Coach Ray began coaching the Westridge Waves in
2010. Under Coach Ray’s direction, the WAVES have grown from
90 to 200+ swimmers and at least 30 new kids have chosen to swim
year-round. He has over 15 years of coaching experience at the age
group, college and masters level along with over 35 years of
competitive swimming experience. He joined the OCCS staff full time
in 2013 and works with the IMR and IMX groups at the Chinn Aquatic
Ray grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA where
he competed in the YMCA system qualifying for national meets as
early as 14 yrs old. He was recruited to swim at James Madison
University where he spent 4 yrs on the varsity men’s team.
After graduation from JMU, Ray was commissioned into the US Air
Force and trained as a flight nurse and traveled the world
competing as a master’s swimmer. In 2009, after 20 years of
service, Ray retired from the USAF and began his 2nd
career as a swim coach for the Prince William Swim League’s
learned to swim at age 8 and started age group competition at 9
with Tater Ledgard's (A Peruvian National Olympic legend) Santa
Catalina Swim Club in Lima, Peru. During his youth, Jorge qualified
to represent his National Team in 1988 at age 13 in Ecuador and in
1991 at age 16 in Chile at the Copa del Pacifico in the 50Free,
100Free, 400IM and Free relay. Jorge then moved to Washington DC to
attend Georgetown University and swam for the Hoyas until 1996.
Jorge brings a passion for swimming not only by swimming with the
Virginia Masters Swim Team, but also by coaching Masters Swimming
and the Pre National group at OCCS (Occoquan Swim Team).
“Westridge reminds me so much of the
teams that I always swam for; small, tight-knit and
powerful...where the kids could develop into life long swimmers and
take their successes from the pool to their everyday life. I
am excited and look forward to my sixth year coaching the
Coach Beth joins the WAVES after enjoying two
years as a team parent. Growing up in Maryland, she began
swimming at a young age with a summer swim team much like the
WAVES. She enjoyed many seasons as a competitor and eventually
coached the same team. Beth also swam year round for a few
years before an injury took her out of the competitive realm.
Coach Beth re-entered the coaching world as the Men's & Women's
Head Swim Coach after a hiatus for family and career while
stationed in North Carolina with her husband. During her
tenure, the team gained a stronger presence within the school and
grew exponentially in numbers.
Loving Virginia, she currently teaches at Osbourn
Park High School, facilitates a Preschool within the Early
Childhood Education program, and is the Head Women's Coach for the
Swim & Dive Team. She looks forward to helping the
children in our community experience the FUN of summer swim
with the Westridge WAVES!!
I’m Coach Joey. This season is my 3rd season as a Westridge
Waves Swim Coach. I’ve swum for the Waves since 2006 and have
watched the team grow and change in numerous ways. I swam for OCCS
for many years and graduated from Saint John Paul the Great
Catholic High School.
am currently employed by Prince William County
Department of Parks and Recreation as a Water Safety Instructor. As
a Waves Coach, I hope to create a love for the sport and
discipline of swimming. It is important to me to help continue the
tradition of having a fun, community oriented team, that
allows swimmers to grow in character and friendships on and off the
Amir M. Orezzoli
first started swimming for the waves when I was 11 years old. My
family life was very chaotic so this team helped encourage and
challenge me when I needed it most. I'm forever grateful to
coach Ray & Jorge. If it wasn't for them constantly
pushing me on and off the pool deck I wouldn't be where I am today.
I'm looking forward to this new journey as a swim