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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 all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

 

FULL STAFF DIRECTORY

Coaching Staff

Mike Cotter

Dynamo Pool Management, CEO

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Rich A Murphy

Interim Head Coach, Competitive Platform

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  Rich Murphy's second stint at Dynamo started in 2015 and continues today.  Rich leads our Senior 1 group at the Alpharetta site. Rich returned to Dynamo after a couple of years as Head Coach for the University of Houston Women's Swimming and Diving Team.  During Rich's time in Houston the Cougars achieved their best NCAA finish and dual meet record of the previous five years.  

  Rich's first tenure was highlighted by several Junior National team championships, and outstanding individial achievements by athletes that Rich coached.  Among the standout performers were Olympians Matias Koski (Finland) and Jay Litherland (USA), World Jr. Championships swimmer Allen Browning, and the following Olympic Trials qualifiers: Kevin Litherland, Mick Litherland, Sam Lewis, Emily Ranzau, and Lexi Weber.  

  Prior to Dynamo, Coach Murphy was an assistant coach at Auburn University for the Tigers during the 2006-2007 season. Auburn University won Men`s & Women`s Southeastern Conference Championships and Men's and Women's NCAA National Champions in the 2006-2007 season.

  Before Auburn, Rich spent the 2005-2006 season at Bowling Green State University as women’s assistant coach. At BGSU, Rich assisted the Falcons to a 4th place finish in the Mid-American Conference championships – their highest finish in the last three seasons. During Rich`s time in Ohio, he also volunteered with Club Wolverine`s High Performance group, coaching with Bob Bowman and Jon Urbanchek.  

  From 2001 to 2005, Rich was at Arizona State University. At ASU, he was Head Coach of Sun Devil Aquatics from 2003 to 2005, a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club. During Rich`s last season with the club, he coached a Mexican National Record, and had two athletes that were #1 nationally for their best event(s) and age-group.  Rich was a Graduate Assistant Swim Coach for Arizona State during the 2002-2003 season (NCAA finish: Women – 11th, Men – 10th) and Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Sun Devils during the 2001-2002 season (NCAA finish: Women – 10th, Men – 14th).

Rich is an American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 certified coach and is a World Swim Coaches Association Member. Rich has also coached at Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (formerly Palo Alto Swim Club) and at Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club.

Beth Winkowski

Interim Head Coach, Admin Platform

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Coach Beth began coaching at Dynamo in the fall of 2004. She is responsible for the Senior 2 swimmers as well as the development and direction of the Chamblee Staff.  Prior to Dynamo she was the Head Coach for 12 years at Portland Aquatic Club in Portland, Oregon where she began her professional coaching career. Beth has coached state, sectional, and zone champions at an individual and team level. She also assisted several swimmers in earning National Top 16 rankings, Junior and Senior National qualifying times. 

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; Alpharetta Senior 2

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Lead coach for SR2 at Alpharetta.  Brian has been coaching all levels of competitive swimming for the past 20+ years.  Most recently Brian was the Head Coach and Program Director for the Birmingham Swim League in Birmingham, AL.  During those 7 years Brian developed many Junior National/National/Olympic Trial/World Championship Trial level athletes that swam to several National Top 10 rankings, while at the same time growing the team from 150 to over 200 swimmers. 

Prior to this, Brian was the Head Age Group and Masters Coach of the Birmingham Swim League for 9 years.  His experience coaching this level is noteworthy as well with several National Top 10 rankings (age group and masters), Southeastern record breaking athletes and one relay National Age Group record.  During his tenure at BSL, Brian was also highly involved with Southeastern Swimming serving as its Age Group Chair, Administrative Vice Chair, and Laws and Legislation Chair. 

Brian is from Louisiana originally and swam at the University of Alabama and graduated with degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  He is married to the former Suzanne Black who grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and swam at Southern Methodist University.  They have one 4 year old son, Brian Jr., and one 15 year old miniature Schnauzer, Hershey.

Cecelia Tripp

Chamblee SR3 Gold, AG1 Green

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Cecelia is a 2005 graduate of Hamilton College in central New York.  She continued her education at St. Lawrence University and began her coaching career as a graduate assistant there working with the Sprint group from 2005-2007.  In the 2006, Cecelia spent the summer working at Stanford Swim Camp. For the last four years she has been in the Boston area working at the YMCA of the North Shore as the assistant senior coach and lead Junior Coach.  At North Shore, Cecelia helped to coach 40 YMCA All-Americans, 3 Senior National qualifiers, 10 Junior National Qualifiers and the team recently placed 4th at the 2011 YMCA Long Course National Meet. 

Cecelia is a certified ASCA level 2 coach.  She is looking forward to joining the Dynamo coaching staff and will be working with Age Group 2 and assisting with Senior 1.

Nancy Williams

AG3-GN, AG2-GD Masters & SR1 Alph

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Nancy Williams joined the Dynamo coaching staff in the 2004-2005 season as the Senior III Coach at the Alpharetta Facility, and coaches Age Group 2 and  Senior 3, as well as morning masters at Alpharetta. Nancy, a native of Georgia, started swimming at a very young age through high school. Nancy attended Lenior-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC on a softball scholarship. Coach Williams studied physical education & athletic training. She received a graduate assistantship as an athletic trainer at the University of Mississippi while taking graduate studies in Exercise Science. She entered the coaching world in 1999 in Jackson, MS with the Sunkist Swim Team for 2 1/2 years and also coached for Swim Atlanta for 2 1/2 more years.  Coach Williams has performed duties as an assistant coach, head age group coach, masters coach, as well as start up programs & clinics. Nancy is the Alpharetta Masters coaches for the Monday, Wednesday & Friday Group at 8:30/9:00 am.

Maria Thrash

Head Coach/Masters-Triathletes

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Amanda Tarpley

Coach/Dynamo Juniors

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Coach Amanda has over 15 years experience as a swim coach and instructor. She joined the Dynamo Swim club coaching staff in 2007, and is the lead coach for the Jr. program at the Chamblee facility. In addition, she has coached in the Dekalb Summer Swim League for the past 13 consecutive years. 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 Division I University of Kentucky Wildcats. It was there that she obtained her Bachelors 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.

Martha Wright

AG3 Gold & Green, Home School Chamblee

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Martha Wright serves as the Age Group 3 Gold and Green Coach 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 Winthrop University and Georgia State. 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 has been the Head Coach since 2012. 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.

Mary Buzeta

AG2 Gold, SRI asst Chamblee

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Mary Buzeta is excited to be joining the Dynamo staff this season.    Mary spent the summer of 2008 training at Dynamo-Chamblee prior to her senior year at Emory University.   At Emory, Mary was co-captain of the swim team, achieved All America honors in freestyle events each year, and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Psychology.   She returned to Dynamo in the spring of 2009 for a few months as a volunteer assistant to Coach Jason and his Senior 1 group.     In the fall of 2009, Mary officially began her USA coaching career as an age group/ masters coach at SwimAtlanta-Roswell and a volunteer assistant at Emory University.   

Most recently, Mary has been the head site coach at SwimAtlanta-Hamilton Mill.  During the last 5 years, the Hamilton Mill location has grown significantly and the site has more than doubled in age group state and sectional level qualifiers; producing multiple state champions and several GA records.  

Mary is originally from New Hartford, NY and is sister to former Dynamo coach, Cecelia Tripp.  Mary and her husband Federico live in Suwanee with their two golden retriever mixes, Emory and Brisa. 

Sam R Wilson

AG 2 Green, SR3 Green Chamblee

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A recent graduate of Gardner-Webb University, Sam interned with Dynamo during the summer of 2013 under Coach Beth Winkowski. He spent two months working with the AG1 gold and Senior 2 group. During his four years 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. 

Before coming to Dynamo, Sam was an assistant coach of the Twin Rivers YMCA in New Bern, North Carolina, his hometown.  The sport of swimming has taught him many things, but he believes the three most important things are discipline, patience, and having fun.  Swimming is a unique sport that requires not one but all of these things. Sam hopes to teach and inspire these qualities into the hearts of his swimmers, and is looking forward to a great future with the Dynamo program. 

Michael P Kirkpatrick

AG1 Green & SR2 assistant Alpharetta

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Grace E Huseth

AG3 Green Chamblee

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Grace Huseth coaches the Age Group III Green coach at Chamblee. Grace 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's Swim Club, and now trains with the 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.