Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Dudley Duncan Owner/President
  • Inducted into the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) Hall of Fame, 2017

  • Senior Coach of the Year, Virginia Swimming, 2015

  • Certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as a Level 5 Coach, the top level offered by ASCA.

  • Holds a BS and an MS in Physical Education and has been coaching since 1968.

  • Has coached swimmers who have qualified at all levels of swimming including:

    • Two current members of the Men's National Team: Clark Beach and Jeff Newkirk

    • Whitney Hedgepeth - 1988, 1996 Olympics 

    • Rada Owen - 2000 Olympics

    • Multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers

  • Currently President of SwimMetroManagement, Inc.

John Smithson Co-Head Coach

* Assistant Coach of Quest Swimming since 2004

* Bachelor Degree in Communications/Athletic Coaching Certificate 

* ASCA Level 4 Certified

* Has been coach of multiple Olympic Trials Qualifiers, State Record Holders, and State Champions

* Virginia Swimming Zone Team Long Course Head Coach 2007 (1st place team)

* Assistant Virginia Swimming Zone team coach Short Course 2006,2007

* Head Coach of Team Richmond Aquatic Club 2002-2004

* Assistant Coach/Interim Head Coach Atomic City Aquatic Club 2001-2002

* Swam for Clarion University of Pennsylvania 

          8 Time Div II Swimming and Diving All-American

          1997 Conference Champions

2015 Senior Coach of the Year



Chad Onken Co-Head Coach
Amy Howard Assistant Coach


  • ASCA Level 3 certified
  • Assistant Zones coach for VA Swimming, 11/12 girls, 2015 (1st place team)
  • Also serves as the head coach for River's Bend Swim Team in the Southside Swim League 
  • Under her leadership, RBST swam to league championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Previously coached at the Chester YMCA as both an assistant and the head coach


  • Swam for William and Mary as a backstroke specialist, 1982-86
  • Co-captain of the team her varsity year, 1985-86
  • Actively competes for Quest as a Masters swimmer


  • Graduated from William and Mary in 1986 with a BA in Psychology
  • Designated a Distinguished Military Graduate from ROTC
  • Commissioned in the US Army as a Military Police officer with a specialty in Public Affairs
  • Graduated from Troy State University in 1995 with a MS in Criminal Justice
  • Served from 1986-2001 rising to the rank of Major and earning the Parachutist badge 
  • Married to John with a son playing soccer at the University of Louisville
Brian Geiszler Assistant Coach

Prior Swimming Experience

  • USA Swimming – Tritons of Petersburg, Virginia Association of Competitive Swimming, Poseidon Swimming
  • Collegiate – 4 year letterman at Old Dominion University
  • Accomplishments
    • Virginia Short Course Zones
    • Junior National Qualifier
    • Finals Qualifier National Independent Championship
    • Finals Qualifier Colonial Athletic Association Championship
  • Favorite events – 200 Fly, 400 IM, 500 Free, 200 Breastroke

Coaching Experience

  • Summer League - Meadowbrook Country Club, Chester Recreation Association, Ghent Square
  • Collegiate – Volunteer assistant Old Dominion University
  • USA Swimming - Quest


  • Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Old Dominion University
  • Married to Denise and have 3 wonderful children; whom also swim
Opal Brink Assistant Coach


  • Coaching at Quest since January 2018
  • Taught private and group lessons for Quest, (2013 - 2018)
  • Lifeguard and swim lesson instructor at Chester YMCA, 2011 - 2013
  • Continues to teach private lessons for Quest


  • Competed for the Chester YMCA in Chester, VA growing up
  • Actively competes for Quest as a Masters swimmer
  • USMS national champion in 18 -24 yo age group in the 6,000 yd freestyle


  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Humanities
Christine Callis Assistant Coach


  • Head Coach, Smoketree Swim Team, Richmond Metro Aquatic League, 2017 - present
  • Smoketree undefeated in D division regular season and won League Champs, 2017
  • Head Coach, Manchester High School Swimming, 2016 - 17 
  •  Head Coach, Midlothian Athletic Club summer team and Head Coach, year-round swim clinics
  •  Group and private swim lesson instructor for over 20 years


  • Swam for University of New Hampshire on scholarship, 1996 - 2000
  • Captain of the team her varsity year, 1999 - 2000
  • Finalist ECAC Champs
  • Grew up swimming for Poseidon Swimming (formerly VACS) under Quest Head Coach, Dudley Duncan
  • Junior National and Eastern Zone qualifier


  • Graduated from University of New Hampshire with a double major in Political Science and Sociology
  • Married to Jay with two children, one of whom competes for Quest








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