Coaches

FACILITIES & PROGRAMMING BIOS

MICK NELSON

FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Mick is the Club Facilities Development Director for USA Swimming. He comes from a club coaching background along with extensive experience in business and aquatic management.  He holds a BS in Business administration and an MS in Education. Mick, along with wife Sue, started their own swim club and built their own indoor facility in Danville Illinois in 1972. In 1974 they formed Nelson’s Swim Supply, a retail and wholesale pool/spa and aquatic equipment business. In 1982 they formed NSS, Inc. which offered aquatic facility design, building, and business consultation to the  aquatic industry. In 1994 they started WaterWay Therapy Inc. which was one of the first and only privately owned and operated Medicare approved outpatient Aquatic Physical Therapy centers in the country. In 2002 they opened Poolside Health & Wellness Center which became not only the home for the Turtles USA Swimming competitive club , WaterWay Therapy, and Swim America learn-to-swim program but a full service land and water community health and wellness center.  Mick’s specialty is business development, programming, water treatment, and aquatic facility design.  In 2004 Mick moved to Colorado Springs to initiate the Facilities Department of USA Swimming. Since that time the Facilities Department has 30 new facilities either completed or under construction, 60 more in the design phase, and over 100 in the programming feasibility stages. 

 

SUE NELSON

AQUATIC PROGRAMMING SPECIALIST

Coaching alongside her husband in the family business Sue is an ASCA level 4 swim-coach and has extensive experience in business and aquatic management. Her second career as a certified Aquatic Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer helped her with training licensed Physical Therapist in their privately owned Outpatient Therapy Center.
 
She and husband/business partner Mick, formed their own swim club and built their own indoor facility in Danville, Illinois in 1972. In1974 they started Nelson’s Swim Supply, a retail and wholesale pool/spa and aquatic equipment business. In 1982 they formed NSS Inc., an aquatic facility design, building, and business consultation to the aquatic industry. In 1994 they began WaterWay Therapy Inc. which was one of the first and only privately owned and operated Medicare approved outpatient Aquatic Physical Therapy centers in the country. In 2001 they opened Poolside Health & Wellness Center which became not only the home for the USA Swim Club, Water Way Therapy, and Swim America learn-to-swim program but a full service land and water community health and wellness center.  In June of 2004 Sue moved to Colorado Springs to join USA Swimming Club Development. She holds a BS in Exercise Science. Her specialty is program development and implementation along with facility design. 


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