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Sterling Coaches
Sterling Group Coaches
 

George Willard

George Willard will be the head coach of the Senior A2 group. He is a former Wahoo swimmer. He swam and graduated from Florida State University. George has been a coach at Wahoos, high school and in Tri County.

 

Amanda Martin

Amanda coached at Wahoos from the late 80’s through the 90’s working primarily with the 8 and under groups (Mini A and TC II). She came back in the late 2011 to help assist with the swim team prep groups. This is her second year as head coach of the Sterling Jr AB2 group. Amanda is currently working on attaining her ASCA (American Coaches Swimming Association) Level 1 and Level 2 certifications. Amanda’s main philosophy as a coach is to teach the fundamentals and mechanics of swimming early so that coaches don’t have to correct a bad stroke later on in a swimmer’s career. The main emphasis of the Jr AB2 group is mechanics first so that speed and endurance have a foundation to build upon when the swimmer becomes bigger and stronger. Amanda swam at Wahoos under Hugh Merkle and was a high school All-American. She swam at Southern Illinois University becoming a 13 time Division 1 All-American and Olympic Trials qualifier.

 

​Erin Sheehan

Erin is a former Wahoos swimmer who has been the assistant coach of Mini/Jr B, Junior AB2, and Junior A2 since 2015. She swam at Rowan University where she earned a BA in History. She also has BSN and is currently an RN for Bayada Home Care. Erin has been a coach at Stratford Swim Club for the past 18 years. Erin and her husband have 4 children, Kailey, Braden, Reagan, and Shaelin.

 

Doug Mann

Doug works with the training camp I group. Doug is a certified athletic trainer and associate professor in health and exercise science at Rowan University. Doug holds a doctorate in physical education from Springfield College. He has authored several articles and textbooks related to physical education, strength and conditioning, and athletic injury. Doug is a former competitive triathlete having completed over 20 triathlons.

 

Rich Henderson

Rich is a former Wahoos swimmer who is returning to the pool deck after an 8 year hiatus from the sport. He is the head coach of the JRA2 group and assists with JRA1 and SRA3. He has coached for Woodbine and Meadowbrook Swim Clubs as well as Camden Catholic High School. In 2008 he shifted his focus to coaching crew, the sport he competed in while at Clemson University. While swimming and rowing are quite different, they do both require a regimented approach to training, commitment to technique, and unrelenting motivation and encouragement. Rich teaches Special Education at Camden Catholic High School. He and his wife Rachel have three children - Gabriel, Lucy, and Cecilia - and a bulldog named Stella. Gabe is a Wahoo swimmer who competes in the summer for Tavistock.

 

Julia Bryan

Julia Started coaching at Wahoos in 2016. She started swimming at the age of 5 and swam until the age of 18. She has been teaching lessons since 2009. Julia attended Rutgers and studied Health Sciences and Psychology, earning her BS. Now she continues her studies at Drexel in the accelerated nursing program where she wil learn her BSN, RN. She looks forward to the upcoming season.

 

Chris Gaffney

Chris started coaching at Wahoos in the fall of 2015. A former swimmer at Wahoos, Chris went on to swim at Southern Illinois University from 2006-2010 where he achieved Senior National qualifications and was part of the 2010 All-MAC Team. Chris was voted Team Captain for SIU for 3 years and also was awarded the SIU Swimming and Diving Saluki Pride Award both his Freshman and Senior seasons.

A swim coach for 12 years now, Chris comes with a boatload of coaching experience from a variety of levels and parts of the world. He has been a Head Coach at numerous Tri-County swim clubs including Old Orchard, Pheasant Run and Pomona. Upon receiving his B.S. Degree in Physical Education, he went on to be the Graduate Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach for SIU the next 2 seasons while earning his M.S.Ed Degree in Kinesiology with a specialized focus in Sport Psychology.

After college, Chris was the Assistant High Performance Swim Coach, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, and Physical Education Teacher at the British International School in Phuket, Thailand. Some of his achievements include having athletes represented and/or qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, Southeast Asian Games, the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, 2016 FINA World Championships in Doha, and having 2 athletes selected to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. During his time at BISP, his athletes broke a total of 66 National Records across Southeast Asia.

Chris has a Silver License Coaching Certification from the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), is an ASCA Level 4 Coach, and has been a Personal Trainer for 12 years. He was also a presenter at the 2015 Southeast Asia Heads of Physical Education Conference in Phuket, Thailand. He has a strong background in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. He will be the Assistant Coach for Senior A2 this season. Chris is also a Physical & Health Education Teacher at Samuel M. Ridgway Middle School.