Lauren Waterworth

Head Coach 



Lauren joined NOVA South (then VACS) in 2011 and has been apart of enormous team growth and success since then.  Lauren is a native of Chester and an alumnus of VACS. She is a graduate of Thomas Dale and swam for two years at the United States Naval Academy.  She has her B.S. in Biology and Organizational Psychology as well as a minor Women's Studies.  Lauren also graduated in 2012 with her Masters in Sport Leadership from the Center for Sport Leadership at  VCU.  In addition, she also completed a professional training through the UMass Center for Medical Center for Mindfulness to help swimmers in practicing mindfulness. 



-Lauren is a certified Level 5 coach through the American Swim Coaches Association

-chosen as a Virginia Swimming Zones coach

-invited to participate in the 2014 National Age Group Summit held at the Olympic Training Center through USA Swimming

-chosen to be a coach at the 2015 National Open Water Select Camp in Fort Myers, Florida

-chosen to be a coach at the 2017 Boys National Select Camp in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center


Swimming Success 

-NCSA qualifiers, including top 8 finalists

-Winter/Summer Juniors qualifiers

-numerous USA Swimming Academic All American athletes

-National top 16 performers

-State championship winners for both Age Groups and Senior Champs



Lauren has competed in triathlons from sprint to half ironman distances, Crossfit, and still enjoys swimming!

Lauren lives in Chesterfield with her husband who is a Richmond City Firefighter, their two sons, and two dogs.  



John Shannon Royster

Highschool Coach



Shannon joined NOVA South in 2009 and has been an enormous assest to the team in so many different roles since then.  He began his swimming career at Wood-Dale at an early age of 4 because he wanted to follow in his older siblings footsteps.  He joined the year round swim team of at the age of 8 called the Tritons of Petersburg, which became VACS.  He enjoyed great success as a swimmer as he won several events at the Virginia Junior Olympics and swam with the Virginia All-Star team in Buffalo, NY at Zones.

Shannon went on to juggle many sports through high school as he played football and basketball while still swimming competitively.  During this time, he developed a love for coaching as he was an assistant coach for Wood-Dale for 4 years before becoming the head coach.  He also started giving swimming lessons there as his love for younger children grew.  During that time, he went on to swim in college at Longwood where he displayed swimming leadership and became captain of the team for 3 years.  In 1999, Shannon graduated with a BA in history with the purpose of becoming a 4th generation educator.

He returned to his hometown of Hopewell, VA and taught 8th grade civics for 6 years at Carter G. Woodson Middle . During which time he married his college sweetheart and attended Virginia State University where he received his Masters in School Administration. In 2005 he became the 6th grade assistant principal at Carter G. Woodson Middle School. Shannon’s love for coaching children became a passion as he created the sports program at the middle school, of which he is now athletic director.  He has coached the middle school basketball team from its inception to 3 consecutive championship titles with 69 wins and only 3 losses.  In addition he has been an assistant baseball coach for the middle school. In 1999 he began coaching varsity football for Hopewell High School. He was the passing coordinator for the 2003 State Championship team while coaching the wide receivers. 

Shannon completed his 15th season as the head coach at the  Swim and Yacht Club in Colonial Heights.  He has coached the SYC Barracudas to five Southside League Championship regular season titles – 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.  His team has also won the first place title at the Championship meet in the years of 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2019!


Natalie Zoldork

All Around Awesome Coach and AG2 Specialist



Natalie Zoldork is an AMAZING human that we are so lucky to have on our coaching staff!  She has been a part of the swimming world since she was 7 years old. She grew up swimming competitively on VACS which is now NOVA South . She went on to be a Division 1 athlete at George Mason University.  Natalie specialized in long distance IM, Breast, and Fly. While at George Mason, Natalie got her degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education. Natalie coaches on Wood Dale and has worked her way up over the past 6 years to become Head Coach this past season. She also teaches swim lessons and lifeguards. She loves to be by the pool and her passion has always been swimming. Natalie is also a Special Education teacher in Prince George and has been on staff at NOVA South since 2017. 


Theanea Boersma

Novice Coach


Nae Boersma joined the NOVA family in September 2018 and we are so so so lucky to have her knowledge and energy on our team! She is married with twelve children who all love swimming. She works part time, as a nurse in Northern Virginia at a Fertility Clinic and has been there since 2000. She works out regularly and has participated in Sprint Triathlons, 5ks, 10ks, and a ½ marathon.  In 1995 she took her first assistant coaching position with the McClellan AFB Stingrays in California. At that time, she had very little swimming experience but was very eager to learn and quickly developed a love for the sport. Her second year with the team she was promoted to head coach and continued coaching for 3 more years. Once the base closed, she moved to Virginia with her family.  In 2012, she started a swim team in her community. She worked as an assistant coach the first three years and also behind the scenes making sure the team didn’t fold. In 2015 she took over as head coach for the SouthBend Sailfish.  In 2013 she began working as a volunteer assistant coach with the Chester YMCA and continued to coach there until she joined NOVA in 2018.  She really enjoys working with the younger swimmers and watching their confidence grow as she teaches them new skills and techniques. Her main goal is to provide them with a positive environment in which they can develop these skills and a love for the sport.


Anthony Zoldork

All Around Awesome Coach and AG1 Specialist


Anthony joined us in September 2019 and has brought so much thoughtful coaching and insight.  Anthony swam at NOVA South (then VACS) and then at Virginia Tech.  He specalized in 200 fly and was phenomenal at many events including the 400 IM and the mile.  Anthony attend Senior Nationals and had a lot of notiority as a Virginia swimmer.  Anthony's main group is AG1 but he helps with all of them and we are so lucky to have him on staff!!!!