Seth Donnelly has been coaching competitive swimming for over ten
years. His coaching journey began in Anchorage, Alaska, and he has
learned much from experience working with teams in Virginia, and
Indiana (his home area). His love for the water and the smell
of walking on deck began at age ten and has not stopped. Three
years of hard work helped him become a four year letter earner at
Penn High School, a four year sectional finalist, and part of a
high school state runner-up team his senior year. He’s
had the privilege and pleasure of teaching swimming at all ages and
levels, from toddlers through high school state finalists and even
masters nationals qualifiers.
“You do your very best with what you have, and that is good
Trevor M Wood
Head Developmental Coach
Unlike most swimmers, I had never swam competitively until I was
a junior at Goshen high school. I had to start my first season with
learning the most basic elements of swimming. By the end of the
season I had become the most improved swimmer on the team. Though I
did not continue swimming competitively in college, I went on to
become a lifeguard, manager, and Water Safety Instructor for
Shanklin Pool which prepared me greatly for coaching with
My favourite part about coaching developmental and prep groups
is the amount of improvement that can be seen in the swimmers in as
little as a few weeks. Seeing that moment when a skill that a
swimmer has been working on finally clicks with them is my greatest
joy as a coach.
I have been swimming since 4th grade –
that’s 10 years of swimming completely! Over the years, I was
a freestyler and IMer then progressively worked into my main events
of 100 yard Freestyle and 100 yard Butterfly.
I’m currently a sophomore at Goshen College studying
Marine Biology and minor in Pre-Vet. I also work as a lifeguard
(Shanklin Pool and Goshen Aquatic Center), water safety instructor
Swimming is a huge part of my life. By coaching the younger
generations, I hope to inspire them to learn and to love swimming.
I hope to help them make it a huge part in their lives, too.