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Doug Fonder - Head Coach


The overall Program direction for all locations and groups are under the direction of Head Coach, 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    



Kathy Fonder - Assistant Senior Coach


Kathy Fonder, as Co-Head Gator Senior Group Coach, is responsible for helping with the overall direction of the Gator Senior Group Program. Over her 15 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, strength training, nutritional values, continuation of endurance training, goal setting and required practice attendance are major priorities within this group.  


Brett Fonder - Head Age Group Coach Gold


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’s experience of over 20 years connected to the RVAA summer program should pay dividends to the Gator program.   

Kyndal Terrell - Mighty Gators Coach

Kyndal Terrell is in her 5th year as a coach for the Virginia Gators; she is an 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 her B.A. in Elementary Education.  Kyndal's swimming career begin 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 11th year of teaching in Roanoke County; currently as a first grade teacher at Green Valley Elementary.  Kyndal and her husband Michael reside in Vinton with their three girls, Hadyn, Collyns and Londyn; all of whom swim for the Gators.