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Coaching Staff

Alec Wathen


Coach Alec has been involved with the Sunrise Swimming program since 2002, as a swimmer, lesson instructor, and now as Head Coach.  He was a Division II All-American swimmer at Florida Southern College, and brings a high level of knowledge and enthusiasm to our Champions groups.  He has coached several swimmers to the Sectional level.

Matthew Wathen


Coach Matthew has grown up in the Sunrise Swimming program.  He started as an age group swimmer in 2002, and has also been a swim lesson instructor, and coached all levels of our program.  He now works with the Black group, and has coached swimmers to become Junior Olympic Champions.   

Jorge D'Ugard


Coach Jorge joined our Sunrise Family in the fall of 2019. He coaches the Blue Group. He brings a wealth of swimming knowledge to the program as a former swimmer in the Florida Gold Coast from 2004-2013. He competed for Fort Lauderdale Aquatics as well as Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. 

Christi Wathen


Owner of Sunrise Swimming.  Christi was an All-American swimmer at the University of Florida.  She has been teaching swimming since 1980 and coaching since 1997.  She brings this experience and knowledge to our team.  She is currently working with the White group.  

Coach Christi also manages the office and heads Sunrise Swimming’s Lesson Program. 

Scott Tolomeo


Scott has been swimming for over 30 years and is currently working with our White and Master's groups.  Scott also trains and often competes in Master's meets and open water swims.  

Dave Wathen


Dave has worked with young swimmers since 1978.  He has his Level 5 ASCA Certification, which is the highest achievement level for coaches in the United States.  Several of his athletes were National Age-Group stars and many went on to succeed at the college and Olympic Trial levels.  He provides guidance to all the coaches on staff.

June Woolger, Emeritus


Coach June helped out with all levels of the program from 2001 until 2015.  She taught and coached swimming since 1970: 16 years with Fort Lauderdale Swim Team; 14 years with Plantation Swim Team; and her last 14 years with Sunrise Swimming  She was an invaluable asset to our program and we miss her every day.