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2017 HOST Coaches

We are here to support your needs. 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.

Coaching Staff

Matthew Thomas Morrison

Head Coach

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Name:

Matthew Morrison

How old were you when you started swimming>

I was 9 years old and my first swim team was the Hampton Oaks Hurricanes.

How many years are you/have you been>

I was a swimmer for nine years and have been involved with swimming for eleven years about to be twelve.

What is/are your favorite stroke(s)?

My favorite stroke is the breaststroke.

What was your fastest time / best swim / favorite meet?

My best time was at senior champs in the 100 Breast stroke I went around a 1:04.

Do you play any other sports?

I enjoy playing basketball and ultimate Frisbee as well as any other non-competitive sport my friends invite me to play

What are your other hobbies or interests?

I enjoy watching tv, playing video games and I am an avid yugioh player.

What are your favorite foods?

I love Mexican food especially tacos and burritos. I am also a huge fan of pasta with chicken in it.

Who is your favorite swimmer and why?

I have to go with Michael Phelps because he made it to the top and stuck around for a while.

What school do you go to, and what year are you (freshman, senior, graduate)?

I go to James Madison University and am a Junior.

Did/do you swim for your high school or college team (which>

I swam for my North Stafford High school swim team and swam for my club team at JMU freshman year.

Sarah Caitlin Johnson

Assistant Head Coach

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Sarah Johnson

How old were you when you started swimming>

I started swimming when I was 5, on Hampton Oaks Swim Team.

How many years are you/have you been>

I swam from age 5-17, on Hampton Oaks Swim, STAT and North Stafford Swim.

What is/are your favorite stroke(s)?

My favorite stroke is backstroke but I also loved butterfly growing up too.

What was your fastest time / best swim / favorite meet?

I have two great swim memories. When I was younger, my relay team set a pool record at Hampton Oaks and also when I received a AA cap for a 100 backstroke on STAT.

Do you play any other sports?

In highschool I also was on dance team and cheered at USA Allstars.

What are your other hobbies or interests?

At JMU I am on the Executive board of my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. I also really enjoy crafting, watching Netflix and spending time with my family.

What are your favorite foods?

My favorite foods are definitely Chick-fil-a and I also love smoothies/Ice cream.

Who is your favorite swimmer and why?

I was always inspired by Missy Franklin. She has accomplished so much and is only my age, all while being extremely humble.

What school do you go to, and what year are you (freshman, senior, graduate)?

I am a rising senior at James Madison University, studying Elementary Education.  

Did/do you swim for your high school or college team (which>

I swam for North Stafford swim team.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your swimmers & their families?

As a transfer student from the University of Alabama, I’m a huge college football fan, Roll Tide!!

Caitlin Brianna Pessolano

Assistant Coach

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Caitlin Pessolano

How old were you when you started swimming on a team?

I started swimming for a competitive team at the age of 6 for none other than the Hampton Oaks Hurricanes :)

How many years are you/have you been on a swim team?

12 years

What is/are your favorite stroke(s)?

Freestyle

What was your fastest time / best swim / favorite meet?

Down to a 28 sec 50yd freestyle, as well as a 6:19 500yd freestyle (my two favorite events for high school swim, and my best swims this year)

Do you play any other sports?

I run a handful of races in my free time. I’ll run my first half marathon this May (Marine Corp Historic Half) and I hope to do a triathlon at some point.

What are your other hobbies or interests?

I’m really interested in all things engineering and space. I also like to cook, and really enjoy travelling.

What are your favorite foods?

Strawberries and ice cream

Who is your favorite swimmer and why?

Maya DiRado. I watched her swim for the first time in the 2016 Olympics. I was really inspired by her positive attitude and her determination. She was just happy to be at the Olympics, and did her best (earning herself a gold medal in the process).

What school do you go to, and what year are you (freshman, senior, graduate)?

Currently, I’m a senior at NSHS (graduating in June). I will be attending college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this Fall.

Did/do you swim for your high school or college team (which ones)?

Yes, I swam all four years for North Stafford High’s swim team. Prior to that I swam for the Quantico Sharks in middle school.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your swimmers & their families?

I have enjoyed coaching for Hurricanes so much the past two summers, and I can’t wait to do so again this summer! It’s such a joy to work with young swimmers and help them to improve their technique while having a lot of fun

Jacob Archer Turner

Assistant Coach

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Jake Turner

How old were you when you started swimming?

I started swimming on the Hampton Oaks Swim team when I was 6 years old.

How many years are you/have you been swimming?

I've been

What is/are your favorite stroke(s)?

My favorite stroke is backstroke.

What was your fastest time / best swim / favorite meet?

My best swim was when I finally got under 30 seconds in the 50 freestyle in summer swim.

Do you play any other sports?

I play street hockey in a pick up league.

What are your other hobbies or interests?

I love to do anything outdoors; things such as hiking, farming, kayaking and hanging with friends.

What are your favorite foods?

I love all food, my favorite being pizza or anything with lobster in it.

Who is your favorite swimmer and why?

My favorite swimmer is Michael Phelps because I've known him as a swimmer my whole life.

What school do you go to, and what year are you (freshman, senior, graduate)?

I am a junior at North Stafford High School.

Did/do you swim for your high school or college team (which>

I have done varsity swim for North Stafford for all 3 of my years of high school.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your swimmers & their families?

I can't wait for this summer and I'm glad I can return as a coach again!

 

Maya Kathryn Turner

Junior Assistant Coach

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Name:

Maya Turner

How old were you when you started swimming on a team?

5/6 years old

How many years are you/have you been on a swim team?

about 10 years

What is/are your favorite stroke(s)?

butterfly and freestyle

What was your fastest time / best swim / favorite meet?

Fastest time: 27.80, 50 fr   Best swim is probably the 50 fr or 50 butterfly   Favorite meet: when i won all of my 3 events and got to have my best friends cheering me on and standing by my side. Also, i met some pretty great HOST swimmers that night.

Do you play any other sports?

Volleyball on my school team and football/kickball for fun

What are your other hobbies or interests?

painting, tie dye, any sport, anything crafty and HAVING FUN!!!

What are your favorite foods?

mac n cheese, pizza, ice cream, donuts,

Who is your favorite swimmer and why?

Katie ledecky

What school do you go to, and what year are you (freshman, senior, graduate)?

I’m a Sophmore at North Stafford High School

Did/do you swim for your high school or college team (which ones)?

yes, i swim for North Stafford’s swim team

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your swimmers & their families?

Live life to the fullest and try your best, have fun and encourage others!! Show as much team spirit as possible and i loveeeee to sing and dance and play swim games!

Hannah Rebecca Morrison

Junior Assistant Coach

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