Head Coach Todd Jones
Coach Jones is a native of nearby Dalton, GA and began his swimming career as most do, at the tender age of 7 in 1976 swimming with Pat Landry of the Dalton Dolphins. He continued his competitive swimming career through the age of 20, swimming with the Dalton Dolphins, Dalton High School and moving on to Georgia State University in Atlanta. After an 8 year rest, he became involved again as his sons Stephen and Chas joined Carpet Capitol Aquatics Club (CCAC). He served as a board member, vice president, and president for the next 7 years. He began his coaching career when a coaching vacancy became available at CCAC where he coached age group swimmers and helped run the senior practices with both CCAC and Dalton Dolphins for the next 3 years. He then took a short break from coaching to focus on his business ventures and spend more time with his family. Coach Jones returned to coaching 2 years ago as the head coach of the CASL Ringgold Tigersharks and stated "I am eager to get back into a sport I truly love."
In the fall of 2015, Coach Jones moved back into year round coaching and was named the head coach of the Ooltewah Swim Club Waves. He has spent two summers in Ooltewah coaching the summer league CASL Tidal Waves.
Todd resides in the East Brainerd area with his wife Lisa, their 2yr old daughter Evie and his 14yr old son Hardy. He also has two older sons Stephen 24 & Chas 21. During the business day, Todd attends to the management side of Ooltewah Swim Center.
Age Group Coach Mikal Thurman
Coach Thurman is a native of Chattanooga, who spent her CASL career with Turner Club in East Brainerd. She began with swimming instruction from Ken Buchanan and stroke lessons from the legendary Martha Bass. She enjoyed her summer CASL swimming experience so much that she decided to train year round with the Cleveland Aqua Tigers and later for the Baylor Swim Club.
Coach Thurman is married to Matt Thurman. They are the parents of Damian, who plays football, and Jaxon, who swims for Ooltewah. She is employed by EmCare as the Site Coordinator at Parkridge Medical Center where she has served for the last seven years.
Both of Coach Thurman’s children have swum for OSC and the Tidal Waves. She has served as a parent volunteer, President of the OSC Board for two years, and Vice President of the Tidal Waves for three years. At the Tidal Waves swim meets, she works behind the blocks helping, organizing, and getting the kids ready for their races. She is excited about this opportunity which allows her to combine her passion for swimming and working with children.
Age Group Coach Stephen Jones
Coach Stephen Jones, a native of Dalton, GA, began his swimming career at the age of 8 years old. Stephen swam with Carpet Capitol Aquatics Club and Dalton Dolphins CASL team, also participated with his school team at Dalton High going to State all 4 years and placing as high as 3rd in 100 back and 2nd in 100 free. In addition, he qualified for and attended Jr Nationals in Orlando in 100 Backstroke & 100 Freestyle. Finally, he moved on to swim at Darton College in Albany, GA, where he ended his swim career with a shoulder injury that prevented him from training.
He has taught swim lessons since the age of 16 and helped as an assistant coach with the Ringgold Tigersharks summer league team in 2014. Stephen has recently assisted many Triathletes in the area with one on one and group lessons to improve their technigue and endurance in the water.
Stephen lives in Rocky Face, GA with Stephanie his wife, a Professional Cyclist and manager in the Sports Medicine Department at Hamilton Medical Center, Dalton,GA. and Ren, his 6 month old daughter.
Coach Stephen loves the sport of swimming. His goal is to make swimming fun and exciting for kids of all ages and to help them grow and become better swimmers. He hopes to give back to a sport that has taught and given him so much.
Beginner Coach Wendi Hingson
Coach Wendi Hingson is a native of Chattanooga. She resides in Ooltewah, with her husband Steve and 3 daughters. All 3 girls are quite active in the swimming community, which includes coaching, swim lessons, life guarding, & on the Holly Hills, Ooltewah High School & Hunter Middle School swim teams.
Wendi has been the summer coach for the Holly Hills Swim Team for the past 10 years. Her passion for swimming began at the Holly Hills Pool where she swam on the swim team during her childhood years. She is very excited to join the OSC Waves this year.