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Coaching Staff

Karen Miller

Volunteer Coach

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Coach Miller has been involved in recreation for several years. Miller was previously employed by the National Recreation and Park Association headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia. There she served as the Director of Citizen Development and as the Regional Director for the Mid Atlantic and New England states. Her early years in parks and recreation included the position of Aquatics Director for the YMCA's of Frederick and Loudoun Counties as well as the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation.

Miller holds a bachelors degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland where she participated on the college swim team, in addition to working as a lifeguard and aquatic instructor. Miller has been interested in swimming for many years. “Having had the benefit of growing up near a lake, swimming was something we just had to know how to do. The lake was our playground and if you didn't learn to swim, you could barely go out and play!”

Miller and her colleagues started the Brunswick Summer Swim Team in 2010, joining the Frederick Summer Swim League, a recreational swim league for youth ages 5 to 18. The team will serve as an excellent feeder team to the Brunswick High School swim team. The Brunswick Summer Swim Team is a place for young swimmers to develop their skills and learn the basics of competitive swimming. Additionally, swimming offers a healthy, low-impact alternative to the more traditional sports. Miller’s goal is to foster healthy competition without a “winning is everything” attitude. The growth and improvement of each swimmer is the true measure of success.

Donna Hartzell

Volunteer Coach

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“I don’t remember not knowing how to swim.”

Hartzell was nine when her parents decided to take her to swim lessons. She started in the beginner group> team all in> seven years. “I was never the fastest but I was told I had a beautiful form”, says Coach Hartzell. Her favorite strokes were freestyle and backstroke.

When approached to help with the swim team, Hartzell says it was an easy decision to join the efforts of her daughter, Cassie Miller along with Coach Miller, in organizing the team. She would be able to help youth (including her grandchildren) to learn how to swim. Hartzell admits that she has as much fun teaching as the youth have learning! “I was thrilled to discover that it was more rewarding than I had imagined. Watching all the children learn and grow every season in such a short time has been amazing. I learn something from the kids each year and always look forward to the next."

Coach Hartzell is also a First Responder and certified in CPR and is a Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist as well.

Jeff Hubble

Volunteer Coach

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Jeff started his swimming career as a student at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, where he swam for four years. He competed in the 100 and 500 Freestyle, and the 100 Backstroke. While in high school, Jeff also taught swimming at the YMCA in Frederick. Jeff was also a pool manager and lifeguard both during and after he graduated from high school. Coach Hubble also coaches the Brunswick High School Boys Swim Team and coaches with the Frederick Area SwimTeam (FAST) in Frederick County.

Jeff has been involved in youth activities for many years. He has been an Assistant Scout Master with Boy Scouts of America, Brunswick Troop 277, for the past five years.

Keri Parsons

Assistant Coach

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Keri graduated from Brunswick High School in 2012. She swam for four years at Brunswick High School, and served as Captain her senior year. Her favorite stroke is the freestyle. Keri received her lifeguard certification in 2010.

Keri is attending Frederick Community College where she is currently pursuing an early elementary education degree. She has experience working with children and has worked as an elementary education intern in the Frederick County School system.

Keri is looking forward to working with the young swimmers as they reach to set their personal swimming goals.

Caleb Tyler Hubble

Assistant Coach

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This will be Caleb's second year as an Assistant Coach for the River Rapids. Caleb really enjoys helping the other swimmers improve their stroke and diving techniques and to see their success at meets. Caleb has been swimming competively for several years. He has been swimming for the River Rapids since the team's inception and before that, swam for the Braddock Heights Barracudas. Two years ago, after deciding it was time to be more serious about his training, Caleb joined FAST (Frederick Area Swim Team).  A recent graduate of Brunswick High School, Caleb was a member of the BHS swim team for 4 years and served as Captain during his senior year.  Caleb holds the school record for the 100 Butterfly and was a member of the relay teams that set the current school records for the 200 Free, 200 Medley, and 400 Free relays.

Caleb will spend most of his summer at the Brunswick Pool, lifeguarding, coaching, and teaching swim lessons. Caleb will attend Loyola University Maryland in the Fall of 2014, pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering and will continue his competitive swimming as a member of the Loyola Swim Club.

Jessica Grisez

Assistant Coach

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Karlie Schattenberg

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Cassie Miller

Team Representative

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Alan Miner

IT Specialist

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Jennifer L Miner

Volunteer Coordinator

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Beth Hubble

Stroke & Turn Rep

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