Charlie Kennedy has served for over 35 years as the head coach of Suburban Seahawks Club, a regional powerhouse and nationally recognized program near Philadelphia, PA. During Coach Kennedy’s tenure as head coach, the program has grown from 25 swimmers to over 200 swimmers.
In 2019 Charlie was voted NCSA Coach of the Year. He was voted “Age Group Coach of the Year” by the American Swim Coaches Association and also “Age Group Coach of the Year” by Speedo. Within the Mid- Atlantic LSC, Charlie was awarded “Senior Coach of the Year” and “Age Group Coach of the Year.”
A nationally ranked swimmer at Suburban Swim Center and the University of Iowa, Charlie uses his first-hand experience to help swimmers meet the challenges of this demanding sport. His emphasis on proper technique permeates the entire program. Over the years, many of his swimmers have achieved numerous rankings and championships: High School Champions, Jr. National qualifiers and champions, Senior National qualifiers and champions, U.S. Open
champions, World Rankings, World Champions, Olympic Trials qualifiers, World record-holders, and Olympics Champions.
Coach Kennedy has served as the Assistant Coach for swimming at Swarthmore College since 1997. A swimming technique expert, he enjoys working with the multifaceted Swarthmore student-athletes. Kennedy has coached hundreds of swimmers of all ages, including standouts Brendan Hansen, a 2004 and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, and Grace Cornelius and Corrie Clark, both individual USA National Champions. Hansen has credited Kennedy with laying his “entire base” for his success, saying “He’s the reason I’ve been able to succeed.” Hansen often references Kennedy’s teachings and ideas in interviews.
Kennedy was named the head coach for the USA Swimming Boy’s National Select Camp in 2006. Charlie is also an accomplished musician who performed with his parents Lee and Pat in the trio “The Kennedys” until 2014. Kennedy is trained in classical piano and also plays the pipe organ.