|The EHT Seahawks coaches
are here to support your needs. For questions 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
Head Coach Brian Elko.
Brian Elko, Head
Coach Brian Elko joined the Seahawks swim team as Head Coach in
September 2002. As a national level age-group swimmer, Brian was a
2-time YMCA National Champion and 3-time NJ State High School
Champion in backstroke and butterfly. He continued his college
career at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a 2-time Big
East Conference Champion in 100 Back and 4-time Big East Team
Champions. Brian finished his swimming career at the 2000 USA
Olympic Team trials in Indianapolis, IN where he competed in the
100 backstroke. He and wife, Samantha have been married since 2002
and have three children, Meredith, Ian and Madelyn.
Bob "Billy Bob" Cornell join the Seahawks in fall 2008.
He was raised and educated in the great state of Kentucky, where he
graduated and competitively swam at Western Kentucky University. He
started his coaching career with the Ocean City C-Cerpants in 1999
as an assistant coach. In 2005 he became the Head Coach of the
C-Cerpants and also the OCHS Mens and Womens Teams in 2003. He is
also a P.E. teacher at Atlantic County Special Services since
Kevin Howarth was born into a swimming family. He learned to swim
at the age of five by his father who competed and loved the sport.
He passed on this love to his four sons, who in turn started a 3rd
generation of swimmers. Kevin swam year round with his brothers,
competed in many open water races, and was a member of the Ventnor
City Beach Patrol. Entering Atlantic City High School, Kevin chose
football where he was starting quarterback and also played
basketball. After attending Atlantic Community College, he joined
the Ventnor City Fire Department and retired recently as a fire
captain after 32 years. Kevin operates a landscaping business as
well. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie of 26 years,
and their four daughters; Paige, Mackenzie, Shannon and Bailey, who
all swam for the Seahawks each for 13 years. Kevin was a Seahawks
board member and held the position of President for many years. He
was instrumental in hiring head coach Brian Elko, in which together
transitioned the team into a year round USA swim club. Kevin has
been coaching since 1999 and is currently the age group 2
Carol McClintock was the 9th child of 10 born into a family of
year-round competitive swimmers. She swam competitively from age 5
through age 18. As with many others in the family, Carol's best
stroke was breaststroke. She was a 2-time winner at the
Pennsylvania YMCA State Championships and held a state record for
many years. She made her first YMCA National qualifying time as a
12-year old and competed each year in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her
coaching career started by helping coach younger swimmers at her
summer club in PA., eventually becoming Head Coach of over 130
swimmers. Coach Carol chose not to swim in college, instead
attending nursing school and continued to coach during the summer.
After graduation she worked as a Critical Care Nurse. Her daughter
Katie is a current Seahawk swimmer.
Laura Bassford initially started swimming when she began with her
summer swim club at the age of 8. Although not crazy about the
sport at first, she fell in love with it and continued to swim
throughout high school and then competed for her college, Franklin
and Marshall. While at F&M, Laura was a Centennial Conference
finalist all 4 years, setting top 10 times in the butterfly and IM
events, and was Captain during her senior season. Laura graduated
from F&M with a government /history degree and currently
teaches social studies. After college, Laura began coaching with
the Seahawks and working with the senior groups with Coach Brian.
Laura loves staying involved with the sport of swimming and working
with the senior level swimmers. In her spare time Laura enjoys
staying active, spending time with family and friends and can never
get enough of the beach in the summer.
Paige Howarth-Blair started with the Seahawks when she was 7 years
old. After falling in love with the sport, she continued on through
high school and did compete as a swimmer for the Ventnor City Beach
Patrol for 12 years. Paige returned to the Seahawks as a
swim-lessons instructor and developmental coach. She helped develop
the pre-team programs, before becoming a team coach in 2013. Paige
graduated from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and is
now a 3rd grade teacher in EHT. In her spare time, Paige and her
husband enjoy walking and playing ball on the beach with their
German Shepherd, Baron. She also loves spending time with her
family and friends.
Joe McVey began competitive swimming at age 10 at his summer swim
club. He quickly found a passion for the sport and continued to
swim competitively for the Seahawks, Holy Spirit HS, and Margate
City Beach Patrol. After college and graduate school, Joe returned
to the pool as a coach for Highland Swim Club and the JCC Sharks.
He was extremely excited to join the Seahawks family as a coach in
2016. Outside of coaching, Joe enjoys spending time with his
family, going to the beach, and fishing.