WAUNAKEE WAVE COACHING STAFF
Head Coach Greg Lake brings over 20 years of USA/YMCA coaching experience to Waunakee WAVE. He comes to us directly from Roanoke, Virginia, where he was the Head Coach of Carter Center Aquatics Marlins for the past 7 years.
His background includes leading athletes to the USA Olympic Trials; USA Junior and Senior National Championships; USA Junior National Team; NCSA Junior Nationals; Eastern Zone and State Level Championships, YMCA National Championships; as well as an average of five USA Scholastic All-Americans per year; 140 Age Group National Reportable Times; and 450 new team records, over the course of his career. Under his coaching at the CCA Marlins, 30 graduating athletes went on to swim competitively at the collegiate level, Division I to III.
Prior to the Marlins, Coach Greg was Head Coach/Aquatic Director of the Virginia Gators, Roanoke, Virginia; Head Coach/Aquatics Director of the Greater Elgin YMCA, Elgin, Illinois; and Assistant Senior Coach/Head Age Group Coach of the Huntington YMCA/Charleston Aquatics; Charleston, West Virginia. He also coached internationally as an assistant coach for the 2011 NCSA Junior National All-Star Team in Osaka, Japan.
He has served multiple LSCs in both chairman and committee roles, and has coached several USA-swimming elite age group camps.
A native of Springfield, Illinois, Coach Greg also has a background of 15 years in competitive swimming, reaching the USA Junior National Level. He follows an IM-based training philosophy to develop the 'complete swimmer' and is firmly dedicated to the training process, while inspiring a love of the sport and educating and invigorating athletes on the knowledge and joy of swimming, its history and its future.
Head Developmental Coach
Coach Sandy Kuecker has been around swimming in multiple capacities for the past 25 years. Since the age of 6, she has held a passion for swimming and being in or around the water. At age 15, she began coaching for the Sun Prairie summer swim team as the youngest coach, while still competing as a team member. She went on to be an assistant coach for 7 years. A natural in the water, Sandy swam competitively at various Madison club teams for 11 years, qualifying for the state meet every year from age 7 and setting records that still stand today. She was co-captain of the Sun Prairie High School team both junior and senior years, was a 4 time letter winner, and yearly state qualifier. Sandy was recruited to swim at UW-Whitewater and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Minor in Coaching.
Coach Sandy still has a passion for learning, and attends and participates in numerous coaches clinics and workshops throughout the year. She had the pleasure of shadowing the UW Badgers swim coaching staff for the majority of their 2013-2014 season, and credits the coaching staff at that time for renewing her love for coaching.
Sandy has been chosen as a member of the Team WI Central Zone Coaching staff for the 2016 and 2017 Zone Meets, and was excited to represent Team WI!
Sarah Hall has been active in the world of swimming for over 17 years. As a competitive athlete, Sarah swam for the East YMCA and Waunakee club teams for a combined twelve years where she was a consistent member of the Wisconsin State and Central Zone, and club Sectional, teams. An age-group coaching specialist, Sarah previously worked as an Assistant Coach for WAVE for two years helping with the 9-10/11-12 swimmers. She then spent time as a Lead Coach for Badger Aquatics Club, also working with the 9-10/11-12 athletes. Sarah graduated from UW-Madison in December 2015 and is currently attending UW-Madison School of Law.