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Tom Himes - Director of Aquatic Programs/Head Coach
thimes@nbac.net

Tom Himes has 38 years of coaching experience in addition to five years of summer league coaching. Coach Tom first began his career with NBAC in 1985 after spending six years with the Howard County YMCA (1979-1985). He spent 17 years with NBAC as the Head Age Group Coach, before departing in 2002 to coach with The Retriever Aquatic Club (2002-2006), Green Terror Aquatic Club (2006-2007), and Loyola Blakefield Aquatics (2007-2009). During his time with each team, Tom elevated the level of each club's Age Group Program. In 2009, he returned to NBAC and in December of 2010 he took over once again as the Head Age Group Coach. In the fall of 2016, Coach Tom was named NBAC's Head Coach.

Coach Tom has coached swimmers to more than 500 National Top 25/Top16/Top10 rankings, including 81 number one rankings, 37 National Age-Group Records and more than 450 Maryland State Records. In addition, NBAC won 11 consecutive American Swimming Coaches Association Age Group National Team Championships. He has coached some of the best swimmers in the world as age groupers, including Olympic Champions Michael Phelps and Beth Botsford and he has produced countless others that have gone onto being collegiate swimmers, USA Swimming JR Team Athletes, and USA National Team Athletes.

Tom has served on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors for more than 30 years in various capacities including the General Chairman, Age Group Chairman, Technical Planning Chairman, Zone Team Coordinator, Zone Team Head Coach and member at large. In addition, Tom was appointed to the National Age Group Development Committee for the 2017-2020 period.

In 2005, Coach Tom was inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2015, the American Swimming Coaches Association honored him with the National Age Group Coach of the Year award. To recognize his service to Maryland Swimming, the Maryland Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year Award was renamed in his honor.

 

Paul Yetter - Head Senior Coach
pyetter@nbac.net

Paul Yetter became NBAC’s Head Senior Coach in November 2016. Prior to the Fall of 2016, Paul was the Head Coach of T2 Aquatics (Naples, FL 2010-2016), an Assistant Coach at Auburn University (Auburn, AL 2009-2010), NBAC’s Head Senior Coach (2004-2009), and NBAC’s Harford Site Lead Coach (2002-2004). During the 2001-2002 season, Paul gained experience assisting National Coach of the Year Bob Bowman with a variety of NBAC’s training groups.

A 7-time member of USA Swimming’s National Team Coaching Staff, Paul has represented the USA as an Assistant Coach at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2007 Japan Open, the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships, and the 2005 World Championships. Additionally, Paul has served as the Head Women’s Coach of the 2007 Pan American Games, and most recently as the Head Men’s Coach for the USA’s Youth World Championship Team at the 2013 Youth World Championships in Dubai, U.E.

Coach Yetter's athletes have represented the USA in every major International Competition, winning medals at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Championships, Pac Pacific Championships, World University Games, Pan American Games, Junior Pan Pacific Championships, and the FINA World Youth Championships.

Since 2004, Eleven athletes under Paul's guidance have qualified to represent the United States in Senior-Level International competition. Most recently, T2 Aquatics’ Michelle Konkoly set 2 World Records within the S-9 Classification on her way to winning 2 Gold Medals, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Yetter was Katie Hoff's coach in 2004 when she qualified for the Athens Olympics at age 15, and again in 2008 when she qualified for the Beijing Olympics. From 2005-2008, under Yetter's guidance Hoff set 2 Long Course World Records and 18 American Records, while earning 3 Individual Olympic Medals and 6 World Championship Gold Medals. During the 2007-2008 season, Hoff set at least 1 American Record in 9 different events.

Following the 2008 season, Yetter guided 15-year-old Elizabeth Pelton to the 2009 USA Rome World Championship team, where she finished 6th in the 200 Backstroke. Pelton qualified for the US Team in 3 individual events -- more than any other female swimmer from the United States that year.

Yetter has guided 12 different athletes to a No. 1 National Age Group ranking, setting over 75 National Age Group Records in the process.

For his efforts in coaching, Yetter was named the 2007 USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year as well as the 2007 United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year for all Olympic Sports.

 

Solomon Sniad - Head Age Group Coach
ssniad@nbac.net

Coach Solomon began his coaching career with NBAC in 2009 under the direction of Head Coach Tom Himes. He worked primarily with our Discovery and Imagination swimmers. In 2011, he started leading his own group.

In the fall of 2016, Coach Solomon was named Associate Head Age Group Coach and in the fall of 2017 he will take over as Head Age Group Coach. During his tenure with NBAC he has had the opportunity to coach multiple Maryland State Champions, numerous Maryland Swimming record holders, and several of his swimmers have been ranked nationally.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Coach Solomon is one of the most requested instructors with the Michael Phelps Swim School, and he also runs the NBAC Stroke Clinic. Prior to joining NBAC, Coach Solomon taught swimming at the JCC in Owings Mills, and he has served as both the head coach and assistant coach for the Meadowbrook Tomatoes.

When he’s not on deck coaching, he loves being outdoors, and watching sports – his favorite team to root for besides NBAC, is the University of North Carolina Tarheels.

 

Brian Horan - Discovery/Imagination Level Coach
bhoran@nbac.net

Coach Brian’s swimming career began when he was just 6-years-old. He swam for Cheltenham Aquatic Club (CAC) outside Philadelphia. He grew up in their program and during college began coaching for CAC. He spent two years with the club before moving to Baltimore. 

In 2008, Coach Brian became a swim instructor with the Michael Phelps Swim School and began coaching NBAC’s stroke clinic. In 2013, he began coaching our age group swimmers. Today, he oversees our Discovery 2, and Imagination 2 & 4 groups.

In addition to his NBAC coaching responsibilities, he managed and coached the summer swim team at Otterbein Swim Club from 2008-2013. When he can, he continues to assist that club with swim meets.

Coach Brian is a proud Towson University Tiger, graduating in December 2016 with a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting.

 

Robert Kesler - Discovery/Imagination Level Coach
rkesler@nbac.net

Coach Rob joined NBAC in the fall of 2016 as an Age Group Coach. While he may be new to NBAC, his passion for swimming and teaching began at an early age, swimming for the South Carroll Serpents and the Green Terror Aquatic Club. As a teenager, he began teaching swim lessons and working with young people.

Following high school, Rob began working at a sports camp and after-school program that offered swimming as one of many activities. He left the sports camp in 2008 after serving as its director for several years and moved to Hawaii, where he taught kindergarten physical education at a local elementary school.

After spending nearly a year there, Coach Rob returned to Maryland to complete his bachelor’s degree at Frostburg State University where he was chosen by the faculty to give the commencement address for the College of Education in 2011.

In the summer of 2015, Rob returned to the South Carroll Serpents as the assistant swim coach, and prior to NBAC, he was an age group coach for the Carroll County YMCA. During the school year, he teaches fifth-grade in Baltimore County.

 

Tony Lindner - Challenge Coach
tlindner@nbac.net

Tony returned home in December '07 to begin his second stint with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. He is a Senior Level Coach.

Tony began his coaching career as a Varsity and Junior Varsity coach for Archbishop Curley High School with John Cadigan from 1987–1990, during which time they won a dual meet title, a league championship, and advanced to a higher conference.

Tony's first tenure with NBAC began in 1991 when he initially began working as a Stroke Clinic instructor. He also assisted Head Coach Murray Stephens with the Senior Elite group from 1993–1997 which included Olympians Anita Nall, Beth Botsford, and Whitney Metzler.

After completing graduate school and relocating to San Diego, Tony became a Varsity coach for Cathedral Catholic High School [CCHS], formerly known as University of San Diego High School (Uni).  During his time at CCHS/Uni (2000–2007), the girls were five-time CIF regional champions and two-time runners up. The boys finished CIF runners up once. In 2006, the CCHS girls' team finished the season ranked #8 in the country for independent (private) schools. Over eight seasons, the team had multiple All-Americans.

Tony is an alumnus of Archbishop Curley High School, the University of Baltimore (B.S., Finance), and the University of South Carolina (Masters, International Business Studies - MIBS).

 

Charles Nyasae - Discovery/Imagination Coach
cnyasae@nbac.net

Charles’s desire to be a swim coach started when he swam for Goucher College Gophers from 2002-2006 and graduated with a degree in Economics. Two years ago, 2014, Charles was given charge of the first Developmental Swim Team at Brick Bodies to help young swimmers learn proper stroke technique. He is now looking forward to using this experience as part of the team of coaches at NBAC responsible for the continued stroke development of all the young swimmers in the program. When not coaching or swimming, Charles works at Brick Bodies Fitness Services as a Membership Counselor.

 

Kathryn Violette - High Performance/Challenge Coach
kviolette@nbac.net

A native of Westbrook, Maine, Kathryn began swimming at the age of 11 for the Westbrook Seals. She continued her swimming career at the University of New Hampshire, a Division I institution in the America East Conference.

During her tenure at UNH she was a part of two consecutive championship teams; 2012-13, 2013-14 and helped her team reach an all-time high ranking of 14th in collegeswimming.com’s Division I national poll in February of 2014. Kathryn was voted by her teammates to serve as captain. She graduated with a B.S in Dietetics and minored in Psychology.

During an internship in Baltimore, she worked at the Michael Phelps Swim School for four months before starting with NBAC as a High Performance/Challenge level coach.

 
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