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Wellington Dolphin Coaches and Board Members

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Coaching Staff

Wendy McGrael

Head Coach

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Coach Wendy has over 15 years of combined swim coach experience between the NVSL, PWSL, Swim America, York Swim School and recently she also became a Certified USA Swim Coach and substitutes for the Amberjax. She is certified as a Summer League Coach by the ASCA and is working towards her Level II certification.
 
Wendy works hard to ensure her swimmers learn important character traits as well as proper swimming technique. She believes in focusing on stroke technique through drills, starts, turns, and finishes.  She wants her swimmers to have a good time while being part of the team and learn to love the sport of swimming as much as she does. 
 
She is mom to three Wellington Dolphins, Abby, Aiden and Evan, and a full time Math Specialist at Kerrydale Elementary School. She looks forward to another fantastic season with the Wellington Dolphins!
 
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Missy Hayden

Co-Head Coach

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Coach Missy Hayden has over 20 years of combined Swim Coach experience between the PWSL, year round USA Swim Club, and High School Swim, and currently Coaches for Endorphin, a Youth Triathlon Program. She is well known, and dearly loved throughout much of the Prince William swim community, with many of our own Dolphins having her as a Coach for various programs. She is very excited to be returning to our coaching staff.

Missy grew up in a swimming family, so much so that her Mother and Grandmother started their own USA Swim Club in 1981-the Prince William Amberjax. A swim athlete herself, Missy competed in USA Swim meets and in VASL all the way to the State Championships. Her start in Coaching led her to become all-around skilled in the Aquatics industry. As well as being a certified Lifeguard and Pool Operator, she has experience as a Pool Manager, Aquatics Director, Swim Instructor and holds AMLA certifications that allow her to train in Lifesaving and Pool Ops.

Coach Missy has a passion for instilling a love for swimming in her athletes. She feels it is not just a sport, but teaches real-world life skills that her athletes can take into adulthood. She also excels at “coaching the coach”, that is, helping to mentor junior Coaches to help develop the skill set needed to become a fantastic Coach.

Missy has been a Swim Mom to her own swimmers, and “gets it” from a Parent’s perspective. When she’s not on the pool deck Coaching, she’s wrangling her Brady Bunch of her own kids and step-kids as well as working full-time as the Assistant Community Manager for the Wellington Community Association.

Caleb* Roach

Mini Dolphin Head Coach

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Coach Caleb is excited about coaching the Wellington Dolphins for his 6th year. This year Caleb will be going back to where his coaching career started and will be leading the Mini Dolphins. Where he plans to use all his knowledge as a Swim Lesson Coordinator to grow the program and teach many new swimmers.

Caleb joined the Wellington family in 2011 and has enjoyed every summer being on the team. Some of his favorite memories were learning new strokes, turns, and the positive atmosphere of the Dolphins.

Caleb has an Associate’s degree in Secondary Elementary from NOVA and this fall will continue to work towards a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education at Liberty University. Caleb’s dream is to become a Fourth Grade Teacher.

In August of 2018, Caleb began teaching swim lessons at Occoquan Swim Academy. The following year he was promoted to an assistant coach for age group and senior levels at Occoquan Swimming. On September 1st of 2020, Caleb was promoted to Head Swim Lesson Coordinator and Lead Coach of the Developmental team at Occoquan Swimming. Caleb focuses his swim lesson program on a learn to swim progression with also a background of water safety.

When not at the pool coaching or teaching swim lessons. Caleb can be seen usually rock climbing or planning fun activities for his swimmers.

As a coach Caleb’s main ideas is learn the stroke correctly with a strong foundation and build on technique to help grow as a swimmer. The speed will come but a strong foundation is the key to success. Caleb is very excited to be back with his Dolphins this summer and make it the best season ever!

Kathy Meltzer

Assistant Coach

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Coach Kathy is back for her fourth year coaching for the Wellington Dolphins. This year she is the lead coach of the 13-14 group. Kathy currently finished up her fifth year with the Prince William Swim Club Amberjax and is looking forward to a sixth year with them next year.

Kathy began coaching as a summer swim coach in 2005 with Meadowbrook Makos as a mini-mako volunteer in 2005 and then Head Mini-coach from 2007 – 2016. and currently with the Wellington Dolphins in the PWSL. Before coaching with Amberjax she spent one year with the Potomac Marlins.

Kathy is a level II ASCA certified coach, Certified Lifeguard, WSI Instructor and holds a Masters in Elementary Education. Coach Kathy teaches the Water Safety Swim program at Colgan H.S. in addition to being PWCS Substitute teacher.  Although she never competitively swam as a kid, she has been swimming since she was four years old and loves being in and around water as much as possible. In high school she took to seeing how many laps she could swim in her home town pool and really came to love distance swimming for fitness, often swimming 2 or three miles at a time for a workout. Later after college she swam for masters programs and improved her strokes.  Since moving from Arizona in 2003, she resides in Manassas with her 4 kids, 2 dogs, and enjoys swimming, walks with the dogs, the beach, and skiing in between being mom taxi and being the CEO of the Meltzer household.

Kelly* Luetkenhaus

Assistant Coach

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Coach Kelly is super excited to return as a coach for the Wellington Dolphins this summer. She is a fourth year coach, and prior to coaching, she swam for the dolphins since the age of 9. She is a former year-round swimmer of Occuquan swimming. She was also the team Captain of the Osbourn Park swim team her senior year of high school. 

 

Currently, Kelly is a rising junior at Christopher Newport University, where she studies political and environmental science. She enjoys swimming with CNU's club team, running, and spending her time outdoors. 

 

 

Emma* Carroll

Assistant Coach

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Coach Emma has been swimming with the Dolphins for 10 years and a coach for 4 years. She has spent 4 years with the mini-dolphins and as an intern and a coach. She is a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech as a biomedical science major. She is super excited to finally get back in the water and have a blast with all the swimmers.

Jack* Cataneo

Assistant Coach

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Bio for Coach Jack coming soon!

Ryan Cunningham

Assistant Coach

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Bio for Coach Ryan coming soon!

Ashton* Ellsworth

Assistant Coach

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Coach Ashton's bio coming soon!

Savannah* Halstead

Assistant Coach

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Coach Savannah has been swimming with the Wellington Dolphins for 8 years and the Osbourn High School Varsity swim team for 4 years, serving as Captain her senior year. She's served as an intern coach for the Mini Dolphins and 8 and Unders for two years, and a regular Coach for two years in addition to working as an off-season coach during the winter. 
 
Savannah cannot put into words how important the Wellington Dolphins are to her. The team is supportive of all swimmers and builds confidence in each other. She's benefited from that philosophy and will work to help others benefit from it as well. They are also the "fun" team. Over her 8 years with the team, she has been awarded the Coaches Award 4 times and the Dedicated Dolphin Award in 2017. Those awards are proof that you don't have to be the fastest or best swimmer, you just have to be part of the team and work hard to do your best. As a coach, she will help her fellow swimmers be the best they can be.
 
Coach Savannah is looking forward to another great season with the Dolphins! 
 
Music is Savannah's passion. She is a recent graduate of Osbourn High School and a proud member of the school's award-winning show choir, CenterStage. She is also a member of the Manassas Chorale and performs at multiple recitals throughout the year. She's been known to belt out the National Anthem as different local events as well.  She is excited to be attending Radford University in the Fall to major in Music Therapy. 

Ainsley Ludwig

Assistant Coach

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Bio for Coach Ainsley coming soon!

Katie* Luetkenhaus

Assistant Coach

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This is Coach Katie's 10th year on Wellington Dolphins. Katie has gained experience through her 11 years of competitive swimming. Currently, she swims for Occoquan Swim Team's National Training Group. This is Katie’s first year coaching for the Dolphins and she is very excited for the upcoming season. She also has experience teaching swim lessons at Occoquan Swim Academy. Coach Katie attends Osbourn Park High school and is a rising senior. This year on the OP swim team, she was captain and enjoyed planning various activities. Some hobbies Katie enjoys are wakeboarding, skiing, hiking, and playing the guitar.

Coach Katie is looking forward to helping the Wellington Dolphin swimmers learn and perfect their strokes while having fun.

Andy* Hill

Assistant Coach

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Bio for Coach Andy coming soon!

Abby* McGrael

Assistant Coach

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Bio for Coach Abby coming soon!

Dakotah* Pinkley

Assistant Coach

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Cole* Thomsen

Assistant Coach

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Coach Cole has been swimming for the Wellington Dolphins since 2014. He enjoyed his time as a coach intern for the Mini Dolphins in 2019 and is so excited to be back as a coach this summer! He is currently a Swim Instructor for Occoquan Swim Academy, working with kids aged 3 to 15. He is a rising Senior at Colgan High School where he is in the Center for Performing Arts program for vocal performance. When Cole isn’t coaching swim or singing, he loves to build computers and is a big fan of technology and transportation. He is looking forward to helping kids have a great summer swim season while gaining more confidence in the water and learning good technique. laugh

Chuck Norris

Dry-Land Coach

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I am so excited to be back with the team this year as the Dry-Land Coach. I had a great off-season this year. My buddy Superman and I had a strength competition. Loser had to start wearing his underwear outside his pants. 

I spent some time with my friends Clint and Arnold over at the new board game place in Old Town Manassas, but they got mad when I kept winning Connect Four in three moves. Since I finished reading the Internet, I decided to count to infinity...twice. I stopped by Burger King to get my favorite-the Big Mac. To earn a little extra money, I worked as a substitute teacher but that didn't go over too well when I filled in for the math teachers since I can draw a triangle with four sides and divide by zero.  When the weather was nice, I practiced doing wheelies on my unicycle.

I have been swimming since before I was born.  I won my first Olympic Gold medal in the 100,000 Meter Butterfly when I was twelve-years-old.  I once won an underwater breath-holding contest with a fish.

When I reached the wall, no one else had even dove in yet.  I never in my life had a false-start, because anyone who dives after me is declared a false-start.  Disqualifications were always thrown out by the Head Referee because I am qualified to do anything I please.  I get my strength from eating the coping off the edge of the pool. After surviving 37 fatal shark attacks, I retired from the pool and started coaching in my ample spare time because I had already figured out how to sneeze with my eyes open and lick my elbow at the same time.

This summer, again I will see to it that there will no practice cancelations due to fact that there will always be good weather.


Current Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jennifer Whiteree

President/Meet Computer

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Randy Roach

Vice President

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Kara Ashcraft

Volunteer Lead

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Patrick Berger

Treasurer

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Nicole Zezzo

Director

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Crystal Pinkley

Secretary and Concessions Lead

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Scott Bewley

Board Member - Head Referee

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Wendy McGrael

Director

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Maidy Whitesell

Director and Social Committee Lead

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Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

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Danielle Manko

Sponsorship Director

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