Coaching Staff

The Columbia Clippers coaching staff is group of highly talented and experienced individuals who provide our swimmers with the highest level of coaching possible. Each member is certified with USA Swimming and holds or is pursuing current certifications with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA). Our staff receives training through the ASCA World Clinic and the Eastern State Swim Clinic. We have many years of experience not only as coaches but as swimmers having participated in age group, high school, college and masters programs.

The mission of our program and our coaches is to promote the sport of competitive swimming for all ages through positive motivation and the teaching of proper stoke technique. We strive to produce swimmers who are able to excel in competition at all levels from novice to national. Our coaches assist swimmers in working towards personal improvement through educating, motivating and inspiring each swimmer within their practice groups. Each member of our staff shares a commitment and responsibility for the overall success of the team.

Coaching Staff

Jeff Scrivener

Head Coach

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Coach Jeff started swimming for CNSL at age 12 and with the Clippers at 16.  He parlayed his love of swimming into a career, first coaching in the neighborhood swim league for 7 years.  He’s now been coaching for the Clippers for 27 years! He became our head coach in 2003 and has coached every age group and level throughout the years.  Jeff is a believer that each swimmer on the team is an important part of it's makeup. Each swimmer has their own strengths and weaknesses that incorporated help the team function as a whole.

Jeff loves when his swimmers come back years later to visit, or send letters in the mail about the important lessons they learned while being a part of the team.

Outside of coaching, you can find Coach Jeff hiking, cycling, thrill-riding at amusement parks and taking care of a few other swimmers... his fish. He also has a pretty adorable son who’s known to make appearances pool-side.

Jeff is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met his bi-annual Background Check Requirement.

Jeff is a certified Level 4 (Level 5 trained) coach through the American Swim Coaches Association. 

Jeff has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Defensive Driving, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association. 

Jeff has personally overseen swimmers who qualified for:

  • AAU Junior Olympic Games 1998 - 2010

  • Zones 2003 - 2010, 2017, 2018

  • Sectionals 2003 - 2021

  • Open Water Nationals 2009, 2010

  • Summer Junior Nationals 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Winter Nationals 2009, 2010

  • Winter Junior Nationals 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015

  • Zone (regional) Diversity camp 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

  • National Diversity Camp 2013

  • Futures 2015, 2016,2017, 2020, 2021

  • U.S. Open 2016

  • Olympic trials 2016

  • Deaf Olympics 2017

  • Deaf World Championships 2019

Swimmers from the program have gone on to swim on Division 1, 2 and 3 college teams. Conference finalists in all 3, and NCAA qualifiers in Division 1 and 3.

Swimmers have also gone on to be a part of the United States and Denmark National teams. Both of whom represented their country at the 2019 World University Games. 

Carl Barr

Assistant Head Coach

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Kelsey Smith Lord

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Kelsey swam for the Clippers from the age of 5 through high school and represented the club at a number of State and Sectional meets. She later went on to swim at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for four years and participated in PSAC Conference Championships. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and minored in Management.

Kelsey is entering her seventh year coaching for the Clippers where she has coached swimmers of all ages and ability levels. She’s previously coached swimmers in the Competition 1, Competition 2, Development 3, and Senior 2 groups. She has helped her swimmers reach their goals of achieving new time standards, MD State and Junior State Championship meets, and breaking individual and relay team records. In 2019, Kelsey was awarded the Age Group Coach Bronze Award by Maryland Swimming in recognition of her swimmers’ accomplishments.

During her time in high school and college, Kelsey also head coached a team in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League (CNSL) and assistant coached the Development 3 equivalent practice group.

Kelsey’s favorite aspect of coaching is motivating and inspiring swimmers to achieve their goals. The swim season can often seem long, but it's a fun journey to see swimmers hard work and dedication pay off throughout the season. Swimming has been such a huge part of Kelsey’s life and taught her so many important life skills that she hopes to be able to instill those same skills into the swimmers that she coaches.

Coach Kelsey enjoys spending time with her husband and son, her dog, and other family and friends. She also enjoys the beach, crafting, attending/watching football games, and watching reality tv.

Kelsey is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check requirement. 

Kelsey has undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

Dylan Reyes

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Joanne Louzon

Coach

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Coach Joanne is a life-long swimmer.  She first dove in and began her journey as a competitive swimmer at the young age of 4. Her love of swimming and competing propelled her into the world of Triathlons, where she became the East Coast Champion for the Xterra Season in 2000.

Having previously coached both Age Group and Masters for the Retriever Aquatic Club, she now enjoys watching some of our youngest swimmers learn new skills and develop throughout the season.

Coach Joanne is a full-time real estate agent, and enjoys running and spending time with her family when not on deck.

Joanne is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Joanne has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

Kevin Costello

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Kristin Smith Burns

Coach

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Coach Kristin swam for the Clippers from age 8 through high school, and represented the club at State, Zone, and National level meets. Kristin went on to swim at Penn State for four years, during which time Penn State Women's Swimming and Diving won back-to-back Big Ten Conference Championship titles. She was named an Academic All-Big Ten Honoree all four years and earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, as well as her master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Kristin is entering her 12th year coaching for the Clippers where she has worked primarily with 12&U swimmers.  Kristin has helped swimmers achieve new BB to AAAA time standards, reach the MD State and Junior State Championship meets, break individual and relay team records, place top 10 in the state including a number of individual and relay state champions, and had swimmers named Maryland Swimming’s Swimmer of the Year.  In 2017, she was awarded the Age Group Coach Bronze Award by Maryland Swimming based on her swimmers’ accomplishments. Kristin also coached in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League (CNSL) for seven years.

Kristin loves coaching because she gets to share her love of the sport with the swimmers.  She aims to set swimmers up for long-term success in the sport by placing greater emphasis on technique over speed.  She enjoys working with the swimmers on how to do things more efficiently and how to execute the best race strategies for different events.

Coach Kristin has two young children and loves spending time with her family.  She also enjoys crafting with her sister (Coach Kelsey), baking and cooking, watching football, and going to the beach. Kristin works full-time for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Kristin is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Kristin has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association. 

Melissa Ivins

Coach

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Hi! I'm Melissa and this is my fifth season coaching for the Clippers! I grew up on Long Island where I started swimming competitively as a kid. I love swimming long distance freestyle events. A little bit about me, in my free time I enjoy swimming, hiking, doing puzzles, and yoga. My favorite color is purple and I love to cook! Swimming taught me so many valuable lessons growing up, such as time management, taking responsibility, hard work, commitment and the importance of working as a team. My hope is that through coaching I am able to help my swimmers learn some of these same lessons and develop a love and passion for the sport that still means so much to me.

Melissa is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements and has met her bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Melissa has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association. 

Michelle Nash

Coach

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Carron Dunker

Team Administrator

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