Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Mike Wenert

Head Coach

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Mike is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 coach and has 25 years of coaching experience. Mike has coached all level of athletes including novice swimmers all the way through Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Mike’s coaching accomplishments include 13 Ohio Age group team championships, multiple national record holders, Junior National team championships, and the 1996 Ohio Age Group Coach of the Year award.

Mike started his coaching career at Washington Township Recreation Center (WTRC) in Centerville, Ohio in 1993. While at WTRC, Mike served as Head Age Group Coach and helped build a team of 40 into a team of 220 and a perennial age group state powerhouse. Mike continued his coaching career at the Cincinnati Marlins from 1999-2003 and 2005-2017 where his job titles included both Head Age Group Coach and Associate Head Coach. While at the Marlins, Mike helped the Marlins achieve Gold Medal status in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program.

Mike lives in Forest Lakes with his wife Leslie and two children, Olivia and Luke who both swim on Cavalier Aquatics.

Todd DeSorbo

Director of High Performance

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Todd DeSorbo was hired as the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach in August 2017. Since taking over, the women have won two ACC titles, and were seeded to become national champions before the COVID crisis caused the meet to be cancelled. In 2020, the women scored the most points in a single ACC championship, ever. The men have rocketed from the bottom of the NCAA to a top 10 finish in 2019, and to a second place ACC finish behind a fiercely competitive NC State squad in 2020. 

Prior to coming to Virginia, Desorbo spent six years at NC State as an associate head coach, bringing the program to the national and international stage. There, DeSorbo worked primarily with the Wolfpack sprinters and was a developmental specialist. He oversaw the programs’ recruiting, training and day-to-day operations. Additionally, Todd coached Ryan Held to the 2016 Olympic team, where he helped the USA win gold in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Todd joins CAV-Y as Director of High Performance, and adds a wealth of knowledge and experience to the coaching staff. 

DeSorbo holds two accounting degrees from UNCW, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1999 and a master’s degree in 2000. A native of Salisbury, N.C., DeSorbo is married to Lauren Suggs. They have one son, Jack, and one daughter, Cate who are both on the team.

Bridget Burkot

Head Age Group Coach

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Bridget is currently the Head Age Group Coach and coaches the Platinum and Silver groups. She is a University of Virginia graduate with a BA in Psychology.  She completed her Master's courses in the Curry School of Education in Sport Psychology, with world renouned Bob Rotella as her mentor and director. Bridget has a strong backround both as a swimmer and a coach.  She has been coaching for almost 40 years.  Her strength lies in her knowledge of stroke technique and training philosophy.  She has an incredible passion for working with all levels of swimmers in helping them to realize their potential. 

Her accomplishments include:  being selected and participating as the Head Zone Coach in Virginia Swimming for the last 5 years as well as coaching at many zone meets for Virginia, Maine, and New England swimming as an assistant; Level 4 ASCA Coach, former member of VSI Board of Directors in Club Development; Virginia Age Group Coach of the Year (2000); UVA scholarship swimmer; Age Group Coach of Olympian Ian Crocker while in Portland (Maine); and participating as a Senior National and NCAA  level swimmer. In addition, Bridget has developed and coached state and zone champions, state record holders, nationally ranked swimmers, and national qualifiers.  Many of her swimmers have continued  to compete at the collegiate level and have earned scholarships to swim in college.

Her roots run deep in Charlottesville.  She has coached summer league teams for the city of Charlottesville (in fact started the team at Washington Park), at the Key West Club, the Elks Lodge and in her home town or Reading, Pennsylvania.  She began her year-round swimming career at the Reading YMCA, has attended Y Nationals as a swimmer and coach, swam for her High School team (Wilson High School), and swam for both Lancaster Aquatic Club and Foxcatcher (under the tutelage of Olympic Coach George Haines). She has worked with Olympic Coach Joe Bernal at the Bernal's Gators, has attended Junior Nationals as a coach on many occasions, and Senior Nationals as a swimmer.  Her background in the sport of swimming is extensive.  From a coaching standpoint, she believes the whole is stronger than the parts and working together as a team is the foundaton for success.

Bridget has two children, Jeremy Edwards (23) and Quinn Edwards (20) and was married to and coached with British Olympian Martin Edwards (Munich, 1972), who is currently coaching in England.  Jeremy, also a coach, is the manager of the ODU swimming team, and will be graduating this year with an IT business degree.

Leslie Wenert

Lead Coach Gold and Bronze

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Leslie (Ramsey) Wenert grew up in Yorktown, Virginia and swam for the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins club team. Leslie graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1995 and was a member of the swimming team. During her time at UNC, she was a team captain, NCAA All-American in freestyle & butterfly events, and ACC Swimmer of the Year in 1994. In 1996, she was a semi-finalist in the 200M Butterfly at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials. From 1996-2001, she was an Assistant Swim Coach at the University of Kentucky. From 2001-2004, she was the Head Coach at Wittenberg University and was the NCAC Conference Coach of the Year in 2002. Leslie is married to Head Coach Mike Wenert and they have two children, Olivia and Luke, who are also on Cavalier Aquatics.. Leslie brings over 30 years of swim coaching experience and has worked with all levels of swimmers. Her goal is to have her love and passion for the sport of swimming transfer over to all of her swimmers.   

 

Hunter Mitchell

Senior Group Assistant

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Coach Hunter grew up in the Charlottesville/Crozet area swimming for the Crozet Gators for 13 years and Western Albemarle High School for 4 years. This is Hunter's 4 th season with CYAC. He was lead Bronze Coach during the 2017-2018 season and has served as an Assistant Coach for the program since 2015.  This past summer he served as Head Coach of the Crozet Gators Swim Team, and an assistant coach with the team two summers prior to being the Head Coach. This past season he led the Gators to an undefeated regular season, Sportsmanship Award winners for Division I and a second place finish at JSL Champs.

Peter Robinson

Assistant Senior Coach

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Peter is a California native of Mission Viejo, and entered the sport of swimming simply because his high school team did not have any cuts. Over four years, his love for the sport grew, and culminated in a commitment to Division III Southwestern University.
 
At Southwestern, located near Austin TX, Peter started at the very bottom. By his second year, he had achieved the "Most Improved" award for his efforts, and MVP by year three. During his senior campaign, Peter again achieved MVP in tandem with the program's first ever SCAC Conference title. In this effort, he broke all three school records in his individual events (2FR, 5FR, 2BK), and anchored all five relays to victory.
 
After graduating with a degree in Bachelors' of Science in Kinesiology, he began coaching for a Austin Trinity Aquatics under Olympian Doug Russel. In the fall of 2019, he moved to Charlottesville to begin a new job as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Virginia. Peter is excited to empower swimmers at CA-Y to achieve in the pool and life!
 
In his free time, Peter loves to hike in Shenandoah, read in his hammock, cook, and blast punk rock.

Jeremy Edwards

Assistant Coach

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Jeremy grew up in a swimming family as his mother is coach Bridget and his father was a British Olympic Swimmer. He has been swimming since age 5 and swam a majority of his childhood with Burkwood Aquatic Club. He recently graduated from Old Dominion University in 2020 where he swam for 1 year before deciding to end his swimming career due to injury. He was then the ODU team manager for 3 years. 

 

Jeremy has coached at many different levels and abilities in his young coaching career. He prides his athletes on swimming with great technique and learning how to swim efficiently. He has coached summer league teams in Mechanicsville, VA. Along with coaching for Tidewater Aquatic Club in Norfolk, VA, and helping the ODU team with technique work and pacing. He also coached the ODU club team and was preparing 15 athletes for College Club Nationals before the Covid-19 Pandemic. He was also selected as a Virginia Swimming Eastern Zone coach in the summer of 2019. 

 

Jeremy was an experienced distance swimmer in his swimming career being an eastern zone championship finalist in multiple distance events as well as placing 3rd in the VHSL state championships in the 500 freestyle. 

 

Elizabeth Schieber

Assistant Bronze Swim Coach

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Coach Liz has been coaching swimming since 2009. She is a USA Swimming Certified Coach, an ASCA Level 4 Coach, and a Certified Personal Trainer. She graduated from from James Madison University with a degree in Business Administration. She has spent her adult years studying physical fitness, wellness and sports training. She was a competitive swimmer in her youth, a USA Triathlon Honorable Mention 2005 and 2006, and a USA Triathlon All American in 2007. She is a two time Ironman finisher and has completed numerous triathlons and running races over the past 15 years to include three marathons.

During her years as Head Age Group Coach of the Stafford Aquatics Team, Coach Liz prepared AAAA, AAA, AA, and A Swimmers who have competed in the top competitions in the state of Virginia, Eastern Zone Champs, and National level competitions. Several of her swimmers have been Age Group Champ finalists and ranked in the top ten in Virginia.

In her spare time, Coach Liz enjoys mountain biking, music, gym fitness classes, and works part time at Blenheim Vineyards.

Board of Directors

Marco Mejias

Parent Advisory Council - Chair

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Brad Heilman

Volunteer Coordinator

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Kristin Wray

Apparel/Team Store

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Jessica Simons

Computers/VA Swimming Rep

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Jonna Garono

Spirit/Hospitality

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Laura Schundler

Spirit/Hospitality

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Kelly Moore

At Large

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Kristen Wells

Meet Director

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