A worldwide search to fill Heartland Aquatics’ head coaching position ended with the hiring of a former HLA swimmer. Sam Bach, a member of the first HLA team in 2000, was hired in December to succeed Erik Wiken, who resigned after 10 years at the helm.
“It was nice to hire someone who was our number one choice,” said Kera Frederick, president of the HLA board. “Sam is hugely competent and a fantastic human being who understands kids.”
Bach, who is in the process of filling his coaching staff, leads a program whose approximately 100 members range in age from 8 to 51.
HLA’s long-course season started Memorial Day weekend and consists of two-a-day practices – mornings at Woods Pool and evenings at Lincoln Southeast High School – and 2-to-3 competitions each month.
Frederick said Lincoln swimmers desperately need a natatorium. Both of the city’s long-course competition sites – Woods Pool and the UNL pool at the Devaney Sports Center – are roughly 50 years old.
Anyone interested in an effort to help finance the construction and maintenance of a natatorium is asked to contact Frederick at 402-499-3001. To learn more about joining HLA, send an email to head coach Sam Bach at firstname.lastname@example.org.