Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Hannah Carter Head Coach

I have enjoyed swimming for as long as I can remember!  From 2006-2018 I swam for  SNOW Swimming. From 2007-2018, I enjoyed swimming for the Lovettsville Dolphins Summer Swim Team.  My coaching career started with the Lovettsville Dolphins where I was an assistant coach from 2015-2017. I also coached the Stroke Clinic for SNOW swim team from 2016-2017. I am also an assistant coach for Snow Swimming. I am graduating in December from Gardner-Webb University majoring in Family Dynamics and Criminal Justice with plans to work somewhere in the county. I am so excited to return this summer and see some new faces! 

Samantha Pliuskaitis Assistant Head Coach

Hi Sea Otters!! My name is Samantha but you can call me Coach Sam. I am 20 years old, 2 years into my college career and just finished applying to the Vet Tech program at NVCC. The goal is to be a vet, I’m just taking the scenic route. I have been involved in swimming my whole life. My mom owns Snow Swimming and my dad started teaching me about correct body position and technique at age 6. I’ve been coaching for about 8 years now, for the Otters as well as Snow. I have been with the Otters since the beginning and I’m so excited to see how much you guys have grown. I’m hoping you’re not taller then me yet. If you ever have any questions, my email is above. I’m stoked for this season! Get excited and go Otters!

Molly Kennedy Assistant Head Coach

Coach Molly has been with the Sea Otters since the team began, and has been a summer swimmer since she was six years old. She is a distance freestyle swimmer who also loves open water swimming and scuba diving. She just finished her freshman year at Florida Southern College where she is majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in chemistry, and swimming for the FSC team- Go Mocs! At school, she is peer mentor for biology program students and started research on microcosms in underwater cave environments. She is spending the first part of this summer interning in Sodwana Bay, South Africa where she is researching shark and manta ray migration patterns while earning her advanced certification in open water scuba diving. Coach Molly loves everything about being in the water and is super excited about coming back for another year coaching the Otters!

Marah Burnes Junior Coach

Hi Otters! My name is Marah Burnes and I’m so excited to be coaching for the otters this year. I currently swim for the Blue Waves year round and at Stone Bridge High School. I also work as a swim instructor for a local swim academy so I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and love for swimming with the kids. Go Otters!!

Wayne Griffin Junior Coach

Hello Stratford Families!  My name is Wayne Griffin and I am looking forward to my first coaching experience this summer!  I am currently a member of SNOW’s year round team and the Loudoun County High School Swim Team.  I started my swim career with the Sea Otters just a few short years back and am eager to share what I’ve learned with the kids on the team.  Go Otters!!

Elizabeth Hondel Junior Coach

Hey! My name is Elizabeth, but a lot of people call me Lizzy. I've been a Sea Otter since the first season and have been swimming for as long as I can remember. This is my second year as a coach and I'm super excited to help out the team!

Reese Lechelt Junior Coach

Hello Otters! My name is Reese, I am in high school. I am so excited to be coaching for the Stratford Sea Otters. I have been swimming since I was 2 years old. I have been on the Otters for 4 season, this year will be my 5th year. I swim during the school year for Snow Swimming and my high school Loudoun County. I am super excited for this upcoming season!

Sarah McFadden Junior Coach

Hello Sea Otters, my name is Sarah. I'm 13 years old and I have been swimming since I was 6. My favorite stroke is Butterfly. I've previously swam for the Evergreen Meadows Makos and Stealth swim team.I've been swimming year round with Snow for 2 years. This is my first year being an Otter and I can't wait. I'm super excited to be a Jr coach and look forward to meeting everyone. Also I will never say no to a race, especially a Butterfly race. Go Otters!

Charlotte Smith Junior Coach

Hi Otters! My name is Charlotte Smith, and I am a Jr Coach! I am going into my junior year at Independence High School. Also, I have been taking Early Childhood Education since my freshman year. I am 15 years old and have been on the otters team since I was 7. I was a Jr Coach last year as well and I had an awesome time. I am lifeguard certified, and have worked with kids on many occasions.  I love to swim and have been doing it for forever!  I joined SNOW Swimming when I was 10, and have been swimming year around and summer swim ever since. I love teaching kids the sport I love, especially since it is also a valuable lesson and safety skill! I cant wait to coach again for the otters this year! This summer will be so fun!

Kai Tjader Junior Coach

Hello Sea Otters! My name is Kai Tjader. I have been swimming competitively for 8 years. I am excited to give back my knowledge of swimming to my fellow Sea Otters!

Teresa Pliuskaitis General Manager

My name is Teresa Pliuskaitis. Many of my swimmers call me Coach T. I have been swimming my entire life. In 1997 I founded SNOW Swimming, a year round USA Swimming swim club loccated in Loudoun County. We have programs at Claude Moore Rec Center, Dulles South Rec Center and Ida Lee Rec Center.

I was involved in the founding of the Old Dominion Swim League and have served in an officer capcity for 13 years. The Stratford Sea Otters are the 26th of 29 teams in this league.

Our program here will be competitive and fun at the same time. We have an amazing staff of coaches. It should be an adventure. If you have any questions please email me.


Board of Directors
Scott Nadeau Head Official