Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Ross Hedrick Head Coach/Program Director

USA Swimming Certified Coach ·  ASCA Level III (Performance), ASCA Level IV (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/Newman Head 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.

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.

Eliza Root Assistant Coach: Whitecaps & Riptide

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach   B.A. Journalism   Former NCAA Division I Collegiate Swimmer

Coach Eliza is originally from Scarsdale, NY, where she fell in love with swimming through competing for the Scarsdale Golf Club each summer. Following a move to Barrington, IL, she began competitive swimming year-round for Barrington Swim Club and then Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, NC. She continued swimming competitively first for the University of Virginia and then for UNC-Chapel Hill, where she received a B.A. in Journalism.

After many years as a professional fundraiser, Eliza is in her first year as part of the Nu Wave staff, coaching the Whitecaps and Riptide groups. She is thrilled to return to the pool deck – this time as a coach. She looks forward to working with the kids to hone skills, develop a competitive spirit, and foster a love for the sport.

Eliza trains at the New Orleans Athletic Club where she participates in many activities, including yoga, weightlifting, tai chi, running, and swimming.

Gabriel Henderson Assistant Coach: Riptide & Lessons
Greg Harris Assistant Coach: Varsity

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. 

Cora Delgado Assistant Coach: Senior-Prep & Varsity

USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach | B.A. Fitness and Sports Coaching | Former NCAA Division 2 Collegiate Swimmer

 

Coach Cora started swimming when she was 6 years old with VA Blue Dolphins. Her family then moved to Slidell where she swam for Hurricane Swim Club when she was 7. She then moved away to San Diego for 2 years, Virginia for 2 years, and then back to Slidell for her last 2 years of high school at Northshore High School. Throughout her high school swimming career, she had broken the 500 free record, 100 fly record, and was on the record-breaking relay for NHS her senior year, also winning the individual 200 freestyle and 100 fly the same year. She was then awarded the Metro League Championship Swimmer of the Meet. Progressing into her college career, she swam at University of West Florida, specializing in freestyle and butterfly. She just recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

Over the years, Coach Cora has taught swim lessons, coached summer swim programs, and was an assistant coach for a local year-around team. She hopes to progress her knowledge about coaching and one day be a collegiate coach.

Nichole Lee Nutrition Coach

NASM Certified Nutrition Coach - Certified Personal Trainer

Nichole has a passion for fitness & nutrition that has evolved over the years into her coaching business, Total Wellness.  Through coaching Nichole helps her client’s navigate a healthy lifestyle with balanced meals and the tools to create healthy habits. Total Wellness is focused on getting clients real, long lasting results through the education of calories & macros so that each client gets the proper portions in their diet.  Everyone is different and that goes for diet as well! Nichole works with each client individually to create a nutrition plan that is customized to fit their lifestyle & goals. Whether that is weight loss or increased performance, nutrition is a key element.  Contact her today to learn more about the Total Wellness program.

Sarah Herrington Social Media & Dry-land Coordinator

USA Swimming Certified Coach - ASCA Level V (Education); Level III (Achievement); Level 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!

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