Metro Aquatics

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Dane Wolfrom ~ Head of Swimming

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.

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

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. 

Monica Soliz ~ Head Senior Coach

Coach Monica is the Head Senior Coach for Metro Aquatics. She supervises the training and competitions for Sectional, High School and Masters groups. A large part of Coach Monica’s leadership is fostering future academic and athletic success beyond high school for all Metro swimmers.

Coach Monica brings sixteen years of competitive swim and coaching experience. Before joining Metro, Coach Monica was an Aquatics Director and Swim Coach for two YMCAs in the greater Phoenix area, each one more than doubling swim team participation under her guidance. Coach Monica’s reputation from Arizona is one of successfully establishing opportunities for underprivileged youth and teens.

A four-sport athlete from Cottonwood, Arizona, Coach Monica earned her B.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior on cross-county and track scholarships from Benedictine University of Mesa.


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