USC Coaches
  • USC Head Coach - Charlie Lownes

  • LEAD Site Coach's - STEVE JACOBS

  • Assistant Coaches - Patti Pfriem, Kelsey Sewell


Charlie is a 16-time NCAA all-American swimmer and an all-American at Hebron Academy in Maine.  Charlie began coaching at Paul Hanna Swim Club in Granville, OH.  There he coached several top 16 swimmers and a top 25 world ranked swimmer.   While in the Peace Corps, 1988 - 1991, he coached the Guatemalan National Swim Team.  From 1991 - 1995 he coached high school and club teams in Cincinnati.

Charlie has been with the team since 1995.  He can usually be found at Gilmour pool.  However, he tries to visit all locations as often as possible.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 West Geauga's swim teams. In addition to coaching more experienced swimmers, Charlie has a gift for coaching swimmers at all ages and ability.

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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 breastroke, 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.