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Christopher Raymond Bley

Acting Head Coach

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Coach Chris coaches with a widde variety of groups and is is the Head Coach of our summer team, the BAACfins.  Prior to coaching at Bel Air, Chris was the Head coach for the Bannister Neighborhood Swim Team in Waldorf, Maryland from 1998-2004.  He was an assistant coach for Fort Washington Swim Team from 1995-1997 where he grew up and learned to swim.  He graduated from Salem-Teikyo University, where he swam (1996-2000), in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science.  He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and Sport's Coaching from College of Notre Dame of Maryland and currently teaches 8th grade science at Magnolia Middle School.  He is also currently the Head Coach at Joppatowne High School and has coached at Oxon Hill High School before moving to Harford County in 2004. He has a wife and two children whom he loves dearly.

Amelia Louise Bothwell

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Amelia is currently a junior at Franklin & Marshall College located in Lancaster, PA where she is double majoring in Business and Psychology. She has been swimming since she was 3 years old and swam for BAAC from 2009-2018. Since then, she has been swimming for F&M where her primary events are 400 IM, 200 IM, 200 fly, and even some distance free! Amelia started as a junior coach for the summer team, the BAACfins, when she was in middle school and has been an assistant coach for the past two years. In addition to coaching the summer team, she started coaching year round this past summer (2020). Not only has Amelia been involved with MD swimming on the pool deck and in the water, but she also served as an At-large Athlete Representative on the MD Swimming Board of Directors for 3 years during high school and attended the USAS Convention as a MD Swimming Representative in 2017. She loves sharing her passion of swimming with others and hopes that this will be passed on to your children! Go BAAC!

Jessi Duffy

Head Age Group Coach

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Jessi is a special educator currently teaching second and third grade at Hall's Cross Roads Elementary. She has been in the water since she was 6 months old but, swimming competitively since she was 13. During her first four years of competitve swimming, she swam on Fountain Green swim team in the summer months and for C. Milton Wright High school during the school year. After graduating high school, she swam for Notre Dame of Maryland University from 2011-2015. At Notre Dame, she holds the records for the 100 backstroke, the 1000 freestyle, the 1650 freestyle and various relay records. Jessi has been teaching swimming for 8 years and has taught all across Harford and Baltimore County. Her job as a full-time special educator at an elementary school helps to ensure that she individualizes the swim instruction to help better all her swimmers. She hopes to get to know your children through swim lessons and the swim team! Go BAAC!

Jess Danielle Leilich

Head Senior Coach

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Jess started swimming at 8 years old and swam for the Harford Hurricanes for the majority of her swim career. After graduating high school, she swam club in college at WVU, and since has done some long distance open swimming, including the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim across the Bay Bridge, and 2 Half Iron Distance Triathlons.
She coached two summers when I was young with North Harford Swim Club and did the 2017-2018 Season with the Bel Air Bob Cats as head coach. In March 2018 she started as an assistant coach at Arena under Betsy Graham. Since starting there, I’ve gotten my ASCA level 3 and moved from assistant to lead senior coach. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education From Towson University and is a teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools teaching 8th grade Language Arts.

Dave L Linson

Head Senior Development Coach

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Coach David Linson began coaching with BAAC in 2000/2001 and with a few years break from the sport he returned in 2010.  Coach Dave has been coaching swimming in Harford County since the early eighties starting in the Harford Swim League with teams from Rock Springs Swim Club to Maryland Golf & Country Club. He also coached at Aberdeen High School where he took 4 freshman all the way to the platform at County Finals in there Senior year four years later.
 
Raised in Hagerstown Coach Dave started swimming at age six with Northwood swim Club and year round competitive swimming at the Hagerstown Y  USA program thru High School.

Coach Dave lives in Bel Air with his dog & cat.  Coach Dave also works full time for Valley Lighting.
 

Sarah Louise Nelson

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Sarah just graduated from The John Carroll School and will be attending Randolph-Macon College this fall. She will be swimming for R-MC’s team and plans to study Biochemistry on a Pre-Med track. Sarah was introduced to swimming at a very young age but did not begin competitively swimming until she was 14. She began swimming for BAAC’s year-round team in 2016 and still trains with Penguin- the top training group. In addition to coaching both BAAC’s summer team and year-round team, Sarah served on Maryland Swimming’s Board of Directors as the Senior Athlete Representative for two years. She has attended three USAS National Conventions (2018, 2019, and 2020) alongside attending a “She Leads” Conference (2018). Sarah loves both the wet and dry side of the sport and continues to share her passion by coaching your children. Go BAAC!

Kate Wilson

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Kate Wilson hails from Wilmington, DE and has been a swimmer since age 2. She swam competitively through high school and is now a lover of open water swimming. She's swam Escape from Alcatraz and has sights set on Rough Water swims in the coming years. In her youth, IMs, Breaststroke, and Distance Free were her favorite events. She has taught/coached swimming for about 15 years and is BAAC's new Swim Lessons Manager.