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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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Steve Hennessy

Head Coach

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Steve joined our Coaching Staff again in 2000, as a part-time Assistant Coach (he coached the National Team in 1984-85).  He signed on full-time in 2001, as Age Group Head Coach and took on the administrative functions of the Staff and became Head Coach in 2008.  Steve has over 40 years of coaching experience with developmental programs, USA Swimming Age Group & Senior programs, High School swimming, USA Masters swimming, and Triathlon training groups.  Steve was the founder and head coach of the Cruisers’ Club at Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center from 1986-1996 and 1998-2000. He has developed several nationally-ranked Top-16 swimmers, Junior National, Senior National qualifiers, National Age Group record holders, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers over the years; while the teams he coached were consistently in the top 5 of whatever state association they were affiliated. In 2003 and 2004, he was a coach for Virginia Swimming's Zone Team and in 2006 and 2007, he was Virginia Swimming's Age Group Coach of the Year.  Steve has a BS in Business Administration and  a BA in History.  He is a former High School and Collegiate All-American and qualified for the 1972 US Olympic Trials.  Steve lives in Yorktown, with his wife, Sandy.

Jack Bierie

Asst. Head Coach

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Jack joined our Coaching Staff in 2006, after coaching with Typhoon Aquatics.  As a competitive swimmer for 14 years, he achieved Top 16 national rankings, finaled at the National Championships, and participated in the 1984 Olympic Trials.  He went to high school in San Antonio, TX and attended the University of Tennessee.  He has coached for over 13 years, developing swimmers from developmental to senior level.  He has coached 4 swimmers who have qualified for the USA Swimming National Junior Team and  1 swimmer who participated in the 2007 FINA World Championships.  He enjoys mountain biking, surfing, off-road triathalons, and camping.  Jack, his wife Irene, and dogs Ceasar and Brutus live in Hampton.

John Poorman

Head Senior Coach and Lead WM Coach

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John started swimming in seventh grade and continued to swim all the way up until he finished his college career at the University of the Cumberland’s where John earned a degree in public Health and MLST.  After graduation, John spent a year coaching with the University of the Cumberland’s swim team. The following year, John moved to Florida for a coaching position at West Florida Lightning Aquatics. While at WFLA John coach all the groups including masters and high school swimming. However, during his tenure with WFLA his main focus was age group swimming.  John moved to Williamsburg, VA and began coaching at Williamsburg Aquatic Club and did high school swimming.  During John’s six year stay with WAC he was responsible for the development of many of WAC’s top age group swimmers.  John has had an enviable record of success with each program he’s been with and we will look for more of the same with CGBD.

John currently lives in Toano with his wife, Kerry and their two children, Khloe and Wyatt. John’s favorite event is the 200 freestyle.  If you have not noticed, John is a huge University of Texas fan, especially their football and swimming programs.  The Poorman’s are huge Green Bay Packers fans. 

Jodi Clark

Head Age Group Coach

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Jodi joined the CGBD staff in 2011. She has worked with all ages and level of swimmers.  She has been teaching kids to swim since she was 14 years old.  She started coaching at age 17 for Plymouth Canton Cruisers (PCC) in Michigan where she grew up.  In 1991 she married the love of her life, Alan Clark, and moved to Virginia.  As a graduate of Old Dominion University she taught 6th grade at Yorktown Middle School.  In 1998 she started homeschooling the first of their 5 children—Jordan 21 (Starting Grad School in Michigan this fall), Leigh-Ann 19 (sophomore at Wingate University on swim scholarship), Casie 16, Austin 14, Brooke-Lynn 11.

As Head Developmental Coach she pulls from her 8 years of swimming competitively, 3 years coaching with PCC, 2 years coaching with Riverside Cruisers, 2 years of coaching with Unique Swimming, 10 years of coaching championship winning summer league team, education through ASCA to become a Level 2 coach and her ability to remember what it is like to be a kid!

The Clarks live in Newport News with their great dane Cali.  The Clarks enjoys camping, hiking and just a day at the beach!

Bridget McMullen

Head Developmental Coach

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Bridget joined CGBD in 2016 after a 20 year Air Force career.  She started her swim career at age 2 and joined year round club swimming at the age of 8 and continued until age 18.  She started teaching swimming at age 16 for summer league,  as a WSI with the Red Cross and through the Swim America Program until age 25.  She volunteered as a swim coach during her various assignments with the Air Force around the world. She throughly enjoys teaching young children the love of swimming.  Swimming is a life long passion for Bridget.  She joined Masters swimming at age 32 and has continued swimming ever since. Bridget’s three children also swim for CGBD, Andrew, Rose and Nora.  Her husband Robert recently started doing underwater Hockey.  The pool and swimming are a main topic of conversation at the McMullen’s house!  They live in Yorktown with their two adorable beagles Roxie and Teddy and two crazy cats Velvet and Brooke.

Irene Bierie

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Coach Ariel Howard

Age Group Coach

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Coach Ariel joined CGBD in 2014.  She has coached different levels of swimming from swim lessons to our senior group. She started teachinmg swim lessons at the YMCA almost 9 years ago.  That’s where she found her love of the water.   She began swimming at the age for 12 for a summer league team and continued to swim until college.  Coach Ariel graduated with a degree in Communications and Social Media from Christopher Newport University.  She  coached the Sandpipers of Nevada in 2015 where is had swimmer qualify for different championship meets in Southern California Swimming.  Returning from Nevada she joined CGBD and coached in Williamsburg. Coach Ariel has coached different summer league teams in the area..  She has also coached Menchville High School swimming in 2014. She enjoys coaching all levels and gaining more knowledge about the sport of swimming to make a lasting impact on the swimmers. Coach Ariel also, coaches Hampton Roads Academy Boys and Girls Swimming Teams. She coached HRA to their 7th year consecutive state championship in 2018.  Coach Ariel has one dog Captain Jack who also enjoys swimming .

Cindy Marstellar

Age Group Coach

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Coach Cindy started coaching with CGBD in 2005 and has also been a High School guidance counselor at Menchville High School since 2004.  Cindy also swam for CGBD beginning at the age of 8.  She accomplished many things as an age group swimmer with CGBD including being a state champion as well as state record holder and zones and junior national qualifier.  Coach Cindy went on to swim at James Madison University and was named the 1993 CAA Swimmer of the Year and was two-time Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet (1992, 93) at the CAA Conference Championships.  Cindy was a 16 time CAA champion and held 7 CAA records.  Coach Cindy has coached summer league teams locally, Menchville High School and was an assistant coach at JMU for one season.  At Menchville, the girls were District Champions in 2006 and 2007 while the boys were District Champions in 2007.  Cindy lives in Newport News with her husband Rick, their son Ricky, and their two daughters, Chelsea and Isabel who also swim for CGBD.

Leigh-Ann Clark

Age Group Coach

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Kelley Crisci

Age Group Coach

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I am thrilled to be part of the CGBD family! In addition to CGBD, I am an assistant coach at William & Mary for the men's and women's swim team.  I swam for the Tribe ('90-'94) so its great to be back home!  I also coach the Ford's Colony Killer Whales in the summer.  My family moved back to Williamsburg four years ago, and we have been heavily involved in swimming in Williamsburg since then.  Prior to moving back, we lived in Northern Virginia.  During that time, I coached at NCAP and taught lessons at two swim schools.  I have worked with swimmers of all ages from three month old in Mommy and Me classes to Masters swimmers.  
 
My husband, Jeff, and I three sons, who are swimmers as well. 

Sierra Merritt

Age Group Coach

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McKenzie Smith

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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