Our coaches for the 2021 swim season!
Chance Foster - Head coach
Hello East Cocalico! My name is Chance Foster, I could not be more excited for this opportunity this season to be welcomed as your new head coach. Swimming has and always will be my favorite sport in the world, for many reasons and I hope to have an amazing summer season with every single person on the team.
A few things about me are I have always been around the water. As a kid my mom taught my brothers and I water comfort and the basics of just learning how to swim. Having a pool at home meant I spent every single day until the sunset swimming around and just never getting enough of the water. I was late to the ball game though starting my freshman year of high school all because I didn’t make the basketball team! Im thankful I didn’t make the basketball though because I wouldn’t have had the most rewarding experience of my life swimming in high school chasing goals and times with my teammates! My career as a swimmer was a blast. I helped my team win the District 6 title for AA, for four years from 2012-2016. To include two state meet appearances on the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay in 2015, along with a YMCA national qualifying medley relay in 2015 to Greensboro North Carolina for the national meet. My career wrapped up with a 17th finish in AA for the 100 yard breastroke. I was very blessed with many 1st place finishes in districts and most importantly for my team to be as successful as we were.
I gave up swimming collegiately to use my comfort and skill in the US navy and enlisted spring 2017 to pursue new goals. Throughout my navy career I had the pleasure of going to Basic under water demolition school which is navy seal training and the water was paramount through that! Additionally I attended Navy dive school and was tested every bit in the water with water competency and water comfort.
I had so much exposure to great coaching, mentorship, and knowledge I cannot wait to share and help build with everyone on the team. My job is to be the most motivating and passionate coach I can be to help all of you love the sport of swimming that much more through hard work, dedication, and love for your team. My goals for the team this year are first and foremost to have fun, Improve in every area of the swim teams strokes, and help every single one of you position yourselves into a great spot to have an amazing winter season. Lets get to work East Cocalico!!
Elyssa Sherman - Assistant coach
Hey, I’m Elyssa! I’m a 2020 Cocalico grad and have been an East Cocalico Dolphin since I was five years old. Participating on the swim team made me a much stronger swimmer, (I could barely swim across the pool when I started) and also taught me determination, perseverance and how to be part of a team. I’m so grateful for my years as a participant; I’m super excited to come alongside younger swimmers and help build their skills and confidence like my coaches did for me!
Currently, I’m attending the University of Delaware, majoring in pre-veterinary medicine. Along with swimming, I love to run and hike with my puppy and enjoy traveling, fitness, and spending time with my friends and family. I’m also beginning my fifth season as a lifeguard at the pool so hopefully I’ll see the team enjoying the pool and working on their skills outside of practice! I
can’t wait to work hard, stay safe, and have fun this season!