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Coaching Staff

Bill Christensen

Head Coach

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Bill Christensen is the Head Coach for NTN. Bill coaches the National and Senior groups. The team has placed as high as sixth at Junior Nationals, and has several National and Olympic Trials qualifiers, as well as Junior National champions. Previously, Coach Bill was the Head Coach of the Lobo Aquatic Club. There, he had several Junior National Championship qualifiers and Top 10 National Swimmers. Bill was the Head Age Group Coach for the King Aquatic Club in Washington for eight years priot to Lobo Aquatic Club. Bill graduated with a BS in Economics and swam for the University of Oregon. Bill is an ASCA Level 5 Coach.

Abby Turner

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Abby came to us from Phoenix Swim Club in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the Head Age Group Coach.  During her career, Coach Abby has coached multiple AZ State Champions, state record holders, and Age Group Top 16 swimmers. She has worked with athletes from the Novice to the Olympic level. Coach Turner holds an ASCA Level 3 certification and is a graduate of Cedarville University, with a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

Dan Balint

Assistant Coach

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Coach Dan swam competitively for nearly seventeen years in Tulsa, Ok and the University of Arkansas. He was a High School State Champion, State Record holder in the 200IM & 100Fly as well as attending NCAA Division 1 Championship 3 years in a row. He has been coaching for several years before coming to NTN.

Shelley N Ross

Assistant Coach

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Coach Shelley has a wide array of coaching experience, and was with NTN during its inaugural season in 2002. She is an intricate part of NTN’s program, and serves in many capacities. She currently assists with the coordination of our Lessons and Stroke Team Programs and serves as the lead coach of NTN’s Starfish Group. Coach Shelley is also a group and private lesson instructor.

Amanda Hogan

Assistant Coach

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Coach Amanda was added to the CISD staff in January of 2011 as a lesson instructor and stroke team coach. In April of 2011, she joined the NTN staff as the assistant coach to the Bronze II and Silver II groups. Amanda relocated to Texas from Missouri upon completion of her B.S. degree in exercise science. She also has a competitive swimming background; swimming at multiple high level meets as well as spending two years on DII National Championship team. Amanda has spent a great deal of time teaching all ages and skill levels in an aquatic environment and is very excited to spread her knowledge to the NTN family.

Laura J Dobbs

Assistant Coach

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Coach Laura came to us from California after her family relocated to Texas last year. She was a competitive swimmer in Northern California at the Junior National level and brings coaching experience from several teams at the Novice and Age Group levels.ý She has a Masterýs Degree in Social Work from CSU Fresno and teaches courses in Child Development for the San Diego State University Foundation.ý She has done a wonderful job giving structure to our stroke team and now also serves as the lead coach for Rising Stars 2. Coach Dobbs is the mother of National qualifying swimmer, Connor Dobbs, and formerly volunteered as the president on the board of the Mission Viejo Nadadores in California.

Ashley Knapp

Assistant Coach

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Coach Ashley is the Senior Assistant Coach at NTN. She also currently serves as the Head Coach for Timber Creek High School. Before that, she was an assistant coach in Keller ISD. Coach Knapp swam and graduated from the University of Miami. Her age group swimming was in Northern California for Orinda Aquatics and the Terrapins

Audrey Cormack

Assistant Coach

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Coach Audrey is the lead coach of the White Group and also assists with our Stroke Team. She was a former coach for GCAT and Irving swimmers, where she gained valuable experience as a coach and swim instructor. She was a former swimmer with LAC and Henderson State.

Kevin Murphy

Assistant Coach/High School Coach

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Coach Murphy has been coaching professionally, all ages, since 1979.  He was an Oklahoma State HS Swimming Champion in the 100 breast in 1974 and went on to swim 3 years at Oklahoma State University, earning All-Big Eight honors each year.  He was a United State Youth Delegate to the Montreal Olympics in 1976.  He spent 6 years in the United State Naval Reserves, from 1977-1983.  He earned a BS in Physical Education from the University of Tulsa in 1983.  He is a member of ASCA, NISCA and TISCA.  He has coached USA Swimming for 32 years, at all levels, and has been a Head HS Swim Coach for 26 years.  Coach Murphy holds an ASCA Level 5 HS certification.

 Since his arrival in Southlake in August of 2005, Coach Murphy has led the Dragon Men and Women, each, to six District Championships in a row.  The Dragon Boys were State Runners-Up in 2007 and 2010, winning the State 5A Swim/Dive Championship in 2011.  The Dragon Girls were 3rdin 2010 and the Texas State Swim/Dive Runners-Up in 2011.  In addition, 40 different Dragon swimmers have earned 88 NISCA All-American swimming listings in the last six HS swim seasons.  As the Carroll HS Head Swim Coach, Coach Murphy works closely with the NTN coaches and is the “competitive swimming ambassador” for NTN and the Southlake Swimming Community.  In the summers, Coach Murphy is the Head Coach of the 250 member, Timarron Tigersharks Swim Team, and teaches “learn-to-swim” lessons in Timarron.  His wife, Patti, is a former Oklahoma University Sooner Cheerleader.  He has four daughters, Dru, Cali, Rachel, and Sarah, along with his son, Sean. 

         At Southlake Carroll, “We build good citizens, not just good swimmers!” 

Lynne Gorman

Assistant Coach/Asst. High School Coach

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Coach Gorman is currently a substitute NTN coach and the assistant Carroll Dragon High School Coach.  Previously, Coach Gorman was Head Age Group Coach for Swim Tulsa and Assistant High School for Union High School in Tulsa.  Lynne is an ASCA Level 3 coach and graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Board of Directors

Kim Faloona

Parent Club Chairman

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Kathy Giddings

Parent Club Vice Chairman

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Kerry Henry

Secretary

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Renee McCall

Treasurer

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Dawn Vande Berg

Volunteer Coordinator

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Laura J Dobbs

New Parent Liason

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Traci Johnson

North Texas LSC Liaison

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