Virginia Gators of Charlottesville

Since 2000, the Virginia Gators of Charlottesville has offered high-quality swim training from beginner to elite with a focus on balancing physical, social, and emotional development in assisting swimmers to reach their personal goals. Head Coach JJ Bean, in his 23rd year leading the Gators, is committed to providing a personal approach to helping every swimmer improve every day. 

This Fall we will begin practices on September 6th at Fairview Pool until September 18th. We will then move to the Key West Swim Club outdoor, heated pool until September 30th and finally to our fall indoor home at Crow Pool on Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville until the Fairview renovations are completed and our Bubble goes up again. 

Board of Directors

The Virginia Gators of Charlottesville Swim Club is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the Head Coach, four officers, and members-at-large. The Board of Directors addresses all issues affecting the welfare of the Club and makes decisions for the benefit of its members. As a non-profit, volunteer Board, we seek to benefit from our members' backgrounds and diverse set of skills ranging from financial, managerial, legal, human resources, to facilities and operations experience.

Board of Directors 
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  • President (Strategic Planning): Kumari Andarawewa
  • Vice-President (Facilities): vacant
  • Treasurer (Finances): Karen Lemley
  • Secretary: Sarah Kucenas
  • Member-at-Large: Ty Austin
  • Member-at-Large: Staci Macklin
  • Member-at-Large: Mike Scott
  • Member-at-Large: vacant
  • Member-at-Large: J.J. Bean, Head Coach
  • Director of Operations (non-voting): Cathy O'Hara

Join the Board and make a difference!
Members 21 or older interested in joining the Board are encouraged to contact a Board member or use the "Click Here to Nominate" button to submit your interest.  A nominating committee recruits and recommends a slate of candidates to the general membership for election to the Board. Board members are expected to demonstrate a keen interest in participating on a working board. Prior volunteer experience, including Board service, is desirable, but not required. Please see the By-Laws for more information about each position. 

Board Member expectations
Board members are elected by the club membership at the fall membership meeting to serve a three-year term and may serve multiple terms. The Board of Directors holds monthly executive session meetings and an annual parent meeting. While the main focus of the Gators is always on the swimmers, the Board serves to ensure the continuation and excellence of the Club by fulfilling necessary business functions, assisting and supporting the coaching staff, and communicating between the board, coaching staff, and Gator families. Specific responsibilities include managing Club facilities and finances, setting dues and fees, organizing volunteers, fundraising, marketing and promoting the club, press relations, interacting with other swimming organizations, organizing participation in swim meets, staging special events and much more. Board members are expected to meet the following requirements: volunteer for a three year term; attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings; provide expertise in policy development and decision making; participate, as required, in staff evaluations; evaluate self and Board as required by the Board; and, represent the organization and the best interests of our clients to the community.

The most current version of the Virginia Gators of Charlottesville By-Laws can be found here.


Board Meeting Minutes are available to members when logged in and are posted in "Minutes" under the "About" Tab.