Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Adam Nelsen Team/Benton Head Coach

Adam Nelsen has been involved with swimming since he was 4 years old. He began competing under the guidance of Coach Paul Blair through the LRRC Dolphins. At an early age, he demonstrated a high level of understanding of the mechanical aspects of swimming and a natural feel for the water that blossomed into a love for the sport. During his career as an Arkansas swimmer, Adam broke many state and association records in multiple individual events and relays across various age groups.

In 2014, Adam was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. This was a tremendous honor that was a highlight of his swimming career in the state. He realized that so many wonderful coaches, officials, and parents had helped him during his journey. Coach Adam recognized that he owed it to the next generation to give back to the sport in the form of coaching. His long-term goals are to ensure that children gain a love of swimming that will carry them through the sport for the rest of their lives.

Adam currently is the Aquatics Director of the City of Benton in Arkansas. He is developing, organizing, and implementing creative aquatic programs that improve the swimming, physical, and mental health needs of all residents in Saline County. He brings extensive personal experience with Arkansas Swimming and education in community health, as well as dynamic interpersonal communication skills and motivational techniques.

Coach Adam is happily married to his wife, Monica. They have 6 children: Morgan, Dylan, Aubrey, Zach, Eli, and Gabe. In his spare time, he likes to perform music and spend time traveling with the family.

Highlights of his career:

  • 2014 AR Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2017 Arkansas Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2018 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Professional of the Year
  • 2018 ARPA Sports Program of the Year – Benton Sharks
  • 2019 World Aquatics Health Conference Speaker
  • 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021  Arkansas Zones Team Coach
  • Head Coach for the Central Arkansas Swim Club Racers (9 locations)
  • Catholic High School Coach
  • Age Group Chair for Arkansas Swimming
  • AR Swimming Hall of Fame Banquet coordinator
  • 2019 1st Place Girls for ARSI 14 and Under Age Group Championships
  • 2020 1st Place Girls, Boys, Combined for ARSI 14 and Under Age Group Championships
Dylan Nelsen Benton Assistant Coach - Seasonal
Cari Karugireyo Benton Homeschool Coach
Michelle Miller Fort Smith Coach
Dmitrii Bokankhel Paragould Coach
Board of Directors
Adam Nelsen Executive Board Member, President
Monica Nelsen Executive Board Member, Vice-President
Alyce Oulette Board Member
Beverly Nelson Board Member
Gina Sims Board Member