Coach Kati is the head coach for the Killer Whales Swim Club and has been coaching with the team since 2014. In her tenure with the team, she has been fortunate to coach FLAGS, Senior Championship, Sectionals and SE Zone qualifying swimmers. She is also the head men’s coach for Deland High School, where she has had the honor of coaching state championship swimmers for multiple seasons. In 2016, she was voted News Journal "Men's Coach of the Year." She is a Florida Gator and quite proud of it. (chomp chomp) She grew up in West Volusia and lettered in swimming and soccer for Deltona High School where she was one of the first graduating classes. She directly coaches the senior swimmers and oversees the age group, lessons and master swim programs. She is also responsible for meet planning and scheduling.
Coach "J" has been coaching high school swimming since 1978. Previous to coming to DeLand, I taught Spanish and French and coached at University High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For the last eleven years I have coached swim at DeLand High. I also teach Spanish there. My high school teams have been very successful because they are like a family.. always working to improve while having a great time together. My philosophy is that when you have even a bit of success at any task, you will keep trying harder.
Hi, I am Coach Micaela. I just moved out to Volusia County, Florida last July 2017. I swam competitively from age 6 to age 17 in my hometown of Bakersfield, California. At age 16, I began working at a pool as a lifeguard and swim instructor. From there, I became an Aquatics Manager, Swim Lessons Coordinator and Aqua Aerobics Instructor. I continued working at pools for the next 7 years. I received my Bachelors in English and Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara and my Masters of Education from John Hopkins University. I taught first grade in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and now teach third grade at Volusia Pines Elementary in Lake Helen, Florida! I love not only working with children, but learning from them. I believe in persistence, determination, discipline and kindness.
David Collum swam for DeLand High School in Deland, Fla. He was a part of the Daytona Beach Speed and West Volusia Killer Whales swim clubs. Collum was a three-time state qualifier and two-time state finalist. He earned second team All-State honors in 2009 and 2010. Collum was named the 2010 Daytona Beach News-Journal Swimmer of the Year. He holds the school record in the 100 Breast. Collum was the co-captain during his junior and senior years Dave went on to swim for Wingate University where he had amazing success.
His college athlete highlights include: 10x All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors and 3x NCAA Division II All-American including being co-Captain during his Senior campaign.
Dave also has experience coaching at the collegiate level for Widener University. He assisted in all aspects of coaching 45+ collegiate student-athletes. His was responsible for the recruitment of high school student-athletes. He developed & implemented strength & conditioning programs for the men’s & women’s swimming. He assumed the Interim Head Coaching role for the 2017-2018 season where he coached & lead a 2x Division III All-American during the 2017-2018 season.
Coach Brittany moved to Deland from Northern Virginia about a year ago. In Northern Virginia, I grew up swimming in a competitive summer league called the NVSL. When I was 13-15 years old, I participated in our teams "Fledgling" program where I coached our littlest swimmers ages 4-6. From 16-19 years old, I joined the official coaching staff where I helped to coach ages 6-18 on our team of about 150 members. I was also very involved in my high school swim team, where I became captain and competed in the state championships all four years.swam. I also swam for a USA swimming club called YORK, helping me to earn myself a spot swimming for the University of Mary Washington in Fredericskburg, Virginia. From ages 20-22, I also became the Head Coach of the Ravensworth Ravens swim team in Springfield Virginia, coaching kids from age 6-18 with about 150 members. I received my Masters of Elementary Education in 2009 and have since become a first and second grade teacher, as well as a physical education teacher. In my time as a teacher, I have coached several running clubs including the national program Girls On The Run. In my free time, I like to swim on the local masters team, play soccer, run, bike, dance, surf, and play guitar. More than anything, I enjoy spending time with my family- my husband and two kids aged 3 and 1. I am so grateful to join the coaching staff and spread my passion for swimming. The teams I grew up on were competitive, fun, and spirited and I hope to bring that same positive experience to the Killer Whales Swim Club!