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Our Staff

Our Staff

Chad Englehart | Head Coach

"I strive to help kids discover their inner strength, helping them to achieve success in and out of the pool."

Since joining Splash Club in 2014, Coach Chad has brought renewed vision and revitalization to the team. Throughout his career, he has coached at all levels from novice to the highest levels of competitive excellence at the national championships, US Olympic Trials (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020), and World Championship Trials. He has led the Bartlesville High School Girls team to 5 consecutive state titles and the Boys team to 2 consecutive state runner up titles. He has been honored as the Tulsa World’s swim coach of the year and was recently nominated as a national high school coach of the year. In 2015, he was inducted into the Indiana High School Swimming Hall of Fame for his coaching achievements. Prior to joining Splash Club, he was the head coach of a nationally ranked club in Indiana and developed his high school team into a perennial state and national powerhouse.

While earning his BSE in Chemistry and Physics at the University of Kansas, Chad won 2 consecutive conference titles in the 100yd Breaststroke and was a 5-time Jayhawk Scholar. He currently serves as the Senior Vice Chair of Oklahoma Swimming. He and his wife Ann live in Bartlesville and his son Will swims for Splash Club in the National Training Group.

 


Ben Harlow | Head Age Group Coach

Ben has loved every single one of his coaching years!

Ben has been coaching for 3 decades, beginning his coaching career in Illinois as an age group coach. He has been on staff with Splash Club since 2001, serving twice as interim head coach. He is a 5-time Oklahoma Age Group Coach of the Year honoree and has coached swimmers to state, sectional, and junior national championships throughout his career. He previously served as Bartlesville High School’s head swim coach for 10 years, earning all-state coaching honors. He was on staff as assistant coach, helping to lead the Bartlesville Lady Bruins to 4 consecutive state titles. He also served on the Oklahoma Swimming Board of Directors in a variety of capacities, including General Chair, Administrative Vice Chair, and Age Group Chair. He has also served as head coach for Oklahoma Zone Teams. 

Prior to his coaching career, Ben swam competitively for the Augustana College Vikings in Illinois, finishing his senior year as Team Captain. He majored in Marketing, Finance and Accounting and was in the insurance industry for a decade.

 


Kara Howze | Assistant Coach

"I love passing along the skills and experience I learned as a swimmer to my own athletes and helping them to develop their full swimming potential."

Coach Kara is a Splash Club alum who rejoined the team as a coach in 2014.  As a swimmer, she represented Splash Club at the junior national championships and was a longtime high school record holder where she led the Bartlesville Lady Bruins to 2 state team titles. She has a Bachelors degree in Individual, Family, and Community Services and a Masters in Child Development from Oklahoma State University. Kara and her husband Mike have four children—Aidan, Emma, Addie and Evan, all of whom swim for Splash Club.

 


Gary Downey | Assistant Coach

Gary's passion for the sport enables him to work with swimmers of all levels.

Coach Gary began his coaching career in high school and was an assistant coach for the Iowa State University Women’s Swim Team. He has coached swimmers at the Big 8 and NCAA Championships and is ASCA Level 2-certified. He also served as an assistant coach in Olathe, Kansas and the Bartlesville Bruins High School swim team. He is currently an ergonomist with The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina at NC State University. Gary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Tennessee. He is also a licensed professional engineer and a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist. He and his wife, Jenny—a Splash Club alum and co-coach—have three children, Thomas, Haley, and Erin, all of whom are Splash Club alums and Division I collegiate swimmers.

 


Jenny Downey | Assistant Coach

"I love helping kids gain confidence in the water, which helps foster a love of the sport! As kids learn correct technique, it's great to see their strokes and skills evolve."

Coach Jenny grew up in Bartlesville and is a first generation alum of the Splash Club program. She swam for Bartlesville High School and later went on to swim for Iowa State University cardinals for all four years. While earning her Physical Therapy degree at Wichita State University, she coached 10-Under swimmers at Wichita Swim Club. She later went on to found COOL Swim School in Olathe, KS, where she taught for five years.

 


Ann Englehart | Administrative Assistant

"I enjoy leveraging my professional background and creative passions to provide dry-side support for our team and to create designs that help our team stand out from the crowd."

Ann brings over a decade of experience in providing USA Swimming clubs with administrative and graphic design/creative marketing services. She previously worked for a Fortune 250 insurance and financial services company as a Senior Paralegal, where she specialized in corporate governance, investment company regulation, and insurance defense. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Administration from Ball State University and was a member of the University’s gymnastics team.