Coach Mike Nordmann has been named the interim head coach for the Magnolia Aquatic Club. He will take over from long-time head coach Terry Jones, who is leaving the club for a position with USA Swimming in their revamped Club Services department.
“Coach Mike has been with MAC for many years and is well versed in what is going on and what needs to be done for the club,” Jones said. “He will do a fantastic job and I will be working with him everyday making sure everything is taken care of.”
Nordmann was a head age group coach with MAC for 4 years and associate head coach for 2 years until August 2021. He also is currently the coach of the nearby Woodlands Masters Swim Team.
The Magnolia Aquatic Club is owned by the Magnolia Independent School District, which means that the school district will be involved in the process of hiring a new coach. Jones says that a parent advisory committee will work with the district to be “the voice for the team and convey important information.”
Jones has served as the aquatics director at Magnolia High School since 2001 and as the head coach of the Magnolia Aquatics Club since 2003.
Located in Magnolia, Texas, a small town in suburban Houston that is experiencing rapid population growth, the club has turned out multiple USA Swimming National Team members.
MAC finished 3rd at Speedo Summer Junior Nationals in 2016 for women, second at the 2017 Winter Junior National – West meet in the women’s competition, and 3rd in combined team finish at the 2017 Speedo Summer Junior Nationals.
The club was first recognized as a USA Swimming silver medal club in 2012. By 2015, it was a bronze medal club, and in 2018 and 2019, the club achieved Gold Medal Club status in the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program – the top tier reserved for about 20 or 25 of the best American club teams every year.
Jones himself served on the U.S. coaching staff for the 2016 Junior Pan Pac Championships.
The program’s best-known alumni are sisters Lillie and Lucie Nordmann, who are both currently members of the women’s team at Stanford University. Lillie is a former member of the USA Swimming National Team.
They are the daughters of the new interim head coach Mike Nordmann.
Another standout among many NCAA swimmers from the program includes Michigan All-American Kaitlynn Sims.
Those three combined with Monica Gumina (Queens) to set a National Age Group Record in the 800 free relay in 2017 for the 15-18 age group. MAC swimmer Dean Jones also broke the 11-12 National Age Group Records in both the 200 yard and 200 meter butterflies in 2018.