Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Chris Kaplan Head Coach (AG 2 & 3)

Coach Chris Kaplan (ASCA Level 4)

Coach Chris Kaplan Chris grew up swimming for North Baltimore Aquatic Club where he was a Top 16 age group swimmer and a Junior National Qualifier.  He graduated from Fairmont State College as a NCAA Division II All American, Academic All American and school record holder in the 500, 1000, 1650 Free and 400 IM.

His coaching career began at Fairmont Area Swim Team and as an assistant coach at Fairmont State College were he coached multiple NCAA Division II All Americans.  In 2001 he became the head coach at the Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA in Beckley, WV for one year until he was offered a position in Frederick with MAC.  Chris was an assistant with Hood College and MAC until 2004.

From 2004-2007 Chris was the Lead Site coach for North Baltimore Aquatic Club in York, PA.  While at NBAC Chris developed multiple Top 16 age group swimmers as well as Junior and Senior national qualifiers.  Chris returned to MAC in 2009 as an assistant until he and Coach Jeb became the head coaches in 2012.  In 2019 Chris took over as the full-time Head Coach and Executive Director at MAC.

During his tenure at MAC, the team has grown to over 200 competitive swimmers, 200 Pre-Team swimmers, become a consistent top 2-3 club in MD Swimming, and a top 100 USA Swimming Team in the Virtual Club (VCC) Rankings.

Coach Chris lives with his wife Kiersten, daughter Emmie and son Tanner in New Market.

Jeb Beaver Lead Senior Coach (S3)

Jeb Beaver (ASCA Level 4)

Coach Jeb Beaver began coaching at MAC during the 2004 season.

Before beginning his coaching career, he swam for Walkersville High School.  After Walkersville, Jeb swam for Towson University and served as a team captain in 2002 and 2003--a year in which he was also a student-intern for the program--he set three Towson University school records during his career. He was also an America East Conference champion in 2001, an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference champion in 2003, and set a Colonial Athletic Association record in 2003.  Jeb later was an assistant coach at Towson University and helped the women’s team win four straight CAA conference championships (2008-2012).

After graduation, Jeb started coaching as an assistant coach for Hood College and an Age Group coach for MAC.  During his time at Monocacy Aquatic Club he has participated in numerous swim camps such as Stanford University swim camp hosted by the late Richard Quick, during the summer of 2004, and with Coach Greg Meehan 2017.  In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he participated in the University of Southern California Swim Camp with David Salo.  While at those camps, Jeb worked with Olympic swimmers and helped teach fundamentals to young swimmers.  At Monocacy Aquatic Club he has coached over twenty-five Top-16/Top-10 USA Swimming ranked swimmers including four MAC swimmers who achieved USA Swimming number one rankings.  He received the Tom Himes Age Group Coach of the Year Award for MD swimming in 2012 for his success with Age Group swimmers. 
Jeb is currently employed at Linganore High School as a social studies teacher.  His specialty is Advanced Placement Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.
Jeb currently resides in Walkersville, MD with his wife Anna and their beautiful children Cora, Finley, Hudson, Gwyneth, and Maeve. If five kids were not enough, the Beaver family welcomed Oscar the dog to the family in 2019!
Daniel Russell Senior and Development Coach (S2 & D2)

Coach Danny Russell (ASCA Level 2)
Coach Danny Russell started swimming when he was 6 years old, for the Harper’s Choice Swim Team in Columbia, MD.  At the age of 9, he started swimming year-round for the Columbia Clippers, and continued to swim throughout high school and into college.  Coach Danny is a graduate of Towson University, competing on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team for four years, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Music Education.  In 2008, he was hired by the Howard County Public School System to be a full-time vocal music teacher at Veterans Elementary School, in Ellicott City.  He taught for HCPSS through the 2014-2015 school year.
Coach Danny started coaching in the summer of 2003 as an assistant coach with the Harper’s Choice Swim Team in Columbia, MD.  He became the head coach the following summer, and continued through the summer of 2012.  Coach Danny built great relationships with swimmers and their families, encouraging swimmers to continue participating into their middle school and high school years.  He also was able to encourage many swimmers to find year-round swimming clubs to become a part of. 
From 2006 – 2008, he was on the coaching staff of the Columbia Clippers, the team he grew up swimming for.  In 2013, Coach Danny became the head coach of the Forest Hill Swim Team, located in Ellicott City, and continued in that role through the 2015 season.
Most recently, Coach Danny was a full-time staff member of both the Eagle Swim Team and McDonogh School's Physical Education Dept., teaching swim and water polo units during PE (1st thru 6th grade), as well as coaching Varsity/JV Water Polo and Varsity/JV Swimming.  For EST, he wore many hats over the 13 years there, including Minis Coach, Senior Coach, Meet Director, Entry Coordinator, Communications Director, and Administrative Head Coach.
Coach Danny is married and has four children.  They currently reside in Taneytown, MD.
Coach Danny looks forward to a very fun and successful season with the Monocacy Aquatic Club!
Chris Gibeau Senior Coach (S1)


Coach Chris Gibeau (ASCA Level 4)

Coach Chris Gibeau lives in Frederick MD but was born in Bethesda, MD and raised in Howard County.

He began his swimming career with the summer program - Hammond Park Stingrays - and joined the Columbia Clippers shortly after. As a sophomore in high school, Coach Chris made a move to a brand new Retriever Aquatic Club. Chris attended UMBC and was a four-year conference point scorer.

His coaching career began in ’95 with UMBC/Retriever Aquatic Club as an Asst. Coach. In May of 1998 Coach Chris began with MAC for a 6 year run - two (2) years as Head Age Group Coach and four (4) years as Head Coach. In the fall of 2004, he transitioned back to UMBC and RAC until March of 2020 when he returned back to MAC.

Some of Coach Gibeau's coaching highlights include:
  • three-time NCAA All-American Emily Escobedo
  • two-time NCAA qualifier Mohamed Hussein
  • Escobedo was ranked as high as 12th in the world in 2017 in the 200meter breaststroke and Hussein represented Egypt in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the 200meter IM.
A member of the 2017-2018 US National Team coaching staff, Coach Chris has had swimmers qualify for the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020(1) Olympic Trials, as well as Fina World Championship Trial qualifiers in 2010 and 2014 and Tonia Papapetrou swam for Cypress at the 2019 World University Games.
Additionally, Coach Chris has qualified swimmers for the National and Junior National Championships and U.S. Open while with RAC and MAC.
Coach Gibeau is currently the Head Coach of Hood College Swimming. Coach Chris is an ASCA Level 4 Lifetime Member.
Reilly Willoughby Age Group Coach (AG 4)

Coach Reilly Willoughby

Coach Reilly Willoughly currently lives in Frederick, but was born in Rockviller, MD.  He started swimming for the Aspen Hill Dolphins in the Montgomery County Swim League at age 3, and quickly decided that the water was too cold.  At age 4, he joined a club team and decided that he did indeed want to swim, and no longer needed to be motivated by ice cream after swim meets.

Reilly swam through High School, but attended a college without a swim team, and as such did not swim in college.

When he was in high school, he started teaching swim lessons at the Frederick Y coaching the youngest group on the team. He quickly worked his way up to the coach of the 14 and under groups. After several years of coaching for the Y, Reilly decided that he wanted a change of pace and joined MAC in 2015. 

Coach Reilly loves sharing his passion for swimming with his swim-kids and loves... helping them into the cold water that plagued him so much as a child. 

In his coaching career he has had swimmers achieve every level of success from qualifying for their first state champs meet to those achieving national top 10 rankings. Coach Reilly loves helping kids get to the next level in their swimming and enjoys seeing them succeed in the pool and in life. His goal is to make every swimmer fall in love with the process of swimming and learn to enjoy the challenges that they are presented with. 

When he is not at the pool, he works in the Biotech industry. When he is not working, he enjoys reading, hiking, playing video games, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and swimming in every body of water he comes across.

Lauren Brenneman Nolke Age Group Coach (AG 3)

Coach Lauren Brenneman Nolke (ASCA Level 2)

Coach Lauren Brenneman Nolke’s time with MAC dates back to 1990 when she began her swimming career and proceeded to progress through the Senior program with then head coach Don Feinberg.

Upon graduation from East Carolina University in 2004 with a BS in Exercise Science, Lauren was recruited back to MAC as a coach with the Senior program and also helped to start the MAC's Masters program.

In 2012, Lauren transitioned to coaching the age group and novice groups, and discovered a passion for developing young swimmers through a strong foundation of stroke technique along with more rigorous training and discipline to achieve success at the state level.

Lauren holds a Master's degree in School Counseling from McDaniel College.  When she's not coaching, Lauren is teaching preschool, riding her Peloton, or taxing her kids around town.

Lauren lives in New Market with her husband Brandon and their two girls Ada and Nora.

Ashley Gardner Age Group Coach (AG 1)

Coach Ashley Gardner (ASCA Level 2)

Coach Ashley Gardner was born and raised in Dover, Delaware.

She started swimming when she was 7 years old for the Dover YMCA. During her tryout Ashley swam backstroke with her arms going the opposite way they were supposed to—and still made it to the other end! Ironically, she qualified for YMCA Nationals in both the 100 and 200 back stroke 9 years later! Ashley also swam for the Dover High School swim team. She then went on to study history and swim for Lock Haven University of PA where she competed for all 4 years. 

Ashley started teaching lessons at the age of 11 at the Silverlake pool where her dad was the pool manager. She eventually started teaching lessons at the YMCA when she was 15. She continued teaching lessons through high school and college. 

Ashley joined the coaching staff of the Dover YMCA officially when she was 18 years old where she coached alongside her father. Together they produced the largest YMCA National team in the history of the Dover YMCA swimming program. Ashley became the aquatics director and head swim coach at the Waynesboro Area YMCA in 2013. She oversaw the transition of the Waves from a seasonal program to a year-round program. She coached 2 swimmers to YMCA National qualifying times—the first in the program’s history since the 2006 season. Over 130 team records were set and/or broken for a total of over 170 times in her 3 years with the program. 

Ashley started her time at Hood College in the spring of 2016. She is the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s swim teams, and serves as the assistant manager in the aquatic center as well. She also serves as a co-head coach for the FSSL team out of Hood College—the Hood College Hammerheads.

Ashley teaches lessons to relax. She also enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and reading. She will be teaching a First Year Seminar (FYS) at Hood College this year about Taylor Swift.

Ashley is very passionate about teaching swimming to everyone of all ages. She is also adamant that her swimmers have fun while improving their swimming skills.

Ashley lives in Hagerstown with her puppy Coorsie.

Rixey Hoult Developmental Coach (D1)

Coach Rixey Hoult

Coach Rixey Hoult started competitive swimming in the 1970’s at the Frederick YMCA with MAC’s founder, Ed Hazlett. She continued to swim at Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, until she graduated with a degree in English/history and a teaching certificate.  Rixey taught English for several years in Frederick County, and then entered her family’s insurance business where she worked until her children were born.  In the late 80’s, Rixey coached the novice group at MAC for several years under the direction of Don Feinberg, and was Coach Lauren Brenneman Nolke’s novice coach.  Rixey’s other claim to fame is that she coached Yuri Suguiyama who was Katie Ledecky’s youth coach. Rixey rejoined MAC as a novice coach in 2017. 

For the past twenty-three years, Rixey was a stay-at-home mom, volunteering at her children’s schools and her church.  She served as the interim Director of Children’s Formation for three years at her church and continues to volunteer there serving on the Truth and Reconciliation committee.  In her free time, Rixey enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and exercising. 

Rixey has two adult children, Nick and Jessie, and resides in Frederick with her husband, Chris.

Ann Coleman Flex Group Lead, AG & Develop. Assistant

Coach Ann Coleman

Coach Ann Coleman grew up in Frederick County and attended Urbana High School.

She started her club swimming career at the age of 5. She continued to swim collegiately for Hood College under the leadership of coaches Chris Gibeau, Ashley Gardner, and Don Feinberg.

Ann’s first season of coaching was with Monocacy Aquatic Club in the fall of 2021 as an assistant with the 10&Unders.

She hopes to continue to coach and enjoys being able to share her knowledge and love for this sport with the next generation of swimmers. She is passionate about helping others and is very excited to watch the kids on MAC succeed.

Outside of coaching, Ann is earning her MBA, with a focus in accounting, at Hood College where she is also the Student Billing Coordinator. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in May 2021. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, hiking, reading, and going to the pool (to relax).

Jackie Greeves Assistant Developmental Coach

Coach Jackie Greeves

Coach Jackie Greeves was born in Frederick, Maryland and started swimming as a young child with lessons at Hood College.

As she grew older, she joined her neighborhood summer swim team, the Clover Hill Hurricanes. At six years old, she joined Monocacy Aquatic Club and swam with both the Hurricanes and MAC until she graduated in 2019.

As a MAC swimmer, her biggest accomplishment was qualifying for Winter Junior Nationals. Her favorite events were the 100 and 200 back.

This will be Jackie’s first-year coaching for MAC. She began her coaching journey as a pre-team coach for the Clover Hill Hurricanes, when she was 12 years old, and has been an assistant coach for the Hurricanes and a MAC pre-team coach, during her time swimming for MAC.

Jackie currently attends Hood College and is in her senior year studying Elementary/Special Education.

When she is not working or attending classes, she loves to hike and paint.

Jackie’s goal is to grow in her own coaching skills while helping MAC’s youngest swimmers develop their love for the sport of swimming.

Damon Allen Interpreter and Coach for the Deaf

Coach Damon Allen
Coach Damon Allen was raised in Lakenheath, Suffolk, England, where he was taught to swim in the village pool.  There were no swim teams to join or be a part of where he was living, so he didn't become better or proficient at swimming until he went to college, swimming in the college pool before classes.  
He works in the special education with FCPS, and met Chris Kaplan in 2016.  He joined MAC as an interpreter for the Deaf in 2017.  He has been working as an Interpreter and Coach to the two Deaf MAC swimmers for 5 years.  In addition, he is the Interpreter for Maryland Swimming, when needed.
When not working, Damon can be found enjoying the outdoors, swimming at his gym, or gaming with friends.  Damon has also been involved in Scouting since he was in England and is an Eagle Scout. He loves swimming and mentoring youth of all ages. 
Damon’s ultimate goal is to provide a swimming program for the Deaf here in Frederick County.
Casey Rogers Assistant Coach

Coach Casey Rogers

Coach Casey Rogers grew up here in Frederick County attending both Middletown and TJ High Schools. She swam for Middletown High in the late 80s with breaststroke being her best event. 

She began her college career rowing crew, but after transferring colleges she played a season of water polo. This is also when she got her start with club coaching with a new satellite team opening near College Park. Returning back to Frederick County she stayed in club coaching for several more years. When she began teaching math at MHS she started coaching the high school boys’ team. After more than a decade with high school she returned to club coaching with MAC. Although she technically “retired” from coaching for MAC she is still a substitute and you will still see her on deck from time to time trying to remember names and remarking “how big you have gotten!”

Casey has begun to get some travel trips in. She was able to visit Iceland this spring where she hiked to several hot springs to relax in the water. After several attempts thwarted by swim meets on the same day, Casey has also completed her ultimate goal: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run.

Casey currently volunteers as core staff with MICL (Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League) which provides her with the opportunity to support young people who are working hard to accomplish goals they set for themselves while having fun and gaining confidence in themselves. This is an aspect of competitive swimming that she really enjoyed and kept her on deck for so long.

Joseph Hawkins Assistant Coach

Coach Joe Hawkins

Coach Joe Hawkins is from Oil City, PA where he spent 12 years swimming for the Oil City YMCA swim team and 4 years for Oil City High School.

Coach Joe was a utility swimmer that his coach could plug anywhere into the line-up to score points but not a star swimmer. He took part in summer swim camps at Clarion and Grove City Universities where his  biggest accomplishment was swimming at the PIAA State Championship at Penn State in 1992.

Coach Joe began coaching in 2018 when he was named the Head Coach at Linganore High.  He joined MAC in 2019 as an assistant with Jeb's Senior group.  Joe is currently a substitute coach for MAC.

Besides coaching for Linganore and MAC, Coach Joe teaches social studies at Linganore High.

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