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

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>Leigh Brown</strong>
Leigh BrownGeneral Manager/Information Technology, Communications and Marketing Director
Leigh is our General Manager and Director of Information Technology, Communications and Marketing. She has been with NOMAD since February 2008 and has worked the front desk, acted as Swim Meet Director, Swim Academy Director and Office Manager before stepping into the role of General Manager.
<strong>Kathy Zarcone</strong>
Kathy ZarconeFront Office Director/Child Watch Director
Kathy has been with NOMAD for several years and has worked in both Child Watch and the Front Office during her time here. She is now the Front Office & Child Watch Director.
<strong>Mary Schoch</strong>
Mary SchochAquatics Director
Mary has been a NOMAD Swim Team coach and swim instructor and is now the NOMAD Aquatics Director. As Aquatics Director, she manages the NOMAD Life Guards, Swim Instructors and other Aquatics Programs.
<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>Wesley Scott</strong>
Wesley ScottAssistant Aquatics Director
Wesley has been a NOMAD Life Guard, Swim Instructor and Deck Coach and now steps into the role of Assistant Aquatics Director. He will assist in managing the NOMAD Swim Instructors, Life Guards, and other Aquatics programs.
<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 Shetler (Assistant Lesson Coordinator)

Missy Hubbard (Water Aerobics/Water Therapy)

Alma Hunter (Front Office/Silver Sneakers Memberships)

Mary Pat Butizine (Front Office)

Sylvia Corliss (Front Office)

Kathy Zarcone (Front Office)

Mahalia Dean (Front Office)

Krystal Kirby (Front Office)

Erica Little (Front Office)

Alex Smalls (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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