Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Bob Herlinger EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ASCA LEVEL 5 CERTIFICATION. Bob is very proud of his hometown, Baltimore, MD where he went to Archbishop Curley HS and then graduated from Elon College, NC. His loving family consists of his wife Joni, whom he met while coaching in Lancaster, PA and his sons Colin, and Brandan. They both are totally absorbed in soccer. As for his coaching career, Bob is beginning his 44th year of coaching. He has coached many levels of swimmers, ranging from developmental to Olympic Trial Qualifiers. He has coached 34individual swimmers to 108 Top 16/10 times, 124 Top 16 relays, 78 Junior National qualifiers, 15 Senior National Swimmers, 1 National Team swimmer – ranked 21st in the world in the 200m Breaststroke, 1 National Junior Team swimmer – ranked 25th in the world in the 100m Breaststroke, 1 National Youth Team member, and 11 Olympic Trial swimmers – with 2 swimmers placing in Semi-Finals. In the summer of 2005, as a team, the RAYS came in 8th at YMCA Nationals; in 2009, our boys’ team came in 4th place, our best ever finish. He has been with the RAYS since 2001 and has built the team from less than 90 to 400 swimmers. Early in his career, Bob coached at Dunbar HS in Baltimore City, a couple of YMCAs, and numerous summer league teams while leading one to them to the Maryland State Championships. Following his early success, he coached at the nationally renowned North Baltimore Aquatic Club for 3 years. Next, he became the head coach of Lancaster Aquatic Club, PA for nine years. He built Lancaster from 70 to 160 swimmers, and they scored at 13 straight Junior Nationals. Then, Bob spent 4 years at Dynamo Swim Club out of Atlanta, where he built one of their satellite pools from 80 to 130 swimmers and from 1 Junior National qualifier in 1 event to 6 National qualifiers in 20 events. While at Team Foxjet in Minnesota, 1997-2001, he accomplished 6 consecutive state championships. During the 2000 summer Junior Nationals-West, his girls’ team finished fourth with the team finishing sixth overall. Bob was also named the 1999 Minnesota Senior Coach of the Year.

Anthony Pedersen TEAM HEAD COACH - JRSSC (SR1, SR2, & JR)

ASCA LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATION.  Anthony is born and raised in the Virginia.  He grew up swimming for OCCS, FBST and QDD all in the Northern Virginia area.  After High School Anthony swam one year at Mary Washington College (Now UMW).  Anthony has coached at every level of the sport from developmental to a swimmer at the Pan-Pacific Games.  Prior to his time with the RAYS Anthony was the Head Coach for Sienna Plantation Aquatics(SPA) in Houston, TX.  While with SPA Anthony developed the senior program and within 2 years placed 2nd at Gulf Senior Champs.  He was also a Head Site Coach for Swim Neptune in Phoenix, AZ and a Head Site Coach for NCAP in Warrenton, VA.  Anthony has worked with numerous swimmers who have achieved Junior National, Sectional, National Top 10 along with Quad A and Triple A times.  Besides swimming Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife Therese and his son Cooper.

Stephanie Hensen JRSSC (Lead AG1 & AG2)

Stephanie Hensen grew up in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.  Stephanie started her swimming career at the age of five with the Huntington Y Bluefish year-round swim team.  She fell in love with the sport and stayed with the Bluefish until she graduated from high school. During her teen years, Stephanie lifeguarded and coached her summer league team. Stephanie continued her swimming career with Mary Washington College, where she swam all four years under Paul Richards and achieved All American status. 

After college, Stephanie became an elementary school teacher at Hartwood Elementary, where she has taught for the last 25 years.  During this time, she has swum on a Master’s Swim team and participated in numerous triathlons. Stephanie has also coached various summer league swim teams, including Fox Point and Curtis Park.

Stephanie is married to her wonderful husband Kevin and has three children, Brooke, Cole and Chase.    Brooke is a level 9 gymnast with the Royals and the boys both swim for the RAYS and play travel baseball.  Watching her children swim for the RAYS has inspired her to become active in the swimming community again.  This will be her 8th year coaching with the RAYS and she looks forward to an amazing season with her group of swimmers.

Patrick Bogue JRSSC (Lead JR, Asst. SR1 & SR2)

I started swimming in Greer, South Carolina before moving to Fredericksburg. In Fredericksburg I swam for the College Heights Gators for eight years as well as coached the team for six years. During my high school years I swam all four years, becoming a captain my senior year. Senior year I was a part of two record breaking relays along with Coach Michael Camper. In recent years I have been the assistant coach for James Monroe High School for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, as well as an assistant coach for the Grafton Dolphins this 2015 season. I also work coaching a US Masters swim group based out of the American Family Fitness club in Fredericksburg.

Bianca West JRSSC (Lead DEV & AG3)

Bianca grew up in Stafford, Virginia where she learned how to swim on the Austin Ridge Rapids Swim team. In 2011, she became an assistant coach for the Rapids, and in 2013 she became the head coach. Bianca attended Old Dominion University and earned a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. While attending ODU she was in charge of the swim lesson program for three years that was ran in their recreation center. Bianca also holds many Red Cross certifications including her WSI, WSIT, and LGI. Currently she is teaching middle school math in Stafford County and working with the Developmental team at Jeff Rouse.  She is very excited to be working with the Rays this year!

Nicole Grondin JRSSC Assistant Coach

Nicole started her swim career at age six with the Barracudas Summer Swim Team in Woodbridge, VA.  She moved to Stafford and swam year round for 8 years, including the RAYS for 6.  She swam for Curtis Park Seahawks for 10 years and coached them for 5 years.  She was on the varsity swim team at Mountain View High School all four years and was captain her senior year.  She is currently working towards a degree in systems engineering.

Matt Martinez JRSSC Assistant Coach

Matt grew up in northern VA and first swam at the age of 6 years old for the NVSL team Villa Gorillas.  By the age of 9, he started swimming more competitively and joined the club swim team Mason Makos.  After several years of training and during freshman year of high school, he began a new journey and decided to swim for Curl-Burke, which later became Nation's Capital Swim Club (NCAP) and continued swimming with them through high school and on breaks during college for the National Senior Team under Pete Morgan.  His main events were 400 IM, 100 BR, 200 BR, 200 IM, and the 500 FR.  He decided to swim for the University of Mary Washington all 4 years and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Mathematics and minor in data science.  During his time at UMW, he was able to swim with Bob Herlinger for a time and training under him & Anthony Pederson.

Although he no longer swims competitively, he has always been a part of USA Swimming.  He started with coaching NCAP mini's for two and a half years for ages 3-8 years of age and then added on groups of ages 7-13 year olds.  When assistant coaching, and then later co-head coaching, for the Villa Gorillas in the 2014-2017 season, he coached ages 2-18.  Matt always looks for ways to communicate effectively with his swimmers and help them have a fun and exciting time in the pool and looks for helping out the RAYS where ever he is needed.

Ryan Sullivan JRSSC Assistant Coach

Ryan  is from Lebanon, Pennsylvania and swam at Cedar Crest High School and Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. As a swimmer,  Ryan  specialized in the 100 Breaststroke and after leaving Bloomsburg was ranked third all time in school history in the event. A 2017 graduate,  Ryan  spent some time working as an Environmental Consultant in Michigan before moving to Fredericksurg and returning to the sport of swimming as a volunteer coaching assistant with the University of Mary Washington in the fall of 2020. He eagerly anticipates returning to racing on his own with masters swimming.  Ryan  also enjoys spending time with his fiance, Lauren, and dog, Kalvin.

Elizabeth Tiblin JRSSC Assistant Coach

Liz didn’t pick up the sport of swimming until age 14. Despite that, swimming became and continues to be a large part of her life. She swam locally for the College Heights Gators, and Courtland High School where she was Captain and MVP her Senior year. After starting college at Virginia Tech, she continued her involvement in aquatics by lifeguarding, teaching lessons, and coaching summer league. Graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Liz moved to Colorado to begin her career in the oil & gas industry. Even while traveling between rigs in North Dakota, she always found ways to sneak in some laps. She is excited that her return Virginia includes the opportunity to work with RAYS and contribute to an environment that will endear the sport of swimming to the next generation. Beside swimming, Liz enjoys skiing, hiking, and watching reruns of The Office with her dog, Kirk.

Andy Bertolet HEAD SITE COACH - ROSNER Y (SR & AG1)

Andy is also our Head Age Group Coach.  Andy has come to the Stingrays after being a head age group coach in north Stafford for the last eight years. During this stint, Andy has coached multiple age group champions, with many athletes achieving quad and triple A time standards. Previous to moving to Virginia with his wife, Kate, he has coached at all levels of the sport from developmentals to the NCAA. As a swimmer, Andy was a four year high school all-American, Pennsylvania state champ in the 500 free, and qualified for US Senior Nationals in seven events. Andy also enjoys, cooking, reading and going to the beach with Kate, his three sons(Lowell, Miles and Brooks).
 

Alexander Harrington ROSNER Y (Lead JR)

Coach Alex has been involved with swimming for 16 years. He was state champion in Vermont for the 100 back, and got 3rd in the 50 free and the 200 free. Alex has swam for multiple year round teams over the years. During high school Alex lettered all four years in swimming and was named MVP his freshman and senior year, along with being voted as Team Captain.  Alex began his coaching career with helping the learn to swim kids on his previous team, while still being in the seniors. He also began coaching for a summer swim team and has been assistant head coach on that team for the past 5 years. After receiving his Water safety instructor certificate from red cross he taught both group and private lessons for Stafford county. Alex is currently attending Germanna college in pursuit of being an elementary teacher.

Jennifer Leupold ROSNER Y (Lead DEV)

Jenny grew up in Bethesda, MD.  She attended Churchill HS and swam for Lakewood CC.  She played varsity basketball and ran All State in Cross Country and Track.  She attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!!!) where she ran Cross Country/Track.  Jenny is currently active in the Triathlon community and masters swim.  She is also an American Red Cross instructor/Admin Assistant at the YMCA.  GO Rays!!

Sydney Couch ROSNER Y Assistant Coach

Sydney grew up on Lake Anna, where she spent almost every summer day in the lake.  When she was 8 years old, she joined the Spotsylvania Dragons and swam with them through the end of high school.  She also swam for BASS from 2015-2018.  Currently, Sydney is a student at Germanna studying for her degree in chemistry.  She is excited to coach for the Rays and be apart of an amazing team.

Angeles Miller MASSAD Y (Lead AG2)

Angeles grew up in Madrid, Spain and swam competitively since the age of 9 with Club Natacion Mirasierra. During her senior year in High School, she joined an exchange student program and arrived to Tampa/Clearwater FL, attending Osceola HS in Largo, FL. A few of her accomplishments include 4 HS Records (100 Fly, 200 back, 400 IM and 400 Medley Relay) and being named most valuable swimmer, earning her a full ride swim scholarship to Saint Petersburg Junior College  where she placed top 5 at NJCAA Championships finals under Coach Michael Stewart -West Florida Lightning Aquatics.

After college, Angeles became an Analyst for the Federal government and continues her love for the water and dedication to the sport, working as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor at the Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center in Prince William and at Massad YMCA.

Angeles has three sons - Brian, Blake and Brent - who swim with the Rays. Watching her children swim has inspired her to become more active in the competitive swimming community. She is excited and looks forward to the opportunity of being part of the RAYS and helping her swimmers to be the best possible.

Jan Augustine MASSAD Y (Lead DEV)

I was born and raised in Stafford, VA.  I started swimming for the Woodland Waves when I was 5 years old (before the dome was built and the pool was 25 yards instead of meters!).  When attending RSL Championships, my parents and I saw the Stingrays canopy that was there to introduce young swimmers to year round swimming.  The next fall I joined the team!  Within 2 years, the Ray's got me to the Junior Olympics for the 50 Butterfly.  I remained with the team until I graduated high school.  Swimming for the Grafton Dolphins every summer and Stafford High School team throughout my 4 years there.  I have now been coaching with the team for 4 years, starting my new position as Lead Developmental coach this year.  I am so incredibly proud to still be with the team and working with these amazing children!  Go Rays!

Emma Parker MASSAD Y Assistant Coach

Emma started swimming at age six and has since swam for King George High School, Rappahannock Raiders, the Rays, as well as the Hopyard Hammerheads in the summer.  She has been a volunteer, junior coach, and assistant coach for the Hammerheads for the past four years as well.  This is her first year coaching for the Rays.

Angela Schrader MASSAD Y Assistant Coach

Angela Schrader grew up in a military family and has lived in Virginia, California, Hawaii, and Okinawa, Japan.  Angela started her swimming career at the age of six, where she swam with the international team, the Okinawa Dolphins.  She fell in love with the sport and swam competitively through high school.  She is a lifeguard, a coach, and a swim instructor.

Angela has been a nutrition consultant and personal trainer for a few years now, and is currently finishing her degree in education to pursue her passion of teaching in the near-future.  She enjoys working out, and swimming.  This will be Angela's first season working with the rAYS, and she looks forward to a great season!

Michelle Morrisey Massad Y Assistant Coach

Michelle grew up in Richmond, Virginia.  Michelle started swimming summer league at 6 years old.  She spent most of her time swimming for the year round YMCA team but moved to Poseidon Swimming in middle school!  She swam collegiately for Clarion University.  Michelle is excited to join the RAYS and is excited to start working with the swimmers!

Coach Sydney Hall Massad Y Assistant Coach
Connor Muncie HEAD SITE COACH-KGY (SR)

Connor comes to the Rays after graduating from VCU with his master's degree in Health and Physical Education.  Connor grew up in King George, Virginia where he was a four time varsity letterman for the Foxes.  Connor also was the founding coach for the Hopyard Hammerheads, an RSL swim team, where he was the Head Coach for the last 4 years.  Connor also has 4 years of year round coaching experience coaching with teams in the Richmond area.  Connor is a Health and Physical Education teacher at A.G. Wright Middle School.  In his spare time, Connor enjoys fishing, spending time outside, and watching his favorite sport teams.  Connor is very excited to move back to the area where he is from and start coaching for the RAYS!

Matthew Hunt KING GEORGE Y - (Lead JR & DEV)

Matt Hunt comes to the RAYS after finishing his schooling at Virginia Tech.  Matt is a King George local growing up here his whole life.  While Matt attended King George High School, he was a member of the State swim team all four years while also receiving his athletic letter all four years as well.  While returning to King George, Matt is also working on Base for a contractor.  If not at the pool or work, you can find Matt fixing just about any small engine possible.  Matt is a long-time member of the community here in King George and is really excited to be working for the RAYS!

Mike White KING GEORGE Y Assistant Coach (JR)

As a kid growing up swimming for the Dahlgren Sharks in the RSL to swimming for the first swim team at KGHS in 1993 to USMS swimming as an adult, swimming has always been a big part of Mike's life.  Mike has competed in several open water swims including the 4.4 mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim three times.  Mike has also recently joined the KGHS Swim Team coaching staff helping to lead the boys and girls teams as perennial contenders in the Battlefield District.  Mike and his wife Jennette are the proud parents of Jackson (16), a Junior at KGHS where he runs Track and Cross Country and Colton (13), an 8th grader at KGMS and a RAYS swimmer at the KG site.  Mike is excited to join the KG RAYS Coaching Staff and looks forward to helping out with all age groups.  

Gabriela Thompson Assistant Coach
Coach AJ Addison KING GEORGE Y - Instructor
Debby Martinich RAYS Bookkeeper
Board of Directors
Kristen Baroody President
Michael Kainu Vice President
Todd Eichberg Treasurer
Secretary Secretary Secretary
Lydia Green Social Committee Chairperson
Lizzie Verbel Team Manager
Libby Unruh Meet Director
Chris and Stephanie Sowers Massad Site Liaison
Bobbi Parker Rosner Site Liaison
Courtney Munoz JRSSC Site Liaison
Debby Martinich RAYS Bookkeeper