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.
Coach Brittany moved to Deland from Northern Virginia about 4 years ago. In Northern Virginia, I grew up swimming in a competitive summer league called the NVSL. I was 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.
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!
I have been a competitive swimmer for 10 years in the state of Florida. I have competed at the state, national, and collegiate level. Throughout my swimming career I qualified for the Florida Zone Team, FLAGS, Senior Championships, Sectionals, Futures National Championships, and NCSA’s. I swam on the varsity team at Deland High school qualifying for the FHSAA 4A District, Regional, and State Championship meets. I was captain of my high school swim team and was named 2016 Daytona Beach News Journal Female Swimmer of the Year, 2016 Spectrum Sports Female Swimmer of the Year, and earned the High Point Female Swimmer award all four years of high school. After high school, I earned a swimming scholarship at the University of West Florida and competed at the collegiate level. I have been coaching since I was fifteen years old and I have coached all ages from two years to adult. I have always loved the sport of swimming and believe that having fun while working hard every day is the key to success. I love being a part of the coaching staff at WVKW and want to share my passion of swimming with up and coming swimmers!
I have been involved in competitive swimming beginning at age 7. My junior and senior years of high school, I qualified for the Y Nationals in a total of 11 events. I swam 4 years at Cleveland State University in the backstroke and IM. I earned 3 varsity letters and was co-captain my senior year. I coached a couple of age group programs while in college. In 1986 I became the head boys coach for Westlake High School. In 1992, I became the head girls coach as well. During my tenure at Westlake, I coached 2 state champions and numerous state qualifiers. Our teams had won numerous conference titles and my swimmers earned 7 conference coach of the year awards for me. In 2007, I became the volunteer assistant coach to Amherst Steele High School and the Vermilion Y Torpedoes. My philosophy is simple, teach the proper technique, train with purpose, and have fun performing in the meets. I have found this to be a great recipe to success, which I look forward to sharing with the Killer Whales.