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COACHES

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A Pacific Northwest native, Nolan is entering his 8th season as a coach, and the Orca’s continue to be is home. As an athlete he competed in High School in three Varsity Sports but only swam competitively at the club level as his High School did not have a swim team. Following High School he attended the University of Washington, Go Dawgs!

After joining the Orca’s, first as an Assistant Coach to Leanne Thompson, Nolan has since taken over the role as Head Coach and not only grown the staff but the size of the team as well. The Orca’s now boast a caching staff of 7 and over 120 athletes between 6 and 18.

Outside the Y, Nolan is the Head Varsity Coach of the Meadowdale High School Girls Swim Team and the Head Varsity Coach of the Edmonds-Woodway/Mountlake Terrace combined boys swim team. Over the years he has coached 2 Olympic Trials Qualifiers, 7 Junior Nationals qualifiers, 2 Nationals Qualifiers, 55 Regionals Qualifiers, 3 Girls High School State Champions, 18 Girls State Qualifiers, 11 Boys State Qualifiers and 14 NAG Qualifiers. Setting new school records at 4 High Schools in 11 events in both Boys and Girls swim. He intends to become a Calculus teacher in the coming months.

Nolan enjoys hiking and any activity that involves his black lab, fishing, gardening, sailing and surfing. He is an avid UW basketball fan and can frequently be found at their games during basketball season. 

 

 

Shae Grant- Assistant Swim Team Coach
 
Shae has been coaching the DTFY swim team for a year now! She spent her summer working with the 9-10 age group with the Yost Penguins and is excited to be back to coach the Orcas through yet another exciting season. Shae grew up swimming competitively, including spending 5 years on our very own DTFY team! She then went on to swim for Edmonds-Woodway High School, lettering all four years and taking part in District and State meets. Currently, Shae is spending the year finishing up her A.A. at Edmonds Community College with a focus on Social Sciences and English. She's so thrilled to continue coaching the team, and is looking forward to an incredible season! 
 
Marian Stolp- Assistant Swim Team Coach
 
Marian is a senior at Shorecrest High School. She swam competitively for the Orcas for 6 years, and was Team Captain for 2 of those years. She's excited to stay involved with the team by being a coach, and can't wait to see what the season has in store for the swimmers!

McKenna Adams - Assistant Coach

I am glad to be back coaching the Orcas for a second season. I am currently in my second year of college at Edmonds CC. I just finished my first summer of coaching for the Yost Penguins. I swam on the Yost Penguins and Edmonds-Woodway high school swim teams for four years. Looking forward to another great season. Go Orcas!

Chase Brandon

I swam competitively in highschool at Shorewood and have been competitive in sports my whole life. I began working at the YMCA 4 years ago as a lifeguard, and after starting to teach swim lessons and coaching for one practice I was hooked on helping kids learn the mechanics of competitive swimming.

 

Dominic Nouwens - Assistant Coach 

Dominic has been swimming competitively for the last 12 years for various teams including Cascade Swim Club, Innis Arden Swim Club, and Shorewood High School.  He is super excited to bring both enthusiasm and swimming knowledge to the Yost Swim Team!

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching Staff