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2019 LY Coaching Staff (Front row, L to R): Gabe Greene, Abby Woodruff, Kelly Bogensberger, Sarah Glinski, Blake Proffitt.  (Back row, L to R): Ryan Woodruff, Blake Dunson, Aaron Green.  Not pictured: Rachel Spaulding

Coaching Staff

Ryan Woodruff

Head Coach, National Group

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Coach Ryan became the Head Coach of the Lynchburg YMCA in August of 2015.  With 20 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.

Abigail Woodruff

Asst. Director of Competitive Aquatics

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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.

Blake Proffitt

Varsity and Gold Lead Coach

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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.

Gabe Greene

Lead Silver Coach

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Gabe Greene started swimming competitively when he was 4 years old at Vista Acres. Gabe was an excellent swimmer in the 100 butterfly as well as the 100 backstroke. After 12 years of swimming for Vista Acres and having started to swim for Heritage High School, Gabe started pursuing swimming at a higher level. Gabe then joined the Virginia Gators Swim Club for a short time where he improved significantly across many events. After 14 years of swimming with Vista Acres, and graduating high school in 2016, Gabe decided to focus more on his studies and is currently working on his degree in Exercise and Sports Science.

During his final season with Vista Acres, Gabe was also an assistant coach and learned that coaching and watching kids grow was something he cared for. Earning the Head Coaching role in 2017, he has remained Head Coach since. In his spare time, Gabe likes to lift weights, draw, and paint.

Sarah Glinski

Lead Bronze 2 Coach

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Coach Sarah joined LY in August 2019. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Exercise Science from Liberty University where she also served as the Exercise Science Club President.

Sarah Began Swimming at the age of 12 for a local swim team and was hooked. She swam for LCA in high school earning two Coach’s Awards during her three years on the team. In college, Sarah began teaching swim lessons three years before she decided to pursue her passion for coaching. In the Summer of 2019 she was an Assistant Coach for the Farmington Sharks. Sarah is excited to bring her energy and passion to LY.

Kelly M Bogensberger

Lead Bronze 1 Coach

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Kelly Bogensberger grew up swimming competitively at the age of seven in Charleston, SC. Her family moved out to South Dakota her junior year of high school where she continued her swimming career. In South Dakota, she was a two-time short course state champion in the mile. In college, she swam for Minnesota State-Mankato where her focus was in distance, butterfly, and backstroke events.

When she graduated in 2017, she continued to pursue her passion around the pool through teaching group and private swim lessons. Kelly moved to Lynchburg, VA in January 2018. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s in Educational Leadership at Lynchburg College. She finished up her first summer working with Coach Abby at Oakwood Country Club. She has experience working with young swimmers and is overjoyed to be a part of the LY swim team.

 
 

Blake Dunson

National and Varsity Assistant Coach

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Coach Blake joined LY in August of 2019. He is currently working towards a Bachelors degree in Computer Science at Liberty University.

Blake started swimming at the age of 5 and has been involved with the sport ever since. In high school he swam with NOVA Aquatics and played Water Polo with the Richmond Rapids. He was a founding member of the Men’s Swim & Dive team at Liberty, where he saw Regional and National success under the training of former LY coach Heath Grishaw.

Blake began his coaching career as an assistant coach for The Federal Club of the Greater Richmond Aquatic League in summer of 2017. The following year he was promoted to head coach, where he served for two seasons. He was able to greatly enhance the culture and quality of the team, breaking 54 team records and culminating in an undefeated season his second year.

In his spare time Blake enjoys reading and long walks on the beach. He is excited to be a part of the LY swim team.

Aaron Green

Gold Group Assistant Coach

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Aaron Green graduated from Widener University in May 2019 where he swam for all four years and was rewarded with Widener Male Athlete of the Year his senior year for his swimming accomplishments. Aaron has been a competitive swimmer for more than 12 years and is currently pursing his Masters Degree in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Lynchburg. Aaron enjoys working with people of all ages and is well equipped to take swimmers with basic or advanced skills to the next level. He is excited to share his passion for the water and strives to build confident swimmers who are empowered to grow both in and out of the pool. 

Rachel Spaulding

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Assistant Coach

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