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

Alex Steven Rayle

Associate Head Coach

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Alex is a native of the Charlottesville area and swam for Crozet Gators, SMAC, and Western. He began his coaching career as an assistant swim coach for the Gators back in 2011. He later was the co-head coach of the YMCA stray cats in Waynesboro, an assistant coach for the Boars Head swim team, and is now the current Head Coach of the Crozet Gator Swim Team.  Alex started as the head coach for the Gators last summer and led them to a 2nd place finish at the JSL Championships. Under his leadership, the Gator werealso awarded the JSL spirit award for the first time in 13 years.

In terms of swimming, Alex was a three-time YMCA national finalist for SMAC and was named the Jefferson District Swimmer of the Year in 2012 for WAHS. More recently, Alex just finished up his swimming career at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. There, Alex was a member of the winning 2014 CAA Championship team, a freshmen record holder in the 200 breastroke, and a CAA finalist in the 100 breastroke.

 

 

Bridget Burkot

Lead Site Director Crozet

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Bridget is the lead coach/site director at our Crozet location and a University of Virginia graduate. Bridget has an tremendous backround in both swimming and coaching and her strenthgs include her leadership ability, her knowledge of both stroke technique and training philosophies, and her overall passion for both the sport of swimming and working with young athletes. Bridgets accomplishments include Level 4 ASCA Coach, a member of VSI Board of Directors (Club Development), Virginia Age Group Coach of the Year (2000), UVA scholarship swimmer, and Age Group Coach of Olympian Ian Crocker. In addition, Bridget has developed state and zone champions, state record holders, nationally ranked swimmers, and national qualifiers.

Leslie Wenert

Lead Coach Gold and Bronze (Brooks)

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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 CYAC. 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.

Laura Leigh Scott

Assistant Bronze/Assistant Futures

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Nora F Surbey

Cudas 2 Lead coach Brooks

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Nora is from Fairfax, Virginia and is now a thirdyear at the University of Virginia. She has been swimming since she was 5 years old. In Northern Virginia, Nora swam competitively for 5 years on Shark Tank Racing Squad, a PVS club team, and all 4 years on her high school varsity swim team. Nora is currently swimming with the Club Swim Team at UVA. She has been the head coach of her summer swim team for the past two summers, and was an assistant Bronze coach for CYAC last year. Nora is excited to be a CYAC coach again this season! 

Tasha Congdon

Lead Future/Cudas 2 (Crozet)

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Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Marco Mejias

Parent Advisory Council - Chair

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James Hargrove

YMCA Board Rep/Meet Director

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Brad Heilman

Volunteer Coordinator

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Amy Browne

Volunteer Coordinator

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Kristin Wray

Apparel/Team Store

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Erica DeVito

Travel Coordinator

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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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Dallas Hitt

Awards/Ribbons

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Dan Bledsoe

At Large

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Kelly Moore

At Large

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Meghan Welsch

Banquet/Parent Education

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