Coaches & Directors

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.

Meet the 2019 Stingray Coaches!

The Ashley Plantation Stingray’s coaches are calling all ages to come join the team and reap the major benefits of this healthy activity. According to, learning to swim at any age has many health benefits.  It is also considered to be a more effective activity than most others because it also reduces the risk of water accidents and drowning, especially in small children. states that childhood obesity, juvenile diabetes and depression are all things that swimming on a regular basis can affect in a positive way.

Swimming is beneficial for the entire family.  Because of the low impact on bones, joints and muscles, swimming makes a great cardiovascular and strength training activity that can be done well into late adult life. The Stingray coaches are experienced and ready to teach any swimmer at any level how to reap all of these benefits.  Team fees for swimmers over the age of 19 are only $25 (plus club membership fees).


Head Coach Erin Jones has been involved in swimming for over 10 years. She has been a swimmer for her summer swim team, LBHS swim team and now coaching the Stingrays. She just finished her first year at Virginia Western and plans to go into nursing or education.  She is passionate about swimming and says she knows we are “going to have a great season!”   





Coach Howard Butts, a more than 40 year veteran swimmer states, “I teach swimming, I coach swimming and at age 76 I still compete and love swimming!  I jokingly say that if you cut my veins they would bleed chlorine instead of blood.” What Coach Howard says he is most proud of is that he has taught over 3,000 people to swim during his career. Coach Howard is proof that no one is too old for swimming and he is eager to make this year a success. Coach Howard has coached high school swimming and year round program swimming in addition to the summer leagues. He has been involved for a number of years in Virginia Amateur Sports adult swimming and has competed as a Masters Swimmer also.  


Coach Kevin Franceschini has recently moved to Fincastle, Virginia in 2016. He started competing at age 14 in high school and still competes to this day in aquabike races, open water swimming and master's swimming. Currently, he is a substitute teacher in Botetourt County and Roanoke City Schools. He's also a volunteer coach at Jame's River High School. Prior to moving to Virginia, he's had the pleasure of coaching Summer Swim League and High School Swimming in the State of New Jersey. "Looking forward to being part of the Ashley Plantation Swim Team. Go Stingrays!"




C:\Users\Spangler\Downloads\image1.JPGCoach Gavin Oxley is a rising college freshman on the pre-med track and has been involved in competitive swimming for 10 years and is returning for his third season as a coach for the Stingrays. He has just completed his high school swimming career as head captain for Lord Botetourt High School and has swum at the state level. He was also previously involved with the Lord Botetourt Marching Cavaliers up until graduation. Gavin is eagerly awaiting another fantastic season with the Ashley Plantation Stingrays!




Coach Ryan Spangler is a rising senior at Lord Botetourt High School who has been involved in competitive swimming for 7 years. He has been a member of the Stingrays for those 7 years and a member of the Lord Botetourt swim team for the past 3. Ryan swam at the state swim meet in four events for Lord Botetourt this past season. In addition to being a swimmer, Ryan is also apart of the varsity baseball program at Lord Botetourt. He is excited to be coaching for his third year and is looking forward to working with this years swimmers!





Coach David Jolley started swimming competitively at the age of 5 and continued to swim through high school in Northern Virginia. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in video engineering by trade. He started surfing and used his swimming skills to learn and excel in the ocean, tackling large surf conditions through out Southern California with some trips to Mexico and Hawaii. Swimming competitively gave him the confidence and skills to handle multiple wave hold downs in 10' - 15' conditions. As he continues to travel for work around the globe, he looks forward to his "home" time and enjoys coaching his daughter and the swimmers of Ashley Plantation. He enjoys the opportunity to share what he has learned in his 30+ years of time around the water. Building the confidence of our younger team members and improving the skills of our older members, is what it's about.


Coach Sydney Wilson  as been swimming for the Ashley Plantation Stingrays since the age of seven. She also competed with the Salem YMCA Sea Lions for two years, and swam for James River High School for their past two seasons. Sydney volunteered as a junior coach in training for two years before being promoted to a junior coach for our team last summer. She enjoys working with all ages of swimmers, but primarily works with 6 & under and 7-8 year old age groups on basic skills. She plans to continue swimming and coaching for Ashley Plantation’s team in future seasons, and is excited to have the pleasure of working with the young swimmers this summer as well.

Coaching Staff

Erin N Jones


David C Jolley


Kevin C Franceschini


Howard Butts


Ryan Michael Spangler


Gavin Thomas Oxley


Sydney Paige Wilson