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Head Coach Charlie Kennedy

During Charlie’s 35 years as Head Coach, the program has grown from 25 swimmers to over 200 swimmers. He was voted “Age Group Coach of the Year” by the American Swim Coaches Association and also “Age Group Coach of the Year” by Speedo.  Within the Mid-Atlantic region, Charlie was recently awarded "Senior Coach of the Year" and "Age Group Coach of the Year."

A nationally ranked swimmer at Suburban Swim Center and the University of Iowa, Charlie uses his first-hand experience to help swimmers meet the challenges of this demanding sport. His emphasis on proper technique permeates the entire program.

During the last 35 years, many of his swimmers have achieved numerous rankings and championships: High School Champions, Jr. National’s qualifiers and champions, Sr. National qualifiers and champions, U.S. Open champions, World Rankings, World Champions, Olympic Trials qualifiers, World record holders, and Olympics Champions.

Tara Bolivar

Tara grew up swimming in New England for Shawmut Aquatic Club based in Framingham, Massachusetts, Framingham South High School and Northeastern University. During her career she competed at a national level, was New England age group and senior level champion, and record holder, Bay State Games champion, and record holder and was a 4-time MIAA state champion, and state record holder. She was awarded to the Boston Herald high school all-scholastic team and Boston Globe high school all-scholastic team for the 4 years she competed for Framingham South High School. Attending Northeastern University, she competed as an Academic All-American and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.

Upon graduating from Northeastern, Tara became a Certified Athletic Trainer, working as an outreach Athletic Trainer at Upper Merion High School and various semi-professional sports teams in the Philadelphia area. Tara has been coaching at a USA swim club level for 17 years and prior to that time coached for a summer club in Massachusetts. In addition to coaching, Tara has been a swim instructor for all ages and ability levels for a variety of swim school facilities in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Currently she coaches at SSC primarily working with the Junior and Senior Blue training groups.

Ray Horn

Danielle Mackey

Danielle Mackey has coached at the club level and high school level for the past 24 years including a stint as Head Coach at Marple-Newtown High School where her team won the Central League Championships. For the last 15 years she has coached all age group levels at Suburban.

As a swimmer, Danielle had a distinguished career qualifying for Olympic Trials as well as numerous senior national competitions. In high school, she was a two-time PIAA state champion and both an All-American and Academic All-American all four years. Danielle attended Villanova University where she was a six-time Big East Conference Champion as well as Eastern Collegiate Champion. She was also named, both All-American and Academic All-American while at Villanova.

Danielle developed her swimming talent while at Suburban under the guidance of Charlie Kennedy. Danielle is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Svetlana Panayotova

Svetlana has coached at the club level and high school level for the past 28 years. For the last 17 years she has coached at Suburban with a focus on the mini teams and younger swimmers.

She earned her Masters in Physical Education from The National Sport Academy of Bulgaria. While in Bulgaria, Svetlana earned many national titles, which qualified her for the “Master of the Sport” degree. She is also a coach at Saint Albans Swim and Tennis Club since 2000.

Kristin Nelson

At the age of six, Kristin began swimming at a local summer swim club in Maryland. Taking to the sport, her summer coach suggested she swim over the winter at a nearby YMCA. The recommendation was a natural transition and she quickly became a year round swimmer. As Kristin continued swimming she grew in the sport. By age 13 she was representing her team at YMCA nationals and junior nationals.

Summer going into her freshman year of high school, Kristin and her family moved to Pennsylvania where she began swimming for a local YMCA and West Chester East High school. While swimming for East, Kristin had notable achievements which included competing and placing at both the PIAA District 1 and State level. She was a member of the District 1 championship team in both 1998 & 1999 and named Daily Local News athlete of the year in 1999, her senior year. Kristin also continued her YMCA swimming career, qualifying and placing at YMCA nationals her freshman through junior year. During her senior year of high school Kristin decided to switch clubs and swim for Suburban. Under coach Charlie, Kristin continued to excel reaching junior national standards. With Charlie’s coaching and guidance she was able to go on to swim at the Division One level. Throughout the duration of her college career Kristin returned to SSC to swim under Charlie during school breaks and summers. Since competitively swimming, Kristin has coached at a number of summer and US clubs bringing diverse experience. This is Kristin's fifth year coaching with Suburban.

Kelly Nelson

Bibi Panayotova

Bibi started coaching at Suburban in 2007. She is a former Seahawks swimmer where she swam competitively since the age 9. She also coached at St. Albans Swim and Tennis Club from 2007-2014. Bibi attended Susquehanna University and earned a B.S. in Business Administration. She currently works at a finance company in the greater Philadelphia area, and is continuing her education with an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.

Andrew Austria

Alyssa Myers

Alyssa starting coaching at SSC in 2016. She first began coaching at Rose Tree Woods Swim Club in 2014 and has spent the past two summers coaching at Knowlton Swim Club. She swam at Suburban for 7 years and continued to swim at Widener University for 2 years. Alyssa is currently studying to earn her BS in Biology at Widener and plans on attending graduate school for Physical Therapy.  Alyssa is looking forward to another great year at Suburban!

Anne Gavin

Scott Hunt

Scott Hunt swam for SSC from 2005-2011. He graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School in 2011, where he competed in PIA and Philadelphia Catholic League swim meets all four years of high school. Scott graduated from Cabrini University in 2015 with his BA in English. While attending Cabrini, Scott swam for the Cabrini Cavaliers Swim Team his sophomore, junior, and senior years under head coach Cindy Ikeler. His main events included the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Freestyle, and 200 Backstroke.  

Currently Scott is an Instructional Assistant for Haverford Township School District. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Education. When he is not coaching, Scott enjoys reading, walking his dog, spending time with family and friends, and of course, swimming.