Chris Hadden is a
professionally certified Level IV swim coach with the American
Swimming Coaches Association and United States Swimming.
Chris founded the United Swim Association in 2009. He
has coached successful programs in Florida, Louisiana, the
Washington, DC area, and Columbus, Ohio. Chris was a featured
speaker at the 2013 World Coach’s Clinic in New
Orleans. He was also featured on the United States
Swimming’s Website under “Coaches You Should
Know” for the September 2013 issue. Chris was voted the
2012 Ohio Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year by his peers.
He spent over two years with the National Champion Curl-Burke Swim
Club (now Nation's Capital Swim Club) in Washington, DC
where he helped train 20 swimmers with 2000 Olympics Trial
Cuts. Five swimmers from this group competed in the 2000
Olympics! In his career, Chris has produced 22 USA Top
16 Athletes, 71 Ohio State Champions, 10 Florida State Champions, 4
Louisiana State Champions, 12 USA Swimming Academic/Scholastic All
Americans and helped produce 5 Olympic athletes. Chris is
very proud of his athlete's accomplishments in High School swimming
boasting 14 Ohio State High School Champions to date. Chris
holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.
Chris served on the Executive Board of Directors for
Ohio Swimming for over 9 years.
Matt J Celik
Head Age Group Coach
Matt has been the Head Age
Group Coach for USA since 2010, working primarily with the
competitive 10 to 12-year-old swimmers. Over the course
of his career with USA, Matt has coached three swimmers to
individual state championships, has had numerous top 5
relay finishes, and elevated several swimmers to national
rankings. What Matt loves about USA is the opportunity to foster
the progression of swimmers at every level of our
program, from first-time competitor to national team
member. Matt's competitive background includes being
named an All-American swimmer at Akron Firestone High
School, as well as being a 4-year letter winner and a Big
Ten Championship swimmer at The Ohio State University. Matt
is a two time graduate from The Ohio State University. Matt
is a Clinical Dietitian with Ohio Health. Beyond coaching,
Matt enjoys exercising at his local crossfit gym and supporting the
Grant W Horton
A / Stripes Group Coach
Grant started coaching for USA in 2015 as
the lead coach for the A and Stripes competitive practice groups.
In the summer, he coaches the Hilliard Marlins in addition
to USA. Grant has previously coached at Lifetime Fitness,
coaching the 10 and unders as well as the Masters team. Grant swam
for USA during his high school career. He is a Graduate of Dublin
Coffman and a current student at The Ohio State University majoring
in Finance. One of Grants favorite things about USA is the growth
that takes place in his athletes. Whether it comes from swimming a
100 fly for the first time or talking to someone new at practice
and becoming friends. Grant has had swimmers in his group ranked
nationally in the top 100 for their age in addition to coaching
swimmers to the Junior Olympics every season. When he isn't on the
pool deck you can find him watching OSU football, attending
concerts, or in the library. Grant loves the sport and the ability
to give back to something he is so passionate
U Group Coach
KC has been on the USA
coaching staff since 2012, working with the competitive 11-14 year
old swimmers. KC Vann grew up in Northern Virginia and swam
with the Curl-Burke Swim Club (now called Nations Capital).
She swam for The Ohio State University and competed and
finaled at the Big Ten Championships. KC also competed at the
national level as an age group and college swimmer competing at
Junior and Senior Nationals and US Open swim meets. KC was a
Top 16 swimmer in backstroke. KC was named to the Academic
All Big-10 Team and was an Academic Scholar Athlete. KC has
also competed in Masters swimming at a local and national level,
placing at Masters Nationals and has been nationally ranked in the
top 25 in several events.
Ashley started coaching for USA in
2014. Ashley helps with the Senior Select group. Ashley
was an accomplished swimmer. She was a 3 time Ohio High
School State Champion in the 100 Breaststroke. She was a four
year letter winner at Indiana University. Ashley was a Big
Ten finalist and NCAA qualifier all 4 years at Indiana. She
was team captain her senior year. She holds a bachelors
degree from Indiana University. Ashley is a registered nurse
at Nationwide Chidren's Hospital.
Pamela J Lombardo
Pam joined the USA
coaching staff in 2016. Pam works with the A and Stripes
groups helping swimmers create a great first experience in the
sport of swimming. Pam grew up in Beavercreek and swam
competitively for 16 years with the Greater Dayton Swimming
Association, Kettering YMCA, Beavercreek YMCA and Beavercreek High
School. Pam competed at the YMCA Nationals. Pam holds a
Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
from The Ohio State University. She also holds a
Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio
State University Fisher College of Business.
Heath started coaching with USA in
2018, and is the Non-Competitive Program Coach. He has been a
swim lesson instructor at Aquatic Adventures since 2011.
Heath has over 15 years of experience teaching swimming. He
grew up in a small town in Vermont. Heath is very excited to
share his swimming experience with the non-competitive swim program
Dryland Coach - The Spot
JL is a world
champion powerlifter, published author and former University of
Kentucky strength and conditioning coach. He has competitive best
lifts of: 905lb. squat, 775lb. bench press and an 804lb. deadlift.
He has been featured in many fitness related magazines including
Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Health and T-Nation.
He is a highly
sought after speaker and has presented internationally on many
topics relating to human performance. He regularly consults with
major collegiate, NFL and NHL programs such as The New York Jets,
St. Louis Blues, University of Clemson & The Ohio State
from Big Rapids, Michigan, JL graduated from Wayne State University
(Detroit, Mi) with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in
nutrition. He went on to the University of Kentucky and started his
masters in coaching. JL left Lexington for Columbus to power lift
professionally as a member of Westside Barbell.
In 2010 he
founded The Spot Athletics and has built that small private
training facility into two 20,000sq. ft. locations in the Columbus,
OH area. Along with his facilities, JL is the Co-Founder of
Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR), an injury prevention and
performance system being used by many top sports organizations
around the world. RPR is a game changer that can help improve the
lives of everyone in the world. In the 18 months since it’s
creation, RPR has become a world wide brand with clinics being held
in China, Netherlands, Germany and the UK.
JL resides in
Hilliard, OH with his wife Michelle and their three children,
Renik, Avery and Charlie.
Sam started coaching in 2019 and assists with the Senior Select
program. As a swimmer he was a two-time District Champion and
three-time Ohio High School State medalist. Sam is currently a data
analytics major at The Ohio State University where he swam on the
varsity team from 2015-2018 and still swims on their National
Champion College Club team, CSOSU. Sam was born in Gahanna, but
grew up in the Cleveland area, and loves the city and their sports.
He hopes he can give his knowledge and experience back and fuel the
next generation of competitive swimmers.