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.

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 in 2016.

This will be my 8th year as a coach with Old Dominion Aquatic Club. Also, the 33rd year coaching USA Swimming, 25th year as Head Coach of the Greenbrier Seahawks, and 27th year for Head Coach of Princess Anne High School Team. 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.  My 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.

Sydney Hall Great Bridge Super Squad
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 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 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!

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 the states during my freshman year of high school. In 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.”

Cheri Bialorucki Head Site Supervisor - Swim America

Miss Cheri is the Head Site Supervisor for Old Dominion Aquatic Club sponsored Swim America Swim School.

Board of Directors
Stephanie Himel-Nelson President
Brian Faulkner Vice President
Deborah Stewart Secretary
Brandi Hatch Treasurer
Angel Bingman At Large
Todd Trago At Large
Megan Fary At Large
Amy Kirner At Large
Chris Kopach At Large
Eric Mercier At Large
Steve Bialorucki Head Coach