USC Coaches
  • USC Head Coach - Charlie Lownes

  • LEAD Site Coach's - Steve Jacobs

  • Assistant Coaches - Patti Pfriem and Dan Essel (Euclid)  /Sam Cregar and Lisa Sostakowski (University School)


Charlie is a 16-time NCAA All-American swimming and an All-American at Hebron Academy in Maine. Charlie began coaching at Paul Hannah Swim Club in Granville, OH. There he coached several swimmers ranked in the US Top 16 and one swimmer ranked in the Top 25 in the world. While in the Peace Corps, 1988-1991, he coached the Guatemalan National Team. From 1991-1995 he coached high school and club teams in Cincinnati.
Charlie has been the head coach of University Swim club since 1995. He can usually be found at the University School pool, but is seen regularly at Euclid as well. Charlie was voted Coach of the Year, 2002-2003, for Ohio High School Swimming.
Charlie coaches swimmers that are part of several high school and college teams, and coaches Lake Catholic, Benedictine, and Kirtland High Schools over the winter months. In addition to coaching more experienced swimmers, Charlie has a gift for coaching swimmers at all ages and abilities.


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Coach Steve grew up swimming in Northeast Ohio competing for the Western Reserve Seariders, Firestone Akron Swim Team, Shaker Sharks and Kent Roosevelt High School. He competed on the collegiate level at Case Western Reserve University, where he was a Team Captain and perennial University Athletic Association Conference Finalist. He competed primarily in Breaststroke, middle distance Freestyle and IM events, though was a distance animal in his age group days.

Steve joined USC in the fall of 2015 as the Euclid Site Coach. He is also the Head Coach of the Euclid High School Swim Team. Before joining USC, he coached with Magnificat High School and Canterbury Golf Club.

Outside of the pool Steve is a Product Design Engineer, working with multiple start-ups in the Cleveland Area, and is a recreational triathlete and runner.


Coach Patti swam competitively in the area from the time she was 6 through High School. What she thought was a summer job in High School turned into a lifelong passion and commitment to athletes and the sport of swimming. In her illustrious swim career, she has taught swim lessons from infant to adults, and every age and level in between. When her youngest daughter turned 3, she returned to coaching at the Princeton Aquatic Club in Cincinnati, OH from 2000-2003. Upon moving back to Cleveland, she coached the Willoughby Stingers from 2005-2013, and has been with University Swim Club since 2010. Patti has been the Head Coach of the Kirtland Country Club since 2013. 

Not only has Patti trained all levels of competitive swimmers, but she has trained countless others to do the same. Patti has published a book and written curriculum to help guide swim instructors to teach proper foundations and technique in swimming, which helps swimmers easily transition into competitive swimming. This is the curriculum which guides the USC Future Champions Swim Lesson program. She has given training to many instructors at various pool facilities in the area, as well as in Cincinnati. 

Outside of the pool, Patti is a school teacher at SS. Robert and William Catholic School in Euclid. Patti is the loving and devoted wife of Chris and proud parent of 4 children, Kate, Andrew, Brenna, and Abby. Without their love and support, Patti couldn't be the devoted coach, teacher, and mentor to the many athletes and children that she is so privileged to serve. You will see Patti on deck at the Euclid High School USC pools. 


Danny swam competitively for 18 years on various teams, including the Euclid Panthers SSL Swim Team (10 Years), the Euclid Marlins USA Swim Team (8 years), Euclid High School and Hiram College. His specialties include the IM and Breaststroke.

Danny made districts his Junior Year of High School in the 100 Breast and Districts his Senior Year in the 200 IM and 100 Breast. He was also Captain of his High School and College Swim teams his last 2 years on each Team.

Danny has coached the Euclid Panthers SSL Swim Team for the past 6 years. During the day, Danny works as a helpdesk support technician for Cornerstone IT in Mentor.


Sam grew up swimming with Charlie and the USC Nation. He attended University School and Hiram College where he swam mainly distance events. After college, he taught at US and coached at USC. He then moved to Boston where he started working for Apple Inc. Earlier this summer he decided to move back to Cleveland and continue working for Apple and will also coach for USC at University School.