Clippers Swim Team

Columbia Aquatics Association

Maryland Swimming
Level 4

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jeff Scrivener Head Coach

Coach Jeff started swimming for CNSL at age 12 and with the Clippers at 16.  He parlayed his love of swimming into a career, first coaching in the neighborhood swim league for 7 years.  He’s now been coaching for the Clippers for 28 years! He became our head coach in 2003 and has coached every age group and level throughout the years.  Jeff is a believer that each swimmer on the team is an important part of it's makeup. Each swimmer has their own strengths and weaknesses that incorporated help the team function as a whole.

Jeff loves when his swimmers come back years later to visit, or send letters in the mail about the important lessons they learned while being a part of the team.

Outside of coaching, you can find Coach Jeff hiking, cycling, thrill-riding at amusement parks and taking care of a few other swimmers... his fish. He also has a pretty adorable son who’s known to make appearances pool-side.

Jeff is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met his bi-annual Background Check Requirement.

Jeff is a certified Level 4 (Level 5 trained) coach through the American Swim Coaches Association. 

Jeff has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Defensive Driving, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association. 

Jeff has personally overseen swimmers who qualified for:

  • AAU Junior Olympic Games 1998 - 2010

  • Zones 2003 - 2010, 2017-2019, 2021, 2022

  • Sectionals 2003 - 2022

  • Zone Open Water Championship 2022

  • Open Water Nationals 2009, 2010

  • Summer Junior Nationals 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Winter Nationals 2009, 2010

  • Winter Junior Nationals 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015

  • Zone (regional) Diversity camp 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

  • National Diversity Camp 2013, 2022

  • Futures 2015, 2016,2017, 2020-2022

  • U.S. Open 2016

  • Olympic trials 2016

  • Deaf Olympics 2017

  • Deaf World Championships 2019

Swimmers from the program have gone on to swim on Division 1, 2 and 3 college teams. Conference finalists in all 3, and NCAA qualifiers in Division 1 and 3.

Swimmers have also gone on to be a part of the United States and Denmark National teams. Both of whom represented their country at the 2019 World University Games. 

Carl Barr Assistant Head Coach
Carl is entering his 17th year of coaching, his 3rd with Clippers. He started swimming in Western NY and continued through college, then transitioned back to football for a few seasons with the SEFL before coming back to swimming. The developmental track, process and culture around swimming lured him away from the classroom and gave him the opportunity to coach full time. He emphasizes injury prevention and goal setting and especially enjoys the college search process. Carl enjoys meeting and talking with parents and talking "shop". This season Carl will be working with the Junior 1, Junior 2, Senior 2 and Senior Maintenance groups. With previous swimmers he has worked with ranging from novice to the olympic level, Carl truly enjoys seeing swimmers progress in the pool and as they develop toward adulthood. 
 
In his spare time Carl can be found on the paintball field, in the gym or chasing his two young children around. His passion for a good sandwich is perhaps only matched by his passion for the Buffalo Bills.   
 
Kelsey Smith Lord Head Age Group Coach

Coach Kelsey swam for the Clippers from the age of 5 through high school and represented the club at a number of State and Sectional meets. She later went on to swim at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for four years and participated in PSAC Conference Championships. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and minored in Management.

Kelsey is entering her seventh year coaching for the Clippers where she has coached swimmers of all ages and ability levels. She’s previously coached swimmers in the Competition 1, Competition 2, Development 3, and Senior 2 groups. She has helped her swimmers reach their goals of achieving new time standards, MD State and Junior State Championship meets, and breaking individual and relay team records. In 2019, Kelsey was awarded the Age Group Coach Bronze Award by Maryland Swimming in recognition of her swimmers’ accomplishments.

During her time in high school and college, Kelsey also head coached a team in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League (CNSL) and assistant coached the Development 3 equivalent practice group.

Kelsey’s favorite aspect of coaching is motivating and inspiring swimmers to achieve their goals. The swim season can often seem long, but it's a fun journey to see swimmers hard work and dedication pay off throughout the season. Swimming has been such a huge part of Kelsey’s life and taught her so many important life skills that she hopes to be able to instill those same skills into the swimmers that she coaches.

Coach Kelsey enjoys spending time with her husband and son, her dog, and other family and friends. She also enjoys the beach, crafting, attending/watching football games, and watching reality tv.

Kelsey is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check requirement. 

Kelsey has undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

Dante Williams Age Group Coach

Coach Dante is joining us for his first season with Clippers! Dante was born and raised in Michigan where he swam from a young age through high school. After high school, he went on to swim Division 1 at Howard University in Washington D.C. for 4 years. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. Dante’s favorite events were the 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and of course both the 200 freestyle and medley relays. He now enjoys training for triathlons/ironman races, roller skating,and spending time with his two sons. 

Swimming and coaching brings him immense joy! Helping swimmers to achieve their goals and teaching them life skills in the process is the greatest reward. Swimming has taught Dante a great deal of discipline and respect for the sport and the process. Dante hopes he can make the same possible for every swimmer that he gets to work with.

 
Basem Magd Coach

Coach Basem swam for the FW (Fort Washington Sharks Swim Team) under PMSL (Prince-Mont Swim League) for nine years. Basem also swam for the DCPR (D.C. Wave Swim Team) for five years under PVS (Potomac Valley Swimming) from middle school to high school. Finally, he swam for the DIII school BW (Baldwin-Wallace University Swimming and Diving Team) for a year in a half, then he swam Unattached for PVS for three years, then swam for the ERSC (Elite Ray's Swim Club) under PVS for half a year, and continues to swim Unattached for PVS and USMS (U.S. Masters Swimming).

 

Basem is starting his third year for the Clippers Swim Team where he has worked primarily as an Assistant Coach coaching most of all age groups and has recently been selected to be the Lead Coach for Competition 3. He was named the Most Dedicated Swimmer for the Steve Kaplan Memorial Award while on the Fort Washington Swim Team in 2006. 

 

Aside from swimming, Basem loves to play ping pong, play videogames, draw, and read manga. Also, Basem has a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and a Minor in English.

 

Basem is certified in CPR, USADA Coach's Advantage Tutorial, Safety Training For Coaches, Athlete Protection Training, and bi-annual Background Check Requirement.

 
Caitlin McGing Coach

Coach Caitlin has a long swimming resume.  She started swimming with the Clippers at the age of 8 and continued all the way through high school, before swimming for 4 years at Salisbury University.  She has been a Clippers coach since 2008, and has coached various summer teams in the CNSL and CMSL since 2007.

Each season, Caitlin enjoys watching swimmers learn and grow while having fun and making new friends and memories. She finds it great to see swimmers accomplish a difficult task, and learning that they can do anything they allow themselves to do!  She focuses on technique with her swimmers, which is critical to increase speed and to continue in the sport for a lifetime.

In her free time, Caitlin can be found cheering on her favorites on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and spending time with friends and her cats.

Caitlin is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Caitlin has also undergone training in Service Ecellence, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association. 

Dylan Reyes Coach

Growing up in Illinois, Dylan swam for 12 years on club and high school teams.  His coaching experience is not limited to swimming - he coached Cross Country and Track at the collegiate level in Iowa. In his personal life, he still competes in triathlons as well as running events throughout the year.

Coach Dylan enjoys working on developing swimmers - and helping them improve from the first practice, to the first meet, and through the entire season.

 
Ivan Ose Coach

Coach Ivan swam for the Clippers for 8 years. He is currently a student at UMBC studying math and continues to swim for the University’s club team.  He is excited to be a member of the team as his second season as a CAA coach, and looks forward to making working hard and having fun synonymous for his swimmers.

Away from the pool deck, you can find Coach Ivan playing with his dog, Bubbles, or jamming with his friends on the guitar. You can find his band, the not yets, busking in and around Columbia.

Ivan is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met his bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Ivan has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association. 

 

Joanne Louzon Coach

Coach Joanne is a life-long swimmer.  She first dove in and began her journey as a competitive swimmer at the young age of 4. Her love of swimming and competing propelled her into the world of Triathlons, where she became the East Coast Champion for the Xterra Season in 2000.

Having previously coached both Age Group and Masters for the Retriever Aquatic Club, she now enjoys watching some of our youngest swimmers learn new skills and develop throughout the season.

Coach Joanne is a full-time real estate agent, and enjoys running and spending time with her family when not on deck.

Joanne is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Joanne has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

Kevin Costello Coach
Coach Kevin swam for the Clippers from the age of six through the end of high school, representing the team at multiple State Championship Meets. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy. He coached for the CNSL for six summers and is in his third year coaching with the Clippers, where he has led C2 and C3 while assisting with groups of all ages and ability levels. Last year, he had several swimmers compete at the State Championship and Junior Championship Meets.
 
Kevin considers it a great privilege to pass on his passion for and knowledge of swimming to the next generation of Clippers. He loves how this sport teaches its young athletes great lessons, like prioritizing technique to work more efficiently and develop awareness of one's body, as well as the importance of setting and tracking goals. He also knows the value of having fun while you train!
 
Besides swimming for fitness himself, Coach Kevin also enjoys taking trips with his good friend Coach Ivan and birdwatching with his brother Ben, a former Clippers coach. He is an enthusiastic amateur musician, and he sings for his church as a choir member and cantor/psalmist. Kevin also works as a permanent substitute teacher at Centennial High School.
Kristin Smith Burns Coach

Coach Kristin swam for the Clippers from age 8 through high school, and represented the club at State, Zone, and National level meets. Kristin went on to swim at Penn State for four years, during which time Penn State Women's Swimming and Diving won back-to-back Big Ten Conference Championship titles. She was named an Academic All-Big Ten Honoree all four years and earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, as well as her master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Kristin is entering her 13th year coaching for the Clippers where she has worked primarily with 12&U swimmers.  Kristin has helped swimmers achieve new BB to AAAA time standards, reach the MD State and Junior State Championship meets, break individual and relay team records, place top 10 in the state including a number of individual and relay state champions, and had swimmers named Maryland Swimming’s Swimmer of the Year.  In 2017, she was awarded the Age Group Coach Bronze Award by Maryland Swimming based on her swimmers’ accomplishments. Kristin also coached in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League (CNSL) for seven years.

Kristin loves coaching because she gets to share her love of the sport with the swimmers.  She aims to set swimmers up for long-term success in the sport by placing greater emphasis on technique over speed.  She enjoys working with the swimmers on how to do things more efficiently and how to execute the best race strategies for different events.

Coach Kristin has two young children and loves spending time with her family.  She also enjoys crafting with her sister (Coach Kelsey), baking and cooking, watching football, and going to the beach. Kristin works full-time for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Kristin is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Coach Advantage Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Kristin has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association. 

Mariana Orellana Coach

Coach Mariana grew up swimming for CNSL and Clippers, before continuing as a club swimmers at UMBC. She has coached the Owen Brown Barracudas for the past 3 years, and joined the Clippers coaching staff in January 2019.

Mariana is focused on helping our middle school aged swimmers realize what they are capable of both in and out of the pool. When not coaching, she can be found watching and playing all types of sports, seeking out live music, enjoying photography, writing and reading.

Mariana is certified in Safety Training For Coaches, CPR, First Aid, Athlete Protection Training, Concussion Protocol, Coach Advantae Tutorial, Foundations of Coaching requirements, and has met her bi-annual Background Check Requirement. Mariana has also undergone training in Service Excellence, Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, and Mandatory Reporting Training through Columbia Association.

Michelle Nash Coach

Coach Michelle swam for Frostburg State in Western Maryland before joining the Clippers coaching staff.  She was a Clippers swimmer for 5 years during middle and high school.  She is in her 7th year of working with our swimmers, and each season looks forward to instilling a love for the sport of swimming with the next generation. 

When not guiding her swimmers, Coach Michelle can be found enjoying art and photography, skiing, hiking, and taking in the latest flick on the big screen.

Emma Scopelliti Coach
Board of Directors