Heather Coulson Haddock
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
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
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
HEAD SENIOR/NATIONAL COACH
Senior Group & National
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
HEAD AGE GROUP COACH
Senior Prep Group, Junior Gold and Junior
HEAD COACH - MINI MAKOS
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.
High School, Junior Blue Group, and
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.
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
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
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
She lives in Fairfax with her husband,
three daughters, and her dog Indy. Her daughters Claire and Reese
are both Makos!
High School & Junior Blue Groups @ The St James
High School & Junior Blue Groups @ The St.
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
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
Married with three children, two of
them MAKOS, Paul hopes that your MAKOS will develop a lifelong
love for the sport like he has.
Senior Blue, Senior Prep, & High School Groups @ The St
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.
Senior Prep & High School Gold @ The St
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.
Mini Mako Groups
Carli L Molano
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
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.
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
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
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
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