Coach AJ Mann (Head Coach)

AJ returns for a second year as head coach of the Charleston Water Rats. AJ is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Cincinnati studying sports administration. Swimming has always been a part of his life with over 14 years of competitive swimming experience. AJ has been involved in teaching and coaching swimming since 2014 and a swim coach since 2016. AJ served as the Charleston Swim Club’s assistant coach in 2021 and is currently a coach/instructor at Life Time Fitness in Mason, OH during the school year. AJ is excited to begin a new chapter as the head coach at Charleston and is excited to get to work!  About the upcoming year, “I feel the most important thing about coaching, and what I want to focus on the most, is making swimming fun while building a positive culture of trust. I want us to be the hardest working team that also has the most fun. I want to get the best out of every swimmer and build a positive environment where everyone can flourish.”

Contact Coach AJ by email or cell (856-701-9244).

Zach Hart (Assistant Coach)

Zach is a first-time assistant coach at Charleston Swim Club after swimming on the team for six years prior. He has swam for YBCC, Cherry Hill Aquatics, and SJAC during his swimming career and has gained much knowledge about swimming from his time at these clubs. He attended Cherry Hill East and swam on the boys swim team for three years, winning the state championship title in his sophomore and junior years. As a senior, Zach was elected as a captain for the team and led the team to another undefeated season. He will be starting his sophomore year at the University of Maryland in the fall, pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering. At school, he continues to swim on the club team and hopes to gain even more leadership opportunities. He is excited for the opportunity to instill the same love of swimming that he has in the Charleston team during his time coaching.

Miss Evie (Rats in Training Coordinator)

Evie is a Senior at Cherry Hill East High School. She has been a member of the Charleston swim team for 12 years and swam for Cherry Hill Aquatics for nine winters. Evie has been a Rats in Training instructor since 13 years old and assists with younger kids on the swim team. She is a certified lifeguard with CPR training. In 2019, Evie won the Della Marsden Award for unselfish dedication to the Charleston Swim Club. In addition to swimming, Evie dances competitively for Artists in Motion, teaches beginning students in tap, and is an in-classroom assistant.