Potomac Valley Swimming
Level 1

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Michael Kraeuter Head Coach
  • PVS Zone Head Coach - 3 terms
  • PVS Zone Head Assistant Coach - 4 terms
  • PVS Zone Assistant Coach - 2 term
  • USA Swimming Coach - 21 years
I started swimming competitively late in life, my senior year in high school to be exact, but have always had a love for the water. Starting late gave me a unique perspective on swimming and training and it brought about our team's motto "NO LIMITS". 
I work with every squad at some level but am the lead coach for the GREEN Tide & BLUE Crest squads. 
Hailing from New Jersey, I swam for Rutgers University as well as ran Cross Country. My favorite events are the 200 & 400 IM but have a love of each event and stroke. Graduating with a BS in Exercise Science & Sports Studies in 2000 I decided to pursue a coaching career. At this point in my life I have coached every level from intercollegiate to beginners and have had wonderful opportunities to work alongside some great coaches. These experience have formed our team's philosophies towards building great character amongst everyone that swims for BLUE WAVE and believing that everyone can become as great as they want to become as well as building a strong team atmosphere.
I enjoy coaching because I get to see the kids develop as they move through the program and accomplish the goals they set out to do. That little smile or glint in their eye when something clicks after working with them makes this one of the best jobs in the world. 
GO BLUE WAVE!

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Juan Ibanez Assistant Head Coach

Coach Gabe was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States in 1995 with his wife and two cats. He has 19 years of experience coaching at different levels, from age group to seniors.

Gabe decided to become a coach to inspire swimmers to achieve their dreams and make a positive difference in someone's life. He has coached swimmers that have qualified for Junior National Qualifiers, Sectionals, Age Group Zones, and High School State Champions. He has also coached and developed swimmers with Top 16 reportable times. In keeping up with all swimming related issues, Coach Gabe has been member of the American Coaches Association (ASCA).And has participated in various clinics such as ASCA World Clinics, Olympic Training Center and International Swim Clinics.

In Mexico, Coach Gabe was the Head Coach of Master Swim Team and coached Masters National Champions. This team placed second at Nationals. Coach Gabe specializes in developing fundamentals, and maximizing the growth of all his swimmers' knowledge, ability and goal direction.

Jessica Diaz Lead Assistant Coach
Andrew Patterson Assistant Coach
Summer Liu Assistant Coach
  • Herndon Hammer Heads—Head Coach
  • PVS Zone Coach – 2019
  • Herndon Aquatic club – Assistant Coach
  • USA Swimming Coach – 3 years
  • Chinese Swimming Coach – 5 years

I started swimming competitively early in life. Being a swimmer for many years, I learned valuable life lessons from my coach and teammates. I enjoyed swimming and decided to become a swimming coach. Together with my Chinese coach, we taught many children how to swim. We also trained my cousin to win a world record in the Women’s 200 Meter Individual Medley.

I have been a USA swimming coach at Herndon Aquatic Club since 2018. As a USA swimming coach and water safety advocate, helping children to stay safe in, on and around water is rewarding.

During these two years, we trained in a systematic way through a combination of games and learning. We divided our one-hour practice into three parts. The first part was 5-8 minutes of dry land exercise or a fun warm up activity. The second part included swim sets in the pool that focus on a combination of breathing and stroking techniques. Finally, we used the last 5 minutes for games like water polo or soldiers.

 In 2019, I was selected to be a Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS) Long Course Zone coach. In March 2020, five of my age 11 and under swimmers made Junior Olympics.

I enjoy coaching because I like seeing children accomplish the goals that they set out to do. I like seeing kids smile and have fun in the pool. I want to be there for the kids to help and encourage them to become the best they can be. This energizes me and gives my life purpose.

See you at the pool. Go Blue wave!

Board of Directors