Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Dane Wolfrom

Executive Director

Coach Dane (he/him/his) manages the overall direction and day-to-day operations of all twelve Metro Parks Tacoma swim team programs. His development philosophy, curricula, and inclusion efforts are reflected in all Metro Parks swim teams. In over twenty years of coaching, Coach Dane has coached six national top-sixteen swimmers; several national championship qualifiers; three internationally-ranked swimmers; a top-60 Olympic Trials finisher; and a Paralympic Trials champion. More than thirty age group LSC records and eight Senior Zone Championship records have been set by Coach Dane’s swimmers.

Coach Dane currently chairs two USA Swimming Western Zone Task Forces and is an active member of the Western Zone Diversity & Inclusion Committee. As the Pacific Northwest Swimming Chair of Diversity & Inclusion, Coach Dane leads the development and implementation of several groundbreaking initiatives for any US Olympic Committee sport that include an LGBTQ+ Show-Your-Pride Campaign, Inclusion Education Program, and Financial Barrier Removal Policy. He has also worked hard to expand female leadership opportunities and seamless inclusion of athletes with disabilities. In 2017, Coach Dane was one of twelve U.S. Delegates to the World Conference on Drowning Prevention.

Dane is a Washington native who has earned a B.A. of Liberal Arts degree from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). As former Chief Operations Officer at B.I.G.—a New York-based media group for professional sports—Coach Dane’s team pioneered the use of real-time professional sports results for the Internet in 1996. In 2014, Coach Dane left the private sector to focus on building a more inclusive aquatics program at Metro Parks, and has since become a steward for increased participation and expansion of underrepresented communities within the sport of swimming.

Emily Murray

Head Coach - Sectionals/College

Coach Emily (she/her/hers) grew up swimming in Pacific Northwest Swimming for University Place Aquatic Club and then Metro Aquatics. She graduated from Curtis Senior High School and then went on to received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Western Washington University. Emily is the PNS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vice-Chair, runs the PNS Women’s Resource Group and is on the Western Zone DEI Committee.

Emily was an assistant Age Group coach at University Place Aquatic Club from 2015-2019 where she coached their Age Group and High School Fitness groups. The past year and a half she was an Age Group Coach with WEST Coast Aquatics where she led efforts to create a more inclusive space. She led the Age Group Challenge and Discover groups, where she had multiple athletes qualify for Age Group Regionals and PNS Short Course Champs. In addition to her role as Age Group Coach she was also a Lesson Manager for WEST's youth group lessons program.

Emily is passionate about creating an inclusive, fun and encouraging culture where swimmers can work on their physical abilities, while also engaging their mental and emotional awareness to navigate difficult situations in and out of the water.  She is passionate about working with youth and facilitating a supportive, diverse, and inclusive team culture where youth are motivated to strive for excellence.

Frank Casella

Head Age Group Coach

Coach Frank brings over 25 years of coaching experience to Metro Aquatics. His past experiences include coaching at Tacoma Swim Club, Puget Sound Swim Club, and Port Townsend Swim Team. Coach Frank has also been selected to coach several Pacific Northwest Swimming all-star staffs, including serving as Head Coach at the 2005 Western Zones Championship in Salt Lake City and PNS All-Star Team at Long Beach CA. Coach Frank currently coaches Water Polo for South Kitsap School District and enjoys hiking and kayaking when not on the pool deck.

Alanna Rathkopf

Assistant Coach

Coach Alanna (she/her/hers) is proud to call Metro Aquatics her team. When she isn’t coaching age group swimmers, she works with all athletes and parents to ensure that Metro Aquatics is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment through various team building and motivational learning activities. Her passions include working with athletes of all physical and intellectual ability levels.

Coach Alanna grew up swimming competitively in New England. She spent over twelve years in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst and Master Resilience Trainer. Coach Alanna earned her BA in Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University and she is currently working toward a MS in Applied Sport Psychology. 

Coach Alanna actively participates in Pacific Northwest Swimming Women’s Resource Group and U.S. Master’s Swimming. 

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