Head Coach | Scot Budde

Scot Budde joined our team as Head Coach in August of 2020 with 20 years of diverse coaching experience ranging from 7 years as the Head Swim Coach at Greensboro College to time spent with board-directed and for-profit USA Swimming clubs in North Carolina and Delaware.  He has coached all levels of swimmers from beginners who were afraid of the pool to Senior National and NCAA qualifiers. 

Scot’s coaching philosophy is a perfect match for our team.  A comment offered about Scot sums up what we have experienced in our time with him as head coach: “Scot makes all swimmers feel important by challenging them at their own level to maximize personal goals in the pool."

 

 

 

 

 

Head Age Group Coach | Curtis Robinson

Starting with summer league, Curtis moved into competitive swimming and was recruited to swim at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a US National qualifier.

Post graduation, Curtis continued his time on deck, developing swimmers into Sectional, Junior National, and National qualifiers. He served as a head coach for teams in Kansas, New Mexico, and British Columbia, as well as the Age Group Coach for a team in California and most recently the SwimRVA Rapids in Richmond, VA.

Curtis joins the Harrisonburg Gators as the Head Age Group coach and brings along his wife, two sons, and two dogs to the Harrisonburg area, where they look forward to setting down roots and starting their own farm!

 

 

 

 

Assistant Coach | Haley Saunders

Haley is a social studies teacher at Spotswood High School and also their high school swim coach. Growing up she was a club swimmer for her team in North Carolina, and after high school she attended Bridgewater College, swimming competitively all four years and serving as the team captain. Her most recent summer was spent coaching the ERRA Barracudas during the summer league season. 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Coach | Alaina Park

Alaina is a senior at JMU majoring in Kinesiology Exercise Science with minors in physical therapy, athletic training, and coaching education. She fell in love with swimming at a young age and is currently a part of the JMU Swimming and Diving team where she swims backstroke and sprint freestyle. For the last 7 years Alaina has been a summer swim coach, including the past 4 years as a head coach of a summer team in northern Virginia. She is looking forward to completing her coaching education internship and helping the Gators this year!

 

 

 

Assistant Coach | Devan Taylor

Devan is a senior at James Madison University where she is majoring in Hospitality. She has been a competitive swimmer for 15 years and is currently a part of the Swimming/Diving program at JMU. Devan has spent the previous four summers as a head coach for summer league in Pittsburgh and has taught lessons to kids of all age for the past six years.

 

 

 

 

Strength and Conditioning Coach | MJ Saunders

MJ is a certified functional strength coach and personal trainer. For the last seven years she has  worked with a variety of athletes ranging from middle school, high school, college,  and adults on developing their strength and conditioning.  MJ’s strength programs focus on the movement, strength, speed, and power necessary to  improve sport performance and reduce injury.
She is also currently an instructor in the department of Kinesiology at JMU  where she teaches Lifetime Fitness and Wellness and swim conditioning to college students.  She is looking forward to working  with the swimmers on developing their dryland training!

 

 

Head Clinic Coach - Carla Regginello

Carla has been teaching swimming lessons for eleven years at the Broadway Community Pool and has served as a Broadway Shark team assistant coach during the past 4 summers.  Carla has coached numerous clinics for the Gators and served as our lead age group assistant coach. She also teaches private swim lessons throughout the year. 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Clinic Coach - Ciara Hampton

Ciara is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she studied Exercise Physiology. Currently, she attends nursing school in the Valley. For 12 years she swam competitively, participating in summer league, high school, and Gators swimming. Ciara serves as the head Swim and Dive coach at Harrisonburg High School, an assistant coach for the Westover Waves, and recently started teaching swimming lessons. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and seeing their confidence grow in the water.

 

 

 

If you would like to contact a member of our coaching staff, please feel free to reach out to our head coach, Scot Budde at [email protected]. For immediate concerns or questions related to fees, policy issues, or safety, please contact Jolanthe Erb, the Director of Operations, at [email protected].