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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support you and your swimmer(s). If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your swimmer's coach (email links below).

For all questions related to the website, registration and team administration, please contact Betsy Ball at webadmin@sawave.org.  

For all questions regarding financial matters, please contact Lorrie Swain at treasurer@sawave.org.

 

Coaching Staff

JENNIFER GIL SMETANA

UTSA ~ Junior 1, Senior 1 & 2

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UTSA Site Director

Coach Jen grew up in Corpus Christi but has recently made San Antonio her new home. She began her swimming career at her local summer swim league team at the age of 9. She then progressed her career into club and high school swimming. While still in high school Jen began teaching swim lessons and helping coach her summer league team. She then moved on to college swimming where she swam at the University of the Incarnate Word. She graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in Biology and now works as a Children’s and Youth Minister at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. Before joining the WAVE, she was the head coach of the Hunters Creek Lone Star summer league swim team. This will be Jen’s second season with the San Antonio WAVE and will be working with Bronze, Silver, and Gold groups at UTSA. She looks forward to having another great season with the WAVE! 

KELLY VANDERWEELE

AHHS ~ Freshman 1, 2 & 3

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AHHS Site Director

Coach Kelly is in her 4th season with the Wave.  She grew up near Erie, PA, but calls home wherever the Air Force sends them.  She began competitive swimming when she was 8 years old with the YMCA. Kelly has a BA in Elementary Ed, from Grove City College, where she swam competitively for four years.  She began teaching swim lessons in her early teens and developed a love for stroke technique through years of attending and working at swim camps. She had exceptional examples in coaches who taught, encouraged, and fueled her desire to coach.  Kelly has coached 10 & under age groups for Chartiers Valley Swim Club in Pittsburgh PA, Eifel Sharks and Elmendorf Penguins at overseas Air Force bases. She is very excited to work with the Freshman 2/3 & Junior groups to encourage all these young swimmers to enjoy their sport and take it as far as they can. 

ALAN MARKS

AHHS ~ Senior 1

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Al Marks led Churchill High School to nine UIL state swimming and diving championships in 31 years as head coach.  During his tenure the Chargers won girls state championships in three different decades, 1984, 1999, 2005, and boys state championships in three different decades, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2008.

Marks coached 16 different individual state champions and 118 different N.I.S.C.A. All-Americans.  His motivational techniques and emphasis on goal-setting contributed to the development of Olympians Josh Davis, Jimmy Feigen, and Kim Pavlin.  In his eight seasons as the Pre-Nationals coach, Coach Marks has produced 33 first time Sectional qualifiers.  His practices include an emphasis on streamlining, variety, daily challenges and proper technique.                     

SHEA PUHALY

SVHS ~ Freshman & Junior Groups

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Coach Shea is a freshmen at San Antonio College. She is studying Biology and wants to be a pediatric surgeon. Shea loves working with kids.  She strives to make everyone she coaches to become a stronger swimmer, student and person.  Shea has been a lifeguard and is going into her 4th year of coaching and teaching swimmers.
Coach Shea brings experience, energy and enthusiasm to the pool deck daily.  She looks forward to helping her swimmers develop throughout the season.  Coach Shea can't wait to see her swimmers' passion and love of swimming grow while they swim for The Wave.

SOPHIE KOHLMANN-McCULLOCH

UTSA ~ Junior 2

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Coach Sophie has been swimming since age 11. She started out swimming summer-league, swam for her middle school and eventually made the JV team at Klein Collins High School in Spring, TX. She started swimming club at Spring Swim Team in 2012 and made the Varsity team as a sophomore and swam Varsity until she graduated in 2015. Coach Sophie’s favorite events are the 200 Free, 50 free, and 400 free relay. 

SHELLIE BERGO

UTSA ~ Freshman 1

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Michelle (Shellie) Bergo comes to the WAVE as a military spouse and has lived in the San Antonio area for a little over a year. As a past swimmer and diver when she was young she started coaching after 20 years as a neonatal intensive care nurse due to one of her husbands deployments. WIth 2 daughters in the pool everyday as swimmers it seemed like a great choice. Over the past 12 years she has coached in Alabama, Georgia, Nevada and Florida. Shellie loves coaching the younger, more novice swimmers taking them from "being able to swim a 25 freestyle to that first IM". She stated that it is so rewarding and loves the sense of accomplishment seen in each swimmer as they gain more skill and confidence.  

YETZIA CHAVEZ

USA ~

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Coach Yetzia is originally from Southern California. She began swimming competitively since the age of 8 with her first swim team in Covina, CA. She continued swimming with her next club swim team in Riverside, CA that transitioned her into the High School swim. She started off in Varsity swim and stayed there all 4 years. Her favorite events are the 500 swim, 100 Breast stroke, and the 200 relay race. Throughout her high school athletics she also played 3 years of varsity water polo, and 3 years of varsity cross county. Prior to SA Wave, Coach Yetzia started off as an age group coach for CCCC swim team in Riverside, CA and eventually became Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the swim team. She also was a life guard for The City of Riverside for 5 Years. Coach Yetzia is currently attending North West Vista and will transfer to UTSA and major in Marine Biology in hopes to one day opening and/or working for a rehabilitation center specializing in marine wild life along the coast. 

Board of Directors

Gabby Gonzalez

President

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Jill Raike

Vice President

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Brian Christiansen

Treasurer

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Heather Correa

Secretary

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Janet Fuhrman

Director

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Chris Pal-Freeman

Director

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Angela Trader

Director

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