Coach Chris Kaplan (ASCA Level 4)
Chris grew up swimming for North Baltimore
Aquatic Club where he was a Top 16 age group swimmer and a Junior
National Qualifier. He graduated from Fairmont State College
as a NCAA Division II All American, Academic All American and
school record holder in the 500, 1000, 1650 Free and 400 IM.
His coaching career began at Fairmont Area Swim
Team and as an assistant coach at Fairmont State College were
he coached multiple NCAA Division II All Americans. In 2001
he became the head coach at the Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA in
Beckley, WV for one year until he was offered a position in
Frederick with MAC. Chris was an assistant with Hood College
and MAC until 2004.
From 2004-2007 Chris was the Lead Site coach for
North Baltimore Aquatic Club in York, PA. While at NBAC Chris
developed multiple Top 16 age group swimmers as well as Junior
and Senior national qualifiers. Chris returned to MAC in
2009 as an assistant until he and Coach Jeb became the head
coaches in 2012.
From 2012-2019 MAC has grown from about 150 to 225
swimmers, become a consistent top 2-3 club in MD Swimming and a top
100 USA Swimming team in the Virtual Club (VCC) Rankings.
Coach Chris is also a middle school social studies
teacher and lives with his wife Kiersten, daughter Emmie and son
Tanner in New Market.
Jeb Beaver (ASCA Level 4)
Jeb Beaver began coaching at MAC during the 2004 season.
Before beginning his coaching career, he swam for Walkersville High School where he was twice named First Team All-Area by The Frederick News-Post. After Walkersville, Beaver swam for Towson University and served as a team captain in 2002 and 2003--a year in which he was also a student-intern for the program--and set three school records during his career. He was also an America East Conference champion in 2001, an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference champion in 2003, and set a Colonial Athletic Association record in 2003.
Jeb also particpated in the Stanford University swim camp hosted by the late Richard Quick during the summer of 2004. During the camp, Beaver worked with Olympic swimmers and helped teach fundamentals to young swimmers. Moreover, 2010 & 2011 participated in the University of Southern California Swim Camp with David Salo.
While at Monocacy Aquatic Club he coached over twenty-five Top-16/Top-10 swimmers including four number ones.
In addition, to coaching at MAC, Beaver is employed at Towson University as the assistant swim coach where he help lead the women to 2009, 2010, and 2011 conference championship and 20th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships .
Jeb is currently employed at Linganore High School as a social studies teacher.
Jeb currently resides in Walkersville, MD with his wife Anna and their beautiful children Cora, Finley, Hudson Gwyneth, and Maeve.
Was the head age group coach for MAC from 1981-1988. Don took over the head coaching responsibilities in 1988 and continued as head coach until 2000.
In 2000 Don was named head coach of the Hood College Blazers. Within two years, Hood won its first ever conference championship and has continued to be one of Hoods most successful sports programs. Don continues coaching for Hood to this day. From 2000 – 2012 Don remained on the MAC coaching staff and coached various groups from novice through pre senior. In spring 2012 Don was named interim Head Coach for MAC and then in the fall took over MAC’s pre senior program until the present.
Don also coached the Frederick High School swim team from 1981-2000. During his tenure ,FHS set a national public school record of 136 consecutive dual meet wins over a fourteen year period for their women’s swimming program.
During Don’s career, he has coached many swimmers to national age group top 16 and top 10 rankings, hundreds of swimmers at the zone and sectional level and numerous junior national and senior national qualifiers. Don has coached one junior national champion and two Olympic trial qualifiers, on of which, Beau Wiebel, place 6th in the 200IM and 400IM and achieved a world ranking of 7th for the 1999-2000 season. In 2001 Don was inducted into the Frederick County sports Hall of Fame for his achievements as an athlete and coach.
Don currently resides in Adamstown, MD with his wife Blanca ( also a MAC coach ) and has two daughters Haley and Olivia.
Senior Development Coach
Fred is an ASCA Level 2 coach.
Fred is a 2-time Olympian having participated in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, being a finalist in 1996 in the 400 IM representing Spain. He was also a two-time European Champion in the 400 IM and the 1999 World Championship Bronze medal winner in the 400 IM, swimming the 6th fastest time ever at the time.
Fred swam for American University (Washington, DC) and was an 8-time conference champion in individual events and an NCAA All-American in the 400 IM and the 1,650 Free. You can learn more of Fred's swimming accomplishments here.
As a swimmer he was coached by world renowned breastroke specialist József Nagy, while training with Olympic legends Mike Barrowman and Sergio Lopez. He was later coached by the great Paulus Wildeboer, who national team coach for Spain and Denmark at different times in his career. From his years of training under these great Swimming Hall of Fame coaches Fred has amassed a world of unparalleled knowledge in stroke technique and conditioning, including an aptitude for the proper race strategy and mindset.
Fred owns his own graphic design and web design company and resides in the Urbana area with his wife and three children; Christina, Nicholas and Derek.
Silver Group Coach
Coach Mark Schoenfelder brings over 29 years of coaching experience to the pool deck. His career started as a summer-league swim coach in the MCSL back in 1988. From there he founded a USA Swimming club team WAC Swimming, Inc. which later became TITAN Swimming. In 2002 he merged his team with the world-renowned Curl-Burke Swim Club where he coached for 10 years as one of the clubs head age-group coaches. Curl-Burke has since changed its name to Nation's Capital Swim Club.
Mark has coached at the senior level working with swimmers that qualified for Olympic Trials, age group level working with numerous swimmers nationally ranked in the Top 10/16(including National Age Group Record Holders), as well as coaching master's swimmers, including a USMS National and World Record Holder. Mark has also worked with swimmers with physical disabilities including a USA Swimming Disabilities 5-time National Champion. He is a Lifetime Member of the American Swimming Coaches Assn. and is a certified Level 3 Coach having successfully completed all 5 certification schools.
Mark works with our Silver group.
Lauren Brenneman Nolke
Coach Lauren’s time with MAC dates back to 1990 when she began her swimming career and proceeded to progress through the Senior program with then head coach Don Feinberg. Upon graduation from East Carolina University in 2004 with a BS in Exercise Science, Lauren was recruited back to MAC as a coach with the Senior program and also helped to start the MAC Master’s program. In 2012 Lauren transitioned to coaching the Silver and Eels groups and discovered a passion for developing novice and age group swimmers through a strong foundation of stroke technique along with more rigorous training and discipline to achieve success at the state level. In 2014 Lauren made the decision to step away from coaching full time in order to spend more time with her young family and is excited to come back in the fall of 2017! She will be working wth our Silver group.
Lauren is an ASCA Level 2 coach and will also graduate with a Master’s degree in school counseling from McDaniel College in May of 2018.
Lauren lives in New Market with her husband Brandon and their two girls Ada and Nora.
Casey works as a math teacher at Middletown high school. She has been the boys swim coach there for over twelve years and was recently named Swim Coach of the Year for Frederick County. In addition to coaching a the high school level, Casey was an assisant coach for Curl Burke and ran their swim school for mutliple years. Casey is working with our Shark and Eel groups.
Age Group Coach
Novice Coach – Crocs
Rixey started competitive swimming in the 1970’s at the
Frederick YMCA with MAC’s founder, Ed Hazlett. She continued
to swim at Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, until
she graduated with a degree in English/History and a teaching
certificate. Rixey taught English for several years in
Frederick County and then entered her family’s insurance
business where she worked until her children were born. In
the late 80’s, Rixey coached the novice group at MAC under
the direction of Don Feinberg and was Coach Lauren’s (Silver
Group) novice coach. Rixey’s other claim to fame is
that she coached Yuri Suguiyama who was Katie Ledecky’s youth
For the past eighteen years, Rixey has been a stay-at-home mom,
volunteering at her children’s schools and church. She
served as the interim Director of Children’s Formation for
three years at her church and continues to volunteer there.
She also works as a substitute teacher in Frederick County.
Rixey resides in Frederick with her husband, Chris, and their
two children, Nick and Jessie.
Sarah started her swimming career by
swimming for MAC for almost 9 years. She started coaching as a
summer league coach for 8 years and has always had a passion for
helping swimmers learn and develop a strong swimming foundation. In
2016, Sarah graduated from Coastal Carolina University, and is
currently teaching math at Urbana Middle School. Sarah will be
working with the Crocs group.
Ashley is from Dover, DE where she swam for the Dover YMCA. She swam and graduated from Lock Haven University in 2011 with a BA in History. After graduating she returned to coach the Dover Y and played a role in sending the largest team in the Dover Y’s history to YMCA Nationals.
In 2013 Ashley took the position of Head Coach and Aquatics Director at the Waynesboro Area YMCA. During her time there the Y saw it’s first Y National qualifier in 8 years. There were over 130 team records set and/or broken for a total of over 170 times in her 3 years at the Y.
Ashley is currently the Assistant Swim Coach and Assistant Aquatics Manager for Hood College.
Josh M Kim
Josh Kim has
been a swimmer or coach for MAC since 1996. It was thanks to
MAC’s program that swimming became an integral part of
Josh’s life. Due to this passion, he wanted to keep swimming
in college and was able to do so at Grove City College. During his
time there, he set the 1650 FR record, be a part of the
team’s five consecutive conference championships (2008-2012),
and co-captain the team his senior year. In 2012, he graduated with
a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. From there Josh joined the
coaching staff on MAC to head the inaugural year of what is now the
Gold 2 group. However in 2013 he stepped away from full time
coaching due to work constraints, but kept up with the team as an
on-call substitute coach. Then in the fall of 2017, Josh accepted a
more consistent coaching role by assisting Coach Jeb with the