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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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Carol Ann Withus

Gold Group Coach

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Coach Carol Withus is a Division I college Head Coach and is in her 24th season at the helm of the Old Dominion Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving programs. She continues to establish herself as>


Coach Carol earned C-USA Men's Coach of the Year honor in 2015 and has earned CAA Coach of the Year honor four times, including garnering the award in 2006 season>
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 and two daughters, Caroline and Catherine, as members of the Tidewater Aquatic Club family!

David K Livsey

Bronze & Silver Coach

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Michael R Hipps

Bronze Plus, Bronze, & Silver Coach

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Jason Haigh

Bronze Plus, Bronze, & Silver Coach

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Coach Jason is excited to be returning to the Tidewater Aquatic family!  Previously a member of the developmental staff at the ODU location, Coach Jason will be taking on responsibilities with the Bronze Plus and Bronze groups at the Virginia Wesleyan location with his return.  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. 

James Andrew Cook

Bronze & Silver Coach

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Ashley Miller

Bronze Plus, Bronze, & Silver Coach

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Heather Lundstrom

Bronze & Silver Coach

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