Heather Coulson Haddock
Heather Coulson Haddock has spent the majority of her life in and around the pool. She attended the University of Tennessee on a full swimming scholarship. Heather was a nationally-ranked, All-American swimmer for the Volunteers and competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials in the 400 Individual Medley and was also World ranked. The 2016/2017 season represents her twentieth year as the Owner and Head Coach of MAKO.
In the past, Heather also served as the Head Swim and Dive Coach of the Robinson High School for five seasons - leading the team to a 90% winning dual-meet record and three consecutive Patriot District Championships titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Heather is currently serving her seventh season as the assistant coach for the Chantilly High School Swim and Dive Team.
Heather also coached the Commonwealth summer league team for two seasons, including one undefeated season in Division 5 in 1996 and 1997.
Heather founded the MAKO team in 1996 with a handful of swimmers from both Robinson High School and Commonwealth swim teams. Her philosophy is built on her own collective swimming experiences. In 1998, MAKO joined Potomac Valley Swimming as a USA Competitive swim team. Today, the team is comprised of over 400 swimmers, a staff of excellent coaches, and trains exclusively in the finest swimming facility in the Northern Virginia region, the George Mason Aquatics and Fitness Center in Fairfax.
Heather takes great pride in the team’s unwavering commitment to developing outstanding athletes in a positive, fun and family-oriented environment. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in special education from the College of William and Mary. For many years after founding MAKO, Heather continued to swimming competitively for the Patriot Master’s Swim Team, where she held several individual and relay records. She was also Master’s National Champion in the 50 Meter Backstroke in Hawaii in 2002.
Heather is married to Chris Haddock, has two children, Logan (20) who is a Junior and a collegiate swimmer at James Madison University, and Ryan (18) who is a Freshman at UNC Charlotte.
HEAD COACH - SENIOR/NATIONAL GROUPS
HEAD COACH - SR PREP & JUNIOR GROUPS
Mike Cook is a native Northern Virginian having grown up in Falls Church. Mike has 25+ years of USS and summer league coaching experience. He has been involved with the NVSL having swum at Woodley for 12 years, moving up to coach the team for 3 years and then moving onto Lee Graham, where he has been coaching for over 20 years.
Mike has coached all ages but has concentrated his expertise in age group development. His coaching philosophy focuses on the development of a well rounded swimmer, a swimmer who is proficient in all 4 strokes. His goal is to help each swimmer develop a love of the sport and to challenge them to realize their own swimming potential. Mike is an active member of the American Swim Coaches Association, and continues to educate himself on new training methods and techniques that he incorporates in his practices.
Mike leads the Junior (Age Group and Blue) and Junior Gold programs and the Senior Prep group.
Mike’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Recreation from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a former college and club rugby player and continues to train for local triathlons, and a graduate of Falls Church High School where he helped start the school swim team.
Coach Mike's Mako Blog
HEAD COACH - MINI MAKO GROUPS
Beth Bedell is the Head Coach for the Mini Makos, and she has been coaching with the Makos since 2003. Beth has spent more than 30 summers teaching younger children to swim.
Beth enjoys the challenge of working with age group swimmers (10 and under) and helping them develop their strokes. She continues to update her techniques and training skills by attending seminars that provide the most updated information on age group swimming, strokes, nutrition and psychology. She is certified by American Swim Coaches Association as a level II coach, and she has her Water Safety Instructor certification as well. She spent over 15 years swimming in California competing for age group, high school and college teams.
Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach in Health Science with a specialty in Radiation Therapy.
Shannon Ice joined the Mako Coaching staff in 2011. Shannon will be working with the Junior Blue and Mini Mako Gold swimmers during the 2013-14 season.
Growing up in and around pools, Shannon began swimming competitively for York Swim Club at age 5 and began diving for the same team the following year. She continued her swimming and diving in the NVSL at Lee Graham Pool and at O'Connell High School, and Shannon went on to college-level diving at University of Maryland then George Mason University. Shannon continues to enjoy swimming competitively through training for and participating in many nearby triathlons.
Shannon began teaching swim lessons almost 20 years ago and has worked with young swimmers at several area pools including Lee Graham, Poplar Heights, and Lincolnia Park. She recognizes the importance of building and reinforcing fundamental swimming skills in order to give each swimmer the tools to succeed. She enjoys working with children and sharing her love for swimming.
Shannon holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the George Mason University and lives in Falls Church with her husband and three children.
Junior Gold-AM, HS-AM. Junior Blue-PM
Alyson Madsen grew up in Denver, Colorado and started swimming at a young age. She had a passion for swimming from the start. Along with loving to swim herself she loved to teach others, especially age group swimmers and was an assistant coach on her summer team.
She coaches an NVSL summer team Pee Wee program along with teaching private lessons. She also coaches a Saturday swim clinic focusing on the four strokes and proper technique. She feels strongly that proper technique is the foundation for fast and safe swimming. Making it fun and new, getting the kids involved in the process and praising them for their efforts is a key combination for their success and love of the sport.
Alyson currently trains with a Masters swim program in the mornings and is currently training for Masters meets. Another one of her passions is running. She trains for half and full marathons with her favorite being trail marathons.
Her passion for training herself flows into her teaching. She is constantly reading, studying and watching training videos to increase her understanding of the latest techniques and focuses in swimming. She is also very focused on nutrition and the effects it has on performance. She is a member of the America Swim Coaches Association and US Masters Swim Association.
Alyson and her husband Scott have four children, three boys and a girl.
She is very excited to work with the swimmers in building a foundation of efficient technique and a passion for the sport of swimming.
High School and High School Plus
Elaina grew up in Northern Virginia, swimming for Victor Swim Club for ten years. She earned a scholarship to row at Syracuse University, eventually graduating from George Washington University. After college, she joined US Masters Swimming (USMS) with the University of San Francisco team for five years, then moved back to NOVA and joined Patriot Masters in 1999. Elaina is a Level II certified coach and continues to train and compete with USMS. She enjoys working with kids to develop a lifelong commitment to sports and competition.
Elaina works as a tax preparer and lives in Fairfax with her husband and three children two of who swim with the Makos.
Junior Blue and High School Plus
Courtney grew up in Phillipsburg, NJ where she began swimming summer league at the age of six. From age 11-18 she swam year round on her USS club team, and then continued her swimming through college. Courtney received a 5 year swimming scholarship to the University of Maryland, where she swam for four years and coached her fifth year.
The highlights of Courtney's swimming career were; NJ state champion in the 100 Freestyle, National qualifier, and Academic All-American. She specialized in the 400/200 IM, 100/200 Free, back, and breast.
While at the University of Maryland, Courtney gave swim lessons for 4 years and was a student assistant coach for the UMD swim team for one year.
Courtney sees coaching as a great way to give back to a sport to which she dedicated many years as an athlete. She has a passion for helping swimmers develop strong stroke techniques and encouraging them to work hard, swim smart both mentally and technically, and love their sport!
Courtney is married with 3 children, two of which are MAKOS swimmers.
Mini Mako Gold and Junior Blue
Wendy Wilson began swimming at the age of 5 for the NVSL’s (Northern Virginia Swim League) Dunn Loring Dolphins and swam in her first All Star’s when she was 8. Because of her love for summer swimming, she started with the year round competitive age group program at Solotar Swim Club, focusing on distance freestyle and backstroke. At the age of 11, Wendy moved from the Dolphins to Oakton Swim and Racquet Club where she finished out her summer career both swimming and coaching for the Otters. In addition to swimming and coaching throughout high school and college, Wendy played soccer and continues to stay involved in the sport, as well as swimming for a local Masters team. She has been coaching for over 25 years and enjoys cultivating young talent both in and out of the pool.
Married with two girls, Wendy is excited to work with the MAKO swimmers this season with the goal of fostering the love of the sport while teaching the fundamentals of swimming.
Senior Prep AM
Damian Rodino enters his sixth year as an assistant coach with the 2016-17 season after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for Mason during the 2009-10 season.
Damian has also served as an Assistant club coach for Machine Aquatics and spent one season with our Mason Makos while at Mason.
Damian graduated from George Mason University in 2009 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and was a 4 year member of the varsity swim program there.
Damian and his wife Breanne married in 2010, now live in Arlington, VA and have two children, Pierce and Emily.
Age Group Coach Tuesday/Thursday-PM
Paul Farello joined the
MAKO coaching staff in 2017. Paul competed in Northeast Ohio
from age 7 through high school and went on to Miami University
where he swam breaststroke, butterfly, and IM. After
college, Paul spent one year as the head coach of the Hamilton, OH
YMCA taking several of his swimmers to YMCA Nationals.
Paul then moved to Silver Spring, MD where he coached in the
Montgomery County Swim League for two summers. After a period
pursuing other endeavors, Paul returned to the swimming world when
his oldest daughter took up the sport, and for the past 6 years has
been coaching fundamentals in weekly developmental
Married with three
children, two of them MAKOS, Paul hopes that your MAKOS will
develop a lifelong love for the sport like he has.
Age Group & High School M/W-PM
Carli L Molano
Group & High School M/W-PM
Carli Molano is originally from Northern Virginia and began her
swimming career in the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL) at
the age of 5. She swam for the NCAP swim club and went on to
receive an athletic scholarship to compete for James Madison
University, specializing in the sprint freestyle events. She has
been very involved with the swimming world not only by competing,
but also coaching in the NVSL and continuing to give private
She has always enjoyed showing kids her passion for the sport
and how hard work and commitment can transfer to life outside the
pool. She loves to help her athletes set goals to not only reach
them, but go above and beyond. Going into her first season with the
Mason Makos, Carli is very excited to add to the fun and positive
atmosphere of the team!
Carli graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a
B.S. in Justice Studies with a concentration in Crime and
Criminology. She currently works as a legal assistant at a civil
litigation law firm.
Mini Mako Developmental
Erica joined the Mako Coaching staff in the winter of 2017. She
will be working with
the developmental group again this year. Erica grew up in
Lafayette, Indiana and began competitive swimming at the age of
8. She later attended Ball State University on a swimming
scholarship. She competed four years for the Cardinals and led
the team as team captain during her senior year. Erica
graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in
Aquatics. She graduated two years later from Ball State with a
Masters Degree in Sport Administration.
Erica began her professional career at the University of Virginia
as the Aquatic Director. She later moved to Northern Virginia
and began a career at George Mason
University. In the fall of 2016, after 10 years with the Recreation
Department, she resigned to stay at home and become a full
time mom. She is currently an American Red Cross Lifeguard,
CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor and still teaches for
the Recreation Department.
She lives in Fairfax with her husband, three daughters, and her
puppy Indy. Claire, her oldest, is a mini Mako Blue
MM Dev & MM Blue T/R-PM
Hannah is returning for her 3rd season as coach of
the Mini Mako Developmental group and is excited to take on her
1st season as coach of the Mini Mako Blue group on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hannah is a sophomore at
George Mason University, majoring in mathematics with a
concentration in secondary education. Hannah’s desire
to become a teacher was sparked by her love of coaching.
Hannah has been a coach for Swim with Beth for the past 7 years
and the assistant coach for the Poplar Tree Pirates the past 4
years, along with teaching private lessons. In addition,
Hannah swam for the Poplar Tree Pirates in the NVSL for 12 years
and the Mason Makos for several years, while competing as a member
of the Chantilly High School Varsity Swim Team.
Hannah looks forward to helping the swimmers improve their
technique and endurance, while fostering a love for the sport that
has given so much to her.
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