PERFORMANCE. PASSION. EXCELLENCE. TRADITION.

Head Coach Charlie Kennedy

During Charlie’s 35 years as Head Coach, the program has grown from 25 swimmers to over 200 swimmers. In 2019 Charlie was voted NCSA Coach of the Year. 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 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.

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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.

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.

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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!

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Missy Turner

Missy grew up in Delaware County swimming at Lansdowne Pool in the summers and at age 11 joined Suburban Seahawks. Soon to become a Charlie Kennedy favorite, Missy excelled quickly and earned a spot on the National Team. Missy went on to shine at West Virginia University, winning the 200 Butterfly as a freshman in the Big East Conference Championship Meet. Loved by all her teammates, Missy was team Captain her Senior Year and graduated with a BA in Communications.

After graduation, Missy worked in Corporate Recruiting and Human Resources, but she couldn’t resist returning to swimming as a full time coach. Missy is still involved with Lansdowne Pool during the summers, where she coaches and inspires all swimmers to have fun and enjoy the sport. Suburban was lucky to welcome back Missy in 2018 to coach Bronze, Developmental and the Mini Team. She is thrilled to be back on deck with Charlie and working with amazing co-workers. In her spare time Missy enjoys family time with her husband Brian, three boys Brady, Colten and Peyton, and their lovely daughter Blake.

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Mira Fessl

Mira was born and raised in Austria and just recently moved to the United States. She comes from a family of 8 and spent most of her time growing up at the pool deck. Her parents run a swim team back in Austria, where Mira had been coaching from 2010 to 2019. What started as a high school summer job, grew into a true profession and soon, she had worked herself up to being the Head Coach of the age group swimmers. Her philosophy: Swimming is a school for life. During the day she is a passionate Early Childhood Education Teacher and, in the evening, you can find her on the SSC pool deck.