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Our Team

 Introducing our Coaching Staff and our Administrative Team

Coaching Staff

Robert A Walker

Head Coach

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Bob Walker became involved in the sport of swimming at an early age. At age four, Bob was enrolled in swim classes. He was well suited to the sport and succeeded quickly, qualifying for YMCA Regionals by the age of nine.  By the age of fourteen, Bob had qualified for YMCA Nationals, placing him among the country's elite.
Qualifying for an athletic scholarship, Bob entered Bowling Green State University in September of 1983.

Bob has coached for a number of competitive teams including the Bowling Green Swim Club, the Curl Burke Swim Club, and Sea Devil Swimming.  After coaching swimming for more than 15 years Bob started his own swim team, All Star Aquatics. Bob has coached every age group including young swimmers, college level, seniors and summer league.

When asked who has been his best swimmer, Walker replied, "All of my swimmers are my best swimmers."

Highlights

  • Qualified for the 1988 Olympic Trials.
  • ?Holds the record for the fastest 100 yard butterfly swim in Bowling Green State University history.
  • Highly successful Division I career.
  • Bob has been coaching all levels for over 30 years.

Christopher Schlegel

Head Age Group Coach

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It was clear to Christopher Schlegel's parents that at a young age he loved the water.  After successfully escaping the baby pool gate enough times, his parents decided it was time for him to take lessons.  Chris began swimming at the age of four at Hillandale Swim and Tennis.  Chris grew up swimming at RMSC & JFD and playing soccer competitively year round in Montgomery County.  Chris began his coaching career at Potomac Swim and Tennis before coming to All Star Aquatics in the Fall of 2007.  Chris began as the AG1 coach at Stone Ridge and eventually gained more programs at ASA.  Chris’ practices exhibit his coaching belief in consistent fundamentals, high intensity, strong emphasis on stroke technique and feel for the water.

Chris coaches NDGs at Stone Ridge and the AG2s at Stone Ridge.

Coaching Experience

  • ASCA Level 2
  • Head Coach Potomac Swim and Tennis (MCSL) 2008 - Present
  • Head Coach Walt Whitman High School 2017 - Present
  • 1 Time PVS Head Coach
  • 1 Time PVS Asst. Head Coach
  • 6 Time PVS Zone Coach
  • Head Coach Bullis 2013 - 2014
  • ASA Rising Stars Coordinator 2008 - 2016
  • Assistant Coach Walt Whitman High School 2016-2017
  • Assistant Coach Potomac Swim and Tennis (MCSL) 2007

Rory Lewis

JRs @ SR + NTG

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Rory brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Rory is a DC native. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and graduated with a B.F.A. in Graphic Arts from The University Of Alabama, where he was a two-year letterman as a sprinter. He grew up competing in Potomac Valley(Sea Devils) and PMSL(Takoma Park). Rory has coached all skill levels for over 30 years in Potomac Valley with DPR Blue Waves, UMCY and SDS. He coached two years at the collegiate level, as Head Coach of The Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving team, at Howard University.

Tony Murray

ADV SRs @ BO + AG2 @ BO

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A graduate of East Carolina University, Tony Murray will join All Star Aquatics for the 2017-2018 swim season!  He is an eight time PVS Zones coach, formerly an age group coach for 16 seasons with Fairland Aquatics Swim Team (FAST), and was the Advanced Senior's coach at MLK practice site for Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC). As Head Coach for St. John's College High School in Washington, DC for the past 15 seasons, he led the Cadets in the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League (WMPSSDL), and was awarded the 2010 WMPSSDL Coach of the Year. Tony is a PE teacher at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Beltsville, as well as at St. Mary's Catholic School in Rockville, MD.

Kevin K Wagman

JRs @ BO + AG1 @ BO

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Kevin has always loved the water. He is a second generation MCSL coach, following in his father's footsteps. Kevin has participated twice in the 4.4 mile swim race across the Chesapeake Bay. He was an MCSL swimmer for 13 years and swam for Walt Whitman High School, earning a varsity letter. After two years of college club swimming, he turned to weight-lifting and rugby. After graduating from Elon University in 2013, with a BS in Exercise Sport Science, he competed in his first bodybuilding physique competition.  He plans>

Coaching Experience

  • ACE Personal Trainer at Gold's Gym Wintergreen Plaza
  • Head Coach North Chevy Chase (MCSL) 2014-Present
  • Age Group Coach ASA 2015-Present
  • Assistant Coach ASA 2013-Present
  • Rising Stars Coach ASA 2013-Present
  • Co-Head Coach Bannockburn (MCSL) 2011-2012
  • Assistant Coach Potomac Swim and Tennis 2009
  • Assistant Coach Bannockburn 2008

Jason Blanken

ADV SRs @ SR

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Jason has been a presence in the local swim community for over 25 years. Jason was born and raised in Silver Spring,and spent much of his youth as a member of the Calverton Swim Club, Paint Branch High School swim team, and Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (MLK). Jason still holds several team records for all three teams. Jason was also a member of the Varsity swim team at the University of Maryland, College Park. His experience with each one of these clubs and teams has provided valuable knowledge, relationships, and a continued love for the sport.

Starting in the fall of 2007, Jason began coaching the Advanced Senior Group with RMSC at KSAC. Throughout his time with the ASG, Jason helped coach numerous Sectional and NCSA qualifiers and several of his swimmers have gone on to swim at the collegiate level. 

Jason graduated from the University of Maryland in 2007 with a degree in Family Sciences. Jason then began working for MCPS,and made the decision to go back to school. He received his Master's Degree in Special Education from The George Washington University in 2013. He is currently a teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Coaching Experience

  • Co-Coach: Advanced Seniors RMSC-KSAC 2007-2018
  • Head Coach: Bethesda Chevy Chase High School 2008-present
  • Head Coach: River Falls Swim Club (MCSL) 2012-present
  • Head Coach: Regency Estates Swim Club (MCSL) 2007-2011
  • Assistant Coach: Calverton Swim Club 2004-2006

Mark Lewis

AG1 @ SR + AG2 @ SR

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Coach Lewis is a DC native with over 30 years experience coaching athletes at all levels of club, interscholastic, and summer league swimming in the Potomac Valley.  “Fun in Pursuit of Excellence” is a simple description of his coaching philosophy.

As children tend to identify with play, they might thereforebe engaged enough in a sport to choose to build a career for themselves.  Through effective teaching and training, the results of their efforts might thereforegive them a resume as young student/athletes that would empower them in their future lives.

Such was the experience for Coach Lewis whose career as a 12 and Under in Swimming aided his admission to the St. Albans School with a scholarshipaward in 8th grade.  Graduating as a Captain of the STA Varsity team as well aided in his admission to Columbia University after high school.  While in college at Columbia, Coach Lewis relied on his valued leadership experiences as a student/athlete in the sport of Swimming to earn the respect of his peers and school administrators who nominated him for and elected him as a Marshal for graduation.

Coaching Experience:
Asst. Dir of Aquatics St. Albans School 1990-2017
Pool Coach SDS @ STA 2000-2015
Head Coach MVP Dolphins PMSL team 2001-2018
DCPR Swim Team 1984-1990
TPDC PMSL Swim Team 1986-1990

Julie House

JRs @ SR

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Julie grew up loving swimming at an early age in the Middle Atlantic LSC swimming for a team called, Team Delaware (Wilmington, DE) until she was 14 and then for Philadelphia Department of Recreation or PDR, (Philadelphia, PA). Making her first zone team at age 10, it was clear she had the swimming bug. She continued competing at the college level for 4 years at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) specializing in breaststroke and middle-distance freestyle and graduating with a B.A. in Communication. She credits lifelong friendships as well as academic and career success to the years spent as a competitive swimmer.

Julie has been teaching and coaching swimming since 1996. She has been involved with coaching and teaching swimming with ASA since 2004, when she and her husband, Rich began as assistants for All Star Aquatics: Learn to Swim Program. Currently, Julie resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Rich, their two children, Cameron and Nathan, and their pet turtles, Daisy and Ocean. 

Richard House

AG1 @ SR

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Rich is a Silver Spring native and was introduced to the sport at the age of 9, which by today’s standards is ‘late’. As a member of the Daleview pool, he learned to swim and compete in the MCSL. He attended Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC and went on to swim at the Division 1 level at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a letterman and captain his senior year, earning a Bachelors in Business Administration. Shortly after graduating, he met up with Bob Walker and coached at Curl Burke, concentrating on the 8-12 year olds. In the fall of 1998 he returned to UMass to earn an MBA and continued to gain coaching experience as the Asst. Coach of the Men’s team. He again joined Bob at All Star Aquatics 2004-2005, assisting with the Rising Stars program. After a short hiatus he rejoined All Star Aquatics in 2013 as the coach of the AG1 group at Stone Ridge. Having the experience of swimming with and coaching athletes from learn to swim through Olympian skill levels, he truly enjoys the AG1 group where he gets to provide a fun perspective on the sport as they are beginning their journey!
 
Education/Swimming experience
  • Grew up in Montgomery County MD, swam for Curl Burke Swim Club and in the summer competed in the MCSL for Daleview Swim Club
  • Gonzaga College High School 85-89, 4 yr Varsity Swimming, Captain Sr Year
  • University of Massachusetts 89-93, 4 yr Varsity Swimming, Captain Sr year
  • University of Massachusetts 98-00 MBA
  • Head Coach Daleview Swim Club (MCSL) 90-93
  • Assistant Coach Curl Burke Swim Club 93-96 Focus 9-12 yr olds
  • Assistant Coach University of Massachusetts Men's Varsity Swimming 98-00
  • Assistant Coach All Star Aquatics 2004-2005, Learn to Swim Program
  • Assistant Coach All Star Aquatics 2013-present, 8 & Unders
Professional Experience
  • IT Consultant/Project Manager, SRA International 2001-2011
  • IT Specialist/Project Manager, Office of Personnel Management 2012-2014
  • IT Specialist/Project Manager, Securities and Exchange Commission 2014-present

Dana Monsees

AG1 @ SR + NDG

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Dana grew up swimming in MCSL at North Chevy Chase for 13 years. She swam for RMSC and competed for BCC high school (captain senior year), and swam for Middlebury College for 4 years (captain senior year). Dana graduated from Middlebury with a Political Science/French double major,but decided after a few years of working in politics she wanted to work again with athletes and nutrition. She went back to school, got a Masters in Clinical Nutrition + Health Coaching degree, and started her own business as the nutritionist & content developer behind the healthy living website Real Food with Dana. Dana loves working with swimmers to help improve both in the pool with stroke technique and out of the pool by teaching them about good nutrition for performance and recovery.
 
Coaching Experience
- Nutritionist & Integrative Health Coach, Real Food with Dana
- Co-Head Coach, North Chevy Chase (2017)
- Assistant Coach, North Chevy Chase (2009-2011, 2015-2016)
 

Nicole E Marders

AG1 @ BO

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Ever since Nicole started Water Babies, she has loved the water. This love led her to start swimming competively for All Star Aquatics at the age of 9. She continued swimming through the ASA program until she graduated from Winston Churchill High School. Nicole swam and dove all four years of high school. She continued to swim at Salisbury University in the NCAA Division III, where she specialized in fly and IM. She earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Elementary Education in May 2017. Nicole is thrilled to start coaching again with All Star Aquatics. She is excited to help develop the next generation of swimmers at ASA.

Coaching Experience:

  • All Star Aquatics Rising Stars: 2012-2014
  • Regency Estates Swim Club (All Ages): 2008-2013
  • East Gate Swim Team (All Ages): 2014-2016

Mallory Remick

NDG

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Mallory's parents knew it was time to start swim lessons when they could not get her out of the water on family vacations.  She began swimming at 5 years old in Chicago and continued through her 4 years of college, as a member of Princeton University's Varsity team.  Following graduation, and her designation as a "swammer", Mallory transferred her passion for the water into coaching with Georgetown University for the 2016-2017 swim season.  She is extremely excited to continue coaching with ASA!
 

 

Austin Cole

AG2 @ BO + JRs @ BO

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Austin started swimming at the age of five in Italy.  After moving back to the states, he swam for Inverness Forest in MCSL before deciding to swim club with ASA. Austin attended Winston Churchill and swam all 4 years, with his last year as team captain. Austin made All-Met 3 times with one first team and two second team appearances, as well as holding the state record for the 200 free relay.  Austin continued onto the University of Kentucky where he swam for a year and played club water polo for another before coming back to Maryland.  As a 15-18 Austin helped Inverness coaches with group lessons and private lessons with children of all ages.  As Summer 2015 rolled around he was officially an Inverness Assistant coach.

He is currently attending school at Montgomery College majoring in physical therapy.  He is extremely excited to be coaching at the club where he swam for years and can't wait to help develop new swimmers.

Alex Freeman

Executive Director

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Alex joined the ASA family in August 2014 as the Executive Director.  While working for All Star Aquatics, she also teaches in an Early Childhood Classroom at Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC.  Alex was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area.  While receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, Alex worked for the Maryland Terrapin Men's Basketball Team and was the Camp Coordinator for the Gary Williams' Basketball Camps for 4 years.  She is looking forward to a great swim season! 

Education:

B.A. / B.S.  - University of Maryland- College Park  2010

M.S. - Johns Hopkins University   2014