Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Paul Donovan Director of Competitive Swimming

As Director of Competitive Swimming, Paul will have responsibility for leading and delivering the complete Wahoo program from lessons to the Senior National group.

Donovan’s immediate background is in performance swimming, having worked as the Head Coach at the National Aquatic Centre Performance Centre for Swim Ireland for eight seasons. During that time athletes under his direct supervision represented Ireland at every level of the sport, including Shane Ryan (Rio Olympic semi-finalist), Barry Murphy (London Olympian, European Bronze medallist 2013) & countless others who broke more than 50 Irish Records during that time and won more than 100 National titles. Donovan himself lead Irish teams to international meets during this time and travelled to competitions across the world on the Junior, European and World stage. His background is in club swimming having been the Head Coach in Trojan SC (Dublin), previously serving at all levels in the club from 10 & unders all the way up to producing athletes representing Ireland on the World stage. In between these two roles Donovan spent the 2007/2008 season as a Volunteer Assistant at the University of Florida.

Bruce Brockschmidt Lead Coach Horizon 1 & Horizon 2

Bruce has coached at Wahoos since 1990, and is currently the lead coach of Horizon 1 and Horizon 2 and was nominated for the ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year in 2016 & 2017 and a top 10 finalist in 2022. Bruce was a former outstanding Wahoos swimmer who held the Jersey Wahoos Open Long Course record for the 200 IM for 25 years until it was broken in 2013. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he majored in exercise science. Bruce specialized in the 400 IM. and swam both the 400 and 200 IM in the 1988 Olympic Trials and won the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, a 4.4-mile swim across Chesapeake Bay in 2004 & 2006. 

Jake Shackelford National Squad & H1 Coach

Jake Shackelford is in his first year with the Jersey Wahoos as the Associate Head Coach.  Jake comes to the Wahoos after spending three years with the Northern Kentucky Clippers.  Jake was instrumental in the overall success of the program from age group to high performance including the team’s first JO championship since 2015, as well as gold medal status in Club Excellence.  Shackelford worked closely with National Team Coach Norm Wright at the Clippers and assisted in the National Team selection of athletes both in the pool and in Open Water.  Shackelford was twice named the Ohio Open Water Zone Head Coach, and has participated in both Zone and National Select camps, as well as National Team camps at the Olympic Training Center.  Prior to his time with the Clippers Shackelford coached in his home state of Wisconsin with both the Southwest Aquatic Club and the J-Hawks focusing on primarily age group swimming with multiple USA Swimming Top Ten swims and LSC records and titles.

Chris Waggoner Lead Coach Mini A

Chris has been coaching at Jersey Wahoos since 1993. He is currently the head coach of Mini A and Assistant coach of Junior A. Chris was also the Middle Atlantic Zone All Star Team Head Coach for four years in 1998-2001. He also served as the Middle Atlantic Age Group Chairman from 1998-2001. Most recently, he served as the 10/under Zone Team manager in 2015 and Long Course Zone Coach during the summers of 2015 and 2017. He is a 1996 graduate of Temple University and 2007 graduate of Rider University, where he received his Master’s degree in Special Education. He is a 1st grade inclusion teacher in the Pemberton Township School District. Chris and his wife, Gwen, have three children, Allie, Maddie, and Gabe. When not on the pool deck, Chris enjoys fishing, bike riding, drinking Starbucks coffee, and driving to Disney World.

Chris DeSantis Coach
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