2021 ASCA Board of Director’s Candidates


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Below are the nominees for the ASCA Board of Directors. They are listed in alphabetical order by last name. The ballot will be sent out via email on September 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST to ALL active US Members to the email address on file at ASCA. The deadline to vote is the next day, September 17, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EST.

The following six candidates are running for five open positions on the ASCA Board of Directors.


Mohamed Abdelaal

Coach Mo is serving his first year with the AquaHawgs as Head Senior Coach.  Prior to arriving in Northwest Arkansas with his wife Elisha and two children, Mohamed was the Head Site Coach for Scarlet Aquatics, a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club in New Jersey. 

While at Scarlet Aquatics Mohamed was directly responsible for placing athletes on the National Junior Team and is currently a USA-S National Junior Team Coach.  For 6 consecutive years (2015-2020) multiple athletes have achieved 18 and under world 100 times.  In May 2019 Mohamed was honored to be an attendant and a presenter at USA National Team Coaches Seminar and one year earlier in 2018 he was a presenter at the National Select Camp. 

Coach Mo coached different athletes to medal performances at 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Games, 2019 Pan American Games, 2016 European Championships, 2019 Junior European Championships, 2019 Junior World Championships, 2017 US Open, 2018 USA Nationals, 2016/2017/2018 USA Junior Nationals – as well as coaching two athletes to semi-final finishes at the 2016 Olympic Games.  He was honored to be recognized by ASCA as a top 50 age group coach in 2017, 2019, & 2020..  His athletes have combined for 5 National Age group records and over 60 NJ LSC records.  

He is a graduate of Montclair State University with a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education.  Mohamed Competed for 4 years for Montclair State University where he was captain of the team during his Junior and Senior years.


Bill Dorenkott 

Bill Dorenkott is in his 14th year at Ohio State, his fifth year as the director of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, his 31st season coaching at the collegiate level and 35th overall year coaching the sport. His programs are among the best in the Big Ten Conference, the NCAA and the United States. 

  • The 2020-21 women’s team won the Big Ten championship for the second straight year; 
  • The 2020-21 men’s team placed in the top three of the Big Ten for the fifth consecutive season; 
  • Each program has finished in the Top 3 at the Big Ten championships four consecutive years; 
  • Dorenkott was named the women’s swimming coach of the year last year, his third such honor;
  • Only three teams in the country placed both their men and women in the top seven of the 2021 NCAA’s in Ohio State, Texas and Cal;
  •  Ohio State garnered it’s first United States Swimming Olympic Team member since 1956 when Hunter Armstrong earned a spot on the 2021 team in the 100 backstroke culminating with a gold medal as a part of the 4 x 100 medley relay squad.

Dorenkott has also guided sixteen squads to Top 20 finishes at the NCAA championships, including 7th in 2021 for both the men and women of Ohio State, and he has coached the men’s program to consecutive Top 10 finishes – ninth in 2019 – seventh in 2021 in his two most recent championship meets. Dorenkott has guided five teams to Big Ten championships, including the Penn State women three times – in 2002, 2005 and 2006 – in addition to the Ohio State women the past two seasons. 

Individually, Dorenkott has coached 130 Big Ten Conference champions, including 35 individual Buckeye champions, During his final season of three coaching the Penn State men, he guided Pat Schirk to an NCAA championship in the men’s 200 backstroke. A total of 57 of his PSU swimmers qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, and his student-athletes set 10 Big Ten records and four Big Ten championship records. 

Dorenkott has coached on four continents, and his student-athletes have competed in the Olympic Games, PanAm Games, World University Games, World Championships, Pan-Pacific Championships, U.S. National Championships, the ISL and Fina World Cup circuit. He has been a member of United States Swimming National Team coaching staffs since 2001. He served on the U.S. National Team coaching staff during the 2001 World University Games, the 2003 PanAm Games and the 2007 Japan International Grand Prix. 

An outstanding competitor as a student-athlete at Cleveland State, Dorenkott became a 15-time conference champion, setting a school record in the process. He was a varsity record holder and a U.S. National qualifier and scorer. In 1990, he earned the team MVP award and then served as a team captain in 1991. Dorenkott received two degrees while attending Cleveland State, earning bachelor’s degrees in both communications and psychology. 

He is married to his college sweetheart and teammate, Adrianne (Tripi) Dorenkott, for twenty-five years. They live in Dublin, Ohio where they have four children; Jack (23), Matt (20), Anna (18) and Will (14).


Ellen Johnston:

Ellen, who was named Head Coach in the spring of 2012, celebrated 30 years with the Water Rat Swim Team in 2016. Ellen joined the team in November 1986 as an assistant coach, working with swimmers at every level in the program. She quickly became a full-time assistant coach and was promoted to Senior Coach in 1990. Prior to working in Westport, Ellen coached at the Bulldog Swim Club in Bowie, Maryland, where she was the Senior II and Head Age Group Coach. She also coached all levels of the South Carolina Aquatic Team in Columbia. Ellen was named YMCA National Coach of the Year in 2015.  She also has been named Connecticut Senior Coach of the Year twice and was nominated for the honor again in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Ellen strives to help her swimmers mature as individuals as they progress from the age group to senior level and she encourages them to challenge themselves physically and mentally every day.


Mike Koleber

Head Coach Mike Koleber swam competitively in Michigan from age group through his college years at Oakland University where he was team Captain, 11 time NCAA All-American, and Senior National qualifier. Mike started teaching swim lessons at the age of 13, helping out his Dad on Saturday mornings, which allowed Mike the opportunity to learn from the best, his Dad.

Mike has a true love of coaching and teaching, and does a tremendous job making new kids feel welcomed on the Nitro pool deck. His drive to lead Nitro to ultimately become the #1 program in the country is infectious, and the staff works together as one unit with one goal: Make each swimmer a little better EVERY day.

One of Mike’s favorite lines is his response to this question from a parent who would see Mike every day after dropping off his daughter for practice…
Parent: “What’s it like having the best job in the world?”
Mike: “It’s not a job.”

That is how Mike feels about being given the opportunity to positively impact as many kids as possible each and every day, and he does what he can to help make them better PEOPLE in the process.

Mike is married to Tracy Koleber, who handles the background work behind the scenes. This would include payroll, all bill paying, taxes, capital improvements, insurance regulations, and about a million other tasks in addition to being Mom of their two kids Kalan and Kembree. They are members of Gateway Community Church and contribute in a variety of ways to local charities.


Emily Melina:

Emily swam at UCLA and was a four-year varsity swimmer. She was a finalist at the Pac-10 Championships and a member of the All-Academic Pac-10 team multiple years.  Voted Most Inspirational and Hardest Working by her teammates, Emily values character in and out of the pool.  Emily swam for and learned from renowned coaches Cyndi Gallagher (UCLA Women’s Head Coach), Greg Meehan (currently the Stanford Women’s Head Coach and 2016 Olympic Coach), and Jay Benner (club coach of Olympians Nathan Adrian and Dana Kirk). She has coached swimmers of all levels and developed swimmers into Olympic Trials qualifiers, USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 athletes, multiple National Top 10 Ranked athletes, and many kids who have gone on to swim in college, graduate, and find success beyond the pool.


Pete Motekaitis  

As head coach of the UC Davis men’s swimming program for 15 years, Motekaitis guided the Aggies into conference and national prominence at his alma mater, culminating with a Big West Conference Championship during the 2010 season.  

Under his tutelage, Scott Weltz, who finished his Aggie career as one of the most decorated swimmers in UC Davis history, became the first UC Davis student-athlete in its Division I history to earn All-America honors after finishing 15th in the 200 individual medley at the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The 2006 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year was named Male Athlete of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010.

Then in 2012, Weltz achieved an even loftier goal in his sport, qualifying for the Olympic Games in London. The Motekaitis protegé upset Eric Shanteau and Brendan Hansen in the 200 breast final with a Trials record of 2:09.01. 

This marked the second time Motekaitis had coached an athlete to the Olympic Games. Eight years prior, he had mentored former Cal standout Haley Cope to three medals (including two gold) at the FINA World Championships, multiple World Cup gold medals and a silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games. In coaching both Weltz and Cope, Motekaitis was selected to the USA Swimming National Team staff as a personal coach for those respective seasons.

Motekaitis also coached at the Paralympic level when his athlete Mark Barr finialed multiple times in 2004 and 2008 games.  Motekaitis was also the founder and director of Yolo County Special Olympics from 1993-1997.

In addition to his Team USA and university coaching duties, Motekaitis also served as head coach for the Davis Senior High School swimming programs from 1984-2007 and USA Swim Teams – Aquadarts 1984-1997 and Summer Rec/USA hybrid team AquaMonsters 2005-present. 

Under his guidance, the Davis Senior High teams had earned over 100 + High School All-Americans, 20 High School Section titles, 31 League Championships, 2 individualized national high school records, one relay record, 6 national leading marks.

During his tenure with the Aquadarts, he built a program that was financially bankrupt with 38 kids to become a strong and stable program of 500+ swimmers with a budget of $560,000 in the 90s with entry level programming to developing Olympic Trial qualifiers.

Since 2005, Motekaitis has returned back to youth programming by leading the Davis AquaMonsters and being involved with both Summer Rec governing bodies as well as USA Swimming.  In August of 2019, a home grown AquaMonster became the team’s first Olympic Trial qualifier.

Motekaitis career success has come from a 37 year career of coaching swimming in one small college town where pool access is limited, the town has one high school and two USA swim teams.  ASCA has been instrumental in every stage of Motekaitis coaching career.  In 2018, Motekaitis was inducted into the ASCA Hall of Fame.

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