Coach Grisham Stevenson has been a member of the Sharks swim team for the past 12 seasons both as a swimmer and as a Coach for the past 6 years. As a 7 year member of Occoquan Swimming and 4 year member of its National Training Group, Grisham has been heavily involved in the sport since childhood. Grisham is currently a Junior at West Virginia University where he is majoring in Sport and Exercise Psychology with a minor in Athletic Coaching. He is also a Student Assistant with the Mountaineer football team where he works closely with the defensive coaches. He provides help with the scout team and defensive line during practices and has many different assignments during games depending on what the coaches need. Grisham is interested in pursuing a career in coaching. See below for a couple of action shots of Coach Grisham at a Sharks swim meet and coaching on the sideline of a West Virginia football game!
Coach Grisham can be reached at [email protected]
Coach Nicole Linn is coming to us with 12 years of teaching and coaching experience primarily focused on Elementary and Middle school age kids. She grew up in sunny south Florida where she swam competitively. Nicole attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2007. After graduating, she moved to the middle of the state where she taught Kindergarten and 2nd Grade and began coaching both a high school team and a year-round competitive team. Nicole then moved to the Florida Keys, where she got her Montessori and Special Education teaching certifications and taught 2nd and 3rd grade Montessori, as well as a year of middle school.
She began swimming with the Masters Swim Team and found a passion for open water swimming. In Nicole’s words, she planned to “live the mermaid life forever” until she met her husband Jeremy Linn while competing in an Open Water Race. Jeremy, who is an Olympic Medalist and former World Record Holder in the 100M Breaststroke, lived in Northern Virginia as Head Coach for Nations Capital Swimming (NCAP). So, Nicole left the island life behind and moved north. In 2013 Nicole began teaching 1st Grade in Warrenton and coaching with Jeremy at NCAP. Nicole and Jeremy welcomed a baby girl, Goldie Linn, in November of 2018, who is the light of their lives! Nicole now coaches full time with NCAP with a focus on 8-12yr old swimmers.
Nicole works hard to build confidence in young athletes and to provide them with the tools and skills to help them become successful both in and out of the pool. She believes in creating a positive environment to allow young athletes to learn as much as possible, have fun, and take risks. Nicole is very excited to be working with the coaches and families at Dominion Valley this coming season!