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Coaching Staff

Scott Ward

Head Coach & Team President

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Scott Ward is a certified ASCA Level 5 Swim Coach who has been professionally coaching since 1986.  In 1992, Coach Ward founded Eagle Swim Team where he continues to serve as team president and lead coach of the program's National Training Group.

Coach Ward is well respected in the USA swimming community and has developed a reputation of developing national and international level swimmers as evidenced by four of his alumni going on to win NCAA titles and three of them earning spots on the USA National Team.  Under Coach Ward's direction, Eagle Swim Team has experienced tremendous gains in the past several years and has become a nationally recognized club team. Since 2005 EST has been awarded Bronze and Silver Medal awards by United States Swimming Club Excellence program twelve times– one of only two Maryland clubs to be so recognized. Since 2006, the Eagles have captured ten Eastern Zone Sectional titles including combined team titles in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. 

Coach Ward also serves as the head coach for the McDonogh School's outstanding men's and women's varsity swim teams.  At McDonogh, Coach Ward prides himself on developing the whole person – as shown by his teams being consistently recognized in the classroom earning over a 3.6 GPA each year.  Impressively under Coach Ward's guidance, the women's team has won 14 AIS/IAAM conference championships and the men's team captured two MSA “B” titles before moving to the MIAA “A” conference where they have won conference championship titles in 2012 and 2018. In dual meets he owns a combined career coaching record of 258-79-2 thru the 2018 Season.

In addition to being the developmental coach for 2000 Olympic gold medal winner Tommy Hannan and Pan American Games gold medal winner Giles Smith, some other highlights of Coach Ward's coaching resume include the following accomplishments:

  • Twenty Four US National qualifiers
  • Twelve US Olympic Trial qualifiers
  • Eighteen different state record holders
  • Five of his swimmers have earned Top 50 world rankings
  • Three different USA Junior National champion record holders
  • Two National Prep School Champions including one National Prep Record Holder 
  • Thirty-Seven different High School All Americans for a total of 130 All American performances.    

Coach Ward did return to his alma mater (UMBC) where he served a short stint as the head coach for the Retriever Aquatic Club from the spring of 1998 to the spring of 2000. While there, he guided Megan Melgaard to a spot on the 1999 US Pan American Team where she earned a silver medal as part of the 800 Freestyle Relay. Prior to forming EST, Coach Ward coached at the Catonsville YMCA from 1989 thru 1992 where he started as an assistant and then rose to become the head coach. Over those four seasons he helped build a strong team that went 1-6 in 1989 to 7-1 and C & P League Champions in 1992. The team also went from having no national qualifiers in 1989 to seven in 1992. Additionally, Coach Ward has been active on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors serving in various board positions and with USA Swimming as a National Select Camp assistant coach (2009) and a Zone Select Camp Head Coach (2010).   He is a graduate of UMBC, where he was a school record holder and 4-year letter winner in swimming for the Retrievers. 

Clarke Nyman

Assoc Head Coach, Head Age Grp

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Coach Clarke Nyman is a certified ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach who has been professionally coaching since 2007.  For Eagle Swim Team, he serves as the Associate Head Coach in charge of the development and success of the Age Group Program (9-14 year old swimmers), as well as the day to day management of late afternoon practice and meet entries.  Coach Clarke strives to develop young swimmers into fine young ladies and gentlemen that uphold the team’s vision to “Strive for Excellence in Swimming and in Life.” His goal is to develop every swimmer to reach their utmost potential, yet be selfless and take interest in the success of others.  Clarke encourages all of his swimmers to be themselves: unique, complicated, and passionate; but also strive to be leaders in and out of the pool.

On the pool deck, Coach Clarke is the current lead of our GOLD training group and Senior/National Distance Team.  He also serves as the coach of the McDonogh Middle School Water Polo and Swim Team. Clarke is known for his creative approaches to aerobic development, as well as detail-oriented drilling and stroke focus.  Since joining Eagle Swim Team in 2015:

The Age Group Program (9-14 year old swimmers) has accomplished:

  • Fifty-four New Team Records (31 SCY, 23 LCM)
  • Nine Sectional Qualifiers, Four Futures Qualifiers, and two Junior National Qualifiers
  • Two Resident & Area Maryland State Records
  • Two Top 100 USA all-time Ranked Swims

The Senior/National Distance Team (400 Free to 1650 Free) has accomplished:

  • Three Junior National Qualifiers
  • Six Futures Championship Qualifiers
  • Eighteen Sectional Qualifiers

Prior to his time coaching for EST, Coach Clarke graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and performance concentrations in Percussion and Clarinet.  Clarke spent eight years developing multiple organizations that include: the Roland Run Summer Swim Club, the Boys’ Latin School Instrumental Music program, and the Mariner Swim Club.

Coach Clarke is a lifelong scholar of swimming and finds great joy in learning new techniques and trying new approaches to develop young athletes.   He looks forward to a long and successful career with the Eagle Swim Team, and helping swimmers find success and excellence in their approach to swimming and life.

Daniel Russell

Admin. Head Coach; Lead Minis & Stroke

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Coach Daniel Russell is entering his ninth season with the Eagle Swim Team!  He is the Administrative Head Coach, as well as being the Lead Coach for both Mini Groups and the Stroke Clinic.

Coach Danny started coaching in the summer of 2003 as an assistant coach with the Harper’s Choice Swim Team in Columbia, MD.  He became the head coach the following summer, and continued through the summer of 2012.  Coach Danny built great relationships with swimmers and their families, encouraging swimmers to continue into their middle school and high school years.  He also was able to encourage many swimmers to find year-round swimming clubs to become a part of. 

From 2006 – 2008, he was on the coaching staff of the Columbia Clippers, the team he grew up swimming for.  In 2013, Coach Danny became the head coach of the Forest Hill Swim Team, located in Ellicott City, and continued in that role through the 2015 season.

Coach Danny started swimming when he was 6 years old, for the Harper’s Choice Swim Team in Columbia, MD.  At the age of 9, he started swimming year-round for the Columbia Clippers, and continued to swim throughout high school and into college.  Coach Danny is a graduate of Towson University, competing on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team for four years, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Music Education.  In 2008, he was hired by the Howard County Public School System to be a full-time vocal music teacher at Veterans Elementary School, in Ellicott City.

This year, Coach Danny will be a part-time staff member in the McDonogh School's Physical Education Dept., teaching swim units during PE, as well as coaching Junior Varsity Water Polo and Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Swim Team.

Coach Danny is married and has four children.  They currently reside in Taneytown, MD.

Coach Danny looks forward to a very fun and successful season with the Eagle Swim Team!

 

John Clark

Lead Senior 1 & Senior 2 Coach

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Coach John Clark has over 16 years of coaching experience including summer league, high school, and club swimming. Beginning in 1991, he coached the Lochearn Monster Swim Team. He later went on to coach the CATY Barracudas Swim Team for 11 years. During his tenure, the team grew by 40%, growing from a total of three swims at Y Nationals in 1996 to over 40 swims and multiple finalists in 2004/2005.

Coach John also coached the Mount DeSales varsity swim team from 1999-2007. While there, he helped elevate the team from the bottom of the league to several top three finishes at IAAM championships, as well as two top four finishes at National Catholic Championships.

Coach John has a deep passion for competitive swimming and  is well versed in stroke technique, motivation, and race strategy.  He is committed to developing not only the swimming ability, but the character and future of all the young men and women he coaches.

Coach John graduated from Towson University in 1999 with his degree in English.

He is excited to be a part of the Eagle family!

Cassaundra L Sorna

Lead Bronze Plus Coach/Assist. NTG

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Coach Cassie is from Frederick, Maryland where she grew up swimming for the Monocacy Aquatic Club (MAC). Upon graduating high school, Coach Cassie went on to swim for the Towson University swim team from 2010-2014. While on the team, Coach Cassie helped the Tigers win three Conference Championship titles, competed at the US Winter Nationals, the US Open, and the NCAA Division 1 Championship Meet. During her time at Towson, she helped coach the Towson Tigerfish swim club from 2011-2014.

After graduation, Coach Cassie returned to MAC to coach age group and novice level groups. After one year with MAC, Coach Cassie returned to Baltimore to be the Graduate Assistant Coach for the Goucher College swim team, while earning her Master’s in Education with a specialization in Athletic Management and Leadership. During her tenure, the Gopher’s sent their first male swimmer to the NCAA Division III Championships, where he scored eighth earning the title of All-American. Coach Cassie emphasizes the importance of proper technique and challenges her athletes to be better in and out of the pool.  Coach Cassie is passionate and enthusiastic about the sport and is excited to be joining the Eagles Swim Team. 

Allen Jones

Lead Silver Coach

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Coach Allen started swimming competitively as a freshman at Mount Saint Joseph High School, Baltimore, MD. He continued to swim for a local club team year round while the High School season was not in session. During his four years of high school Coach Allen developed skill, technique, and the experience he needed to become a successful swimmer. He excelled in butterfly and middle distance freestyle.

After High-School Coach Allen decided to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. Currently, Coach Allen works for the Baltimore County Police Department serving honorably for over 15 years, Coach Allen is currently a Detective with his agency.

Coach Allen stumbled into coaching as an assistant swim coach for the YRAC Sharks in 2010, where he volunteered for his first full season and feel in love with coaching. Coach Allen spent 5 years as an assistant coach and 1 year as the head swim coach for the Sharks. Coach Allen assisted with transitioning the Sharks from a YMCA only club to a YMCA/USA level 1 swim club.

Coach Allen is excited about joining the Eagle family, and looking forward to a successful first season.

“I have found my passion in life. . . teaching the sport I love, while impacting the lives of students”

Stephanie Shepard

Lead Bronze Coach

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Stephanie Shepard is in her fourth year with the Eagles Swim Team and is a certified ASCA level 2 and USA Weightlifting Level 1 coach. Prior to joining the Eagles, Stephanie was a lead coach at Zionsville Swim Club in Zionsville, IN and assisted with the high school team.  In 2012, Stephanie helped lead the Zionsville girl’s high school team to a second place finish at the Indiana High School State Championships meet. 

Stephanie is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana where she started competitive swimming at age 5.  Stephanie swam at the University of Maryland College Park on the varsity team from 2007-2011 and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2011. 

Matthew Brinton

Assistant Coach - Bronze, Silver, Senior

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Coach Matt Brinton is from Landenberg PA where he attended Avon Grove High School. He started swimming when he was seven years old with local YMCA programs in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He then swam for the Delaware Swim Team throughout high school and went on to compete for the Towson University swim team for the 2013-2014 season.  He was primarily a backstroke and sprint freestyler and holds the freshmen records in the 100 & 200 backstroke events at Towson.  Matt started coaching when he was 15 for a summer league team and has also coached at Kennett Area Y Sea Dragons and then the Y of Central Maryland Blue Crabs.  Matt has a Bachelors in Sociology degree.

Julie McNeil

Mini and Stroke Assistant

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Coach Julie McNeil is in her first year with Eagle Swim Team, and will be working with the Mini Groups and Stroke Clinic!

Hometown: Atglen, PA. I attended Oxford Area High school.

I started swimming when I was 4 years old with the local YMCA in Pennsylvania.  I then continued my swimming career at Albright College in Reading PA.  I currently attend Graduate School at Stevenson University where I am also the Graduate Assistant Swim Coach for Men's and Women's Swimming.  I am primarily a backstroker and breaststroker, but also swim sprint freestyle and IM.  I have my Bachelors in Child & Family Studies and am attending Stevenson University for their Masters in Healthcare Management with a concentration in Patient Safety.

Maria Cariaso-Long

Assistant Coach

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Maria Cariaso-Long is a certified ASCA Level 2 Coach.  Before coming to the Eagle Swim Team she was a Master’s Swim Coach, Tri-athlete Trainer and Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer.

Maria is known in the swim community for her Freestyle stroke clinics and helping many athletes achieve their swim potential.  She is a strong believer in coaching the mechanics of swimming to achieve an efficient balance between stroke rhythm and swimming strong and fast.  She emphasizes the importance of correct technique. 

Maria has enjoyed swimming since a young age and is currently enjoying the challenges of open water marathon swimming.  When Maria is not coaching or working she can be found training or competing in an open water race!

 

Rommie Wheeler

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Rommie Wheeler became a personal trainer in 2004 and started working with Eagle Swim Team athletes in spring 2014. With experience as an athletic trainer in which he worked with Division I-A sports programs, Rommie expanded his techniques of exercise and sports nutrition. He has worked at local high school programs such as Boys Latin, McDonogh and collegiate programs including Towson University, Coppin State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of Maryland College Park.

After being employed at Brick Bodies as a personal trainer for 2 years, Rommie became the personal trainer team leader. Today he is the educator for the entire company of Brick Bodies and is the Owner of Reviving Health Personal Training. Rommie continues to strive to provide the best quality of care and education for his clients and people that he comes in contact with.

Rommie continues his education endeavors learning two advanced health and fitness techniques: 1) Resistance Training Specialist which is an in-depth look into understanding the body and its ability to do work more efficiently and 2) Muscle Activation Techniques which is an evaluative tool to uncover hidden muscular issues. Rommie has completed both innovated training programs and is a Certified MAT Specialist and a Certified RTS Specialist.

He completed bachelor’s degrees in Pre-Med Biology, Athletic Training and Exercise Science at Towson University in 2005. During his studies he discovered another area of interest injury analysis/prevention, which led him to seek medical internships with two orthopedic physicians at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical Center. He also was an Orthopedic Intern at Kernan Orthopedic Institute.

Matt Goode

Technology & Metrics

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Matt Goode is an ASCA Level 3 Swim Coach as well as holding the ASCA 8&U coaching certification. Coach Goode has more than 25 years coaching experience and has worked with a wide range of athletes and ability levels, from beginners to Masters, from novices to national-caliber athletes. His swimmers have won numerous Maryland State and Eastern Zone championships as well as regularly placed on USA Swimming's Top-10 (née, Top-16) seasonal best times and Top-100 All-Time Performances.

He is rejoining Eagle Swim Team after taking a “long-term sabbatical” in order to devote more time to his family and three young children. Even though he has been off the deck at Eagles, Coach Goode has continued to be active in the sport. In the summers, he coaches the Five Oaks Swim Team in the Central Maryland Swim League and has been the head coach of the McDonogh Middle School Swim Team for the past 12 seasons.

As a keen student of the science of sport and with an interest of how to measure and provide meaningful feedback to athletes and coaches, Coach Goode helped create a sports technology and metrics program for the McDonogh Girls Varsity Soccer Team. This innovative program tracked data from practices and games to measure everything from a player’s current level of fitness to a breakdown and analysis of techniques and game tactics. The individual feedback the program offered to players, and the insights it provided to the coaching staff, helped contribute to the team winning several league and national championships.

Coach Goode himself was a standout student-athlete at Towson University and captain of the Men’s Swimming Team and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He holds masters degrees from the London School of Economics and Johns Hopkins University. Coach Goode teaches art and computer programming and is the Dean of the McDonogh Middle School in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Coach Goode is looking forward to returning to Eagle Swim Team and working with our coaches and athletes to reach higher levels in Swimming and Life!

Kathleen Olszewski

Eagle Swim School Lesson Director

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Kathleen Olszewski, or "Coach O", is an ASCA level 3 Certified Coach and Registered Dental Hygienst.

She is proud to be part of the Eagle Swim Team Family, as a member with a very long-standing history, dating back fourteen years to 2003.  She has shared in many aspects of the team growth with her various roles, including serving the team as a Parent Volunteer, Chaperone, and Travel Trip Coordinator.  Currently, her responsibilities include Concession/Hospitality Director, Parent Board Member, and Eagle Swim School Director.

Coach O started swimming competitively at age seven and continued into her teen years.  Today, she loves swimming recreationally, teaching children swimming and stressing the importance of water safety.  When she is not at the pool, Coach O embraces spending time with her family and being outside in nature.