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Coaching Staff

Doug Fonder - Director of Operations

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The overall Program direction for all locations and groups are under the direction of Doug Fonder, whose credentials include: International Trip List Coach, National YMCA Coach of the Year, Coaching of Olympians, Olympic Trial Qualifiers, World Ranked Swimmers, Senior National Finalists, Olympic Sports Festival Winners, Junior National and YMCA National Champions and countless nationally ranked age group swimmers, over a 53 year career.



Kathy Fonder - Gold Group Coach

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Kathy Fonder, as Co-Head Gold Group Coach, is responsible for helping with the overall direction of the Gator Gold Group Program. Over her 25 years of coaching experience, Kathy has been accredited with developing numerous National Top 10 Age Group swimmers. Besides working with the overall direction of the Age Group Program, she is responsible for a portion of our elite Gold Group. Swimmers in this group are preparing to become future senior swimmers. The improvement of a child's self image through emphasis on sportsmanship, dry-land training, nutritional values, continuation of endurance training, goal setting and required practice attendance are major priorities within this group.  She has been awarded Virginia Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year four times!




Brett Fonder - Head Age Group Coach Gold

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Brett Fonder is an established coach with the Virginia Gators.  Brett has had an illustrious career as a Gator, himself.  He swam 12 years for the program, set numerous team and state records and was a member of Y National Championship Relays. Along with his Gator swimming, Brett was Captain of Cave Spring High School’s swim team, which won back-to-back state AAA championships - the only time a team, other than Northern Virginia has ever won a state title.  After his High School graduation, Brett was awarded a swimming scholarship and attended West Virginia University. Brett has been awarded the Virginia Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year four times, and also has been nominated for National Age Group Coach of the Year multiple times.


Kyndal Terrell - Mighty Gators Coach

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Kyndal Terrell is in her 8th year as a coach for the Virginia Gators, she is the Eight and Under coach with a primary focus on developing the skills for emerging competition level swimmers.  Kyndal is a graduate of William Byrd High School and Radford University where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education.  Kyndal's swimming career began with the Virginia Gators program, where she swam through high school; she was also a member of the inaugural William Byrd High School team.  After high school, Kyndal continued her swimming career in college where she competed for four years at Radford University.  In addition to coaching, Kyndal is in her 13th year of teaching in Roanoke County; currently as a first grade teacher at W. E. Cundiff Elementary.  Kyndal and her husband Michael reside in Vinton with their four children, Hadyn, Collyns, Londyn, and Briggs.  Her three girls all swim for the Gators.



Jamie Hill - Blue Group Coach

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Jamie brings a wealth of swimming experience and knowledge to the Gator organization.  Jamie began her swimming career at age 5 with the Gators, and swam with the team through her senior year of high school.  During her swimming career with the Gators Jamie made several appearances as a finalist at National level meets, and her Gator career culminated with a scholarship opportunity to swim at the collegiate level.   Jamie went on to be a four-year letter winner at Virginia Tech where she made regular appearances as a conference meet finalist, and also garnered academic achievements making multiple appearances on the athletic director's honor roll, conference academic all-star team, and dean's list.  Jamie earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech; she also holds Masters degrees from both Virginia Tech in Sociology and Louisiana State University in Social Work. Jamie currently is a School Social Worker with Roanoke City Public Schools stationed at Round Hill Elementary.  Jamie lives in Roanoke with her husband Marcus, son Riggins, who is a current member of the Gator swim team, their three dogs: Punkyn, Peaches and Paisley; and cat Kali.   During her free time Jamie enjoys playing outside with Riggins and Marcus, going to the beach and reading.