Coaches & Directors

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 contact  Head Coach Brian Elko.

Brian Elko, Head Coach 

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.

Robert Cornell, Coach 

Coach 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 2001. 

Kevin Howarth, Coach 

Coach 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 coach.

Carol McClintock, Coach 

Coach 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, Coach 

Coach 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, Coach 

Coach 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.

Joseph McVey, Coach 

Coach 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.

Board of Directors

Brian Elko

Team President / Head Coach


Cindy Bell

Vice President


Deborah The Amazing Sarhan



Christa Dewitt



George Moore

Board Member