Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Alec Wathen

Coach Alec has been involved with the Sunrise Swimming program since 2002, as a swimmer, lesson instructor, and now as Head Coach.  He was a Division II All-American swimmer at Florida Southern College, and brings a high level of knowledge and enthusiasm to our Senior/Champions groups.  He has coached several swimmers to the Sectional and Futures levels.

Matthew Wathen Coach

Coach Matthew has grown up in the Sunrise Swimming program.  He started as an age group swimmer in 2002, and has also been a swim lesson instructor, and coached all levels of our program.  He now works with the Gold (Black) and Bronze (White) groups, and has coached swimmers to become Junior Olympic Champions.

Jorge D'Ugard

Coach Jorge joined our Sunrise Family in the fall of 2019. He coaches the Silver (Blue) Group. He brings a wealth of swimming knowledge to the program as a former swimmer in the Florida Gold Coast from 2004-2013. He competed for Fort Lauderdale Aquatics as well as Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. 

Christi Wathen

Owner of Sunrise Swimming.  Christi was an All-American swimmer at the University of Florida.  She has been teaching swimming since 1980 and coaching since 1997.  She brings this experience and knowledge to our team.  She is currently working with the Strokes-n-Fun and Bronze (White) groups.  

Coach Christi also manages the office and heads Sunrise Swimming’s Lesson Program. 

Scott Tolomeo

Scott has been swimming for over 30 years and is currently working with our swimmers for Ocean practices.  Scott also trains and often competes in Master's meets and open water swims.  

Dave Wathen

Dave has worked with young swimmers since 1978.  He has his Level 5 ASCA Certification, which is the highest achievement level for coaches in the United States.  Several of his athletes were National Age-Group stars and many went on to succeed at the college and Olympic Trial levels.  Although he is no longer on deck or working with athletes, he provides guidance to all the coaches on staff.

June Woolger, Emeritus

Coach June helped out with all levels of the program from 2001 until 2015.  She taught and coached swimming since 1970: 16 years with Fort Lauderdale Swim Team; 14 years with Plantation Swim Team; and her last 14 years with Sunrise Swimming  She was an invaluable asset to our program and we miss her every day.

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