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Our Coaching Staff
All our coaches and on deck assistants are all USA Swimming Certified. Each member of our coaching staff brings there own unique qualities and varying levels of experience to the team. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

 

Coaching Staff

Dave Gingrich

Coach

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Coach Dave -  M.Ed., CAGS,  USA Swimming Certification,  American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Certification Levels 1 & 2

As head coach for the Wavemakers, Coach Dave oversees all of the workout plans and works closely with our assistant coaching staff. Dave is looking forward to our upcoming season of swimming and continues to emphasize: endurance training, stroke structure, racing strategies, team spirit, and working together in an atmosphere of support and fun. He employs video analysis to help swimmers truly see what their strokes look like. Coach Dave has been a classroom teacher for 32 years and has enjoyed coaching with the Wavemakers for over 14 years. He has been swimming competitively for over 40 years. As a swimmer he continues to compete both Masters swim meets. He is grateful for the opportunity to combine his love of teaching and swimming into coaching.

 

Christine Woodland

Assistant Coach

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Christine Woodland is a health and physical education teacher. She has taught swim lessons, swims with Masters Swim, and has participated in triathlons. Her daughter swims with the team.

Katherine Wilcox

Assistant Coach

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Katie started swimming on a team when she was 6 years old and swam daily throughout the summers of her youth. She also swam for my high school team back in St. Louis. Her first job was working as a lifeguard, then teaching swim lessons at the local YMCA. She worked for the YMCA throughout high school & college years. She also ran an ARC swimming program at a camp in Alton Bay for many years, ending up in New Hampshire. She met her husband while working at the summer camp and they still  work at the same camp.When not coaching Katie works as a Nurse supporting computerized charting for fellow nurses. 

Greg Wood

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Greg actually began his swimming career with the Wavemakers when he was 8 before moving on to the Seacoast Swim Association, and eventually, the Bernal’s Gators. Greg went on to swim at UMass Amherst before taking a long break from the sport to focus on hiking and dirtbiking, two pursuits that he still enjoys.  Greg has been teaching at Belmont Middle School for the last six years and he employs those skills while helping our swimmers succeed in and out of the pool.

Valdis Jurka

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Val will start his second year coaching, but is not new to swimming.  Val swam in age-groups, high school and college.  While at Rensselaer Val was a team captain and vice-president of the water polo club.  Summers were spent working as a camp waterfront director.  As his sons grew up Val was a Boy Scout leader and swim-team parent.  After swimming on and off, Val has rejoined US Masters Swimming and competes several times a year.  Val is a retired environmental engineer having worked for AT&T, federal government and consulting. He enjoys helping the kids to swim better and faster while they grow as individuals on a great team. 

Katie Ruggles

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Katie is a lifelong swimmer who started year-round swimming on a team at the age of 7 and was the daughter of swim coaches for the Lake Champlain Waves. She  swam competitively for Clarkson University achieving Academic All-American and graduated with Distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Pre-Physical Therapy in 2003, Master of Physical Therapy in 2005, and obtained her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in 2008.  Her involvement in athletics and the biomechanics of sport led her to the profession of physical therapy. Katie has worked in outpatient physical therapy for over 14 years. This is Katie’s first year as a coach for the Wavemakers and is excited to integrate her knowledge of biomechanics with her first love of swimming to help kids reach their life goals.