2022 Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Jen Lovato
Jen is an Oak Ridge Swim Club Alumni!
The Lovato Family has been members of the Oak Ridge Swim Club since 2004.
Jen swam for the Orcas from 2004 to 2010. She has taught swim lessons and was a lifeguard at the Spears YMCA from 2008 to 2014. For the past six years, she has been the Coach for the Northwest High School Varsity Swim Team.
She is excited to be the Oak Ridge Swim Club Head Coach for the upcoming season. Jen is looking forward to a fun and exciting summer swim season!
Please feel free to reach out to Coach Lovato anytime!
Hello! I’m Coach Claire! I’m beyond excited and enthusiastic to be returning for my sixth year as assistant coach. I am an Oak Ridge “Old Timer Alumni”- swimming for 13 years - with ORSC, and I am also an alumna of the Northwest Guilford High School varsity swim team. I co-founded and oversee our Volunteer Coach Program!
I am a rising junior and an honors student at Meredith College, where I major in Psychology. I spent the past semester studying abroad in Italy to enrich my understanding of its history and culture, while also improving my Italian!
I love to travel, spend time with friends and family, and exercise. I look forward to this upcoming season because I love being able to help swimmers have both a successful and fun season!
Please feel free to reach out to me regarding questions about Volunteer Coaching!
Thank you! Excited to see you again this season!
Eliza is a senior at Wesleyan Christian Academy and previously went to Northwest Guilford High School.
She plays club and school soccer, club field hockey, and swam for Northwest Guilford High School and Wesleyan Christian Academy. Eliza has also swam competitively with Star Aquatics.
She has been on the Oak Ridge Swim team since she was 5 years old. Eliza volunteered during the 2020 season as a Volunteer Swim Coach.
Eliza is a certified Lifeguard with CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid and is looking forward to helping our swim team have an amazing summer!
Hi, my name is Thomas Hoffman! I am a rising sophomore at East Carolina University studying business, and I am incredibly excited to be coaching this year!
I began swimming competitively my sophomore year of high school with the Northwest Guilford High School Team, continuing to swim through the summers with the Oak Ridge Orcas, and eventually swimming all year through Swim GSA.
Beyond swimming, I was very active in Boy Scout Troop 139, where I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and became a lifeguard, working at the Oak Ridge Swim Club for the past four years. I have always loved swimming, and as a coach I hope to be able to share this incredible sport with the many swimmers of the Oak Ridge Orcas!
Hi, my name is Annie Grove! I am currently a Sophomore at East Carolina University. I swam on a summer swim team for ten years and a year-round swim team for five years. I am really looking forward to coaching for the Oak Ridge Orca swim team! I have been a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past four years and have enjoyed the blessing of being around kids and teaching them through the years. Swimming has been a really big part of my life, and my coaches along the way have made a huge impact on me. I can't wait for the opportunity to pass my passion for swimming onto others!