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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the Head Coach.

Coaching Staff

Sean P Sell

Head Coach / Owner

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Sean brings Select Swim a wealth of experience, a passion for helping kids, and an analytical scientfic approach to coaching.  Sean started his coaching career in 1987 as part time coach with CSST in Colorado Springs.  After spending years engineering and working abroad, Sean returned to his passion in 2009 as a part time coach for the Dallas Mustangs.  While coaching Silver and Gold groups with the Mustangs, Sean developed and coached National Top 16 swimmers, TAGS Champions, and Sectional Qualifiers.  In 2013, Sean was hired as the Assistant Head Coach for City of Plano Swimmers (COPS) where he continued to help swimmers achieve their goals producing US Open, Junior Nationals, Sectional, and TAGS Champions.  In 2015, Sean decided to start a new team, Select Team of Aquatic Racers, a team focused on personal development of each swimmer and using his special team culture to produce fast, happy swimmers.
 
In addition to USA Club Coaching, Sean serves as Head Swimmning Coach for First Baptist Academy Dallas.  Since Sean started coaching FBA in 2011, 95% of all swimmers on the Varsity Swim Team have qualified for the TAPPS State Championship Meet, and FBA has finished in the top 3 at the TAPPS North Regional meet 5 out of the last 7 years.  Sean held the postion of Head Coach / Aquatics Director for the Stonebriar Country Club STARS Swim Team for 4 years.
 
Sean was born in Mountain View, California and started swimming on the neighborhood swim team at age 5.  Sean swam with Dallas Aquatic Club (now Dallas Mustangs) for six years and was a Jr. National Qualifier at age 15.  Sean also swam for COPS and LAC.  Sean has extensive competitive experience which includes representing the United States in international competitions in Europe and Asia.  Sean holds a BS Business from UTD and an Executive MBA from SMU.  Prior to coaching, Sean was a semiconductor engineer and a corporate officer with two startups in mainland China. Sean lives in Plano with his daughter Melia and his dog Milo.
 

Amanda Diane Clarke

Assistant Coach

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Amanda began her coaching career as a middle school team co-founder at North Hills Preparatory in 2010.  NHP’s MS team won the Metroplex MS Championship meet the second year of its inception.  In her 2nd year at NHP, she also began coaching the HS team and did so for 3 years.  She remains a MS coach at NHP.  During these early years, it became apparent that coaching swimmers was her passion and so the journey began!  In addition to NHP, she was asked to join the Hackberry Creek Country Club swim team in 2014 as an assistant coach.  She became head coach of this program mid season.  She remained at HCCC until the summer of 2017. Also she was hired to be a part of the Greenhill School’s MS and HS coaching staff in the fall of 2015 and continues to be a part of that program.  Facilitating the Swim and Bike Summer Camp program at Greenhill will begin in the summer of 2017. 
 
Amanda is excited to be coaching SELECT with her friend and mentor, Sean Sell.  As a swim mom to Mustang swimmer Sarah Clarke, Amanda met Sean in 2012. She soon recognized Sean’s coaching methodology as unique as Sarah excelled in the sport.  However Sarah’s enthusiasm waned when Sean moved from the Mustangs to COPS.  Resolute to swim for ‘her coach’, Sarah followed Sean, moved teams and her love of the sport reignited.  Swimming for Sean, Sarah swam at multiple Sectional meets, became a captain of her high school team and will forever be proud to be a founding member of SELECT.  As a coach and a parent, Amanda recognized the positive influence Sean had on her daughter and desired to emulate Sean’s style and approach to competitive swimming.  The stars aligned!  Soon Sean was in the position to hire an assistant for his new, dynamic team and in 2016, a partnership was born!
       
Amanda is a former AAU swimmer, former captain of her HS team and current Masters swimmer.  She lives in North Dallas with her husband Bryan, their youngest daughter Sarah and dog Paco.  When not on deck or in the pool, Amanda enjoys her big family, friends, travel, hikes, music, chocolate, good food and adventure! 
 
‘The SELECT team and Sean’s tutelage positively influences all other programs I coach.  The future at SELECT is limitless. We have fun and we are FAST!’  ~Amanda

Sarah Grace Lewis

Assistant Coach

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Sarah first began her coaching career at Stonebriar Country Club in 2013 as an assistant coach. While coaching at Stonebriar, Sarah gained experience teaching proper technique and writing practices for swimmers aged 3 to 17. After coaching for Stonebriar for 4 years, Sarah became an assistant coach on Select. Besides for coaching practices, she also leads the team’s communication and social event planning. Although she loves coaching all ages, her true passion lies in coaching Select’s youngest groups, Bronze and Silver. 

Sarah started swimming competitively on the Brookhaven Country Club swim team. She later joined the Dallas Mustangs, swimming with them for 6 years. She finished off her high school swimming career with COPS (2 years). In addition to swimming on a club team, Sarah also swam with her high school, Bishop Lynch.  Sarah qualified for state all 4 years. 

Sarah currently attends the University of Kansas and will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science. Starting in Fall 2018, she will become a Master’s of Occupational Therapy candidate at the Texas Woman’s University Dallas Campus.

Jason Cole

Assistant Coach

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Jason grew up in Moore, Oklahoma –learning to swim at age three.  Besides swimming, Jason also enjoyed competing in Football, Track & Field, Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer.  Participation in Varsity football led to offers to compete at the college level, however, injuries forced Jason to hang up the cleats.  

Once in College, Jason returned to the pool –through Coaching, teaching and lifeguard competitions

During his time at Oklahoma State University, Jason coached the Stillwater USAS YMCA Shockers, increasing team membership from 16 to 60 athletes, with 2 back to back State runner-up titles leading to the 1997 State Championship title.  During this time Jason also coached the Oklahoma City Will Rogers Dolfins to the League Championship win, and the Austin TX Westwood Country club Summer League championship title. Jason was the captain of the Oklahoma State Rowing “Crew” team, earning multiple podium finishes, and qualifying for nationals.

After graduating from OSU, Jason began a career in New York.  Where he met his wife and started a family.  From 2005 - 2008, Jason was the head age group coach for the CYO St. Kilian swim team, started a track & field team, and an adult Triathlon training group in Long Island. Jason moved to Plano Texas in 2008, continued training and competing in triathlons, coaching Track & Field and swimming.  In 2010-11 Jason coached color groups for City of Plano Swimmers.  Jason has spent time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and has Coaching Certifications from USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, and USA Triathlon.

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