Coaches & Directors



Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related questions, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative issues, such as billing or account questions, please contact Coach Abby.

Coaching Staff

Ryan Woodruff

Head Coach


Coach Ryan became the Head Coach of the Lynchburg YMCA in August of 2015.  With 15 years of coaching experience at a variety of club and collegiate positions, Ryan is a veteran coach known for his challenging yet interesting approach to training.

Prior to coming to LY, Ryan was the Head Coach of the Parkland Aquatic Club in Allentown, PA.  There, he mentored many Olympic Trials, National, and Jr National qualifiers and guided dozens of swimmers who went on to swim collegiately.

At the North Carolina Aquatic Club in Chapel Hill, NC, Ryan guided his swimmers to many state championships including the team's first LSC title in 2008.  NCAC produced many Jr National qualifiers, an Olympic Trials qualifier, Scholastic All-Americans, and during Ryan's tenure and was repeatedly awarded the Silver Medal for Club Excellence.  Ryan also served as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina, helping the team to multiple ACC team runner-up finishes and  NCAA All-American honors.

Ryan began his career at the University of Florida, where he was mentored by 2012 Olympic Head Coach Gregg Troy and the Gator Staff.  He coached with the Gator Swim Club while working toward his degree in Exercise Physiology and training for open water swims.  While at Florida, Ryan had the good fortune to work with many Olympians in the Gator program and working at the Florida Swim Camp each summer.  Staying at UF after completing his bachelor's degree, Ryan earned his Master's degree in Biomechanics in 2007.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys running and reading.  He and his wife Abby (LY Assistant Director of Competitive Aquatics) have three children and live in Lynchburg.

Blake Proffitt

Varsity Group Lead Coach


Blake Proffitt began swimming competitively for the Lynchburg YMCA when he was nine years old. He was finishing in the top eight at Age Group Champs by the time he was 10 and went on to be a 4-time YMCA national qualifier and 2-time member of the Eastern Zone team. He competed in the summers for Oakwood Country Club and at the high school level for EC Glass, finishing as a state finalist six times and was State runner up his senior year in the 100 fly and 100 back. In his free time he enjoyed running track and has been an assistant swim coach at Oakwood for 3 years. He attended College of Charleston and is now bringing his on-deck enthusiasm and energy back to LY.

Mia Croom

Silver and Bronze Lead Coach


Mia Croom grew up swimming in Northern Virginia, and moved to Lynchburg to attend Liberty University.  She is now a graduate student studying elementary education and has served in many capacities in aquatics.  Most recently, she was an assistant coach at Oakwood Country Club and an assistant coach at Jefferson Forest High School.  She is very skilled at relating to young children and will lead the Bronze and Silver groups this season with help from Coach Anna.

Heath Grishaw

Gold Group Lead Coach


Heath Grishaw swam competitively for 12 years. He first started at the age of 6 with the Forest Area Swim Team. In his sophomore year of high school LCA started a swim team, and he swam for them until he graduated in 2014. Heath is in his junior year studying Kinesiology at Liberty University.  He has now coached for the Forest Area Swim Team for 2 years as well as with the LCA High School Swim team. He is known as a vocal encourager and is ready to bring his energy and experience to help impact the LY swim team. 

Anna Meinke

Silver and Bronze Group


Anna Meinke swam her entire career with LY, and was a standout across a variety of strokes.  She was a YMCA National Qualifier and State Championship finalist at LCA.  Now studying Elementary Education at Liberty, she returns to our team as a coach to share her experience and knowledge with our young swimmers.  She will be assisting Coach Mia in working with the Bronze and Silver Groups this fall.

Patrick Frankfort

Assistant Coach, Varsity Group


Patrick Frankfort grew up in Lynchburg swimming for the Oakwood Gators and LY from ages 7 through 18, and for four years with the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers.  He went on to swim for four more years with the Washington and Lee University swim team before graduating and moving west to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  He spent 3 years there as the head coach of the Jackson Hole Stingrays club team, where he was named Wyoming Swimming Coach of the Year in 2007-08 and worked with several swimmers who won high school state championships and went on to swim in college.  Since moving back to Lynchburg, he has worked as a math teacher and head coach of the swim team at E.C. Glass for the last 5 years, and coached with Peakland and Boonsboro in the LAL.  Patrick is excited to bring his knowledge and experience back to LY.

Ranndi Grubbs

Assistant Coach, Gold Group


Ranndi Grubbs began her swimming career as a club swimmer in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Lynchburg in 2012 when she started attending Liberty University. At Liberty, Ranndi was a member of their D1 swimming and diving program. During her time on the team, Ranndi participated at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships. She also helped lead the team to win the 2014 CCSA Conference Championship. Ranndi graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science. In January, she will attend Campbell University to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.

In the past, Ranndi has volunteer coached for Lynchburg Y’s national group and assistant coached at Occoquan Swimming. She is excited to be back on the pool deck, sharing her passion and experience for the sport of swimming.

Hannah Wakeley

Assistant Coach, Bronze Group


Hannah Wakeley has been around the pool deck since she was four years old and started swimming year-round at the age of eight. She comes from a family of eight, with five siblings who all swam competitively. Hannah grew up in southern New Jersey and swam for Atlantic City Aquatic Club under her head coach and father David Wakeley. As a teen, she was a member of Middle Atlantic All-Star Winter Zone team and ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic region in the 200 butterfly during the 2007 swim season. During her high school years, she assisted in coaching the bronze and silver level groups as well as teaching swim lessons during the summer. In her senior year of high school, she earned the New Jersey state high point award for the 15 and over girls.

During her collegiate swim career, Hannah held team records in the 1650 and 1000 freestyle and was a contributing member of Liberty University’s first championship winning team in 2014. At the 2015 CCSA Championship meet, Hannah’s podium finishes include scoring a 2nd place finish in the 200 butterfly and 3rd in the 1650 freestyle. During summer training, Hannah competed with Liberty Aquatics in the 2014 Arena Charlotte Grand Prix meet in the 200 and 100 butterfly, and 400 freestyle events. Hannah graduated in May of 2016 with a bachelor of science degree in Health Promotion.

Hannah’s coaching experience extends into the collegiate realm as she held the assistant head coach position at Alderson Broaddus (AB) University in Philippi, WV for the men’s and women’s swim team. During her time at AB, Hannah focused on technique development, lead weight and dryland workouts, assisted in meet management, coordinated team travel, and engaged in recruiting for the team. Hannah helped develop the young program and her swimmers gained significant time drops throughout the season.

After spending a summer working with Brigantine Aquatics, assisting with all group levels within the team, Hannah has returned to Lynchburg to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health at Liberty. She now works as the team manager for the University’s swimming and diving team in addition to her responsibilities at LY. Hannah has always had a passion for the sport and is excited to join the LY family to help teach and inspire young athletes to reach their full potential both in and out of the pool.

Abigail Woodruff

Asst. Director of Competitive Aquatics


Coach Abby returned to LY in August 2015.  As Abby Clark, she got her first taste of swimming at age 7 at Falling River Country Club and joined the YMCA swim team that fall. Abby was an excellent LY and E.C. Glass swimmer and still holds a couple of records around the area. She continued her career at Davidson College where she was part of the school record-setting 800 free relay and a conference meet finalist on multiple occasions.
  Abby started her coaching career in 1995 at the Peakland Pool teaching swimming lessons and eventually becoming Head Coach. She later coached with the famed Mecklenburg Aquatic Club (MAC) during the summer and earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Davidson College in 2001.
   Moving to the University of Florida in 2004, she worked as the manager for the UF swim team, taught swim lessons, and became the Head Age Group Coach, Head Masters Coach, and Business Manager of Gator Swim Club. She earned her Master's degree in Sport Management from UF in 2006.
   In 2007 Abby and Coach Ryan moved to the North Carolina Aquatic Club in Chapel Hill, NC. Abby served as the Head Age Group Coach and business manager of the club until the summer of 2009 when she made the decision to stay at home with her first child.
   Abby spent the previou six years before coming to LY as a full-time mom to three children and is thrilled to be getting back into the “swim of things.". She is currently Assistant Director of Competitive Aquatics and plans to be back on the pool deck more and more over the next few years. Abby firmly believes that there is no greater sport than swimming, and she loves sharing her passion for the sport with young swimmers! Most of her free time is spent shuttling her kids around to various activities, but she still enjoys swimming, running, reading, movies, and having new adventures with her family.

Priscilla Bettis

Substitute Coach


Priscilla Bettis has recently retired from everyday coaching and now serves as a substitute coach.  Priscilla brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the team.  She grew up in Alaska but thawed out after several years of living in the South.  Priscilla is a former age group, college, and Masters swimmer.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma and is able to apply her understanding of wave mechanics and fluid dynamics when teaching stroke technique.  Priscilla has coached swimmers of all ages and abilities including age group, junior high school, Special Olympics, summer league, and Masters.  She enjoys motivating young athletes and promoting the great sport of swimming. Priscilla holds a level 4 ASCA certification.