Coach Charlie’s Bio:
Raised in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Charlie was registered as an athlete with Florida swimming for 17 years. As an athlete, 4 national age groups records, 4 individual State records, and over 30 top 16 USA finishes in his career.
Rose swam for Lyman High School, was a 6 time High School All-American and was a State Champion his Junior and Senior years. He was a Junior National and Senior National finalist.
He went to Florida State University were he received his BS Degree in nutrition and fitness and completed the Didactic requirements. He also swam for FSU and twice was an NCAA All-American.
He then went on and was the Grad Assistant Coach for FSU from 1991-1992. In 1994 he was the Assistant Coach of the USS Blue Doflins of Orlando and in 1995 became the Head Branch Coach for the Oviedo pool. From 1995-1996, Charlie was the Co-Head Coach for Oviedo High Swimming and is now the Head Coach for the swimming and water polo teams. He is the head coach for Blue Dolfins at the Oviedo branch.
Charlie has served as the coaches rep for Florida Swimming on the board of directors as well as the senior chair for Florida Swimming and the board.
Charlie enjoys coaching, fishing and time with the family. He is married to Renee and has 2 daughters, Carlie and Marin.
Head Coach Winter Park Branch
Orlando and swimming have been intertwined through nearly all of Kevin Meisel’s 49 years as a native resident. Early exposure to the sport was made possible by the combined efforts of Kingswood Manor homeowners and the developer who set aside land for a park and pool within the community. The KMAC pool manager, swimming instructor and head swim coach was his father, Coach Harry Meisel. Learning to swim and compete was made easy by spending the better part of every summer day at the pool watching his father teach and coach. Older brother Steve began swimming year round for Coach Tom Lamar at Winter Park YMCA and then joined older sister Karen at Bishop Moore Catholic High School where they swam for Coach Tom Boniol. Completing this swimming family is Kevin’s mother, Jeanette, and sisters, Cathy and Teresa. Swimming is truly a “family affair” with great benefits for all.
The generosity of the Alfond family and others allowed Rollins College to build a pool in 1972. Kevin’s father was named aquatics director and founded the Blue Dolfins swim team with a dozen swimmers. A year round program was born that cold day in October and continues today under the direction of former Blue Dolfins great, Coach Charlie Rose. A team championship at the 1974 Jr. Olympic Short Course Championship was just a hint of the Dolfins’ potential. A great help to Kevin’s swimming career and the Dolfins senior program was the hiring of Coach Skip Foster. More growth and success was realized when Winter Park High School built a pool in 1976. Kevin’s father took kids from their first strokes to age 12 and then they moved over to Coach Foster through high school and college. This system worked to produce many team and individual honors that are still being garnered today after 36 years.
Kevin joined that system as a coach in 1980 after two years at East Carolina University. His swimming career was ended by a train accident that nearly severed his right arm. Although his scholarship was honored by Coach Ray Scharf, Kevin came home to help his father in 1980 and earned a BA degree in business administration from Rollins College in 1982. Kevin was able to move forward with his coaching career with the support of family, friends and young swimmers who allowed him time to heal in all ways. Memories of what might have been pale in comparison to the enjoyment of coaching and living daily.
Coaching and teaching age-group swimmers continues to be Kevin’s primary role. He learned a great deal about biomechanics and stroke mechanics from retired ECU swim coach, Dr. Ray Martinez and watched his father’s emphasis on fundamentals each and every day. Instilling those skills in young students as a swimming instructor and coach at Park Maitland School allows Kevin the chance to try many teaching methods that can be applied at swim practice. Stroke technique and talented athletes combined to earn him two Schlueter Stroke Awards presented annually by the American Swim Coaches Association. Underwater video of the 200 IM with the team’s Coach Scope system is used for judging purposes.
A self described character flaw Coach Meisel is not likely to change is judging his performance by the success of the weakest member of his group. “Early promise or apparent lack of ability does not guarantee success or failure in this or any other endeavor. Coaches must be patient in either case. Good times take time!”
Coach Kevin Meisel and his wife, Bobbi, live in Maitland. He serves as a special minister to the sick at Florida Hospital for St. Charles Catholic Church. Giving back to others and to the sport that has given him so much is why Coach Kevin Meisel remains active in the Orlando community and swimming.
Bronze and Flippers Coach
Jen started swimming at what’s considered late in life in the swimming world, at the age of 12 for Trinity Aquatics with Chuck Burgess. It didn’t take her long to fall in love with the sport. Even so, she unfortunately left the sport at the age of 14, but came back two years later and has never looked back. Specializing in breaststroke and sprint freestyle, she swam under Coach Kevin Meisel at Winter Park High School her freshman and sophomore year, took her junior year off and ended up swimming for Edgewater High School her senior year. That year she went to States on the medley relay for breaststroke.
After high school, Jen went to Valencia Community College. She still trained in swimming and as a matter of fact with Blue Dolfins. Her coach was Paige Brunault, who broke off from Blue Dolfins and got her own team, Streamline Aquatics. Jen was generally the oldest swimmer on the team and seemed to naturally take the younger swimmers under her wing, and even won the Leadership Award. Coach Paige asked Jen to help out a few times and the coaching bug bit her. Swimming was great, but to Jen, coaching was even better. Starting out at the age of 17 with a group all her own, she ended up taking a few of her swimmers to Flags (it was JO’s back then) at the age of 19.
Following graduation from Valencia with an Associate’s Degree she went down to Boca Raton to attend Florida Atlantic University. With her sporadic swimming career and some shoulder injuries along the way, she was unsure about being able to swim for FAU, but with a lot of determination and hard work, she walked onto the team. She swam for a year there, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Eventually, she started coaching as an assistant coach with a summer recreation league as well as doing private lessons. From there her coaching took off as she became the head coach for Boca Raton High School from 2003-2005. She had great success, receiving Coach of the Year her first year there, with State teams for the boys and girls both years and even had a 3rd place finish with her girl’s team at Districts in 2004. She was also the head coach for the Boca Raton Manta Rays (summer recreation league), and the Boca Raton Masters.
A few years later, Jen went a little further down south to the Palm Beach area and coached for Gordan Andrews with Lake Lytal Lightning. In 2010 she was getting ready to become the Aquatic Director for the Boynton Beach YMCA, but some family health issues brought her back to Orlando. Once she got settled back in Orlando she knew she had to start coaching again and has been coaching with Blue Dolfins since October of 2011. That same year she met Quentin Dixon and they married in April of 2014. They have a beautiful daughter, Kailani, born in March of 2013.
Jen loves coaching and has such a passion for the sport of swimming. She enjoys the beach, reading, spending time with her family, music, movies, and just life in general.
Flippers and Bronze Coach
Hello parents and swimmers of Blue Dolfins Swim team! I am thrilled to have the honor of coaching your children and cant wait for an exciting summer. I have not had the opportunity to introduce myself to many of you so I wanted to take some time to tell you a little about myself. I am originally from Clearwater, Florida, youngest of 6 siblings who were all swimmers. You could tell by the constant smell of chlorine that inhabited all our cars and countless swim suits that hung on the doorknobs. I enjoyed the sport all the way through high school where I helped lead many of my teammates, individual and relays, on to Regionals, a feat my high school had not seen in many years before. My coaching career began at the age of 16, where I taught swim lessons through the city as well as worked as a lifeguard. Every summer since then I have coached age group swimmers on a competitive team all thanks to my older brother Craig, who has continued to help me to this day. It taught my a lot about myself as a swimmer and also lead me to my future career, even though I didn't realize it at the time. I am currently a senior at the University of Central Florida where I will graduate with a bachelors in Early Childhood Development and Education. I have learned so much in the past 6 years of coaching and look forward to learning more. In the short time I've been a part of the team everyone has made me feel so welcomed even as we all said good bye to the wonderful Coach Sue and it means so much. Feel free to stop by the pool and say hello anytime! Look forward to seeing everyone!
Eric Brandon Christensen
Raised in the Fort Lauderdale area, Eric started swimming at 8 years old because a friend wanted to join a swim team, but didn’t want to do it alone. As an age group swimmer he set 2 LSC records and was Junior Olympic high point winner as a 12 year old and as a 14 year old. He won Junior Nationals at 17 in the 400IM with a meet record.
Eric swam for Western High School and was a 4 time High School All-American. He was runner up 5 times and state champion in the 500 free. His senior year he was selected to compete in the prestigious NISCA meet in Chicago where he placed second and fourth in his individual events.
He went to the University of Florida, where he received his BS in Business. At Florida, he was a 4 time All American swimmer and placed 4th at NCAAs in the 400IM. In his senior year, he received the Skip Foster award for the Most Valuable Swimmer.
Eric still swims competitively today and is an active Masters athlete. He is a 17 time Masters National Champion and the current World Record holder in the Short Course Meter 400IM. He is a ‘lifer’ and will never stop swimming.
Eric has been lucky enough to be coached by a lot of great coaches including 5 Olympic coaches. They all had their own style and ways of coaching. He tries to incorporate all of his past coaches into his own personal coaching philosophy. His motto for swimming and life is: work hard, work smart, smile often, and good things will happen.
Eric met his wife, Jennifer, when he was 10 years old and has been married to her since 1998. He has two boys that are both Blue Dolfin swimmers. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and cycling.