Ohio Swimming
Level 3


Chris Hadden Head Coach

Chris Hadden is a professionally certified Level IV swim coach with the American Swimming Coaches Association and United States Swimming.  Chris founded the United Swim Association in 2009.  He has coached successful programs in Florida, Louisiana, the Washington, DC area, and Columbus, Ohio.  Chris was a featured speaker at the 2013 World Coach’s Clinic in New Orleans.  He was also featured on the United States Swimming’s Website under “Coaches You Should Know” for the September 2013 issue.  Chris was voted the 2012 Ohio Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year by his peers.  He spent over two years with the National Champion Curl-Burke Swim Club (now Nation's Capital Swim Club) in Washington, DC where he helped train 20 swimmers with 2000 Olympics Trial Cuts.  Five swimmers from this group competed in the 2000 Olympics!  In his career, Chris has produced 22 USA Top 16 Athletes, 71 Ohio State Champions, 10 Florida State Champions, 4 Louisiana State Champions, 12 USA Swimming Academic/Scholastic All Americans and helped produce 5 Olympic athletes.  Chris is very proud of his athlete's accomplishments in High School swimming boasting 14 Ohio State High School Champions to date.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.  Chris served on the Executive Board of Directors for Ohio Swimming for over 9 years.

Matt Celik Head Age Group/S Group Coach

Matt has been the Head Age Group Coach for USA since 2010, working primarily with the competitive 10 to 12-year-old swimmers.  Over the course of his career with USA, Matt has coached three swimmers to individual state championships, has had numerous top 5 relay finishes, and elevated several swimmers to national rankings. What Matt loves about USA is the opportunity to foster the progression of swimmers at every level of our program, from first-time competitor to national team member.  Matt's competitive background includes being named an All-American swimmer at Akron Firestone High School, as well as being a 4-year letter winner and a Big Ten Championship swimmer at The Ohio State University.  Matt is a two time graduate from The Ohio State University.  Matt is a Clinical Dietitian with Ohio Health.  Beyond coaching, Matt enjoys exercising at his local crossfit gym and supporting the Buckeyes!

Grant Horton A / Stripes Group Coach

Grant started coaching for USA in 2015 as the lead coach for the A and Stripes competitive practice groups. In the summer, he coaches the Hilliard Marlins in addition to USA. Grant has previously coached at Lifetime Fitness, coaching the 10 and unders as well as the Masters team. Grant swam for USA during his high school career. He is a Graduate of Dublin Coffman and a current student at The Ohio State University majoring in Finance. One of Grants favorite things about USA is the growth that takes place in his athletes. Whether it comes from swimming a 100 fly for the first time or talking to someone new at practice and becoming friends. Grant has had swimmers in his group ranked nationally in the top 100 for their age in addition to coaching swimmers to the Junior Olympics every season. When he isn't on the pool deck you can find him watching OSU football, attending concerts, or in the library. Grant loves the sport and the ability to give back to something he is so passionate about.

KC Vann U Group Coach

KC has been on the USA coaching staff since 2012, working with the competitive 11-14 year old swimmers.  KC Vann grew up in Northern Virginia and swam with the Curl-Burke Swim Club (now called Nations Capital).  She swam for The Ohio State University and competed and finaled at the Big Ten Championships.  KC also competed at the national level as an age group and college swimmer competing at Junior and Senior Nationals and US Open swim meets.  KC was a Top 16 swimmer in backstroke.  KC was named to the Academic All Big-10 Team and was an Academic Scholar Athlete.  KC has also competed in Masters swimming at a local and national level, placing at Masters Nationals and has been nationally ranked in the top 25 in several events.

Ashley Specht Assistant Coach

Ashley started coaching for USA in 2014.  Ashley helps with the Senior Select group.  Ashley was an accomplished swimmer.  She was a 3 time Ohio High School State Champion in the 100 Breaststroke.  She was a four year letter winner at Indiana University.  Ashley was a Big Ten finalist and NCAA qualifier all 4 years at Indiana.  She was team captain her senior year.  She holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University.  Ashley is a registered nurse at Nationwide Chidren's Hospital.  

Pamela Lombardo Assistant Coach

Pam joined the USA coaching staff in 2016.  Pam works with the A and Stripes groups helping swimmers create a great first experience in the sport of swimming.  Pam grew up in Beavercreek and swam competitively for 16 years with the Greater Dayton Swimming Association, Kettering YMCA, Beavercreek YMCA and Beavercreek High School.  Pam competed at the YMCA Nationals.  Pam holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. 

Heath Patterson Non-Competitive Coach

Heath started coaching with USA in 2018, and is the Non-Competitive Program Coach.  He has been a swim lesson instructor at Aquatic Adventures since 2011.  Heath has over 15 years of experience teaching swimming.  He grew up in a small town in Vermont.  Heath is very excited to share his swimming experience with the non-competitive swim program of USA.

LesLee Snyder Assistant Coach

LesLee Snyder joined USA in 2021 and will assist the Senior Select Group. LesLee's passion for swimming goes back over 20 years. Originally from Sylvania, OH, she grew up swimming for USA swim clubs  Great Lakes Swimming, Sylvania Tsunami Swim Team and Greater Toledo Aquatic Club. She was a four-year state qualifier for the Ohio State High School Swim Championship during her career at Sylvania Southview High School. After high school, she continued her swimming career with The University of Toledo where she was a four-year Varsity letter recipient and Team Captain her Junior and Senior year. LesLee was a Top-Five finisher in the Mid American Conference Championship where she played an integral part in winning the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship her Freshman and Junior seasons. In addition, LesLee has over ten years of experience coaching and teaching swimming lessons for all ages and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Her coaching philosophy is centered around communication, teamwork and high-energy! When she is not on the pool deck, LesLee enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons (Myles,3 and Wally, 1). She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and a good Netflix binge! 

JL Holdsworth Dryland Coach - The Spot

JL is a world champion powerlifter, published author and former University of Kentucky strength and conditioning coach. He has competitive best lifts of: 905lb. squat, 775lb. bench press and an 804lb. deadlift. He has been featured in many fitness related magazines including Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Health and T-Nation.  


He is a highly sought after speaker and has presented internationally on many topics relating to human performance. He regularly consults with major collegiate, NFL and NHL programs such as The New York Jets, St. Louis Blues, University of Clemson & The Ohio State University.  


Originally from Big Rapids, Michigan, JL graduated from Wayne State University (Detroit, Mi) with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in nutrition. He went on to the University of Kentucky and started his masters in coaching. JL left Lexington for Columbus to power lift professionally as a member of Westside Barbell.


In 2010 he founded The Spot Athletics and has built that small private training facility into two 20,000sq. ft. locations in the Columbus, OH area. Along with his facilities, JL is the Co-Founder of Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR), an injury prevention and performance system being used by many top sports organizations around the world. RPR is a game changer that can help improve the lives of everyone in the world. In the 18 months since it’s creation, RPR has become a world wide brand with clinics being held in China, Netherlands, Germany and the UK.


JL resides in Hilliard, OH with his wife Michelle and their three children, Renik, Avery and Charlie.