Fairfax Foxes Swimming


Matt Salerno – Founder / Head Coach

With a vision to develop any and all types of swimmers and athletes, Matt embarks on his 22nd season as a swimming coach.  From his first coaching gig with the Chapel Gate Gators in Pittsburgh to the launching of Fairfax Foxes Swimming, Matt enjoys working with people and the opportunities coaching provides to develop swimmers of all abilities and circumstances.

Before the Foxes, Matt served as the head coach at Howard University for five seasons from 2009 through 2014 as well as an assistant coach at Davidson College for the 2008-2009 season.  Prior to collegiate coaching, Matt was the head coach of Fairfax High School from 2003-2008, capturing three Virginia Northern Region titles and winning the Girls Virginia State Championship in 2008, the first in Fairfax’s history.  Additionally, Matt was the head coach for the NVSL's Villa Gorillas from 2004 through 2008 and again in 2010. He served as an assistant coach with the Mason Makos for five seasons as well as for SwimMac Carolina for one season. Matt currently supports the "Swim With Beth" swimming program on the weekends and completed his second season as head coach of the NVSL's Fairfax Club Estates Flippers.

Matt graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2003, majoring in psychology and elementary education and swimming for the Tribe all four seasons, serving as co-captain for his senior season.  He earned his Masters Degree in Supervision and Administration from the University of Virginia in 2010 and is currently an assistant principal with Fairfax County Public Schools. Matt resides in Springfield with his wife, Patty, their two daughters Genevieve and Valerie and their sons, Edwin and Dante.

Contact Coach Matt at [email protected]

Julia Koczot – Assistant Coach

Julia started swimming competitively at her elementary school, Cairo American College, in Egypt. After returning to Virginia, Julia swam year round and also swam at the Villa Aquatic Club over the summers where Matt Salerno was the head coach. She was a varsity swimmer for Fairfax High School before moving to Dhaka, Bangladesh where she continued to be a varsity swimmer and was captain her senior year.  

Julia has taught swim lessons at the Villa Aquatic Club for numerous summers, was also an instructor for the Swim with Beth program and coached the Fairfax Club Estates Flippers alongside Coach Matt. Julia has also been a lifeguard at Villa Aquatic and is now one of their pool operators.  

Julia graduated from James Madison University and received a bachelor’s of science in global justice and a minor in nonprofit studies. She currently works for GoCanvas, a mobile forms application technology company. 

Contact Coach Julia at [email protected]

Kelly Ellis – Assistant Coach

Kelly Ellis is a proud New York native. She attended Oswego State University and received a degree in Psychology. Kelly also swam for four years on Oswego’s team. She was incredibly versatile with her specialty strokes being breaststroke and IM. After graduating Kelly pursued her masters in School Counseling at Radford University. Kelly is currently a high school counselor with Fairfax County Public Schools.

Kelly has coached both age group/club swimming and high school teams in both New York and Virginia. She is married and has a 10 year old son. In her free time Kelly enjoys competing in open water swims and triathlons. Kelly is also a member of the Master Gorillas swim team where she met Foxes founder, Matt Salerno.

Contact Coach Kelly at [email protected]

Christy Talley – Assistant Coach

Christy Talley is born and raised right here in Fairfax, VA. After graduating Fairfax High School, she attended and graduated from the University of Mary Washington before getting her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University. Christy is currently a first grade teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools as well as an assistant coach with the NVSL's Fairfax Club Estates Flippers.

Christy won two division titles as the head coach with Villa Gorillas diving program.  As the founding coach of the Villa dive team, she guided her athletes for seven seasons. Christy was also the head dive coach for Howard University for one season.  Christy has provided swimming lessons for over 15 years, offering acute insight and technique to develop swimmers of all ages.  Christy resides in Manassas Park with her husband Jonathan, an Arlington County firefighter,  and their son Wyatt.

Contact Coach Christy at [email protected]

Katie Fago – Assistant Coach

Katie started swimming competitively at the age of 6 and has enjoyed learning much about swimming since then.

She is a New Jersey native and swam for Peddie Aquatics Association through high school. She was also a member of Peddie School's varsity swim team in Hightstown, NJ during her high school years. 

She is a 2016 graduate of University of Mary Washington, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. Katie qualified for NCAA's during her time at UMW, where she earned All-American status, and holds four school records at UMW: 100 back, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, and 200 freestyle relay, since 2013. 

Katie has previously taught swim lessons and coached at Peddie School for 6 years. She is currently employed as a Medical Assistant at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

Contact Coach Katie at katiefxfx@gmail.com

Jennifer McAdoo – Assistant Coach

Jennifer McAdoo has been swimming and coaching for 15 years with established roots in the Fairfax area. Jennifer grew-up swimming in the summers at Fairfax Frogs. She also swam at Mason Makos where Matt Salerno was her coach.  Jennifer continued her swimming career at WT Woodson High School and Bridgewater College. At Bridgewater, she formerly held the 100 breaststroke school record and still is a record holder in the 200 freestyle relay.

She is currently a third grade teacher at Kings Glen Elementary School.  She also has a Masters in Mathematics Leadership. In addition to coaching the Foxes, Jennifer is the Head Coach of the Fairfax High School Swim and Dive team and the NVSL team Fairfax Frogs.
Contact Coach Jennifer at [email protected]

Alyssa Knauf – Assistant Coach

Alyssa was born in raised in Vienna, VA where she attended  Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington. She graduated from Penn State University in 2017  with a B.S. in  Kinesiology. Alyssa is working her way to receive her Masters in Occupational Therapy, and is  currently working at Virginia Hospital Center in the Rehab Department.

Alyssa has been competitively swimming since the wee ages of 5. She spent her summers swimming at Cardinal Hill in addition to her year round club and high school swim. She enjoys working with kids of all ages, and particularly loves backstroke and butterfly. Alyssa coached at Cardinal Hill for 6 years, and currently coaches Trinity Christian High School’s Swim and Girls Lacrosse teams. Alyssa is currently studying at Shenendoah University for her Masters in Physical Therapy.

Contact Coach Jennifer at [email protected]

Kat Owczarski - Assistant Coach

Kat was born and raised in Northern Virginia and grew up swimming for the Langley Wildthings. She attended and swam for Oakcrest High School and swam for various club teams in the area as well. Kat attended the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s in History and a Masters in Secondary Social Studies Education. She currently teaches World History II at West Springfield High School. 

Kat has been coaching competitive swimming for the last 6 years and previously coached the Virginia Gators of Charlottesville and the Albemarle High School Swim Team in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is currently the Head Coach of the NVSL’s Langley Wildthings and is an Assistant Coach for the West Springfield High School Swim and Dive Team. 

Contact Coach Kat at [email protected] 

Ruth Anne Thomas - Assistant Coach

Ruth Anne grew up in Williamsburg, VA and started swimming at age 6. She joined the  Williamsburg Aquatic Club for age group swimming and competed at the Junior National level in high school. She went on to attend the College of William and Mary and was a proud Tribe varsity swimmer (alongside Coach Matt) all four years. As a senior, she was named the CAA Swimmer of the Year and she was inducted into the W&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Ruth Anne has a passion for swimming and enjoys sharing that with others. She has taught beginner swim lessons to kids through adults, coached summer league teams, high school, as well as USA age group teams in Williamsburg, Charlottesville and Northern Virginia. She is excited to join the Foxes coaching staff.  Currently, Ruth Anne is a pediatric Registered Nurse and works at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. She met her husband, Joel, on the swim team at W&M and they have two girls who are starting their second year as Foxes. Ruth Anne actively trains and competes with the Club Tribe Masters swim team.

Contact Coach Ruthie at [email protected]