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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting or other swimming related needs, please contact your coach.  Contact the General Manager for all administrative questions, such as dues, safety, or policy issues.

Coaching Staff

Aaron Dean

Head Coach & CEO

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Coach Aaron comes from a diverse background of over 14 years of competitive swimming experience working under 8 different coaches in Alaska, Washington & Arizona and over 26 years of coaching experience including 18 years of head coaching experience in Washington, Missouri and now in Virginia. 

Coach Aaron’s coaching background started as a volunteer assistant with his age group swim team in Alaska, continued through college and after spending a summer with the University of Michigan Swim Camps under coaching legend, John Urbanchek, in 1995 coaching swimming was solidified as his passion and career choice.  In 1996, Coach Aaron got his first head coaching job as the lead of the newly formed Bellingham Bay Swim Team in Bellingham, Washington.  In 2002, Coach Aaron moved east to Kansas City, Missouri where he led the Kansas City Dolphins swim team (also affiliated with the Little Rock Arkansas Dolphins) for six years. 

Coach Aaron joined the Occoquan Swimming family in 2008 as the general manager and now leads the program as the Chief Executive Officer, Head Coach and National Training Group Coach.  Coach Aaron’s success in coaching includes swimmers that have reached the top of USA Swimming with Olympic Trial Qualifiers, Junior National Champions, All-Americans in USA Swimming and High School Swimming, State Champions, and swimmers across the country competing at the college level.  As CEO the OCCS program has grown from just over 200 swimmers in 2008 to now with over 600 competitive swimmers training in six pools including the home of Occoquan Swimming at Central Park Aquatic Center. 

Aaron’s philosophy in coaching is centered around the inevitable pain and promise that there is no substitute for hard work.  If you want to be better, you must work harder, and the better you get the harder the work becomes in you want to continue to improve.  Swimming is not for everyone, it is a tough sport for tough athletes. Coach Aaron also believes that everyone is unique and thus techniques, motivation, communication and ultimately success comes in different ways.  Using a focus on the commitment to excellence, Coach Aaron uses the keys to building success in swimming (hard work, focus, dedication, discipline, determination) to help mentor kids through the challenges as a student athlete and ultimately in pursuit in the same way whatever career, family or life his students pursue. 

College Swimming Scholarship swimmers that Coach Aaron has coached have or are currently swimming for: Auburn, Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Truman State, Wyoming, VMI, RPI, Missouri, Missouri State, Washington, Northern Arizona, Boston College, Emory, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Manhattan College, Evansville, York, Bowling Green, Towson, East Carolina, Old Dominion, George Mason & Brigham Young, plus swimmers that swam with Harvard, Stanford, Whitman & many other non-scholarship schools.   

After a decorated age group swimming career that started at age 8 in Petersburg, Alaska, Aaron was a high school state champion in Alaska (sophomore year) and after moving to Washington State his senior year of high school won the state championships there as well in the 100 breast.  Aaron attended Northern Arizona University where he pursued a degree in exercise science with an emphasis on physiology while continuing his swimming career as a school record holder, team captain and NAU’s first NCAA National Qualifier over his four years in Flagstaff. 

Aaron’s education is centered around his passion for physiology while also staying up to date with the most recent findings in the sport sciences in biomechanics, kinesiology and psychology.  Aaron has completed the ASCA trainings and qualifications for a Level 4 coach in the sport.  He has 100’s of hours of training at conferences and clinics over the past three decades.  While in the Pacific Northwest, Coach Aaron was the camps director for the association, lead zone coach as well as a member of the technical planning committee and board of directors.  He was named Age Group Coach of the Year in the Pacific Northwest in 2001. 

Aaron and his patient and loving wife, Hannah have been married 18 years.  They live in Centreville with their three-year-old son, Dashel and, a newborn (2018) daughter, Daivey that consume Coach Aaron’s life when he’s not at the pool coaching and/or managing the team.  

Reid N Owen

Manassas Central

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Reid started swimming at age 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and he's been in the water ever since.  Through high school he swam for Pilot Aquatic Club where he specialized in sprint butterfly and mid-distance backstroke.  He then attended college at UNC Chapel Hill where he was named most improved as a freshman, beginning to specialize in distance freestyle events.  By his junior year he was an honorable mention All American in the mile and qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials where he finished 16th in the 1500 free.  As a senior he was a team captain, but a recurring shoulder injury cut short his competitive pursuits.

Since graduating from UNC, Reid has continued to stay around the pool. After moving to the DC area, he began his coaching career for the Potomac Marlins starting in 2005. Over the next decade he continued to coach part time in Alexandria while he worked as a banker, attended law school, and spent 5 years as public defender in Maryland.
Eventually the allure of the pool drew Reid into coaching full time. In 2015 he was the head site coach for the Potomac Marlins at Central Park Aquatic Center. His swimmers set more than two dozen team records and were a vital part of the team finishing fifth place at the 2016 PVS Junior Olympics.

Don Regenbogen

Manassas Central

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Coach Don Regenbogen is the lead coach for Pre-Senior group at Manassas Central.  He has a wealth of swim coaching  and physical education teaching experience.

Coach Don has over 30 years of USA Swimming coaching experience.  He was an Age Group and Head Coach of a local Virginia Swimming team for 25 years.  Prior to taking on the head coach position, Don was the Senior coach for two years.  As the Head Coach, he oversaw development of all swim groups involving over 400 swimmers and supervised 16 assistant coaches.  Don coached Olympic swimmer, Jeff Rouse, while he was swimming in the Senior Elite group of the Quantico Devil Dolphins.  Coach Don was the head coach for the Osbourn High School Swim Team for five years and currently coaches the Prince William Swim League Sudley Seahorses during the Summer.

Coach Don was a PE teacher for Manassas City Schools for 20 years, two of which he served as an Adaptive PE teacher responsible for a variety of special needs students.
  Some of Don’s accomplishments include:

1 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record holder (Jeff Rouse in the 100m Backstroke)
3 Olympic Qualifiers
1 National Champion
30 Junior National Swimmers
10 Junior National Champions
Over 50 Top 16 Ranked Athletes
Over 100 Zone All-Star Swimmers
Virginia Swim Coach of the Year 1990
High School Swim Coach of the Year  2007 and 2009

Lauren O Kranz

Manassas Central

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Christine Yowell

Manassas Central

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Coach Christine swam in the NVSL in Alexandria, VA at age 4 through age 17.  She also swam for Bishop O'Connell High School for 3 years and Arlington Aquatic Club.  She started out as a breaststroker but developed into a backstroker by high school.
Coach Christine started coaching with Riptide Swim Team in 2008 (through present) and joined the OCCS coaching staff in fall of 2018.  She was also assistant coach, co-head coach and head coach for the Victory Lakes Piranhas of the PWSL from 2009-2017.  Coach Christine currently coaches the IMX group at Manassas Central.
"Swimming is a lifetime sport as well as a lifesaving tool.  I want to instill the love of swimming in all my swimmers and help shape them into well rounded individuals."

She is married to her  best friend, Jimmy with 2 daughters, Lauren age 21 who swam with OCCS for 5 years and Sarah age 17 who currently swims with the National Training Group.

Dalton T Regenbogen

Manassas Central

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Dalton is an IMR Coach at Manassas Central.  He has 13 years of competitive swimming experience, 9 of those years with the OCCS.  He has been coaching since high school graduation.  
 
Dalton has grown up in Manassas and has been swimming since the age of 6 starting at Sudley under the guidance and encouragement of his father Don Regenbogen.  After joining OCCS, Dalton achieved several USA Sectional times and was a captain during his senior year setting high standards and expectations for team participation and commitment.  Dalton also swam for the Osbourn Park High School Swim Team.
 
Dalton is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College in the field of Civil Engineering.  He has been a part of the swimming world all his life and looks forward to fostering and developing a high level of drive and dedication to the sport of swimming in all the young swimmers that he works with.

Ross Morres

Manassas Central

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Coach Ross Morres is a coach leading the Manassas Central PNSpire program.  Coach Ross has coached several programs within Occoquan Swimming including the National, the PreNational, IMX,  IMR and Pre-IMR groups at Dale City, Freedom Center, and now at the CPAC.  He has coached and developed many Junior Olympic, PVS Zone, Junior and Senior Champion caliber athletes.  Several of his former age group swimmers compete at the collegiate level today.  He coaches with a simple philosophy that with effort and enthusiasm his swimmers will be successful and will elevate to the next level of challenges and opportunities. 

Coach Ross served as a Club President, League Representative, Referee and Stroke and Turn Official in the PWSL and as a VHSL District Referee for several years. He and his wife Coach Christina are the proud parents of two sons – Jordan and Alexander.  They live in Warrenton, Virginia along with their beagles Twinkie and Macy.

Christina Morres

Manassas Central

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Coach Christina is a Virginia native who grew up in a family heavily involved in swimming, including her brother who earned Olympic Trial qualifications. Her father was a founder of the Virginia Country Club Swim League. Christina started swimming at age 7 (before goggles were invented and swim caps still had chin straps). She competed through her teens, winning multiyear divisional titles in freestyle and breaststroke. During this time Christina also served as a swimmer/coach working with younger age groups. Christina swam recreationally through early adulthood while teaching young children how to swim.

When her son joined Occoquan Swimming in 2001 Christina became volunteer on deck coaching assistant for the pre-senior and National Training groups at the Freedom Center for five years.  Christina also served on the OCCS Board of Directors and later served as President.  She was a Stroke and Turn official and Referee for the PWSL and VHSL.

Coaching with OCCS renewed her passion for swimming and Christina and her husband (Coach Ross) joined the Freedom Center Masters group. Christina eventually became the Master’s program coach and swam competitively again ranking in the top 10 for the Colonies Zone.

Christina rejoined the OCCS coaching staff three seasons ago and has coached the Pre-Team and Medley Groups. Christina’s philosophy for coaching young age groupers is to focus on technique fundamentals. She is a believer in coaching the three ‘R’s’- learn it Right, Repeat and Reinforce (but have fun doing it). Christina says “coaching young swimmers is the most fulfilling for me, to be able to measure their improvement and foster the love of swimming and success through hard work. I love the challenge of finding creative ways to reach swimmers of this age to teach them proper technique and motivating them to become competitive.”

Christina and her husband of 33 years, Coach Ross, live in Warrenton VA. They have two grown sons Jordan and Alexander and two grand-dogs, beagles Twinkie and Macy.

DD Ross

Manassas Central

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I am a lifelong competitive and recreational swimmer, believing that swimming provides life sport options to enhance each swimmer’s physical health, mental resiliency, and personal safety around water. There is nothing that brings me more joy than to watch as swimmers improve over the course of the season through perseverance and hard work.

 My coaching experience spans over 35 years of professional USA and volunteer coaching. A journey that has taken me through many states while doing the military pack and unpack dance. After 20 years, we ended up in NOVA and have been in Manassas almost 18 years!

 Life has given me three amazing sons, two daughters-in-law (soon there will be three), two beautiful granddaughters, two very energetic large dogs, a very sweet feline, and the love of my life, my adoring husband (Dave), with whom I’ve been married forever! Or since 1981, whichever, sounds better!

While baking, reading and spending time with my granddaughters are favorite activities, spending time with the whole family gathered together is always the most rewarding.

Arianna Gibbs

Manassas Central

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Matthew Hazelworth

Manassas Central

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Kelly Brianne Call

PW East

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This is Kelly’s 20th year coaching (6 with OCCS) and has coached for several teams throughout the US. You will see her involved with almost all of the OCCS events and works “behind the scenes” at CPAC during the day. 

Kelly has coached almost all ages and levels in competitive swimming which gives her unique versatility to lead a variety of practices. She currently is coaching IMR Plus and IMX in PWE (Prince William East). She enjoys these groups because they are very committed and are always willing to push a little harder. Her philosophy each day is to teach the group something new, push them a little further and always have fun in the process. Coach Kelly believes that every swimmer should have a goal and they should always strive to be the best version of themselves. 

“Yes, I teach kids how to be better swimmers. But that’s just the sprinkles. I coach to help kids fall in love with hard work and the feeling of accomplishment. Each one of the kids I work with will hopefully walk away stronger, more confident and have learned skills that will be carried with them throughout their life.” -Coach Kelly 

Ray Fiedler

PW East

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Coach Ray joined the OCCS staff full time in 2013 and works with the IMR and IMX groups at the Chinn Aquatic Center.  He has 15 years of coaching experience at the age group, college and masters level along with 35 years of competitive swimming experience.

Ray grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA where he competed in the YMCA system qualifying for national meets as early as 14 yrs old.  He was recruited to swim at James Madison University where he spent 4 yrs on the varsity men’s team.  After graduation from JMU Ray was commissioned into the US Air Force and trained as a flight nurse and traveled the world competing as a master’s swimmer.  In 2009 after 20 years of service Ray retired from the USAF and began his 2nd career as a swim coach for Prince William Swim League’s Westridge WAVES.  Under Coach Ray’s direction the WAVES have grown from 90 to 180 swimmers and at least 30 new kids have chosen to swim year-round.

Ray is proud to be part of the OCCS family and its long tradition of excellence.  Coach Ray looks forward to working with many of the OCCS swimmers, parents & coaches and hopes he can carry-on the many traditions of the coaching staff who came before him.

Jorge Bohabot

PW East

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Coach Jorge learned to swim at age 8 and started age group competition at 9 with Tater Ledgard's (A Peru National Olympic legend) Santa Catalina Swim Club in Lima Peru. During his youth, Jorge qualified to represent the National Team at age 13 in 1988 (Ecuador) and at 16 in 1991 (Chile) at the Copa del Pacifico in the 50, 100 Free and 400 IM and freestyle relays. Jorge then moved to Washington DC to attend Georgetown University and swam for the Hoyas until 1996.
 
Coach Jorge coaches the Pre-Senior group in Prince William East (PWE) where he challenges the swimmers daily both physically and mentally. He believes that swimming isn’t just a sport, it is a tool to mold young people into strong, confident, courageous athletes who are resilient and can achieve anything they put their heart into. 
 
“OCCS reminds me so much of the teams that I always swam for: small, tight-knit and powerful...where the kids could develop into life long swimmers and take their success in pool to their everyday life.”

Matthew Mast

Prince William East

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Pam Friend

PW East

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Coach Pam Friend started her swimming career at the age of 4 with the Dale City Frogs (summer league) and at the age of 6 started swimming year round on PWSC, QDD and Ft. Belvoir trying to find a team which provided all of her needs. She finally found OCCS and that’s where she put down her roots. She competed at both National and International Swim Meets throughout her swimming career. Pam was recruited by numerous colleges and accepted a swim scholarship to Lock Haven University, later transferring to George Mason University where she continued to swim. She graduated from George Mason with a B.A. in Communication Management and later earned her Masters. Pam works for the U.S. Air Force in Public Affairs and has completed numerous leadership and officer related courses. 

Pam worked for SwimKids, coaching both swim lessons and Stealth for almost 10 years, but moved to OCCS where her elite level swim career originated. Her goal is to spread the joy that she remembered in the sport of swimming to OCCS swimmers. 

She is a mother of three. Her children Andre (AJ) and Kyliee are both OCCS swimmers and when not swimming they play travel soccer. Coach Pam still holds records in the Frog’s record books but her daughter Kyliee is hot on her tail to replace them!

Lexa Laing

PW East

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Joan Craft

WARF

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Having grown up in a swimming family, swimming has always been a large part of Coach Joan's life. Most of her USS club years were spent with the Naval Academy Juniors Swim Team in Annapolis, Maryland, where she was coached by her mother. While there, she achieved numerous team records (many of which still stand) and state records. She competed at Junior Nationals (multiple top 5 finishes), Senior Nationals, and the U.S. Open. She went on to swim at the University of Southern California where she was a part of their 1997 NCAA Division 1 National Championship team. She brings her experience as a swimmer, as well as her love for and knowledge of the sport to OCCS. She believes strongly that not only is it important to improve stroke technique and times in the pool, but it is equally important to develop a strong work ethic, good sportsmanship, patience, and determination. All while having lots of fun along the way!!

Nick Kullick

WARF

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Board of Directors

Steven Maynard

President

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James Newland

Vice President

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Tricia Peny

Secretary

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Chris Oliver

Financial Officer

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Todd Mercer

Safe Sport Director

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Phil Daniel

Member-At-Large

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Brent Gilbert

Member-At-Large

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