HEAD COACH: MARK FAHERTY
This is an exciting year as we continue to build on a 20-year legacy of fun and fast swimming with the BWaves! I am honored to be back as your Head Coach for this upcoming summer. Bridlewood is, in my opinion, the best team in the PWSL and I look forward to leading the BWaves in the coming seasons.
The theme of this season is “Giddy Up!” as we celebrate a new chapter for the team with a new logo and some new faces around the deck. This season is going to be full of challenges as we face the toughest teams in the league, but each swim is another opportunity for our swimmers to improve and enjoy the competitive environment.
Many of you already know me and my coaching background, but for those unfamiliar, I want to take the time to tell you about my coaching philosophy. I am currently the Administrative Head Coach for Nation’s Capital Swim Club in the Prince William and Fauquier County areas, but I was born and raised in a summer league swimming environment--14 years’ worth of competitive swimming and 18 years as a head coach at 5 different summer league teams. Therefore, I’ve come to believe that success at the summer league level is not just about striving to win at swim meets…it’s about having fun in the water. Hard work and a commitment to learning the sport mixed with fun activities at practices and social functions, creates an atmosphere of positive attitudes and a winning feeling within the hearts of each swimmer.
We have put together a great coaching staff this summer to create a fantastic environment for the team members to learn and to have fun in. The goals of the coaching staff include developing the following skills for each swimmer:
Each swimmer steps onto the pool deck with unique skills and specific needs. My staff and I will work hard to emphasize the importance of consistent attendance at practices and meets to make sure that every swimmer has the chance to achieve these goals.
I cannot guarantee that we will go undefeated this season, but if we all commit ourselves to the team, yet not take swimming too seriously, I can promise you the best summer you’ve ever had as part of the BWaves! I am very grateful to be a part of the BWaves family and I look forward to seeing you on deck this summer!
HEAD ASSISTANT COACH: JEREMIAH JOHNSON
Coach Jeremiah comes to us from… us – his daughters Madison and Jai both swim with the team. He has coaching experience from the developmental stages to the High School level (and sometimes when those two overlap).
HEAD ASSISTANT COACH: LAUREN YOWELL
Coach Lauren comes to us from Victory Lakes, where she grew up swimming and coaching. She will be a Head Assistant Coach for the team and Head Coach for our Guppy Program.
ASSISTANT COACH: ASHLEY SOMMA
Coach Ashley comes back to us from college. You remember Ashley. She made Wave of the Week tee shirts and served as a Junior Coach for the past few seasons. She just couldn’t stay away and we couldn’t be happier.
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If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, 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 the board members.