Coaches & Directors
We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.
Head Coaches

Coach Adam W Rutz

Director of Competitive Swimming

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Coach Camilla Cleghorn

Head Center Coach - Dancel/Randallstown

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Coach Camilla has been a coach for eight years. She previously coached at West High School and the YMCA in her hometown of Knoxville, TN.  To Coach Camilla, swimming is an opportunity to "drown out" the daily noise and stressors of life.  She enjoys witnessing her swimmers recognize personal growth through hard work. She is driven by the results that come slower - character development and goal accomplishment. The excitement and sense of wonder through accomplishment a swimmer feels when they accomplish a set goal is contagious.  Her favorite stroke is butterfly as it's often considered the hardest stroke which contributes to the sense of accomplishment and confidence swimmers reach when they complete the stroke correctly.  Outside of swimming, Coach Camilla enjoys to hike, kayak, and box.

Words that inspire her:

“You don’t have to be perfect to give 100%”

Coach Jonathan Burr

Head Center Coach - Orokawa

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Jonathan has coached for two years before coming to the Y up in Joppatowne, MD.  He swam for over 10 for a YMCA team in Connecticut and culminated his career Swimming for Towson University.  He was a distance swimmer for the Tigers, but swam every event at leat twice a season for his Y team.  Outside the pool Jonathan likes to relax with video games and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

Coach Laura Dunn

Head Coach - Pasadena

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This is Coach Laura's 1st year with the YCM Blue Crabs out of the Pasadena Family Y.

Laura was the Head Coach at the Silver Spring YMCA in Silver Spring, MD for the past 4 seasons. 

Prior to moving to MD Laura was the Head Coach of Norwich University Men's and Women's swimming and diving teams for 9 years, before that she was also an Assistant Coach at Colby-Sawyer and the Head Assistant Coach for a USA Swimming Team, North Country Aquatic Club. Her first coaching job was with a YMCA in Orrville, Ohio.  

Coach Laura grew up in the sport and was a multiple time Vermont State Record holder and State Champion. She attended the College of Wooster where she was a 13 time All-American and 4 year Varsity Swim Team member for the Fighting Scots.

Coach Jennifer Robinson

Head Center Coach - Ward

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Coach Jennifer has been coaching for 19 years, she competed at Worlds in 2010, qualifying in the 50, 100, and 200 back, as well as the 50 and 100 fly. Her favorite stroke to teach is breastroke, she loves seeing swimmers of any age and ability learn new skills. Coach Jennifer respects how hard swimming can be to learn and any step forward, no matter how small is a huge success.  Outside of coaching she loves to read, and still competes as a Masters Swimmer.  Her sports idol is Josh Davis - he is a regular guy who knows the importance of hard work and how it can pay off in the long run.  Coach Jennifer is from Montana and misses the snow!

Words that inspire her:

"As long as I am able bodied, I have no excuse to stop trying."

Melanie Greenhill

Team Administrator

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Melanie has been employed with the Y in Central Maryland for two years.  As well as working for the Y, Melanie is the secretary for the Chesapeake and Potomac Swimming League.   She has five years’ experience with swim teams as an administrator and is a prior swim team parent.   Her daughter Lauren swam competitively from the age of 6 until she was 14.  Melanie brings not only administrative experience but a parent’s view point to the team.  When not working at the Y, she enjoys volunteering and hanging out with her family.

Dancel Coaching Staff

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Coach Mark Cronin

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Mark has been coaching for nine years.  During the summer he coaches for Watermont and has also coached at Wheaton Haven.  Swimming has been an activity that he has participated in since he was six years old. He was a collegiate swimmer while at the University of Delaware.  Swimming has provided life lessons in sportsmanship, discipline, time management and friendships. To this day swimming is an activity that he looks forward to doing and provides an outlet from the day to day stresses of life.   His favorite stroke is freestyle, he enjoys watching swimmers improve and their enthusiasm for the sport.

Coach Molly Cronin

Seasonal Coach - Dancel

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Coach Molly will be working as a seasonal coach.  This is her third year coaching at Dancel. Coach Molly swam with YCM from the age of 8 - 18 and is a record holder at Dancel. Molly loves the  the "ah-ha" moment that every swimmer gets when they are proud of what they have accomplished. Missy Franklin is Molly's swimming idol because she used her platform to try to help those in need. She was always known for being nice and volunteering any spare time that she had to help others.

Words that inspire her: Our greatest glory is never failing, but in rising every time we fail - Confucius

Coach Lynn L Gibbons

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Lynn has been involved with Y swimming her entire life.  She began swimming competitively at the Y in Dancel the year it opened and continued through high school.  While at the Y In Dancel she competed in five consecutive Y Nationals.  She continued her swimming career at CCC where she was a Top-16 Junior College swimmer, Junior College Nationals competitor, and 2 year All-American.  After college, Coach Lynn was the Co-Head Coach at the Y in Dancel for five years, coaching many Y Nationals qualifiers.  She took a break from coaching to focus on her career as a pediatric nurse, but was pulled back into coaching the sport she loves when her daughter started swimming at Watermont Swim Club 16 years ago.

While at Watermont, Coach Lynn started their very successful Junior Coach program and has been the Head Coach for the past 10 summers.  She rejoined the Y in Dancel as our Mini's Coach in 2009.   "Crazy Coach Lynn" has a passion for teaching our younger swimmers the fundamentals of swimming as well as the Y  Principles of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

Coach Brian Hinz

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Parker Meek

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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This is Coach Parker's sixth season of coaching at the Y.  Swimming is one of his favorite activities, he swam for the Y for nine years prior to becoming a coach, and he still looks forward to his time swimming he gets in the water every chance he has. Coach Parker finds that the energy the swimmers brings to practice drives him to be just as energetic as they are. His favorite stroke to teach is Butterfly, he loves seeing swimmers finally understand the rhythm of the stroke. When not coaching Coach Parker enjoys hiking and camping.

Words that inspire him:

"There's always someone out there just as talented and skilled as you. And right now they are working hard to get better".

Coach Shannon Mulcahy

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Brittany Seldon

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Ben Shropshire

Seasonal Coach - Dancel

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Orokawa Coaching Staff

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Coach Zachary Nathaniel Huether

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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Coach Jerel McCord

Assistant Coach - Weinberg

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Coach Jerel is in his third year of coaching.  His favorite stroke to coach is butterfly, he likes this stroke because it takes a lot of effort to do correctly and seeing swimmers finally figure it out is the coolest thing. Swimming means constant improvement. When you work hard, you get results you can see. It isn't merely going faster, being invested in something, it gives you self-confidence and helps you understand that hard work does pay off.  When Coach Jerel swam he knew his coaches wanted him to succeed. Without that support he wouldn't have loved swimming. Knowing that he can help a swimmer and maybe inspire them the same way is what drives him as a coach. Coach Jerel’s sport idol is Chad le Clos, he was always in the shadow of Michael Phelps and yet he gave his races everything he had. Watching him swim, especially when he was the underdog, inspired me to always do my best even if I wasn't the fastest in the pool.  When not coaching you can find Coach Jerel carving wood and playing video games.

Words that inspire him:

“No one who ever gave their best regretted it. - George Halas”

Coach Amanda Longstreth

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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Coach Amanda has been coaching for six years. She has a naturally cheerful upbeat disposition , she absolutely LOVES all aspects of swimming and her truest talent is connecting patiently with children of all ages and abilities.  She taught for Baltimore County as an elementary school teacher for ten years and has a masters in Special education.

Words that inspire her:

"The question is not really whether or not you go on , but rather how are you going to enjoy it?"-Robert Churman

Pasadena Coaching Staff

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Coach Lindsay Mildred Fortier

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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This is Coach Lindsay's first year coaching for YCM.  Coach Lindsay c ompeted at Arcadia University on their D3 NCAA swim team, during her time there she was team captain for two seasons. Her favorite strokes to teach are backstroke and butterfly, as these were her favorite strokes to swim when competing. Coach Lindsay likes to see her swimmers enjoying practices and being proud of their achievements. To Coach Lindsay swimming is a good way to maintain good physical health while creating friends and feelings of belonging to a community. When not coaching you can find Coach Lindsay hiking and taking photographs.

Coach Brooke Kasey Harden

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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Coach Cassandra Jolena McLemore

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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Coach Cassi has been coaching for 11 years.  Her favorite stroke to coach is Butterfly, as it was her favorite stroke to swim when she competed.   Swimming is more than a sport for Coach Cassi. It was the one sport she could compete in without getting injured! She is a clutz on dry land. She loves helping young swimmers do more than they can imagine and improve. She loves seeing swimmers faces light up with excitement and pride when they know they did a good job or swam a good race. Swimming is also a connection that she shares with her two girls, who both love to swim and are on the YCM team. When not coaching Coach Cassi spends time with her girls reading and doing crafts. Outside of coaching she is a middle school math and science teacher.

Words that inspire her:

"Your athleticism is only temporary, but your character lasts forever. Be compassionate, be grateful, be honest, be humble, be kind."

 

Coach Sean Murphy Shepard

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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This is Coach Sean's first year of coaching at the Y.   His favorite stroke to teach is butterfly as it take determination to master it correctly. To Coach Sean s wimming means team work but also solo development. Team spirit and personal growth. On the pool deck you might hear him mention PMA (positive mental attitude) He strongly believes you should be positive regardless of the task. Coach Sean is active duty Coast Guard and when not deployed or coaching he likes to play the drums.  Coach Sean's sport idol is  Freddy Freeman (Atlanta Braves) Freddy is one of the most positive, uplifting athletes to ever play the game. He leads his team from inside with a great attitude.

Words that inspire him:

“Never settle” - Steve Shepard aka Dad

Coach Taylor White

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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Taylor is in her second year of coaching for the Y in Central Maryland.  Taylor began competitively swimming at the age of 6 for her summer league team. During high school, she was a member of the varsity swim team and Dynamo swim club, she then continued to swim at Georgia Southern University at the club level for 4 years until graduation while also coaching summer league during her summer breaks for 3 consecutive summers. Taylor spends her days as a stay at home mom to Macy & Walker.
 
Words that inspire her:
 
“I’ll never ask for THE best, only YOURS”

Randallstown Coaching Staff

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Coach Shadell D Segree

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Shadell has been coaching for five years.  Her favorite stroke to coach is  Breaststroke, because it's all about swimming smarter and slower, balancing your stroke and glide in order to swim faster.

Words that inspire her:

"When life puts you in tough situations, don't say "Why Me?" say "Try Me!"

 

Ward Coaching Staff

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Coach Hunter Lucas Brown

Assistant Coach - Ward

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Coach Jennifer Cashour

Assistant Coach - Ward

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Coach James Quinn

Assistant Coach - Ward

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Coach James is new to the Y in Central Maryland Team. He was previously at Prospect Park Swim Team where he was a junior coach for two years.  To Coach James swimming is a life-long experience. Competitive Swimming has been a part of his life since he was 3 years old. More recently, Swimming has helped him lose 70 lbs. and become a successful triathlete. He believes it is a skill you never forget, and to which you can always return.  He loves helping swimmers reach their goals.  His favorite stroke is Butterfly due to the amount of detail required to learn and master the stroke correctly.  The moment a swimmer achieves the stroke is a fantastic accomplishment that they will never forget. 

Words that inspire him:

"Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things." - Joe Paterno