Piedmont Tsunamis 2019 Coaching Staff 

Head Program Coach - Jay Thorpe

Coach Jay hails from Akron, Ohio where he began his swim career at the age of 6 at Portage Country Club. Developing a love for swimming, he began swimming AAU and YMCA.

Coach Jay was a high school All-American and 6 time collegiate All-American. He lives is Bristow, VA with his wife Wendy and has two children J.D. and Sydney.

Coach Jay has coached at various levels including:

Piedmont Tsunami Swim Team – Beginning his 7th season as Head Coach and Program Director

  • 2018 PWSL Blue Division Champions (League Champions)
  • 2013 PWSL Red Division Champions
  • 10+ League Records
  • Broke 63 of 67 team records in 6 years.
  • Direct all indoor and outdoor training activities
  • Head Coach for team consisting of 350 competitive and developmental swimmers.

Battlefield H.S. – Beginning his 9th year as Head Coach

  • 11 NISCA High School All-Americans
  • 27 NISCA Academic All-Americans
  • 4 State Champions (3 individual and 1 relay)
  • 1 State Record
  • 2012 Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year

USA Swim Coach – 10 + years – Coached various club teams, most recently with QDD (Quantico Devil Dolphins)

  • 50 + Sectional qualifiers.
  • Over 30 Zone Championship qualifiers.
  • 100+ Junior Olympic qualifiers.

Freedom Frogs – 3 years – Special Olympics Head Coach 30+ State Champions

Evan Brandt

Assistant Head Coach - Evan Brandt

Evan Brandt will be returning for his sixth season as a coach with the Piedmont Tsunamis. Evan joined the Tsunami Nation in 2006 and fell in love with the sport of swimming, especially his favorite stroke, butterfly.

Evan was a Junior National qualifier and member of Occoquan Swimming's (OCCS) National Training Group . He was also a Virginia High School League (VHSL) State Swim and Dive Championship qualifier and captain of the Battlefield High School Varsity Swim Team.

Coach Evan currently attends the University of Virginia, where he is studying Mathematics and Spanish and is working towards a Master's degree in Education.

Evan is also a very active member of the club swim team at the University of Virginia where he has qualified for the Collegiate Club Swim & Dive National Championship. Welcome back Coach Evan to another season of the Piedmont Tsunamis summer swim team!

Assistant Coach - Mary Claire Tansill

Assistant Coach - Noah McMurrer

Black Cap Coaches

  • Lindsay Brandt
  • Luke DeVore  
  • Miguel George 
  • Tyler Michael
  • Eric Liao                                  
  • Jessica Lee                 
  • Jenny Lee     
  • Jackson Tirrell

Natalie Morrow - White Cap Head Coach

White Cap Coaches:                            

  • Theo Drescher
  • Ean Helmlinger
  • Jacob Hubert
  • Emma McMurrer
  • Nicole Linder
  • Amber Parsons
  • Kendall Rosenburg

Coaches in Training (CIT):

  • Preston Borden
  • Joy Kochan       
  • Blake Marterella                   
  • Matthew Pianoto                   
  • Kyle Rinker                
  • Ryan Strotheide