Coaching Staff
SCOTT GAINEY HEAD COACH

HEAD COACH
SVHS Site Manager

Scott brings over 24 years of coaching and teaching experiences to the pool deck.  Scott has recently worked with RACE Aquatics in Bowling Green, KY.  A team that wanted to have swimmers at the national level.  Scott produced 3 Jr. National Qualifiers in 4 years.  Taking the team to their first sectionals; scoring 33rd in 2015 to a 4th place finish in 2018.   Additional experiences include: Longhorn Aquatics as a Site Director and Assistant Coach.  He has also worked with other top tier programs such as: Nitro Swimming and Irvine Novaquatics.   Scott's experiences also include summer league, high school, age group, senior club teams, college and masters and swim lessons.

Education:
UNC-Charlotte - Literature / Minor in Philosophy

Some of Scott's accomplishments include coaching swimmers in the following ranks:

*YMCA National Qualifiers
*Junior National Qualifiers
*Futures Championship - Champion
*World Deaf Games Swimming Finalist
*High School All - American
*High School All - American Academic
*C.I.F Champions
*Zone Champions
*Sectional Qualifiers
*High School District / Conference Champions
*High School State Champions
*Club and High school team record holders

Travel Team Recognition:
*Kentucky – LSC Olympic Training Center Select Team Coach
*Kentucky - LSC Zone Team - Head Coach
*South Texas - LSC Zone Team Coach
*South Texas - LSC All-Star Team Coach
*South Texas / North Texas Diversity Camp Coach

Organization Development:
Renewed Silver Medal Status – Club Excellence
Achieved New Bronze Status – Club Excellence
Achieved Levels 1 – 3 – Club Recognition

Personal accomplishments:
2017 – Region 2 KHSAA Coach of the Year Boys
2017 -  Region 2 KHSAA Coach of the Year Girls
2018 – Region 2 KHSAA Outstanding Coach of the Year
2018 – Greenwood High School Coach of the Year

Swim Camp Coach Experiences:
PEAK Performance Swim Camps Coach (6 camps)
Stanford Swim Camps – 6 years
Fairfield Swim Camps – 1 year

Additional Volunteer Experiences:
*Kentucky LSC - Program Development / Operations Vice Chair
*USA Swimming – Appointed Convention Delegate (by USA-S President)
*Southern Zone - Board of Review Representative
*Chair - Eastern Committee (of Southern California LSC)
*Club Development Coordinator – South Texas LSC


Scott's coaching philosophy can be summarized by four of his favorite quotes:

“You must first expect things of yourself before you can do them.”  - Michael Jordan

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. 
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”  - Anonymous

"It's not about achieving perfection;
it's about pursuing it."

"Expectations not exceptions". 


 

JENNIFER GIL SMETANA UTSA ~ Junior 1, Senior 1 & 2

UTSA Site Director

Coach Jen grew up in Corpus Christi but has recently made San Antonio her new home. She began her swimming career at her local summer swim league team at the age of 9. She then progressed her career into club and high school swimming. While still in high school Jen began teaching swim lessons and helping coach her summer league team. She then moved on to college swimming where she swam at the University of the Incarnate Word. She graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in Biology and now works as a Children’s and Youth Minister at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. Before joining the WAVE, she was the head coach of the Hunters Creek Lone Star summer league swim team.

Favorite Stroke(s):  Freestyle

Coaching experience:
*San Antonio Splash Summer League Team 2017-Present

*TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas 2016-Present
*San Antonio Wave 2014-Present
*Hunters Creek Summer League Team 2014
*Tuloso-Midway Summer League Team 2009-2012

Travel Team Coaching:
*2018 STX Select Camp Coach

*2018 STX Zone Team Coach
*2016 Open Water Festival Coach
 

Personal Swimming Experiences:
*Tuloso-Midway HS Corpus Christi, TX

*Bays Edge Aquatic Team (BEAT)
*University of the Incarnate Word

Personal Swimming accomplishments:
*HS All South Texas Team
*HS All Regional Team
*HS All State Team
*Collegiate Conference Team
*Collegiate Travel Team

Education:
*University of the Incarnate Word
*Bachelor of Science in Biology

 

Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:
Taking my two pups out on adventures and spending time with my husband


Favorite Quote(s):
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” -P.T. Barnum

“I literally had one goal tonight, and that was to have fun, and I did that. I’m not happy with the time or the place, but I’m happy that I had fun, and that’s literally all that mattered.” — Elizabeth Beisel

KELLY VANDERWEELE ACP ~ Freshman 1, 2, 3

AHHS Site Director

Coach Kelly is in her 4th season with the Wave.  She grew up near Erie, PA, but calls home wherever the Air Force sends them.  She began competitive swimming when she was 8 years old with the YMCA. Kelly has a BA in Elementary Ed, from Grove City College, where she swam competitively for four years.  She began teaching swim lessons in her early teens and developed a love for stroke technique through years of attending and working at swim camps. She had exceptional examples in coaches who taught, encouraged, and fueled her desire to coach.  Kelly has coached 10 & under age groups for Chartiers Valley Swim Club in Pittsburgh PA, Eifel Sharks and Elmendorf Penguins at overseas Air Force bases. She is very excited to work with the Freshman 2/3 & Junior groups to encourage all these young swimmers to enjoy their sport and take it as far as they can. 

Coach Kelly enjoys teaching and coaching swimmers for over 25 years.  Watching young swimmers improve technique, competitive skills and gain the confidence to reach their goals over time is one of the most rewarding parts of coaching.  I hope to help swimmers along the way to reach their goals and use this great sport to learn the value of hard work, perseverance, sportsmanship, and the fun of being part of something bigger than themselves.

Favorite Stroke(s):  Butterfly and Distance Freestyle

Coaching experience:
*Chartiers Valley Swim Club, Sewickley PA
*Suisun City CA YMCA (swim instructor)
*Eifel Sharks Swim Team,
*Elmendorf Penguins Swim Team
*Great Hearts Middle School/HS Assistant Coach

 

Personal Swimming Experiences:
*Corry Area High School, PA (4 years)
*Pennsylvania YMCA (12 years)
*Grove City College (4 year letter) 

Personal Swimming accomplishments:
*Presidential Athletic  Conference (PAC) Championship 1991 MVP award
*Top Ten record holder Corry YMCA/ Corry HS
*HS District qualifier, District 10 Championship Team
*District/State YMCA qualifier
*Presidential Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Team 1991:1993, GCC Team Captain

Education:
*Grove City College, Grove City,  PA - BA Elementary Education

Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck: 
Time with my husband, 4 girls, dog & cat

Favorite Quote(s):

"One of the keys to success is the discipline to do the things you should even when you don’t feel like it"   - unknown

"No man drowns if he perseveres in praying to God and can swim."
     - Russian Proverb

ALAN MARKS ACP ~ Senior 1

Al Marks led Churchill High School to nine UIL state swimming and diving championships in 31 years as head coach.  He is starting  his 11-th year with The WAVE.   His motivational techniques and emphasis on goal-setting contributed to the development of Olympians Josh Davis, Jimmy Feigen, and Kim Pavlin.  

Coach Marks enjoys teaching the importance of goal setting, sharing with the swimmers when they achieve them, and reminding them of the importance of setting new goals once you achieve them.   In his ten seasons as the Pre-Nationals coach, Coach Marks has produced 33 first time Sectional qualifiers.  His practices include an emphasis on streamlining, variety, daily challenges and proper technique.  


Favorite Stroke to coach:  
*Breaststroke


Coaching accomplishments:        
*Sectional Qualifiers
*NISCA All American
*UIL State Champions
*9 UIL Team Championships
*38 Regional Championships
*51 District Titles

Personal Accomplishments:
*Coach of the Year
*San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame

 

Education:
*BA  Univ of Delaware/Political Science    
*BA Univ of Maryland/Social Studies Education        
*MA   UTSA/ Curriculum and Instruction

 

Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:  
*Watching sports on TV and  watching movies

 

Favorite Quote(s):   
*"Success is a journey not a destination"

*"Anything worth doing is worth doing well"

   

SHEA PUHALY SVHS ~ Freshman & Junior Groups

Coach Shea is originally is from Honolulu,Hawaii. Her dad being in the military,  bonded over swimming with Shea. Since her dad later became a swim coach she was constantly in the water practicing her strokes. Shea joined her first swim team at the age of 7 in Huntingtown, Maryland. Which she finished at the end eighth grade due to her coach leaving and it was the only swim team in Maryland.

Shea strives to make everyone she coaches to become a stronger swimmer, student and person.  She looks forward to helping her swimmers develop throughout the season. Coach Shea can't wait to see her swimmers' passion and love of swimming for THE WAVE!

Her favorite events:
*200 Free,100 Breast, and 200 Back.

 

Coaching experience: 
*
Assistant Coach - Lifetime Fitness(Jr and Freshmen level swimmers)
*Assistant Coach - WAVE Runners (Summer League)
*
Swim Lessons Instructor and Lifeguard


Personal Swimming Experiences:
*Calvert Aquatics Club
*Varsity Cross Country all four years of High School.


Coaching Accomplishments:
*WAVE Runners (Summer League) Championship Qualifiers

 

Education:
*San Antonio College.
*Major: Biology and wants to become an Anesthesiologist.


Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck: 
*Shea enjoys spending time with friends, baking, and finding new places to hike in Texas.


Favorite Quote(s):
*"What to do with a mistake: Recognize it, Learn from it, Forget about it."

SOPHIE KOHLMANN-McCULLOCH UTSA ~ Freshman 3 & Junior 2

Coach Sophie has been swimming since age 11. She started out swimming summer-league, swam for her middle school and eventually made the JV team at Klein Collins High School in Spring, TX. She started swimming club at Spring Swim Team in 2012 and made the Varsity team as a sophomore and swam Varsity until she graduated in 2015. 

Coach Sophie's main drive for coaching is to
serve as a source of encouragement and to help swimmers realize the potential they have. 

Favorite Stroke(s):
Freestyle, Butterfly 

 

Coaching experience: 
*Spring Creek Forest Swim Team (Summer League) 

*San Antonio WAVE 


Personal Swimming Experiences:
*Klein Collins High School Varsity Swim Team

*Spring Swim Team

Personal Swimming accomplishments:

*TISCA qualifier 2013, 2014

*Regional qualifier 2014, 2015

 

Education:

*The University of Texas at San Antonio, Marketing

 

Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:

*Leading small group

*Going to church

*Reading 

*Being a Roadrunner

*Spending time with family and friends 

 

Favorite Quote(s): 

"Think positive and positive things will happen" -April Bryan 

*Exodus 15:2 

 

SHELLIE BERGO UTSA ~ Freshman 1

Michelle (Shellie) Bergo comes to the WAVE as a military spouse and has lived in the San Antonio area for a little over a year. As a past swimmer and diver when she was young she started coaching after 20 years as a neonatal intensive care nurse due to one of her husbands deployments. WIth 2 daughters in the pool everyday as swimmers it seemed like a great choice. Over the past 12 years she has coached in Alabama, Georgia, Nevada and Florida. Shellie loves coaching the younger, more novice swimmers taking them from "being able to swim a 25 freestyle to that first IM". She stated that it is so rewarding and loves the sense of accomplishment seen in each swimmer as they gain more skill and confidence.

"For me coaching is not only a job I do, it is a passion. To watch young swimmers build confidence in themselves is one of the most rewarding things you can do. I love to watch a very novice swimmer go from being able to barely make a 25 free and back complete their first IM (legally)." With the more experienced age group swimmer the phrases, “I could really tell the difference in my stroke” and “thank you coach” are among some of the most important things to hear.   Coach Shelli, believes you need to love what you do and do what you love.  Because of that she believes, "you can never stop learning and growing as a coach."
 

Favorite Stroke(s):
Free and Breast

 

Coaching experience:
*Began in Alabama with Maxwell Seahawks Summer League 2002/2003 /2004 

*Montgomery Barracudas – Montgomery AL 2002- 2005
*Swim Macon Aquatics Club - Macon GA 2005 - 2008

*Shadow Ridge High School Team 2008-2010 Las Vegas NV
*Sandpiper Swim Club 2008 - 2010 Las Vegas NV

*Brandon Sports and Aquatics Cener Blue Waves Brandon FL 2010 - 2014
*San Antonio WAVE 2017

Swam summer league only. 1 meter and 3 meter dive team year round.

Personal Swimming accomplishments:
*State- Gold Medal , JR Olympic Silver Medal , Midwest Regional Dive Team
*Many swimmers over the years that placed in the top 5 at State, Regionals and Sectionals level
*Assisted in the Shadow Ridge High School Relay qualifying for their first state meet

Education:
*Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing
*Nursing – 22 years neonatal ICU


Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:
Swimming, Watching Patriots Football, Woodworking, Crafting and exploring San Antonio and the surrounding areas with friends and family.


Favorite Quote(s):
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today"

"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain."

YETZIA CHAVEZ UTSA ~ Freshman 2 & Junior 3

Coach Yetzia  (aka Coach Yetti)  is originally from Southern California. She began swimming competitively since the age of 8 with her first swim team in Covina, CA. She continued swimming with her next club swim team in Riverside, CA that transitioned her into the High School swim. She started off in Varsity swim and stayed there all 4 years. Her favorite events are the 500 swim, 100 Breast stroke, and the 200 relay race. Throughout her high school athletics she also played 3 years of varsity water polo, and 3 years of varsity cross county. Prior to SA Wave, Coach Yetzia started off as an age group coach for CCCC swim team in Riverside, CA and eventually became Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the swim team. She also was a life guard for The City of Riverside for 5 Years. Coach Yetzia is currently attending North West Vista and will transfer to UTSA and major in Marine Biology in hopes to one day opening and/or working for a rehabilitation center specializing in marine wild life along the coast. 

Coach Yetti's goal is to build, support, and transform athletes who I am fortunate to coach. I see myself as a tool in the tool box (called life) for athletes that cross my path where they can absorbed some of my knowledge and experience. To make athletes the best version of themselves in and outside the sport and to challenge my athletes but not break them.

Favorite Stroke(s):
Breaststroke, Freestyle, Floating (If that’s a stroke LOL)

Coaching experience:
 * Riverside Aquatic Association, Canyon Crest Country Club Swim Team 
 *Giving private swim lessons for 6 years to non-swimmers, competitive swimmers, special needs, infants, and adults

 

Personal Swimming Experiences:
*Varsity all 4 Years,
*Water polo (Varsity 3 Years)
*West Covina Swim Team,
*Riverside Aquatic Association
*Riverside City college
*University of Hawaii Masters Swim Club

*Deep sea diving/ snorkeling

Personal Swimming accomplishments:

*Attended CIF 3out of the 4 years in high school

Education:
*Studied at Riverside City College,
*University of Hawaii Leeward,
*University of Hawaii Moana, and North West Vista
*Focus: Communications and Marine Biology degree

Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:
Away from the pool deck I enjoy traveling, volunteering with several associations, watching movies, reading poetry, hiking, photography, and finding cool new places to eat. Oh and sleep.

Favorite Quote(s):

“My life is my message”  - Gandhi 

 

SERGIO GONZALEZ UTSA ~ Senior

Coach Sergio "Kaki" Gonzalez started swimming at a very young age, spending the majority of his time in the oceans of Barranquilla, Colombia. His formal training began at 5 years of age with El Grupo Academia.  Fast forward to 10 years of age - Sergio joined the Laredo Tritons. During high school, Sergio was able to achieve varsity his freshman year specializing in butterfly but left the sport behind as junior year came around in order to pursue a higher education at a university level. While coaching for San Antonio WAVE, Sergio is also pursuing a major in Kinesiology at UTSA.  

Coach isn’t "work" for me, I see coaching more as something I actually enjoy doing. The euphoria gained after seeing one of your swimmers accomplish one of his/her goals after all the work and hours they've put into their training is indescribable. My heart quite literally erupts with joy and content and it keeps me going, wanting to coach and help swimmers further achieve their goals.


Favorite Stroke(s):
100 FLY / 200 FLY / 400 IM


Coaching experience: ~2 years at SAWAVE 


Personal Swimming Experiences:
*High School: Alexander High School 9th & 10th grade varsity
*Club: Club Academia de Barranquilla / Laredo Tritons

Personal Swimming accomplishments:
*High School Varsity Team
*High School Districts Qualifier
*High School Regional Qualifier,

Education:
*Alexander High school 9th & 10th
*Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies 11th & 12th
*UTSA Sophomore Kinesiology of Health Science Major

Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck: Going to the gym, hanging with friends, gaming out Favorite Quote(s): 
"Mind over matter"

BRITTA STONE ACP ~ Freshman 2

Britta began swimming at age 11 for her neighborhood summer league team and continued swimming on the MacArthur High School’s Varsity swim team through graduation in 2006. After graduating from high school, she lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at various locations for several years. Britta took time away from the pool for the past few years to start a family. Now as her children have started showing interest in swimming, it has revived her love for the sport. She is excited to be a part of the San Antonio Wave and even more excited to help our swimmers take their skills to the next level.

Favorite Stroke(s):
Freestyle and Backstroke

 

Coaching experience:
 *San Antonio WAVE


Personal Swimming Experiences:
*High School MacArthur High School


Education:
*UTSA And TAMUSA 


Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:
*A clean and quiet house. 


Favorite Quote(s):
 “If its doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” 

MASON CARROLL Dryland & SVHS Assistant

Coach Mason, enjoys coaching so he may share his accumulative knowledge of being both a swimmer and a future health professional.  With that knowledge, he hopes to educate our swimmers with the best understanding of each stroke and the proper biomechanics.  Through this education, he will impower them to train and compete with minimal chance of injury

Favorite Stroke(s):
*Butterfly

Coaching experience:
*Coastal Bend Swim League Victoria (Summer League)


Personal Swimming Experiences:
*High School- Victoria West
*Club- CBA- Victoria Branch
*College- UIW Diving

Personal Swimming accomplishments:

*8 Team Records set for VISD Aquatics
*8 Pool Records set for VISD Aquatics

Education:

*University of The Incarnate Word
*Rehabilitative Sciences – Biology/Psychology double minor (Pre- Physican Assistant)


Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:
*Reading, Cooking, Watching TV


Favorite Quote(s):
*"It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us."
                - - - – Isaac D’Israeli

MATT PETH ACP

Favorite Stroke(s):
*Freestyle
*Backstroke

Coaching experience:
* Regency Racers Summer Swim Club (2015-Current) Head Coach
* Hunters Creek Hurricanes Summer Swim Club (2013) Assistant Coach

 

Personal Swimming Experiences:
* San Marcos Swim Club
* Central Catholic High School

Personal Swimming accomplishments:

* 2008 TAPPS 6A All State Team


Education:
* Texas A&M University, Sports Management


Things I enjoy, when not on the pool deck:
* Hanging out with my wife, family, and friends
* Playing softball and golf


Favorite Quote(s):
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” - Steve Prefontaine

 

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