Coaching Staff

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, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 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, Junior National team champions, and has been overall team champion at the Southeastern Sectional Championships.

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 15 Gold Medal Club Awards. This award identifies USA Swimming Clubs that have attained a high level of athlete performance as well as organizational success.

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, 2016 and 2018, 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.  In both 2014 and 2016, Morse was selected as the head women’s 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 two dogs:  Bentley and Jenks.

The Morse File:

  • 65+ Olympic Trial Qualifiers
  • 30 National or National Junior Team Members
  • 26 National Finalists
  • USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year, 2008, 2016, 2018

International Experience

  • Head Coach, USA, 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Team, Hawaii
  • 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

Doug Wharam

Associate Head Coach

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Doug enters his twelfth 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 and summer Junior National qualifiers, over a dozen first time summer Senior National qualifiers, fourteen 18&U Olympic Trial qualifiers, placed twenty-eight athletes on the Southeastern Zone Championship team, and had hundreds of USA Swimming Top 10 swims, including more than forty #1 rankings.  In addition, NAC has also had international success with athletes securing three Junior World Records and multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Pan American Games, FINA World Cup Series, FINA World Junior Championships and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Doug has been named to the coaching staff for several USA Swimming teams, including as an assistant coach for the 2019 Pan American Games and the Head Coach of the 2017 18&U FINA World Cup Team.  Doug has been named to the coaching staff for several USA Swimming Camps including National Select Camp (2013) and National Junior Team Camp (2016, 2019).  Doug has also been the Head Coach of USA Swimming’s Zone Select Camp.  In 2018, 2019, and 2021 Doug was named Southeastern Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.  In 2014 and 2016, Doug received recognition as an ASCA/Fitter & Faster National Age Group Coach of the Year finalist.  In 2016 and 2018, Doug was recognized by USA Swimming as Developmental Coach of the Year.

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.

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 his Doctorate in Sports Management from USSA in 2019. He is certified as an ASCA Level 5 coach, was selected as a 2009-2010 ASCA Fellow, and currently serves on the ASCA Board of Directors.  Doug has two dogs – Powell and Emmitt – and a totally rad wife and daughter, and drives Saabs.

Tony Carroll

Age Group Coordinator

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Coach Tony Carroll spent the last year with YOTA Swim Team in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was the Site Director of their largest Age Group site. In addition to his role as Site Director, he helped develop and implement a team-wide development model that served as a long-term guide for the swimmers and coaches at every site. He also helped one of his athletes qualify for the US Paralympic Team Trials for the first time.

Prior to his time at YOTA, Coach Tony spent five years as a Senior Coach at Lakeside Swim Team in Louisville, KY. In that time, the program was named a Gold medal team four times and Silver medal team once. He has been named to the US National Junior Team Coaches List twice (2018-19 & 2019-20) and he has served as Head Coach for the KY Open Water Zones Team. He has been nominated for the Fitter & Faster / ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year award twice and was named the KY Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 2017.

As an athlete, Coach Tony grew up swimming in South Bend, IN and went on to swim in college for IUPUI where he was team captain his junior and senior years and was a USA Swimming National Qualifier. Outside of coaching, he also spent three years working for SwimSwam.com as an Editor and Web Producer.

Jack Folcarelli

Senior Assistant Coach

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Jack is in his third season at NAC. He began as the Age Group Coordinator before moving into his current role as Senior Assistant and lead Senior 1 coach.

Prior to NAC he served as Head Coach of the Weymouth Waves for 3 years.  Before that he was Head Age Group Coach for the Waves. He also coached and oversaw the 300 member Cohasset Summer Swim Team, which won the South Shore Swim League 4 out of his 5 years.

Jack enjoys helping swimmers realize and chase their highest potential. Whether a first time age group qualifier or a Junior National time, the achievement that represents each swimmer keeps coaching fun and rewarding for Jack.

Outside of the pool Jack enjoys fishing, golfing, and the beautiful Southern weather of Nashville.

Cory Pierce

Red & RACE Lead Coach

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Coach Cory joins the Nashville Aquatic Club as the Red Group Lead and RACE Group Lead. He grew up in the Nashville area swimming for NAC and is excited to be back home. Cory is thrilled to work with all the current Nashville swimmers and share his passion and knowledge of the sport. Coach Cory is happily married and enjoys fishing in his free time.

Prior to NAC, Coach Cory was the lead senior coach with the Lakeside Seahawks in Louisville, Kentucky for five years. While there, Lakeside was awarded Gold Medal status four times within USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program, he was Nominated KY Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year, and helped swimmers to Olympic Trials, Nationals, Open Water Nationals, Jr. Nationals, Sectionals, Zones, Open Water Zones, and Several Kentucky LSC Records.

Sarah Peterson

Swim Fit Coordinator

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Sarah, 2015 Southeastern Swimming Coach of the Year, is entering her eighth season with the Nashville Aquatic Club in a new role as SwimFit & PreComp 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!

Ashley Whitney

Masters/Triathlon Coordinator

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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.

Matt Adams

Assistant Coach

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Matthew is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and started competitive swimming at the age of 11.  He enjoyed competing for club teams around the Charleston area and swam for Bishop England High School where he graduated in 2014. Following high school, Matthew earned a spot on the University of Alabama Swimming and Diving team and scored in SEC Conference Championship meets, qualified for 2016 Olympic Trials, and achieved Honorable Mention All-American honors at the 2016 Men’s NCAA Championships.  Matthew graduated from the University of Alabama in 2018 with a degree in Mechanical
Engineering. He currently works at a forensic engineering firm where he specializes in vehicle accident reconstruction. Matthew is excited to have the opportunity to help NAC’s young swimmers achieve their goals.

Matt Childress

Assistant Coach

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Matt Childress grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where he discovered a love for the water from the early age of five. Before moving to Nashville and coaching for NAC, Matt attended the University of Evansville, where he earned a B.S. in Finance and swam for the Purple Aces all four years. Initially a walk-on to the team, Matt quickly found his fit as a sprint-freestyler and later served as team captain his junior and senior seasons.  Matt moved to Nashville in the fall of 2017 to attend Belmont University’s College of Law and is finishing his final year before taking the BAR exam in July 2020.  After a summer working back home, Matt is happy to be back coaching both Red and Blue group and is looking forward to all the fast swimming and fun that is to come!

Paige Colaberdino

Assistant Coach

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Paige began swimming with NAC at the age of 7. She carried her passion for the sport into her teen years where she also swam for Brentwood High School, and began coaching at Swim America. During her swimming career, Paige was a Southeastern Champion and a Zones team qualifier. She was a member of a National Age Group record breaking relay, and Brentwood High’s school record breaking relays. 

Paige is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing. She is now working as a Site Supervisor for SwimAmerica, as well as coaching for Green, White, and Blue groups. She is excited to share her love for swimming with the developmental and age group swimmers.

Margy Cramer

Age Group Coach

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Margy is entering her sixth season as a coach with the Nashville Aquatic Club. 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.

Morgan Flynn

Age Group Coach

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Morgan grew up in Nashville and started swimming with the NAC at the age of 9. With the program, she qualified for multiple Junior National competitions in freestyle, butterfly, and IM events and the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 800 freestyle. She loved being able to travel the country competing for NAC and her experiences growing up around the pool.

After high school, she went on to swim at the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the 2014 and 2015 ACC Championship teams and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science. She then took a break from the pool and spent a year doing research at Yale University before returning to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is a now rising 4th year medical student planning to pursue a career in Pediatrics and in her third year coaching with NAC.

She is excited to share her love of the water with young swimmers through the Precomp, SwimFit, and Green group programs!

Larry Hayes

Age Group Coach

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Larry grew up in Nashville and began swimming for his summer league team at the age of five. He has always loved swimming, but never really pursued it passionately until highschool. He joined NAC at the age of fourteen and swam there until he graduated Montgomery Bell Academy in 2018. During his time at NAC, he became a successful sprinter, becoming a State, Southeastern, and Zones finalist. He was also a swim teacher for Swim America throughout highschool.
Larry is currently working towards a degree at Belmont University as an English major and Education minor. Even though he still loves swimming himself, he loves coaching much more. He is excited and eager to train young athletes into the best swimmers they can be.

Logan Klinsky

Assistant Coach

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Logan is a Nashville native, and started competitive swimming at the age of 5. She grew up swimming for Excel Aquatics. Prior to college, she was a member of Team USA at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, where she won a silver medal in the 100m freestyle. She continued to swim in college for Miami University (OH), where she specialized in middle distance freestyle. She was a member of MAC Conference Teams 2014-2017 and held records in the 100 and 200 freestyle.

Logan is currently finishing up her master's degree in Forensic Psychology, and enjoys swimming for NAC Master's & Tri. She was the head coach of the Maryland Farms YMCA Thoroughbreds and Nolensville High School prior to coming to NAC, and has been coaching for the past 9 years.

She's pumped to coach the Precomp, SwimFit, and Master's swimmers!!

James Loveless

Age Group & Senior 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.

Jessica Ralston

PreComp & SwimFit Coach

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Jessica is originally from Charleston, SC where she began her swimming career on a year round team and summer league. At the age of 15, she decided that she wanted to lifeguard and teach swim lessons, became lifeguard and WSI (water safety instructor) certified and the rest is history. Jessica began coaching summer league at age 18.  She later started her first year round coaching job, in 2012 and decided to pursue a full time career in age group coaching in 2013, after graduating from the College of Charleston with a BS in Special Education.

In 2016, Jessica took a full time coaching position as the Developmental Coordinator at NAC where she spent a couple years building up the 8&under programming. In 2019, Jessica decided to go back to school full time as a second degree Nursing student. She is slated to graduate from Nashville State Community College with an Associates in Nursing in December 2021. It seems that every time she tries to hang up the goggles, she always ends up missing it more.

Cole Schott

Assistant Coach

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Cole, a Nashville native, started swimming with NAC at age eight. He saw many of NAC’s program offerings through the years, progressing from White Group to Senior 3. He enjoyed traveling the southeast to compete and making lifelong friends in the program.

After graduating from Hume-Fogg High School, where he was a 2013 state finalist in the 100 freestyle, Cole went on to swim at Washington & Lee University. There, he was a member of three ODAC conference championship teams and was elected captain for his senior season. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and political science.

 

After two years as an investment banker in Richmond, Virginia, Cole returned to Nashville in 2019 to attend Vanderbilt Law School. He will graduate with his J.D. in 2022 and plans to pursue a career in litigation.

 

Cole is in his second year of coaching with NAC. He loves sharing his passion for the sport with young swimmers, and he’s grateful for the opportunity to work with the SwimFit 3 and Senior 1 groups. You can often find him swimming at NAC’s masters practices as well.

Lexie Ward

Age Group Coach

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Lexie began swimming when she was 7 years old for The Woodlands Swim Team in Texas. She continued to swim throughout high school, both at a club level and for her school in Kentucky, and then swam club level in college at Belmont University. Lexie assisted Belmont University in establishing the first ever club swim team on campus, and served as President for two years.
Lexie joined NAC’s coaching staff in 2014. She also served as an assistant coach to the Traceside Barracuda’s Swim Team during the summers of 2015 and 2016. Lexie is a current active member of NAC Masters & Tri.

Lexie graduated with her Juris Doctorate degree at Belmont University College of Law and currently works as a member of the Tennessee Attorney General’s office.

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