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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 - Co-Head Coach


Kathy Fonder, as Co-Head Gator Age Group Coach, is responsible for helping with the overall direction of the Gator Age 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 - Age Group Coach


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.