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Coaches

Coaches

Chad Gusler is returning to Westover as head coach for this summer’s swim season. Having been head coach for five years, and an assistant coach for three, Chad, along with Pat O’Neill, brings experience and depth to the team. Chad has helped coach for the VAST/Virginia Gators club team and is the current swim coach for the EMU women’s varsity triathlon team. Chad swam competitively in high school, mostly free and back with a bit of butterfly here and there, and, in 2016, qualified in the 1650 freestyle for USA Masters national meet. Chad teaches composition and creative writing at EMU, where he is an associate professor of English. He has an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University.

Pat O’Neill known as the Poseiden of Westover, is back for a 9th year of coaching. Some (mostly his mother) call him the greatest swimmer to never have competed in the Olympics. Pat also coaches the Harrisonburg-Rockingham USA Masters swim team year round. Previous swim experience also includes some high school and college coaching. He has been swimming competitively since high school days and competed as a member of the Alfred University swim team.

Casey Wilson is back for her 3rd season coaching with the Waves after swimming with the team for 11 summers. She is a recent graduate of Roanoke College (BA in Political Science). In the fall, she will be attending the Batten School at UVA to begin work for a Masters in Public Policy. She absolutely LOVES kick sets and enjoys quizzing swimmers on the music of the 70s and 80s.

Cindi Boyer: With 13 years of swimming experience plus several years junior coaching, coach Cindi Boyer is excited to finally be part of Waves’ great coaching community. As a healthcare hopeful, Cindi plans to be very sunscreen forward, making sure coaches and swimmers are UV proof. She is excited to meet new swimmers and see old friends during this curious summer of swimming. 

Amelie Sheppard, 33, grew up on swim teams in southern Louisiana. Giving private swim lessons, coaching at summer camps, and lifeguarding were all a regular part of her life. Swimming has been a lifelong companion in both her physical and mental discipline. Now settled in the valley with three small kids and her husband Jeremy, she is excited to work with the Westover Waves team to cultivate the skills to make swimming a lifelong activity for other youngsters. Amelie's favorite strokes are freestyle and backstroke. She is a professional goggle adjuster and swim cap flipper-onner. Her biggest swimming inspiration is Coach Bill Babcock, a legend who taught her how to swim in 1992 and then taught her own kids 25 years later in the same pool. 

Andi Fox is a rising junior at Grinnell College, where she swims competitively and is majoring in Biological Chemistry. She has been swimming competitively her whole life and is so excited to coach this season! Andi participated in summer league for over ten years, swam with the Virginia Gators (VAST) for seven, and swam all four years of high school.

Junior Coaches

Junior Coaching is an integral part of the Westover waves. We have eleven Jr. Coaches that will be working with out youngest swimmers for 2021. Coach Corinne, Erin, Amara, Dylan, Madison, Johanna, Gram, Sequoia, Levi, Jon, and Aspen are excited to be in the pool with our the fastest growing waves. Thanks Jr. Coaches!