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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other group specific needs, please contact your primary deck coach.  If they are not able to help you, please contact the head site coach for your facility.

For all questions related to swim meet fees and other meet questions that can not be addressed by the process above, please contact Coach Bill.

For questions regarding registration and account management, please contact Jess Baughman

For all other administrative questions, please contact Coach Barry.

Coaching Staff

Bill Marlin

Head Coach/AM - Senior/National

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Bill started swimming in 1973 at the age of seven for the West Shore Y.M.C.A. in Camphill, PA until graduating from high school in 1984. During his eleven years as a West Shore Barracuda he received numerous awards including "Most Improved", "High Point", "Undefeated", and "Coaches Award". He also earned State Champion and State and Mid-Atlantic Record Holder Awards and placed in the top eight at the Y.M.C.A. Nationals his last three years as a Barracuda. 

Bill served as team captain for the Barracudas his senior season and his high school swim team his junior and senior years. During his senior year in high school, Bill was voted "Athlete of the Year" and was the recipient of the Old Timers Athletic Association Award for "Outstanding Male Swimmer" in his high school district. 
Bill was heavily recruited by many area colleges but ultimately chose to swim for the Pennsylvania State University (1984-87) where he continued to improve his times. Upon graduation, Bill held one of the top five fastest times in school history in the 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle and was a member of the 1985 Eastern Championship Team. 

Bill started coaching in 1983 during his junior year in high school for the Hershey Country Club. He then coached four more years in the Harrisburg area where he had the opportunity to work with future Olympian, Anita Nall, for two years in the 8 & under age group. In 1992, Bill became an assistant coach for a local PVS team with his brother and formed the Potomac Marlins during the following season. In his 24 seasons as the Potomac Marlins Head Coach, Bill has produced 28 Junior National Level swimmers, 6 Senior National Level swimmers, 7 US OPEN swimmers and has taken 4 swimmers to the USA Olympic Trials. 

Bill earned a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science and was a certified Personal Fitness Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Bill holds a Level 4 coaching certification through the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and functions as the Potomac Marlins head coach, team trainer and training program coordinator. 

Coach Bill is the Potomac Marlins Team Trainer and is responsible for designing and maintaining the training plan for all Potomac Marlin practice groups. Coach Bill also handles all Potomac Marlins swim meet operations including; meet entries, meet director responsibilities for hosted meets, and related questions. 

Coach Bill has served on the Potomac Valley Swimming Board of Directors for 18 years and is currently serving his last term as the General Chairman.   Coach Bill’s other positions on the Board of Directors have been: 6 years as PVS Coaches Rep., 6 years as the Age Group Chairman, and  4 years as the Senior Chairman. In addition, Bill has been serving on the USA Swimming Age Group Development Committee for the past 2 years and currently has recently been appointed by USA Swimming to serving as the Chair of this committee. Coach Bill was also selected by United States Swimming to serve on the coaching staff for the Eastern Zone Select Camp in 2007 and 2012 and the Head Coach of the Southern Zone Select Camp in 2015. Coach Bill is also the PVS Distance Coordinator.

Barry Marlin

Chinq - Head Site Coach, Senior/SP/AGAD

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Barry began swimming at the age of nine for his local community swim club, The Mountain View Crawdads, then jumped immediately into winter swimming that same year for the West Shore Y.M.C.A. in Harrisburg, PA. While swimming for the West Shore Y.M.C.A., Barry became one of the states fastest butterfly and freestyle swimmers. Highlights of his age group career include several state records in the 50, 100 & 200 free, and 100 fly, undefeated state champion in the 200 freestyle from 1975 through 1981, and a National Y.M.C.A. record in the 11-12 year old 200 yard freestyle.

Barry was elected team captain of his Y.M.C.A. and his high school team in his junior and senior years and was the first swimmer from his high school to place in finals at the State Championships at the Pennsylvania State University where he later attended college on scholarship. While at Penn State, he received "Outstanding Swimmer" awards in his freshman and junior year and "High Point Scorer" in his first 3 years and runner-up in his senior year. While at Penn State, Barry held 8 of 13 team records (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly, 200 Back, 100 Back) and was a member of all 3 record setting relays. During his senior year at Penn State along with his brother Bill, who was then a freshman, the Penn State team reached their goal to become the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference Champions.

Barry began his coaching career with the Mountain View Crawdads while in college. After graduating Barry moved to the D.C. area where he worked as a Landscape Architect, and joined a local masters team at Chinquapin Rec. in Alexandria. After 5 years he left his job and started school at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. As a full time "starving" art student, Barry began coaching in the PVS league. Between 1990 & 1993 he coached for several area teams. Upon graduation from the Corcoran School of Art in 1994, the Potomac Marlins were officially formed.

Coach Barry is the Potomac Marlins, CEO, CFO and Team Manager. He is responsible for team and business operations including, pool contract administration, advertising and promotion, team outfitting design and procurement, billing, practice and scheduling, and operations. Barry is currently the primary Coach at Chinquapin for the Age Group Stroke Development, Aerobic Development , Age Group Select, Sr. Prep and Senior programs.

Steve Ercolano

Cub Run - Head Site Coach, SPG, AGS

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Steve Ercolano grew up in Northern Virginia and swam summer league at Hollin Meadows in the 1960's and 70's. Steve continued to swim through High School. His coaching career started in 1973 at the Mt. Vernon Yacht Club in the Dominion Country Club League. He coached summer league through the 70's and 80's for various teams including Mt. Vernon Yacht Club 73, 75-77, Commonwealth 74, Hollin Meadows 78-80, Virginia Hills 81 and Holmes Run 82-86. He returned to summer coaching in 2003 starting a new team at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston where he still coaches. From 1980 - 82, Steve coached Ft. Hunt High School.

Before joining Potomac Marlins in 2001, Steve was a coach at Curl-Burke  for 20 years. Steve was a PVS Zone Team Coach in 1985 & 1986, served as PVS Coaches Rep. from 1988 - 1992, and was also the Senior Swimming Chairman for PVS from 1993 - 1999. Steve was also the USA Swimming Bronze Select Camp Coach in 1992 and was USA Swimming Select Camp Director in 1994.

Steve is currently certified as an ASCA level 4 swim coach with the American Swim Coaches Association. Throughout the years he has worked with swimmers of ages and has coached over 35 Junior National qualifiers as well as national and Olympic Trials qualifiers. 

Chris Marlin

AM - Senior Prep & AG Select

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Coach Chris started competitive swimming at the age of 4, swimming for the Potomac Marlins.  Chris was a two time qualifier for the PVS Zone Team in the 100 & 200 Butterfly and set several team records during his swimming career with the Marlins. 

Chis is entering his 6th year coaching for the Potomac Marlins.  Chris is the primary deck coach in the evenings at Audrey Moore working with the Age Group Select and Sr Prep swimmers. Over the past several years, Chris has qualified numerous swimmers to the PVS Junior Champs meet and the PVS Junior Olympic meet where several of his swimmers qualified for finals.

Chris has also coached for the Lakeview Marlins, an NVSL summer team, the past five summers and will be the head assistant coach this summer.  Chris helped guide the LV Marlins to three undefeated seasons between 2014 and  2016!  Chris is a graduate of Chantilly High School. He is looking forward to working with the swimmers this season.

Blake Chamlee

JCC - AGAD, AGS & HSC

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Blake grew up in Annandale, VA, and began swimming for the Ilda Clippers at age 8. Enjoying the team competition and wanting to stay involved with the sport, he became an assistant for the Clippers coach (under current Marlins coach Angie Niezgoda) at the age of 15. After five years of assistant coaching and teaching swim lessons, Blake would eventually become the Head Coach of the Ilda Clippers in 2013 and then the Head Coach of the Poplar Tree Pirates in 2014. After knowing only two teams his entire life, Blake joined the Marlins in the Fall of 2014. 

Currently in his 4th year with the Potomac Marlins, Blake is looking forward to helping the swimmers achieve their goals both in and out of the pool.

John M Gullickson

Kid's Choice

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Coach John was born in El Salvador but raised in Mount Vernon, VA. Growing up in the NVSL (Mansion House) and DCCL (Mount Vernon Yacht Club) his swimming career would continue at FBST/AAC in addition to Mount Vernon & West Potomac High School. His competition days concluding at James Madison University (Club Swimming) would transition him to a greater role as Coach and Educator.

Coaching since 2004 Coach John has gained experienced through numerous summer leagues (NVSL, DCCL, PWSL & CCSDA) club swimming (VAST, PWSC, OCCS & AAC) in addition to High School Swimming (VHSL, WMPSSDL, VISAA).

Coach John is the Varsity Head Swim & Dive and Water Polo Coach at Bishop Ireton High School as well as the K-8 PE Teacher at St. Mary’s School both in Alexandria, VA.

Coach John is excited to join the Potomac Marlins Team & Staff and contribute to fun, fast and team building moments!

Rick Stakel

Cub Run - AG Aerobic/AG Stroke

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Coach Rick grew up in Oneonta, New York and swam for his local YMCA and high school teams. While in high school he was a YMCA National finalist three times and a five time medalist at Empire State Games competitions. He swam at the collegiate level each of his four years at Alfred University (NY) and served as team captain his senior year. While at Alfred, Rick earned All-American honors in 18 events and was the school record holder in six events. He was also named the Eastern Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Male Athlete of the Year in 1992. He earned his BA in English Literature at Alfred and a BS in Physical Education at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2000.

Rick began coaching in 1993 at the Westport YMCA (CT) and served as head coach at both Newtown and Joel Barlow High Schools. In 1996, he became the head coach of both the Ridgefield Aquatic Club and the Western Connecticut State women’s team. While at Ridgefield Rick coached two swimmers to Junior Nationals standards and was selected as an Eastern Zone coach three consecutive years.

In 1997, Rick became an assistant men’s coach at Harvard University.  While at Harvard, he also served as head senior coach of the resident USS team, the Mass Bay Marlins. During his two years at Harvard, Rick worked with several Division I All-Americans as well as Olympic athletes from five different countries. He also coached four additional swimmers to Junior National standards, one of which took the title in the 100 fly.

In 2004, Rick moved to Virginia and coached with the York Swim Club for three years. He was head coach of the International Country Club in the Dominion Country Club League for two years and is now head coach of the Pleasant Valley Piranhas of the NVSL. Rick is a Physical Education teacher at Liberty Elementary School in South Riding where he currently resides with his family.

Geordie Bigus

Cub Run - Senior Silver/AGSD on T/Th

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Geordie was born in PA, but grew up in VA.  He began swimming in 1982 with the NVSL’s Brookfield Breakers.   After moving to the south side of Chantilly, he finished his NVSL career in 1993 with the Poplar Tree Pirates.  He swam for Paul VI and Chantilly High School.  He was the district champion his senior year at Chantilly in the 100 breaststroke.  He swam one season at East Carolina University before transferring to George Mason University to finish his degrees.  

His coaching career began as an assistant with Poplar Tree in 1990.  His first head coaching position came with the Daventry Dolphins (NVSL) from 1994-98. After graduating from George Mason in 1998, he took a sabbatical from the NVSL to attend graduate school at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.  While at Ithaca, he coached with the Lansing Community Aquatics Team for one season.  After returning to VA in 1999, he began teaching with Fairfax County Public Schools and resumed coaching with York Swim Club (1999-2003), Chantilly High School (1999-2003), and the Greenbriar Dolphins (NVSL, 2000-03).  In 2003, he took over as the head coach at Centreville High School (CVHS) returned to club coaching with Victor-SDS (2004-07). After eight years of coaching at CVHS, he “retired” from coaching in 2010.  In 2016, the allure of working with Coach Steve and the Marlins at Cub Run was too much to pass up. 

Geordie has a dual-bachelor’s degree from George Mason in psychology and exercise science.  He completed his M.S. in exercise and sport sciences (concentration in sport psychology) from Ithaca College in 1999.  He is currently enrolled at Seton Hall University and pursuing a M.A. is school counseling.  He is currently the lead health specialist at Centreville High School, where he is also the head coach of the golf team.  

 

Erika Romack

Cub Run - Mighty Marlins/SR Prep Silver

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Erika grew up in Arlington, Texas, playing as many sports as she could at any given time.  She began to focus on swimming her junior year of high school and served as Team Captain her senior year while teaching swim lessons in the summer.  Erika attended the University of Texas where she played water polo.  Her parents moved to Maryland while she was in college, and Erika began working with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club as an age group coach.  She was fortunate enough to work alongside some very seasoned coaches and learned a great respect for the techniques behind the strokes as well as a strong work ethic.

In addition to her age group coaching duties, Erika also served as head coach for the RMSC Masters team.  Erika was with RMSC for 9 years.  While living in Florida, Erika had the opportunity to serve as the assistant coach to Olympic gold medalist Mike Heath when he began the Beaches Aquatic Club in Jacksonville, Florida.  She also served as the BAC Masters head coach where Mike Heath himself was a member of the team.

After her son was born and moving to Loudoun County, VA, Erika scaled back her coaching for the next 6 years to only include Leesburg Area Masters.  She did continue to teach swim lessons for all ages, from toddlers to adults, for the next 14 years.  Erika is a big proponent of stroke technique and believes in teaching children the tools they need to swim effectively from a young age.  She is very excited to be a Marlin and share her love of swimming with another new generation of swimmers.

Johann Shim

JCC - AGAD

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Johann started swimming at the age of three in South Korea. He moved to Austria at age seven where he started to swim competitively. When he moved to United States at the age of 13, he swam for QDD and then with NCAP. While in High School he placed 3rd at States and helped Robinson take home the state title in 2013. Johann still holds the 100IM record for the 15-18 for Burke Center Stingers and placed 2nd at All Stars. While at George Mason University, Johann set the 400 Medley Relay record his Sophomore year and placed 4th at A-10 conference championship in 200 Breaststroke. Johann also trained several summers with the Korean National Team.

Johann began coaching in 2011 as an assistant coach at CSL. He coached the NVSL’s ILDA Clippers to win the Division in 2015 and was a part time coach at Moon Swim Club (MAC) for several years. He also runs ILDA’s winter program.

Johann will be graduating in 2017 at George Mason University with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Coach Johann is really excited to be a part of Potomac Marlins and help kids achieve their goals in and out of the pool.

 

Zia Palmer

Lee District - Primary Coach, AGAD, AGSD

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Zia started swimming at the age of five. She swam for the Hollin Meadows Swim and Tennis Club and The Potomac Marlins. While swimming for Hollin Meadows Zia was a high point award recipient as well as a Northern Virginia Swimming League All Star meet participant. Swimming for the Potomac Marlins increased her love and appreciation for the sport, and was an inspiration for her to begin coaching so that she could pass on the knowledge and love for the sport. Zia is currently pursuing a degree in Art and Visual Technology with a concentration in Photography at George Mason University. 

Zia began her coaching career in 2011 as a developmental coach for Hollin Meadows. In the summer of 2016, she went on to coach for the Chinquapin Wahoo’s. Zia began coaching with the Potomac Marlins as a Mighty Marlin and Stroke School coach and is currently the primary coach at Lee District for the Age Group Stroke Development, and Aerobic Development.

Becky Burke

Audrey Moore - Assistant AGSD, MM, SS,

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Becky is a native from Springfield, Virginia.  She began swimming at the age of 2 beginning with the Fairfax County Park Authority.  In 2002 she started swimming for Ravensworth Farm Swim and Racquet Club where she currently holds 2 individual and one relay record.  Becky started swimming with the Potomac Marlins in 2003 and hasn’t left.  She swam 2 years at Annandale High School, but wanted to commit all her time to US Swimming.  Becky swam one year in college at Shippensburg University, but transferred to George Mason to pursue her degree in Government/International Affairs.

Since 2011, Becky has won several events at the PVS LC Jr. Champs meet; was a member of the 2011 PVS Zones Team, 2014 PSAC Qualifier; and 2014 CSCAA Scholar All-American Team for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Becky has worked as a junior coach and deck coach since 2011 at Ravensworth Farm (NVSL) where she worked with children from no swim skills to those making Allstars.  The summer of 2014 Becky taught swim lessons at Camelot Pool for groups of children between the ages of 3-18. 

Becky continues to swim with the Potomac Marlins while attending school and hopes to continue to pursue her goals as well as helping others develop their own.

 

Jessica Mundi

Chinq - Mighty Marlins & AG Silver

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Jess grew up in various parts of Maryland, and was placed in swim lessons at the age of four. By the age of six, she was swimming with the Edgewood Aquanauts and swam there until the age of 10. After a brief period away from the pool, she started swimming again for the Potomac Raiders in La Plata, Maryland. Upon entering high school she swam Varsity for four years and was Co-Captain her junior year.

Jess began coaching in the summer of 2005 when she took on the role of assistant coach for the Swan Point, Stingrays and coached the Mini Stingrays aged 4-7.  Jess is really excited to join the team and work with the swimmers in reaching their goals!

AJ Evans

Kid's Choice - Stroke School

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AJ has been swimming for 11 years and has been coaching on a summer swim team for three years.  I've been working with kids that are new to swimming for three years and are prepared to make this a great year for the children.

Will Steinhilber

Cub Run - SP Silver, AGSD, AG Silver, MM

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Will began swimming when he was five years old with a Colonial League team called the Sequoia Farms Stingrays. Wearing his goggles extremely tight and all the time, he earned the nickname “frog-boy”. He swam with the Stingrays until he was eighteen. He began his coaching career with the team as a junior assistant at age sixteen. For the past three years, he has worked with the Stingrays as an assistant coach.

Will swam for four years with the Westfield High School Varsity Swim Team.  From there he went on to swim for the James Madison University club swim team for four years, and recently graduated with an engineering degree. Will swam year-round with the Potomac Marlins for seven years, and is now excited to come back as a coach!

Angie Niezgoda

JCC - AGSD

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Previous coaching experience includes local USA Swimming teams, the NVSL and the PWSL. Angie also coached for Woodson HS in Fairfax County. Angie coached the NVSL’s Ilda Clippers to win relay carnival, the division and the sportsmanship award.  Angie founded the Kingsbrooke Sea Lions Swim Team in Bristow VA and coordinated the move to bring 5 teams into the PWSL in one season, creating a new division. Angie has taught and coached hundreds of swimmers for over 20 years, including her own 4 children. Angie resides in Fairfax with her husband Steve and works for a government contracting firm. Angie enjoys driving her daughter around to various activities around Northern Virginia; but Coach Angie is more excited to be back on deck and coaching for the Marlins!

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Barry Marlin

Owner/CEO/CFO/Outfitting

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Bill Marlin

Owner/Head Coach

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