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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Scott Ellis Head Coach

Scott Ellis joins the UVAC team after spending the past 16 years developing age group swimming and growing teams as a Head Coach.

Most recently he has spent the past three years in West Virginia, not only building a team to success, but has done it by building a team culture based on trust, respect and responsibility. In addition has helped develop the sport by participating on the Board of Delegates as Age Group Chair, Operational Risk Chair and Coaches Representative.

In the past two years Scott has participated in USA swimming’s leadership Summit and Safe Sport conference to help develop the direction of swimming as a sport and to protect athletes in the process.  He also served as the Head Coach for the Southern Zones Age Group Championships. Over the past 5 years he has worked to develop disability swimming and has spent time at the Olympic Training Center working with members of the United States Paralympic Team.

Scott was nominated for Coach of the Year at YMCA Nationals multiple times over the past 10 years.  He also received the Coach of Year honor once.

Scott got his start in the sport by participating in triathlons, and then walking on at University of Kentucky as a swimmer. He then attended Eastern Kentucky University and was also an assistant coach at University of Kentucky.

Scott comes to the area with his wife Ashley, and their three younger children.  They also have three grown children that all live in Ohio.  They spend their free time doing things as a family, enjoying the outdoors by hiking, rafting and exploring new areas.

Alex Muni Head Age-Group Coach

Alex Muni comes to UVAC from Oxford, OH where he was the assistant coach for the Miami University Aquatic Club MAKOS for eight seasons. While coaching, Alex attended Miami University where he earned a bachelor of science in sport leadership and management and a master of science in sport leadership and sport psychology. With the MAKOS, Alex coached swimmers with various levels of experience. By his fifth season, more than half of his training group had qualified for the Ohio Junior Olympic State meet for the first time, multiple swimmers achieved top state rankings, and one went on to achieve the fourth fastest 50yd backstroke time (nationally) in her age-group. 

Alex's swimming journey began when he was a sophomore in high school and continues to this day as he continues to train and compete in multiple masters meets throughout the year. He hopes to one day earn the title "U.S. Masters National Champion" (his highest finish thus far is *2nd*). Alex has also served on the Ohio Swimming age-group committee as the southwest commisioner. This role helped him better understand the inner workings of USA Swimming at the LSC level, discussing meet program, qualification times, protocols, etc.

In addition to coaching swimming, Alex is a TRX certified instructor and was able to expand his coaching from the pool to the fitness arena by creating and running fitness programs specifically for swimmers. 

Signe Linville Head Site Coach -CSC

Signe Linville found her passion for coaching in 2002, when she began her coaching career as an assistant for North Country Aquatic Club (now UVAC) while a student at Colby-Sawyer College. She earned her degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2006. Linville ended her college swimming career as one of the most decorated and versatile student-athletes to ever hit the pool in CSC history. Linville was inducted into the CSC Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

In 2008, Linville was hired at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center when the building was still under construction. She was tasked to be the Assistant Aquatic and Fitness Coordinator and Head Age Group Coach. 

 

In 2014 Linville returned to her Alma Mater as the Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach. While coaching at CSC she decided to bring club swimming back to the New London area, which continues to this day. She coached at CSC for 3 successful years before returning to UVAC.

 

Currently at UVAC Linville is branching out in the water.  She is the Assistant Masters Coach for the UV Rays, Head Site Coach for UVAC South and a popular Water Aerobics Instructor.  

 

When Signe is not at UVAC she is an avid competitor in SwimRun events.   Signe and her husband Mike Mooney have two children MacCormick and Beatrix.  They live in Newbury, NH.

Erin Renninger Assistant Coach

I swam competitively from the the age of 11 until the age of 14. I made a decision upon entering high school to make volleyball my main focus.

I attended Bethany College, in Scotts Valley, CA and played volleyball for all four years. I graduated in 1999, with a California Teaching Credential in Elementary Education. I taught first grade in a private school for three years and coached high school volleyball.

In August of 2002 I moved to Vermont and obtained my Vermont Teaching Certificate. I taught at Mid-Vermont Christian School for four years. I also started a volleyball team at MVCS, and coached there for 15 years.

I left classroom teaching to raise my three boys, and I now homeschool them. I also keep my teaching certificate current and do end of year evaluations for other homeschool families.

I was hired at UVAC in January of 2013 as a lifeguard. Since then, I have been certified through the Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor, a CPR and First Aid Instructor, and a lifeguard instructor.

During the summer I spend my time teaching swim lessons at Horizons Day Camp. As I walk the pool deck of UVAC I enjoying seeing several past and current campers swimming on the team.

Jen Houde Assistant Coach

Jen started swimming competitively at the age of 7. She was an AAU swimmer throughout high school; highlight of high school was placing 5th in CT state champs in 50 free. She continued her swimming career at Bates College where she was a top 10 New England Swimmer in distance free and fly.

After college Jen received her M. Ed. in psychology from Springfield College. From 1988-90 she was the age group coach for NCAC and the assistant coach for Dartmouth Women's Swim Team. At that point Jennifer decided to get her teaching degree and taught grade 3 and 4 for 7 years prior to the birth of her first child.

Jen is an avid athlete who competes in the occasional swim meet as well as triathlon, running, and mountain biking events.

Arianna Marks Assistant Age Group Coach

I began taking swim lessons at three years old and joined my first team when I was six. My competitive swimming career continued through college, where I further developed my appreciation and knowledge of the sport. My love of swimming and competing has influenced my career as a swim instructor,  coach, and more.

In 2010 I attended Colby-Sawyer College and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. After college, I worked as a camp counselor, preschool teacher and swim instructor in the Upper Valley.

In 2019 I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with my Masters in Elementary Education (K-6th). I am currently an elementary school teacher and a swim coach in the Upper Valley.

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