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Coaches & Directors

Douglas County Stingrays is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit swim team administered by a parent-volunteer Board of Directors. We are here to support your needs.

If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches after practice time; if you have an immediate need, Board Members are available during practice sessions and can act as a liason for and assistant to the Coaching Staff. 

For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members or email us at douglascountystingrays@gmail.com.

DCS Board of Directors:

  • Tish Atwell — President
  • Christine Rolka — Vice-President
  • Cheryl Melilli — Treasurer
  • Maria Bartlett — Secretary
  • Julieta Valenzona — Safe Sport Coordinator
  • Chandra Smith — Events
  • Cynthia Bullard  — Fundraising

Coaching Staff:

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Jarrod Hunte

Head Coach

jrod.hunte@swimdcs.com

(470) 507-1717

“The path to Success is guided through belief, desires and dreams. When each individual finds that spark that makes them champions from within their body and mind, Success can be a reality.”  — Jarrod Hunte

Jarrod Hunte, or better known as Coach JRod to his swimmers, follows that path every day. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, he credits the sport of swimming as the vehicle for his achievements. Although he started swimming competitively at the age of 6, he discovered the spark that ignited his passion for the sport when he moved to the USA with his family. In Florida, Jarrod swam for Fort Lauderdale Swim Team (FLST) under the leadership of International Swimming Hall of Fame Coach Jack Nelson and Coach Duffy Dillon, the current ASCA International Speaker. Jarrod considers these two coaches to have had the most influence on his dreams and subsequently, his life. Using Coach Nelson’s quote, “Access to Success is Through the Mind” as a guide, Jarrod achieved success at Fairmont State University, where he was a four-year letter winner, a member of the record setting men’s 800 freestyle relay and swim team captain during his senior year.

Moving from the pool to the deck, coaching swimmers became a primary passion for Jarrod. Before joining DCS as Head Coach in 2017, Jarrod led the Mako Swim Team in Valparaiso, Indiana, guiding swimmers as far as the Junior and Senior Nationals and the 2016 Olympic Trials. Jarrod was recognized as a World 100 18 & under coach by USA Swimming in 2017, and was placed on the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 USA Junior Team coaches list. In 2019, he served as a Head Coach for the USA Swimming Select Camp for Diversity and Inclusion.

As DCS Head Coach, Jarrod has reinvigorated the passion and focus of our team. We witness the results of hard work in our successes last year: 1 Junior Nationals Qualifier, 3 Speedo Sectionals Qualifiers, 5 NCSA Qualifiers, 15 State Championship Qualifiers, and 90+ outstanding swimmers.

Coach JRod believes that a swimmer’s environment is tantamount. At DCS, Jarrod Hunte creates an atmosphere where all swimmers enjoy the levels of competition and training through these key components: Respect, Responsibility, Discipline, Determination, Desires, Dreams, Humility, and most of all — FUN!

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Lindsay Dowling

Assistant Coach

lindsay.dowling@swimdcs.com

Coach Lindsay, a graduate of Brenau University, attended college on a swimming scholarship. A talented backstroker, she was a four-time Conference Champion and a top three finisher at the NAIA National Championship in 2018 and 2019.

Moving with her family from Pensacola, Florida, Lindsay began her journey as a swimmer with the Douglas County Stingrays at the age of 10.  A  natural in the water, she progressed quickly! As a DCS Alumna, she still holds several club team records as well as the Douglas County -- All County High school top time in the 100 Back and 100 Fly.

When she is not leading our Blue and Future program, Lindsay works with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Mason Creek Middle School. 

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Trey Patuka

Assistant Coach

trey.patuka@swimdcs.com

Coach Trey developed his swimming, leadership and training talents through the scouting program. From his start as a Cub Scout Aquanaut at age six, Trey’s opportunities with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) allowed him to pursue merit badges with a focus on water competencies. As an Eagle Scout, he twice earned a spot to attend the BSA National High Adventure Sea Base in Florida to hone his skills in and on the water.

Recognized for his leadership skills, Coach Trey was tapped by the BSA to staff the most advanced training offered to scouting’s adult leaders, Wood Badge. The course teaches leadership, teaching and training skills, as well as team development, project planning, inclusivity and diversity, goal setting and completion, and program development. He has served as the Lodge Chief for the Order of the Arrow and on the BSA Leadership Executive Board for 5 years.

As a certified Lifeguard Instructor (LGI), Coach Trey trains adults and youth essential water safety and lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid.

As a DCS coach, Trey Patuka shares his love of the water with our Masters, Blue and Future swimmers. He enjoys teaching and seeing his students grow both in their swimming skills and in their self-confidence in and outside the pool.