Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Tom Janton

Competitive Aquatics Director

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“As a long time swimmer, age group  through college, I believe there is no sport better then swimming when it comes to developing character and discipline.” Tom is in his third season with the Wahoos. He joined Western with his son Tommy, and his daughter, Sandy. Coaching for over 30 years, Tom has coached all program levels in several areas throughout the country. He has coached club, high school and summer programs in California, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. Tom has coached locally at MSA in Malvern, and for the last 5 years has been the Head Coach at Yorklyn. He was an 8 time NCAA Division II All American at the University of Tampa. In his professional career, he worked for Oracle Corporation, taught at Malvern Prep and sat as Chairman of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton Florida.  He currently is the Executive Director for Kennett Trails Alliance.

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. 

Wiktor Serafin

Gold and Silver Lead Coach

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Kyle M Weston

Advanced Lead Coach

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Kyle is in his 7th year as a Coach for the Wahoos. He also has experience coaching volleyball. He competed for the Wahoos for 14 years. Kyle attended 7 YMCA National Chmpionships, qualifying for 10 National finals. He was also two time USA Scholastic All-American. Kyle attended The Delaware Military Academy, where he was the Delaware State Champion in the 100 Breaststroke. Kyle graduated from the University of Delaware. He swam for the UofD swim team all 4 years and was voted captain his senior year. He was a four time CAA conference championships qualifier, with 10 finals appearances. All 4 years, he earned all-conference academic honors. Kyle is currently teaching Biology and Earth and Space Science at First State
Military Academy. Message from Kyle: I love coaching for the Wahoos because it was my team for my entire career.  As a coach I believe in setting a perfect foundation on technique, and that all swimmers have the ability to improve if given the right tools.  Looking forward to a successful year with the team and excited for all the new faces to become Wahoos!

Anne Kain Fields

Silver Lead Coach

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Coach Anne has been coaching for Western for 6 years. Anne grew up swimming for Radnor Aquatic Club and Overbrook Golf club in Pennsylvania. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she was named NAIA All-American twice. She was also part of 3 consecutive conference championships. She has coached swimmers to YMCA Districts and Winterfest.  She has a Bachelor’s 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. Message from Coach Anne: I like to see swimmers progress and achieve their goals they set for themselves all while having fun and enjoying the sport. 

TR Plank

National and Advanced Coach

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This is TR’s 5th season as a Wahoos coach. TR has been coaching swimming and baseball for over 20 years. TR grew up swimming for the Peninsula Area Swim Team in Hampton, VA. TR attended the University of North Carolina where he played baseball, pitching in the College World Series. He went on to pitch in the minor leagues for the Baltimore Orioles. TR’s daughter, Samantha swims for the Wahoos. His coaching philosophy is to promote physical fitness, develop leadership qualities and sportsmanship, encourage team involvement, foster self-discipline, build self-confidence and provide a competitive swimming experience in an environment where a swimmer's full potential may be reached. Message from TR: I am far more interested in using the sport of swimming for teaching life skills such as goal setting, prioritization, self-motivation, work ethic, limits and boundaries, team work, healthy lifestyle and responsibility.

Sean Sullivan

Green and Bronze Lead Coach

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Sean has been coaching or teaching swim lessons for 19 years. This is his fifth year as a coach of the Wahoos. Sean attended Red Bank Regional School in New Jersey. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Aleecia King

Advanced Coach

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This is Aleecia’s third season coaching for the Wahoos. Her coaching career spans 8 years and includes volleyball and softball in addition to swimming. Aleecia grew up swimming for the Wedgewood Waves and is a graduate of Glasgow High School. She attended the University of Delaware and swam for the UofD club team. Message from Aleecia: I am a coach because of my passion for my work. I am able to foster growth of our athletes through numerous opportunities that I am fortunate to provide. I will mold a young group of individuals to communicate, to be responsible, and hold themselves accountable. I am a believer in nurturing their dreams to be the best both in and out of the pool.

Rob Lynch

Bronze, Silver, and Advanced Coach

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This is Rob’s fifth year coaching for the Wahoos and first since 2012. Rob’s swim coaching career includes four years at Salesianum High School from 1996-2000, seven years at the Brandywine YMCA from 1996-2002 and then four years at our Western YMCA from 2008-2012. In addition to coaching at Western, Rob currently coaches the Melmark Special Olympic swim team and has been doing that since 2009.  Rob also coached cross country and track at Holy Angels School from 2010-2019. Rob has coached swimmers of all ages and has even coached swimmers to Olympic Trial qualifying times. He has trained a Paralympic swimmer who earned a silver medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games and he coached three swimmers to national championships at the Special Olympics. All three of Rob’s children swam at Western and his son Ren is currently swimming in the Advanced 2 group. 

Scott Taylor

Gold and Advanced Coach

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Scott Joined the Wahoos Staff in 2015. He primarily works with the Advanced and Gold groups, while assisting with the National Group from time to time. With close to 24 years of competitive swimming experience, starting at age 4, Scott has swam with SCCY, Western YMCA, and West Chester University. Scott comes to us being a multiple year national qualifier for the Wahoos. During the day, Scott works in the Investment bank of JP Morgan. 

Tessa Slocomb

Silver Group Coach

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Tessa has coached for our Wahoos for 3 years. Tessa swam for 12 years for the Wahoos, spending her entire swimming career at Western. Tessa competed at the highest levels in age group swimming qualifying for Eastern Zones and YMCA Nationals multiple times. She was a national finalist at YMCA Nationals. Tessa still holds multiple Wahoo records. She attended the Charter School of Wilmington where she was a member of the 2014 State Championship team. Tessa is currently a nursing major at Delaware Tech. Message from Tessa: I have been surrounded by swimming my entire life; being able to share what I have learned along the way, and hopefully make an impact in doing so, is why I enjoy coaching. 

Dom Wayne

Advanced Group Coach

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This is Dom’s third year coaching for the Wahoos. Dominic swam for 10 years at Western. He placed 2nd overall at YMCA Districts and qualified for YMCA Nationals. He attended Conrad School of Science and is currently a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in Health Behavior Science. Message from Dom: I enjoy coaching because I like being to make a positive impact on children’s lives just as my coaches did for me. I want to give every swimmer the opportunity to reach their full potential as well as provide a fun and safe environment.

Charles Zoeller

Bronze and Green Group Coach

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This is Charles’s first year as a Wahoos Coach. He has six years of coaching experience including coaching water polo. He swam competitively for 11 years at the YMCA through his senior year in high school. Charles attended Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. He is currently attending the University of Delaware majoring in Business Management and Media Communications. He currently competes on the University of Delaware water polo team. Message from Charles: I enjoy coaching because it gives me a sense of purpose. I've always enjoyed working with children, and to coach them in something I'm very well-versed and passionate about means the world to me. To me, it doesn't matter what place my swimmers finish in a race, as long as they worked hard and tried their best. 

Summer Sheats

Silver Group Coach

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Summer started swimming for the Wahoos at the age of seven and continued to swim on the team until she was sixteen.  She went to the Charter School of Wilmington for high school and was a part of their swim team for all four years, including having the privilege of being captain her junior and senior year.  She currently attends the University of Delaware majoring in Biological Sciences. Summer competes on the University of Delaware club rugby team and is in Air Force ROTC. Message from Summer: I am very excited to be able to coach for the Wahoos this upcoming season because being a part of this team when I was younger was like having a second family.  Every day I looked forward to coming to practice and learning new techniques in order to get better and I hope I can help positively impact other swimmers in the same way. 

Dave Manley

Assistant 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 four children, Luke, Ryan, Will and Gini. 

Kayla Andrews

Assistant 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.

Julianna Wayne

Assistant Coach

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Julianna Wayne is currently a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in biomedical engineering. From a young age, she swam for a community pool and had later joined the Western YMCA Wahoos when she was 9 years old. During her journey with the team, she had qualified for YMCA Long Course Nationals in 2014 and 2015. She has been a coach of the Wahoos since 2015, as it allows her to implement her passion for the sport into others and also see the progression of young swimmers.

 

Tori Blankenship

Assistant Coach

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Tori was a member of the Wahoos swim team for over ten years. She started coaching at the Western Y her senior year. Tori graduated from Saint Marks High School in 2019 where she also swam. She has coached at Valleybrook Swim Club for the past 4 summers. She is currently a freshman at the University of Delaware and is studying biology. Tori is excited to continue her Wahoo career as a coach.