors

Lisa Jones

President, (219) 510-2753

Email: president@aquawhawks.org


Amber Bonnell

Treasurer, (785) 554-7737

Email: treasurer@aquahawks.org


Deena Beneda-Khosh

Secretary, (913) 485-3360

Email: secretary@aquahawks.org


Mark Oertel

VP Memberships

Email: mark@aquahawks.org


Deena Gage

VP Liason

Email: marketing@aquahawks.org