About the Coaches

Private lesson info:

For private swim lessons, contact Michelle Doolin at (859) 333-6091 or email marymichelledoolin@gmail.com.

  • $25/half hour
  • Sign-up is done directly through the swim coaches.
  • Priority will be given to swim/dive team members.

Michelle Doolin, Head Swim Coach

Michelle began her coaching career in her hometown, Paris, KY, where she was an assistant coach of the Paris-Bourbon County YMCA. She has been teaching swim lessons since 1995. Michelle appreciates what summer swim team has to offer all levels of swimmers. Providing a fun, positive environment, learning the importance of good sportsmanship, and learning how to be a supportive teammate are her number one goals for the Gators. Michelle is very grateful for the opportunity to teach children a skill they can use for the rest of their lives. She appreciates you choosing the Signature Club Swim & Dive Team as your child's summer swim and dive program and looks forward to working with your child to achieve his or her goals whether it be learning to swim the length of the pool or winning an event at the championship meet. Michelle is married to Dave Doolin, Head Coach of the Lexington Dolphins, and has three sons - Cash, Hayes, and Vin. 


Jennifer Duncan, Head Dive Coach  

This is Jennifer has a long history with diving. Jennifer grew up diving for Idle Hour CC and dove for Lexington Catholic and Transylvania University. She has been a member of the Signature Club since it opened and the "behind the scenes” coach for her two daughters. She’s very excited for a fun and successful summer.

Gracie O'Brien, Assistant Dive Coach


Gracie O’Brien joined the Gator staff the summer of 2024. She dove for Lexington Country Club, Lexington Catholic and currently dives for Centre College. In addition to diving, she also plays lacrosse.

Cole Pleasants, Assistant Swim Coach

Cole joined the coaching staff at The Signature Club in 2011 after being a member of the Gators team for 5 years. Cole is currently the Head Coach for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Swim & Dive Team. He looks forward to another fun, successful summer with the Gators.

Morgan Neuer, Assistant Swim Coach

Morgan joined The Signature Club coaching staff in 2014 after graduating from WKU where she studied Elementary Education. Prior to coaching, Morgan swam competitively for 12 years. Morgan believes her passion for coaching comes from the combination of her love for the sport and teaching children! Along with the Gators, Morgan has coached for the Lexington Dolphins and Dunbar High School. Morgan currently lives in South Africa part time with her fiancé, and owns a small photography business. She is grateful for her summers with the gators, and looks forward to another fun season!

Makayla Huemmer, Assistant Swim Coach

Makayla began her swimming career at age 7 with the Lexington Dolphins, where she swam for 11 years. Makayla swam in the MOWSC for 11 years, she coached at both the Waterford Waverunners and the Pinnacle Pirates. She continued coaching while away at school at the University of Alabama, where she studied Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Makayla is currently an elementary Special Education teacher as well as the Head Swim coach at Frederick Douglass High school. Makayla and her husband Nic welcomed their first baby in February 2022. She is excited to spend another summer coaching the Gators!

 EJ Quijano, Assistant Swim Coach

EJ has been coaching with the Gators since 2022. Originally from Madisonville Kentucky, he graduated in 2015 from Transylvania University and has been in Lexington since. EJ is currently the Head Age Group coach for the Lexington Dolphins, as well as the Co-Head Coach for the Henry Clay Aquadevils. He is looking forward to a fun-filled summer with the Gators.

Mallory Sparks, Assistant Dive Coach

Mallory began her diving career at age 8 with the Signature Club Dive Team. She was a varsity diver on the Henry Clay Swim & Dive Team from 2017 to 2022. Mallory will graduate Henry Clay High School in May 2022 and plans on attending the University of Kentucky with a pre-nursing major. She currently dives for the Kentucky Diving Club and is looking forward to a great summer with the Gators!