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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.

 

Head Coach and CEO -   Rich Whalen -   561-723-7156   email: RTW01@AOL.COM

Coaching Staff

Rich Whalen

Head Coach & CEO / Gold Coach

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Coach Rich has been coaching for over 36 years. He started his coaching career with the Wellington Swim Team as a long time assistant coach to then Head Coach Lui Echerri. After his time as an assistant coach, he went on to become the Head Coach at the Maclay School in Tallahassee, Santaluces High School in Lantana, and the Aqua Crest Swim Club in Delray Beach. In 2005 Coach Rich returned to the Wellington Swim Team to take over as the Head Coach and CEO.

In his time as a coach, Rich has trained many swimmers to qualify for the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics, Speedo Sectionals, Southern Zone South Championships, USA Swimming Futures Championships, and USA Swimming Junior Nationals. From there he has had numerous swimmers move on to the collegiate level, including Division I schools.  

When not coaching the Wellington Swim Team, Coach Rich is a teacher at Wellington High School. There he has received the Coach Of The Year award in Palm Beach County for the successes as the head coach of the Wellington High School Swim Team. Yearly he has multiple swimmers qualify for the FHSAA State Meet, including several who have won the FHSAA State Championships. Additionally his swimmers have also earned High School All American and Academic All American status. 

Becky Richey

Head Age Group Coach / Silver & Red

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Coach B ecky has been passionate about swimming since winning her first race in the 50 backstroke. She continued on her path of winning throughout her 27 year competitive swimming career. Coach Becky is a three time state champion in 100 back, a 15 year FGC record holder in 100m back, and an All American, who's who in sports, and Pathfinder award winner.

She has been lucky enough to have been coached by the best of the best throughout the years. Some of the many have been Marc Zubero, Michael Lohberg and Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt. Coach Richard Whalen coached Becky during her 3 year state championships at Santaluces High School. Currently Becky competes in Marathons, half marathons and 5ks. She is in pursuit of qualifying for the Boston marathon. She participates in open water swims and hopes to one day complete an Ironman.

After attending James Madison University (a division 1 school) on a full scholarship, she continued her passion for stroke technique as a private swimming instructor for her own business for 13 years. Coach Becky now has two young children, teaches private swimming lessons and has coached her Age Group Swimmers to high point awards and team high point awards. 
 

Dakota Mohr

Senior Silver Coach

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Tristan Wheeler

Bronze Coach/Dryland

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Lina BOT

Blue Coach

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Daphne Wiley

Team Administrator

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Coach Daphne brings a strong influence in all areas of aquatics to the Wellington Swim Team. Her rich background in water safety, learn to swim, and competitive swimming gives her a unique perspective into what it takes to succeed in the pool. Her combined experience with all age groups, and a sincere passion for the sport of swimming, brought Coach Daphne back to our team in March of 2018. In addition to coaching our Bronze team, she is also a private swim instructor with SoFla Aqua Fitness, and teaches American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses. 

Coach Daphne started swimming, at the age of 5, for the Wellington Swim Team, under then head coach Luis Echerri. She was captain of her high school (Royal Palm Beach High School) swim team all 4 years and held numerous school records. She continued her education at Florida Atlantic University, studying journalism, while also being a member of the FAU marching band and collegiate equestrian team. While in college she transitioned from lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons, into coaching. For nearly 4 years she coached for several south Florida teams, including the YSPB Sea Dragons and the Wellington Swim Team. During this time Coach Daphne developed numerous swimmers from beginners up to Junior Olympic qualifiers, as well as Florida Gold Coast LSC All Star qualifiers.

She then moved to central Florida to become the Head Developmental Age Group Coach for the NTC Aquatics swim team in Clermont, FL. There she was mentored by head coaches Donald Gibb (former head coach of Florida State University and the University of South Carolina) and Ozzie Quevedo (assistant coach for Auburn University and Florida State University). In her 5 years at the NTC, Coach Daphne over saw the lifeguard staff, water safety training program, and helped build a new and young swim program, into one of the premier teams in the central Florida area. She oversaw both the beginning and intermediate levels there, and provided her swimmers with a solid swimming foundation. She also helped coach the age group and senior level swimmers. Coach Daphne worked as the team's manager, running swim meets, planning and hosting team functions and fundraisers, and working on the team's billing. 

Coach Daphne, along with her husband Steven and daughter Brittan, moved back to south Florida in 2017 to be closer to family and "home." When she's not at the pool, Coach Daphne is also a professional sports photographer.