Our History

More than a training facility for our swim team, Nomad Aquatics & Fitness focuses on health and wellness for the whole family. We serve the north Charlotte, Huntersville, Concord, Cornelius, and Davidson areas.

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Meet The Owners

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Mark Minier  is an “Ohioan” with a great affection for the South. His youth swimming career started in Ohio and culminated in Pennsylvania as an All-America at Westminster College.  He met his wife, Jessica, on a pool deck in his coaching travels and they now have twin boys.    He coached Olympic team finalists in 2008 & 2012, Olympic Team Members in 2004, 2008, & 2012 and Trials Qualifiers from 2000 to 2012.  He was on the coaching staff for the World Championship Team in Rome in 2009 and the National Team from 2006-2012.  “Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”

The NOMAD Legacy

Myra & Steve BillingsNOMAD founders, Steve and Myra Billings opened the NOMAD facility in 2007 as a way to give their community a place grow their love of swimming and fitness.  Steve, also known as “Coach”, went to Wake Forest University on a full swimming scholarship and then coached in Shelby, NC. He coached the UNCC 49ers swim team from 1984-1988 and won the Southeastern Invitational Meet at Emory (their championship meet). He coached at North Mecklenburg High School and won 18 consecutive conference championships and 2 state championships (He also won 1 state championship at Shelby High School, as well). His team NOMAD, which started in 1991 with only 8 swimmers, has over 250 swimmers today.  NOMAD is one of the first coach owned swim teams (swim teams are usually owned and run by parent groups) and the NOMAD facility is one of the only existing coach owned swimming facilities in NC.


Our Dedicated Management Staff

<strong>Mandy Thacker</strong>
Mandy ThackerGeneral Manager
Mandy is the NOMAD General Manager and has been with NOMAD since before the opening of the building in 2007. She is the daughter of the original owners and continues to be an integral part to the day-to-day operations of the NOMAD facility.
<strong>Leigh Brown</strong>
Leigh BrownNOMAD Swim Academy Director/Information Technology, Communications and Marketing Director
Leigh is our Swim Academy Director and Director of Information Technology, Communications and Marketing. She has been with NOMAD since February 2008 and runs our swim lesson programs, maintains our website and social media sites.
<strong>Lauren Oehler</strong>
Lauren OehlerMembership Manager
Lauren is a Huntersville native that has been with NOMAD for 7 years. She has worked in Child Watch and front office and is now our Membership Manager.
<strong>Heidi Cashell</strong>
Heidi CashellDirector of Group Fitness
We are excited to welcome Heidi Cashell into the roll of Director of Group Fitness! Heidi has been an asset to NOMAD for years and her passion for nutrition and fitness drive her success in this role.
<strong>Lauren Brissie</strong>
Lauren BrissieAssistant Director of Group Fitness
Lauren’s infectious attitude, positivity, and love for life and fitness are the perfect combination to make her a natural fit in the Assistant Director of Group Fitness role!

Our Dedicated Support Staff

Judy McCoy (Payroll & HR/Swim Team Billing)

Brandyn Shetlet (Assistant Lesson Coordinator)

Missy Hubbard (Water Aerobics/Water Therapy)

Alma Hunter (Front Office/Silver Sneakers Memberships)

Sylvia Corliss (Front Office)

Kathy Zarcone (Front Office)

Tony Thomas (Front Office)

Samaria Leak (Front Office)

James Bellamy (Head Maintenance)

We are also proudly supported by our Child Watch staff members, Swim Instruction staff members, Fitness Instruction staff members, Life Guard staff members, and others.

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