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Our Coaches
Wellington Dolphins Coaching Staff - 2018  Sort  Edit

Wendy McGrael

Head Coach

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Wendy has been involved with swimming for most of her life. She began swimming at age 5 for Royal Pool in Springfield, Virginia. She continued to swim competitively throughout high school with Victor Swim Club and Lake Braddock Secondary School. After graduation she spent 12 years coaching in the Northern Virginia Swim League where she led her beloved Sharks to 5 division titles and 6 Relay Carnival Championships. Over the  years she has taught swim lessons for the Red Cross, Swim America and York Swim School. She is currently  certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association as a summer league coach.
Wendy is mom to three Wellington Dolphins, Abby, Aiden and Evan, and a full time Math Specialist at Kerrydale Elementary School. She looks forward to another fantastic season with the Wellington Dolphins!
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Missy Hayden

Co-Head Coach

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Coach Missy Hayden has over 20 years of combined Swim Coach experience between the PWSL, year round USA Swim Club, and High School Swim. She is well known, and dearly loved throughout much of the Prince William swim community, with many of our own Dolphins having her as a Coach for various programs. She is very excited to be joining our coaching staff.

Missy grew up in a swimming family, so much so that her Mother and Grandmother started their own USA Swim Club in 1981-the Prince William Amberjax. A swim athlete herself, Missy competed all the way to the State Championships. Her start in Coaching led her to become all-around skilled in the Aquatics industry. As well as being a certified Lifeguard and Pool Operator, she has experience as a Pool Manager, Aquatics Director, Swim Instructor and holds AMLA certifications that allow her to train in Lifesaving and Pool Ops.

Coach Missy has a passion for instilling a love for swimming in her athletes. She feels it is not just a sport, but teaches real-world life skills that her athletes can take into adulthood. She also excels at “coaching the coach”, that is, helping to mentor junior Coaches to help develop the skill set needed to become a fantastic Coach.

Missy has been a Swim Mom to her own swimmers, and “gets it” from a Parent’s perspective. When she’s not on the pool deck Coaching, she’s wrangling her Brady Bunch of her own kids and step-kids as well as working full-time as a Corporate Executive Assistant.

Ashley* Cackett

Mini Dolphin Head Coach

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Coach Ashley has been a completive swimmer  for 8 years, starting with Wellington in 2014, and spending her High School career as a Varsity swimmer with Seton, where she is a recent graduate.

She has spent the last few summers coaching with the Mini Dolphins, and will be taking over as the Mini Dolphins Head Coach in 2018. Ashley is kind and patient and truly enjoys working with our youngest Dolphins.

Kathy Meltzer

Assistant Coach

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Coach Kathy is excited to be one of the newest members of the Wellington Dolphins Coaching staff. Although she never swam competitively as a kid, she has been swimming since she was four years old and loves being in and around water as much as possible. In High School, she decided to see how many laps she could swim in her home town pool and sparked a love for distance swimming for fitness, often swimming two or three MILES at one time for a workout.  One of her favorite swim accomplishments was swimming Freestyle for five miles in three hours. In order to improve her strokes, Coach Kathy participated in a Masters Swim program for those 18 and older.

Coach Kathy comes to the Dolphins with nine years of Coaching experience which includes coaching for the Potomac Marlins and Prince William Amberjax Club teams, as well as serving as the Head Coach for the Meadowbrook Mako's Minis program. Kathy is an ASCA Level II certified Coach, a certified Lifeguard and Swim Instructor. In addition, she holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Montclair State University, a Masters of Arts in Elementary Ed. (K-8th).

When she's not coaching the Dolphins, Coach Kathy can be found teaching lessons at Central Park Aquatic Center (CPAC) or coaching with the Amberjax. Since moving from Arizona in 2003, she now resides in Manassas with her four kids and two dogs. She enjoys swimming (of course!), walks with her dogs, the beach and skiing all in between being a mom taxi and CEO of the Meltzer household.

Elaine* Shoeb

Assistant Coach

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I have been a Wellington Dolphin since I was 6 years old and this will be my second year as a Coach. I am a rising Senior at Osbourn High School where I am a Captain of the Varsity Swim Team.

I love to swim and I enjoy working with kids of all ages. Some of my best friends I have made from swim and remain my closest friends to this day.  I am really looking forward to this season!

Caleb* Roach

Assistant Coach

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Coach Caleb is very excited to be working again this summer with an amazing team. Caleb started swimming with Wellington when he was 10. This will be his 7th year swimming for the Wellington Dolphins, and his 3rd year as a Coach. In all these years, he has loved swimming and being a part of the Wellington Family.

Caleb is a rising Junior at Osbourn High school where he swims>

As a Coach, his main goal is to encourage every swimmer and make sure they feel confident in what they will be swimming, and to make sure they are having a great time and are proud. He is very excited to be working with the swimmers this year and can't wait to have an amazing season!

Kelly* Luetkenhaus

Assistant Coach

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Coach Kelly has been swimming competitively for 10 years and has been with the Wellington Dolphins since 2011. Soon after her first summer of competitive swimming, she realized she loved it and wanted to be in the water all year long so she began club swimming with OCCS.  Kelly is a rising Junior at Osbourn Park High School where she is in the BioTech program and is also a member of their Varisty Swim Team. Kelly is excited to work again with the Dolphins this summer after Interning in 2016 where she had a great experience. She hopes to help the swimmers with stroke work, starts, turns all while having lots of fun.

Coach Kelly is super excited to be a member of the Wellington Coaching Staff this season!

Martin* Quinan

Assistant Coach

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Coach Martin began swimming with the Wellington Dolphins when he was 11 years old. 2017 will be his 6th season as a Dolphin and he hopes to make it a good one! He recently joined Occoquan Swimming (OCCS) and can't wait to share his skills with he other Dolphins. Martin's favorite stroke is Breastsroke and is looking forward to a successful season with the team!

Chuck Norris

Dry-Land Coach

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Since I have already finished counting to infinity-twice, read all of Facebook, and have memorized Pi, I have some MORE free time, so I plan on being back as part of the Wellington Dolphins Coaching Staff as a Dry-Land Coach.

Over the winter even though it was cold, I went camping which wasn't too rough since I can light a fire by rubbing two ice cubes together.  I packed lots of soup which I ate with chopsticks.  I also joined a bowling league where I bowled a perfect game with a marble. To earn a little extra money, I worked as a substitute teacher but that didn't go over too well when I filled in for the math teachers since I can draw a triangle with four sides and divide by zero.  My friends Clint and Arnold convinced me to take a cooking class , but they got mad because I made all the onions cry.  When the weather was nice, I practiced doing wheelies on my unicycle.

I have been swimming since before I was born.  I won my first Olympic Gold medal in the 100,000 Meter Butterfly when I was twelve-years-old.  I once won an underwater breath-holding contest with a fish.

When I reached the wall, no one else had even dove in yet.  I never in my life had a false-start, because anyone who dives after me is declared a false-start.  Disqualifications were always thrown out by the Head Referee because I am qualified to do anything I please.  I get my strength from eating the coping off the edge of the pool.

After surviving 37 fatal shark attacks, I retired from the pool and started coaching in my ample spare time because I had already figured out how to sneeze with my eyes open and lick my elbow at the same time.

This summer, again I will see to it that there will no practice cancelations due to fact that there will always be good weather.