|Title:||Assistant Swim Coach|
Jessi Ahart began as the Cyclones’ assistant swim coach in the fall of 2016. She is in her first year as graduate student in Mills Lokey School of Business and Public Policy and brings a wealth of knowledge in the fields of swimming, education, and business. Her 15 years of experience enrich her utility with the swim team.
From 2002-2016, Ahart worked for what is now Michael Phelps Swimming, where she filled many roles: instructor and coach, trainer and manager, and others. She has also worked with the North Baltimore Aquatics Club (NBAC), filling in on deck with their Masters’ practices and Elite Swim Camps. Her swimming expertise also includes triathlons and open water swimming, adult programming at all experience levels, and stroke refinement for all ages and abilities.
Ahart is happy to be working at Mills, where she earned both her Bachelors (’96) and a teaching credential (’97), and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support and encourage a new cohort of undergraduate Mills students on the team. Ahart is a native of Santa Cruz, California, and despite living throughout the country, Oakland has been and continues to be home.
Ahart’s interests and passions have led her to work with Lyon-Martin Health Services as a peer educator, Child Abuse Protection Program in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, Swim Across America in Baltimore and Seattle, and most recently with the Convergence for a New Economy here in Oakland. For fun, she has shared her story with Bishop Lori of Baltimore as a member of a Catholic LGBT ministry, reads about corn subsidies, rescues pit bull terriers and dances wherever she can find a fairly good excuse for it.