Champions in the Pool.

Champions in Life

Our 11-14 Coaches

Meet our coaching staff! Take some time to learn more about the coaches on our pool deck at Southeastern Swim Club. With each of us having over 15 years of experience in swimming, we understand the importance of swimmers learning how to be confident athletes in a fun, positive, inclusive, and safe team environment If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at our emails below or look for one of us at the pool!

 

Ben Wachtel

Head Age Group Coach
Bluefins Head Coach (Advanced 12-14)

Head Age Group Coach
Bluefins Head Coach

Ben Wachtel started coaching with Southeastern in 2013 and has worked with just about all ages and ability levels. He is the head Age Group coach and the head coach of the Bluefins group for advanced 12-14 year-olds. In his time at Southeastern, he has guided athletes to a number of individual and relay state championships and team records.

Coach Ben is a graduate of Westfield High School and was the school's first individual state champion in any sport, winning a total of four individual state titles at the IHSAA state championships, and was inducted into the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2011. He also swam for Purdue, where he was a team captain for two years, a school record holder, and still ranks in the top 10 in the sprint freestyle events (though he hopes not for much longer). He qualified for Olympic Trials in 2012, where he represented his home club team, SSC!

Ben loves building relationships and guiding young people to be better, stronger, and tougher. He believes swimming teaches young people to take ownership of their own success and helps impart valuable life lessons about the value of hard work, dedication, grit, goal-setting, teamwork, leadership, and responsibility.

Dorsey Tierney-Walker

Associate Head Coach
Sea Dogs Head Coach (Advanced 11-13)

Associate Head Coach
Sea Dogs Head Coach

 

Tripp Montgomery

Lionfish Gold Head Coach (Competitive 11-14)
Royal 2 Head Coach (Competitive 15&O/High School)

Lionfish Gold Head Coach

Tripp Montgomery joined SSC in the Fall of 2022. He is no stranger to swimming, having been a swimmer himself and a coach of all ages and skill levels, including learn-to-swim, summer league, USA Swimming, high school, US Masters, YMCA, and the NCAAs. Tripp leads the Lionfish Gold and the Royal 2 groups.

Coach Tripp swam for Auburn University from 1991 to 1995. He started as a walk-on athlete and became a scholarship athlete, earning All-American honors. Tripp has been coached by some of the most recognized coaches in the world, including the 2016 Olympic Swim Team Coaches David Marsh and Mark Bottom. Outside of swimming, he has been influenced by his experience on Wall Street, as his first career was working as a clerk trader.

Tripp has coached at many organizations including Nitro Swim Club (Texas), Carolina Aquatics (South Carolina), The Race Club (California), Temecula Swim Club (California), and, most recently, the Fishers YMCA. While with these organizations, Tripp worked with athletes that competed at Age Group State, Senior State, and YMCA Nationals.

Throughout his experience, Tripp has learned that potential exists in the details. He believes swimmers can find success by consistently doing the right things both in and out of the pool. Tripp loves teaching athletes to embrace challenges and to have an optimistic attitude, both of which are two of the core values of SSC!

Rachel Burke

Lionfish Silver Head Coach (Beginner 11-14)

Lionfish Silver Head Coach

Rachel is a lifelong swimmer who finished her swimming career at Butler University in 2019 and earned a bachelor's degree in Software Engineering and Mathematics. As a Bulldog, she was a team captain, a 3-time Big East qualifier in the backstroke and 500 freestyle events, and a 4-year varsity letter winner. In her junior and senior years, she was named a Top 100 Most Outstanding Student, being named in the Top 15 her senior year, for her scholarship, leadership, and service to others. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Butler with a concentration in Leadership.

In May 2018, Rachel was the USMS National Champion in the 1000-yard freestyle. As a high school and club swimmer, she was a state qualifier, sectional champion, and conference champion in multiple events. In her senior year, she was named a NISCA Academic All-American. She attended Mt. Vernon High School near Evansville.

Rachel loves sharing her passion for swimming with young athletes. Her goal is always to help swimmers be the best they can be, and more importantly, have fun! Many of her best friendships were made by being in the water, and she says being involved with swimming helped her become the person she is today.

Rachel is no stranger to SSC's team culture- in high school, Rachel and her team joined SSC's summer Senior Trip three times. She counts these memories among her favorite experiences as an athlete. The trip helped her find what kind of school she wanted to attend for college and build relationships with other swimmers and coaches, eventually leading her to coach with SSC!

Adam Johnston

Lionfish Silver Assistant Coach (Beginner 11-14)

Lionfish Silver Assistant Coach

Coach Adam started coaching with Southeastern in 2021. He works primarily with the Lionfish Gold and Silver groups alongside Coaches Dan and Blake. Adam graduated from Highland High School where he was a state champion in the 50 Freestyle and went on to swim at Purdue University. After several top 10 fastest times in program history, and a bronze medal at the Big 10 Championships, Adam finished his swimming career at the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Adam loves coaching young people to be the best version of themselves. The individual nature of the sport helps swimmers forge their own path and challenge themselves from within. While the team aspect of swimming helped with relationships, social skills, and team building. These are the biggest reasons why Adam loves to coach.