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
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
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
The Marlins are happy to have Amina on board and helping with
all the swimmers!
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."
Head Masters Coach/Assistant Coach
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 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
The Marlins are thrilled to have Shane back in Roanoke helping
the Marlins down the path to success!