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.
Assistand Head Coach
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 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, Jackie enjoys going to the gym, swimming, crafting, baking, and drinking too much coffee. Jackie will be working with D1 this year and is excited to get to know the swimmers and help them reach their goals.