Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Steve Bialorucki Head Coach / Senior 1

Stephen James Bialorucki --- ASCA Level 5 Coach since 1990

1984-1988 --- Head Coach Jefferson City Swim Club

  • Numerous Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers.
  • No assistant coaches for a team of approximately 100 swimmers.

1988-1992 --- Head Coach Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins

  • Coach of 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist Joey Hudepohl.
  • In 1990 Hudepohl was the youngest swimmer ever in the world to break 1:50 in the 200 meter free and :50 in the 100 meter free.
  • Hudepohl was also the High School National Record Holder in 3 events including the 200 yard free (1:34.9), 100 free (43.5) and 50 free (20.01).  Those records stood for almost 20 years.
  • On National Team Coaches List in 1990-1991.
  • 6 High School age swimmers made 1992 Olympic Trials.
  • 6 top 40 World Ranked swimmers between 1990-1992.
  • Numerous swimmers on the USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 list.
  • An average of 24 Junior National qualifiers and 12 Senior National qualifiers each year between 1989-1992.
  • Over 50 High School All-Americans and Scholastic All-Americans.
  • Team was one of the top 10 clubs in the USA.
  • Team won every Ohio LSC Championship for both Age Group and Senior level, long course and short course, between 1988-1992.
  • Bob Bowman was Head Age Group Coach from 1989-1992.

1992-1994 --- Head Coach East Side Swimming – Pensacola, Florida

  • Started program from scratch with two swimmers on Day 1 and ended up with over 100 swimmers after first year.
  • Multiple Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers.
  • Program Director of one of the first Swim America Swim Lesson Programs in the country.
  • Jeff Dugdale, current Head Coach of Queens College – Charlotte, North Carolina, and 12 x NCAA Division II National Champions, was Head Age Group Coach.
  • Current University of Michigan Head Swim Coach Mike Bottom was a frequent guest coach and contributor to the program.

1994-Present --- Head Coach Old Dominion Aquatic Club             

  • Currently finishing 27th year as Head Coach of ODAC.
  • Numerous swimmers on the USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 list.
  • Olympic Trial Qualifiers in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2020.
  • Senior National and Junior National Qualifiers each year over the past 27 years, with multiple finalists and champions.
  • Over 60 Academic All-Americans.
  • 25+ former swimmers are professional Swim Coaches.
  • Multiple attendee and Coach at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • ODAC runs the top revenue producing on-going fund- raising activity in United States Swimming.
  • ODAC is yearly in the top 10% of all swim clubs in the country as part of USA Swimming’s Virtual Club Championship Program.

Send e-mail to Steve
 

Craig Bialorucki Honey Bee Senior 2 / Team Admin

Craig S. Bialorucki --- ASCA Level 4 Coach since 2012

Craig Bialorucki has 20 years of experience as a professional.  With stints in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas, Craig has gained knowledge from many different LSCs and brings that expertise to ODAC.

Craig has returned to Old Dominion Aquatic Club after spending 5 years in Houston Texas (’16 – ’21).  While in Texas, Craig was an integral part of the continual success of one of the nation’s biggest powerhouse club teams, Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club (Fleet).  While at Fleet, Craig produced TAGS Champions, Team Record Holders, Sectional Qualifiers and Junior National Qualifiers.  

Prior to Texas, Craig spent 7 years as Old Dominion Aquatic Club’s Head Age Group Coach (’09 – ’16).  While in his role, Craig was directly responsible for the entire Age Group portion of the program.  He developed a multitude of Age Group Champ Qualifiers, Age Group Champ Champions, Team Record Holders, Sectional Qualifiers, ISCA and NCSA Qualifiers, nationally ranked relays and swims, and finally a number of All-Time Top 100 swims.  Craig also served on Virginia Swimming’s Age Group committee and has been a multi-year zone coach for the Virginia LSC. 

While in South Carolina, Craig served as Carolina Aquatic’s Head Age Group Coach (’08 – ’09).  In his short tenure, Craig developed the 11-12 practice group into a fierce and unprecedented group of young athletes, developing those swimmers into qualifiers of some of the nation’s most competitive meets.  His athletes broke countless LSC records, while also becoming individual and relay champions at Age Group Sectionals while also securing Junior National and Senior National Qualifying Standards.  Craig also served on the Technical Planning Committee for the South Carolina LSC.

Previous Coaching Tenures:

2005 – 2009 – OBX Swim Club – Head Coach

2002 – 2005 – Old Dominion Aquatic Club – Age Group Coach

Craig also has experience in America’s top learn-to-swim program (Swim America) as a site supervisor.  He has over 25 years of expertise teaching participants the basics of water safety, preparatory competitive skills and advanced comepetive skills.

Coach Craig is happily married to his wife, Amber.  They have two children, Camron (9) and Heidi (6) who also swim for ODAC.  His family has two dogs, Kodi and Titan.  In his free time, he enjoys surfing, lounging around, watching college sports, and spending time with his family.

Kristen Zielinski Great Bridge Senior 1

I started at Old Dominion Aquatic Club when I was 11 years old in Steve Bialorucki’s group. I swam on ODAC until I was 18 years old where I ventured off to a school in Florida to swim. I quickly realized 14 hours was too far from home and transferred to James Madison University where I received a degree in Biology. During college summers I coached Princess Anne Country Club where Karen Keenan lured me in and asked me to come back to ODAC coach. In September 2017, I started coaching the 9-10 group. Since then, I have worked in all age groups and currently reside in the Senior 1 group. When I am not coaching, I am teaching 7th grade science at Virginia Beach Middle School.
Elisabeth Ray Honey Bee Senior 2

Coach Elisabeth is entering her third season with ODAC and fourth coaching season altogether. She began coaching in 2018 with Tidewater Aquatic Club after swimming on the team for 5 years and graduating high school. Coach Elisabeth joined ODAC’s staff at the beginning of the 2019 season. She has experience with numerous age groups ranging from developmental all the way to the senior level.  Within the three short years since she started coaching, Elisabeth has coached the Virginia Zone Swimming Team in 2019 and at the United States Naval Academy’s 2021 Swim Camp under Navy Men’s Swimming and Diving Head Coach Bill Roberts. Coach Elisabeth is attending Old Dominion University where she will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a concentration in professional writing.

Coach Elisabeth came to coaching after deciding not to swim in college because of an injury. Coaching is her way of staying close to the sport she loves. While coaching, she wants to share her passion and knowledge of the sport with as many swimmers as possible. Coach Elisabeth loves being a part of ODAC’s staff because the program does a phenomenal job cultivating excellence in the pool and providing the membership with a family-like environment. She has two major coaching philosophies:

  • Proper technique is critical.
  • Hard work pays off.

Outside of ODAC and her studies, Elisabeth is also a manager for the ODU varsity men’s and women’s swim teams. She enjoys travelling, gardening, and dad jokes. In her free time you can find her attending concerts, exercising, going to the beach, spending time with her friends and family, and participating in artsy activities. Upon graduation she plans to find a higher education program in sports nutrition and further pursue coaching as a career.

Jay Smith Great Bridge 11-12

Coach Jay is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics, and recently a Masters in Mathematics Education! He is a Math Teacher at Princess Anne High School; an ASCA Level 3 Coach for USA Swimming at the Old Dominion Aquatic Club (ODAC); Virginia Swimming Zone Coach 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014. Coach of the Year for Princess Anne HS in 2004.  Most recently, in February 2014 and February 2017, Coach Jay led Princess Anne High School to the Virginia State Championship. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 his team Three-peated as the Conference and Regional Champs, but fell short in years 2015 and 2016 at States, placing 2nd at States to Thomas Jefferson HS in 2015 and to Menchville HS 2016.

This will be my 7th year as a coach with Old Dominion Aquatic Club. Also, the 32nd year coaching USA Swimming, 23rd year as Head Coach of the Greenbrier Seahawks, and 25th year for Head Coach of Princess Anne High School Team. for Coach Jay. Jay loves to coach all levels of swimming.  He enjoys helping the swimmers learn throughout each season, setting goals in the water and at school, and then working toward achieving them.  Favorite quote is "Swim smarter, not harder".

Shannon Koepp Honey Bee Age 11-12

Shannon has been coaching with ODAC since 2006.  She started coaching in 1998 and previously coached for two other local swim teams.  Shannon graduated from Old Dominion University in 2004 with a BS in Sociology.  She married in 2005 and she and her husband now have two children.  Shannon is the 8 & Under Coordinator and is a certified ASCA Level 2 coach.  She coaches the 8 & Under Blue Group and assists with the 11-12 Age Group at the Norfolk Academy site.

Send Shannon an email [email protected]

Chester Holloman Great Bridge 9-10

Chester joined the Old Dominion Aquatic Club in August 1999. He began his coaching career with the City of Norfolk Aquatic Program. Prior to ODAC, Chester spent eight years as an assistant coach for the Chesapeake YMCA Aquatic Team (CYAT). While coaching the USS and YMCA swim teams at the Chesapeake YMCA he enjoyed helping young swimmers improve and enhance their swimming skills. He had the pleasure of coaching many outstanding swimmers who continue to do well in the sport. The American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified him in 1996. Chester was a coach for the 1999 Virginia Zone Team. In addition to coaching, Chester is a Health and Physical Education teacher for the City of Chesapeake. He has enjoyed watching young swimmers develop into outstanding athletics at the state and national levels. Send e-mail to Chester

John Lockwood Honey Bee 9-10

John swam year round for 10 years and has been coaching for over 8 years for both summer league and year round clubs.  He is currently the head coach for the Indian Lakes Stingrays summer league team.  Teaching kids the skills and knowledge they need to perfect their swimming abilities has been a passion of his for many years and will continue to be for many more.

Alex Locklear Suffolk Senior 2 / 11-12

Alex started with ODAC in 2018. After a short hiatus in 2020, he is back with the club, coaching 11/12 and Senior 2 at the Camp Arrowhead location. He swam in high school, then worked as an assistant swim coach for Nansemond River High School for four years. After earning his finance degree from Old Dominion University, he started his career at Newport News Shipbuilding working as an Engineering Planning Analyst. When not working or coaching, he can usually be found at one of the Latitude Climbing and Fitness gyms, bouldering or sport climbing. Alex believes in pushing each athlete to reach their peak potential while having fun at the same time.

Beth Brant Suffolk Super Squad

I first became a part of the ODAC family when my oldest son, Tanner, joined the team in the fall of 2014.  I began coaching for ODAC in the fall of 2019, working with the Super Squad group at Camp Arrowhead.  Prior to that, I had been a high school swim coach for 4 years.  

 
Off the pool deck, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Isle of Wight County Schools, working with elementary, middle, and high school students.  I received my Bachelor's degree from The University of Florida (Gainesville is my hometown, Go Gators!) and my Masters's degree from James Madison University.  I have two sons, who also swim with ODAC (Tanner and Parker), and a husband (Jeremy) who is a motorcycle, hunting, fishing, and cycling enthusiast.  We have one dog (a Brittany Spaniel named Toby) and a cat (Kinja).  I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, music, hiking, reading, and training/competing in triathlons.  I love working with kids and seeing them achieve their goals in swimming, speech, and life! 
Robin Morse Great Bridge Super Squad

Coach Robin has over thirty years of experience in aquatics.  She began as a lifeguard, water safety instructor, and pool manager at a variety of pools in the the Tidewater area.  Robin’s coaching experience is as follows:

- Old Dominion Aquatic Club (2003-present)
- Carolanne Farm Swim Club (1999-2016)
- Tidewater Aquatic Club (1999-2003)
- Greenbrier Country Club (2017-present)


Coach Robin currently coaches the eight and under swimmers at the Great Bridge Swim (afternoon group). In addition to coaching, Robin graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and from the George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Administration/Supervision.  She continues to work for the City of Chesapeake as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. Coach Robin believes that swimming promotes discipline, listening skills, cooperation, motivation, goal setting, and sportsmanship, but most of all that swimming should be ENJOYABLE! 

Johanna Milchuck Great Bridge Super Squad

The sport of swimming is something I truly enjoy!  I have been a competitive swimmer, parent of swimmers, USA official, High School official, and have been coaching for over 25 years!  I will be starting my third season with ODAC with the developmental program.  I enjoy watching the growth of the young swimmers in a single season.  ODAC offers a structured program that all sites follow to keep us cohesive to benefit every swimmer.  On a personal note, I have been married to Bruce for 33 years and have two boys.  My oldest is a Marine, married with two children, four and one.   They will be moving from Oceanside, California to Austin,Texas in October.  My youngest is in the Navy, married, and stationed in Jacksonville, FL on the USS Wichita.  I work on my frequent flyer miles throughout the year!

Alex Hakim Honey Bee Super Squad

Alex is entering her second year of coaching with ODAC. She has a background in swimming for other club teams for the past 6 years. She is currently enrolled at Tidewater Community College. When she is not coaching she like to spend time with friends and family. She has a brother who currently swim on the ODAC Senior Two team. She coaches because she wants to spread the love for the sport of swimming.    She strives to make swimming fun and enjoyable for the 8& unders. She is excited to be apart of this amazing team for another year.  

James Riley Great Bridge Super Squad

Marynna Abraham Honey Bee Super Squad

I started with ODAC in September 2020, so almost exactly a year ago! I had coached for 2 years before that and swam for 14 years before that. I had to quit swimming due to an injury and really wanted to coach for a team that focused on not just improvement, but health and more. I swam for winter and summer leagues in the past, as well as a year-round team and my high school team. I went to states my freshman year of high school. My sophomore year I separated my shoulder and unfortunately had to quit year-round swimming and had to take it easy the rest of high school. I began coaching for the rec center and was very excited to be allowed to coach for ODAC. 

I am currently in College getting my bachelor’s degree in film. One day I want to become a stunt double and work on the inside of the film industry but for now I am finishing my last year of college. I actually am graduating a year early which is amazing! For fun, I like to be outdoors however I can, often with my dog or friends. I enjoy the beach or playing disc golf. 

I coach the Great Bridge super squad Blue afternoon group, Honeybee super squad Yellow night group, and am starting to help with the 11/12 Honeybee night group. I coach for ODAC because they are the team that I always looked forward to seeing. They were often the best swimmers, but not just from hard training. They trained in ways that they could continue to improve, had good manners, and were good people. If they took a break they wouldn’t lose any technique as that was a big deal for them. These ideals drew me to ODAC as well as a friend of mine who swam for ODAC and helped me get the job :) shoutout Karen

Melinda Hernandez Great Bridge Super Squad

 

Melinda first started with ODAC as a swimmer in 2002. After graduation, she went on to swim for 2 years at Florida Southern College before transferring to Virginia Tech and graduating with a Bachelors in Biology. While in college, Melinda was an assistant coach for Riverwalk Swim Team. Since then, she has moved across the country and back where she spent a season coaching for FROGZ in California and another at Lancaster Aquatic Club in Pennsylvania. This 2021-2022 season will be her first with ODAC after moving back to the area and she is excited to get to work.


Outside of swimming, Melinda has had a variety of exciting jobs, from zookeeper with Big Cats to Veterinary Assistant. Her favorite one is being a wife and a mom to three little boys and their many cats and dogs.

 “My philosophy for coaching is to make swimming feel like home. Somewhere they feel safe enough to learn and grow and have fun and be completely accepted. That is why I started coaching at ODAC. It has always felt like another home for me and I wouldn’t want to coach anywhere else.”

Christopher Starks Great Bridge Super Squad
Board of Directors
Josh Gerloff President
Stephanie Himel-Nelson Vice President
Bobbie Almariento Secretary
Meg Gleim Treasurer
Kaylnn Wachs At Large
Angel Bingman At Large
Deborah Stewart At Large
Dan Barakey At Large
Allison McNabb At Large
Steve Bialorucki Head Coach
Susan Faulkner At Large