Coach Jeff has been with the Clippers for over 17 seasons.
After nine years as the team's Age Group Coach, he took over as the
Head Coach in 2003. Jeff has helped guide swimmers to Zones,
Sectionals, Top 16, Top 10, Junior Nationals and National
qualifications. He is currently an ASCA Level 4 Coach. Jeff is
serving as the Age Group Vice Chairman on the Maryland Swimming
Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 season. It is Jeff's goal to
help make each swimmer successful in and out of the pool.
Age Group Head Coach
Coach Elyse has been
involved with competitive swimming for the past 18 years. She swam
with her club team, the Halifax Trojans, from age 8 until she
graduated from high school. Elyse continued her swimming career in
college, swimming for UMBC for all four years. She has been with
the Clippers for the past five years
working with the Senior group and other age groups from year to
year. Elyse is currently an ASCA
Level 2 coach. This year she will be working with the Junior
1 group as well as working
with all the Age Group Coaches to implement consistent training
David S Wendkos
Coach David is the newest member of the Clippers team of
coaches. Level 2 certified and Level 3 educated with ASCA
(the American Swimming Coaches Association), Coach David has been
involved with competitive swimming for over 35 years. Beginning his
own competitive swimming career when he was 6 years old, he swam
through college, achieving multiple All-Conference honors during
his four year career at Emory University. Since then, he has
continued to swim competitively at the masters level, as well as
competing in numerous triathlons. Coach David began coaching
private lessons in 2007. Since then, he has coached at
Annapolis and Arundel High Schools, both in Anne Arundel County,
Maryland, and served as the head coach for the SPRC Stingrays.
David will be working with Coach Mark to help the young men
and women in the Competition 1 and Senior 2 groups develop and be
as succesful as possible. David lives in Odenton, and has two
children; Lindsey (age 9), and Evan (age 7).
Coach Jody is an ASCA Level 1 Coach and has taught swimming in
various capacities for 30 years. She has various practice groups,
most recently Age Group 6 and Age Group 5. Most of Jody’s
time has been spent working with swimmers ranging in age from 6 to
12 years old. She helps swimmers learn basic swim techniques and
technical strokes while working on building their confidence in a
competitive swim environment. During her high school and college
years, Jody was a competitive swimmer and synchronized swimmer.
Jody Frey works as a full time Training and Educational Director
for a major corporation and is a mother to two children currently
swimming for the Clippers.
This year marks the return of Coach Sue to the
Clippers. Since 2003, Coach Sue has served as the Head Coach of
Columbia Masters Swimming. With her continual focus on development
of strokes, her USMS swimmers have achieved Top-10 national
rankings, competed in regional and national triathlons including
IRONMAN, the Chesapeake Bay Swim, and Age Group Nationals. Athletes
in her program range from nationally ranked athletes to
Prior to coaching masters, Coach Sue helped build
Clippers into one of the area's largest and strongest age-group
programs. While coaching at CAA, Coach Sue was known for developing
young athletes with a solid foundation of mechanics. Her swimmers
rewrote the team record board, earned individual Maryland State
Championships, and achieved USA Swimming Top-16 National Times.
Many have gone on to compete in high school and college.
Coach Sue is certified by USA Swimming, US Masters
Swimming, ASCA Level I and II coaching certification, ASCA/USMS
Level 1 and Level II, and ASCA 8 & Under coaching
certification. She's also part of the Learn2Tri program with
Columbia Triathlon and HCPSS. Coach Sue holds a BS from the
University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of San Diego.
She is married to Sean and is a proud mom of three daughters,
Katie, Aine and Brigid.
Coach Mark is entering his
6th year with the Clippers as an ASCA Level 2 Coach. Coach Mark
began his swimming career at the age of 6 for the Coulumbia
Neighborhood Swim League. Coach Mark began swimming for the
Clippers at the age of 7 and swam throughout highschool. Also
during highschool Coach Mark swam Varisty at Mount Saint Joseph.
Over the years his swimmers have achieved Team Records, a State
Record, top three finishes in the Maryland State
Championship Meet and Zone
Caitlin is returning for her 2nd year with Clippers after a year
hiatus for graduate school. She is a level 1 ASCA swim coach. She
swam for Clippers during her childhood and up through high school.
She continued swimming at Salisbury University where she graduated
with a bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication and minored
in Athletic Coaching and Philosophy. She currently is in Graduate
School for School Counseling at Loyola University Maryland.
Coach Curtis competitively
swam from age 8 through college. While swimming at Westminster
College in New Wilmington, PA. he received (4) All American
certificates. Coach Curtis has been coaching swimming since 1990 and
has been working with the Clippers for the past 5 years. He is
currently an ASCA Level 1 Coach.
Curtis enjoys working with the kids and developing proper stroke
Entering her second year with the Clippers, Jessica coaches the
Stroke Maintenance group with her husband, Kelly. Jessica
grew up in the Baltimore area, and has been involved with
competitive swimming for over 25 years, beginning her own swimming
career at seven years old, and continuing on through her college
career at Frostburg State. While there, she met her future
husband in teammate Kelly. Jessica has coached for many years
with summer clubs and assisting with high school teams. She
is a big proponent of the idea that "you get what you give" when it
comes to both swimming and life in general. Along with her
undergraduate degree, Jessica earned her masters degree from the
University of Maryland's School of Social Work, and works full-time
as a mental health therapist at a school for kids with special
needs. Jessica is an active athlete herself, although she
admits that, since having her son (age 6), participating in the
softball, football, and kickball leagues has been tougher.
Most recently, she participated in "bike to the beach", a
105-mile bike ride from DC to the ocean.
Coach Kelly is in his second year of coaching for the Clippers
and has been involved in swimming for over 20 years. He is a ASCA
level 1 Coach and swam competitively for RMSC, Good Counsel High
School and swam through College at Frostburg State where he still
holds 2 backstroke and multiple relay records. Kelly enjoys the
technicality and physics of swimming and is always looking to
evolve the sport and push swimmers to new levels with new ideas and
Kelly graduated from Frostburg State with a BS in Business
Administration and Graduated from UMUC in 2011 with a MS in
Information Technology Management/Cyber Security. He currently
works as Test engineer at Northrop Grumman and is married to coach
Jessica. He enjoys playing with his new son Chase (9 months),
football and softball along with competing in triathlons, half
marathons, biking and swimming.
Kristin is entering her third year coaching year round for the
Clippers and is working towards her ASCA Level 2
certification. During her time with the Clippers, Kristin has
worked primarily with swimmers aged 9 thru 12. She believes
in focusing on stroke technique for contiuned improvemets and
future successes. Kristin has helped a number of
swimmers qualify for the MD State Championship meet for the first
time and finish in the Top 8, as well as achieve new
Motivational Time Standards. She also coached in the Columbia
Neighborhood Swim League for 7 years.
Kristin swam for the Clippers from age 8 through high school and
during breaks throughout college. While in high school, she
represented the Clippers at state, zone, and national level
meets. Kristin went on to swim at Penn State for four years,
during which time Penn State Women's Swimming and Diving won
back-to-back Big Ten Conference Championship titles. She was
named an Academic All-Big Ten Honoree all four years and earned her
bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in May
2008. Kristin continued on to get her master’s degree
in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State,
graduating in May 2010. She currently works full-time for Booz
Allen in the Washington, DC area. Kristin loves swimming and
coaching because she gets to share her love of the sport with the
swimmers. This season, Kristin will be working with the
Development 1 group.
Preston is new to the Clippers this year. He graduated from George
Mason University this past May with a BA in Geography and
Intelligence Analysis. Preston began his swimming career in the
CNSL as a 4 year old, and was a Clipper for 8 years. He went on to
swim at George Mason in 2008 where he earned numerous conference
honors and set many records. Throughout his 19 year swimming career
he competed in many high level meets; he has competed in many
sectional and National level meets, as well as the 2009 World
Championship Trials and the 2012 Olympic Trials. Preston is looking
forward to passing on his swimming knowledge and inspiring young
swimmers to achieve their goals.