Coach Cliff Gordon is in his second year with the Hillsborough Aquatic Club and his first year as Head Coach and Director of Competitive Swimming. He received previous coaching experience through the Suburban Swim League in Delaware, where he helped coach his team to the League title in their first season in the top division. He also previously coached at Club Kick Start in Chapel Hill. He was also one of the lead instructors as a part of USA Swimming’s Make-A-Splash initiative in the Middle Atlantic LSC.
Coach Cliff grew up swimming club for the Delaware Swim Team in Wilmington, Delaware. While competiting in high school swimming he achieved the status of HS All-American, Scholastic All-American, and State Champion. He swam 4 years at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated with a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. While at UNC, he was a member of the all-time top 10 in 200 back and 100 back and was the recipient of the 2014-2015 Hill Carrow Team Spirit Award. He was also a USA Swimming Jr. National, U.S. Open, and National Championship Qualifier & participant.
Head Age Group Coach
This will be Coach Morgan Holbrook’s first season with the Hillsborough Aquatic Club. She was born and raised in Utah and recently graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She has 15 years of competitive swimming experience and was ranked top 12 in the state of Utah by the time she finished her competitive career. During those years, she represented the Hilltop Aquatic Swim Team as well as her local high school team in Utah County.
Coach Morgan has 8 years of experience coaching local summer league teams, technique clinics, and private/semi private lessons. Coach Morgan has had the opportunity to teach a variety of ages and levels starting from age 3 all the way up to 65. She has a passion for teaching and finds great joy from helping swimmers gain confidence and a love for the water.
Coach Jeffrey Mead is in his first year with the Hillsborough Aquatic Club. He received previous coaching experience as an assistant coach at Jeep Rodgers YMCA in South Carolina, as a head coach for Body Shop Athletics in South Carolina, and as an assistant coach for Topspin Racket and Swim Club. In combining his previous coaching endeavors, he has years of experience working with athletes ranging from ages 6-18. He also works as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach in the UNC Olympic Sports weight room.
Coach Jeffrey grew up swimming for the YMCA Columbia Swim Club in Columbia, South Carolina. While in high school swimming he captured 3 individual state titles, and helped his team to a team championship. He swam 4 years at East Carolina University, where he graduated with a degree in Sports Studies. While at ECU, he earned multiple All-Conference USA honors, and was a member of their record setting 800 Freestyle Relay.
Coach Dana brings to Hillsborough Aquatic Club 20 + years of coaching experience, working at the summer league, high school, and club level. She began coaching during high school, working with summer league teams in her home town of Houston, Texas, which she continued to do throughout college. During her time as a middle school teacher, she continued to coach, working with a club team during the school year and as a head coach of summer league teams during the summers. Dana currently heads up the Hillsborough Aquatic Club’s pre competitive group, working primarily with 8 & Under swimmers.