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At the Columbus Aquatic Club we remain dedicated to developing not just the individual athlete but the total person.  We employ a team of recognized and accomplished professionals in the field of coaching to assist in this vital role.  In addition to individual experience, each Hurricane coach maintains basic safety certifications through the American Red Cross, a non-athlete (coach) membership in USA Swimming, and a current background investigation.  Our coaches believe in and actively participate in certification and continuing education. 

Coaching Staff

Andrew Beggs

Head Coach

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Andrew is in his fourth season with the Columbus Aquatic Club. He spent his first two seasons as the Associate Head Coach before being promoted to Head Coach in April of 2018. Throughout his tenure, the team has saw numerous successes including multiple Georgia State Champions, Futures Champions as well as Junior National and Senior National qualifiers. Andrew oversees all aspects of the Columbus Aquatic Club program including the developmental, age group, senior and masters swim programs. Andrew works directly with the Senior, Masters and CAT 2 training groups. 

Prior to coming to the Hurricanes, Andrew was most recently the Director of Competitive Aquatics and Head Coach for the Lionville Community YMCA in Exton, PA. Andrew took over the Lionville program in the Fall of 2013, where the year prior Lionville finished 17th at the State Championship Meet. In just three years, Lionville accelerated from 17th in the State, to 10th in 2014, 3rd in 2015 and 1st in 2016, setting multiple District, State and National records along the way. Andrew, with the help and support of the Parent Board, accelerated the Lionville YMCA from a Level 1 USA Recognized Program, to a Level 4 in just 2 years, the highest level of recognition in USA Swimming. His team went from qualifying just 4 swimmers for Short Course YMCA Nationals in 2013 to qualifying 16 swimmers in 2016 for the Long Course National Championship, where his girls’ relays finished top 16 in 4 out of 5 relays; the first time in program history that any relay qualified for a final at the YMCA National Championship. Also, while at Lionville, Andrew served on the Pennsylvania YMCA State Committee as a Coaches Representative.

Prior to coaching for the Lionville YMCA, Andrew served as the Associate Head Coach for Swarthmore College, where he coached both the men's and women's teams. While at Swarthmore, Andrew was the recipient of the CSCAA (College Swimming Coach's Association) Jean Freeman Scholarship Award. This award is given to one male and one female coach in each NCAA Division, who exemplifies both leadership and integrity. As the Associate Head Coach, he was responsible for recruiting, running/writing practices, coordinating and designing dry-land programs, trip planning, and running invitational meets.

Andrew has also coached for the Ridley Area YMCA, Brookhaven Swim Club, Pennypacker Country Club, Riddlewood Swim Club and Sun Valley High School. In all of his positions, he has led swimmers to multiple championships and national rankings. He is known as a great technical teacher with tremendous attention to detail and precision.

Andrew grew up in Brookhaven, PA and attended Rutgers University on a track and field scholarship. He holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from Eastern University.

Kayla Mumpower

Age Group Coach

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Kayla comes to us as a returning coach and is very excited to be back. She is passionate about swimming and was the Captain of her swim team in high school.  Kayla is a Level 2 Coach and especially enjoys working with age group and developmental swimmers. She is currently employed at North Columbus Elementary and is engaged to be married.

Leah N. Gingrich

Assistant Coach

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Leah made her way to Columbus from Pennsylvania after coaching for three years in Harrisburg for the West Shore YMCA where she swum as an age grouper.  Prior to coaching, most of her swimming experience comes in the form of an athlete. Leah was a member of the University of Texas swimming team from 2008 – 2012. As a member of the Longhorns she was a 2-time All-American, 4-time Honorable mention All-American, 6-time Big 12 Champion, 5-time finalist at the USA Swimming National Championships.  She has been a member of the Junior National Team, World Youth Team, Pan American Team and World Championship Team where she competed both in the pool and in open water races. She was a 2-time Olympic Trials finalist in 2008 in the 200 fly and 800 free where she finished eighth in both events. Leah has been featured in Swimming World Magazine, Swimswam, and Floswimming over the course of her career. As of this year she still holds 3 YMCA National Records as a member of the West Shore YMCA from 2008, some of the oldest records on the books at those Championships. As a member of her East Pennsboro High School team she was a 4-time NISCA All-American, 6-time Individual State Champion in Pennsylvania and 2-time Pennsylvania State MVP. She is excited about being apart of CAC and being able to share her experiences with the athletes.

Leah is currently a Certified Elementary Teacher (PreK-4) and Reading Specialist. She earned a BA in Education with a Minor in Corporate Communications, from the University of Texas. 

Adam Sjoholm

Assistant Coach

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Adam’s swimming experience comes from being an athlete. He began swimming year-round when he was 12 years old for various clubs in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania. He trained with and competed for the Germantown Academy club and school team throughout high school from 2008 to 2012. During his senior year, Adam won the 100 freestyle at the Eastern Interscholastic Championship Swimming and Diving Meet. The boys team went on to win the overall meet as well for the first time in six years. Later, Adam swam for the Division 1 team at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 2012 to 2016. Adam specialized in swimming freestyle throughout this time, having received training for the 50-yard race all the way up to the mile.

Upon graduating from college in 2016, Adam was commissioned into the Army as an Infantry Officer. His first duty station was Fort Benning, and he later moved to Fort Carson. From there he deployed to Afghanistan from 2018-2019 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Adam also broadened his knowledge of water safety and swimmer physiology by attending and successfully completing the Army’s special operations dive school in Key West, Florida. Adam has now recently returned to Fort Benning, where he plans on completing the remainder of his Army commitment before attending graduate school.

Adam has a BA in Computer Science and is currently attending the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning.

Jennifer Bowers

Assistant Coach

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Jennifer will be joining us after coaching for ASL for 4 years. This past year Jennifer was a Georgia Select Zone Camp coach, Georgia Open Water coach, and a Georgia Age Group Coach where her 15 and over girls won high point for the meet. She was chosen as Georgia’s 2017 Emerging Coach of the year and has helped numerous ASL swimmers obtain some major goals for USA swimming that include U.S. Open qualifiers, Junior National qualifiers, zone champions and record holders, numerous futures and sectional qualifiers, state and divisional champions. Coach Jenn has been coaching competitive swimming for over 15 years and has swam competitively for most of her life including in college. She has swam for and coached with some of the top coaches in the nation and brings a wealth of knowledge, motivation, and talent to our program. Jennifer has also led ASL to breaking the top ten teams in Georgia the past two years and the coveted southeastern divisional spirit award winners 2 times running. Outside of swimming Jenn enjoys watching her STL Cardinals and Mizzou Tigers play, spending time with her husband Britton and daughter Genevieve, and shopping.

James Bradlee Keefover

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Kristie E Gramling

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Kaylee Rebecca Grue

Assistant Coach

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Kaylee is a Health Educator/Strength Coach at the Army Wellness Center on Fort Benning. She holds a BS in Health Promotion and an MEd in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University. Hailing from the Marshall Islands, Kaylee grew up in the water and competed in the 2006 Micronesian Games in Saipan, CNMI. Kaylee enjoys spending time with her cats and swimming with the Hurricanes Masters Team.

Austin Hirstein

Volunteer Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Becca Puckett

Board President

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Chaille Alisha Sullivan

Vice-President

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Lori Marstin

Membership Director

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Amy Conti Harkness

Secretary

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Dee McNeil

Treasurer

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LaKaren Rickman

Program Director

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Kathy Gramling

Team Admin

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