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
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.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Assoc. Head Coach (CH) - SR2, AG1 Gold
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
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
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.
Head Age Group Coach (AL) SR2, AG1 Gold
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.
Chamblee SR3 Gold, AG2 Gold
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.
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.
Alpharetta - SR3 Gold, AG2 Gold, Masters
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.
Chamblee - AG3 Gold & Green, Home School
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
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
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
Grace E Huseth
Chamblee - AG3 Green
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
Alpharetta - SR3 Green, AG3 Green
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
MICHAEL J KENNY
Alpharetta - Senior Assistant, AG2 Green
Chamblee - SR3 Green, AG1 Green
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.
Oakhurst - Lead Coach, Facilities
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.
Chamblee - SR3 GRN, AG1 GRN, Home School
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.
Alpharetta - Assistant Coach
Chamblee - AG2 Assistant
Chamblee - AG3 Assitant, Juniors
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Head Coach - Juniors
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.
Joel Tarpley in July 2005, and they currently reside in Lilburn
with their daughter Kathryn, new baby Olivia and two dogs Maddie
Head Coach - Masters (MultiSport)
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 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.
Swim School Director
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.
Customer Service Supervisor
Nora has been employed by Dynamo since 2016 Nora manages lifeguard schedules, customer service and handles administrative responsibilites.