CHARLIE LOWNES, HEAD COACH
Charlie is a 16-time NCAA All-American swimming and an
All-American at Hebron Academy in Maine. Charlie began
coaching at Paul Hannah Swim Club in Granville, OH. There he
coached several swimmers ranked in the US Top 16 and one swimmer
ranked in the Top 25 in the world. While in the Peace Corps,
1988-1991, he coached the Guatemalan National Team. From 1991-1995
he coached high school and club teams in Cincinnati.
Charlie has been the head coach of University Swim club since
1995. He can usually be found at the University School pool, but is
seen regularly at Euclid as well. Charlie was voted Coach of the
Year, 2002-2003, for Ohio High School Swimming.
Charlie coaches swimmers that are part of several high school
and college teams, and coaches Lake Catholic, Benedictine,
and Kirtland High Schools over the winter months. In addition to
coaching more experienced swimmers, Charlie has a gift for
coaching swimmers at all ages and abilities.
STEVEN JACOBS, EUCLID SITE COACH
Coach Steve grew up swimming in Northeast Ohio competing for the
Western Reserve Seariders, Firestone Akron Swim Team, Shaker Sharks
and Kent Roosevelt High School. He competed on the collegiate level
at Case Western Reserve University, where he was a Team Captain and
perennial University Athletic Association Conference Finalist. He
competed primarily in Breaststroke, middle distance Freestyle and
IM events, though was a distance animal in his age group
Steve joined USC in the fall of 2015 as the Euclid Site Coach.
He is also the Head Coach of the Euclid High School Swim Team.
Before joining USC he coached with Magnificat High School and
Canterbury Golf Club.
Outside of the pool Steve is a Product Design Engineer, working
with multiple start-ups in the Cleveland Area, and is a
recreational triathlete and runner.
Coach Patti swam competitively in the area from the time she was
6 through high school. What she thought was a summer job in
high school and college turned into a lifelong passion and
commitment to athletes and the sport of swimming. In her
illustrious swim career, she has taught swim lessons from infant to
adults, and every age and level in between. When her youngest
daughter turned 3, she returned to coaching at the Princeton
Aquatic Club in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2000-2003. Upon moving
back to Cleveland, she coached the Willoughby Stingers from
2005-2013, and has been with University Swim Club since 2010.
Patti has been the head coach of the Kirtland Country Club since
Not only has Patti trained all levels of competitive swimmers,
but she has trained countless others to do the same. Patti
has published a book and written a curriculum to help
guide swim instructors to teach proper foundations and technique in
swimming, which then helps swimmers to easily transition into
competitive swimming. This is the curriculum which guides the
USC Future Champion Swim Lesson program. She has given
trainings to many of instructors at various pool facilities
in the area, as well as in Cincinnati.
Outside of the pool, Patti is a school teacher at Ss. Robert and
William Catholic School in Euclid. Patti is the loving and
devoted wife of Chris and proud parent of 4 children: Kate, Andrew,
Brenna, and Abby. Without their love and support, Patti
couldn’t be the devoted coach, teacher, and mentor to the
many athletes and children that she is so privileged to
serve. You will see Patti on deck at the Euclid High School
Danny swam competitively for 18 years on various
teams, including the Euclid Panthers SSL Swim Team (10 Years), the
Euclid Marlins USA Swim Team (8 years), Euclid High School and
Hiram College. His specialties include the IM and
Danny made districts his Junior Year of High School in
the 100 Breast and Districts his Senior Year in the 200 IM and 100
Breast. He was also Captain of his High School and College Swim
teams his last 2 years on each Team.
Danny has coached the Euclid Panthers SSL Swim Team for the past
6 years. During the day, Danny works as a helpdesk support
technician for Cornerstone IT in Mentor.
Sam grew up swimming with Charlie and the USC Nation.
He attended University School and Hiram College where he swam
mainly distance events. After college he taught at US and coached
at USC. He then moved to Boston where he started working for
Apple Inc. Earlier this summer he decided to move back to Cleveland
and continue working for Apple and will also coach for USC at