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Coaching Staff

DAN M JACOBS

Owner / Head Coach

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USA Swimming National Select Camp- Assistant Coach Women's Team- 2011 

USA Swimming National Select Camp- Assistant Coach Men's Team- 2014

NCSA National Team, Ireland-
Assistant Coach Men's Team- 2015


USA Swimming Zone Select Camp Coach- Eastern Zone- 2009

PVS Board of Directors - 
Coaches Representative 2005- 2009


PVS Zone Assistant Head Coach- 2004

PVS Zone Assistant Coach- 4 Terms

USA Swimming Coach- 20+ Years 

LynnAnn A Nickley

Head Site Coach- Audrey Moore Rec

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National Team, National Prep, and Senior Prep Coach

I am happy to be starting my twelfth year coaching with Machine.  This is my third year as the head site coach at Audrey Moore where I have the pleasure to work with the National Prep, Senior, and Age group programs.  We are in the process of building an amazing group, and we had numerous Junior Olympic, Sectional,  Zone, and Junior National qualifiers.  I am a native Virginian and I was an NVSL swimmer  with the North Springfield Dolphins.  I also swam for Thomas Jefferson High School.  Teaching swimming has been a passion for me for a long time, so I taught lessons and coached swimming during my college years. I got back into coaching when my sons decided that they wanted to join our local team.   This led to me coaching in the NVSL for thirteen years and joining the Machine family.  I graduated from James Madison University where I majored in Business.  I continue to have a great passion and love for this sport, and look forward to another rewarding season. 

Dave N Hardy

Head Site Coach Fairland Aquatic Center

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National Team, National Prep, Senior Prep, and Age Group Coach

Dave began swimming competitively in the Prince Mont Swim League, then on a year round basis with RMSC at the age of 10, where he swam at the MLK Swim Center. Later, under FGAC founder coach Dan Haines and ex-FGAC coach Rob Burgholzer, he completed his age group career at the Olney Swim Center, while also competing for DeMatha High School. He went on to swim for the University of Delaware, where he served as captain for the swim team his senior year and graduated with a degree in hotel restaurant management. A breaststroke specialist out of high school, he branched out into distance freestyle and IM while at Delaware. 

During his time at UD Dave coached with Dan Haines and the Flying Gull Aquatic Club as well as coaching in MCSL for 7 years at Olney Mill, Tanterra and then ending his summer coaching career at the Darnestown Swim and Racquet Club where he is the General Manager and has been for 12 years.  After college Dave moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he coached for the Rio Salado Swim Club for 3 years.

Dave moved back to Maryland in 2007 to help run Flying Gull, eventually taking over ownership and Head Coach duties from Dan Haines.  After 3 years of running Flying Gull Dave joined forces with Machine Aquatic to continue taking the pioneering spirit of Flying Gull into the future. Dave’s broad experience and exposure to a wide spectrum of methods and philosophies defines his unique approach to coaching, one which brings together elements of old school and new, into a progressive and versatile mix that serves perfectly his holistic approach to athletic development. Dave lives in Columbia, MD with his wife, Linn, and their daughter Lucy.

Dan C Haines

Head Site Coach University of Maryland

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National Team, National Prep, and Senior Coach

A competitive swimmer from age 6 through my late 20s, I competed in summer league, YMCA, club, HS, College and Open Water swimming. I was also a 6 year Cross Country and 3 year Track athlete, and briefly a student of dance.

My coaching career began as a summer league assistant in 1983 at the age of 15. At 17 I was hired for my first head coaching position. Since then I've worked in virtually every venue for teams large and small, where I’ve coached all ages and ability levels, from learn-to-swim to Senior National qualifiers to Masters. I have also specialized in open water swimming, drawing on my own experience as an open water swimmer.

I've coached in USA Swimming programs in the Middle Atlantic, Potomac Valley and Virginia Swimming LSC’s, including a couple I built from the ground up, Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach, DE and Flying Gull Aquatic Club in Potomac Valley Swimming. I’ve also developed several swim schools, including Montgomery County MD’s SwiMontgomery program and most recently H2okie Aquatics Stroke School in Blacksburg, VA. For a period of 4 years I worked in both competitive swimming and commercial architecture as an intern for Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects P.C. in Annapolis MD. Additionally, I have 25+ years of experience in aquatic facility management.

My coaching philosophy can best be described as holistic. My intention is to provide a path for swimmers of all levels of ability to enjoy the sport while managing a program capable of producing athletes at the highest levels of the sport. I strive for an imaginative and fun learning environment, emphasize smart training and focus on the realization of individual potential. To me the most important objective of coaching youth sports is to promote the wellness and growth of children with the passion, humility and equanimity required to impart both the extrinsic and intrinsic values of the sport.

My hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, skiing, graphic design, disc golfing, and music. In 1991 I bicycled from Seattle to Los Angeles to Dover, DE, spanning 4500 miles. In 1995 I reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. I live with my wife Katie, who is a health coach and son Ben. We also have a dog and 2 cats who graciously let us live with them.

Meghan Schappert

Head Site Coach Tyson's Corner

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Age Group and Senior Coach

My love for the water and the sport of swimming began as a very young child. My mom was so afraid of the water she wanted to make sure her children became comfortable with it as soon as possible. My sister and I spent every minute of our summers in Missouri in the pool, creeks and ponds. By age 7, I began swimming for my neighborhood summer team and that fall began swimming year-round with our local AAU/US Swim team, Rockwood Swim Club. I continued swimming competitively all the way through high school. In Missouri, high school level swimming was very competitive and the seasons lasted 5 months long ending in a State Championship meet. I traveled to three state championship meets during my high school experience competing in 200 IM, 100 BR and both Medley and Free Relays.

As an adult, I found myself continually returning to the water to both play and swim. I learned to water ski, paddle outrigger canoes in Hawaii and Guam, scuba dive and surf. I also competed in NOVA for NCAP as a master swimmer during 2006-2008. My coaching career began in 2009 in Guam when the Navy base was looking for a coach and swim instructor for our children and adults. I logged many hours in the base pools teaching and coaching and loved every minute of it. Two years later we moved to Hawaii and I became head coach for the Hickam Hurricanes on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. In 2014, we moved back to NOVA and I started my first year with Machine. Im back this year to coach again and Im looking forward to working with your swimmers. I strongly believe in developing all facets of a young swimmer; learning proper technique, building strength, learning to race and fostering a love for the sport. See you on deck!

 

Blair T Piddington

Team Head Age Group Coach

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Age Group and High Performance Coach

My name is Blair Piddington and I have been coaching Machine since 2002.  I grew up swimming at the Vienna Aquatic Club when I was 5 and ended up joining YORK where I swam until I was 18.  I am the head coach of Vienna Aquatic Club where we alternate between Division 1 and 2.  After high school I went to George Mason and swam on the team for my four years in school.  My main events were the breastroke events and the 200 IM.  I earned an undergraduate degree from GMU with a concentration in Sports Management.  I coached full time with Machine where I worked with all ages and abilities.  I ended up going back to school and getting a degree in Education where I am licensed to teach Health and Physical Education for grades k-12.  I am currently a teacher at Eagle View Elementary in Fairfax where I am starting my 4th year.  I also recently started graduate school at GMU where I am earning a Master’s degree in ITS (Integration of Technology in Schools).   On a side note, if you see me hobbling around on deck I tore my ACL at the start of summer and had it repaired on August 22nd.  It is getting better every day!

 

I am the head age group site coach for Oak Marr where I work in the mornings from 6:30-8:00 am on Mondays through Friday.  I mainly coach the Orange(high performance as well as 3x per week) and Silver groups, but will work with the mini’s and their coaches that are at the practice.  I absolutely love coaching and am very competitive in trying to get the very best out of each swimmer.  I am a firm believer in teaching each swimmer and getting better every day.  We get better through a lot of hard work and doing things correctly.  I want my swimmers and my group to really become a close nit group where they push each other and encourage each other by being there every day and having fun.  I am always trying to learn and become a better coach, which is something that is always pushed and stressed through Machine.

I can’t wait for another year at Machine because I believe this is the best Swim Team in the entire country.  We have coaches of all different experiences who work together and create a positive atmosphere.  We will continue to get better and continue to turn heads on deck with our energy and fast swimming!  See you all on deck!

Rod Montrie

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High Performance Coach

Born and raised in Bethesda, MD, I grew up swimming summer league and USS with M.A.C. I started coaching during my college summers at Mohican Pool. After graduating from the University of Maryland I spent five years teaching before coaching full time. I believe that kids swim their fastest when they are having fun. Hard works puts you in the position to be successful but the joy of racing is what makes this sport great.

This will be my 38th year of coaching a USS team and my 8th year with Machine Aquatics. I worked as the Swimming Professional at the Chevy Chase Club for 15 years. For the last 21 years, I have been the Director of Aquatics at the Madeira School, McLean, VA. Additionally, I have served two terms as the PVS Distance Coordinator, am a four-time Virginia State Independent Schools Coach of the Year and was 2007 Recipient of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association's David H. Robertson Award for Coaching Excellence.

 

Teri Harper

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Micro Machine Coach

Native Washingtonian, originally from Alexandria, Virginia. Grew up swimming competitively at Little Hunting Park Club, one of the eight founding pools of Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL).

NVSL Swimming Coach at Chesterbrook Swim and Tennis Club, for 10 years. Developed swimmers during Chesterbrook's winning streak of NVSL Triple Crowns (Divisional Relays, All Star Relays, and Dual Meet Titles).

USA Swimming Coach, for 16 years, ASCA Level Two.  Coached Mini Fish, Age Group, and Advanced Age Group, two years, for The Fish.  Coached one year for York Swim Club. Currently coaching for Machine Aquatics as Original Machine Coach (2001) and Head Developmental Coach specializing in stroke technique.  Have worked there with all levels of swimmers.

Graduate, University of Wisconsin @ Madison, magna cum laude. Earned Bachelor's degree in Psychology with focus on developmental psychology.

Graduate, Virginia Tech's School of Architecture and Design, magna cum laude. Earned professional degree in Landscape Architecture. Awarded Certificate of Honor for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture by American Society of Landscape Architects' President and Board of Trustees.

Wife and Mother of three former NVSL and USA Swimming athletes.

Dave Johnson

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National and Senior Coach

I started swimming with the NCR Dolphins in New Carrollton, MD at the age of eight.  I later joined the Bowie Bulldogs and Rockville Montgomery Swim Clubs while growing up in Lanham, MD.  Selected to attend the US Naval Academy, I swam for the Division I Midshipmen from 1989 to 1992.  During the same period, I began my coaching career in the Navy Juniors swim program.  There, I developed an interest in teaching young people that has lasted a lifetime.  After relocating to Virginia years ago on military assignment, I again pursued the coaching profession.  Since then, I have coached athletes to multiple Junior National, Sectional, Zone, and Junior Olympic berths, and A-AAAA National Age-Group Time Standards.  I am also the current head coach of the Burke Centre Stingers summer swim team.  I have a passion for this great sport and approach coaching from the unique perspective that discipline, commitment, and fun are bedrock life values that can be taught in the pool.  I like to teach swimmers to dream and not settle for the ordinary so that they may achieve great things.

 

Rick Renyer

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National Prep, Senior Prep, and High Performance Coach

  

 

 

I am a full-time teacher in Prince Georges County, Maryland where I teach Advanced Placement World History and Modern World History. I have been teaching since 1998 and I thoroughly enjoy teaching. I started coaching summer league swimming in 1990 and soon found myself coaching year round in Potomac Valley in 1992. I coached with the Fairland Aquatic Swim Team form 1992-1998. While with FAST I served as an Assistant Coach with the PVS Zone Team and I served as an Assistant Coach with a Potomac Valley National Age Group Camp. When I started teaching in 1998 I transferred to the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center where I coached the Advanced Seniors Group until the Summer of 2013. This fall will be my third season with Machine Aquatics at the University of Maryland where I will primarily be working with the High Performance Groups.

Jordan Zacheria

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Senior Prep, Age Group, and Micro Machine Coach

I am very excited to be going into my third year coaching with Machine Aquatics. I grew up in the Annandale area, competing in NVSL in Division 1 with Wakefield Chapel. I swam for York for quite a number of years before my parents moved me away during my high school years to Hong Kong, China. Ever since then, I have been a world traveler, seeing the world and living in many different countries. I swam in a D3 program for a large Christian college in Michigan  where I earned All-American status in 3 events. I have head -coached for many age group programs/teams around the world. During the summer, I head coach in the NVSL for the Oakton Otters.

My wife and I were married 6 years ago and moved to the northern Virginia area two years ago. We have two children (3 ½ year old daughter and 1 1/2 year old son). I have been working for 10 years as a middle school teacher and currently am employed in Fairfax County Public Schools as a 6th grade teacher. I am passionate about education and making sure that every swimmer reaches their maximum potential in and out of the water.

Dylan Jones

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Senior Prep, High Performance, and Age Group Coach

I grew up swimming in the NVSL for Tuckahoe and swam with Sea Devils year round from age 9 through 18.  I played water polo at James Madison University where I was an Art major.

I started coaching for Tuckahoe when I was 17 and continued to coach for them through college.  I have been a Head Coach for several NVSL teams, most recently with Highlands for the past four  summers.  This will be my 11th year coaching in PVS and my third with Machine.  

I grew up swimming in the NVSL for Tuckahoe and swam with Sea Devils year round from age 9 through 18.  I played water polo at James Madison University where I was an Art major.

I started coaching for Tuckahoe when I was 17 and continued to coach for them through college.  I have been a Head Coach for several NVSL teams, most recently with Highlands for the past four  summers.  This will be my 11th year coaching in PVS and my third with Machine.  

I spent several years working in the Special Education Department at Langley High School. I'm a big fan of the Nationals and Kansas basketball.  I love to paint, draw, play guitar, and see bands play in my spare time.

I spent several years working in the Special Education Department at Langley High School. I'm a big fan of the Nationals and Kansas basketball.  I love to paint, draw, play guitar, and see bands play in my spare time.

Dylan Jones

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Senior Prep, High Performance, and Age Group Coach

I grew up swimming in the NVSL for Tuckahoe and swam with Sea Devils year round from age 9 through 18.  I played water polo at James Madison University where I was an Art major.

I started coaching for Tuckahoe when I was 17 and continued to coach for them through college.  I have been a Head Coach for several NVSL teams, most recently with Highlands for the past four  summers.  This will be my 11th year coaching in PVS and my third with Machine.  

I grew up swimming in the NVSL for Tuckahoe and swam with Sea Devils year round from age 9 through 18.  I played water polo at James Madison University where I was an Art major.

I started coaching for Tuckahoe when I was 17 and continued to coach for them through college.  I have been a Head Coach for several NVSL teams, most recently with Highlands for the past four  summers.  This will be my 11th year coaching in PVS and my third with Machine.  

I spent several years working in the Special Education Department at Langley High School. I'm a big fan of the Nationals and Kansas basketball.  I love to paint, draw, play guitar, and see bands play in my spare time.

I spent several years working in the Special Education Department at Langley High School. I'm a big fan of the Nationals and Kansas basketball.  I love to paint, draw, play guitar, and see bands play in my spare time.

Leah Bonacelli

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Senior, Age Group, and Micro Machine Coach

 

I could not be more thrilled to coach yet another great season with Machine Aquatics! I am currently a student at George Mason seeking a degree in Mathematics. My first love, however, has always been coaching. 

I began swimming at the age of four with the Fairfax Station Flyers and developed my skills over the winter with NCAP, Potomac Marlins, and my favorite of the three: Machine. After graduation, I spent five years advancing my career as an assistant coach for the Flyers and ultimately became the head coach of Little Rocky Run. Go Stingrays! 

I am a multi-sport athlete having played basketball for Lynchburg College, so I understand the importance of cross-training! In my free time, I do Crossfit and am currently working on becoming certified to coach that, as well. 

My goal is to teach your swimmers the purpose behind their movements and to keep them smiling and energized while making progress every day!

Jennifer Buechler

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Micro Machine Coach

Jenni began swimming at age 10 in the YMCA system in Pennsylvania, swam through college in Virginia, and presently swims Masters:

YMCA Pennsylvania State Champion in 100 freestyle in 1981.

Member of The Mercersburg Academy National Champion team 1984 and All American.

Member of James Madison University, multiple team record holder, sprint specialist and decent Individual Medley-er. 

Jenni's coaching career began with the United Swimming Clinics locations of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Rochester, New York 1982-1987 and resumed in Northern Virginia with Victor Swimming and then Fairfax Masters in the 1990's. She taught occasional private lessons for triathletes and younger swimmers during a 7 year triathlete career as a middle of the packer and Ironman Lake Placid 1999 finisher and 2001 competitor. 

Jenni began swimming at age 10 in the YMCA system in Pennsylvania, swam through college in Virginia, and presently swims Masters:

YMCA Pennsylvania State Champion in 100 freestyle in 1981.

Member of The Mercersburg Academy National Champion team 1984 and All American.

Member of James Madison University, multiple team record holder, sprint specialist and decent Individual Medley-er. 

Jenni's coaching career began with the United Swimming Clinics locations of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Rochester, New York 1982-1987 and resumed in Northern Virginia with Victor Swimming and then Fairfax Masters in the 1990's. She taught occasional private lessons for triathletes and younger swimmers during a 7 year triathlete career as a middle of the packer and Ironman Lake Placid 1999 finisher and 2001 competitor. 

Jenni now raises and homeschools four children, aged 12,10, 8,and 6, works part time in Physical therapy as an LPTA, and works part-time in her husband's network marketing business. She comes up for air occasionally. 

 

Jenni now raises and homeschools four children, aged 12,10, 8,and 6, works part time in Physical therapy as an LPTA, and works part-time in her husband's network marketing business. She comes up for air occasionally. 

 

Andrew Galbraith

Machine Masters Head Coach

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Andrew started his swimming career in the UK representing his club at local, regional and national level events.  His specialty at that time was the 100m butterfly.  Andrew also received numerous coaching certifications in the UK while swimming at club level.  After college, Andrew took a break from swimming.  

In 1993 Andrew moved from the UK to DC.  Always up for a challenge Andrew trained for and completed three marathons before turning his attention to triathlon.  While living in Northern CA in 2006, Andrew joined a local Masters team primarily to prepare for open water swims associated with triathlons.  Over the past nine years Andrew has competed in sprint, olympic and half ironman triathlons - most recently competing in the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee.

Andrew is a Masters Coach, the head coach for the Machine M3 Triathlon Team, TRX instructor and an avid runner and cyclist.

Jennifer Hinkle

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Began swimming at the age of 5 in MCSL, then on a more on a year round basis with Flying Gull Aquatic Club at the age of 11 and up until college.  I graduated with a degree in Sport Management from York College of Pennsylvania, in 2014. Also, in college I swam all four years specializing in distance freestyle. For the past five summers I have been a head coach in MCSL for the Norbeck Hills Anacondas. My whole life I have been around swimming and continued to love the sport even when I am not competing. I cannot wait for my third season of coaching with Machine to start!

Aubrey May

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Coach Aubrey has been involved in the NVSL for sixteen years and USA Swimming for fourteen years, both as a swimmer and a coach.  Her love of swimming was fostered through wonderful experiences with her coaches, and the development of her enormous team spirit.  After driving her coach crazy while trying to “help” for an entire summer, she earned her first coaching job at the age of twelve and never looked back.

Aubrey graduated from George Mason University in the spring of 2014, with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies (concentration in Elementary Education) and a minor in Dance.  She also earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in the spring of 2016 and is excited to begin her first year of teaching.  

Coach Aubrey just completed her third season as the Head Coach of the Mosby Woods Raiders- who shared the NVSL Division 7 championship title this year. She is looking forward to beginning her third season with Machine!

 

Ashley Mayo

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Senior Prep and Age Group Coach

Ashley was born and raised in Vienna, VA. She swam with Vienna Woods from age 5 until she graduated at 18. During her sophomore year she swam for James Madison High School and managed the team her senior year. She is currently  attending Northern Virginia Community College to earn an Associates Degree in General Studies. Ashley has been an Assistant Coach for Vienna Woods since 2009 where she has worked with children ages 4-18. She has also been an instructor and a receptionist at Machine SwimLabs in Vienna since it's debut in 2012. This is Ashley's first year coaching the Machine Aquatics Swim Team and she is excited to become a part of the Machine Family.

 

Meghan Wallace

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Age Group and Senior Coach

This will be my third season as a coach with machine aquatics. I work with the age group swimmers and senior swimmers. I am very excited for a new season!

I am originally from Central New Jersey and moved here 4 years ago to pursue my teaching career in Fairfax county. I am currently a Preschool Autism teacher, but have also taught 5th and 6th grade special education. Before moving to Northern Virginia, I was a high school swim coach for two years. During this time I was named Middlesex County swim coach of the year. I was also an assistant coach on the Blue Dolphins Swim Team at a Jewish Community Center and I worked with all age groups.

I attended York College of Pennsylvania and graduated with my bachelor's degree in elementary and special education. I swam all four years of college and was captain my senior year. My main event was distance freestyle. The 500 is my favorite event, but i also swam the mile and 1000. Before college, I swam for the Metuchen-Edison YMCA from the time I was nine until I graduated high school. I was also on the varsity swim team all four years of high school. My favorite memory of being on the high school team is when we were county champs my junior year! Being a part of a team was one of the things I loved about swimming. I can't wait to share my passion of the sport as a coach with machine aquatics swimmers. As a swimmer, I experienced many ups and downs through out my career, but the lessons I learned and the friendships I gained are things I will never forget. I had many great coaches and hope I can have that affect on my swimmers, too. 

I live in Fairfax with two room mates. Reading and going to the beach are two of my favorite things to do. I love spending time with my friends and family.  Working with children in and out of the pool has always been a passion of mine. I am looking forward to a great season and getting back on the pool deck!

 

Brenna Nickles Broadus

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Senior and Age Group Coach

Brenna was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA where she began swimming for a local summer league team at age four.  She swam year round for the Piedmont Family YMCA (CYAC) from ages 7-18.  She qualified for Y-Nationals during her last four years with the team and also swam for her high school.  She attended Denison University where she specialized in the butterfly, breastroke, IM and sprint freestyles.  She was a 12x NCAA All-American, a 2x NCAA Academic All-American and a 4x Individual NCAC Conference Champion.  Denison University began their NCAC Championship streak during her freshman year and has since won the conference championship the last seven years.  The Denison women's team placed both second and third in team finishes at NCAA's during her tenure.  She was voted team captain her senior year and graduated from Denison University in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and Biology.  

During the summer break from Denison, she was both a Head and Assistant Coach for her summer league team as part of the Jefferson Swim League (JSL).  She moved to D.C. in the fall of 2012 and has since worked in the law and in real estate for the past few years, while giving swim lessons part-time at Equinox Sports Club.  She decided to make the move to full time coaching in the fall of 2015 and is very excited to be a part of Machine!  She looks forward to sharing her passion for the sport and to a great first season!

 

Morgon Henderson-Kunz

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Senior, High Performance, and Age Group Coach

As a swimmer, I began competing at the age of 5 in Oregon, and continuing until the age of 19. As a swimmer Morgon went to the Olympic Trials in 2008 for the 50M and 100M Freestyle, as well as competed internationally for the USA as part of the Junior International team in 2007 and 2008.

I began coaching on my former swim team the Tualatin Hills Thunderbolts at 19 as a way to pay for my swim team bills, which quickly developed into a lifelong passion for coaching and competitive swimming. After coaching for the Thunderbolts for 5 years, I was given the opportunity to help found and be the head coach a team called the Krakens Swim Club. In just under 2 years I managed to grow the Krakens Swim Club to a team of over 100 members, by emphasizing the fun in competition and constant pursuit of self-improvement. 

 Other teams that I have coached include the Oak Hills Summer league team, whom I spent 3 amazing years being the Head Coach for, as well as 2 years as head coach of Hillsboro High School. As the Head Coach of Hillsboro High School, I helped coach the girls team to winning districts in 2016 and taking 4th at State’s, the boys team taking 2nd at Districts and 3rd at States, and earning the Men’s and Women’s coach of the year award.

 

I am extremely excited to add my passion for coaching to the plethora of talent already at Machine Aquatics, I know that together we will do great things!

Chris Hinton

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Madison Tegen

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I began swimming competitively for Pacific Swim in San Diego at the age of 6. I later relocated to Virginia with my family where I swam for Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club (SMAC) while being a captain for my high school swim team. I am currently a full time student at the University of Maryland pursuing a degree in business. This will be my first full season at Machine and am excited to continue my passion for swimming into coaching. 

 

Erin Cunningham

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Swimming teaches athletes positive values that apply not only to sport, but also to life. As a coach I aim to teach swimmers these vales including but not limited to: confidence, short and long-term goal setting, time management skills, dedication, and sportsmanship. I believe that emphasizing quality stroke mechanics and quality effort leads to faster and healthier swimmers. Experience with dry land and mid-distance training as well as teaching stroke-mechanics to beginning swimmers.

Heather Purk

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Age Group and Micro Machine Coach

Coach Heather starting swimming competitively at the age of 5 for the Elyria YMCA/USS Swim Club in the Lake Erie LSC. Her favorite events were the 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, and 500 Freestyle. Coach Heather starting helping with the 8&Unders on her swim team when she was 14yrs old and started teaching swim lessons at 16 yrs old. She is a certified Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor with the American Red Cross. She started her USA Swimming coaching career in the Georgia LSC with the West Georgia Swim Club in 2005. In 2009, she moved to NOVA and coached with the Blue Waves Swim Team. She has served as a PVS Zone Coach for two short course and two long course trips. Currently, she serves at the Coaches Representative to the PVS Board of Directors. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and abilities. Currently, she works with the Age Group High Performance Group and Age Group Session Program at Audrey Moore Rec Center. Also, she teaches Private Lessons, Semi-private Lessons, Group Lessons, and Competitive Private Lessons (Video Analysis) at the Machine Swim School.

 

Jason C Cochran

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National Team and National Prep This will be my first season with Machine Aquatics after spending the past two years at Nitro Swimming in Austin, TX. At Nitro, I was a lead National Development Coach, lead TAGS 1 Coach, and assisted with the National Group and various age group levels. During this time, I created well rounded swimmers in and out of the pool. 

Competitively, I have coached swimmers to the TAGS, Sectional, and Junior National level. While assisting with the National Group I worked with swimmers ranging from Junior National to Olympic Trials qualifiers. Prior to my time at Nitro,  I spent 7 years in Connecticut coaching with the Piranhas at the Darien YMCA. During this time my swimmers broke many team records and set several state records. Many of my swimmers competed at the Age Group, Senior, and YMCA National level.

I believe in a positive approach and enjoys motivating my swimmers to surpass their goals. We are always looking forward! I believe in hard work and commitment but maintains a balance to make sure that the group has fun.

Outside of the pool, I am a huge sports fan. As a WVU grad, I support my Mountaineers proudly. I also follow the Mets, Devils, and NY Giants. I have an identical twin brother who is also a swim coach in Connecticut.

Ryan Natal

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Micro Machine and Senior Prep Coach

My name is Ryan Natal. I grew up in northern Virginia and have been swimming almost my entire life. I started swimming during the summer in the Dominion Country Club League before I transitioned into club swimming. I swam with Machine for 7+ years before I graduated from Langley High School and attended the College of William & Mary, where I also competitively swam for 4 years. I assisted the Tribe in their first ever CAA Championship wins in 2015 and 2016. I graduated from W&M this last May cum laude with a major in chemistry and a minor in biochemistry.  

I’ve coached summer swimming for several years, but I’m beyond excited to begin coaching for club – especially with Machine Aquatics. I can’t wait to see you around the pool deck!

Sean Mayer

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National Team, Age Group, and Micro Coach

I began swimming at the age of 6 for Hunt Valley Swim Team in the NVSL. I joined Machine Aquatics as a swimmer at the age of 11 and swam for Machine until my graduation from West Springfield High School. I swam for 4 years at the University of Mary Washington and graduated with a degree in Mathematics. I have coached in the NVSL for the Hunt Valley Swim Team for the past 4 years. I am super excited to be joining the coaching staff at Machine Aquatics and look forward to a great year! 

 

Cara Zittle

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Age Group and Micro Machine Coach

Born and raised in Montgomery County. Started my swimming career at age 10 with MCSL then year round with Flying Gull Aquatic Club. I swam briefly for Salisbury University’s swim team. Later I went>

I graduated with a B.S. and M.Ed in Special Education from UMD and am now beginning my second year of work in MCPS as a special education teacher.

Kevin Long

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Age Group and Senior Coach

Kevin began his competitive swimming career at the age of four in Lynchburg, VA in what was then known as the Lynchburg Aquatic League. He continued his swimming career through high school and was a two time YMCA Jr. National Qualifier and 3 time National Qualifier.  Primarily a sprint freestyler, he still holds a record in Lynchburg for the 400m. 

After high school Kevin attended and swam for Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, FL, before launching a 25 year career in the film industry. He returned to the ranks of USA Swimming as a coach in 2014 to rekindle his competitive passion, which in his words “was the result of an ongoing love of the sport as an interested spectator, mostly of NCAA swimming, and a peer of several club swimming coaches”.

After working as a volunteer, he joined H2Okie aquatics in Blacksburg, VA as an age group coach for the 2015-16 season, managing a group of 30 swimmers between the ages of 10 and 14 who ranged from novices to Age Group Championship qualifiers. This challenge cemented his passion for coaching, in helping kids develop their work ethic through all phases of training and realizing their potential through both personal and team focused goals.

Kevin is also a part-time professional photographer. While living in Los Angeles he owned and operated a 'cleared artwork' business, renting and selling his work for television and film production. He has an older brother who lives and works in Blacksburg, VA, and a mentally and physically challenged younger brother who still lives in Lynchburg, who is an incredible life force of positive motivation in every way.

Kevin joins Machine Aquatics to work primarily with the Fairland and UMD sites.

 

Alison Galbraith

Administrator

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I am on the “dry-side” of Machine Aquatics family. My role is to answer the phones, help with registration, assist with admin tasks and manage hospitality at our Machine meets. I am here to support our Machine families in any way that they need. In addition, I teach our TRX strength classes at Machine M3.  Im excited to be adding youth and teen yoga to our offerings this year. 

We are a Machine family so youll see my kids in the water and my husband on the deck!