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Coaching Staff

Amina Serir

Head Coach

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Head Coach Amina Serir has been leading the CCA Marlins since 2017 and brings a wealth of international swimming experience. She was born and raised in Algeria and started swimming at the age of 5. At age 12, she qualified for her first international meet with the Algerian National Team.  For 8 years she competed with the international team and trained with the top 15 swimmers in the country. During those years she had the opportunity to train with some of the best international coaches and compete against the top swimmers in the world.  She competed in the Magherban Championships, African Games, Mare Nostrum, and Arab Games, among other top international meets.  Some of the different countries she visited during her illustrious swimming career include Morocco, Tunisia, France, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Senegal, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Qatar, Syria, Jordan, Oman, and Egypt.  

Amina began coaching swimming at the age of 17 as an assistant coach to Algeria’s international team USMA and her age-group team NRDI.  In 2010 Amina became the general manager of one of Algeria’s elite swim teams which required her to lead the coaching staff, run practices, manage the facilities, coordinate international travel, liaison with international athletes, and manage the team’s general budget.

Amina moved to the United States in 2015. She was the Aquatics Director at the Kirk Family YMCA from 2016-2017.  In November 2017, thanks to influence of Coach Louis Tudor, Amina joined the CCA Marlins as Head Swim Coach. She is ASCA level 3 certified.

Amina graduated with honors from Algeria’s University of (EHEC) High Business Education in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing.  She received a second bachelor’s degree as a General Physical Instructor with a specialty in swimming and an Elite Athlete rank. In addition, Amina was recruited by Algeria to revive the sport of synchronized swimming and graduated from an intensive training program as a synchronized swimming instructor in 2014. 

Some interesting facts about Amina are:

  • She is a trained medical technician
  • She once worked at a corrections facility
  • She speaks 6 languages: Native Algerian (Berberian), Arabic, French, English, Spanish, and Hungarian
  • She is also a synchronized swimming coach

 

Susan Bleecker

Assistant Coach

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Susan came to the Marlins program in 2012 with over 25 years of swim instruction experience.  She is the CCA Marlins Swim America Program Director and assists with the Bronze group.  

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, including 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 coached for swim teams at Roanoke Catholic High School, Lord Botetourt High School, and Read Mountain Summer League Swim Team.  She was named Roanoke Catholic Coach of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year.  She is ASCA Level 3 certified and a certified water safety instructor, lifeguard, 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.   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."

 

Anna Burton

Assistant Coach

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Anna joined the CCA Marlins coaching staff in 2019 as the Gold group coach.  She is a former CCA Marlins swimmer and excelled in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.  She attended James Madison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science.  Anna is currently working on her Master of Public Health from Liberty University.  She was born and raised in Roanoke and is currently the assistant coach for the Hidden Valley High School Swim and Dive team. She enjoys working out and being active in her spare time.  She also loves being a swim coach and watching kids improve and learn valuable lessons both in and out of the water. 

Elizabeth Kadela

Assistant Coach

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Coach Buffy joined the Marlins coaching staff in 2020 as the Silver group coach.  She started swimming competitively when she was 7 years old because she wanted to keep up with her older siblings.  She swam for the Wilson Water Warriors (Wilson, NC) and Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club (Spartanburg, SC).  She was an All-State swimmer in South Carolina from 1990-1997.  She earned 23 All-American honors for the YMCA and was a Junior National qualifier in the 1,650 and 1,000 freestyle, and 100 and 200 backstroke.  She was a member of the 1996 YMCA National Championship team. 

Buffy continued her swimming career at Virginia Tech under coach Ned Skinner.  She was a three-year team captain and a four-year member of the All-Academic team.  She specialized in distance free and backstroke.  She finished second in the 1650 freestyle at conference championships for two consecutive years.  She also finished second in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 backstroke at conference championships.  Buffy graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Public Communications.

After graduating Buffy married her college sweetheart, Dave.  Over the years, they have lived in eight different places.  She returned to school and received her teaching degree from Belmont Abbey College. She has taught elementary and preschool-aged children in various capacities, including coaching for three swim teams.  Buffy was also a Young Life leader for five years.  

Dave and Buffy have four girls, all who swim for the Marlins.  In her free time, Buffy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, exercising, boating, and being outdoors.  After an 18 year break from swimming Buffy started swimming Masters last year thanks to the influence of Coach Louis Tudor, proving that swimming is a life-long sport. She loves helping kids improve stroke technique and seeing the look on thier faces when they achieve thier goals.  

Austin Criss

Head Masters Coach/Assistant Coach

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Coach Austin joined the Marlins coaching staff in 2020 as the Head Masters coach and the Bronze group coach.  However, he has been a part of the Roanoke swimming community almost his whole life. Austin started his swimming career at the age of seven for Hunting Hills before continuing with the Virginia Gators, the Stonegate Gators, and eventually finding a home at the CCA Marlins. Austin’s club swimming accomplishments include three high school state championships, Multiple Junior National & U.S. Open qualifying times, an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 200 Butterfly, being selected for the NCSA Junior National travel team, and earning a college scholarship. 

 

After his club swimming career, Austin continued his swimming at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Austin lived in Madison, WI for three years before transferring to Appalachian State University to finish his degree in International Criminal Justice. While living in Boone Austin swam for App State’s club swim team where he earned a silver and two bronze medals at the Club Swimming National Championships. 

 

When Austin finished up at Appalachian State he moved to Greensboro, NC where he was the head Age Group coach for the Enfinity Aquatic Club’s Greensboro site, as well as assisting with the Senior Group and the Masters Group. Coach Austin was also selected to be one of a few coaches to attend and give a presentation at a coaching summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. While at Enfinity, Austin coached athletes at every level and loved helping each of them reach their goals. Coach Austin coached summer league swimmers, swimmers wanting to stay in decent shape, swimmers trying to get their first BB times, swimmers trying to get their first JO cut, and swimmers trying to earn a spot on the USA Junior National team. It does not matter the age or skill level of the swimmer, Coach Austin believes that the sport of swimming, interactions with team mates, and interactions with coaches can be used to teach our athletes valuable lessons in and out of the water that will resonate for the rest of their lives. 

Louis Tudor

Head Masters Coach/Assistant Coach

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Coach Louis Tudor was the former Marlin’s Head Master’s Coach and also assisted with the multiple swim groups in the Marlins program. He will always be a part of the CCA Marlins family. 

Louis grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina but was a long term resident of the Roanoke Valley where he was influential in the development of an unmeasurable number of swimmers of all ages and levels. Tudor was an ASCA Level II certified coach, 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 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 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 was an active participant and record holder in RVAA since 1985.

Tudor both loved an audience with and embraced the challenge of getting anyone faster no matter the age or talent level. As Tudor put 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 was married to his beautiful wife Jessica had four children: Erin, Nicholas, Shane, and Hannah (all of whom are former Marlins swimmers). He is deeply missed by the CCA Marlins organization.  His dedication to the entire Roanoke swimming community has left a lasting legacy. 

Board of Directors

Kathy Callis

Board of Directors Chairwoman

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Doug McLauglin

Head of Meet Officials

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Becca Carter

Secretary

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Bridget Hamill

Treasurer

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Elizabeth Kadela

Safe Sport Coordinator

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Travis Jones

Board Member

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