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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 family, moved to Walla Walla from Whidbey Island, WA in June, 2016.   Erika had accepted the Aquatic Director position at the Walla Walla YMCA.   Her daughter, Alana, a competitive swimmer,  joined WWSC after their move.  In September 2018, Erika was hired as the Head Coach for Walla Walla Swim Club.

After high school in Oregon, Erika moved to England where she completed 2 under-graduate degrees in 1994 , and later her post-graduate at California State University.   A soccer player, Erika turned from recreational swimming to swimming for sport, after a serious injury caused her to give up soccer.  She soon fell in love with distance and open water swimming, and competed for several years as a master swimmer.

A high-school and community college language arts and social studies teacher, Erika sought ways to combine her background in education with her love of the water.  She taught swimming, water safety and lifeguard courses, for local pools.  Her love of swimming, and working with young people, and her own competitive sports background, led her to become a swim coach.  In 2010, Erika left teaching to work in Aquatics full-time.

Erika began her USA swim coaching career in Oak Harbor, Washington, coaching club swimming from 2003 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 coached Burlington and Sedro-Wooley High School swim teams, where she took the first group of swimmers to state competition, in many years.   

Erika believes that swimming is more than just a "sport".   She believes it is everything from being a life skill, a gateway to a career, or a summer job for teens and adults, to teaching valuable life and leadership skills and lessons.  She hopes to help WWSC swimmers grow as athletes and individuals who are stronger physically, mentally, and who are able to make a positive difference in their lives and their community.