Evan H Stiles
AAC Head Coach
Evan has been with the Arlington Aquatic Club since 1993. He
spent the first 12 years as a Head Age Group coach and the Head
Masters coach. In 2005, Evan took over as the Head Coach.
Evan grew up in Alexandria, VA, where he attended Mt. Vernon
High School and graduated in 1987. He went on to get a BA in
Geography in 1991 from Mary Washington College and then a MSS in
Sport Coaching from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL
Evan has also been a Varsity high school coach for the past 26
years. He spent 22 years at O'Connell and the past 4 years at St.
Stephen’s & St. Agnes School. During the summers, Evan
coaches in the NVSL, the past 17 years at Dowden Terrace. Evan
currently is the Virginia Independent Schools (VISAA) Swimming
President. He has also spent the past 3 years as the Potomac Valley
Swimming (PVS) Coaches Rep and is about to begin the new role of
PVS Senior Chair.
Bethany E Ellis
AAC Assistant Head Coach
Bethany grew up swimming for Southern Crescent Aquatic Team in
Georgia. She attended college Studying Marine Biology at the
University of West Florida. She coached at North Baltimore Aquatic
Club for 8 years as a lead coach. She was the head coach for the
Baltimore City Special Olympics Swim Team for 3 years. After moving
to Alexandria she has spent 6 summers as the head coach of
Belle Haven Country Club’s Swim Team.
This is her sixth season coaching with Arlington Aquatic
Club. She has worked with the Mini Gators on up through the Senior
level. She is lead coach for the Age Group Performance Swim Group
as well as Assistant Head Coach.
John R Bechtoldt
Gypsy A Roberts
Gypsy began swimming at the age of four with the Parklawn
Piranhas. She got her start with year-round swimming a couple of
years later with AAC and Curl Burke. She was a member of the Bishop
O’Connell High School swim team her freshman and sophomore
years, and after transferring to start her junior year, swam for
the J.E.B Stuart Raiders.
While in college, Gypsy spent her summers working as a lifeguard
and swim instructor for young swimmers of varying ages and
abilities. She completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia
Tech, has a graduate degree in clinical psychology, and currently
works for local government. Gypsy joined the AAC coaching staff in
2013, and has been a lead coach for Age Group Prep.
Julie began swimming at the Warren, PA YMCA at the age of 10 and
continued swimming for Warren Area High School as a teenager.
At Slippery Rock University, she was an All Conference swimmer
specializing in distance freestyle. After graduating from Slippery
Rock, she continued her love for swimming with the DC and the
Arlington Masters teams for the past 20+ years.
She joined the coaching staff at AAC in 2009 and has taught many
of the Arlington Aquatic Club young swimmers the four strokes as
they began their careers on the Mini Gators and Mega Gators teams.
Julie is also the Assistant Head Coach for the Arlington Forest
Tigers in the NVSL.
She has three children one of which she currently home schools.
Her oldest son is a member of the United States Marine Corps, her
middle son swims and plays water polo at Gannon University and her
daughter is a high school junior and swims competitively.
Julie is the lead coach for Age Group Wakefield and Age Group
Prep Wakefield for the 2019-2020 season.
Michael J Lengle
Michael was born and raised in Arlington, VA. He first dove into
competitive swimming at Arlington Forest Club (AFC) in the Northern
Virginia Swim League (NVSL) at the age of 6, a few years later at
Competition Swim Clinic, and then at Arlington Aquatic Club (AAC).
Over the years, he donned caps for Thomas Jefferson Middle School
and Washington-Lee High School.
He started coaching and teaching swim lessons in 1996 for AFC,
for six seasons. He stopped swimming competitively in college to
pursue volunteer and teaching opportunities in the Emergency
Medical Services while earning a B.A. in Sociology. After
graduating from Georgetown University in 2001, he taught swimming
part-time at the Sports Club/LA in Washington, DC, before returning
to AAC in 2011 as a Mini-Gators coach. He works full-time as a
project manager providing subject matter expertise for
environmental, public health, and emergency management related
programs, in addition to competing in triathlons.
Kathryn L McAbee
Kathryn began swimming at her local YMCA at the age of 11. She
continued swimming through high school and college. Kathryn began
her coaching career with the YMCA team she grew up swimming with.
She has coached for over a decade with a range of teams, including
as an assistant YMCA coach, head high school swim and dive coach,
and USA Swimming coaching experience with all age groups. Kathryn
has been with AAC and the Age Group program since 2013 and is
currently the lead coach for Age Group at Wakefield. Kathryn works
full-time for the Department of Defense.
Matt grew up locally in Annandale, Va. He began his swimming
career at Forest Hollow Swim Club in Annandale at the age of four.
Later, Matt was their Head Coach from 2001-2004. He graduated from
Annandale High School in 2002. In his senior year he was the
Captain of the swim team while leading them to a third place finish
in the state and a member of the State Record Setting 200 Medley
After high school Matt went on to swim for the College of
William and Mary. Matt qualified for Junior Nationals in three
events as a member of the Arlington Aquatic Club. While swimming
for William and Mary, he received the "Freshman of the Year" award
and continued to make more National qualifying times.
Matt started coaching for the Williamsburg Aquatic Club in the
summer of 2006. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in Marketing
and Information Technology, Matt returned to AAC. He is currently
works at WGCC’s as the Director of Aquatics and head coach of
their summer team, and he coaches the AAC Senior group in the
Emily Carter Cline
Carter grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where her passion for the
sport began while swimming for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, as well
as her summer league swim team from ages 5 to 18. This is her
fourth year coaching with AAC, where she is the lead coach of the
Age Group and Age Group Prep programs at the Washington-Lee site.
Carter previously coached for York Swim Club from 2012-2015 and has
twelve years of summer league coaching experience. Currently, she
also serves as the Co-Head Coach and Swim Lesson Coordinator at
Washington Golf & Country Club. Carter is very excited for
another awesome season with AAC. Go Gators!
Adrien c Henric
Adrien started his swimming career as an 8&U for the NVSL
Broyhill Crest Barracudas, growing up his passion for team sports
and athletics lead him to compete in other sports such as football,
lacrosse, basketball, and other intramural sports teams. His love
for swimming grew stronger as it ended up being his favorite
athletic experience. He continued to swim for the NVSL, York, and
Annandale High School until he graduated. His love for competition
and swimming brought him back to the world of swimming by way of
coaching. He is currently on his second year with AAC and coaches
and the North Springfield Swim Club during the summer. This year
you can find Adrien working with with our Age Group Prep team at
Yorktown High School. He also leads the Gators program, Swim
Clinic, and Middle School Sprint with the help of Kevin, Adam, and
My name is Kevin Nicholson and this is my second year
coaching at AAC.
I currently coach Age Group, Age Group Plus, and Age
Group Performance, and have helped with Gators practices.
I’m from Ithaca, NY and swam for club, summer,
and school swim teams from the age of six through my senior year of
I went on to swim for the men’s swim team at
Gettysburg College between 2011 and 2015.
After graduating I served as an assistant coach for
the boys and girls varsity swimming and diving teams at Ithaca High
School for one year, taught history and social studies for two
years at the Whitestone Academy in upstate NY and then moved to
Arlington in 2018 to get my Master’s degree in history at
George Washington University.
I joined AAC in September of 2018 and have really
enjoyed my time here since!
Olivia’s passion for the sport of swimming began at the
early age of 4 when she began swimming for the local YMCA in
Clarksburg, WV. In 2003, Olivia’s family moved to Richmond,
VA where she swam for Poseidon Swimming and eventually landed a
scholarship at Penn State. Unfortunately, a career-ending shoulder
injury forced Olivia to quit the sport; however, her passion for
the sport did not dwindle and drove her to giving back to the sport
through coaching. Olivia has been a coach for the past 12 years
including 6 years as the Head Coach of a summer league team in
Richmond as well as time with Poseidon Swimming. Olivia joined the
AAC coaching staff to continue her passion after moving to the
Arlington area. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at
Virginia Hospital Center in the Intensive Care Unit and loves
coaching for AAC part-time!
Cabell D Perrot
Cabell started swimming at age 6 for the High Point Dolphins,
and began swimming year round at age 8. At 13 he joined the AAC
Senior/National Prep Group. He qualified for NSCA Junior Nationals,
Speedo Junior Nationals and the US Open throughout his career.
Academically, Cabell went to St. Stephen's and St. Agnes High
School in Alexandria, received his Bachelor's from George Mason
University, and his Master's from Arizona State University. Cabell
began coaching for AAC in 2012 and is the assistant coach for the
Senior Group and Age Group Performance as well as co-lead coach of
Middle School Sprint.
Adam Michalak Michalak
Lindsay K Cronin
Paul J Campanella