Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Heather Coulson Haddock

OWNER/PRESIDENT

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Heather Coulson Haddock has spent the majority of her life in and around the pool. She attended the University of Tennessee on a full swimming scholarship. Heather was a nationally-ranked, All-American swimmer for the Volunteers and competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials in the 400 Individual Medley and was also World ranked. 

In the past, Heather also served as the Head Swim and Dive Coach of the Robinson High School for five seasons - leading the team to a 90% winning dual-meet record and three consecutive Patriot District Championships titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998.  Heather is currently serving her seventh season as the assistant coach for the Chantilly High School Swim and Dive Team.

Heather also coached the Commonwealth summer league team for two seasons, including one undefeated season in Division 5 in 1996 and 1997. 

Heather founded the MAKO team in 1996 with a handful of swimmers from both Robinson High School and Commonwealth swim teams. Her philosophy is built on her own collective swimming experiences. In 1998, MAKO joined Potomac Valley Swimming as a USA Competitive swim team. Today, the team is comprised of nearly 500 swimmers, a staff of excellent coaches, and trains exclusively in the finest swimming facility in the Northern Virginia region, the George Mason Aquatics and Fitness Center in Fairfax.

Heather takes great pride in the team’s unwavering commitment to developing outstanding athletes in a positive, fun and family-oriented environment. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in special education from the College of William and Mary. For many years after founding MAKO, Heather continued to swimming competitively for the Patriot Master’s Swim Team, where she held several individual and relay records. She was also Master’s National Champion in the 50 Meter Backstroke in Hawaii in 2002.

Heather is married to Chris Haddock, has two children, Logan and Ryan.

Peter Ward

HEAD SENIOR/NATIONAL COACH

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Senior Group & National Team

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Ward began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas.  He worked as the assistant swim coach from 1991-95, and he was responsible for the distance and middle-distance swimmers.  During his time there, three Razorback swimmers he coached won conference championships.

As a competitive athlete, Ward was a four-year letterwinner for Arkansas and the 1986-87 Razorback team captain, but his success wasn't limited to just the collegiate ranks.  A world-class swimmer, Ward was a member of the Canadian National Swimming Team from 1979-88.  He placed seventh in the 200 butterfly at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was a silver medalist at the 1987 Pan American Games.  Ward held the Canadian national record in the 200-meter butterfly from 1981-84 and was the Canadian champion in that event in 1981, 1984 and 1986.

Ward, who is a member of both the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, has been involved with Special Olympics and also assisted with the Washington D.C.-area bid for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

He has two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel.

Mike Cook

HEAD AGE GROUP COACH

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Senior Prep Group, Junior Gold and Junior Blue Group

Beth Bedell

HEAD COACH - MINI MAKOS

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Mini Mako Blue and Mini Mako Gold

Beth Bedell is the Head Coach for the Mini Makos, and she has been coaching with the Makos since 2003.  Beth has spent more than 30 summers teaching younger children to swim.

Beth enjoys the challenge of working with age group swimmers (10 and under) and helping them develop their strokes. She continues to update her techniques and training skills by attending seminars that provide the most updated information on age group swimming, strokes, nutrition and psychology. She is certified by American Swim Coaches Association as a level II coach, and she has her Water Safety Instructor certification as well. She spent over 15 years swimming in California competing for age group, high school and college teams.

Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach in Health Science with a specialty in Radiation Therapy.

Becky Anderson

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High School, Junior Blue Group, and Mini Makos

Becky grew up in Essex, VT after moving to America from Glasgow, Scotland. She grew up swimming with Green Mountain Aquatics and the Town of Essex Swim Team. She attended George Mason University for her Bachelor's degree and swam the distance events on the Varsity team while earning her degree, class of 2014. Becky got her Master's degree from Mary Baldwin University in 2016. She returned to Vermont in the summers to coach her Summer League team and teach swim lessons. 
Becky is now an Elementary Teacher in FCPS and has had the pleasure of coaching for Makos, Swim with Beth, and the Lake Braddock Lakers for several years. Becky is passionate about swimming and helping others develop their strokes to find a love of the sport as well. Her favorite event is the 500 Free, favorite swim equipment is fins, favorite coaching tool is underwater headsets, and her favorite drill is either stutter-fly or flutter-fly.

Erica Andresen

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Mini Mako and Jr Blue Groups

Erica joined the Mako Coaching staff in the winter of 2017. She works with our 8&under groups, including Mako Developmental.   Erica grew up in Lafayette, Indiana and began competitive swimming at the age of 8. She later attended Ball State University on a swimming scholarship. She competed four years for the Cardinals and led the team as team captain during her senior year. Erica graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Aquatics. She graduated two years later from Ball State with a Masters Degree in Sport Administration.

Erica began her professional career at the University of Virginia as the Aquatic Director. She later moved to Northern Virginia and began a career at George Mason University. In the fall of 2016, after 10 years with the Recreation Department, she resigned to stay at home and become a full time mom. She is currently an American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor and still teaches for the Recreation and Athletic Department.

She lives in Fairfax with her husband, three daughters, and her dog Indy. Her daughters Claire and Reese are both Makos!

Noah Carpenter

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High School & Junior Blue Groups @ The St James

 
 
 
High School & Junior Blue Groups @ The St. James
 
Noah is returning to coach MAKO this year after serving as the Mini Mako Developmental coach from 2014-2016.  He has been a member of the MAKO family since 2005, back when he started swimming for the team. Noah swam with MAKO all the way through high school as a member of the national team, as well as during winter and summer breaks from college, where he was a member of the University of Mary Washington varsity swim team. 
 
While at the University of Mary Washington, Noah achieved a NCAA ‘B’ Cut in the 400 IM multiple times, was named an Academic All-American in 2019, and was named UMW Winter athlete of the year in 2020. Noah's proudest swimming accomplishments at UMW include being one of only three swimmers in UMW history to break 4:00 in the 400 IM and being the current School and Conference Record Holder as a member of the 800 Freestyle Relay. 
 
Noah’s coaching experience also includes four years as the assistant coach for the Parliament Panthers summer and winter swim programs, and three years as a coach for the Swim with Beth program. He is also currently the Head Coach for the Crosspointe Cruisers in the NVSL, where he has been coaching the last five summers. Noah is excited to return back to coaching the team he grew up swimming for and can't wait to help young swimmers find and nurture their love for the sport.

Noah graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BS in mathematics in 2020 and a M.Ed in secondary education in 2021. He currently works as a math teacher at Frost Middle School.

Paul Farello

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Junior Blue Groups
 
Paul Farello joined the MAKO coaching staff in 2017. Paul competed in Northeast Ohio from age 7 through high school and went on to Miami University where he swam breaststroke, butterfly, and IM. After college, Paul spent one year as the head coach of the Hamilton, OH YMCA taking several of his swimmers to YMCA Nationals. Paul then moved to Silver Spring, MD where he coached in the Montgomery County Swim League for two summers. After a period pursuing other endeavors, Paul returned to the swimming world when his oldest daughter took up the sport. 
 
Married with three children, two of them MAKOS, Paul hopes that your MAKOS will develop a lifelong love for the sport like he has.

Aimee Hooper

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Senior Blue, Senior Prep, & High School Groups @ The St James

Aimee grew up in Clifton Park, NY swimming for the Albany Starfish Swim Club starting at the age of 6. She then attended James Madison University, where she competed for the swim team, while obtaining her Masters in K -12 Special Education. During the summers of her senior year and grad year, while not at school she coached the 12 and Unders for the Clifton Park Piranhas. She has been coaching for the past two years in the Northern Virginia area, while teaching at Kilmer Middle School.

 

Shannon Ice

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Senior Prep & High School Gold @ The St James

Shannon Ice joined the Mako Coaching staff in 2011.  Growing up in and around pools, Shannon began swimming competitively for York Swim Club at age 5 and began diving for the same team the following year.  She continued her swimming and diving in the NVSL at Lee Graham Pool and at O'Connell High School, and Shannon went on to college-level diving at University of Maryland then George Mason University.  Shannon continues to enjoy swimming competitively through training for and participating in many nearby triathlons.

Shannon began teaching swim lessons almost 20 years ago and has worked with young swimmers at several area pools including Lee Graham, Poplar Heights, and Lincolnia Park.  She recognizes the importance of building and reinforcing fundamental swimming skills in order to give each swimmer the tools to succeed.  She enjoys working with children and sharing her love for swimming.

Shannon holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the George Mason University and lives in Falls Church with her husband and three children.

Maura McGuire

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Mini Mako Groups

Carli L Molano

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High School & Junior Blue Groups @ The St James

Carli Molano is originally from Northern Virginia and began her swimming career in the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL) at the age of 5. She swam for the NCAP swim club and went on to receive an athletic scholarship to compete for James Madison University, specializing in the sprint freestyle events. She has been very involved with the swimming world not only by competing, but also coaching in the NVSL and continuing to give private lessons. 
 
She has always enjoyed showing kids her passion for the sport and how hard work and commitment can transfer to life outside the pool. She loves to help her athletes set goals to not only reach them, but go above and beyond. Going into her first season with the Mason Makos, Carli is very excited to add to the fun and positive atmosphere of the team!
 
Carli graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a B.S. in Justice Studies with a concentration in Crime and Criminology. She currently works as a legal assistant at a civil litigation law firm.

Elaina Moy-Jacobs

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Junior Blue & High School Groups

Elaina grew up in Northern Virginia, swimming for Victor Swim Club for ten years.  She earned a scholarship to row at Syracuse University, eventually graduating from George Washington University.  After college, she joined US Masters Swimming (USMS) with the University of San Francisco team for five years, then moved back to NOVA and joined Patriot Masters in 1999.  Elaina is a Level II certified coach and continues to train and compete with USMS.  She enjoys working with kids to develop a lifelong commitment to sports and competition.

Elaina works as a tax preparer and lives in Fairfax with her husband and three children two of who swim with the Makos.

Courtney l Scherber

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High School Groups @ GMU

Courtney grew up in Phillipsburg, NJ where she began swimming summer league at the age of six. From age 11-18 she swam year round on her USS club team, and then continued her swimming through college.  Courtney received a 5 year swimming scholarship to the University of Maryland, where she swam for four years and coached her fifth year.

The highlights of Courtney's swimming career were: NJ state champion in the 200 Freestyle, National Qualifier, and Academic All-American.  She specialized in the 400/200 IM, 100/200 Free, back, and breast.

While at the University of Maryland, Courtney gave swim lessons for 4 years and was a student assistant coach for the UMD swim team for one year.

Courtney sees coaching as a great way to give back to a sport to which she dedicated many years as an athlete. She has a passion for helping swimmers develop strong stroke techniques and encouraging them to work hard, swim smart both mentally and technically, and love their sport!

Courtney is married with 3 children, two of which are MAKOS swimmers.

Wendy Wilson

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Junior Blue Groups @ GMU

Wendy Wilson began swimming at the age of 5 for the NVSL’s (Northern Virginia Swim League) Dunn Loring Dolphins and swam in her first All Star’s when she was 8. Because of her love for summer swimming, she started with the year round competitive age group program at Solotar Swim Club, focusing on distance freestyle and backstroke. At the age of 11, Wendy moved from the Dolphins to Oakton Swim and Racquet Club where she finished out her summer career both swimming and coaching for the Otters. In addition to swimming and coaching throughout high school and college, Wendy played soccer and continues to stay involved in the sport, as well as swimming for a local Masters team. She has been coaching for over 25 years and enjoys cultivating young talent both in and out of the pool.

Married with two girls, Wendy is excited to work with the MAKO swimmers this season with the goal of fostering the love of the sport while teaching the fundamentals of swimming.

Heather Smith Lim

Website / Data Administrators

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Board of Directors

Heather Coulson Haddock

OWNER/PRESIDENT

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