Nathan Adrian, Will Copeland Take Over Westside Aquaducks; Hire Hiett as Coach

Former Cal and U.S. National Team swimmers Nathan Adrian and Will Copeland are expanding their swim lesson business into a full-fledged USA Swimming club.

Adrian and Copeland, who are the owners of the AC Swim Club, will combine operations with the Westside Aquaducks, a USA Swimming team, on Wednesday. They’ll take over the program from retiring head coach Dea Ann, who founded the club in 2006.

As part of the transition, Adrian and Copeland will bring in Jon Hiett as the head coach of the Aquaducks. He spent the last 4 years as the head assistant coach with the Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Oregon, which is a USA Swimming silver medal club.

While Adrian and Copeland will be involved in the administrative running of the Westside Aquaducks, Hiett will be the coach and will be responsible for athlete performance. Both Adrian and Copeland are actively instructing at the swim school.

The swim school is located in San Rafael, California, while the Aquaducks train out of Petaluma, which is about 20 miles away.

The 32-year old Adrian represented the US at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games, racking up 5 Olympic gold medals among 8 total. That includes an individual 100 free win at the London 2012 Olympics. He is also a 12-time World Champion in swimming.

Copeland retired from swimming after the 2012 Olympic Trials, but made a comeback for the 2016 meet, where he qualified for the finals of the 100 free and placed 7th – missing the Olympic Team by .34 seconds. He also lost a swimoff that would have earned him a place in the 50 free final as well.

Copeland won a medal at the 2011 Pan American Games as the leadoff leg on the silver-medal winning American 400 free relay.

Press Release, Courtesy AC Swim Club

As current owners of the AC Swim Club, Nathan Adrian and Will Copeland have expanded their involvement in swimming by taking over operations of the Westside Aquaducks, a USA Swimming team located in Petaluma, CA. The pair will bring in Jon Hiett as the head coach. Hiett will be joining the Aquaducks after 4 years as the head assistant coach with the Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Oregon, and will be filling the role left by Dea Ann Joslin, who started the club in 2006.

“Since the Olympic Trials, I’ve spent a lot of time in Petaluma getting to know the Aquaduck family. What Dea Ann has built is something special and we are going to continue to provide a safe place for young swimmers to pursue their dreams.” says Adrian. “From the minute we became involved with the Aquaducks, I knew Jon was the guy we wanted in the head coach position because of his successful coaching at every level. A huge thank you to Dea Ann, the current board members, and all of the team parents for trusting us with this responsibility.”

Joslin has been the head coach of the Westside Aquaducks since its inception.

An All-American swimmer in college, Joslin continued to pursue her passion by becoming the first person to solo swim the Maui Channel round trip. She was also the first woman to win the overall Golden Gate swim, has completed the bridge to bridge swim, the Alcatraz loop, and regularly swims the 9 mile length of Lake Sonoma. She currently plans to continue her involvement with the team by coaching the Silver Group.

Hiett brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sport to the Westside Aquaducks after spending decades with some of the top teams in the nation. His experience as a collegiate swimmer for two powerhouse teams (Auburn University & University of Michigan) makes him no stranger to elite athletes and coaches. During his All-American collegiate career, his coaching philosophy and expertise were formed by his experiences with David Marsh, Richard Quick, Brett Hawke, Mike Bottom, and Jon Urbanchek.

Hiett started his coaching career with KING Aquatic Club, where he remained for five years. He continued his coaching evolution by embracing a position with Tualatin Hills Swim Club. While with KING and THSC, Hiett coached athletes at all levels of the sport, including many National Age Group Records holders and several Olympic Trials qualifiers. The influence on his teams is evidenced through the accumulation of team championships, and the achievement of Gold and Silver Medal Clubs statuses.

“I am beyond excited to be joining a team with so much potential and an already strong foundation. The support and enthusiasm shown by Dea Ann, the current coaching staff, and the Aquaduck families amplify my excitement for our team’s future. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity from Nathan and Will and for their belief in me and my coaching. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

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11 months ago

Brings a big smile to my face. I think people will be real lucky to be involved with this swim club.

NW Coach
11 months ago

PNW in NorCal awesome to see two former NW swimmers leading a new endeavor. Jon Hiett is a great hire, smart, knowledgeable, and hard working, looking forward to see what he builds!

11 months ago

Hope Nathan comes to some Masters Nationals!!

Jon Newsom
11 months ago

Congrats to the Golden Bears! 🐻

11 months ago

Is this an indication that Adrian is done competing?

Reply to  HJones
11 months ago

He has always been a competitor and will never be done competing.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  HJones
11 months ago

Or an indication he now has an extra mouth to feed?

Reply to  HJones
11 months ago

This is no way a knock at Adrian, just something I learned recently that boggles my mind. Adrian is known as one of the best American sprinters ever. Michael Phelps has a fast 100 free that Adrian. Blows my mind just how far up and down Phelps could swim.

Reply to  Ross
11 months ago

The thing that made Adrian so domineer was how consistent he was

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