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Coaches & Directors

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

Kelsey Hilton

Head Coach

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Kelsey is an elementary school teacher in Chesterfield County.  She started her swimming career with Lakeside Swim and Racquet Club in the JRAC swim league.  She swam with them for 12 seasons.  Once she discovered her love for swimming, she joined the Shady Grove Stingrays YMCA and swam for them for 9 seasons.  Later, she joined their US swim team for her last 3 years of high school.  In high school, she began teaching swim lessons for both pools.  From there, she became the mite coach for Lakeside and an assistant coach with the Shady Grove swim team.  She was the assistant coach with the Rockville Racers in the GRAL swim league for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  In 2010, she was hired as the head coach of Lakeside Swim and Racquet Club and currently holds this post.  Kelsey graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in English as well as a Master’s of Science in Elementary Education.  She taught for 3 years in Spotsylvania County before transferring to Henrico County.  She is very excited to join the Patrick Henry Piranhas for her second year! 

Amanda Yeatts

Assistant Coach

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Amanda is a graduate of Randolph Macon College with specialties in Classical Studies, Elementary Education, Special Education & Women Studies. She is an elementary school teacher for Louisa County Public Schools. Amanda was the head swim team coach at Milestone Makos this summer. She swam for Lakeside Swim & Racquet Club in JRAC league for 11 seasons as well as Shady Grove YMCA for 10 seasons. She was a mite coach at Lakeside for three years and has also been teaching swim lessons for six years. Amanda is excited to come back and coach her fourth year for our Patrick Henry Piranhas! 

Danielle Utz

Assistant Coach

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Danielle is currently a sophomore at Randolph-Macon College studying communication studies and elementary education. She grew up in Lynchburg, VA where she began swimming competitively for her local YMCA when she was seven years old and later swam for a USA swimming team, along with her high school team. After one season at Randolph-Macon, Danielle made the decision to retire from swimming so that she could devote more time to her education and pursue a job. During the summer, which she spends back in Lynchburg with her family, Danielle is a lifeguard, as well as a swim lesson instructor, at a local country club. After she finishes school, she hopes to be a kindergarten teacher and eventually pursue a career as an elementary school principal. Working with children and being able to teach them the fundamentals of swimming have always been a passion of Danielle's and she is so excited to be a part of this team!

Adam Huffman

Assistant Coach

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 Hey all! My name is Adam Huffman and I'll be an assistant coach for the Patrick Henry YMCA Swim Team this season. I am currently a student at Glen Allen High School where I am a captain on our Jaguar Swim Team and a member of the center for education and human development. I've been swimming since I was five and began swimming for Patrick Henry in the fourth grade. I can't wait to be a mentor figure to our young and old swimmers and make this season fun. The most important thing to me is close relationships and bonding, something I can't wait for this coming season. Go Piranhas!