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Ashley Catherine Vieira

Head Coach

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Ashley started the JCC Sea Serpents in 2012 with just 10 swimmers and has grown the team to more than 100 swimmers. In that time, the team has had multiple athletes place in the Top 10 in New England Swimming for their age group as well as two Zone Qualifiers. Before working at the JCC, Ashley was the Aquatics Director at the Kroc Center in Boston, the city's first water park, as well as a swim instructor and pool manager for MIT Rec. Sports. Ashley also coached and taught swim lessons for Bluefish Swim Club (the former team of Olympian Elizabeth Beisel) for seven years. Ashley swam competitively starting at the age of six. She swam for Ocean State Squids out of Brown University as well as for her high school Coyle and Cassidy where she was a State Qualifier. Ashley graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography. She coaches primarily USA Senior and USA B groups of the swim team. Ashley is an ASCA Level 3 and USA Certified Swim Coach.

Brandon O'Donnell

Assistant Coach

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Brandon O’Donnell has been a lead swim instructor at the JCC since 2013 and is currently our Swim Lessons Manager. During his time at the JCC he started Olympic Way, our Special Olympic swim team and is the lead coach for the JCC Jellies, our summer swim team.  Brandon has a passion for coaching young athletes. He used to be a farm league head coach and assistant coach for Little League in Chelsea. Brandon also was on their board of directors from 2012-2014.  He is passionate about the sport of swimming and spreading his love of the sport with the youth of our community.  Brandon coaches Olympic Way, Lil'Lochs and Juniors in additon to being our summer team Jellies Head Coach.

Gage Williams

Assistant Coach

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Gage Williams has been a swim coach and instructor for the past ten years. He was the head coach for the summer swim team in his hometown in Oklahoma, an age group coach for a summer team in Naperville Illinois, and the elite swim team coach for the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. He also taught group and private lessons at the JCC Manhattan for five years. Before coaching Gage was the captain of his high school swim team, and also swam for a competitive club outside of swim season. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and an associate’s degree in art and design. When not at the pool Gage enjoys reading, cooking, and playing guitar. Gage is the primary coach for USA A.

Jenny Luker

Assistant Coach

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Jenny’s aquatics career spans four decades and includes stints as a college and Masters swimmer, swim parent and USA Swimming, ASCA Level II certified coach.

As a college athlete she was conference champion and record holder for the Kenyon College swim team, the most decorated college swim team in history with 50+ national team titles. As a USMS Masters swimmer she is a national champion, USMS All American and World Record Holder. Jenny also swims open water events, most recently as participant in 22-mile Boston Harbor Relay sponsored by Swim Across America to raise money for cancer research.

Jenny has more than 15 years’ experience as a swim parent.  She’s  provided material and emotional aid needed to help shepherd her two children, Danielle and Charlie, from age group athlete to NCAA All American swimmers at Kenyon and Amherst Colleges, respectively.

Jenny enjoys working with swimmers of all ages and skill levels and believes that development of excellent swim technique, and a strong, healthy mental approach to swimming is the best way to contribute to the success of JCC athletes as they train to meet their goals.

 

Isabella Katherine Woodward

Assistant Coach

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USA C Assistant Coach

Ali Husain

Dryland Coach

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Ali Husain has always had a passion for sports especially athletic performance. Ali started his coaching career as the Graduate Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at Hastings College where he coached 1 National Champion, 1 runner up, 11 All-Americans, and 39 National Qualifiers. During his time living in the Williamsburg Virginia area he was the go to sports performance coach for local swimmers including an Olympic Trails Qualifier and a nationally ranked age group swimmer (200 meter Backstroke).  He also coached six individual state champions, five team state champions, and six Junior National Qualifiers.  Ali still remotely coaches athletes nationwide including a USATF National Half Marathon Qualifier and a nationally ranked Master’s Triathlete.   Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Findlay where he also ran cross country and track & field.  Ali also holds a Master’s Degrees in both Sports Management from Old Dominion University and Physical Education from Hastings College.  He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and a certified Fusionetics Practioner.