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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For questions realted to facility items or programming, please contact the appropriate staff member. Please see the directory below for all staff emails and extensions.

FULL STAFF DIRECTORY

Dynamo Staff

Ian Murray

Head Coach

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Ian has served as Dynamo’s Head Coach since August of 2017.  As Head Coach, Ian oversees all aspects of Dynamo Swim Club, Dynamo Juniors, and Dynamo Masters.  He coaches Senior 1, working directly with athletes at both the Alpharetta and Chamblee locations.  Ian is a dynamic leader for our organization, and works tirelessly to lead Dynamo to be a model club in Georgia, the southeast, and nationally. 

Ian previously served as Associate Head Coach of Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, Indiana.  During his time at Carmel, Ian coached a Junior World Record Holder, a USA Swimming National Champion, and multiple Junior National Champions.  His swimmers have set multiple USA Swimming National Age Group Records.  Coach Murray is a USA Swimming National Team coach and was on the coaching staff of the 2016 USA Swimming College Challenge.  He has been Head Coach for both the USA Swimming National and Zone Select Camps.  The American Swim Coaches Association named Ian a 2015 Coach of Excellence. In addition to his responsibilities with Carmel Swim Club, Ian was an assistant coach on the Carmel High School swim team, where the girls team has won 31 consecutive Indiana High School State Swimming Championships, a national record for all sports. 

Ian also served as Carmel’s Head Age Group Coach from 2006-2013.  During his tenure, Carmel won 12 Indiana Swimming Age Group Team Championships. His athletes consistently earned national rankings and broke more than 60 Carmel Swim Club records and more than 25 Indiana Swimming Records. In 2012, Ian was recognized by his peers as Indiana Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year.

Prior to Carmel, Ian coached on the staff of the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, where he was an Age Group and Senior Coach.  While at Lake Erie, Ian worked with multiple members of the USA Swimming National Team, including an Olympic gold medalist.  Ian was named the 2006 Lake Erie Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year.  While at Lake Erie, Ian served on the staff of the Richard Quick/Stanford National Swim Camp, and was Head Coach of the 2003 Ohio Mid-States QUAD Team and the 2004 Lake Erie Zone Team.

Ian worked as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Cleveland State University swim team from 2000-2001.  He was a standout swimmer at Cleveland State from 1996-2000.   As a college swimmer, Ian was a conference champion, school and conference record holder, and team captain.

Ian and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of two children, Arran and Ainsley.

Mike Cotter

Chief Executive Officer

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Mike has served Dynamo for over 25 years and has been a key leader in the program’s development, helping Dynamo grow from the original Chamblee location to multiple sites and facilities.  During his tenure, he led the construction and expansion of the Alpharetta facility, installment of the dome at the Chamblee’s 50m. pool, and the recent Chamblee facility expansion and renovation.  His long involvement with Dynamo has been a key factor in the organization’s overall success and he has been instrumental in the startup and continued success of Dynamo Pool Management, Inc.  Mike and his wife Michelle are the parents of two children.

Beth Winkowski

Assoc. Head Coach (CH) - SR2, AG1 Gold

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Coach Beth joined the Dynamo staff in the fall of 2004. She is directly responsible for coaching Age Group 1 Gold and Senior 2 at Chamblee.  As Associate Head Coach she oversees the development and direction of the Chamblee Staff.  Prior to joining Beth served as Head Coach of the Portland Aquatic Club in Portland, Oregon.  She began her professional coaching career with PAC and spent twelve years at the helm of the program.

Beth has coached State, Sectional, and Zone champions at an individual and team level. Her swimmers consistently achieve National Top 10 rankings, as well as Junior and Senior National qualifying times.  Coach Winkowski has served as the Head Coach of the USA Swimming Zone and National Select Camps.  In addition, she has presented at numerous coaching conferences hosted by USA Swimming and the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Coach Beth’s coaching strengths include: detailed and analytic stroke instruction with an eye towards body awareness, a creative and demanding training regime, and good communication with parents and athletes. She accomplishes all this while recognizing the athlete as a whole person who benefits from the permanent life lessons learned by children who participate in organized athletics.

C Brian Wrighton

Asst Head Coach (AL), SR1, Team Billing

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Brian joined the Dynamo staff in October of 2014.  As Assistant Head Coach, he is the site director at our Alpharetta location and coaches the Senior 1 group.  Brian also handles competitive team and masters billing for all of Dynamo.

Brian has more than 20 years’ experience coaching all levels of competitive swimming.  Most recently, Brian was the Head Coach and Program Director for the Birmingham Swim League in Birmingham, Alabama.  During his time at BSL, Brian developed many Junior National/National/Olympic Trial level athletes, many of whom swam to National Top 10 rankings.  With Brian at the helm, BSL grew from 150 to over 200 athletes. 

Prior to his stint as Head Coach at BSL, Brian spent nine years as the Head Age Group and Masters Coach for BSL.  His athletes turned in several National Top 10 rankings (age group and masters), broke numerous Southeastern Swimming records, and he had one relay bream a National Age Group Record.  Brian was also highly involved with Southeastern Swimming LSC, serving as its Age Group Chair, Administrative Vice Chair, and Laws and Legislation Chair. 

Brian is originally from Louisiana and swam at the University of Alabama, graduating with degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  He is married to the former Suzanne Black who swam at Southern Methodist University.  They are the proud parents of two children, Brian and Bonnie.

Nick Graves

Head Age Group Coach (AL) SR2, AG1 Gold

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Nick Graves joined Dynamo in the fall of 2011 at our Chamblee location. During his first season he worked with Dynamo Juniors, Senior 2, Senior 1, and was the lead coach for AG2 Green. Since spring 2012 he has coached in Alpharetta as the lead coach for AG1 Gold and as an assistant with Senior 1. Since Fall of 2014 he has also served as the lead coach for Senior 3 Gold. In September 2015 he assumed the role of the Head Age Group Coach. 

Prior to joining Dynamo Nick spent two seasons coaching in Tallahassee, Florida with the Maclay Northside Dolphins. 

Prior to coaching Nick swam competitively for 16 years. In college Nick swam at Florida State where he focused mainly>th in the 1500m freestyle at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.  During Nick’s junior and senior year he swam for Gary Taylor, also a former Dynamo coach.  Nick graduated from the Florida State University in the Spring of 2011 with a degree in History. 

Cecelia Tripp

Chamblee SR3 Gold, AG2 Gold

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Cecelia originally started with Dynamo in August 2011 as the Senior 1 Assistant and Age Group 2 Gold Coach at Chamblee.  In the spring of 2012, she took over as the lead coach for Senior 2 and Age Group 2 Green at the Alpharetta location and was in that role until the fall of 2014.  Cecelia spent the 2014-2015 season as the Head Coach of the YMCA of the North Shore Sharks in Boston but returned to Dynamo in 2016 and is currently the lead coach for Senior 3 Gold and Age Group 2 Gold at Chamblee.

 

Prior to Dynamo, Cecelia spent 2007-2011 as the Senior Assistant and Junior group lead coach at YMCA of the North Shore.  From 2005-2007, she served as a Graduate Assistant at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.  During that time, she also spent a summer working the Stanford Swim Camp.  Cecelia is a 2005 graduate of Hamilton College in central New York.  She is a certified ASCA level 2 coach. 

 

 

Nancy Williams

Alpharetta - SR3 Gold, AG2 Gold, Masters

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Nancy Williams has been a member of the Dynamo coaching staff since the 2004 season.  Currently she leads our Senior 3 Gold and Age Group 2 Gold groups at the Alpharetta site.  In addition, Nancy coaches our Masters athletes at the same location. She is a native of Georgia and swam competitively from her early years through high school. Nancy attended Lenior-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.  In her time with Dynamo, Coach Williams has performed duties as an Assistant Coach, Head Age Group Coach, and Masters Coach.  Additionally, she is responsible for numerous start-up programs and clinics hosted by the program.

Martha Wright

Chamblee - AG3 Gold & Green, Home School

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Martha Wright leads our Age Group 3 Gold and Green groups at Chamblee. She also heads up the Home School Division at the same location. Martha has been an active member of DeKalb County community for more than 24 years, where she began her swimming career. She swam competitively through age group and senior level with Dynamo Swim Club and club at both Winthrop University and Georgia State University. She continues to compete competitively in triathlons, half, and full marathons and is a proponent of healthy lifestyles and living.

 

Martha began coaching in 2006 as Assistant Coach to the Ragin’ Rays team where she later became the Head Coach. She went on to become the Head Coach for the DeKalb County State Team where they placed third at the GRPA Championships. In 2013 Martha founded the Echo Ridge Masters Swim Team where she continues to introduce and train adults in competitive swimming. 

Martha has been working with kids her entire life, tutoring and mentoring individuals at all ages. She worked for the American Youth Literacy Foundation teaching phonics and training tutors. Her goal is to inspire individuals to achieve their greatest potential and to encourage them to learn and grow as athletes.

Sam R Wilson

Chamblee - SR1 Assistant, AG2 Green

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A graduate of Gardner-Webb University, Sam interned with Dynamo during the summer of 2013 under Associate Head Coach Beth Winkowski.  He has coached multiple groups in his time with the program and currently leads Age Group 2 Green and assists with Senior 1 at Chamblee.  Before coming to Dynamo, Sam was an assistant coach of the Twin Rivers YMCA in New Bern, North Carolina, his hometown.  He believes in discipline, patience, and having fun.  He works tirelessly to teach and inspire these qualities into the hearts of his swimmers.  As an athlete at Gardner-Webb University, Sam was a six-time CCSA All-Conference team member specializing in distance freestyle events. He also served as a 2013-2014 team captain. 

Michael P Kirkpatrick

Alpharetta - AG1 Green, AG3 Gold

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Grace E Huseth

Chamblee - AG3 Green

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Grace Huseth coaches Age Group 3 Green at Chamblee. She fell in love with the sport during summer league and has been swimming ever since. She has worked for Dynamo Swim School and swam for Dynamo, Tucker High School, Georgia Southern Swim Club, and now trains with the Dynamo Master's program. Her goal is to help children develop a balanced perspective on health and fitness from an early age and master a sustainable sport for lifelong well-being. Grace is also a free-lance journalist and regularly contributes to the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other various local publications. 

Joji Castillo

Alpharetta - SR3 Green, AG3 Green

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Joji Castillo leads Age Group 3 Green and Senior 3 Green at our Alpharetta site. He started competitive swimming at the age of 8 in Lincolnshire, Illinois with the Patriot Aquatic Club. In 1996 he moved to Georgia and swam at the Dynamo Alpharetta site. Since 2008 he has coached/taught swimming in the Metro Atlanta area. Joji has been involved with multiple YMCAs, Johns Creek High School, and local neighborhood pools coaching swimmers of all ages and skill levels.

MICHAEL J KENNY

Alpharetta - Senior Assistant, AG2 Green

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Sam Mashburn

Chamblee - SR3 Green, AG1 Green

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Sam Mashburn joined the Dynamo Staff in October of 2017.  He is a native of Cumming, Georgia and swam for Lanier Aquatics through high school.  Sam has extensive coaching experience at the club and collegiate level.  Most recently, Coach Mashburn was the Director of Competitive Swimming at the Twin Rivers YMCA in New Bern, North Carolina.  He has a Masters in Health/Physical Education that he obtained while serving as the Graduate Assistant at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.  Sam is a graduate of Mars Hill University with a degree in Physical Education and was a stand-out distance swimmer for the Lions.  

Lauren Jordan

Oakhurst - Lead Coach, Facilities

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Lauren Jordan is joining the Dynamo staff as the Lead Coach of our new Oakhurst site.  She will be responsible for coaching all groups at the site, as well as serving as the facility manager. Lauren comes to Dynamo from the Phillips 66 Splash Club in Oklahoma.  At Splash Club, she served as the Lead Development Coach and Swim Lesson Coordinator.  She also has coaching experience at Razorback Aquatic Club and Carmel Swim Club. Coach Jordan was an All-American swimmer at the University of Arkansas and has a degree in Education. 

Matt Bishop

Chamblee - SR3 GRN, AG1 GRN, Home School

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Coach Bishop comes to Dynamo with extensive experience in summer league and high school swimming.  He will lead Age Group 1 Green at Chamblee, while also assisting Senior 3 Green at the same location.  Matt joined the staff in September of 2017 after coaching at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California.  He was also the Head Coach of Carondelet High School (Concord, CA) and the Moraga Ranch Swim Club (Moraga, CA).  Matt swam competitively for Terrapins Swim Team under Paul Stafford.

Andrew Callahan

Alpharetta - Assistant Coach

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Alex Perry

Chamblee - AG2 Assistant

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Juliana Cartwright

Chamblee - AG3 Assitant, Juniors

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Andy Deichert

Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Amanda Tarpley

Head Coach - Juniors

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Coach Amanda has nearly 20 years’ experience as a swim coach and instructor.  She joined the Dynamo staff in 2007, and is the lead coach for the Junior program at the Chamblee facility.  In addition, she has coaches in the Dekalb Summer Swim League. Amanda’s passion is introducing kids to swimming and facilitating a love for the sport.

 

Amanda was born and raised in Lilburn, GA and began her swimming career in the Atlanta area.  She was a top-16 qualifier in 1996, and later swam in college for the University of Kentucky. It was there that she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Social Work, as well as her Masters in Social Work. She is currently working part-time as a Registered Nurse for Emory University Hospital, specializing in Neuropsychiatry.

 

Amanda married Joel Tarpley in July 2005, and they currently reside in Lilburn with their daughter Kathryn, new baby Olivia and two dogs Maddie and Dooley.

Maria Thrash

Head Coach - Masters (MultiSport)

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Maria Thrash has been involved with Dynamo Swim Club almost her entire life.  She is an original Dynamo swimmer and represented the program her entire athletic career.  Coach Thrash was involved in our age group program from 1984-2001.  From 2001-2004, she coached collegiately at Georgia Tech.  Since 2004, Maria has been our Head Masters Coach.   She also works with our triathletes and had a hand in the starting of Dynamo MultiSport.  Maria has coached the fastest female swimmer at the Ironman World Championships in Kona.  She swam at Clemson University and was a team captain her sophomore through senior years.  Maria is very active is continues to participate in triathlons.

Holly Welch

Facility Director

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Holly has been with Dynamo since 2010. She began her employment as a swim instructor and lifeguard.  She has been managing the Dynamo facilities since 2012.

Sean Penn

Swim School Director

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Doug Lincoln

Maintenance Supervisor

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Doug has been with Dynamo since 2010 moving from the ranks of lifeguard to a role in faciliy maintenance.  He is on the lifeguard training instructor team and is CPO certified.

Nora Henderson

Customer Service Supervisor

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Nora has been employed by Dynamo since 2016  Nora manages lifeguard schedules, customer service and handles administrative responsibilites.