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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.

Forrest Pollard Head Age Group Coach

Forrest is a Certified USA Swimming coach who coached UVAC swimmers at our Dartmouth location over the 2015-16 fall and winter season. He is also one of our favorite lifeguards here at the UVAC facility. Forrest is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard trainer and has been training life guards for over 4 years. During the school year you can also find Forrest coaching the Dartmouth men’s water polo team.

Forrest was a competitive swimmer in Hawaii from the young age of 5 until 18. He currently is an avid paddle boarder and surfer. Coach Forrest brings with him an excellent base of knowledge for our age group swimmers. We are fortunate to have Forrest as part our UVAC coaching staff.

Signe Linville Head Site Coach -CSC

Signe Linville is growing the developmental swim program for Upper Valley Aquatic Center Colby Sawyer College.

Linville returned to her alma mater in the summer of 2014 as one of the most decorated and versatile student-athletes to ever hit the pool in Colby-Sawyer history. She still holds five individual school records and is a member of the record holding 400 medley relay team. Linville was inducted into the Colby-Sawyer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

Linville received a BS in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer in 2006. A native of Emmaus, Pa., Linville has been close to Colby-Sawyer for the past several years. She joined the Chargers family after nearly a year as the swim coach for all ages and Assistant Manager at the Executive Health and Sport Center in Manchester, N.H. Linville was previously the Assistant Aquatics Director and Head Age Group Coach at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center from 2008 to 2013.

Brian Dirrane Assistant Coach / Team Administrator

Coach Brian possesses a wealth of swim parenting, officiating, team administration, and coaching experience accumulated during his 16 years of club swimming involvement. For the past 8 years, Brian has been a UVAC assistant coach working primarily with the senior and pre senior athletes. Though experienced in teaching and coaching all strokes and distances, Brian has a special interest in the breaststroke and individual medley events.

In addition to his coaching duties, Brian is the UVAC swim team administrator, registrar, home meet coordinator, away meet entry manager, volunteer coordinator, webmaster, team safety coordinator and team liaison to USA Swimming, New England Swimming, the New Hampshire Swim Association and the Granite State Swim Association.

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.

Jen Haines Assistant Coach

Jennifer Haines grew up an Air Force brat with swimming as the one constant that never changed with every move. USA competitive swimming began at the age of nine and continued through PAC-10 (now PAC-12) swimming and then to open water swimming as a life long endeavor.

She coached with Parkland Area Aquatic Club in Allentown, PA before moving up to New Hampshire. Her first dip in the NH coaching scene began with NCAC. She spent the summer of 2008 coaching at the Longhorns Swim Camp and then returned to the NH scene when the new UVAC facility opened.                                                                   


Jennifer has been involved with UVAC since 2009 as a volunteer coach with all age groups.

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