Coaches and Staff

Coaches and Staff
Meet the SNOW Swimming Family!

Jim Rumbaugh  //  Team Head Coach
Christine Vu  //  Head Site Coach - Claude Moore, Meet Director
Erik Collins  //  Head Site Coach - Ida Lee & Round Hill
Ross Hawks  //  Assistant Coach
Susan Schlemmer  //  Assistant Coach
Sharon Whelan  //  Assistant Coach
Teresa Meike Pliuskaitis  //  Team Founder & Owner
Lynn Oliver  // SNOW Officials' Chair, Meet Referee, & Team Travel Coordinator
Gary Ramsey  //  Owner of Sport Fair, Inc. & Team Outfitter



Jim Rumbaugh
Team Head Coach

Jim started with SNOW in 2013 and has more than twenty years of coaching experience. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration, which he puts to good use coaching here in the northern Virginia region as he continues to look for ways to grow the club. Jim has extensive experience as Head Coach and/or business owner to his credit, particularly with the Lampoc Tsunami Swim Team in California. As Head Coach & Owner of Lampoc, Jim handled everything from contracts to staff to developing a Community Involvement Program. His expertise in all areas was one reason Lampoc was one of the fastest growing teams in California under his guidance.

Jim has routinely been able to increase the size of his teams dramatically, sometimes by as much as a fourfold increase from the time he started running the team. As a part of the Dynamo Swim Club (GA), Lampoc Tsunami (CA), and the University of Tennessee, he’s led dozens of swimmers to national level success while growing the team at the same time. Jim’s been invited to the World Swim Coaches Association for placing a swimmer in the Top 25 World Rankings; been awarded the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Certificate of Excellence in 2011; he was selected as a coach for the USA National Junior Team at the World Championships in Lima, Peru; and he was named the Irish Olympic Team Coach for their preparation leading up to the  2008 Olympics- where he ultimately led one of his swimmers to an 11th place finish at the Olympics in Beijing.

Prior to his coaching career, Jim swam competitively at the University of Tennessee where he was an American Record holder in the 200 Medley Relay, a three time NCAA Champion, and a five time All-American. A four year Letterman for the Vols, Jim was also named Team Captain twice.



Christine Vu
Meet Director
Head Site Coach
(Claude Moore)

Born and raised in Loudon County, VA, Christine has been coaching with SNOW since 2008 and is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach. She first began swimming in summer league at the age of 9 and later swam club in high school with the team that is now known as BWST. She has previously worked with the Ashburn Village Aqua Jets as an Assistant Head Coach and as Head Coach; in her time here at SNOW, Christine has developed Eastern Zone and Sectional level athletes in the Senior Silver group. Christine has a BFA in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University and also works part-time as a freelance graphic designer. Growing up a multi-sport athlete, she currently enjoys sport climbing in her time away from the pool.

Erik Collins
Head Site Coach
(Ida Lee & Round Hill)

Erik has 25 years of coaching experience at a variety of programs across the country. Originally from the south shore of Long Island, NY, Erik has coached with LI Express (NY), Tualatin Hills Swim Club (OR), Auburn University (AL), RMSC (MD), and for several years in Rochester, Minnesota. He has developed 30 Junior National qualifiers, 18 National qualifiers, multiple Sectional champions, two International Medalists and one Junior National Champion. He was awarded the ASCA Fellowship in 2000, one of five coaches in the inaugural Fellows Class. The Fellows program recognizes 5-10 coaches from across the country each year for their coaching accomplishments and leadership potential within USA Swimming. Erik joined SNOW in 2014 and is very excited to head up the Junior Gold program at both Claude Moore & Ida Lee, as well as start the SNOW program at Round Hill.


Ross Hawks
Assistant Coach

Ross started swimming in high school (Morse High School in Bath, Maine, Class of 2006). After his freshman year he joined the year-round USA Swim Club at the local YMCA, Long Reach Swim Club (LRSC), and his swimming really took off. By his senior year in high school he was 9th in the 100 Backstroke and 15th in the 200 Free, helping his team to the Maine State Championship. Ross started coaching for LRSC in 2007 and coached athletes at the 2010 YMCA National Championships. Ross moved to Virginia in 2013 to begin coaching with SNOW, and has taken on an additional training group each year. He has also coached the Stone Ridge Sharks summer league team in the ODSL (2014-2015) and will be coaching for the Greenway Gators summer league team in 2016.
Susan Schlemmer
Assistant Coach

Susan has 23 years coaching experience for both competitive swim teams and synchronized swimming teams. Susan herself has competed at the national level from 1984-1986 as a synchronized swimmer and as a USA Olympic synchronized swim team trials semi-finalist. Susan was a co-founder and co-coach of Masters Aquatics at Spring Hill (MASH) swim team from 1996-2002, and is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach. Currently, Susan volunteers as the Meet Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the Loudon County Special Olympics Time Trials; serves as Head Coach for Dominion High School Swim Team; and as Head Coach for the Cascades Rapids summer swim team (CSL). Susan has been with SNOW since 2012 as an assistant coach and firmly believes in “expediting the development of young swimmers using positive energy and a focus on technique.”


  Sharon Whelan
Assistant Coach

Sharon started working with SNOW in 2015 and has 10+ years of coaching and teaching experience in northern Virginia. An ASCA Level 3 certified coach, she has coached at every level in the sport and enjoys working with children in all age groups. Sharon is the Head Coach of the Leesburg Eliminators summer league team and the Leesburg Masters team. Originally from California, Sharon has been swimming competitively since the age of five, and still loves being at the pool every day. Sharon hopes to foster that same love for swimming in her athletes.






Teresa Meike Pliuskaitis
Team Founder / Owner





Lynn Oliver
SNOW Officials' Chair & Meet Referee
Team Travel Coordinator





Gary Ramsey
Owner of Sport Fair, Inc.
Team Outfitter / Vendor


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