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Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Kenneth B Cobb

Aquatics Director & Head Swim Coach

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Hi, I'm Coach Ken... the founder of Longwood Aquatics, LLC and Head Coach of the LWA year-round USA Swimming® club team.  I'm also the Head Coach of the Lyman High School Greyhound Swim Team.  Prior to these positions I spent 6 years coaching with Patriot Aquatics from 2010 - 2016, a USA Swimming® Program located at the Lake Brantley High School Aquatic Center where I was also the Assistant Coach of the High School team.  I have been a Coach Member of USA Swimming® since 1985 and am a certified coach and member of the American Swim Coaches Association® (ASCA) and National Interschoolastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA).  I was also selected to Florida Swimming's All-Star and US Southeastern Zone Coaching Staff for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

As an Age Group and Prep stand-out swimmer, I spent my childhood, teenage and college years in the pool either as a swimmer, instructor or coach. My swim instruction background began with several years serving both the American Red Cross® and YMCA organizations in such capacities as Head Swim Instructor and Aquatics Director.  During my college years at the University of Kentucky, I served as Head Swim Coach for two different club teams and served 2 years as President of the Central Kentucky Swim Conference.  I then went on to help form and serve as Head Age Group Coach to a prominent Lexington, KY based USA Swimming® sanctioned team.  With 20 years of experience, I've coached state champions and record holders, junior national qualifiers and finalists, high school All-Americans and college scholarship athletes. 

I left the coaching ranks a few years after college to enter the business world.  Fast forwarding many years, when my oldest son began swimming in 2010, I was reintroduced to a sport that I love.  Shortly thereafter, I began what is now the second chapter of my coaching career.  During the day I'm still a business owner, at night and weekends I'm Coach Ken.  I live in Longwood, FL with my wife Abbey and 2 sons Bradley and Jackson.

Additional Info:

  • Certified Coach Member of USA Swimming® Since 1985
  • American Swim Coaches Association® [ASCA] Level 3 Certification
  • ASCA® Certified Stroke Technician
  • National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Assocation Member (NISCA)
  • Certified Masters Coach with United States Masters Swimming® [USMS]
  • Certified CPR, First Aid and Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • Current with USA Swimming Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training
  • Certified Aquatics Director (CAD®)
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO®)
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor® (WSI)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor® (LGI)
  • American Red Cross CPR, First Aid and AED Certified
  • USA Water Polo Certified Coach
  • P.A.D.I. ® Scuba Certified

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Lori Hickey

Assistant Swim Coach

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Hello, I’m Coach Lori and I’m one of the Age Group coaches at Longwood Aquatics.

I began my aquatic career in Girl Scouts teaching swim lessons at Camp Mah-Kah-Wee. I went on to get my American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor and Small Craft certifications.  I taught swimming and boating there for seven years.  I spent the majority of my aquatics life - twelve years at the City of Oviedo where I taught lessons and coached the Oviedo Barracudas eventually moving to Aquatics Coordinator at the Oviedo Aquatic Center. 

 

I then spent 4 years from 2016-2020 at Silver Hawk Aquatics as an Age Group Coach, Masters Swim Coach and lessons instructor.  I also was the Assistant Swim Coach for the Lake Howell HS swim team.  

 

My ‘regular’ job is in the Student Service office at Lyman High School.   In 2019, I also became the Head Coach for Lyman's Water Polo team, and in 2020 became the Assistant Swim Coach.

 

I’m a huge UCF fan as an alumni and a Marching Knight alumni!   I’ve only missed a handful of home games in twenty years.  Go Knights!

 

I’m excited to join Longwood Aquatics and stay at one location for my entire day instead of driving between high schools daily!!!   

Additional Info:

  • Coach Member of USA Swimming®
  • Current with USA Swimming® Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming® Athlete Protection Training
  • Certified CPR, First Aid and Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • American Red Cross® CPR & AED Certified
  • American Red Cross® Lifeguard Certified

Natalie Bittles

Assistant Swim Coach

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Hello, I’m Coach Natalie and I’m one of the Age Group coaches at Longwood Aquatics. I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 5 years old for Lafayette Area Aquatics which is now called Maverick Aquatics in Lafayette, Indiana. I swam for Culver Academies (College Prep Boarding School in Culver, IN) where we won sectional championships for the first time in program history in 2012 and again in 2013. I was a part of multiple championship relays that went on to swim at the Indiana High School State Swim Meet. 

I signed to swim for Valparaiso University where I swam only my freshman year due to a career ending shoulder injury. However, I did join the club swim team to rehab and keep active in the water since us swimmers can never get enough pool time.  I graduated from Valparaiso University with my BS in Healthcare Leadership in 2017 and a Master of Healthcare Administration in 2018. 

My coaching started when I began teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding in high school where I found my passions for teaching and improving swimmers of all ages. I believe that all children should learn how to swim and be comfortable in the water. I ask that my swimmers always take something away from every practice to improve on as you should be continuously learning each day. And to always have FUN!!! Swimming is a great outlet from day to day life and I hope that I can instill life long, enjoyable memories and valuable life skills for the swimmers here at Longwood Aquatics.

I moved to Florida in June 2019 and reside in Winter Park. Currently, I am working on my PhD in Health Sciences Leadership from University of the Cumberlands while also teaching 8th grade at Tuscawilla Middle School leading the Career Readiness and Business Entrepreneurship classes. Prior to moving to Florida, I was a Leadership Fellow at Culver Academies where I coached swimming at the High School and took multiple student-athletes to the Indiana High School State Meet.

I'm very excited to be a part of the Longwood Aquatics family!

Additional Info:

  • USA Swimming® Certified Coach
  • Current with USA Swimming® Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming® Athlete Protection Training
  • Certified Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • American Heart Association® CPR & AED Certified
  • USA Swimming® Foundations of Coaching 101 & 201
  • CDC Concussion Training Certification

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Erin Fitzgerald

Assistant Swim Coach

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Hello, I’m Coach Erin and I’m one of the Age Group coaches at Longwood Aquatics. I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 10 years old swimming for both club teams and high school.  I was a FHSAA Class 4A Regionals Qualifier in 2017 and 2018, and Captain of the Lyman HS Swim Team in 2019.

My coaching started when I began teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding in high school. I live in Casselberry and am a first year student at Seminole State College where I'm pursuing a career as a Neo-Natal Nurse.

I'm very excited to be a part of the Longwood Aquatics family!

Additional Info:

  • USA Swimming® Certified Coach (in training)
  • Current with USA Swimming® Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming® Athlete Protection Training
  • American Red Cross® Water Safety Instructor®
  • American Red Cross® Lifeguard
  • American Red Cross® CPR & AED Certified