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Head Coach Ian
Sea Dragons Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Ian McNeal
Assistant Coach: Chris Ros
Chris grew up on Long Island and started swimming for a USA Swim team, the Long Beach Tiger Sharks, when he was in eight grade. He continued swimming for both the Tiger Sharks and the Chaminade High School swim team for all four years of high school. He then swam and rowed at Johns Hopkins University. The 100/200 Breaststroke and the 200 IM were Chris’s favorite events. Chris is currently the Director of Student Life and Outdoor Education at Alexandria Country Day School where among many other things, teaches 7th and 8th grade science. He coaches cross country and the school’s swim team. He has three children - Samantha, a sophomore at The College of William and Mary, Tennyson, a sophomore at The Field School, and Gabriela, an 8th grader at Alexandria Country Day School. When he is not working at ACDS or coaching, he enjoys helping Tennyson pursue his serious interests in baseball and Gabriela’s in Irish Dance. Chris always encourages his students and athletes to always give 100% at whatever they are doing. Failure is an option when that failure helps you learn. Reaching the top is hard work and requires effort and perseverance physically, nutritionally, and mentally. Good habits early, help pave the way for future successes.
Assistant Coach: Sydney Bright
Sydney grew up in Haiti where she spent her childhood swimming and continued to swim on this very team when her family moved to Alexandria. She went on to swim for her school-Bridgewater College-Go Eagles! Her favorite events are 50 free, 100 free and 100 breaststroke. Throughout her college career, she remained on the ODAC all-academic team. Furthermore, she’s been named to the All-ODAC sportsmanship team. Sydney is overjoyed to be back with her home team and is looking forward to creating memorable swims with the Sea Dragons in a new light.
Assistant Coach: Dylan Louison
I started swimming for the Little Hunting Park Gators when I was 5 years old and I've been in love with the sport ever since. I attended Bishop Ireton High School, where I participated in both Water Polo and Swim, making varsity all 4 years. My senior year I was named Captain of the Bishop Ireton Swim Team as well as making the States, Catholic Nationals, and Washington Metropolitan Prep School Championship teams. The past 2 summers I've returned to coach for the Little Hunting Park Gators, totaling a record of 8-1-1 over the past seasons. I'm excited to be joining the Sea Dragons this season and I can't wait to work with a great new group of kids!
Assistant Coach: Hussein
Before moving overseas with his wife; who is actively serving in the Air Force, Hussein Yassine was the assistant swim coach and Assistant Aquatic Director for the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at Wellesley College.
Yassine swam at the national level for the Wichita Swim Club, where he was a central zone champion and a top-eight finisher at the regional and state level. He went on to become the Maize South High School (MSHS) Head Coach for both the boys and girls swim teams from 2009-2014. During his time as head coach, the MSHS Eagles boys' team won five-consecutive the league titles before going on to place in the top-eight at the state meet. Hussein also led the MSHS Mavericks girl’s swim team to the league title in four of his five years, while also earning top eight finishes at states. Hussein has coached multiple Kansas state record holders and High School All-Americans.
Hussein's former athletes have gone on to swim at the collegiate level at schools such as the University of North Carolina, Cleveland State, South Dakota State, the University of Minnesota and Missouri State University, and have also qualified for Olympic trials. In addition to coaching high school swimming, he has also coached USA Age Group swimmers at North Suburban YMCA in Woburn, Mass.