Dave Bott
Head Coach; Head Senior Coach
 
Dave comes to USC with over 22 years of coaching experience; both in New England and abroad. Most recently, he served as head coach and director of the YMCA of Greater Nashua Storm; where he helped grow the National program and qualify swimmers for Sectionals, Futures, and YMCA Nationals while rewriting the team record books. Prior to Storm, Dave spent 4 years coaching in the Cayman Islands where he served on the National Development coaching staff and helped develop swimmers who competed for Cayman at World Championships and the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Gamee; breaking over 70 Cayman National records (both short and long course) in the process. Dave currently resides in Burlington with his fiancé Micaela and their newborn son Logan.
 
Liz Curtis  she/her/hers 
Club Owner  
Head Junior Coach; Head High School Coach
 

Where did you grow up and what is your swimming background?

I grew up in Boxborough, MA, where I started swimming on the AB Summer League team at 10 years old. I transitioned to Patriot Swim Club at 12 years old, and then competed for the AB Swim and Dive team from 2000-2004. In college at James Madison University, I participated in club swimming and water polo for two years. 

 

How did you first get involved in coaching?

As a member of the AB swim team, we were encouraged to coach the AB town team. During my high school summers, I lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at Nara Park in Acton, MA. 

 

What do you love about coaching?

Everything! Swimming is and should be fun for everyone; It is my role to help young swimmers have fun, develop confidence, learn to be teammates, and develop relationships with others through the sport of swimming. I enjoy teaching swimmers the importance of technique over speed and growth/progress over medals. I enjoy that part of my role of coach is also that of learner. I am constantly learning from my swimmers and strive to be the best coach I can be for them. 

 

How long have you been coaching a USA Swimming club team?

I have been a USA Swimming coach since November 2010 on Karishim and transitioned to Patriot Swim Club in September 2011. Prior to this, I was the Aquatics Coordinator at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club as well as the Waterfront Director for Camp Favorite in Brewster, MA for two years.

 

What do you do outside of the pool?

I’m a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor. I have been working as a social worker in schools since September 2013. When I am not at work, I love going to the beach and spending time with pets! Lastly, I am an avid yogi; I practice and teach yoga whenever I get a free moment outside of the pool. 

 

Jenn Korbly
Club Owner
Associate Senior Coach; Associate Age Group Coach 
 

Where did you grow up and what is your personal swimming background?

I grew up in Hershey, PA and started swimming at age 5 on a “mini” swim team with International Swimming Hall of Fame award winning coach, Rusty Owens. I loved swimming instantly. Shortly after learning the basics, I joined the Hershey Aquatic Club and swam with HAC through high school. At Hershey High School I was on the girl’s swim team (captain senior year) and the girl’s soccer team from 1989-1993. I went on to study and swim on the women’s swim team at Princeton University from 1993-1997 (captain senior year). Once settled in Massachusetts for grad school at Boston University, I joined the MIT Masters swim team in Cambridge. Although not currently swimming on a team, I swim for fitness when I can fit it into my schedule. 

 

How did you first get involved in coaching swimming?

My first swim coaching experience was at the Hershey Country Club during my summers home from college. 

 

What do you love about coaching swimming?

Leading young swimmers, watching them grow and develop a passion for the sport, and witnessing friendships made and life lessons learned is an extremely rewarding experience. It is awesome to see the pivotal role that swimming can play in a young person's confidence, work ethic, motivation and determination as an athlete, student, and human.  

 

How long have you been coaching a USA Swimming club team?

I have been a USA Swimming coach since starting with Patriot Swim Club in the fall of 2014. 

 

What do you do outside of the pool?

I spend time with my husband, Steve, and my 4 kids. My kids are very involved in a range of sports and activities and I try to lend my time to their pursuits as much as I can. My family loves to travel, especially to visit grandparents!

 
 
Gretchen Turner
Club Owner 
Associate Coach  
 

Where did you grow up and what is your personal swimming

background?

I grew up in Littleton, MA. My older siblings were extremely passionate about swimming competitively. Naturally, I followed suit because I was done sitting in the stands at the Acton-Boxborough High School pool. My days on the AB town team, especially during the summer at the neighborhood pool meets, are some of my best memories. I also played on a very competitive club soccer team, and then sadly had to pick one sport due to time commitments. I played soccer my freshman year at Niagara University, but decided to go back to swimming for the next four years. I was also able to help the team as the third diver for some additional points. During grad school I joined the college triathlon club and fell in love with the sport. I completed my first Ironman at Lake Placid in 2017, and when the swim was finished, I wanted to get back in and do it again.  

 

How did you first get involved in coaching swimming?

From the age of 15 through college I spent every summer teaching swimming lessons to many local families. Looking back, I can’t find any period in my life where I wasn’t in some way helping people become more confident in the water or assisting people with developing their skills and love for swimming.  

 

What do you love about coaching swimming?

There is nothing I love more than being able to help a swimmer in the entire process of achieving something they have worked hard at. I also really enjoy working with other coaches to develop programs, practices, and together, supporting youth through fitness.  

 

How long have you been coaching a USA Swimming club team?

I became a USA Swimming Coach in 2014 and have 5 great years of experience with Patriot Swim Club.  

 

What do you do outside of the pool?

During the day I work in finance at Aqueduct Technologies, Inc. I also am the head swim coach for the girls and boys Acton-Boxborough High School swim teams. I enjoy spending time with my large extended family and with my triathlon club.

 

Katherine O'Shea

Age Group Coach

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Katherine grew up swimming for Patriot Swim Club and had coaches Liz, Jenn, and Gretchen as her coaches! She went on to swim in college at Bucknell University where she majored in early childhood education. Katherine is now an integrated preschool teacher in Bolton Public Schools and coaches high school swimming at The Groton School in Groton, MA. In her free time she enjoys running and has started to get into triathlons. Katherine ran the Boston Marathon this past October and it definitely had her missing the pool! As a coach, she loves getting to know all her swimmers. One of Katherine’s favorite things about coaching is writing unique and competitive practices that make swimmers work hard, while also having a lot of fun! Katherine is excited to be coaching at United Swim Club and can't wait to meet everyone!

 

Kim Donovan 

Assistant Coach 

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Where did you grow up and what is your personal swimming background?

I grew up in San Jose California. I swam on a summer team when I was a kid, but did not swim in high school. I got back into swimming my last 2 years of college as a walk on at San Francisco State University. I continued to swim as a masters swimmer with the ABC GraySharks, a team I started in this area in the early 90’s. As a kid I loved swimming for the social aspect, but as a college student it was the commitment and work ethic that got me hooked again. I have always loved the “after swim glow”, that sweet fatigue!

 

How did you first get involved in coaching?

I moved to Massachusetts in the late 80’s and soon started a family. I started my coaching path here in 1991 when I started working as an assistant coach for Belmont Aquatics. After a short stint with Belmont Aquatics I started coaching masters at various local pools and still coach masters to this day. I currently coach diving with Concord Carlisle High School in the winter. I assistant coached CCHS swimming from 2004-2013 and diving from 2013 to now.

 

What do you love about coaching swimming?

Such a big question. I enjoy figuring out how to improve on a swimmers skills and how to help them be the best they can be in and out of the pool. I love being a part of the swimming community and all the excitement and enthusiasm that comes with that.

 

How long have you been a USA swim club coach?

Belmont Aquatics was a USA swim club. I coached with them for only a year. This is the first USA swim club I have coached with since then.

 

What do you do outside of the pool?

I enjoy road cycling, mountain biking, nordic skiing and spending time with my husband and adult children. My 27 year old son is a plumber and owns his own home in Groton MA and my 30 year old daughter is in medical school at UVM. Life is good!

 
Granite Huang
Assistant Coach 

 

Where did you grow up and what is your personal swimming background?

I grew up in Acton and I have been involved in swimming since I was 8 years old. My swimming life started in lessons when I was 8. Eventually, I joined the AB Winter Town Team, and shortly after that, I joined PSC. I swam at ABRHS from 2004-2008 and then went on to swim and dive for Clark University from 2011-2014. Now I swim on a Masters team that practices at the ABRHS Pool.

 

How did you first get involved in coaching swimming?

My first coaching job was at the Wheeler Pool in Acton. In addition to coaching the summer league team there, I taught lessons and lifeguarded.

 

What do you love about coaching swimming?

All of it - from listening to the kids complain about sets, to the smiles when they finish a race or get a best time, to watching them get upset over a bad swim. I love everything about coaching; the process of working with a swimmer from the first day of practice to the last race of the season. It is a rollercoaster of emotions and events, but I love being a part of that journey and helping them get through it.

 

How long have you been coaching a USA Swimming club team?

I started coaching a USA club team in February, but I have been coaching the AB Winter Town Team for 5 years and am still coaching it. I coached in the AB summer league for about 6-7 years.

 

What do you do outside of the pool?

I am a freelance photographer and I own a Health, Wealth, and Beauty business. I am the Pool Manager at the ABRHS pool and am in charge of the aquatic programs that run through the ABRHS Pool. Programs at the ABRHS pool include American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Programs and other various water programs that are offered to the Community.