Waves of Wilmington

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
David Sokolofsky Head Coach

Coach David Sokolofsky has grown up in the Wilmington swimming community. As an age group swimmer for the Waves of Wilmington, David was a State Champion and YMCA All-American. After graduating from E.A. Laney High School, David attended UNC-Wilmington where he studied Business Administration and swam for the Seahawks. During his tenure at UNCW, David helped lead the Seahawk Men to their first ever conference championship, was co-captain of the team his senior year, and held pool, school, and conference records.

Prior to becoming Head Coach of the Waves of Wilmington in April 2012, David's coaching experience included Master Swim Instructor for the UNCW Swim School, Head Age Group Coach for the Wilmington Y Navigators, and six years as the Head Coach and Director of Competitive Swimming for the Cape Fear Aquatic Club.

David completed his graduate studies through the California University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. He is also certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Rhonda Faller Lead Coach: Age Group 3

Rhonda was an age group swimmer in Columbus, Ohio.  She joined The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio in 2006 as an assistant coach and became a head level age group coach in 2007.  She has assisted in coaching nationally ranked swimmers, led start, finish and turn camps and all stroke camps for Central Ohio swimmers.  She remained with GCSTO until her move to Wilmington in March, 2016 and joined Waves of Wilmington in June.

Rhonda has two grown children, Dustin and Courtney. They both were age group swimmers for GCSTO and her son swam for The University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Dustin is in Grad school pursuing a PsyD in psychology and her daughter is in school pursuing a degree in Dentistry.

In Rhonda's spare time you will either find her at her niece or nephew's sporting events or on the BEACH.

Ben Watts Lead Coach: Age Group 1 & Development 2

Ben grew up in Fuquay-Varina NC where he began swimming on his neighborhood team. He then proceeded to swim with Marlins of Raleigh and then Raleigh Swimming Association until he graduated highschool. He began assistant coaching on RSA his freshman year of highschool and eventually took a lead coach position. Ben began coaching with Waves of Wilmington in September of 2015 and goes to school at UNCW for Environmental Science.

Anna Flanagan Lead Coach: Age Group 2
Kyra Schemmel Lead Coach: Senior 1
Rachel Williams Assistant Coach: Senior 2, Senior 3

Rachel grew up swimming for Swim Atlanta in Johns Creek, GA where she also previously worked as a lesson instructor for all ages and levels (2011-2015). She was an active swimmer for the Sugar Mills and Foxdale Swim Teams in Johns Creek, GA (2013).  As a member of a regional team, Johns Creek Aquatics, Rachel was a two-time state champion on the women’s’ 200 x Freestyle and 200 x Medley Relay teams, and placed 2nd and 3rd in the state in the 50 butterfly (2011-2012). A natural leader, Rachel lettered all four years, and captained the Northview High School swim team her junior and senior years. In high school she qualified for the GHSA State Swim Meet three years in a row, in multiple events. She swam for the UNCW swim team her freshman and sophomore years. Rachel is currently a Dean’s List kinesiology major at UNCW, and this past summer she was selected for and completed an internship at the prestigious Cooper Fitness Center in the Dallas, Texas area.

Ayden Cohen Assistant Coach: AG 1, AG2, D2
Jon Suits Assistant Coach: AG2, S2, S3
Board of Directors
David Sokolofsky CEO & Head Coach
Jennifer Hughes Vice President
Becky Fairchild Secretary
Debbie Langtry Treasurer
Elizabeth Claus Fundraising Chair