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Meet the Coaches

 

Walla Walla Swim Club Coaching Staff

 


 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Erika Miller

Head Coach
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Erika Miller, together with her husband and daughter, moved to Walla Walla from Whidbey Island, WA in June, 2016.   Erika had accepted the Aquatic Director position at the Walla Walla YMCA, and her husband, Brandon took a management position at Walmart.    Their daughter, Alana, a competitive swimmer,  joined WWSC after their move.  In September 2017, Erika was hired as the Head Coach for Walla Walla Swim Club.

After high school in Oregon, Erika moved to England where she completed her under-graduate degrees in 1994 , and later her post-graduate at California State University.   After returning to the USA, Erika competed on US Master's teams, where found her love of open water swimming.  

Erika began her USA swim coaching career in 2003, in Oak Harbor, Washington, coaching club swimming until 2008..  From 2004-2011 she served as Head Swim Coach for Oak Harbor High School  women’s  and men’s  swim/dive teams.   In 2012, Erika was asked to coach for Burlington-Edison and Sedro-Wooley High School swim teams, where she took the first group of swimmers to state competition, in many years.    In 2010, Erika left a career in teaching, deciding on a full-time career in Aquatics.

 

CHRIS YAW -- Assistant Coach

As a former WWSC Swimmer, Chris brings his knowledge and experience back to his home club.  Chris' training as a Water Safety Instructor means he's got an eye for detail and he uses his knowledge and experience to help build good technique in especially WWSC's younger, less experienced swimmers.   You might find coach Chris setting up a race or two against his swimmers!  He's still pretty fast in the water.