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Coaching Staff

Jacque Millican

Pre National/National, Head Coach

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Jacqueline Fessel Millican

 

Nu Wave is proud to announce our new head coach Jacque Fessel Millican.  Jacque was a nine time All-American swimmer at the University of Tennessee from 2002-2006. During her swimming career Jacque was the 2007 US National Champion in the 100m backstroke and also trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where she worked with coaches from the United States National Team.  Jacque also competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials.

“I am extremely excited to be named the head coach of the NuWave Swim Team. I believe that this program is on the brink of doing something great and I am excited to be a part of it. This team has a tremendous amount of talented swimmers ready to break out. I am also excited to work with the NuWave coaches because I believe they have the ability and desire to take this program to the next level.”

Jacque, who is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been a swimmer since the age of 5. She brings to Nu Wave, experience as a youth, collegiate, and pro swimmer. She was a standout as a high school swimmer at St. Ursula Academy where she was named High School All-American each of her four years.  She was the Greater Cincinnati League Champion in the 100-yard backstroke as a senior. Also in her senior year, she was team captain and claimed the 2002 Tammy Neighbor Award for outstanding achievement and leadership.

From there, Jacque went on to swim for the University of Tennessee from 2002-2006.  She was a Southeastern Conference Academic All-American collegiate swimmer all four years.  She won the Big Orange Award as a freshman in 2003 and served as team captain during the 2005-2006 season.   In her sophomore year at Tennessee, she competed in the 2004 Olympic trials in Long Beach, CA.

During her time swimming for Tennessee, Jacque set records in both the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes, holding each of the Top 10 individual performances in the 100 back and half of the Top 10 individual spots in the 200 back. 

Following college, Jacque continued her swimming career by swimming professionally for TYR Inc.  She represented the TYR brand name while competing in their suits and wearing their apparel during the national competitions. 

In 2007, at the Spring National Championship in East Meadow, N.Y., she finished first in the 100-meter backstroke.  In 2008, Jacque competed in the Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska. At that time, she was ranked 4th in the United States and 20th in the world in the 100-meter backstroke.  Through her training at the Olympic Training Center, Jacque acquired an abundance of technical knowledge, which she plans to bring as a major focus to the Nu Wave swim team.

Jacque graduated from Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Electronic Media.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education at UNO and will graduate in May.  She has been an assistant coach for the Southern Yacht club for the past two summers. Jacque also coached McGehee high school last year.  From 2009-2011 she was the assistant coach for Tulane University.

Jacque is the daughter of Thomas and Venice Fessel.  She has two brothers and one sister. She got married last April to Warren Millican.  Warren works for the oil industry flying helicopters on and off shore, while also serving as a Captain in the Army National Guard flying helicopters for the United States of America.

Jake Hoyson

National/Pre National, Assistant Coach

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jake swam for many years with the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club, and later as a member of the Mt. Lebanon High School Swim Team. As a high school swimmer, he established himself as one of the top sprint butterflyers in Western Pennsylvania, and was a top eight finisher at the Pennsylvania High School State Meet in the 100 Fly. 

 

Jake went on to attend Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Drama in 2008. He was part of four Division 3 NCAA Title-winning swim teams, under the direction of head coach Jim Steen. 

 

Following his graduation from Kenyon, Jake returned to Pittsburgh to coach for his former team, Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club. During his time with Mt. Lebanon, Jake helped to coach state champions, WPIAL champions and record holders, and learned a thousand valuable lessons about the sport of swimming.

 

Jake is thrilled to be working with the National and Prenational groups at Nu Wave. In his spare time, he attends the University of New Orleans, and is working to obtain his masters degree in Film Production.  

 

Jake is the son of Reid and Marilyn Hoyson. He has a sister, Maura. 

Kayla Marie Alf-Huynh

Senior, Head Coach

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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kayla swam backstroke, butterfly, and freestyle events for Parkrose Swim Club and St. Mary's Academy. She acclaimed numerous state titles and state records in High School and was a Northwest/Four Corners Senior Sectional and Junior National Qualifier as well as a NCSA Junior National Finalist.

Kayla moved to New Orleans to continue her education on a swimming scholarship at Tulane University where she graduated in Spring 2013 with a B.S. in Public Health. In her time competing in the Division I Conference-USA, Kayla was recognized as a Mid-Major Academic All-American, Mid-Major All-American, twice recognized as the Conference-USA swimmer of the week, as well as the teams Most Valuable Athlete for the 2010-2011 season. She achieved multiple NCAA "B" cuts in her career, placed in the top three at the conferece-usa championships and qualified and competed in numerous senior national competitions. Kayla left Tulane with school records in the 50 free, 100 back, 100 fly, and 3 relays. 

The Oregon native is the daughter of Kim Alf and Vi Huynh and has a sister, Maranda, who is a swimmer at Oregon State University.

Chelsea M Griffiths

Tsunami, Head Coach

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Chelsea began competitive swimming at the age of eleven for Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita, California under Jeff Conwell. She was a member of two Southern California championship relay teams during her junior and senior year of high school. She was a four time All-American, six-time junior national qualifier, and multiple Junior Olympic and Sectional champion.  She attended her first National Meet in 2007 at the age of 16. 

She also swam for Hart High School in Newhall, California under Steve Neale. Her senior year she broke the Foothill League Record in every event she swam, was a four time Scholastic All-American and is still a current record holder. 

She then moved to Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University.  At LSU she earned four varsity letters, is in the top-10 100 backstrokers in program history, was named to the South Eastern Conference team all four years and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Administration and a minor in Business Administration.

Chelsea is the daughter of Joanie and Gary Griffiths.

Carly Diecidue

Tsunami, Assistant Coach

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A native of New Orleans, Carly learned to swim with Nu Wave Swim Club and is excited to be back coaching with the club. Carly graduated from McGehee High School and moved on to Tulane University where she recently graduated with a BS in Psychology. She has been coaching summer league since 2005 and assisting with both McGehee's middle school and high school teams since graduating in 2010. Carly is now the head coach of the McGehee swim program. She is excited to be coaching the Tsunami group with Coach Chelsea and is looking forward to seeing the swimmers improve throughout the season.

Tess Rebecca Sweatman

Cyclone, Head Coach

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Before joining the Nu Wave Swim Club staff, Tess Sweatman swam for Bayou Barracudas Swim Team in Thibodaux, La. Sweatman moved to New Orleans to continue her education and swimming career at University of New Orleans. She swam for UNO in the Division 1 Sunbelt Conference and received Bronze Medals in Conference relays. She held the 50 free record at UNO for 2007-2008, along with relay records. Sweatman also received the most improved swimmer award in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.  She was captain of the Women's UNO Swimming and Diving team in 2009-2010. In 2010 Sweatman graduated from the University of New Orleans in Health Studies. She is currently substitute teaching for Jefferson parish schools. She worked for Elmwood fitness Center as a youth fitness instructor. She is also certified in Junior Fit, spinning, and personal training.  The daughter of Deborah and James Stentz, the native of Thibodaux, Louisiana has four brothers, Damon, Josh, Jonathan, and Jared.

Cassie Lynn Craddock

Cyclone, Assistant Coach

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Cassie began swimming on a club team when her parents were stationed at the Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan.  The Craddock family moved to Jacksonville Florida in 2001. It was in Jacksonville that Cassie began swimming for The Bolles School. She was a part of the 2003-2004 High School National Championship team, and in 2006-2007, her swim team earned the High School National Team runner up. Competing primarily in freestyle, backstroke and individual medley events, Cassie was a two time high school All American, Junior and National qualifier. She graduated from the Bolles School in 2007 and attended the University of Alabama. At the University of Alabama, Cassie’s credits included:  a Varsity Letter; SEC finalist; and was a school record holder. She had multiple opportunities to teach swimming lessons and participated in coaching the University of Alabama Swim Camps. Cassie has been coaching summer league swimming since 2006. Her most recent appointment at Newman Middle School opens new opportunities to encourage young swimmers to use swimming to expand lifelong skills and fitness.

Brian Bardsley

Tidal Wave, Co-Coach

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Prior to his arrival at Nu Wave Swim Club, Bardsley served as coach of the Plano Sea Dragon YMCA Swim Club from 2009 through 2010. While there, he coached Rishad Kumar to Texas state records and the team to a fourth place finish at the Lonestar Championship swim meet.

A successful swimmer himself, Bardsley was a three-time NCAA Division II national meet qualifier, helping Drury University to the 2005 national championship.

In High School, Bardsley was a five-time 5A Texas state meet qualifier from 2001 through 2003 swimming for Tiger Aquatics Head Coach Craig Harris, while serving as a member of the 2001 Plano Senior High School regional championship squad. In addition to high school team accolades, Bardsley qualified for the 2002 and 2003 American Short Course Championship.

A 2007 graduate of Drury University with a degree in Integrated Media, Bardsley worked for Meyer Communications Radio in Springfield, Mo. for two years following his graduation.

Brian is the son of Michael and Maura Bardsley, and a native of Plano, Texas.  He has a brother, Kevin and a sister, Colleen.

  • B.A. Drury University '07
  • M.A. University of New Orleans '12
  • University of New Orleans Assistant Swimming Coach (2010/11)
  •  University of New Orleans Assistant Cross Country Coach (2010/11)

 

Jonathan R Lindquist

Tidal Wave, Co-Coach

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Jonathan comes to Nu Wave from a long history of swimming starting with a YMCA team on the Jersey Shore. In high school, he was a founding member of the swim team at Freehold Township H.S. and still holds many of the team records. Jonathan earned a B.A. from Fordham University in New York City and swam on scholarship for the varsity Division I swim team in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  In college, he specialized in the 100 and 200 backstroke as well as the 50 freestyle.

 Jonathan relocated to New Orleans after graduating to participate in a post-Katrina volunteer program where he rebuilt houses throughout the city.  Since, Jonathan has worked for numerous non-profit organizations and is currently employed by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  During the summer and fall, Jonathan teaches and coaches swimming at Newman School and is proud to have brought home the Louisiana State Championship for the the Men's and Women's team this year.

Jonathan is co-coaching the Cyclones Uptown group in the evenings at Newman and is excited to see the group growing and improving every day.  

Jonathan is the son of Richard and Kathryn Lindquist who still reside in New Jersey and has a sister, Kristin, living in Scranton, PA.

Marshall Scott Love

Riptide, Head Coach

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  • B.S. Texas A&M Magna Cum Laude

  • M.A. Tulane Latin American Studies '98

  • M.B.A. Tulane '99 Cum Laude

  • Social Entrepreneurship Award 1999

  • Aggie Swim Club Head Age Group Coach 1991-1997

  • Councilman Creative Coaching Award 1995, American Swim Coaches Association

  • Head Coach ACANA (Costa Rica National Champion Team)  1998-2000

  • NU Wave  Developmental Coach 1997-Present

  • Love Swimming, owner 2002-Present

Kylie Ann Kastes

Riptide, Assistant Coach

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Kylie Kastes is a native of Palm Harbor, Florida. She swam for Cashel Mack at West Florida Lighting Aquatics and competed for Countryside High School. Kylie's highlights for her swimming career include qualifying for the U.S. Open Water Nationals, Junior Nationals, U.S. Open and claiming an FHSAA state title. 

After graduating high school, Kylie had big dreams of swimming in the most competitive conference, the SEC. She earned an opportunity to swim for world renowned coaches, Jeff Poppell and Todd Mann, at the University of Arkansas. While swimming for the Razorbacks, Kylie qualified for numerous national meets, including the SEC Championships, and earned SEC Academic Honor Roll for her freshman and sophomore years.  After competing in the SEC for two seasons and gaining invaluable knowledge about technique, training and most importantly, how to succeed at the highest level of competition, Kylie transferred to Tulane University for the re-birth of the swimming program. While at Tulane, she earned the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year Award along with the Commissioner Academic Honor Roll for all four semesters. Along with swimming, Kylie was a dual sport athlete competing in Cross Country for the Green Wave. She recently qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon. 

Kylie also has a twin sister, Katie Kastes, who swam for The University of California Berkeley, where she became an NCAA Champion and two time Olympic Trials Qualifier. 

Board of Directors

Angele Thionville

President

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Yvette Endom

Vice-President

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Tripp Edwards

Secretary

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Richard Armond

Coordinator of Volunteers

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Rhonda Dumas

Treasurer

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Tamara Jacobson

Member at Large

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