LMSD Coaching Staff Reorganization and Updates
July 27, 2016
LMSD Coaching Staff Reorganization and Updates
Hello LMSD Families,
The LMSD Executive Board would like to provide further updates and information pertaining to coaching staff changes for the upcoming 2016-2017 SAL & USA Swim seasons. In our constant efforts to provide continued improvement of the LMSD team and staff, there have been new additions and reorganizations to the current coaching staff. As we welcome back our family of coaches from last season, we have some changes and new additions to be announced.
For starters, we would like to welcome aboard a new face and our new head coach and team leader, Coach Karney McNear. We are extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to bring aboard someone with Coach McNear’s long term experience and record of both remarkable personal successes as well as those of the swimmers he has trained. Coach McNear is currently traveling from Florida to Philadelphia, and a meet and greet is being scheduled this week to allow swimmers and parents to come talk to the new coach. Details will follow very soon in another news flash. Please see Coach McNear’s Bio below for additional information.
Secondly, Coach Jeannie Herbert will remain as the Girl’s SAL Team Head Coach and also take on some added responsibilities as LMSD Head Age Group Coach. We greatly appreciate Jeannie’s graciousness and work ethic for stepping in to support LMSD in the midst of some changes and uncertainty during Coach Ryan’s departure.
The LMSD Executive Board is still evaluating the addition of new Assistant Coaches to add to the depth of talent we currently have on the pool deck for the continued and greater benefit of all of our swimmers.
The LMSD Executive Board will continue to provide updates to the membership, as necessary, on all team news. Please feel free to contact your Board Representatives with any question you may have in regards to the team and the upcoming season.
Coach McNear’s Bio:
With over twenty years of successful coaching experience, Coach McNear has helped swimmers of all levels and abilities to achieve their goals. He is a second generation swim coach, has helped to produce qualifiers of Junior Olympics, Sectionals, Junior Nationals, U.S. Open, Nationals, and numerous All-Americans. He was Aquatics director at the Calhoun Aquatic Center in Georgia as well as head coach of Northwest Georgia Aquatics. Prior to that he spent nine years as the Head Swim & Dive and Water Polo Coach of Nova High School in Broward County Florida, Coach McNear guided the aquatic's program to produce twelve All-Americans, fifteen National Scholar Team Awards, thirty State finalists, one Region Team Championship (1 Runner-Up), twelve Region champions, thirty-five District champions, four District Team Runner-ups, four County champions, one County Team Runner-up, and one County All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award.
From 2006 to 2014, Coach McNear was the Owner, Director, and Head Coach of Titan Aquatics, a USA Swimming Team, US Masters Swimming Team, and American Red Cross "Learn to Swim" lesson program. With Titan Aquatics, Coach McNear had qualifiers and finalists of Junior World Championships, Sectionals, Zones, Senior Champs, and Junior Olympics. He also served as the Pool Manager of the Nova Aquatic Center in Davie, Florida from 2010 through 2014, where he oversaw all usage at the year round, competitive and instructional facility.
As a competitive swimmer, McNear was a six-time finalist at U.S. Nationals, where he captured two national titles, and was also a member of the Puerto Rico National Olympic Team. He attended West Virginia University on a four-year, full-athletic scholarship, where he was All-Conference five times, earned one conference title (three-time runner-up), and owned two university records. Additionally, McNear was a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, four-time high school All-American, four-time U.S. Open finalist, six-time U.S. Junior National finalist, three-time National Age Group Top 16 swimmer, six-time high school state finalist (two-time runner-up), and a former world champion and world record holder in masters swimming.
Coach McNear, a veteran of foreign wars with the United States Navy, earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from West Virginia University and a master's degree in education with a concentration in United States history from Frostburg State University (MD). McNear is a certified teacher in social science and physical education. McNear has earned County Swim Coach of the Year honors, was a two-time County All-Star Water Polo Coach, an All-Star Coach for Florida Swimming, and remains a ranked United States Masters swimmer, certified U.S.A. Swimming Coach and member of both the American Swimming Coaches Association and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, a Certified Pool Operator, and is certified by the American Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and Swim Coaches Safety Training. Coach McNear has been married to his wife, Jana (who was also an All-American college swimmer), for over fourteen years and is the father of twin boys, Kaiden and Jack, and daughter, Johanna.