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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Patrick Norman at 785-331-6940 or by email.

Coaching Staff

Patrick D Norman

Head Coach / President

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Patrick started coaching in April of 2002 with the Lawrence Aquahawks .  His early years allowed him to grow as a deck coach and position himself for an opportunity with Duke City Aquatics as Head Senior Coach.  With Duke, he furthered his passion for coaching and managed additional administrative responsibilities.  He was able to coach his first Senior National qualifier, grow pool numbers and help lead Duke City Aquatics to second place at the New Mexico State Championships.
 
A move in 2007 brought Patrick back to Lawrence to coach the Bronze, Platinum and Senior groups for the Aquahawks.  In 2008, he assumed the role of Head Age Group Coach.  He helped implement important programs including Weekly Updates, Aquabucks, Group Testing, Challenge Sets and Start and Turn Clinics. During this time, he was also able to coach multiple team record holders.

Patrick is the longest tenured club coach in Lawrence with 9+ years of experience in town. In the summer of 2010, he started Ad Astra Area Aquatics with the idea that the club would be Athlete Centered, Coach Directed and Parent Supported.  He also runs his own lesson program, The Lawrence Swim School.

Patrick lives in Lawrence with his two children, Elle and Jay.  Patrick is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas, where he swam competitively.  Patrick grew up swimming under Jim Sheridan of Donner Swim Club in Columbus, Indiana.

Honors and Achievements

•    Coached multiple league and state champions at the high school level
•    Coached Sectional, Junior National, Senior National and Olympic Trial qualifiers
•    Numerous Team Record Swimmers
•    Nominated for 2006 New Mexico Coach of the Year
•    Head Coach of New Mexico All Star team
•    Assistant Coach for Missouri Valley’s Central Zone team 2007, 2008, 2009
•    ASCA Certification Level 3
•    Top 16 swimmer at Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships (1999-2001)
•    All Big 12 Academics (1999-2001)
•    Junior National Champion
•    2010-2011 Missouri Valley Coach of the Year Nominee

•    Coach of 3 Olympic Trial Qualifiers

•    Head Age Group Chair for the Missouri Valley LSC 2010-2013

Katie J Price

Head Age Group Coach / Board Member

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Katie is originally from Mitchell, South Dakota and just recently moved to Lawrence, KS. She began swimming competitively when she was 11 years old. Her love for the sport took her to Minnesota where she swam breaststroke for the Gophers. After two years, she transferred back to South Dakota to finish her collegiate swimming career for the Jackrabbits. She graduated from South Dakota State University in December of 2010 with a Physical Education and Health Teacher Education Degree. Her coaching experience includes being Head Coach of the Brookings Swim Club in SD. She met her husband at SDSU, and got married in August 2011, which brought her to Lawrence to share her passion of swimming with the AAAA swimmers. Katie and Ritchie live in Lawrence with their son Ryan. She feels blessed to continue her coaching in Lawrence and is excited to be a part of this amazing team

•    2012 Olympic Trial Qualifier                       Head Coach - Missouri Valley All Star Team 2012

Alaina M Shelton

Assistant Coach/Baldwin Site Head Coach

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I have lived most of my life in the Kansas City area and been a part of the swimming community since 6th grade. I swam for the Kansas City Blazers for 7 years and began to be a Blazer Coach my Senior year in High School at Shawnee Mission West, where I also swam Varsity for 4 years. During summers throughout college, I was the Head Coach of the  Deer Creek Dolphins Neighborhood swim team for 5 years, coached Blazer swimmers in the evenings, and taught swim lessons. I graduated from Kansas State University in May 2011 and currently work at Lawrence High School teaching Geometry. I felt like my life was missing some chlorine and I couldn’t bear to say away from the pool for too long! I’m excited to be coaching again and can’t wait to work with age group and high school swimmers at AAAA.

Zach Henderson

Assistant Coach

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Zach was born and raised here in Lawrence and began swimming with the encouragement of his loving parents after they noticed their 4th-grade son was becoming rather "hefty". Zach soon became an avid swimmer and continued the sport throughout his early education where in high school he was voted Captain of the Lawrence High School swim team. In 2008, he went on to become a NCAA  Division II collegiate swimmer at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he was awarded by his teammates for his strong work ethic and positive attitude. After his four years of eligibility, he continued with the Husky swim team by joining the coaching staff as a student-assistant his final year in college.  Zach has swam every event possible, being a sprinter, distance, and mid-distance swimmer throughout his career. Zach graduated with a degree in Meteorology and you can now catch him on Channel 6 News as a substitute Meteorologist. Zach has also spent the summer of 2013 as the Lead Instructor at the Lawrence Swim School.

Robin Krug

Assistant Coach

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Alyssa C Detwiler

Assistant Coach

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Alyssa is a Senior at the University of Kansas where she is double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology. She has been a lifeguard and swim instructor since she was 16. She is Water Safety Instructor Certified and loves teaching children how to swim and improve their techniques. Alyssa has always had a passion for water and enjoys spending her time around it. As a freshman and sophomore, Alyssa rowed with KU crew and is now on the sailing team. She has always loved swimming and enjoys the sport very much. She is very excited to coach for Ad Astra Area Aquatics!

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Patrick D Norman

President and Head Coach

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Lyne Tumlinson

Director

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Katie J Price

Head Age Group Coach/Director

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Tricia & Trey Venters

Vice President

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Patrick Berry

Treasurer

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Jolisa I Buchner

Business Manager

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