Bruce J Brockschmidt
Head Coach Junior A1
Bruce has coached at Wahoos since 1990, and is the head coach of Junior A1. Bruce was a former outstanding Wahoos swimmer who held the Jersey Wahoos Open Long Course record for the 200 IM. for 25 years until it was broken in 2013. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he majored in exercise science. Bruce specialized in the 400 IM. and swam both the 400 and 200 IM. in the 1988 Olympic Trials. He presently trains with the Masters program. He won the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, a 4.4-mile swim across Chesapeake Bay in 2004 & 2006. Bruce was nominated for the 2016 ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year.
Head Coach Senior A3
Bob is a former Wahoos swimmer and has been coaching at Wahoos since 1986. He is the Head Coach of the Senior A swimming group. He has also coached the Haddonfield Memorial High School girls and boys swim teams since 1992.
Assistant Coach of Junior A
George has been an assistant coach of Junior A since 2002, and Jersey Wahoos is honored to have this former world record holder and two-time Olympian on deck. He retired as coach and manager of GCIT, and is now here at Wahoos. George’s swimming career began when he entered college at SUNY-Cortland, NY. He joined the swim team because the school didn’t offer rowing (his sport in high school). At Cortland he met legendary coach “Doc” Counsilman, who later coached George at Indiana U. while George studied for his master’s degree. Displaying talent in distance swimming, George set his first world record in the 1500-meter freestyle, lowering the existing record by 13-seconds. At the 1956 Olympics in Australia, he lowered his own world record by another 13-seconds (though he did it in the prelims!) He won three medals at the “56 Games - two individual bronze and one relay silver. During the next four years he won 22 US National Championships, set six world records and competed in the 1959 Pan Am Games. At the 1960 Olympics he won a bronze medal in the 1500 free. George later served as manager of the 1975 Pan Am swim team and the 1980 Olympic swim team. His vast coaching experience includes Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, U. of Penn‘s swim team, Team Delaware and, most recently, GCIT’s swim team. George has headed a myriad of swimming organizations such as the American Swimming Coaches Association and the USA Olympic International Committee. He is an inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. in 2010 he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame recently he was also inducted into the Bishop Timon High School Hall of Fame. He also is the recipient of many other honors, including the US Swimming Award.
John Carroll Jr.
Senior Prep Head Coach
John is a graduate from
the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC). John
majored in history and was a member of the swimming and diving team
for all 4 years. During his junior season, he was elected
teammate of the year and as a senior was elected as a team captain.
Over his last 2 years at UMBC, John helped the Retrievers win the
CCSA Conference Championship, mainly swimming the breaststroke and
IM events. Before UMBC, John swam at Jersey Wahoos for over 12
years. Currently, John is the Head Assistant Coach of Senior
A1 and the Head Coach of Senior Prep.
Head Coach Mini A
This is Chris’ 19th year of coaching at Wahoos. He is currently the Head Coach of the Mini A swim group. Chris was also a Middle Atlantic Zone All Star team Head Coach for four seasons. He is a 1996 graduate of Temple University and 2007 graduate of Rider University, where he received his Master’s degree in Special Education. He is a 1st grade inclusion teacher in the Pemberton Township School District. Chris and his wife, Gwen, have three children, Allie, Maddie, and Gabe. When not on pool deck, Chris enjoys fishing with his girls, bike riding, drinking Starbucks coffee, and driving to Disney World.
JRAB2 @ Sterling Head Coach
Amanda coached at Wahoos from the late 80’s through the 90’s working primarily with the 8 and under groups (Mini A and TC II). She came back in the late 2011 to help assist with the swim team prep groups. This is her second year as head coach of the Sterling Jr AB2 group. Amanda is currently working on attaining her ASCA (American Coaches Swimming Association) Level 1 and Level 2 certifications. Amanda’s main philosophy as a coach is to teach the fundamentals and mechanics of swimming early so that coaches don’t have to correct a bad stroke later on in a swimmer’s career. The main emphasis of the Jr AB2 group is mechanics first so that speed and endurance have a foundation to build upon when the swimmer becomes bigger and stronger. Amanda swam at Wahoos under Hugh Merkle and was a high school All-American. She swam at Southern Illinois University becoming a 13 time Division 1 All-American and Olympic Trials qualifier.
JRA2 @ Sterling Head Coach
Rich is a former Wahoos
swimmer who is returning
to the pool deck after an 8 year hiatus from
the sport. He is the
head coach of the JRA2 group and assists with
JRA1 and SRA3. He has
coached for Woodbine and Meadowbrook Swim Clubs as
well as Camden Catholic
High School. In 2008 he shifted his
focus to coaching crew, the sport he competed in while at Clemson
University. While swimming and rowing are quite different, they do both require
a regimented approach to training, commitment to
technique, and unrelenting motivation and
encouragement. Rich teaches Special Education at Camden Catholic
High School. He and his wife Rachel have three children -
Gabriel, Lucy, and Cecilia - and a bulldog named
Stella. Gabe is a Wahoo swimmer who competes in the summer