Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Bob Herlinger HEAD COACH/EXEC DIR - MASSAD Y (SR)

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.

Joshua Friedel HEAD SITE COACH - MASSAD Y (JR & AG1)

Josh was raised in Stafford, Virginia and started swimming with the Curtis Park Seahawks at the age of 8.  He joined the RAYS since he was 10 years old and swam with them throughout his high school career.  Josh was the Virginia AAA State champion in the 100 backstroke and was the top ranked recruit coming out of Virginia.  He swam for the Florida State Seminoles all four years from 2011-2015.  Josh was an NCAA qualifier, along with taking All-ACC Honors with a third place finish in the 200 backstroke his freshman year.  Josh was a member of the 2009-2010 National Youth Team, where he swam with notable Olympic swimmers such as Cody Miller, Missy Franklin, and Aaron Peirsol.  In 2012, he qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials where he finished 12th in the 200 meter backstroke in semi-finals.  Josh has been coaching with the RAYS since the winter of 2015, and looks forward to an amazing season ahead!

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!

Amy Ellis MASSAD Y (Lead AG1)

Growing up in this area, Amy was a member of Curtis Park, Rays, and Stafford High School's swim teams.  She is also a former head coach for Brooke Point HIgh School's swim team.  Amy earned her degree from East Carolina University and is currently a teacher at Mountain View High School.  She tries to remain active in the water and has recently competed in a few sprint triathlons in the area.  Her family is very involved with the YMCA, including both Rays and the Marlins swim teams.  Amy is excited to join the AG2 team at the Massad location.  She loves working with children and swimming is her passion!

Emma Parker Assistant Coach - MY

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.

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.

Julie Clements ROSNER Y (Lead AG2)

Julie grew up in Lockport, NY.  She began to swim for her hometown Y at age 12, continued swimming throughout high school and finished out her career competing 3 years for the Edinboro University Fighting Scots in Pennsylvania.  Julie has over 20 years of coaching experience, coaching for several US swim and summer league teams, including the Dahlgren Sharks, College Heights Gators, Quantico Sharks, Chancellor Blue Dolphins, and Fox Point Fintastics.  She also coached at King George High School and started the swim team at Chancellor High School, eventually leading the girls’ team to back-to-back District Championships.  She currently teaches Biology at Massaponax high School.  Julie and her husband, Stan, have 2 children.  Jack, who briefly swam for the Rays but has committed to baseball and basketball while in high school.  And Carlie, swimming since the age of 3, has been a member of the Rays for several years, while also continuing to play volleyball and soccer.   

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 Assistant Coach - RY

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.

Anthony Pedersen Associate Head Coach - JRSSC (SR & 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 (Asst SR & Asst JR)

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.

Dana Wallach JRSSC (Lead DEV & Asst AG2)

Swimming has been a big part of Dana's life since she was a young child.  Growing up in Fredericksburg, she swam for the Spotswood (RSL) and for the RAYS (way back when they only swam at ONE pool).  Dana has coached at the RSL and high school levels.  She is excited for the opportunity to work with the Developmental swimmers at JRSSC.  She hopes to foster the same love of swimming that she has in the swimmers that she coaches.  Dana has two children, Stephen and Lilly.  Both of whom swim for the RAYS.  When she is not at the pool, you will most likely find her in the classroom.  Dana teaches middle school science in Spotsylvania County.

Bianca West JRSSC (HS Prep & JumpStart)

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.

Isabel Born JRSSC Assistant Coach

Isabel grew up in a military family and moved around the world and swam with multiple swim teams.  Isabel started taking lessons around the age of 5, started summer league when she was 9, and continued on to swim year round for over 5 years.  Isabel swam on Juniors and Seniors for Stingrays for three years and caoched for Grafton Dolphins summer swim team.  Isabel is pursuing a Personal Trainers Certification and Nutrional coach certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as attending Fire Academy this upcoming November.

Isabelle Fortiz JRSSC Assistant Coach

Isabelle is a Senior at Mountain View High School, where she has lettered for their swim team the past 3 years and is currently one of the team's captains.  She started swimming when she was 3 years old in swim lessons through Stafford County.  Joining summer league when she was 9, she swam for the Aquia Harbor Dolphins for 5 summers and the Massad Marlins for 3.  This past summer, she swam and was an assistant coach for the Hampton Oaks Hurricanes.  As a former RAYS Junior and Senior swimmer of 4 years (since she was 13), Isabelle holds American Red Cross certifications including her WSI and LG certs and has previously taught lessons with Little Fish Swimming.

Connor Muncie HEAD SITE COACH-KGY (SR & AG1)

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!

Samantha Hunkele KING GEORGE Y (JR & AG2)

Orginally from Asheville, NC, Sam competed with Peak Swimming and Asheville High School before beginning her collegiate swimming career at Mars Hill University.  She graduated with a BA in Special Education in the General Curriculum.  After a few years of teaching Sam left the classroom to manage Aquatic Consultants of Georgia (ACOG) in Atlanta, GA.  As a manager at ACOG, she provided swim lessons to high profile clients, managed aquatic physical therapy patients, and trained triathletes.  More recently, she was the head swim coach for Warren Wilson College in Western North Carolina.  Sam has enjoyed working with the Rays since moving to the area in 2018 with her husband, Nick, and one year old daughter, McKenna.

Shane Pacelli KING GEORGE Y Assistant Coach

Shane grew up in Albany, New York where he swam for the Adirondack Bluefins where is specialty was long distance freestyle.  From there, he swam in college for SUNY Potsdam where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education grades 1-6.  He is currently a 4th grade math and Virginia Studies teacher at Potomac Elemtary School.  In his free time, Shane loves watching football, college basketball, and baseball on TV and in person.  He is very happy to be part of the RAYS swim team since January 2018.

Matthew Hunt KING GEORGE Y - (Lead 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!

Alex Poley KING GEORGE Y - Assistant Coach

Alex is a King George local, who got his start in swimming with the Dahlgren Sharks in 2008, at age 7.  He spent 11 years with the Sharks, two of which as an assistant coach, before accepting the head coaching position with the Eden Estates Eels in 2019, where he swam his last year of RSL eligibility.  Outside of the RSL, Alex began year-round swimming with the Rappahannock Raiders in 2009, where he continued until December 2017, when he joined the RAYS.  Alex also swam for the King George Foxes, where he participated in four years of their district title defense.  He was also a four-year letter and a four-year state athlete, and a captain during his senior year.  Alex currently attends school at the University of Virginia, where he is planning to major in Aerospace Engineering, and minor in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  Alex is very excited to help instill a love of the sport and its important lessons in the next generation of swimmers.

Kristen Baroody Massad Site Liaison
Bobbi Parker Rosner Site Liaison
Courtney Munoz JRSSC Site Liaison
Debra Bennett King George Site Liaison
Board of Directors
Kellie Ross President
Mike Johnson Vice President
Eric Braendel Treasurer
Agnes Pearcy Secretary
Lydia Green Social Committee Chairperson
Steve Hudak Team Manager
Libby Unruh Meet Director
Kristen Baroody Massad Site Liaison
Bobbi Parker Rosner Site Liaison
Courtney Munoz JRSSC Site Liaison
Debra Bennett King George Liaison
Carol Rowlands RAYS Bookkeeper