Head Coach & Ownder: Harvey Humphries
As a veteran of Jack Bauerle’s University of Georgia swimming staff, Harvey Humphries brings over thirty years of coaching experience to the Athens Bulldog Swim Club. After lettering in all four years of his swimming career at UGA, being named team captain as a senior, and graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Microbiology, the Little Rock, Arkansas native took up coaching, and the story has been one of swimming success ever since.
Aside from playing an integral part in the recent accomplishments of the UGA Men’s and Women’s swim teams, Harvey has turned ABSC from a small, local swim program into a clearinghouse for the some of the south’s top talent. Under his guidance ABSC swimmers have won numerous individual titles at the Georgia State Meet, Southern Sectionals, Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals, and the World University Games. Because he has been able to coax such results from his relatively small band of swimmers, Harvey has garnered for himself an impressive array of individual coaching honors.
He has served in the past as a coach for USS select camps, the U.S. National Team Distance Camp, and the U.S. Olympic Festival team. His colleagues have more than once voted him Georgia Senior Coach of the Year, and he was recently inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a Level 5 Coach, which is the highest level of certification given by the American Swim Coaches Association.
Harvey, and his wife Wendy, live in Athens. His son, Billy, works for the Athletic Association of the University of Texas. His daughter, Pirie, was a four year letter winner at Georgia Southern University and currently works in Austin, Texas as a realtor.
Associate Head Coach & CEO: Jonathan Foggin
Since arriving in Athens in 1989, Jonathan Foggin has dived head-first into Georgia swimming. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Jonathan was lured away from the Volunteer state by the prospect of swimming with Coaches Jack Bauerle and Harvey Humphries at the University of Georgia. After a four year letterman’s career, during which he was named 1993 UGA Scholar Athlete of the Year, Jonathan joined the ABSC staff as Dawgs coach, and has been developing young talent ever since.
He has served multiple times as the camp director for the Georgia LSC Catch the Spirit Camps, and has worked as an assistant at the Jack Bauerle Swim Camp. His own swimmers have earned National Age Group Top 16 ranking, won individual events at the Georgia Age-Group State Meet, held Georgia Age-Group State records, and under Coach Humphries’ continued tutelage, have gone so far as to win individual events at Senior Sectionals, Junior Nationals, and compete at Division I NCAAs. In his current capacity as CEO & Associate Head Coach, Jonathan oversees the Senior 2 group, and the Dawgs group (ABSC's top 15&U group). He is our meet director and he works behind the scenes to budget and execute the financial aspects of the program.
Jonathan has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Georgia. He also runs a small publishing company and is a minister in the Anglican church. Jonathan, his wife, Clayton, and their children, Will, Charlotte, and Henry, live in Athens.
Head Senior Coach: Adam Sasso
Adam grew up in Watkinsville, graduated in the first graduating class of North Oconee, and began his coaching career his freshman year at UGA with ABSC. Adam earned a degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, and after graduating from UGA, he continued to coach while working at the AOC SPARC Facility doing general and sports performance physical therapy.
In 2014 Adam moved to Augusta to take a job working with he Chief of Orthopedics at the Medical College of Georgia. While there he also coached part time with the Aiken-Augusta Swim League. In 2015 Adam was asked to become the head coach of ASL after their head coach was offered a college coaching position. Adam accepted the job and began his full time coaching career. While at ASL, Adam had multiple swimmers earn junior national cuts as well as a swimmer qualify and compete in the 400IM at 2016 Olympic Trials.
In April of 2018 Adam took a position coaching in Potomac Valley Swimming with a club called SNOW Swimming. At SNOW, Adam was site director of their Claude Moore facility and the direct coach to 150 swimmers. After a year with Snow, Adam was offered a coaching position on the other side of the Potomac River in Frederick, Maryland called the Monocacy Aquatic Club. At MAC, Adam had swimmers earn state titles, break state records, sectionals, futures, and juniors qualifying times. In December of 2019, Adam got a call to return to Athens and coach with ABSC again. This was truly a dream come true for Adam. Adam and his wife Megan moved back to Athens in March of 2020. Along with coaching ABSC, Adam also is a volunteer coach for UGA Swimming and Diving. Adam and Megan are grateful to be a part of the ABSC Family and look forward to the many years to come with our great swim club.
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Head Age Group Coach: Mike Radford
An avid swimmer growing up, Mike Radford competed at the Junior National Level, and was a four-year letter winner and Senior Captain of the North Cobb High School swim team. After graduating from high school and ostensibly leaving swimming behind him, Mike moved to Athens in 2011 to attend UGA. That led him to apply for a job with ABSC, where he was hired and assigned to assist long time Developmental Coach, Kevin Taylor, as an assistant to the Pups group.
He has an American Swim Coaches Association Level 2 certification in stroke technique, and has worked as a coach of the Georgia Zone team on three separate occasions. Mike served as the Associate Head Coach of the Bishop Park Dolphins summer league team for two summers, and is currently the Head Coach of the Oconee Club Stingrays. In the fall of 2015, he assumed the role of Lead Developmental Coach for ABSC, and has been overseeing the progression of our developmental groups ever since. In his time at ABSC, Mike has coached numerous top-10, top-3, and State and Northeast Divisional champions. Mike was named Head Age Group Coach in the fall of 2021.
Mike holds a degree from UGA in Social Studies Education and is coaching full time with ABSC. Mike and his wife Devon live in Athens, and their first daughter Wells was born in March 2020.
Bulldog Swim School Director: Gabby Matthews
ABSC is excited to welcome Ana Gabriela Matthews back to the ABSC staff as director of
the Bulldog Swim School. Originally from Brazil, “Coach Gabby” was a developmental coach at ABSC from 2003-2005, and has more recently overseen swim schools at Gulliver Prep (FL) and Mission Viejo (CA).
She has taught swim lessons to all ages and skill levels, from babies to adults and people with special needs. Coach Gabby graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Education from the University of Mogi das Cruzes, SP – Brazil, and Masters in Science with emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Brenau Univeristy.
She is a USA, Red Cross, AFO Certified, SwimAmerica Director & ASCA Level V, certified coach. She and her husband and daughter are excited to return to Athens, and ABSC is excited to welcome her home!
Lead Coach of the Pups: Marilyn Naughton
Head Masters Coach: Laura Templin
Lead Coach of the Gups: Casey Hall.
YWCO Site Lead: Lydia Amerson
Assistant Coaching Staff
Kate Cabaniss - (Senior Flex Lead Coach, Superpups Assistant)
Alex Reymanb- (Dawgs & Superpups Assistant)
Lydia Scharff - (Superpups and Pups Assistant)
Aidan Rickaby - (Senior 2 & Dawgs Asisstant)
Ben Prestel - (Pups & Masters Assistant)
Sara Thompson - (Pups, Gups, Superpups Assistant)
Maddy Wilson - (Gups Assistant)
Isabella Lyons - (Gups & Pups Assistant)
Carter Pannell - (Gups Assistant)
Emily Cameron - (Senior 2 Assistant)