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Find information about our swimming and diving coaching staff below. Our coaches provide great technical instruction and focus on helping each athlete to improve and achieve personal goals. Most of all, we emphasize safety, fun, and Sea Lions team spirit!

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Shannon Max Head Swim Team Coach

We’re excited to announce Shannon Max will be leading the Sea Lions as the head coach for the 2020 season. Although this will be her first season coaching the Sea Lions, she and her two daughters have been a part of the Sea Lions family for the past 3 years. Coach Max made her coaching debut with the Reynoldsburg Marlins in 2000. During her time at the Marlins the team was very successful, winning numerous championships at both the Varsity & Junior Varsity levels. Around the same time, she became a part of the Greater Columbus Swim School as a lesson instructor. Her hard work quickly elevated her to lead instructor, and her glowing personality makes her favorite among the swim school families. Her dedication to swimmer development soon earned her a spot as the assistant Novice coach with the Greater Columbus Swim Team. Most recently she has recently been promoted to the swim school’s Administrative Assistant, and to the Head Level 1 Coach at GCSTO’s Columbus Academy location. Shannon is excited about this new opportunity, and is looking forward to great season! Go Sea Lions!!

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Jill McInerney Head Diving Team Coach

Coach Jill (pictured on the right) has coached the Gahanna Sea Lions Dive Team since 2001. Jill grew up swimming and diving for the Sea Lions and continued her diving career through high school and college. Jill competed for Bowling Green State University for 4 years before graduating in 2009 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Jill currently teaches at Worthington Christian High School as an Intervention Specialist. She also coaches the Gahanna Lincoln High School Team, along with a number of other high school divers in the area. In addition, Jill coaches with the lesson program at the Ohio State Diving Club.

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The Gahanna Sea Lions Swim and Dive Team is owned and operated by the Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio (GCSTO).

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