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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 one of the board members.  If you are interested in joining our coaching staff, click on the Employment button and complete an aplication.

Coaching Staff

Jessica Miller Livsey

Head Coach & CEO

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Coach Jessica Miller Livsey returned to Tidewater Aquatic Club as Head Coach in April of 2015.  First joining the TAC family in the February of 2013 as the Interim Co-Head Senior Coach and then continuing as an Age Group and Developmental Coach, Coach Jess is familiar with all levels of the program and is anxious to grow TAC both within the local community and USA Swimming.

In her 14th season as a collegiate swim coach, Coach Jess is in the midst of her ninth season at her alma mater as Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator for the Old Dominion University men's and women's swimming and diving teams.  In her time with the Monarchs, Livsey has helped lead the team to 91 school record breaking swims, 62 NCAA Division I Championship qualification times, six NCAA Division I Championship participants, two 2012 Olympic participants (Iceland and Albania), and many CAA and C-USA/CCSA Conference Champions. Both teams also have achieved Scholar All – American status multiple times during her tenure.  Coach Jess returned to Old Dominion after spending three seasons as an assistant swimming & diving coach for the Davidson College Wildcats and two seasons as assistant swimming & diving coach for the Allegheny College Gators.

Outside of the collegiate realm, Coach Jess’s roots at the USA Club Swimming level run deep.  She began swimming year around at an early age, however due to her family’s military background moved often, spending her middle school and high school years competing at the national and international levels for Nation’s Capital Swim Club (formerly known as Curl-Burke Swim Club).  Coach Jess later went on to coach for SwimMac Carolina (Huntersville, NC) and TIDE Swim Team (Virginia Beach, VA) before making a home with the TAC family. 

A 2004 graduate of Old Dominion, Coach Jess was a four-year letterwinner in the breaststroke and distance freestyle events, a four-year CAA finalist in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and served as a team captain her senior year.

David K Livsey

Team Registrar

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David Livsey is returning for the 4th year, of his second stint, as a member of the Tidewater Aquatic Club family.  Having previously been a member of the TAC coaching staff as the Assistant Senior Coach/Dryland Coach, Coach David is very excited to be returning to coaching and being involved in the continued advancement of TAC.  As an athlete, he was a member of the TAC family during his middle school and high school years and eventually went on to swim at the University of South Carolina.  Coach David’s primary coaching responsibilities will be working with the Bronze 2 and Silver practice groups at ODU while also assisting with the Gold groups as needed.  He is also the Site Coordinator for both the ODU and Fleet Rec practice locations and is our acting Team Registrar.

Carol Ann Withus

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Coach Carol Withus is a Division I college Head Coach and is in her 25th season at the helm of the Old Dominion Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving programs and in her 4th year leading the Tidewater Aquatic Club Gold/senior level swimmers.


Coach Carol earned C-USA Men's Coach of the Year honor in 2015 and 2018 and has earned CAA Coach of the Year honor four times.  Withus has also coached the most prolific swimmer in CAA history, Mary Kay Bolduc, who became the first athlete (male or female) to win four CAA Swimmer of the Year honors (1995-99). Former Monarch Kara Fichtorn won the same title during her tenure (1999-03) with the team, giving Old Dominion and Withus the honor of having the CAA's best female swimmer in five of the last nine years. More recently, Withus coached the 2009 CAA Men's Swimmer and Rookie of the Year and 2008 Icelandic Olympian in Arni Arnason. Arnason was chosen as the 2011 CAA Men's Swimmer of the Year and the 2011 CAA Championship's Most Outstanding Swimmer. In 2012, Arnason swam the 50-meter freestyle for Iceland in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Withus has also coached another two-time Olympian in current ODU swimmer, Sidni Hoxha. Hoxha swam the 50 freestyle for his native country, Albania, in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2010, Hoxha was named the CAA Rookie of the Year.


Before beginning her Old Dominion career, Withus was the head women's coach at New York University, where she compiled a 55-12 record. She coached eight NCAA All-Americans, was named Coach of the Year by the Metropolitan Conference in 1992 and took second in the Metropolitan Conference Championships with a 10-1 record during her final year at NYU.

A native of White Plains, NY, Withus graduated from Adelphi University in 1985 with a degree in physical education. She received her master's degree in physical education from Ohio University in 1986. 

On a USA Swimming level, Coach Carol coached 11 years at the long Island Aquatic Club and smaller local clubs along the way.

We are truly pleased to have Coach Carol Withus as a member of the Tidewater Aquatic Club family!

Jason Haigh

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Coach Jason is excited to be returning to the Tidewater Aquatic family for his 3rd season!  Previously a member of the developmental staff at the ODU location, Coach Jason currently takes the lead on the with the Bronze Plus, Bronze, and Silver groups at the Virginia Wesleyan location.  Coach Jason grew up swimming for the Williamsburg Aquatic Club, as well as competing in high school and summer league in Williamsburg. As a member of the Old Dominion Swim and Dive team Jason was a team captain his junior and senior year and ranks in the top 10 all time in the breaststroke events. He now lives in Virginia Beach where he works full time as a Mechanical Engineer. 

Heather Lundstrom

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We are excited to welcome Heather Lundstrom to her second season with the TAC coaching staff! Coach Heather recently joined Old Dominion Monarchs coaching staff, coming to ODU from her previous position as Assistant Coach with the Virginia Wesleyan University Swimming Team. Moving here from St. Louis, Coach Heather had a very accomplished swimming career as a member of Parkway Swim Club and the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers; qualifying for both the 2012 (100 and 200 Butterfly) and 2016 United States Olympic Trials (200 Butterfly) and receiving recognition for multiple SEC Freshman of the Week honors, College Swimming Conference Swimmer of the Week, SEC Academic Honor Roll, University of Tennessee Rookie of the Year nomination, and as a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American during her athletic career.  Graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management, Coach Heather also served as an intern within the UT Athletic Strength & Conditioning Staff.  Coach Heather’s primary coaching responsibilities will be with the Bronze and Silver Groups at the Virginia Wesleyan practice location, including assisting with the planning and implementing of the dryland program for all groups.  Welcome to TAC Heather!

Jeremy George Edwards

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My name is Jeremy Edwards and I will be going into my senior year at Old Dominion University. Both of my parents are swim coaches so I have been around the pool my entire life. I first started swimming for the Dolphin Club when I was 5 years old and I have been swam for 14 years. I then continued my swimming career into college, swimming for the ODU Monarchs. My best events over my swimming career were distance freestyle, backstroke, and IM. I pride myself on technique and hard work and I am looking forward to being apart of the TAC family!

James Andrew Cook

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Elisabeth Caroline Ray

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Michael R Hipps

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