Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Monica Barry Head Swim Coach - Kenwood

I swam for Kenwood from age 6-18, with my final meet at ANCC hosted CCSDA Champs in August, 1982. My coach that year was Tom Ugast, current CEO of NCap.  I  attended American University.  I coached all three of my children, Danny, Meghan and Timmy Barry, are graduates of the Kenwood program and all three were Kaptain Kenwoods!  2021 marks my 36th year coaching at Kenwood. I am looking forward to having a wonderful season.

 

Kali Becker Head Dive Coach - Manor

Kali is currently a collegiate athlete diving at UNC Chapel Hill where she is majoring in exercise science (physical therapy).  She attended Winston Churchill High School and graduated in 2015.  As a senior, she lead WCHS to team titles at Division I, Metros, 3A/4A Regional and state championship levels while also winning a Division I individual championship.  As a Jr. she won individual and team championships at Division I and 3A/4A regional meets and a Metros team title.  In 2012, she won individual and team titles in Division I, Metros and 3A/4A regional championships, was the 2012 individual state champion and in 2012 & 2013 she received the honor of being a first-team All-Met Athlete.   She competed for the Montgomery Dive Club and was a 9 time USA Diving East National Qualifier, a 6 time USA Diving National Qualifier, a 3 time USA Diving Regional Champion and in 2015, she was the AAU Diving 1meter National Champion.

Christine Duff Head Swim Coach - Montgomery CC

Chris Duff is looking forward to coaching again at Montgomery Country Club. This will be Chris’s 29th year coaching swimming.  In addition to Montgomery, Chris has coached at Olney Mill, Argyle, Lakewood, and spent 20 years coaching year round for RMSC.

 

Bethany Ellis Head Coach - Belle Haven CC

Coach Bethany Ellis, Belle Haven's 4th-year head swim coach and instructor! Bethany has 10+ years of coaching and instruction experience. She has worked at Michael Phelps Swim School and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club since 2007. Coach Bethany brings a strong focus>

Todd Garner Head Swim Coach - Manor
Maneth Gravell Head Swim Coach - Argyle CC

Maneth is looking forward to coaching his 11th swim season at Argyle Country Club. During his 29 year coaching career, he has coached at Darnestown Swim and Racquet Club, Olney Mill Swim Club, Lakewood Country Club, and Argyle. Since he graduated from Villanova University in 1992, Maneth has also been a year round coach for RMSC. Currently, he coaches the National Training Group at the Martin Luther King (MLK) Swim Center. Maneth is also the co-owner/administrator for the Montgomery Stroke and Turn Swim Clinic, which takes place at several pools across Montgomery County.  When Maneth is not on deck coaching, he is a teacher for MCPS at Cloverly Elementary. Maneth has been teaching for the past 17 years in either 4th or 5th grade. Most importantly, Maneth is married to his wife Megan, and he is the proud father of five children: Kaitlin, Emily, Sean, Kylie, and Jack. His family currently resides in Ashton, Maryland.  Good luck to everyone this summer and GO ALLIGATORS!

Ian Handerhan Head Swim Coach - Army Navy CC

An Army Navy lifer, Ian will begin his 30th year at Army Navy this Summer; starting in 1992 as a swimmer, then assistant coach, and now as head coach. He has helped and overseen the team grow from 75 swimmers to the 300+ member program it is today. He graduated from Gonzaga College HS ('04) and Washington & Lee University ('08) playing rugby throughout. When he is not on deck at Army Navy, Ian is coaching for The Capitol Sea Devils, where he is Head Coach & Director of Coaching. Ian recently stepped down from an 8 year stint as the head coach for Thomas Jefferson HSST boys and girls teams. During that tenure TJSD pulled down 11 Conference titles, 7 Region titles, and 2 boys State Championships. In his free time Ian teaches Latin and Geometry classes at St. Agnes School in Arlington, VA. Ian is ready for his favorite time of year... Army Navy swim season!

Amy Kress Head Dive Coach - Washington Golf

Amy returns for her 19th season at WGCC.  Amy grew up in Falls Church, VA and got her start diving in the NVSL at Sleepy Hollow Bath and Raquet Club at the age of eight.  She trained with York Dive Club and competed on J.E.B. Stuart High School’s varsity team.  Amy was recruited to dive at North Caroline State University where she competed from 1990-1994 earning All ACC Academic Honors and qualifying for NCAA Zone Diving Championships.  Amy coached at Georgetown University for eight seasons, Sleepy Hollow Recreation Association for six seasons, founded and coached Starr Dive Club for seven years in addition to assisting with her college coach at Candler Diving in North Carolina and Northern Virginia Dive Club. She has produced numerous CCSDA Championships, NCAA Zone Championship Qualifiers and a US Diving Junior National Qualifier.  

Kelly Labriola Head Swim Coach - Lakewood CC
Christopher Lane Head Dive Coach - Bethesda CC
Jack Leavitt Head Swim Coach - Columbia CC
Meghan Meyer Head Swim Coach - Chevy Chase Club

Meghan Meyer grew up locally in McLean, Virginia with her parents and sister. She started swimming at age six and swam through two years of college at Saint Mary’s, where she studied political science. Meghan has a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia. She has been teaching for 15 years and is currently a middle school teacher at Our Lady of Victory. Meghan has served as the Head Swim Coach for Georgetown Visitation for the last eight years, has been coaching summers since she was in college and spent many years as the Assistant Head Swim Coach for Kenwood Country Club and Chevy Chase Club before becoming the head coach at Chevy Chase Club in 2018.

 

Anita O'Quinn Head Dive Coach - Army Navy CC
Matt Page Head Swim Coach - Norbeck

Matt has been in the CCSDA for 6 years now. He is looking forward to starting his 5th year at Norbeck Country Club.
 

Danny Palmiotto Head Swim Coach - Congressional CC

Danny Palmiotto was named Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach at Congressional in March 2021.  He began swimming competitively at the age of six and developed a love for the sport through local summer league swimming. He competed through his high school career, ultimately earning a scholarship to swim at Wingate University in North Carolina. There, he was an academic and athletic all-conference member of the bulldogs from 2008 to 2012. During his junior and senior years at Wingate, he served as the team captain to the #5 ranked program in Division II. Danny graduated from Wingate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Middle Grade Education in 2012 and joined the Pine Crest School and Swim Club immediately after graduating.
 

As the Assistant Aquatics Director and Head Age Group Coach at the Pine Crest Swim Club in South Florida he has qualified multiple athletes for the USA Swimming Junior Nationals.  In the summer of 2019, one of his swimmers qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials, and was ranked in the top 50 in the world in her respective event at only 14 years old. Danny enjoys teaching all levels of ages and ability and is excited about the opportunity to expand programming and build on the Congressional Aquatics experience.
 

Timmy Pearce Head Dive Coach - Army Navy CC

Coach Timmy Pearce has been coaching in the area for over 20 years.  He has worked with divers as young as the age of 4, to D-III Diving at Catholic University of America.  Along the way, Timmy has had numerous divers go on to win a number of accolades such as Junior National Champion, Olympic Qualifiers, a number of state champions, and All Americans.  Now he is in his 7th season as an assistant coach for Mason Dive Academy.  "The best part about summer league diving is it shows you how much fun diving can be. Winning is only a byproduct of how much fun it is to learn. Whatever sport you play, there will be some relation to diving."   Coach Timmy only has 3 rules: Have fun. HAVE FUN! Listen to your coaches.

Heather Purk Head Swim Coach - Avenel Swim Club
Stephen Sakaris Head Swim Coach -- Edgemoor

Stephen has been swimming competitively since he was 8 years old, starting with Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) and later with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC). He was a national qualifier and team record holder (200 Free) while with RMSC. As a varsity swimmer for four years at Ohio State University, he received All American Honors and was a USA Swimming National Champion (2010), member of OSU’s 2010 Big Ten Championship team (the first since 1956),  and was a member of the team’s record setting 400 and 800 freestyle relay. Stephen was also an Olympic Trial qualifier in 2012 (200 Free). Stephen was an assistant coach at MCSL for four years and most recently at Potomac Woods Swim Club and is currently a head coach with RMSC. When not on deck or in the pool, Stephen likes to lift weights, golf, hike and hang out with his two dogs. He is very excited about being the new head swim coach of the Edgemoor Club.

Theresa Vaghi Head Swim Coach - Bethesda CC
Matt Wolff Head Swim Coach - Washington Golf

Matt grew up locally in Annandale, Va. He began his swimming career at Forest Hollow Swim Club in Annandale at the age of four. Later, Matt was their Head Coach from 2001-2004.  Matt went on to swim for the College of William and Mary.  Matt qualified for Junior Nationals in three events as a member of the Arlington Aquatic Club.  While swimming for William and Mary, he received the "Freshman of the Year" award and continued to make more National qualifying times.  He still holds three all-time top ten swim times at William and Mary.   After graduating in 2007 with a degree in Marketing and Information Technology, Matt went back to AAC to continuing his coaching career.  He is currently the lead coach of the Senior Prep Group and Assistant Coach to the Senior National Group.

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