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.

 

Stephen Henderson

Assistand Head Coach

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Coach Stephen grew up swimming for the Clippers and GBSA. He then went on to swim Division III for Catholic University of America, where he was named lead-captain in his senior year. Stephen was a Landmark Conference finalist in the Freestyle and Backstroke events during his junior and senior years.

This is Stephen’s 8th year coaching. Throughout his time on the pool deck, Stephen has brought all of his swimmers to many personal bests and overall growth in the sport. Stephen has coached swimmers to their first appearances at State Championships, AAAA time standards, individual and relay club records, top finishers at regional meets, and most recently an open water junior nationals qualifier.

Coach Stephen has a highly engaging coaching style that puts him all-in to each practice. Stephen strives to be as motivating as possible to each of his swimmers, by using creative techniques to best prepare his swimmers for their highest success. He works to create a fun culture in each of his groups, where the swimmers and coaches feel like a family, and learn the importance of being a great teammate.

Stephen still keeps in the pool himself by being an active member of Columbia Masters Swimming, where he trains for competitive open water races each summer. He also loves to run, and races in various distances around the country. In his down-time, Stephen can be found relaxing, watching reality television, and drinking a great cup of coffee!

 

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 fifth 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 Elite Prep 1 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 is 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, dog, family and friends. She also enjoys the beach, crafting, attending/watching football games, and watching reality tv.

Ben Costello

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Coach Ben, now in his second 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. 

Caitlin McGing

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Coach Caitlin has a long swimming resume.  She started swimming with the Clippers at the age of 8 and continued all the way through high school, before swimming for 4 years at Salisbury University.  She has been a Clippers coach since 2008, and has coached various summer teams in the CNSL and CMSL since 2007.

Each season, Caitlin enjoys watching swimmers learn and grow while having fun and making new friends and memories. She finds it great to see swimmers accomplish a difficult task, and learning that they can do anything they allow themselves to do!  She focuses on technique with her swimmers, which is critical to increase speed and to continue in the sport for a lifetime.

In her free time, Caitlin can be found cheering on her favorites on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and spending time with friends and her cats.

Callie Mills

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Coach Callie has experienced a lot of different coaching styles, having swum competitively for 6 different teams through the age of 14.

Callie has coached the CNSL team Oakland Mills Tigersharks for the past 4 years, and is currently in her second year coaching with the Clippers. She enjoys watching swimmers grow in the sport, and being there to support them through their triumphs and loses.

When she’s not poolside, you can find Coach Callie behind the wheel road tripping around the country!  She travels both to visit family and just for pure adventure, and likes to try new foods wherever she goes.

 

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.  

 

Georgia Briggs

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Coach Georgia has been swimming competitively for 7 years on both summer swim teams and various club teams. Currently, she competes out of the water on her high school cross country team, but still has a strong passion for swimming and for helping others develop that same passion.

While this is Georgia’s first year with the Clippers, she was an assistant coach with CNSL this past summer 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 enjoy running, singing in choirs, biking, and traveling. Recently, she had the opportunity to combine two of her passions when she went on a choir tour in Costa Rica.  She also likes to read and spend time with friends and family.

Ivan Ose

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Coach Ivan swam for the Clippers for 8 years. He is currently a student at UMBC and continues to swim for the University’s club team.  He is excited to join CAA in his first season as a 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.

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.

Kelly Ryan

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Coach Kelly grew up swimming for RMSC in Silver Spring before heading off to swim and study at Frostburg State University.  He previously coached a summer swim team, Calverton Chargers, part of the Montgomery County Swim League, and was an Assistant Coach at Frostburg State. He’s kept up with his personal love of swimming by participating on several masters teams in College Park, Columbia and UMBC.

Kelly is focused on working with his Senior group of swimmers on their form and enhanced body positions for optimum efficiency and racing.  He watches a lot of files on Dolphin kicking and how flexibility plays a big role in form.

Out of the water, Coach Kelly programs API plugins and streams video games on the platform Twitch. He also gets outdoors to bike and run, and enjoys spending time being a Dad.

 

Kristin Smith Burns

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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 tenth 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.

 

Mariana Orellana

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Coach Mariana grew up swimming for CNSL and Clippers, before continuing as a club swimmers at UMBC. She has coached the Owen Brown Barracudas for the past 3 years, and joined the Clippers coaching staff in January 2019.

Mariana is focused on helping our middle school aged swimmers realize what they are capable of both in and out of the pool. When not coaching, she can be found watching and playing all types of sports, seeking out live music, enjoying photography, writing and reading.

Marlee Thorogood

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Coach Marlee has a long tenure with the Clippers, having swum on the team from 2007 through 2013.  She is entering her 5th season as a C1 group coach.

Marlee loves seeing the swimmers’ hard work pay off. She works every day to teach our swimmers essential in-water skills, but finds the truest joy in seeing those swimmers succeed in their personal goals.

Outside of swimming, Coach Marlee is busy working to become an English teacher. She is student teaching in a Twelfth Grade English class this year and will graduate with a Masters in Teaching in May.  She also reads just about anything she can get her hands on. She is currently obsessed with the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, and is always looking for new book recommendations!

Melissa Ivins

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Melissa grew up swimming for the Three Village Swim Club on Long Island in New York, and participated in club swimming in college at SUNY Cortland. She was also a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor throughout her time in college.

Coach Melissa is beginning her 4th season coaching with the Clippers, and also coached summer swimming at Forest Hill Swim and Tennis Club this year. Here love of teaching and sports extends beyond the pool deck, as a middle school health and physical education in Howard County. 

Melissa’s favorite thing about coaching is watching the swimmers improve throughout the season and seeing how their hard work and dedication pays off. She also hopes to instill a lifelong love of swimming with her swimmers, and to show them how swimming teaches us so many other lessons such as time management, taking responsibility, hard work, commitment and the importance of working as a team.

 

Michelle Nash

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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.

 

Noah Prichard

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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 4th 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”.

 

Sara Gliese

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Coach Sara began swimming with the Clippers when she was just 6 years old, and swam with the team for a total of 13 years!  She is currently starting her 6th year as a Clippers coach. 

She loves working with kids and seeing the progress they make, and helping their passion for the sport grow throughout the season.

Coach Sara is currently a Graduate student getting her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, and uses the little free time she has she to read and spend time with friends/family.

Sue Mangan

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So many of our Clippers swimmers have learned the basic fundamentals and techniques from Coach Sue!  After swimming competitively throughout her own childhood, Sue went on to swim in high school and college.  In addition to the Clippers, she has coached the Columbia Corsairs (the original Clippers!), for the Eagles Swim Team, and also currently coaches the Columbia Masters.

Coach Sue feels that coaching isn’t just about the swimming stuff. It’s about teaching life lessons. In her own words, “every kid is awesome!!!” 

Outside of coaching, Coach Sue can be found riding her bike and paddling her kayak. Just put her by the water and she’s happy!

 

Carron Dunker

Team Administrator

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