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JW Coaching Staff

Wahoos Mt. Laurel Group Coaches

 

Head Coach John Carroll

John has been coaching at Jersey Wahoos since 1978 and as head coach of the Senior A1 program and as Wahoos’ full-time facilities manager since 1987. John is a Level – 5 American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Coach and was named Middle Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1992. He is a 1978 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), where he majored in business. John and his wife, Barb have 5 children, Christie, John, Sammie, Ryan and Joey.

 

Karen Clemens

Karen has been coaching with the Junior A1 program since 1987, and with Wahoos since 1981. From 1987 to 2013, Karen was head coach of JRA1. She has been honored as Middle Atlantic Age Group Coach of the Year twice, and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Teachers. Karen is a Health and Physical Education Chair at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. She is co-moderator of the National Honor Society and the SADD club. Karen has completed 17 marathons and has qualified and run the Boston Marathon four times. She has completed four Half-Iron Men competitions. Karen completed the Florida Ironman, 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Karen is married to Master’s Coach Jeff Clemens.

 

Bruce Brockschmidt

Bruce has coached at Wahoos since 1990, and is the head coach of Junior A1. Bruce was a former outstanding Wahoos swimmer who held the Jersey Wahoos Open Long Course record for the 200 IM. for 25 years until it was broken in 2013. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he majored in exercise science. Bruce specialized in the 400 IM. and swam both the 400 and 200 IM. in the 1988 Olympic Trials. He presently trains with the Masters program. He won the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, a 4.4-mile swim across Chesapeake Bay in 2004 & 2006. Bruce was nominated for the 2016 & 2017 ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year.

 

Bob Querubin

Bob is a former Wahoos swimmer who has coached at Wahoos since 1986. He is currently head coach of the Senior A practice group. He has also coached the boys’ and girls’ swim teams at Haddonfield Memorial High School since the ’92-’93 season. Bob is the head coach of Tavistock Country Club.

 

George Breen

George has been an assistant coach of Junior A since 2002, and Jersey Wahoos is honored to have this former world record holder and two-time Olympian on deck. He retired as coach and manager of GCIT and now is here at Wahoos. George’s swimming career began when he entered college at SUNY-Cortland, NY. He joined the swim team because the school didn’t offer rowing (his sport in high school). At Cortland he met legendary coach “Doc” Counsilman, who later coached George at Indiana University while George studied for his master’s degree. Displaying talent in distance swimming, George set his first world record in the 1500-meter freestyle, lowering the existing record by 13 seconds. At the 1956 Olympics in Australia, he lowered his own world record by another 13-seconds (though he did it in prelims!) He won three medals at the ’56 Game – two individual bronze and one relay silver. During the next four years he won 22 US National Championships, set six world records and competed in the 1959 Pan Am Games. At the 1960 Olympics he won a bronze medal in the 1500 free. George later served as manager of the 1975 Pan Am swim team and the 1980 Olympic swim Team. His vast coaching experience includes Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Swim Team, Team Delaware, and GCIT swim team. George has headed a myriad of swimming organizations such as American Swimming Coaches Association and the USA Olympic International Committee. He is an inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was inducted into the Great Buffalo Hall of Fame recently he was also inducted into the Bishop Timon High School Hall of Fame. He also is the recipient of many other honors, including the US Swimming Award. 

 

Jim Villa

Jim has coached at Wahoos since 1993 as head coach of Junior A, now entering his fifth season as Jr B1 Head Coach, and his sixteenth season as a National Team assistant coach. Jim has swum in the Delaware Valley area since he was an age grouper, under the coaching of George Breen. At the University of South Carolina Jim captained the swim team for two seasons and held records in butterfly and medley relays. He earned “Gamecock of the Meet” honors twice for his performances at conference championships. He received his master’s degree in physical education in 1976. Jim spent many years coaching USA and college-level teams nationwide before returning to Wahoos in 1993. He is currently instructing over 350 Wahoos athletes. Jim is also head coach of the Wedgewood Swim Club. Along with coaching from former Wahoos athletes Dana Stone and James Villa, Wedgewood won their third straight A division Championship, and the Tri-County Championships. 

 

Jeff Clemens

Jeff has been a coach of the Masters’ group at Wahoos since 1995. Jeff is an original Jersey Wahoo who started the sport as a Sea Jay in 1970. His successful swimming career includes competing in AAU, USS, high school and summer club meets. His 13-14 Boys butterfly record in the Tri-County Swim League was one of the oldest standing records in the league. Jeff has taught swimming lessons and stroke mechanics at Wahoos, and has coached all groups from Junior B on up. Jeff is Married to Karen Clemens.

 

Chris Waggoner

Chris has been coaching at Wahoos since 1993. He is currently head coach of Mini A. Chris was also a Middle Atlantic Zone All Star Team Head Coach for four years. He is a 1996 graduate of Temple University and 2007 graduate of Rider University, where he received his Master’s degree in Special Education. He is a 1st grade inclusion teacher in the Pemberton Township School District. Chris and his wife, Gwen, have three children, Allie, Maddie, and Gabe. When not on the pool deck, Chris enjoys fishing with his girls, bike riding, drinking Starbucks coffee, and driving to Disney World.

 

Todd Hutchinson 

Todd is a former Wahoos swimmer who has coached at Wahoos since 1990. He has is currently helping Senior A. Todd previously has assisted with Training Camps 1 and 2, and Junior A1. He is a University of Delaware and Thomas Jefferson University graduate and was the captain of the swim team. He has also coached Riverdel Swim Club, and helped at Wedgewood Swim Club. He is a physical therapist and lives in Haddon Township with his wife Amy, and his children Drew, Shelby, and Cali.

 

Ann Rychlik

Ann coaching since 2004 is the head of the Pre Team. In the past Ann has been the head coach for the Pre Teams and Training Camp I and assistant for Mini A, Jr B1, and JR A. Ann swam competitively for Wahoos from age 6-18 and also was a member of the Junior National Team. Ann swam at the University of Connecticut where she majored in political science and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She is currently vice principle at Shawnee High Sch

 

Danielle Willard

Danielle is an assistant coach for Mini A and the head coach of Training Camp 2. In the summer she is the head coach of the Pomona Dolphins Swim Team in the Tri-County swimming league.   Danielle swam with the Masters group and competed in may open water swims and triathlons. She is a graduate from Lebanon Valley College. In College she was a three sport athlete and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame. During the school year she teaches 7th and 8th grade special education in Palmyra. Danielle lives in Delran with her husband George and their daughter Campbell and 2 sons George and Sam.

 

David Washick

Dave graduated from Rowan University, where he also swam, with a BA in History. His swimming experiences began when he was 8 years old swimming for the Kingston Estates Seals, and include winning a state championship with Cherry Hill West. David is also a Fire fighter/EMT-B for the Borough of Haddonfield and an EMT-B for Cherry Hill.

 

Lisa Gutekunst

Lisa coached Training Camp here at Wahoos from 1998-2003. Took a nine year hiatus and returned in 2013 as assistant coach to TCII. Lisa swam high school at Vineland High School, then went on to swim at William Patterson University. Currently Lisa swims with the Masters her at Wahoos. When not at Wahoos she loves spending time with her husband Wayne and their sons at the beach.

 

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.

 

Christie Carroll

Christie started coaching at Wahoos in 2014. She is a former Wahoo swimmer where she swam competitively since age 5. She is now an assistant coach for Junior B1, Junior A, Junior A1, and ESA groups. She swam and graduated from Rowan University with degrees in Elementary Education and Math/ Science. Christie spends her summers as head coach for Ramblewood.

 

Georgia Wood

Georgia is the assistant coach for Training Camp II. She has been a part of the Wahoos family since 2005, teaching swimming in the lesson pool and coaching on deck. Georgia has a BS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she earned four varsity letters as a diver. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University and has worked in the software industry for over 20 years. Georgia was a competitive swimmer on the Cambridge Masters Swim Club at Harvard University from 1998 until 2004 when her husband, Will Riddell, accepted a position in the Rowan University Engineering department. Georgia is happy to be in a position where she can share her love for the water with the swimmers she works with, and thanks the Wahoos parents for that opportunity. 

 

Gwen Waggoner

Gwen started coaching in 2015 on Senior A1 with her mentor and coach, John Carroll. While swimming under the tutelage of John Carroll here at Jersey Wahoos, Gwen achieved four NJ High School state event titles and qualified for Senior Nationals. Gwen has both a bachelors degree and a masters degree from the University of Virginia where she was an All American swimmer and an ACC Champion for the Cavaliers. This past summer, she had the most exciting opportunity to coach for Wahoos at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Gwen hopes that all swimmers aspire towards greatness and work hard to meet and exceed all of their goals and ambitions! She is entering her 19th year of teaching adapted physical education. Gwen and her husband, Chris, have 3 children, Allie, Maddie and Gabe. As a family, they enjoy fishing, biking, Starbucks, and anything Disney & UVA.

 

Kim McGonigle

Kim started at Wahoos in 2015, as assistant coach to Senior Prep. Kim is a seventh grade teacher in Delran. She is the head swim coach at Delran High School. Kim has coached at Riverdel Swim Club and Woodcrest Swim Club. Currently, she is an assistant coach at Pomona. 

 

John Carroll Jr.

John is a graduate from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC).  John majored in History and was a member of the swim and dive team for all 4 years.  During his junior season, he was elected teammate of the year and as a senior was elected as a team captain by his peers.  Over his last 2 years at UMBC, John helped the Retrievers win the CCSA Conference Championship, mainly swimming the breaststroke and IM events.  Before UMBC, John swam at Jersey Wahoos for over 12 years.  This past year at Wahoos, John was the head coach for Senior Prep and was an assistant coach for Senior A1 and Senior A2.

 

Liz Spanfelner

Liz swam for Jersey Wahoos for 10 years. She continued her swimming career at The College of New Jersey. During her senior year she was elected captain of the Women’s swim team. Through her four years at TCNJ Women’s swimming and diving were NJAC champions. Liz graduated with a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and English. She is currently a Reading Specialist for K-2 students in Hammonton, NJ. Liz hopes to continue her passion for swimming through coaching. She previously coached for Eastern Express and was head coach of Hopewell Valley Swim and Tennis’ summer team. This is her second season with Jersey Wahoos Pre-Teams and Jr.Prep groups.

 

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.

 

Allyson Mitidieri

Allyson is a former Wahoos swimmer who qualified for Junior Nationals in the breaststroke. Her senior year at Cherry Hill West, Allyson was team captain. Allyson attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Allyson was an All-American in 2012-2014 while swimming at IUP. She set the IUP team records in the 100 & 200 breast and the 200 & 400 IM.

 

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.