Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brian Elko Head Coach

Head Coach Brian Elko joined the Seahawks swim team as Head Coach in September 2002. As a national level age-group swimmer, Brian was a 2-time YMCA National Champion and 3-time NJ State High School Champion in backstroke and butterfly. He continued his college career at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a 2-time Big East Conference Champion in 100 Back and 4-time Big East Team Champions. Brian finished his swimming career at the 2000 USA Olympic Team trials in Indianapolis, IN where he competed in the 100 backstroke.  Brian has served as the Middle Atlantic Age Group Chair since April 2017.  In October 2017 Brian was a part of the open water National Team staff which traveled to Hong Kong. He and wife, Samantha have been married since 2002 and have three children, Meredith, Ian and Madelyn.

Laura Bassford Assistant Coach

Coach Laura Bassford initially started swimming when she began with her summer swim club at the age of 8. Although not crazy about the sport at first, she fell in love with it and continued to swim throughout high school and then competed for her college, Franklin and Marshall. While at F&M, Laura was a Centennial Conference finalist all 4 years, setting top 10 times in the butterfly and IM events, and was Captain during her senior season. Laura graduated from F&M with a government /history degree and currently teaches social studies. After college, Laura began coaching with the Seahawks and working with the senior groups with Coach Brian. Laura loves staying involved with the sport of swimming and working with the senior level swimmers. In her spare time Laura enjoys staying active, spending time with family and friends and can never get enough of the beach in the summer.

Robert Cornell Assistant Coach

Bob “Billy Bob” Cornell join the Seahawks in the fall of 2008. He was raised and educated in the great state of Kentucky, where he graduated and competitively swam at Western Kentucky University. In 1993 he ventured to Cape May and began his 13 year career as an ocean life guard. During that time he enjoyed some success in local and national life guard races. After 2 years as an assistant, he became Head Coach of the Ocean City H.S. team in 2003. He coached the Women Raiders to 3 South Jersey Sectional finals and was name Courier Post Coach of the Year in 2004. In 2006 he became the Head Coach of the C-Cerpants where he coached 4 Junior Olympic Champions and earned 2 S. J. Summer League Championship Titles. Outside of coaching he works at Harborfield Detention Center as a Health and Physical Education Teacher were he has been employed since 2001.

Paige Howarth-Blair Age Group 4, Supersquads 1 + 2

Coach Paige Howarth Blair started with the Seahawks when she was 7 years old. After falling in love with the sport, she continued on through high school; her favorite stroke and event was breaststroke and long distance freestyle. Coach Paige competed as a swimmer for the Ventnor City Beach Patrol for 12 years. Paige returned to the Seahawks as a swim-lessons instructor and developmental coach after college. She helped develop the pre-team programs, before becoming a team coach in 2013 for AG4 and SS1&2. Paige graduated from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and is now a 2nd grade teacher in EHT. The EHT Seahawks have always been a big part of coach Paige’s life and will continue to be!

Kevin Howarth Age Group 2

No matter your ability, it’s your choice to listen, apply, and push yourself to a higher level.

Coach Kevin Howarth was born into a swimming family. He learned to swim at the age of five by his father who competed and loved the sport. He passed on this love to his four sons, who in turn started a 3rd generation of swimmers. Kevin swam year round with his brothers, competed in many open water races, and was a member of the Ventnor City Beach Patrol. Entering Atlantic City High School, Kevin chose football where he was starting quarterback and also played basketball. After attending Atlantic Community College, he joined the Ventnor City Fire Department, retired as a fire captain after 32 years, operated and retired from a successful landscaping business and is currently employed as the lifeguard for EHTHS.

Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie of 32 years, and their four daughters; Paige, Mackenzie, Shannon and Bailey, who all swam for the Seahawks each for 13 years. Having worked for 20 years with the Seahawks, Kevin was a Seahawks board member and held the position of President for many years. He was instrumental in hiring head coach Brian Elko, in which together transitioned the team into a year round USA swim club. Kevin has been coaching since 1999 and is currently the age group 2 coach.

"I love to see the development of children from a young age to an adult. Not just in the sport of swimming, but also their development in life. I take great pleasure to be in a position to have an effect on their life as they mature through the years as a Seahawk."

Carol McClintock Age Groups 3 + 4, Supersquads 1+ 2

Coach Carol McClintock comes from a large family (10 kids!) and began swimming at her summer club at the age of 5. She continued to swim in the fall/winter seasons for her local YMCA and qualified for YMCA Nationals when she was 12. She is a former Pennsylvania State record holder in her favorite stroke - breaststroke! While enjoying many other sports, Coach Carol contributed to her high school swim team and was selected 1st Team All Catholic all four years. She decided not to swim in college, and instead attended nursing school.

She began her coaching career at her summer club at 18 and was the head coach of over 100 swimmers for 3 years while in college. In 2006, while her older 3 kids were swimming for the EHT Seahawks, Coach Carol joined the staff when there was a need and has been with the team ever since. She works with Age Group 3, Age Group 4, and our Super Squads. She has coached over 40 current and former team members to their first Junior Olympic qualifying times. She is a four time Middle Atlantic Zone Coach and has been a member of the MA Age Group Committee since 2015.

"I love coaching because of my swimmers. I enjoy the process of teaching and developing their strokes, watching them form their friendships on the team, and when it's time to race, seeing our Seahawks achieve more than they thought they could."

Joseph McVey Assistant Coach
Joe began competitive swimming at age 10 at his summer swim club. He quickly found a passion for the sport and continued to swim competitively for the Seahawks, Holy Spirit HS, and Margate City Beach Patrol. After college and graduate school, Joe returned to the pool as a coach for Highland Swim Club and the JCC Sharks. He was extremely excited to join the Seahawks family as a coach in 2016. Outside of coaching, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, and fishing.
Board of Directors
Brian Elko Team President / Head Coach
Cindy Bell Vice President
Christa Dewitt Treasurer
George Moore Board Member