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 25 years! He became our head coach in 2003 and has coached every age group and level throughout the years. Under his leadership, Coach Jeff has had swimmers qualify for Junior Nationals, Nationals, U.S. Open and Olympic Trials in 2016.

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. 

 

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 sixth 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.

Ben Costello

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Coach Ben, now in his third full season as a coach, swam competitively for the team from the age of 8 to 18.  He was also the Junior Athlete Representative and then the Senior Athlete Representative to the Maryland Swimming Board and had the privilege to attend the USA Swimming National Convention on behalf of Maryland swimmers.  While in college, Ben coached Clippers groups during the summer, and was the head coach of the Dorsey Search Dolphins. 

Ben emphasizes having strong fundamentals in all aspects of technique and developing the ability to really race from the blocks even at the end of practice. He loves sharing and repeating his favorite quotes about the process of working through adversity… which ultimately means that he gets to quote Star Wars!

While not on the Clippers deck, Coach Ben is practicing and performing as a classical flutist. He also enjoys slowly reading through Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in Russian. 

Ben 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. Ben has also udnergone training in Service Excellence, Data and Privacy Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

Dylan Reyes

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Growing up in Illinois, Dylan swam for 12 years on club and high school teams.  His coaching experience is not limited to swimming - he coached Cross Country and Track at the collegiate level in Iowa. In his personal life, he still competes in triathlons as well as running events throughout the year.

Coach Dylan enjoys working on developing young swimmers - and helping them improve from the first practice, to the first meet, and through the entire season.

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

Esme Gullick

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Georgia Briggs

Coach

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Coach Georgia has been swimming competitively for 9 years on both summer swim teams and various club teams in our area. Currently, she is a senior at Hammond High School and is training with our Senior 1 practice group. Georgia hopes to share her strong passion for swimming and help others develop that same passion.

Georgia is entering her second season coaching with the Clippers where she previously worked with our 10 and under practice groups. She has also been an assistant coach with CNSL and has taught swim lessons and a stroke and turn clinics. These experiences have helped her learn how to teach and correct strokes to ensure that swimmers develop their skills, and have shown her how to coach swimming and making it fun! 

Coach Georgia’s favorite aspect of coaching is seeing the swimmers improve and gain confidence in themselves, and finds it rewarding to help a swimmer accomplish a new milestone, such as a best time or completing a longer race. She loves working with kids because they remind her of the excitement she felt when she first started swimming.

Outside of coaching and swimming, Georgia enjoys running, singing in choirs, and traveling. She also likes to read and spend time with friends and family.

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

 

Ivan Ose

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Coach Ivan swam for the Clippers for 8 years. He is currently a student at UMBC studying math and continues to swim for the University’s club team.  He is excited to be a member of the team as his second season as a CAA coach, and looks forward to making working hard and having fun synonymous for his swimmers.

Away from the pool deck, you can find Coach Ivan playing with his dog, Bubbles, or jamming with his friends on the guitar. You can find his band, the not yets, busking in and around Columbia.

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

 

Joanne Louzon

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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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Coach Kevin is joining the Clippers for his first season of coaching! Kevin swam for the Clippers for 12 years where he learned how to persevere through adversity, value physical fitness and motivate himself to set and achieve his own goals. After high school, Kevin attended the University of Maryland where he studied philosophy and history. He recently graduated in the spring of 2020. During the summers he coached the Harper’s Choice Challenge summer team for six seasons. 

Coach Kevin is looking forward to working with swimmers to individually improve and meet their goals as well as accomplishing something big as a team. 

When not on the pool deck, Kevin enjoys signing in choirs and as a cantor in church.

Kevin 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 his bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Kevin has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

 

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 11th 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 (who may make appearances occasionally on the pool deck) 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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Coach Michelle swam for Frostburg State in Western Maryland before joining the Clippers coaching staff.  She was a Clippers swimmer for 5 years during middle and high school. She is in her 7th year of working with our swimmers, and each season looks forward to instilling a love for the sport of swimming with the next generation. 

When not guiding her swimmers, Coach Michelle can be found enjoying art and photography, skiing, hiking, and taking in the latest flick on the big screen.

Michelle 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. Michelle has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data and Privacy Security, Buesiness Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

Noah Pritchard

Coach

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Noah swam with the Clippers for 12 years before going on to a successful collegiate swimming career at Towson University.  He has coached for CNSL for 6 years, and is currently beginning his 5th season with the Clippers. 

Coach Noah enjoys teaching the philosophies of swimming and instilling a love of learning and hard-work ethic among all the swimmers.  Outside of the pool, he is a self-declared “computer and video-game nerd”.

Noah 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. 

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

Carron Dunker

Team Administrator

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