2017 Piedmont Tsunamis
Summer Coaching Staff
Head Program Coach - Jay Thorpe
Coach Jay hails from Akron, Ohio where he began his swim career at the age of 6 at Portage Country Club. Developing a love for swimming, he began swimming AAU and YMCA. Coach Jay was a high school All-American and 6 time collegiate All-American. Coach Jay lives is Bristow, VA with his wife Wendy and has two children J.D. and Sydney.
Coach Jay has coached at various levels including:
Piedmont Tsunamis Swim Team
Beginning his 6th season as Head Coach and Program Director.
- 2013 PWSL Red Division Champions
- 10+ League Records
- Broke 49 of 67 team records in 4 years.
- Direct all indoor and outdoor training activities
- Head Coach for team consisting of 350 competitive and developmental swimmers.
Battlefield High School
Was named 2012 Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year. 10 High School All-Americans, 14Academic All-Americans, 2 Virginia State Champions, 1 State record
USA Swim Coach
10+ years – Coached various club teams, most recently with QDD (Quantico Devil Dolphins) – 50+ Sectional Qualifiers, 30+ Zone Championship Qualifiers, 100+
3 years – Special Olympics Head Coach – 30+ State Champions, 1 World Games qualifier.
Assistant Head Coach - Nina Tremols
Returning as assistant head coach for the Tsunamis this summer is Nina Tremols. This will be Nina's 10th year as a Tsunami and 9th year as a coach. Nina began competitive swimming at the age of 7 and from then on gained a broad background in the sport. Nina was a member of the Battlefield HS swim team where she earned a state title and record in the 200 Medley Relay and was named team MVP her senior year. She was also a Junior National team member for Nation's Capital Swim Club. This past spring, Nina completed her swimming career at James Madison University. As a Duke, Nina was named a JMU Athletics Director Scholar Athlete and holds All-Time Top 10 Times for the Lady Dukes in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, and 100 butterfly. Nina is studying Kinesiology with a Pre-Professional focus in Physical Therapy and is set to graduate this coming December.
White Caps Lead Coach - Natalie Morrow
Coach Natalie Morrow is a rising Junior at Virginia Tech where she is majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry. Natalie plans to attend dental school after graduation from Virginia Tech. Natalie swam with the Piedmont Tsunamis for 10 years and has been a member of the coaching staff for 5 years. She graduated from Battlefield High School in 2015 where she was a member of the Battlefield Swim & Dive Team during all four years of high school. Since attending college, she has been a member of the Virginia Tech Club Swim Team. Natalie has also spent the last 5 summers life guarding. She will serve as the Lead Coach this summer for our developmental swimmers in our White Cap Program scheduled to start June 19, 2017.
Assistant Coach - Evan Brandt
Evan Brandt will be returning for his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Piedmont Tsunamis. Evan joined the Tsunami Nation in 2006 and fell in love with the sport of swimming, especially his favorite stroke, butterfly. He was a Junior National qualifier and member of Occoquan Swimming's National Training Group. He was also a VHSL State Swim and Dive Championship qualifier and captain of the Battlefield High School Varsity Swim Team. In the fall, Coach Evan will begin studying at the Univeristy of Virginia, where he will study mathematics and work towards a Master's degree in Education. This summer will be Evan's last season as a PWSL swimmer, but he plans to keep swimming as a member of U.Va's club swim team
Assistant Coach - Gabby Bostetter
Gabby Bostetter will be serving as an Assistant Coach and Lead for our 8 & Unders swimmers for the Piedmont Tsunamis during the 2017 summer season. Gabby has been swimming with the Piedmont Tsunamis since 2010. She also swam for four years on the Battlefield High School Swim & Dive team, where she served as team captain her senior year. A 2017 Battlefield High School graduate, Gabby will be attending Radford University in the fall. She is excited to continue her passion of working with children by studying Elementary Education with plans to become a teacher.
The Piedmont Tsunamis 2017 Coaching Staff