Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Ross Hedrick Head Coach/Program Director

USA Swimming Certified Coach ·  ASCA Level III (performance and education) · B.S. Anthropology from L.S.U. ·  Former Division I Collegiate Swimmer · Louisiana Swimming Technical Planning Chair

 

Ross began his coaching career while in college at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He was hired to work with the Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club's National training group, high school development program and learn-to-swim groups. Ross was later hired by the Franco's FINS Swim Team to lead a satellite team in Slidell, LA. After three successful seasons directing the satellite program, Ross was promoted to Head Coach of Franco's FINS. The FINS became a Top-5 team in the state and Ross had a swimmer qualify for Senior Nationals within his first 16 months in charge.

In 2003, Ross accepted an offer to move to Colorado to become the Head Age Group Coach for Highlands Ranch Aquatics. During his tenure, HRA became a Top-3 team in the state with multiple state champions, multiple Zone Team members, and two swimmers achieving Top-10 national recognition. In 2006, Ross was recognized by ASCA as Colorado Swimming's "Age Group Coach of the Year" for his work at HRA.

After three successful seasons with HRA, he was hired in 2007 to be the Head Coach of the Woodmoor Waves in Monument, Colorado. The Waves year-round programs doubled in size culminating with their first Sectional Championship Team.

Beginning April 2011, Ross created the PEAK Swim Team, a coach-owned program in Colorado Springs. In the four year existence of PEAK, the team grew from a very young collection of swimmers to a very successful group that included two individual State Champions, multiple Zone Team members, and five Sectional Championship participants.

In 2015, he returned to his roots to coach the Nu Wave Swim Club in New Orleans. The UNO Lakefront Arena Aquatic Center was the location of his club swimming career for the former New Orleans Aquatics lead by Ray Woods. Since the Fall of 2015, Nu Wave has rewritten the team record books for almost every male event ages 13 and older, seen two swimmers elected as “Louisiana Male Senior Athlete of the Year,” broken State Records with four separate individuals and several relay events, sent many to swim at collegiate programs, and recently saw Davis Edwards qualify for Olympic Trials in his freshman year of college at Auburn University.     

Ross is married to Shannon Scott Hedrick. They have two kids, Kendal and Kayden. 

Scott Robinson Head AG Coach/Tulane Site Coach

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach   B.A. English   former NCAA Division I Collegiate Swimmer

Coach Scott is from Birmingham, Alabama where he attended Shades Valley High School and then the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he received his B.A. in English. He is the former Germantown Swim Team Head Coach, and has almost 50 years of experience in the sport of swimming.  Scott swam competitively for 15 years, beginning with the Birmingham Swim League and then a year at the University of Tennessee before dedicating his life to coaching. 

He began coaching with the summer league teams in Birmingham, Alabama before becoming Head Age Group Coach with Birmingham Swim League in 1982. In 1988 he accepted a similar position with Wichita Swim Club in Kansas, where he coached until 1991.  After leaving WSC, Scott accepted a position where he was Head Site Coach for a satellite of Pilot Aquatic Club in Sevierville, TN for 6 years.  He arrived in Germantown in August 1997. 

During his 39 years of coaching, he has coached multiple Age Group Top 16 qualifiers, Senior Sectional qualifiers, and Junior and Senior National qualifiers in addition to novice and beginner swimmers.  Scott loves swimming because it is one of the few sports you can do your whole life.

He has been with Nu Wave since October 2017 coaching the New Orleans Cyclone and Tidal Wave groups.  He also oversees the Learn-to-Swim Program for Nu Wave at UNO and is the Swim Lessons Coordinator for Newman Summer Camps. He loves coaching swimming because he loves watching swimmers improve and how excited they get with big time drops.

Outside of coaching, Scott enjoys spending time with his Great Danes, attending Alabama football games, and traveling.

Sarah Herrington Head Site Coach (Lakeside/Slidell)

USA Swimming Certified Coach ASCA Level V (education); III (achievement); I (disability) Certified Coach   NISCA (National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association) Louisiana delegate   NSCA Certified Strength Training and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)   B.S. Biochemistry B.S. Nursing Registered Nurse (RN)   former NCAA Division I Collegiate Swimmer

Coach Sarah began her swimming career in 1996 with RMSC (Rockville Montgomery Swim Club) in Maryland before her family moved back to Slidell, LA and began swimming for Hurricane Swim Club in 1997.  Sarah graduated from Northshore High School and moved on to swim competitively at Clemson University, specializing in the breaststroke, butterfly, and individual medley events.  At Clemson, she served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)  her junior and senior (Vice President) year,  the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) SAAC, and as a Captain of her swim team.  Throughout her swimming career, she taught swim lessons, stroke lessons, coached summer swim programs and coached college summer swim camps.  Sarah received one of 5 ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarships to use for her post-graduate career to go back to nursing school.  While finishing up nursing school, Sarah was a volunteer Assistant Coach for Clemson Swimming & Diving during the 2008-2009 season. 

After graduating and starting work as a nurse, Sarah always found herself coaching swimming part-time and worked with Clearwater Aquatics Team (CAT) under Randy Reese while living in Tampa. Upon moving back to Slidell, Sarah coached the Cross Gates Gators summer swim team for one summer before joining the Hurricanes as an assistant coach. Since 2016, she has been the Head Coach for the Northshore High School Panthers Swim Team. 

In 2017, she started her own club team in Slidell, LA and has since teamed up with Nu Wave to run their satellite program.  She also serves on Louisiana Swimming’s Technical Planning Committee, the Lakeside Swim Club board (Secretary & Aquatics Director), and the St. Tammany Swim League (STSL) board (Secretary).

Outside of the pool deck, Sarah enjoys fitness and fishing/spearfishing with her family!

Marshall Love Lead Coach: Riptide & Masters

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach B.S. Liberal Arts M.A. Latin American Studies MBA

Marshall grew up swimming in Texas and received his B.S. in Liberal Arts from Texas A&M and then both his MBA and M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.

Marshall coaches our Rip Tides and Masters groups at Isidore Newman High School and has been with Nu Wave since 1997. Marshall has been the foundation of Nu Wave’s 8 & under developmental groups since 1997, and serves as the Nu Wave Masters Head Coach. Previously, Marshall has served as the Head Age Group Coach for the Aggie Swim Club from 1991-1997.  During this time, Marshall was recognized by the American Swim Coaches Association with the “Councilman Creative Coaching Award” in 1995. Between 1998-2000, Marshall also served as the Head Coach ACANA (Costa Rica National Champion Team) and was recognized with the Social Entrepreneurship Award in 1999.

Outside of coaching, Marshall is a key note speaker for the US Swim Schools Association and is the founder/owner of Love Swimming (www.loveswimming.com). Marshall is the proud father of Jacques and Solon Love. They love surfing, skiing, downhill mountain biking, camping and cooking with Marshall and their wonderful mother, Casey. 
 

Bridget Wright Lead Coach: Varsity/Whitecaps

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach · ASCA Level II (education) Certified Coach ·  B.S. Kinesiology · B.S. Education ·  M.S. Kinesiology Red Cross Certified Swimming Instructor

Coach Bridget is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and Education, with a Masters in Kinesiology. She grew up swimming for HWAC (Hamilton Wentworth Aquatic Club) and NYAC (North York Aquatic Club) and still enjoys swimming for fitness.  

Bridget has been coaching for Nu Wave since 2017 and coaches the Newman School location’s Varsity and White Caps groups. She started coaching because she was interested in relating her love and knowledge of swimming to pre- and adolescent swimmers in an effort to encourage them to achieve the swimmer’s potential ( in swimming and in life). She aims to have them achieve their goals by improving their fitness, swimming technique and critical thinking skills. Bridget loves to motivate the entire swimmer, not only through technique, but by instilling accountability and the value of hard work.

Coach Bridget has 2 children, Tyler and Sarah, with her husband Stephen. Outside of coaching, she is a substitute lifeguard at UNO and a Red Cross Swimming Instructor.

Ryan Wetherbie Assistant Coach: Senior/Varsity

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach   B.S. Economics   B.S. Finance

Coach Ryan is from Aurora, CO where he attended Grandview High School before moving to New Orleans to attend Tulane University. Ryan swam for the Aquawolves Swim Team in Colorado, and continued swimming for Tulane Club Swim during his college tenure. He will be receiving his B.S. in Economics and Finance from Tulane University in May of 2020. 

Ryan has been coaching for Nu Wave since August of 2019 with the UNO Tsunami, Senior, & National groups, but has been coaching for 4 years beginning with his summer club team as the Head Coach of Smoky Hill Sharks in Aurora.  He loves the sport of swimming because he loves “the feeling of being exhausted after a hard practice. And I love racing. I’ve always been super competitive and loved the pressure of big meets.” What he loves most about coaching is watching a technique change or a new skill click for a swimmer. He loves watching our swimmers push through sets they didn't think or know they could make it through. And he loves seeing all of that work pay off.

Outside of coaching, Ryan is a student who loves skiing and hiking.

Greg Harris Assistant Coach: Tidal Wave

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach ·  Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor ·  Red Cross Water Safety Instructor ·  Red Cross CPR Instructor

Coach Greg is from New Orleans, LA where he attended Jesuit High School and Tulane University.  During his age group career, he swam for Nu Wave Swim Club and BLAST (now CREW), and Jesuit High School. Greg has been coaching with Nu Wave since 2017 with the Tidal Wave groups.  Greg has always enjoyed teaching kids to swim, so it was natural for him to advance that craft into a form that he is even more familiar with by coaching swimming.  He loves the sport of swimming because it is a really fun sport and a great way to relieve stress.

Greg has been a swimming instructor for over 10 years, and outside of coaching he loves being an educator. 

Elizabeth Cook Assistant Coach (Newman Site)

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach   B.S. Psychology   B.A. Communications   Former NCAA Division I Collegiate Swimmer

Coach Liz is from Texarkana, Texas and attended Texas High School and then continued to swim competitively at Tulane University where she received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Communications. 

Liz is in her 6th year as a part of the Nu Wave staff, coaching the Whitecaps group.  Liz started coaching in high school, and then continued her coaching career post-competitively because she missed the pool.  She loves the sport of swimming because it is the “perfect combination of calming and exhilarating at the same time, of individual and team motivation. Swimming can be anything that the swimmer makes it, and that makes it unique.” She loves coaching because she loves helping kids fall in love with the sport. To her, that is the main goal of the Whitecap group. Streamlines, kicking, racing, and all other technical parts of what makes a good swimmer will come together with more enthusiasm when the swimmer loves the sport and understands the sense of freedom that comes with it. She loves to find ways to help each individual swimmer. 

Outside of the pool, Liz manages residential and commercial properties for Felicity Property Company and loves to dance, as a member of the Mardi Gras dance group, “The Cherry Bombs”.

Blake Rutherford Assistant Coach (Lakeside/Slidell)

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach ASCA Level II (Education) Certified   B.S. Education former NCAA Division II Collegiate Swimmer

Coach Blake is from Picayune, MS where he attended Picayune Memorial High School, followed by King College (now King University). He spent his age group swimming career with the Mississippi Piranhas Aquatic Club (MPAC) and Hurricane Swim a Club (HSC), followed by a collegiate swimming career at King College specializing in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events.  Blake swam competitively for 15 years, starting at the age of 4. 

Blake holds a B.S. in Applied Technology from USM and is a Licensed Mississippi Teacher (P.E., Social Studies, and SPED).  Coach Blake has been coaching with our satellite location at Lakeside in Slidell since November 2019. He has experience at the USA Club, US Masters, summer swim, and High School levels.  He started coaching to give back to the sport that gave him so much over the years: success, failure, joy, pain, and more. He loves swimming because it is the best of both worlds: individual & team sport. “To me, it’s also an ‘underdog’ sport! With hard work, discipline, passion, and grit I believe any swimmer can maximize his/her potential and excel at the highest level.” He loves coaching because he loves puzzles. “It is a special moment, as a coach, when you see all the pieces of the athletes puzzle come together and they succeed at that meet/event/set. I also love the grind. I am a worker.” As an Assistant Swim Coach with Nu Wave Swim Club, Coach Blake will strive to educate his athletes and promote a positive culture for the sport of swimming in Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi, encourage his swimmers to race and train with integrity, and expect the utmost respect of their teammates both in and out of the pool.  He expects to teach the skills it takes to maximize potential and to build confidence through hard work, smart work, and discipline while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

Outside of coaching, he is also an Active member of our military, as a Unit Training Manager for the U.S. Air Force Reserves and a teacher at Pearl River Central High School.

Board of Directors
Angele Thionville President and Treasurer
Chad Primeaux Assistance Treasurer
Liliana Duronslet Secretary
Tamara Jacobson Member-at-large
Greg Johnson Member-at-large
Nici Eichberger Member-at-large
John Balhoff Member-at-large
Andrea Royster Member-at-large
Christy Wilkinson Member-at-large