Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, private lessons, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the Coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of our Team Reps.

Coaching Staff

Kelly Rose McCullough

Head Coach

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Coach Kelly Rose McCullough began coaching at the age of 16 for her local YMCA swim team in Spencer, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration Management and Accounting, Coach Kelly Rose went to work for the Sioux Falls Snowfox Swim Team. During her four years with Snowfox, she served as the Head Age Group Coach and Administrative Assistant to the Board of Directors. She was also the Head All-Stars Coach and Head Zones Team Coach for Team South Dakota for three years. Coach Kelly Rose moved out Northern Virginia in June of 2015 and began coaching with the FISH. She was the Head Mini FISH Coach for two years while also assisting with the other groups on the team. Coach Kelly Rose is now currently coaching for NCAP Tyson's where she is lead coach for the Silver 1 AM/PM program, Bronze 1 AM, Bronze 2B, and HSP while assisting with the Gold 2 program as well. In Kelly Rose's spare time she gives lessons at Swim Box in Arlington. This will be Coach Kelly Rose's fourth season with the Whomping Turtles and she cannot wait for another great summer!

Jessica Cruzado

Assistant Head Coach

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Jessica was a year-round competitive swimmer through high school. She swam for Highlands from ages 12 to 18, and joined the Highlands’ Coaching Staff as a Coach-in-Training when she was 15. This will be Jessica’s 10th year coaching. She graduated in 2019 from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor's in Chemistry and Computer Science. In 2017, Jessica became a nationally certified American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Summer League Coach. Jessica also coaches a developmental stroke school program for NCAP Tyson's.

Dan McGuire

Assistant Head Coach

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Coach Dan has been swimming since the age of 6 and move to northern VA when he was 13, where he swam for the tiny NVSL team, the Fairfax Club Estates Flippers. He also swam club for both NCAP and Machine through his high school years. He then shipped off to the distant land of Fredericksburg, VA to attend the University of Mary Washington where he majored in Spanish and Linguistics and also swam on the team for all 4 years. During college, he also coached for his former NVSL team, Fairfax Club Estates, where they started in division 14 and made it all the way up to division 7. Since 2018, he has been coaching for NCAP Marymount, where he is currently the Head Senior Group coach and Bronze group coach as well as working for SwimBox, a company that does video analysis of swim strokes in an endless pool. His entire life is now dedicated to making sure kids are not only swimming faster, but also swimming injury free. He's also looking forward to his first summer with Highlands this year!

Kelsey Isman

Co-Head Mini Whomper Coach

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Coach Kelsey is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University where she is a member of the swim team. She graduated from Yorktown High School in 2019. She was a member of the swim team at Yorktown and also swam for Clark Swim Club. She was a member of the Highlands team from ages 7-18. In addition to coaching the Mini Whompers, she has coached for Norman Swimming, Marymount Developmental Swim Team, Marymount Swim School, and the Arlington Adapted Aquatics program. She has been coaching private lessons up at Wesleyan as well. She looks forward to a great season!

Maggie Campion

Co-Head Mini Whomper Coach

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This summer is Maggie’s 5th year as a Highlands coach and 6th year coaching swim. Maggie swam for 12 years from ages 7-18. She also coached volleyball for the past 3 years and played basketball for McLean High School. Maggie has experience with swimmers and people of all abilities as she has coached adaptive swim classes in the past and has been a part of Best Buddies since middle school. She just graduated from McLean and will attend James Madison University in the fall.

Allison Martin

Assistant Coach

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Allison has been a Whomping Turtle since she was seven years old. She has also been swimming year-round with The Fish since she was eight, and is a member of their National team. She is a rising senior at Georgetown Visitation, and is a Scholastic All-American. Her favorite strokes are butterfly, freestyle, and IM. She loves working with kids of all ages. Allison is very excited for her third year coaching at Highlands!

Ben Charles

Assistant Coach

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Ben Charles has been a Whomping Turtle since he was 6 years old, and has fallen in love with the sport ever since. He swims year-round for Machine Aquatics and will be swimming at The University of Texas at Austin next year. He has been a coach on the team for the last 4 years and has competed in numerous national and international level meets. His favorites strokes are Butterfly and Breaststroke, but he is well-versed in all of the different strokes. He is looking forward to another year of swimming on the team and his last swim season with the Turtles!

Christopher Stewart

Assistant Coach

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Chris has been a Whomping Turtle since 2010 and has been a coach and group lessons instructor since 2018. He has also been coaching in the Highlands Winter Program for the past two years. Chris has just finished his junior year at Gonzaga College High School where he is a rugby player. Chris swam for Clark Swim Club for many seasons. He enjoys teaching swimmers of all levels, but he specializes in beginners and helping kids with a fear of the water with getting comfortable swimming. He is a lifelong resident of Arlington, and is very excited to coach again this year!

Greer Schuman

Assistant Coach

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Greer is a rising senior at Bishop O'Connell High School. She was a competitive swimmer from age 8-13 on the Fish swim team. She also swam on varsity swimming at Bishop O'Connell. Greer has been a part of the Whomping Turtles since 2008. Last year she was a Mini Whomper coach and loved every part of it. Over the winter, Greer coaches for Matt Norman Swim. She is really excited for the 2020 swim season! Go Whomping Turtles!

Meredith Bacon

Assistant Coach

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Meredith is a rising college freshman and graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School this spring. This will be her third year coaching and swimming for Highlands. She is currently a captain for her high school swim team and swims for NCAP Marymount, previously known as Clark Swim Club. She enjoys working with kids of all ages and levels. Besides coaching at Highlands, she has also coached for Norman Swimming and Future Saints at Marymount, and currently coaches for Adapted Aquatics. She can't wait for another fantastic season with the Whomping Turtles!

Alissa Keegan

Assistant Coach

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Alissa graduated Bishop O’Connell High School in May 2020 and will be attending Georgia Tech in the fall and majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Alissa has been a State Championship Team varsity swimmer and cross country runner throughout high school. She joined NCAP’s year-round program at age 7, where she competed in PVS Junior Olympics and IMX Games, and with the Zone Team. Alissa has been a member of the Highlands Swim Team since age 11, but has been swimming in the NVSL since age 5. Her favorite strokes are free and fly, although she also enjoys helping her swimmers rise to the challenge of the IM and other events that challenge their endurance. Alissa is a lifeguard and loves working with younger children to help them master the lifesaving skill of swimming as well as grow in sportsmanship. She is excited to be working again with your child this year to increase their love of this sport!  She is also available this summer to teach private lessons. 

Daniel Isman

Assistant Coach

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Dan is a rising junior at Yorktown High School. He has swum for Yorktown since freshman year and swum for Highlands since he was 6. He also swims for NCAP Marymount year round. He has coached for Norman Swimming and volunteered for the Arlington Adapted Aquatics program. He is looking forward to a great summer!

 

Forrest Spencer

Assistant Coach

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Forrest is a student at Trinity Christian High School and has been on the Highlands Swim Team since the 2015 swim season. He loves the sport of swimming and has been swimming since the fifth grade. He has been coaching since the 2019 season.

Megan Craven

Assistant Coach

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This is Megan’s second year on Highlands and it has been an absolute blast! Last year Megan worked as a coach in training and truly enjoyed working with and getting to know all the swimmers. Megan swims competitively year round for Machine. She specializes in breast and free and can work with kids of all ages.

Adam Kunz

Assistant Coach

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This summer is Adam’s 10th season swimming with the Highlands Swim Team and second year as a coach. A rising senior at McLean High School, Adam enjoys team building, coaching, and mentoring youth. He has worked with youth as a mentor for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) at McLean Youth Soccer and as a math tutor. In 2018, Adam served as the Youth Director for the Education Foundation’s sport and academic summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls. At McLean High, Adam plays Varsity Soccer and is the founder of the Biology Olympiad Team. He also enjoys playing soccer with the Arlington Soccer Association and basketball with Mclean Youth Basketball.  Adam loves swimming and coaching for Highlands, and is looking forward to a great summer with the team!

Sky Sunderhauf

Assistant Coach

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Skye has been a Whomping Turtle since 6 years old and is now a rising senior at McLean High School. She swims year-round with The Fish and she also swims on her high school team. Skye has been a coach at Norman Swimming for three years and this will be her second year coaching at Highlands. Last summer, her favorite part of being a coach was seeing her swimmers improve from the beginning of the season to the end! Skye loves all the strokes, especially butterfly and breaststroke. She can't wait for another summer with the Highlands Whomping Turtles and is ready to help the kids get faster and most importantly, have fun!

Hanna Boughanem

Coach in Training

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Hanna is a swimmer who finds joy in the sport both in and out of the water! She has been swimming with Highlands since she was nine years old, and has greatly enjoyed being a part of the Highlands family. She has worked with kids in the past as both a tutor and volunteer instructor, and loves helping children succeed. She has been swimming since she was seven years old, and specializes in the breaststroke, individual medley, and distance freestyle events. In the summer of 2015, she set a new team record in the 50 meter breaststroke and was part of an NVSL record-breaking relay team. She has also competed at a high level with her winter swim team and continues to work hard in the sport. Hanna is thrilled to work with all of the swimmers here at Highlands and is very excited to help them reach their goals both in and out of the pool!

Jackson Baldrate

Coach in Training

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Jackson is 15 years old and is attending Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. He is beginning his eighth year swimming at Highlands. Along with swimming during the summer, he has done Machine and York winter swim in the past. He has experience teaching children with special needs how to swim while coaching at "Adaptive Aquatics." He specializes in Breastroke and Freestyle, but he can teach all four of the strokes. He can teach kids of all ages and abilities, but he especially loves teaching beginner swimmers.

Jackson Wright

Coach in Training

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Jackson is a coach-in-training, but has been swimming since he was four years old. He joined the Highlands swim team when he was eight years old, and has been swimming in A-meets ever since. His favorite strokes are freestyle and backstroke. In fact, those are the only two strokes he has swam in an A-meet, except for one 25 butterfly. When he is not swimming he likes to play basketball and percussion. Currently he attends Yorktown High School, where he is on the swim team. His winter swim club is NCAP.

Board of Directors

Meggie Scogna

Team Rep

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Cheryl Farley

Team Rep

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