Jennifer LaMont: Chief Executive Officer

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Jennifer is a seasoned and successful leader with 30 years of experience heading member driven advocacy organizations and will be the first female to hold the position of CEO in the history of ASCA. LaMont’s swimming career included the Cincinnati Marlins and the University of Southern California, where she achieved All-American status in the 500 free. She also represented Walnut Hills High School when capturing three Ohio state titles and state records. She was a 2018 inductee in the Cincinnati Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

LaMont brings to ASCA vast experience leading advocacy organizations. Most notably, for the past 17 years she has served as Chief of Staff for the Broward Teachers Union, the United Teachers of Dade, and for the union for nurses and doctors at Jackson Health System in Miami, SEIU. Prior to that she served in communications, organizational development and public relations roles for the United Teachers of Dade.

Ariel Hodges: Director of Communications and Online Education

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Ariel joined ASCA in September 2021. She is originally from Warren, Michigan and has been involved with the swimming community for many years. Her past swimming experiences include representing OLY Swimming, Ohio University and coaching for Bobcat Swim Club.

Ariel comes to ASCA from the City of Dublin, where she coordinated all aquatics programming for the city. Previously, she worked at OHIO University where she served as the graduate assistant for the Aquatic Center while working towards a Master’s in Computer Education and Technology as well as a PhD in Higher Education. She is excited to join ASCA and promote an engaging online community and share online education to coaches worldwide!

Matt Hooper: Membership Services

Matt Hooper has been on staff with the American Swimming Coaches Association for over 15 years. He leads ASCA’s Membership services. Previously he worked on development of the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA), assisted with the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), and presented at clinics and taught courses. Prior to ASCA, he worked within the sports industry and also coached swimming and assisted with swim team operations. A former USA National Team member, he swam age-group through post-graduate in Texas, and now continues as a Masters swimmer.

Karen Downey: SwimAmerica Account Manager & ASCA Certification Services

Karen Downey, originally from Pennsylvania, is a long-time South Florida resident. Karen comes to us with an extensive background in office administration and property management.  She is currently the SwimAmerica National Account Manager and handles the ASCA Certification Services.  Karen’s interest in aquatics began when her daughter (Skye) joined the local swim team.  Over the course of 20+ years, Karen has been on the pool deck as a lifeguard, a lead swim instructor, a volunteer for both swimming and diving meets, and most importantly as a parent.  Skye was a 4 year member of the women’s swim team and graduate of UNF with a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health, Logan a recent graduate of FAU was a 4 year member of the men’s dive team, and Caleb is enrolled in his second year at Lynn University where he is a member of the men’s swim team.

Chad Onken: ASCA Director of International Clinics

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Chad Onken was hired as the ASCA Director of International Clinics in October of 2021.

His role is to create new international partnerships and coordinate ASCA certification clinics with existing international partners all around the globe. Chad works with other Level 5 ASCA coaches to make sure these clinics are taught by elite, experienced, championship level swim coaches. He is very excited to increase ASCA’s presence throughout the world.

Chad Onken is also the CEO and Co-Owner of the Quest Swimming program in his hometown of Midlothian, Virginia.

Primarily known for the discovery and development of world record holder, NCAA Champion, and 2008/2012 US Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones, Chad has 20+ years of successful championship coaching experience throughout age group, high school, YMCA, and NCAA championship swimming. In addition to being a Level 5 certified coach by the American Swimming Coaches Association, Chad is also a seven-time recipient of the ASCA “Award for Coaching Excellence.”

Chad has coached at the highest levels of the sport. He coached two athletes to international success at NC State University. He was a part of two NCAA winning championship teams while an assistant at Auburn University. As the Head Coach/Senior Director of Competitive Swimming at the YMCA of the Triangle Area (YOTA), Chad was responsible for the development of four US National Junior team members and a handful of team championships won at YMCA Nationals.

In addition to his coaching success, Chad has served on the ASCA Board of Directors, the Virginia Swimming Board of Directors, the NC Swimming Board of Directors, as well as a number of various USA Swimming, YMCA of the USA, and LSC committees and governance organizations. Chad already has extensive experience in speaking and teaching clinics all around the world, having taught in Australia, Canada, Bahrain, and Dubai – including several clinics and speaking engagements throughout the United States.

Chad is very happily married to the former Lauren Romano, also of Midlothian, Virginia. They have an adorable schnoodle puppy named Bowden and are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Marilyn and Charlotte.

Salomon Soza: Publications

Salomon is originally from Nicaragua. He was a swimmer for the Nicaraguan National Team under the training of Itsvan Hidgevi, a Hungarian swimming coach living in Nicaragua. In 1986, due to political problems in Nicaragua, Salomon and his family moved to the USA. He became a lifeguard, swimming instructor and swimming coach under the leadership of George Block. While coaching, Salomon collaborated with Laura A. Cox PH.D. and Timothy W. Henrich PH.D. to create the manual Fundamentals of Competitive Swimming for 8 & Under Swimmers Based on Breath Control, Balance, Sculling and Rhythm Skills.

Salomon is now a graphic designer with 20+ years of experience. He has worked in several advertising agencies and design firms in the San Antonio, Texas area. He has launched successful advertising campaign for local and national clients such as Vantage Bank Texas, Job Corps, a national organization helping youth to develop job skills, Chinamerica, a internet radio based in New York City, just to mention a few.

In 2019, Salomon joined the ASCA Team bringing his two passions together: swimming and graphics. When not creating his amazing graphics, Salomon enjoys painting, swimming and walking his chocolate lab dog, Apollo. He lives in San Antonio Texas.


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