Coaching Staff

Ned Skinner - Head Coach & Director of Swimming

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: (540) 998-7801

Coach Skinner was the head coach at Virginia Tech for 20 years and coached the teams to 4 conference titles including the 2014 men’s ACC championship. He coached over 100 All-American performances at the school as well as over 50 conference champions. In addition, Skinner (who earned his Ph. D at VT), was named a USA Swimming National team coach after Robert Owen placed 6 th at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in 2016. Coach Skinner is the Co-Founder of 2 different club swim teams and has remained active in youth swimming through coaching high school swimming and running camps and clinics. Prior to Virginia Tech, Dr. Skinner was the Director of Swimming at The College of William & Mary. He coached the men’s and women’s teams for four seasons and guided the program to multiple school records, conference champions, and improved conference finishes. Skinner started his head coaching career at Central Connecticut State University where he served in that role for four seasons. Skinner and his wife Allison, an attorney for the US Government, have two children and live in Blacksburg.


Morgan Richter - Assistant Coach & Pool Manager

E-mail: [email protected]

Morgan Richter grew up in Cleburne, Texas, a small town south of Fort Worth. Morgan swam for both Cleburne High School as well as Sigma Swim Club. From there, Morgan attended Goucher College, a liberal arts college in Towson, Maryland. By the end of Morgan’s collegiate career, he had broken 11 school records, was a 4 time 200 fly conference champion, and had achieved both academic all-American and all-American status. For the last three years, Morgan has coached the Storm club swim team and the Rockbridge High School team. He currently lives with his fiancée, Christine, and their two dogs: Dexter and Fitzgerald.




Kyndal Terrell - Mighty Gators Coach

E-Mail: [email protected]

Kyndal Terrell is in her 8th year as a coach for the Virginia Gators; she is an eight and under coach with a primary focus on developing the skills for emerging competition level swimmers.  Kyndal is a graduate of William Byrd High School and Radford University where she received her B.A. in Elementary Education.  Kyndal's swimming career began with the Virginia Gators program at age 5 where she swam through high school; she was also a member of the inaugural William Byrd High School team.  After high school Kyndal continued her swimming career in college where she competed for four years at Radford University. In addition to coaching, Kyndal is in her 13th year of teaching in Roanoke County; currently as a first grade teacher at W. E. Cundiff Elementary.  Kyndal and her husband Michael reside in Vinton with their four children Hadyn, Collyns, Londyn, and Briggs.  Their three daughters all swim for the Gators. 


Jamie Hill - Blue Group Coach

E-Mail: [email protected]

Jamie brings a wealth of swimming experience and knowledge to the Gator organization.  Jamie began her swimming career at age 5 with the Gators, and swam with the team through her senior year of high school.  During her swimming career with the Gators Jamie made several appearances as a finalist at National level meets, and her Gator career culminated with a scholarship opportunity to swim at the collegiate level.  Jamie went on to be a four-year letter winner at Virginia Tech where she made regular appearances as a conference meet finalist, and also garnered academic achievements making multiple appearances on the athletic director's honor roll, conference academic all-star team, and dean's list.  Jamie earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech; she also holds Masters degrees from both Virginia Tech in Sociology and Louisiana State University in Social Work.  Jamie currently is a School Social Worker with Roanoke City Public Schools stationed at Round Hill Elementary.  Jamie lives in Roanoke with her husband Marcus, son Riggins, who is a current member of the Gator swim team, their three dogs: Punkyn, Peaches and Paisley; and cat Kali.   During her free time Jamie enjoys playing outside with Riggins and Marcus, going to the beach and reading.


Kelsey Burton -  Gator Prep Coach

E-Mail: [email protected]

A lifelong swimmer, Kelsey Burton brings extensive experience and boundless enthusiasm to the Virginia Gators program. Growing up in Lynchburg, VA, she swam for the local YMCA from the ages of five to eighteen and then for Brookville High School. While on a hiatus during college, Kelsey worked on getting her degree in Social Sciences for Secondary Education while attending Liberty University. Upon getting her first teaching job at Cave Spring High School, Kelsey picked right back up with her love of swimming by becoming assistant coach for the CSHS swim team for two years before becoming the head coach in 2018. This is her second year coaching for the Gators, and is excited to continue developing her coaching technique and skills. When she’s not at the pool, you can find her browsing the aisles at Target, cooking, or spoiling her two cats Ellie and Luna.


  Bobby Braaten -  Gator Prep Coach


Coach Bobby started his coaching career in Richmond, Virginia, in 1980.  He coached there until 1987, when he came to Roanoke and was one of the inaugural coaches of the Virginia Gators!  In 1993, he started the Star City Aquatic Team located at Lancerlot Sports Complex, where he coached until returning home to the Gators this year.