Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Chris Kaplan Head Coach (AG 5 & 6)

Coach Chris Kaplan (ASCA Level 4)

   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.  

   From 2012-2019 MAC has grown from about 150 to 225 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 is also a middle school social studies teacher and lives with his wife Kiersten, daughter Emmie and son Tanner in New Market.


Jeb Beaver Lead Senior Coach (S4)

Jeb Beaver (ASCA Level 4)

Jeb Beaver began coaching at MAC during the 2004 season.

Before beginning his coaching career, he swam for Walkersville High School where he was twice named First Team All-Area by The Frederick News-Post. After Walkersville, Beaver 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--and set three 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 also particpated in the Stanford University swim camp hosted by the late Richard Quick during the summer of 2004.  During the camp, Beaver worked with Olympic swimmers and helped teach fundamentals to young swimmers.  Moreover, 2010 & 2011 participated in the University of Southern California Swim Camp with David Salo.

While at Monocacy Aquatic Club he coached over twenty-five Top-16/Top-10 swimmers including four number ones.

In addition, to coaching at MAC, Beaver is employed at Towson University as the assistant swim coach where he help lead the women to 2009, 2010,  and 2011 conference championship and 20th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships .   

Jeb is currently employed at Linganore High School as a social studies teacher.

Jeb currently resides in Walkersville, MD with his wife Anna and their beautiful children Cora, Finley, Hudson Gwyneth, and Maeve.

Frederik Hviid Senior Coach (S1 & 3)

Fred is an ASCA Level 2 coach.

Fred is a 2-time Olympian having participated in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, being a finalist in 1996 in the 400 IM representing Spain. He was also a two-time European Champion in the 400 IM and the 1999 World Championship Bronze medal winner in the 400 IM, swimming the 6th fastest time ever at the time.

Fred swam for American University (Washington, DC) and was an 8-time conference champion in individual events and an NCAA All-American in the 400 IM and the 1,650 Free. You can learn more of Fred's swimming accomplishments here.

As a swimmer he was coached by world renowned breastroke specialist József Nagy, while training with Olympic legends Mike Barrowman and Sergio Lopez. He was later coached by the great Paulus Wildeboer, who national team coach for Spain and Denmark at different times in his career. From his years of training under these great Swimming Hall of Fame coaches Fred has amassed a world of unparalleled knowledge in stroke technique and conditioning, including an aptitude for the proper race strategy and mindset.

Fred owns his own graphic design and web design company and resides in the Urbana area with his wife and three children; Christina, Nicholas and Derek.

Chris Gibeau Senior Coach (S2)

In his 16 years at Division I UMBC, he has helped lead the Retrievers to 20 conference championships and 60 individual conference champions between the America East Conference and the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association. UMBC has been acknowledged with eight coaching staff of the year awards during his time on deck.

Gibeau coached three-time All-American Emily Escobedo, the Retrievers' first four-year NCAA qualifier. She and two-time qualifier Mohamed Hussein each reached the NCAA Championships under Gibeau's guidance. Escobedo was ranked as high as 12th in the world in 2017 in the 200-meter breaststroke and Hussein represented Egypt in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A member of the 2017-18 US National Team coaching staff, Gibeau coached swimmers who have reached the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Trials. He coached swimmers to FINA World Championship qualifiers in both 2010 and 2014 and Tonia Papapetrou swam for Cypress at the 2019 World University Games.

With the Retriever Aquatic Club, a USA Swim Club owned by UMBC, he served as the senior head coach for 11 years and has been the financial administrator since 2004.

After serving as an assistant at UMBC for three years, he was the head coach of the Monocacy Aquatic Club, which currently calls Hood's Huntsinger Aquatics Center home. While with MAC, Gibeau had several swimmers achieve NAG Top 16 consideration, as well as a number of Junior National and U.S. Open Qualifiers.

Gibeau spent nine years as a member of the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors, holding multiple positions during that time. He was selected as a Maryland Swimming All-Star Coach by his peers five years in a row and served as Head All-Star Coach for the team that competed in Buffalo, N.Y. in the summer of 2004.

An American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 achievement Lifetime Member, and lives in Frederick.

Lauren Brenneman Nolke Age Group Coach (AG 3)

Coach Lauren’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 Master’s program. In 2012 Lauren transitioned to coaching the Silver and Eels groups and discovered a passion for developing novice and age group swimmers through a strong foundation of stroke technique along with more rigorous training and discipline to achieve success at the state level. In 2014 Lauren made the decision to step away from coaching full time in order to spend more time with her young family and is excited to come back in the fall of 2017! She will be working wth our Silver group.

Lauren is an ASCA Level 2 coach and will also graduate with a Master’s degree in school counseling from McDaniel College in May of 2018.

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

Casey Rogers Age Group Coach (AG 5&6)

Casey works as a math teacher at Middletown high school.  She has been the boys swim coach there for over twelve years and was recently named Swim Coach of the Year for Frederick County.  In addition to coaching a the high school level, Casey was an assisant coach for Curl Burke and ran their swim school for mutliple years.  Casey is working with our Shark and Eel groups.

Reilly Willoughby Age Group Coach (AG 2&4)
Rixey Hoult Developmental Coach

Novice Coach – Crocs

Rixey 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 under the direction of Don Feinberg and was Coach Lauren’s (Silver Group) novice coach.  Rixey’s other claim to fame is that she coached Yuri Suguiyama who was Katie Ledecky’s youth coach. 

For the past eighteen years, Rixey has been a stay-at-home mom, volunteering at her children’s schools and church.  She served as the interim Director of Children’s Formation for three years at her church and continues to volunteer there.  She also works as a substitute teacher in Frederick County.

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

Ashley Gardner Age Group Coach (AG 1)

Ashley is from Dover, DE where she swam for the Dover YMCA. She swam and graduated from Lock Haven University in 2011 with a BA in History. After graduating she returned to coach the Dover Y and played a role in sending the largest team in the Dover Y’s history to YMCA Nationals.

In 2013 Ashley took the position of Head Coach and Aquatics Director at the Waynesboro Area YMCA. During her time there the Y saw it’s first Y National qualifier in 8 years. There were over 130 team records set and/or broken for a total of over 170 times in her 3 years at the Y.

Ashley is currently the Assistant Swim Coach and Assistant Aquatics Manager for Hood College. 

Josh Kim Assistant Coach

Josh Kim has been a swimmer or coach for MAC since 1996. It was thanks to MAC’s program that swimming became an integral part of Josh’s life. Due to this passion, he wanted to keep swimming in college and was able to do so at Grove City College. During his time there, he set the 1650 FR record, be a part of the team’s five consecutive conference championships (2008-2012), and co-captain the team his senior year. In 2012, he graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. From there Josh joined the coaching staff on MAC to head the inaugural year of what is now the Gold 2 group. However in 2013 he stepped away from full time coaching due to work constraints, but kept up with the team as an on-call substitute coach. Then in the fall of 2017, Josh accepted a more consistent coaching role by assisting Coach Jeb with the Senior group. 

Damon Allen Assistant Coach & Translator
Joseph Hawkins Assistant Coach
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