Assistant Senior Coach
Charlie H Lownes
Head Age Group Coach
Charlie was the Head Coach of University Swim Club since 1995 and had remained at the helm through the transition to Cleveland Elite Aquatics in 2019. Under his leadership, USC/CE has been to the Olympic Trials, produced six US Nationals qualifiers and over ten Junior National qualifiers, has been a regular presence on the Lake Erie Zone team, placed as high as 2nd at the Lake Erie District Championship meet and has inspired Passion, Dedication, and Motivation in thousands of swimmers.
Charlie is a 16-time NCAA All-American swimmer at Denison University 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, he coached the Guatemalan National Team from 1988-1991. From 1991-1995, he coached high school and club teams in Cincinnati. Charlie was voted Coach of the Year, 2002-2003, for Ohio High School Swimming.
In addition to coaching more experienced swimmers, Charlie has a gift for coaching swimmers of all ages and abilities, something he is ready to pursue as CSI's new Head Age Group Coach, "I’m excited to be responsible for designing and developing CSI’s future champions; educating and inspiring these young athletes, in order that each one of our CSI Age groupers reach heights they may currently feel is impossible”.