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Wellington Dolphin Coaches and Board Members

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Wellington Dolphins Coaching Staff - 2019

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!
 
Whoosh!

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. 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 joining 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 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 a Corporate Executive Assistant.

Ashley* Cackett

Mini Dolphin Head Coach

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Sarah Fredericksen

15-18 Lead Age Group Coach

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Coach Sarah is originally from Lynchburg Virginia, but moved to Woodbridge in June of 2016. She was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and swam for Radford University.
Currenly, she is a 6th grade Science Teacher at Parkside Middle school, and the Assistant Swim Coach for Gar-Field High School.
Coach Sarah loves working with kids of all ages and is looking forward to a great season with the Wellington Dolphins!
 

Kathy Meltzer

13-14 Lead Age Group Coach

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

Gabriel Penn

11-12 Lead Age Group Coach

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Brandon* Swarthout

11-12 Lead Age Group Coach

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This season will be Brandon’s 8th year swimming for Wellington. It is also his 8th year swimming competitively for a OCCS. Brandon also swam for his high school team and this year he made it to states for the 500 yard freestyle. Brandon has competed at many high level meets including Junior Nationals. Brandon is a distance freestyler and looks forward to sharing his knowledge of not only freestyle, but all four strokes. 

Elaine* Shoeb

9-10 Lead Age Group Coach

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Coach Elaine swam with the Wellington Dolphins since she was 6 years old, a dolphin for 12 years. This will be her fourth-year coaching summer swim. She is a graduate from Osbourn High School where she was captain of the Varsity Swim Team. She is also a Red Cross certified swim instructor and certified pool operator.

Elaine loves swimming and enjoys working with kids all ages. She has many lifelong dolphin friends and loves watching the younger dolphins build relationships.  Elaine attends Virginia Tech where she continues her love for swimming by participating in club swimming.

Caleb* Roach

9-10 Lead Age Group Coach

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Coach Caleb has been a part of the Wellington family since he was 10. This will be his 9th swimming for the Wellington Dolphins. Coach Caleb will be in his 5th year as a Coach and 2nd year as 9-10 Lead Coach.

Caleb is a graduating senior from Osbourn where he was a Captain for the boy’s swim team. Since he began, he has enjoyed every moment of swimming and being in the Wellington Family. Just recently in the past high school swim season he was awarded Coaches Award.

In August of 2018, Caleb began teaching swim lessons at Central Park Aquatic Center from ages 2 to 13. Caleb also became a peer mentoring in the school year at Jennie Dean Elementary where he excited to be in a classroom with 2nd graders. In the spring of 2019, he was in charge of his first program at CPAC for the Preseason Summer Program. This was where he was able to get swimmers motivated and ready to swim for the fun summer season.

Throughout the summer Coach Caleb can been seen either at the Wellington pool with swimmers, having fun or giving privates. When he is not at the pool, he is most likely at Central Park Aquatic Center teaching even more lessons and privates to swimmers.

As a Coach, his main goal is to encourage every swimmer and make sure they feel confident in what they will be swimming, and to make sure they have a great time and are proud. He is very excited to be working with the swimmers this year and can’t wait to have an amazing season!

Martin* Quinan

8 and Under Lead Age Group Coach

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Coach Martin is very excited to be returning to Wellington for his final year swimming as a Dolphin. He began swimming with Wellington when he was 11 years old, making 2019 his 8th season with the team. Martin swam with OCCS in high school, and is returning after his first year at Villanova University where he swam with Villanova’s club swim team and competed in Nationals for club swimming. 

Martin has competed at high levels and currently holds the Wellington team record in Breaststroke. He is extremely excited to be able to help the Dolphins through a fun, competitive season by helping them be excited about their swimming and confident in their strokes. He is available for private lessons with Wellington pool members and can be contacted by email.

Andrew Quinan

8 and Under Lead Age Group Coach

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Coach Andrew swam competitively for six years. He swam with his high school as well as Wellington for five years before graduating. Andrew went on to compete as a Division 1 Collegiate swimmer for Mount St. Mary’s University, returning back to the Wellington pool to complete his sixth and final season with the Dolphins last summer where he was part of a record-breaking relay team. Coach Andrew is very excited to be working with the Dolphins this year and is looking forward to a fun, successful season!

Kelly* Luetkenhaus

8 and Under Lead Age Group Coach

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Coach Kelly has been swimming competitively for 10 years and has been with the Wellington Dolphins since 2011. Soon after her first summer of competitive swimming, she realized she loved it and wanted to be in the water all year long so she began club swimming with OCCS.  Kelly is a rising Junior at Osbourn Park High School where she is in the BioTech program and is also a member of their Varisty Swim Team. Kelly is excited to work again with the Dolphins this summer after Interning for the past few years. She hopes to help the swimmers with stroke work, starts, turns all while having lots of fun.

Coach Kelly is super excited to be a member of the Wellington Coaching Staff this season!

Ainsley* Ludwig

Mini Dolphin Lead Age Croup Coach

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Coach Ainsley has been swimming with the Wellington Dolphins since she was in 3rd grade. She is currently a rising Junior at St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School where she is a member of the Varsity Swim Team. Ainsley has been a Coach Intern for three years, and is excited to finally be a Coach. She loves swimming and loves all the amazing people she has met on her journey and is looking forward to teaching all the little Dolphins how to swim and knows she will have fun while doing it.

Emma* Carroll

Assistant Coach

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Coach Emma has been swimming with the Wellington Dolphins for 9 years, OCCS for 8 years, and the Osbourn Park HS Varsity Team for 3 years. She is one of our Off-Season Coaches, and has spent 4 years working with the Mini Dolphin program. She is very excited to coach again this summer. Emma is a rising senior at Osbourn Park High School in the Biotech and AP program and is also a National Honor Society member. 

Coach Emma is looking forward to having fun with the swimmers this season!

Chris* Maksimowicz

Assistant Coach

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Coach Chris has been with Wellington for 3 years and is continuing his second year as a coach. Chris has swum with OCCS' NTG group, as well as continuing his swim career into college, where he competed at the National Club Swim Championships in breaststroke and butterfly. He has previously worked with former Olympic swimmers, where he learned different types of swimming techniques that aid him with swimming and coaching. Chris will be continuing his education at VT and will be competing on their club swim team. He is excited to be on Wellington for another year and is excited to improve swimmers in their swim careers, especially with butterfly and breaststroke.

Savannah* Halstead

Mini Dolphin Coach

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Coach Savannah has been swimming with the Wellington Dolphins for 6 years and the Osbourn High School Varsity swim team for 2 years, She's served as an intern coach for the Mini Dolphins and 8 and Unders for the past two years, in addition to working as an off-season coach this past winter. She's excited to work with the team as a regular coach this summer.  
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 6 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.
 
Music is Savannah's passion. She is a rising junior at 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. Coach Savannah is looking forward to another great season with the Dolphins!  Whoosh!! 

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 and Useful Contacts

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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Nicole Zezzo

Treasurer

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Crystal Pinkley

Secretary and Concessions Lead

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Patrick Berger

Director

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Scott Bewley

Board Member - Head Referee

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Amanda Johnson

Director

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Wendy McGrael

Director

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Maidy Whitesell

Director and Social Committee Lead

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Siobhan Tabor

Team Sponsorship Lead

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Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

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