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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 administration (e.g. dues), safety, or policy issues, please contact your Group Representative or one of the board members.

 

Coaching Staff

Amina Serir

Interim Head Coach

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Amina has joined the Marlins last year as a part time coach who helps out with our Mini-Marlins 1 Program. She became quiquely a big part of the Marlins, and moved to a full time position as a head age group coach, than head coach of the Marlins.

Amina has seen much success as a swimmer and as a coach.  She was a member of the Algerian National Team for eight years where she won multiple medals at the Algerian and Arab Championships.  She was also a Silver Medalist at the African Cup.

 She served as the General Manager of USMA National Swim Team in Algiers, Algeria for four years.  During this time, she negotiated contracts for the team members, recruited athletes to elevate team performance and managed and scheduled all local and national competitions.  Amina describes herself as a goal-oriented swim coach with a talent for motivating swimmers with enthusiasm and encouragement. 

After moving to America she coached locally with the Kirk Family YMCA for one year where she managed all operations of the swim team. 

The Marlins are happy to have Amina on board and helping with all the swimmers!  

Susan Bleecker

Assistant Coach

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Susan came to the Marlins program in 2012 with over 25 years of swim instruction experience.  Susan grew up in the Roanoke Valley, swimming at the Elks Club summer league swim team. Her joy of swimming led her to swim coaching at various summer league programs throughout the Roanoke Valley, to include the Elks Club, Countryside, and North Lakes swim clubs.  Coach Susan was a swimmer in college while attending the University of Mary Washington, where she earned a BA degree in sociology and teaching. In more recent years Susan has continued to offer private swim lessons and has assisted with swim teams at Roanoke Catholic and Lord Botetourt high schools.  In addition to her coaching responsibilities with the Marlins, Coach Susan is a certified water safety instructor, lifeguard, head coach for the Read Mountain Summer League Swim Team and Roanoke Catholic Swim Team, as well as a swim instructor at the Botetourt Athletic Club. Susan is married to Doug and is the mother of three - Jennifer, John and Juliana  who she keeps in line with her 2nd degree blackbelt in karate (Yes, really!).  A welcome addition to the Marlins family, Susan adds "Through my experiences as a swimmer, instructor, and coach, I realize the life-long benefits of swimming and appreciate every level of swimming. Learning to swim is essential and takes patience on the part of the swimmer, parent and coach.  It brings me great joy to see an "emerging" swimmer of any age."

Louis Tudor

Head Masters Coach/Assistant Coach

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Coach Louis Tudor is the Marlin’s Head Master’s Coach and also assists with the multiple swim groups in the Marlins program. Louis grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina but is a long term resident of the Roanoke Valley where he has been influential in the development of an unmeasurable number of swimmers of all ages and levels. Tudor is an ASCA Level II certified coach and the current Head Coach of the Roanoke Valley’s “City Swim” program, the Adult Swim Coordinator at the Kirk Family YMCA, the Adult Swim Coach at Hunting Hills Country Club, and the former Head Coach of Roanoke Catholic School where he garnered four Coach of the Year Awards over an eleven year tenure.

Louis also had, and continues to have, an impressive swimming career. His notable age group career led to him earning a scholarship to swim for the University of North Carolina where he qualified for the NCAA’s and was a four year letterman. Coach Tudor has since earned multiple USMS Top Ten National finishes as well as USMS World rankings (4th in 50 free and a member of three 1st place ranking relays in 2000) and is an active participant and record holder in RVAA since 1985.

Tudor both loves an audience with and embraces the challenge of getting anyone faster no matter the age or talent level. As Tudor puts it, "It's the reason I coach - the two way exchange of information between the coach and swimmer towards achieving a common goal that keeps me in it". Louis is married to his beautiful wife Jessica of twenty-three years and has four children: Erin, Nicholas, Shane, and Hannah (all of whom are former Marlins and two of who swim at the D-1 collegiate level).

Shane Tudor

Assistant Coach

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Shane Tudor swam for the Marlins as a swimmer during his club years.  After attending George Mason and swimming collegiately for four years he is back as a coach.  Coach Shane swam butterfly and freestyle as his main events during his collegiate career.  He believes his experiences in college has set him up to be a great coach for young swimmers.  He believes in coaching swimmers to be all around athletes, which will help them throughout their entire career. 

Since college Shane has coached in many positions.  Shane has helped coach with Stonegate and Hunting Hills Summer League Swim Teams, which are two of the largest in our area.  He also coached for the Burke Station Swim Club in Northern Virginia while attend GMU. 

The Marlins are thrilled to have Shane back in Roanoke helping the Marlins down the path to success!  

Board of Directors

Michelle Hagadorn

Treasurer

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Kathy Callis

Senior Group Rep.

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Emily Votta

Age Group Rep.

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Becca Carter

Age Group Rep.

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Deanna Weld

Mini-Marlins Rep.

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