Coaches

Coaching Staff
Meghan Feran Head Coach/Owner

Head Coach &  Director of Team Operations

Meghan Hollingsworth joined SOLO Aquatics in April of 2014 and took over as owner in the summer of 2015.  As a swimmer, Meghan competed for four years for Haverhill High School, as well as swimming club for New England Barracudas and New Wave Swim Club. She went on to swim for Springfield College and graduated with a BA in Graphic Design. As well as coaching/owning SOLO, she works as a freelance Graphic Designer. Meghan also served as Junior Coach Representative and is now the Senior Chair on the New England Swimming Board of Directors.

Prior to coaching for SOLO Aquatics, Meghan coached for Swim MAC Carolina and New Wave Swim Club. While in Charlotte, Meghan worked with athletes of all ages and abilities from learn-to-swim to National Team members. She was also one of the two coaches that established SwimMAC Open Water Program. At NWSC, Meghan worked specifically with middle school-age elite athletes. During this time many of her athletes became some of the top-ranked swimmers in New England, including setting multiple NE Records.

In her time at SOLO Aquatics, she has grown the program by 50%, while continuing to maintain the culture and philosophy of good and fast swimming. In her first few years as head coach, she coached athletes to Olympic Trials in 2016, as well as US Open and Phillips 66 National Championships in 2017 and 2018 respectively. By implementing a “goal-oriented” atmosphere, Meghan has also increased the number of Sectional, Futures, and Junior National Qualifiers each year. She has had athletes selected to USA Swimming National, as well as Eastern Zone Camp every year from 2015-2018. Meghan was honored with the Dorsi Raynolds Coach of the Year Award for New England Swimming in 2020.
Meghan's swimming philosophy of hard work and focusing on technique has helped aid in the success of many swimmers. Meghan is a true believer that if you are having fun and working hard, you can achieve your goals. 

Harrison Hollingsworth Associate Head Coach (National & PEA)

National Team & PEA Site Director, Associate Head Coach

Harrison Hollingsworth joined the coaching staff as the Head Age Group Coach in the fall of 2015, and was named as the Head Coach of the SOLO Aquatics Exeter site in 2017. Harrison grew up swimming for Exeter Swim Team and went on to swim for Keene State. He came to SOLO after spending a few years coaching for EST.

In his time as Head Age Group Coach of SOLO, Harrison increased the number of athletes, as well as the number of NES championship qualifiers by 60%.

Harrison also helped establish and build the strong conditioning program implemented within our Senior Program. With his effort and impact on our Senior program, Harrison helped increase the number of Sectional, Futures, Junior National and Senior National qualifiers.

In his time at SOLO, Harrison has coached multiple athletes to break into the USAS Top 100 for 15/16, as well as 17/18. He has also coached multiple New England Record Holders, including the first high school athlete in NE Swimming History to break the 20 second barrier in the 50 FR and the second fastest 50 and 100 FR ever swum by 15 year old in the history of USA Swimming.

Harrison’s coaching philosophy included setting goals high, and learn to understand how to work towards and achieve those goals, and keep perspective on what it means to be a good person and teammate.

Paul Mueller Associate Head Coach (Haverhill)

Meet Operations & HHS Site Director; Associate Head Coach

Since I graduated from Boston College in 2007, I have been a coach, both part- and full-time, at SOLO Aquatics. I am currently the Associate Head Coach for our Haverhill, MA site, and an Assistant Senior Coach at our Exeter, NH site. During my time as a coach for SOLO Aquatics, I have had the privilege to coach a variety of athletes with a broad range of abilities and resolve, leading them to meets such as Olympic Trials, Phillips 66 Nationals and Junior Nationals (SCY and LCM), USA Swimming Futures, Eastern Zone Speedo Sectionals, and New England LSC Senior and Age Group Championships.

At these meets, athletes I have coached have received such distinctions as Scholastic All-American Honors, finalists at the USA Swimming National Championships, finalists at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships, Speedo Sectional Champions, Speedo Sectional Meet Record Holders, New England Age-Group Champions, and New England Age-Group Record Holders.

I base my coaching philosophy upon the fundamental principle that swimming is the ideal sport to develop a balanced person.

It is my firm belief that swimming is the ultimate crucible that prepares athletes for life outside of the pool. At its foundation, having great technique produces great swimming, and swimmers achieve this through a deep commitment to daily practice and personal reflection.

I believe that every moment in swimming, whether at practice, a meet, or a team function, is an opportunity to learn and grow. Swimming demands purposeful action and ordering of one’s time to maximize every moment. Swimming teaches the need to be devoted to a team, a community, and, thus, a cause bigger than oneself. Finally, swimming offers the chance to develop the right perspective, a sense of self-awareness, and finding success sometimes in the slimmest of margins.

Chelsea Foley Tryout, Lessons, & BSC Site Director

Tryout & BSC Site Director; Head Intro Coach; Lessons Coordinator

Chelsea Foley joined the coaching staff in the fall of 2018. She grew up swimming for RAYS and Londonderry High School. Chelsea went to Clark University, prior to finishing up her degree in Nutrition at UMASS Lowell. Aside from coaching for SOLO, she works in the diet office at Anna Jaques Hospital and is the lifeguard supervisor at Salisbury Beach. 

Chelsea also runs the swimming lesson program at UMASS Lowell. She is a wonderful instructor and specializes in teaching technique and proper stroke development. Chelsea works primarily with our younger Intro swimmers at both Haverhill and Exeter.
Rebecca Driscoll Head Diving Coach; Lessons Coordinator

Rebecca Driscoll is a graduate of Haverhill High School and Salem State College, where she earned her degree in Athletic Training.  She has been the head diving coach at Haverhill High School for the past 23 years.  Rebecca has worked with multiple state high school champions and top 12 finishers both in MA and NH, and was awarded MIAA Diving Coach of the Year in 2017.

She has most recently coached 7 athletes to national qualifying standards with four athletes placing in the top 10 at the AAU National Championships and one placing in the top 5.  Rebecca has been the Assistant Pool Director at the Charles C. White pool for 11 years, running the Learn to Swim/Dive program. 

She has also worked for the Walt Disney Company as a lifeguard at Typhoon Lagoon in their College Program, Waterfront Director for the Lawrence branch of the YMCA, dive coach at the Bradford Swim Club, and has taught/started swim lessons at a variety of local pools.

Sarah Centric Head Age Group Coach (Haverhill)

Head Age Group Coach

Sarah Bixby Centric joined SOLO Aquatics in June of 2018. As a swimmer Sarah competed for New England Barracudas and Salem State College. Sarah continues to swim competitively and has completed the Boston Harbor Light Swim, Casco Bay Swim Run and Peaks to Portland. Sarah has a Bachelors of Science in Sport and Fitness with a concentration in coaching from Salem State College and a masters in Organizational Management from Endicott College. Sarah currently teaches physical education at Amesbury High School.

Over the past 18 years Sarah has coached with the Newburyport Breakers, Danvers Y Dolphins, North Shore Swim Club and Latitude Crush Swim Team. She has coached athletes of all abilities. Sarah is also certified in Mindfulness Meditation.

Nicole Benson Head Junior Coach (PEA)

Head Junior Coach

Before she began her coaching career, Benson swam for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she was a standout sprinter in free and back events for three seasons. She went on to the University of Kansas, where she completed her eligibility for the Jayhawks and earned her Master’s degree in Sociology.

As a coach, Benson got her start as a graduate assistant for Kansas and assistant masters swimming coach in Lawrence, Kansas in 1997 and 1998. She later became the head swimming coach for the YMCA Green Dolphins Swimming club in Wausau, Wisconsin. She has also worked as an assistant swimming coach for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she assisted in recruiting and worked specifically with the sprint group.

After moving to the Seacoast area, Benson coached with the Portsmouth High School Swim Team and spent 8 years as an assistant coach with the UNH Wildcats Swim Team.  UNH has seen tremendous success and national recognition during that time, producing numerous America East record holders and NCAA qualifiers.  Nicole actively swims masters, holding several New England records and placing as an All American. She and her husband Tom have five children: Andrew, Amy, Alison, Anika and Ada.  

Michael Jolly Assistant Senior Coach (PEA)

Mike joined the staff in September 2021. He is in his fifth season as the Assistant Coach for UNH. Mike currently lives in Somersworth, NH and coached for Seacoast Swimming prior to joining SOLO.

The Wildcats won their second America East championship in the last three seasons at the 2020 America East Championships. The Wildcats dominated the championships winning 15 of the 20 events and capturing the championship by 116.5 points. Anna Metzler was named an All-American in the 400 IM as she qualified for the NCAA Championships with the 19th fastest time in the nation in the event (4:07.20). Metzler was named the ECAC and America East Swimmer of the Year. Jamy Lum had an outstanding freshman season as she was named the America East Rookie of the Year.

In Jolly's second season, he coached Corinne Carbone to a gold and silver medal at the 2019 CSCAA National Invitational Championships. Anna Metzler was also named the Rookie of the Year at the America East Championships. Also in 2019, Jolly coached eight individual America East champions and one gold-medal relay team. 
 
The Wildcats saw tremendous success his first season winning their seventh America East Championship in program history in 2017-2018. UNH won eight individual and two relay titles at the America East Championships, while the Wildcats earned 25 All-Conference accolades. UNH also won four individual ECAC titles. Senior Liza Baykova won the Most Valuable Swimmer Award after going undefeated at the America East Championships and the ECAC Championships. She set school records with first-place finishes at the CSCAA National Invitational in the 50 free (22.60) and the 100 breast (1:00.99).
 
Jolly arrived in Wildcat Country after spending two seasons at Old Dominion. While at ODU, he was responsible for all domestic recruiting, planned and executed all unofficial and official visits and traveled to club, high school and national level meets across the country. He coached seven NCAA B cut qualifiers and a student-athlete that competed in the NCAA Championships as well as the Olympic Trials in 2016, placing 17 th in the 200 butterfly at both events. Jolly’s swimmers also hold 14 varsity records at Old Dominion.

Elisabeth Shorter Assistant Age Group Coach (BSC)

Liz Shorter joined the Solo Aquatics coaching staff in Fall 2021. Since she was 15 years old, Liz has been a lifeguard and swim instructor. She swam competitively for the Breakers and Crush swim teams. Liz was also the pool and waterfront director at a summer camp throughout her college career. 

Liz graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelor's degree in the science of nursing. She now works as the Amesbury High School nurse during the school year and as the nursing director at an overnight sports summer camp. Liz Shorter joined the Solo Aquatics coaching staff in Fall 2021. Since she was 15 years old, Liz has been a lifeguard and swim instructor. She swam competitively for the Breakers and Crush swim teams. Liz was also the pool and waterfront director at a summer camp throughout her college career. 

Liz graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelor's degree in the science of nursing. She now works as the Amesbury High School nurse during the school year and as the nursing director at an overnight sports summer camp. 
Thomas Volper Assistant Coach

Tom Volper joined SOLO in the fall of 2020 working primarily with the Junior group.  He previously coached for several seasons with the former Latitude Crush Swim Team.  The best part of coaching for him is helping swimmers discover their own abilities through hard work.

Tom lives in Amesbury with his wife and two young kids, and he could hardly think of a better place to be, with the ocean nearby and the mountains a short drive away.  He’s a transplant from New York, where he grew up in USA Swimming, and swam four years in college at upstate Binghamton University.

Tom is an active masters swimmer, and still loves to compete, whether in the pool at New England Championships, or in open water in races from Florida to Maine, and San Diego to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Eve Skirboll Assistant Coach

Eve Skirboll joined SOLO Aquatics in the fall of 2020. She came to the world of swimming as an adult when she swam with Masters teams in Salisbury, Pittsburgh, and Israel.

She was the Head Coach at Crush Swim Team in Salisbury and Assistant Coach at Racer X in Pittsburgh PA. She has taught swimming lessons at Boston Sports Clubs in Salisbury and the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh. Eve received a Masters in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She has been a preschool educator in Ann Arbor, New York City, and Pittsburgh and an English teacher to junior high aged children in Israel.

Todd Bohannon Assistant Senior Coach
Kaitlin Lyons Assistant Coach; Team Administrator

Kaitlin has been involved in the sport of swimming as an age group swimmer competing on the Haverhill Y.M.C.A. Swim Team in Y.M.C.A. and USS competition. She swam on the Haverhill High School Girls Swim & Dive Team and on the Springfield College Women's Swim and Dive Team. Kaitlin earned a B.S. in Movement & Sports Studies and Psychology (double major) from Springfield College. She earned an M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. 

 

Kaitlin is an assistant coach at Central Catholic High School for the Girls and Boys Teams. Her coaching background includes age group and masters coaching at Golden West Swim Club (Huntington Beach, CA), Irvine Novaquatics (Irvine, CA) and ANA Hurricanes (Andover, MA). She is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 and Masters certified coach.

 

Kaitlin has competed in open water, U.S. Masters, sprint and international distance triathlons events, cycling, running, and Olympic Weightlifting. She has completed coursework with The Ready State and Art of Coaching. Kaitlin works with The Ready State.

Kristopher Reslow WOC Site Director; Assistant Coach

Kris Reslow joined the coaching staff in April of 2017. Kris is from Amesbury, MA where he grew up swimming the Exeter Swim Team and Saint John's Prep. He graduated in 2009 and went on to swim for Kenyon College. He graduated BA in Psychology, and also works as a Route Sales Manager for Interstate Batteries in Woburn, MA.

Prior to joining SOLO Aquatics, Kris coached at Cannonball Swim Club, where he was the Associate Head Coach. He went on to coach become an assistant at North Shore Swim Club. Kris joined SOLO as the lead Junior Coach and also works with the High School and Senior groups. 
 
Kris' philosophy of "remembering the basics" and trusting the foundation and understanding of technique, will lead to fast swimming. 
Kelly Simard Assistant Diving Coach

Kelly is a graduate and former swimmer and diver of Haverhill High and Bridgewater State College. She has over 20 years of coaching experience in diving and has coached at Cedardale, Chelmsford High School and Westford Academy. Kelly is currently teaching Phys Ed in Lawrence and is certified in Lifeguarding and WSI as well as CPR/AED. Both Kelly and her daughter, Cailey, are the first mother/daughter to be coached by coach Becky.