Prince William Swim Club

              "The Amberjax"

Coaches

Coaches

Coaching Staff
Lorena Caballero Head Coach and Team Manager

 

Coach Lorena was born and raised in Peru, where she swam competitively for 8 years.  She moved to the United States in 1990 to attend American University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. 

Coach Lorena has been involved with the Prince William Swim Club for the past 16 years, first as a parent and then as a coach.  She joined the coaching staff in September of 2004 and started coaching the junior group.  Since then she has coached basically every group.  She coached the Adv. Pre-Senior for 5 years, before becoming the Head Coach and coach of the Senior group.  This is her fifth year as Head Coach.  She is an ASCA Level 2 certified swimming coach, working on her level 3.

Coach Lorena has two children.  Rafael (“Raffo”) who is 23 and graduated from VA Tech with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, working for Northrop Grumman.  He swam with the team for 12 years. She also has a daughter, Isabella, who is 17 in the Senior group and attends Woodbridge High School.  Her husband, Luis, is also very involved with the team.  He is a board member at large, does computer set up for our meet and is our Officials chair with VSI.

Two very proud moments for Coach Lorena were when she became a US citizen in March of 2013 and when she beat Stage One Breast Cancer in 2018

Jonathan Parker Head Age Group Coach/APS (DCRC)

Coach Jonathan has been swimming since he was 11.  He was a summer league swimmer swimming for the Lakeridge Lancers for 8 years.  He got himself recruited to the Wingate University Varsity team where he specialized in sprints.  He also had the opportunity to be a part of the conference champion team in 2011.  He then transferred to James Madison University. He became a member of the club swim team for 4 years participating in Club Nationals every year in Atlanta, Georgia.  

He graduated JMU with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management and a minor in Business. Coach Jonathan also earned a Masters Degree from Concordia University Chicago in Sports Leadership. He is currently working on his education classes to become a teacher.

Coach Jonathan will be entering his fifth season with the Amberjax, and is excited for his first season to co-coach the Seniors.  He will also be entering his fifth season coaching APS/PS.  He is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach. Coach Jonathan has also been coaching with the Lakeridge Lancers for 10+ years.  He is certified as a Level 2 Master's Coach, and he coaches at the Onelife Fitness in Stonebridge.  He is now a member of the Freedom Aquatics Masters Team and is aiming to qualify for short course nationals. 

Additionally. Coach Jonathan is hoping to get back into coaching High School Swim.  

 

Greg Giovinazzo Junior/Pre-Senior Coach (PWCSAC)

Coach Greg brings over 20 years of experience in the sport swimming to the PWSC Amberjax.  Coach Greg swam collegiately at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta where he served as the captain of the Men’s Swimming and Diving Program. He has extensive experience working with swimmers of all ability levels, helping challenge them to achieve their goals while also emphasizing the importance of having fun and enjoying the sport.  He is looking forward to providing a fun filled experience for the swimmers and their families this season.

Coach Greg has coached with the Amberjax for the past seven years.  He coaches the Junior 2 group at Colgan, as well as the Pre-seniors.  He is also the Head Coach for the Southbridge Seals Summer Swim Team.

Rick Juhlin Adv. Junior Coach (DCRC)

Coach Rick was born and raised in Ormond Beach, Florida where he began his lifelong involvement with swimming and anything that had to do with water. Growing up with older sisters who swam led him to join the swim team as a child and started the journey.

Coach Rick worked as an Ocean Rescue EMT for 14 years and during this time he competed in USLA sanctioned Regional and National competitions. For six summers he was also an instructor, and eventually the lead instructor, for the junior lifeguard program, coaching and mentoring the children on his team and taking them to USLA Junior Regional and National competitions.

After enjoying this life of swimming, surfing in different parts of the world, free diving for lobster in the Florida Keys, and more, he returned to school and got his degree from George Mason University to settle down. He has worked as a Physical Education TA, and now works with Autistic children for Prince William County Schools and Coaches Advanced Juniors for the Amberjax swim team. He lives with his wife, three children, and their black lab in Southbridge, Virginia.

Kathy Meltzer Adv. Junior Coach (PWCSAC)

Coach Kathy is in excited to start her fifth year coaching for Amberjax Swimming and loves to help Advanced Juniors improve as swimmers and individuals. Kathy has coached summer swim since 2005, first with Meadowbrook Makos, and currently with the Wellington Dolphins in PWSL for the past 4 years. Before coaching with Amberjax she spent one year with the Potomac Marlins.  

Coach Kathy is a level II ASCA certified coach, and is a WSI Instructor. Coach Kathy teaches the Water Safety Swim program at Colgan  H.S. and is a PWCS Substitute teacher with a Masters in Elementary Ed K-8, in addition to coaching the Advanced Junior Amberax group at Colgan. 

Although she never competitively swam as a kid, she has been swimming since she was four years old and loves being in and around water as much as possible. In high school she took to seeing how many laps she could swim in her home town pool and really came to love distance swimming for fitness, often swimming 2 or three miles at a time for a workout. Later after college she swam for masters programs and improved her strokes. Since moving from Arizona in 2003, she resides in Manassas with her 4 kids, 2 dogs, and enjoys swimming, pilates, yoga, walk/runs with the dogs, the beach, and skiing in between being mom taxi and being the CEO of the Meltzer household.

Mellora King Junior 2 Coach (DCRC)

Coach Mellora began competing competitively in the sport at the age of ten. She participated in both the YMCA and USA Swimming programs, as well as high school and local leagues in Delaware where she grew up. 

Since returning to the sport six years ago, she has started competing again, and qualified for US Master’s Swimming (USMS) Short Course Nationals this past season. 
This is Coach Mellora’s fifth year with the team. She is currently working on her level 2 certification with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA). 
She and her husband, Matt, reside in Montclair with their two daughters. Catherine, their eldest, is an Amberjax age group swimmer. 
 
 
Wendy McGrael Junior 2 (PWCSAC)

Coach Wendy has over 15 years of combined swim coach experience between the NVSL, PWSL, Swim America and York Swim School. She is currently  the Head Coach of the Wellington Dolphins Swim Team.  Wendy is an ASCA certified Summer League Coach and is working towards her ASCA Level II Certification.

Wendy works hard to ensure her swimmers learn important character traits as well as proper swimming technique. She believes in focusing on stroke technique through drills, starts, turns, and finishes.  She wants her swimmers to have a good time while being part of the team and learning to love the sport of swimming as much as she does. 

She is the mom of two Amberjax, Abby and Evan, as well as one non- Amberjax Aiden.  When she is not on the pool deck, Wendy is a full time K-5 Math teacher/coach at Kerrydale Elementary School.

Joseph Costello Coaching Staff

 

Coach Joey is currently the newest addition to the Amberjax coaching staff.  He comes with loads of competitive swim experience in Eastern Prince William County. He is 22 years old and is currently working on pursuing his career with the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department. Swimming has been his lifelong sport. He swam competitively for many years with OCCS and was part of his high school team at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic School, as well as his summer team The Westridge Waves.  It is at the Waves that he met coach Lorena.  He has been coaching for The Westridge waves for the past 6 years and loves it as it is part of the community in which he was raised and calls home.  He joined the Amberjax family because he loves the sport of swimming and enjoys watching kids grow and succeed.  Most of all he respects Coach Lorena's leadership.  He is thrilled to be part of a team that has fun, is community oriented, and allows swimmers to grow in character and friendship on and off the pool deck. He is currently working on completing his ASCA certifications for swimming and would love to coach High School swimming in the future. 

Becky Howery President
Annemarie Juhlin Vice-President
Stephanie Lane Financial Officer
Deloris Benway Secretary/Social Chair
Luis Caballero Ofiicials Chair
Colleen Sullivan Fundraising Chair
Molly Jensen Volunteer Coordinator
Kim Lingafelt PWCAC (@ Colgan) Liaison
Michelle Walden DCRC Liaison