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Ken Cobb -  Aquatics Director & Head Coach

Hi, I'm Coach Ken... the founder of Longwood Aquatics, LLC and Head Coach of the LWA year-round USA Swimming® club team.  I'm also the Head Coach of the Lyman High School Greyhound Swim Team.  Prior to these positions I spent 6 years coaching with Patriot Aquatics from 2010 - 2016, a USA Swimming® Program located at the Lake Brantley High School Aquatic Center where I was also the Assistant Coach of the High School team.  I have been a Coach Member of USA Swimming® since 1985 and am a certified coach and member of the American Swim Coaches Association® (ASCA) and National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA).  I was also recently selected to Florida Swimming's All-Star and US Southeastern Zone Coaching Staff for 2016 and 2017, and named Asst Head Coach for 2018.

As an Age Group and Prep stand-out swimmer, I spent my childhood, teenage and college years in the pool either as a swimmer, instructor or coach. My swim instruction background began with several years serving both the American Red Cross® and YMCA organizations in such capacities as Head Swim Instructor and Aquatics Director.  During my college years at the University of Kentucky, I served as Head Swim Coach for two different club teams and served 2 years as President of the Central Kentucky Swim Conference.  I then went on to help form and serve as Head Age Group Coach to a prominent Lexington, KY based USA Swimming® club team.  With over 15 years of experience, I've coached state champions and record holders, junior national qualifiers and finalists, high school All-Americans and college scholarship athletes.  

I left the coaching ranks a few years after college to enter the business world.  Fast forwarding many years, when my oldest son began swimming in 2010, I was reintroduced to a sport that I love.  Shortly thereafter, I began what is now the second chapter of my coaching career.  During the day I'm still a business owner, at night and weekends I'm Coach Ken.  I live in Longwood, FL with my wife Abbey and 2 sons Bradley and Jackson.

Additional Info:

  • Certified Coach Member of USA Swimming® Since 1985
  • American Swim Coaches Association® [ASCA] Level 3 Certification
  • ASCA® Certified Stroke Technician
  • National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Member (NISCA)
  • Certified Masters Coach with United States Masters Swimming® [USMS]
  • Certified CPR, First Aid and Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • Current with USA Swimming Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training
  • Certified Aquatics Director (CAD®)
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO®)
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor® (WSI)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor® (LGI)
  • American Red Cross CPR, First Aid and AED Certified
  • P.A.D.I. ® Scuba Certified

My Coaching Philosophy:  Click Here

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Meredith McNiece - Assistant Coach

Hello, I’m Coach Meredith and I’m one of the Age Group coaches for Longwood Aquatics along with being an Assistant Swim Coach for Lyman High School.  I have been a swimmer since I was 4 years old when my mother, a former synchronized swimmer, tossed me off the edge of a dock and said “It’s time to sink or swim!” (story may have been embellished for dramatic effect!)  After that shock to the system, I began my competitive career swimming for various teams in Missouri and California all the way through high school.

I graduated with a BS in Communications from Missouri State University and then moved to Orlando to work for Walt Disney World as a lifeguard at Typhoon Lagoon.  Following that position, I spent the next 10 years in positions ranging from Front Desk Clerk to helping launch the Disney Cruise Line.   During that time, I continued to pursue my love of swimming by joining the Orlando Masters Swim Team and stayed there for 4 years.

After spending 2 years in California engaged in a new career in television production, I returned to the Central Florida area.  I continue to work in television and print production with the Walt Disney Company and various marketing companies.

I began my coaching career in 2010 by chance while I was swimming a masters workout.  I was approached to take over the introduction to swim team program (mostly ages 8 & under) at a local USA Swimming® program and coached there for 6 years.  The time spent teaching children to love this sport has been a great pleasure.  To see them continue on and become better swimmers and better people is all a coach can ask for in return.

I look forward to sharing my experience and stories with excited swimmers here at Longwood Aquatics.

Additional Info:

  • USA Swimming® Certified Coach
  • Current with USA Swimming® Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming® Athlete Protection Training
  • USA Swimming® Foundations of Coaching 101 – 201
  • American Swim Coaches Association® (ASCA) Member
  • American Red Cross™ Water Safety Instructor
  • American Red Cross™ CPR & AED Certified
  • AAU Positive Coaching Alliance

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Cathryn Whitworth - Assistant Coach

Hi, I'm Coach Cat a former competitive swimmer with Coast Aquatics, a USA Swimming registered club team in Ft. Walton Beach FL.   I also swam for Ft. Walton Beach High School where I was a state championship qualifier in both swimming and diving.  I chose to dive in college earning an athletic scholarship to Delta State University where I was a 3-time Academic All America diver and MVP of the team my senior year. I started my swim instruction and coaching career at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, FL.  

My husband Trent and I moved to Central Florida in August of 2017 .  We reside in the Winter Park area along with our 2 cats.

We are grateful to be a part of Longwood Aquatics

 

 

Additional Info:

  • USA Swimming® Certified Coach
  • Current with USA Swimming® Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming® Athlete Protection Training
  • American Red Cross™ Water Safety Instructor
  • American Red Cross™ CPR & AED Certified
  • American Red Cross™ Certified Lifeguard