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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members. WE ARE  ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW TALENTED COACHES...CONTACT COACH JENNIFER IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!

The board contact information is at the bottom of the page.

Coaching Staff

Greg Gillette

Program Director and Head Coach

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Jennifer M Bowers

Age Group Head Coach

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Jennifer is going on her 4th year coaching for ASL. 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 ASL. 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.

Elizabeth Rachel Ellis

Head Developmental Coach

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Coach Rachel is the new Aiken Site Director for ASL.  She grew up swimming competitively in Texas and was a Sprinter with a Primary of Backstroke and a Secondary of Butterfly.  She started coaching with ASL in the Fall of 2015 and has worked with all the ASL groups at all our sites. She has coached and worked with the Augusta Master Swim Team, Petersburg Racquet Club Summer League Swim Team, Lakeside High School Swim Team, Episcopal Day School Swim Team, Georgia Zone Swim Team, Wounded Warriors Swim Team at Fort Gordon, Tri-Augusta Triathlon Club and the BlazeSports Team. Coach Rachel is a U.S. Army Veteran who deployed to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and Qatar. She was injured while on Active Duty, but that didn't stop her. She started working out with Coach Fred Lamback and the Wounded Warriors Swim Team and started competing in Disability Swim Meets.  She competed in the Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet, The Wounded Warrior Games, The Roosevelt Games and the Dixie Games. She loves kids, has a passion for helping others and looks forward to coaching our young swimmers and watching their progression and passion grow for a sport she loves so dearly.  She enjoy Swimming, Yoga, Boxing and spending time with her dog Luna.

Fred Lamback

Assistant Coach

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Coach Fred’s love of swimming began at the original YMCA in downtown Augusta in 1948. As a mostly self- taught swimmer, he trained and competed in triathlons, training with the Augusta Triathlon Club at Fort Gordon. As a parent volunteer, he helped at ASL home meets as a stroke and turn official as his 3 children swam for ASL.  He started to coach at the national level when his son began competing in disability swimming in 2001. He was named to the 2004 Paralympic staff in Greece as a support person.  Coach Fred continued to coach and support Paralympic swimming and was named USA Swimming Jimmy Flowers Disability Coach of the year in 2010. For the London 2012 Paralympics, Coach Fred had 3 swimmers named to the team, including his son Lantz. He is currently Head Swim Coach for BlazeSports America and travels across Georgia coaching athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities. He coaches veterans with disabilities, increasing their overall fitness through swimming.  He has been named to the Georgia Zone team for the past 5 years as an Assistant Coach. Coach Fred began coaching with ASL in 2009 as an Age-Group Assistant Coach and enjoys working with swimmers of all ages. Fred is currently coaching the High School and White Groups at the Aquatic Center. Coach Fred was also recognized in 2014 as an Augusta American Red Cross Community Partner Hero for his amazing work with Disability Sports, Wounded Warrior, the now nationally acclaimed ASL Fred Lamback Disability Meet and his continued coaching and mentoring with our current ASL swimmers also.

Naomi Buck

Assistant Coach

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Naomi  began her swimming career at Fermata in the summer of 2005 when she was seven years old. She swam for the Aiken/Augusta Swim League (ASL) for eight years. With ASL,  Naomi  and her teammates were Georgia State Champions in the 800-freestyle relay in 2012 at the 14 and under State Meet in Atlanta.  Naomi  swam for South Aiken High School, and is the Region 4A record holder in the 100 Breaststroke. She also placed 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke at the South Carolina State Meet.  Naomi  is a student at Aiken Technical College and is studying Radiology. She has been coaching for the Club swimming since 2016, and she has been the assistant coach for the Fermata summer swim team for the past 3 years and was the head coach summer of 2018. 

Eric Hofstetter

Assistant Coach

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Eric has been an ASL coach since May 2019 and primarily coaches at the Aiken site. Coach Eric is currently a high school science teacher at Silver Bluff High School in Aiken.  He has been teaching Biology, Anatomy, and Marine Science at Silver Bluff since 1992. During that time, he was a varsity football assistant coach for 25 years and the varsity head coach of the softball team for 22 years. The teams that he has coached played in 8 state championships and brought home state titles. In 2003, Eric was named South Carolina Softball Coach of the Year and was nominated for National Coach of the Year. Coach Eric graduated with a Biology degree and played football for Slippery Rock UniversityIn 2013, he obtained his Masters Degree in Education from Walden University. Eric has been married to his wife Melissa for 15 years and has 2 daughters Gina and Lauren, both have been swimming for ASL the past 5 years.

Jackie Jeschke

Assistant Coach

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Jackie joins ASL with a wealth of swimming knowledge. She swam competitively for 16 years with 10 of those being for ASL. Some of Jackie’s accomplishments include 2012 Olympic trials qualifier in the 200 back at age 14, world trials qualifier in 2013, USA  swimming top ten in the nation: 5 times in 200 back, 400 IM, 1650 free, 37 state titles and 3 sectionals titles. Jackie recently graduated and swam all four years for  the  University of Nebraska under former world record holder Pablo Morales. At Nebraska ,  she recieved numerous awards including University of Nebraska’s Heart and Soul Award, Nebraska Swimming and Diving’s Husker Award,  Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award (3 consecutive years),   University of Nebraska’s Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award,  CSCAA Scholar All-American, and Academic All-Big Ten. She currently is working on her doctorate in physical therapy at Augusta University. In her spare time Jackie enjoys spending time with animals (especially cats), outdoor activities  ( like spike ball ) , and cheering people on doing what they love.

Emily Perry

Assistant Coach

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My name Emily Perry and I am so excited to begin my first year as an ASL swim coach! I swam competitively from ages 9-18 and also have experience teaching swimming lessons and coaching summer swim league.  I have taught for 13 years and am loving my position in Kindergarten.  I look forward to helping your child grow to love swimming as I do and teaching them valuable skills that will help them in the pool and out!

Devyn c Collins

Assistant Coach

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Hi everyone, I am Devyn Collins & I have been a part of the Riverwood Rapids swim team for the past 12 years. I swam for ASL and for Greenbrier High School. My favorite stroke is Breaststroke, but I enjoy teaching them all. I recently graduated from the University of Georgia & am in the process of applying for medical school. A fun fact about me is I am a graphic designer & can speak Spanish!

Alexander Alexandrovich Verin

Assistant Coach

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Evan Freed

Assistant Coach

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Evan grew up swimming summer league until the age of 11 when he began competing for ASL. During his time with ASL he became a 5 x Winter Junior National qualifier, 2 x Winter Nation Qualifier, and 1 x Summer Junior National Qualifier.  Evan Swam 8 years with ASL before he continued his swimming career at the University of South Carolina.  Where he graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, soccer, all things outdoors, and playing games.

Board of Directors

Rebecca Harper

President

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Jim Riordan

Treasurer

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Bryan Summers

Secretary

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Christine Rucker

Membership Chairman

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Cari Gunsallus

Meet Director

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Mike Groves

Augusta Vice President

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Mindaugas Jokulis

Aiken Vice President

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Becky Wilson

Fundraising Chairman

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