Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. Please see the contacts below for questions:

  • Coaching Staff for issues related to - Practices, Meets, Swimmers, Facilities

  • Parent Board for issues related to - Fundraising, Team Activities, Volunteers

  • Team Administrator (susan.mcdonald@columbiaassociation.org) for issues related to - Registration, Swim Team Fees, Escrow Account, Resignation, Website

  • Group Parents for issues related to - Group Activities, Practices, Meets

Coaching Staff

Jeff Scrivener

Head Coach

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Coach Jeff has been with the Clippers for over 20 seasons.  After nine years as the team's Age Group Coach, he took over as the Head Coach in 2003. Jeff has helped guide swimmers to Zones, Sectionals, Top 16, Top 10, Junior Nationals and National qualifications. Under Jeff's guidance Columbia has had finalists at all levels including State, Sectional and Futures champions as well as A and B finalists at the U.S.Open. He is currently an ASCA Level 4, Level 5 educated, coach. Jeff has served on the Executive Board for Maryland swimming since 2009 as Age Group Vice Chair, Coaches Representative, and is currently the Senior Vice Chair. He has been a home coach for the 2011 and 2013 Eastern Zone Diversity Camp as well as the 2015 National Diversity camp. Jeff was one of the inagural coaches at the Maryland Olympic Training Center camp in 2013. In 2016 Jeff was selected as a coach for the Eastern Zone Select Camp. It is Jeff's goal to help make each swimmer successful in and out of the pool.

It is Jeff's hope that everyone helps the team accomplish more than they could by themselves. Since 2007 the team has finished in the top 25 teams overall 23 times in regional or higher level championships. 

2007 Speedo Sectional Championship (Boyds, Maryland) - Women 14th, Combined 24th

2008 Speedo Sectional Championship (College Park, Maryland) - Men 22nd

2009 Speedo Sectional Championship (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) - Women 18th, Combined 21st

2010 Speedo Sectional Championship (Boyds, Maryland) - Men 9th, Combined 15th 

2012 Speedo Sectional Championship (Fairfax, Virginia) - Women 22nd, Men 24th, Combined 23rd

2014 Speedo Sectional Championship (Christiansburg, Virginia) - Women 21st, Men 16th, Combined 17th

2015 Speedo Sectional Championship (Christiansburg, Virginia) - Women 10th, Men 4th, Combined 6th

2015 Futures Championship (Greensboro, North Carolina) - Women 18th

2016 Speedo Sectional Championship (Richmond, Virgina) - Women 5th, Men 7th, Combined 8th

2016 Futures Championship (College Park, Maryland) - Men 21st

2017 Speedo Sectional Championship (Christiansburg, Virgina) - Women 12th, Combined 16th

 

 

Stephen Henderson

Assistand Head Coach

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Coach Stephen is one of the full time coaches at Clippers and returns for his 4th season. Stephen is a former Clipper swimmer himself and later went on to swim for the Catholic University Cardinals, where he competed all four years as a team captain. In his time coaching for Clippers, Stephen has coached swimmers to new time standards, ranging from 'B' to 'AAAA,' as well as guiding swimmers to State Championship and Sectional qualifying times. Last season, Stephen had 20 swimmers in the 11-12 age group qualify for the 14 & Under Championships, where they brought home several top-8 individual finishes and new Clippers team records.

Stephen coaches 11-14 year old swimmers and will be working with the Competition 1 and Elite 2 groups this year. Stephen believes in creating a practice environment that is challenging, yet fun for the swimmers. Stephen's favorite element of coaching is seeing the athletes growth throughout the season, both in sport and as young people. When Stephen is not on the pool deck coaching, he enjoys spending his time running, drinking coffee, and relaxing at home! 

Michael Adamovich

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Coach Michael has been coaching since 2012. He will be working with Futures, Fitness, and D2 as well as helping out with E1. Coach Michael graduated from UMBC in May 2016 with a Bachelor's of Arts in History. Before becoming a swim coach, Michael swam for the Columbia Clippers for many, many years. Every swimmer has their own style and Coach Michael looks forward to their discovery. He loves providing guidance to the swimmers, so that they can in craft their greatest potential into reality.

Mai Bird-Walker

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Jody Frey

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Sara Gliese

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Melissa Ivins

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Hi! I’m Coach Melissa and this is my second season with the Clippers. This season I will be working with Elite Prep 2. I grew up on Long Island where I swam competitively throughout high school and when I went away to college. I currently teach Health and Physical Education at a Middle School here in Howard County. In my free time I love to cook, go to the beach, volunteer and explore Maryland. Swimming taught me so many valuable lessons growing up, such as time managment, taking responsibility, hard work, commitment and the importance of working as a team. I hope 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. >

Jackie Lapointe

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Jackie is looking forward to starting her first year coaching with the Clippers. She began swimming for the Clippers at age 9 and continued through high school. She continued to swim collegiately at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she just graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition. Jackie has coached in the CNSL for six years as both the assistant and head coach of the Phelps Luck Snappers. In her spare time, Jackieenjoys going to the gym, swimming, crafting, baking, and drinking way too much coffee. Jackie will be working with C3 this year and is excited to get to know the swimmers and help them reach their goals.

Sue Mangan

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Coach Sue's coaching career started as a coach in the CNSL in the 1980's with her debut as a Clippers coach in 1986. She is known for developing young athletes with a solid foundation of mechanics. As an age group coach, her swimmers helped build Clippers into one of the area's largest and strongest age-group programs.  Her swimmers have set numerous team records, earned individual Maryland State Championships, and achieved USA Swimming Top-16 National Times. Many have gone on to compete in high school and college. Since 2003, Coach Sue has also served as the Head Coach of Columbia Masters Swimming. With her continual focus on development of strokes, her USMS swimmers have achieved Top-10 national rankings, competed in regional and national triathlons including IRONMAN, the Chesapeake Bay Swim, and USAT Age Group Nationals. Athletes in her program range from nationally ranked athletes to fitness swimmers. In the summers, you can find her working with the CNSL mentoring coaches. 

Coach Sue is certified by USA Swimming, US Masters Swimming, ASCA Level I and II coaching certification, ASCA/USMS Level 1 and Level II, and  ASCA 8 & Under coaching certification. Coach Sue holds a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of San Diego. She is married to Sean and is a proud mom of three daughters, Katie, Aine and Brigid. 

Caitlin McGing

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Michelle Nash

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Kelly Ryan

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Coach Kellyhas been coaching the Clippers since 2011 and has been involved in swimming for over 25 years. He is a ASCA level 1 Coach and swam competitively for RMSC, Good Counsel High School and swam through College at Frostburg State. Kelly enjoys the technicality and physics of swimming and is always looking to evolve the sport and push swimmers to new levels with new ideas and technique execution.

Kelly graduated from Frostburg State with a BS in Business Administration and Graduated from UMUC in 2011 with a MS in Information Technology Management/Cyber Security. He currently works as Test engineer at Northrop Grumman and is married to coach Jessica. They have  2 kids  Chase and Alyssa. He enjoys playing , football and softball along with competing in triathlons, half marathons, biking and swimming in his off time.

Kelsey Smith

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Kelsey is excited to be entering her third season coaching year round with the team.  She began swimming for the Clippers at the age of 5 and continued through high school where she was a member of numerous State and Sectional teams.  She swam collegiately at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with majors in Marketing and Management.  Kelsey has assisted coaching various Clipper groups for seven years while also coaching in the CNSL as an assistant and head coach of the Long Reach Marlins.  In her spare time Kelsey enjoys doing various crafts, attending football games and spending time with her friends and family.  Kelsey is looking forward to working on stroke and racing technique, while seeing how athletes improve both in and out of the pool. Kelsey will be working with the C2 group this year.

Kristin Smith-Burns

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Kristin is entering her seventh year coaching year round for the Clippers and is ASCA Level 2 certified.  During her time with the Clippers, Kristin has worked primarily with swimmers aged 9 thru 12.  She believes in focusing on stroke technique for continued improvements and future successes.  Kristin has helped a number of swimmers qualify for the MD State Championship meet for the first time and finish in the Top 10, as well as achieve new Motivational Time Standards from 'B' to 'AAAA' times and set new team records.  She also coached in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League for 7 years.

Kristin swam for the Clippers from age 8 through high school and during breaks throughout college.  While in high school, she represented the Clippers 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.  Kristin continued on to get her master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State as well. She currently works full-time for Booz Allen Hamilton in the Washington, DC area.  Kristin loves swimming and coaching because she gets to share her love of the sport with the swimmers.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafting, jewelry making, and attending football games.  This season, Kristin will be working with the Development 1 group.

Marlee Thorogood

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My name is Marlee Thorogood and this season I will be working with Competition 1. I have been coaching with Clippers since January and previously coached CNSL for three summers  I swam with the Clippers for six years until I graduated high school in 2013. Currently I am attending UMBC as a double major in Environmental Science and English. In my free time I love to read (and enjoy pretty much anything that has to do with books).  

Susan McDonald

Team Administrator

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