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Tom Janton

Competitive Aquatics Director

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As a long time competitive swimmer, age group through college, “I believe there is no sport better than swimming to combine fun with hard work and discipline”. Tom is in his second season with the Wahoos, along with son, Tommy and daughter, Sandy. Tom's experience includes over 25 years coaching at all levels for various programs including USA Swimming, High School and Summer throughout Florida, California, and Pennsylvania.  He was an 8 time NCAA Division II All-American at the University of Tampa. Locally, Tom has coached for Malvern Swimming Association (MSA) and Malvern Preparatory School. He is currently in his 5th year as head coach for Yorklyn Swim Team. Outside of the pool, Tom is the Executive Director for Kennett Trails Alliance. Prior to that, after many years with Oracle Corporation, he sat as Chairman of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida.
 

Ryan Schultz

Head Coach

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Ryan has been coaching the Western YMCA Wahoos swim team for over 15 years. During his tenure, Wahoos have qualified for Mid-Atlantic  Zones, YMCA Nationals, and USA Junior Nationals. Swimmers have become YMCA National finalists,  Delaware High School State Champions, as well as Scholastic All-Americans. His long history with the Western Family YMCA began when he started swimming in 1987 at the age of eight years old. He continued with the team through his senior year of high school, while representing the Wahoos four times at YMCA Nationals. After attending Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, he swam at Emory University in Atlanta, GA graduating in 2001. His past professional experience includes working for The Coca-Cola Company and Bank of America. In addition to coaching he is currently a consultant at KELLY Benefit Strategies. 

Kayla Andrews Large

Green and Bronze Lead Coach

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Kayla has been on the Wahoos coaching staff for over five years coaching all levels of practice groups.  Kayla attended West Virginia University as an undergrad where she completed her Exercise Physiology degree and 4 years of swimming. She was a Big East Academic All American as well as an NCAA qualifier all four years at WVU in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events and had the top time of any freshman swimmer in the 100 free at NCAA in 2007. Kayla won the 100 freestyle 4 years in a row at Big East Championships and currently holds the conference record. She began her swimming career at the Western YMCA when she was 7 years old and continued to swim at Kennett Area YMCA in high school.  In 2005 Kayla won the 100 freestyle at YMCA Short Course Nationals. 

Dave Manley

Advanced Lead Coach

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Dave joined the Western staff in 2011.  He will continue to work primarily with the Advanced group as the lead coach while assisting with other groups from time to time.  Before coming to Western Dave spent 7 years coaching with the Brandywine YMCA working with novice to national level swimmers.  He has been with YMCA of DE since 2003.  Additionally, Dave was the head coach at Shippensburg Aquatic Club from 1996-1998 and coached the Alburtis/Shepherd Hills Sharks from 1994-1996.  Dave has seen team championships at every stop along the way attributing them to the hard work and comradery of the swimmers.  Dave comes to us with over 40 years of competitive swimming experience starting at age 5 and most recently competing at U.S. Masters Nationals in Indianapolis in 2009.  Notable accomplishments include team captain, 1st team High School All-American, member of nationally ranked Division II swim team.  During the day Dave works as a Network Consultant with InnoLink Systems. Dave’s has three boys Luke (14), Ryan(5) and Will(2) and he and his wife Emily most recently welcomed a daughter, Gini this past January. 

Terry Plank

Advanced Lead Coach

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Terry (TR) joined the Western Wahoo staff in 2014. He primarily works with the Advanced group as a lead coach while assisting with other groups from time to time.  TR has over ten years of coaching experience. His twelve year competitive swimming career came to a close at the age of 18 when he chose to play baseball over swimming at college in North Carolina.  During the day, TR serves as a Response Officer in the US Coast Guard primarily responsible for Homeland Security, Search and Rescue, and Marine Environmental Response and Protection. TR has two children, Samantha (13) and Austin (10).

Wiktor Serafin

Gold Lead Coach

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I started swimming at the age of 6 in Poland and continued to swim after a move to Canada.  Swimming achievements consisted of qualifying for Junior Olympics and Junior National championships in Poland, international meets in Russia, Czechoslovakia and various provincial and high school meets in Canada. attending both short and long course meets. I always stayed interested in the sport so the coaching is a natural progression for me, especially now that both my kids swim for Western Wahoos.  Outside of the pool,  I am employed by GE Aviation in an engineering role and have 23 years experience working for big and small companies in various engineering roles.

Anne Kain Fields

Silver Lead Coach

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Anne has been on the Wahoos staff for 3 years coaching Silver and Bronze groups. She has a son that swims for the Wahoos in the Nationals group. She swam for West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1993-1997 specializing in long distance freestyle and backstroke events. In 1994, she earned NAIA All-American Honorable Mention for the Women’s 800 free relay and then in 1995, she was part of the record breaking Woman’s 800 free relay that earned NAIA All-American.  From 1994-1997, her college team won 3 consecutive conference championship titles. Anne started swimming at age 7.  She swam for Radnor Aquatic Club and Radnor High School as a Varsity Swimmer. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and 20 years of education experience. During the day, she is the Director of Administration for the Huntington Learning Center in Newark, DE.

Scott Taylor

Gold and Advanced Coach

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This will be Scotts third season coaching for the Wahoos. Prior to this Scott began swimming at the age of 5 at the SCCY qualifying for Districts and States. During his high school years he came to swim for the Western Wahoos qualifying for Districts, Long and Short course  Nationals. Scott then continued swimming at West Chester University for three years, graduating in 2014  with a degree in Finance. He currently am employed with JP Morgan and excited to be back to coach the Wahoos!

Aleecia King

Advanced Coach

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Aleecia began swimming on a team at the age of 5, and swimming has been a large part of her life ever since. She was always involved with at least one team all the way into college. She began swimming for the GNBC Dolphins Swim Team and the Wedgewood Waves in the summer. Aleecia has a degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Delaware and began her teaching career in 2012. She is currently the Health and PE teacher at HB duPont Middle School in Hockessin, Delaware, where is also coaches Girls Volleyball in the Fall and Girls Softball in the Spring. During the winter swim season, Aleecia is the Head Boys and Girls Swim Coach at Thomas McKean High School. 

Julianna Wayne

Silver, Bronze and Green Group Coach

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Julianna started swimming at the age of four and joined the Wahoos at the age of nine and continued swimming until her senior year. During her swim career, she qualified for Long Course YMCA Nationals. She now attends the University of Delaware majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She is approaching her fourth year as a Western YMCA swim coach and is excited for this upcoming season!

 

Dom Wayne

Silver and Advanced Group Coach

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Coach Dom is in his second year at Western and is coaching the Silver and Advanced groups. Dom swam for a better part of 10 years with Western and in his final season was a National Qualifier in two relays. He enjoys working with kids and plans on pursuing Health and Physical Education when he graduates from the University of Delaware. 

 

Elyse Zilocchi

Silver, Bronze and Green Group Coach

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Summer 2018 was Elyse's first summer season coaching the Western Wahoos. She is a senior at the University of Delaware studying Excercise Science and minoring in Strength and Conditioning. Elyse has been a swimmer since she was 5 and swam for the UD club team. She has been coaching and instructing swimmers for the past 4 years and plans on continuing her coaching career as well as becoming an Excercise Physiologist after she completes her undergrad!

Brianne Chewcaskie

Bronze and Green Group Coach

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Brianne is in her second year coaching the Wahoos. She is currently a Junior Exercise Science major and Medical Diagnostics minor at the University of Delaware. She has 13 years of competitive swim experience and has been coaching for the past 5 years for her club team, the Bergen Barracudas, back in New Jersey. 

Emily D Longenecker

Bronze and Green Group Coach

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Coach Emily swam competitively for the Western YMCA since she was 8 years old.  She was a member of the Wahoo National Team, and qualified for both short course and long course YMCA Nationals Championships.  This is her second year coaching and she is very excited to work with the younger Wahoos for another great season!

Meagan Tyler

Green and Bronze Group Coach

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Meagan has been swimming for as long as she can remember. Starting swim lessons at 3 years of age, she continued on to competitively swim at the Delaware Swim Team until the age of 7. This is when she made the switch to the Western Family YMCA. Meagan has been swimming with the YMCA since she was 7 years old and is still currently competing in the National Group. She has taken part in both short course and long course YMCA Nationals. She is currently attending high school at Caravel Academy and is also a part of their swim team. This is her first year coaching for the YMCA, and she is super excited to witness and take part in the successes of all the swimmers on the team.

Hannah E Thornton

Bronze and Green Group Coach

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Hannah has been swimming for 13 years and will continue her swimming career at Duquesne University next fall. She started swimming at the Jennersville YMCA in 2006 and she has been at Western since 2016. She is a YMCA Long Course and Short Course National Qualifier and finalist. In addition to a swim coach,she also is a swim instructor. She really enjoys coaching and sharing her love of swimming with others.