Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Chad Winkle Executive Director and Head Coach

 

Chad started competitively swimming at 5 years old for his neighborhood swim team (in Cincinnati, OH) and swam competitively all the way through high school.  He swam for his middle school and high school teams while also competing for the Princeton Aquatic Club.  

Chad initial coaching experience was for the Sharonville Sharks summer team before taking a coaching position with his old club team, Princeton Aquatic Club as an assistant coach.  Next Chad became a Head Age Group Coach for the Cincinnati Marlins North Satellite.  After one full season as Age Group Coach, Chad was promoted to the Head Site Coach and spent the next few years coaching for the Marlins.  

After several years with the Marlins, Chad became the Head Coach for the Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Club.  He has spent the last three years coaching up in Alaska.  

 

During the last ten years coaching, Chad has sent numerous athletes to the Zone Meet, Northwest Senior Sectionals, and Northwest Age Groups.  On a state level, Chad has kids win high point for their age group at LSC championship meets along with top qualifiers at high school state champs.  

 

In his spare time, Chad enjoys fishing and hiking with his dog, Rowdy. Chad is also very happy to be in a big city again and plans to attend baseball, football, and soccer games.  

Chad is excited to be joining the Wave staff and working with each swimmer and parent to help achieve goals and drop time.  

 

 

 

Erin Dunn Assoc. Head Coach - Black Sport Group

 

Coach Erin handles many of the teams administrative duties as the Associate Head Coach, coaches the Black Groups and assists with the Senior Epic Group.

Erin grew up in southern California swimming on both high school and club teams. He attended The Ohio State University graduating with a degree in history and swam on the men’s team for three years. Erin had coached in the Seattle area for 12 years with Husky/Swim Seattle before joining WAVE in the fall of 2007. He also coached for seven years at Kennedy High School in Burien, WA.

Erin is an ASCA level 3 coach. He has had several swimmers make nationally ranked times along with Junior National qualifiers, Senior Sectional qualifiers, PNS Champions, Zone and All Star Team qualifiers. Many of his swimmers have helped to rewrite the WAVE All Time Top 16 Records.

Highlights of Erin’s coaching experience at Kennedy High School included consistently placing as a team in the Top 10 at state, two swimmers earned WIAA Swimmer of the Meet at the state meet, multiple state relay champions, and multiple Top 8 swimmers including several first place finishes. The team also set many school records under Erin’s leadership.

Erin always enjoys learning more about the sport of swimming and coaching. Over the years he has had the opportunity to attend conferences/clinics across the country where he has learned many innovative approaches to teaching swimmers how to move through the water effortlessly and efficiently. 

Erin enjoys hiking, climbing, snow skiing, reading, bike rides, skate boarding and of course spending time with his wife and two children.

Erin can be reached by email [email protected] or by phone at 206-883-4434.

Tatiana Lemos de Lima Head National Group Coach -Sr Epic Lead

Coach Tatiana is a former professional swimmer from Brazil and a two-time Olympian who represented her native country in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games (Athens and Beijing).

She has an extensive resume of major internationally recognized awards, such as eight Pan American Games medals in four editions of the Games – 1999 Winnipeg, 2003 Santo Domingo, 2007 Rio de Janeiro, 2011 Guadalajara and a total of 11 medals at the FINA World Cup between 1999 and 2012.

Tatiana also participated in numerous FINA World Championships where she advanced to the Finals (Top 8 in world) and broke the Brazilian national and South American records in the 100m freestyle and as part of the relays. She competed in the following FINA World Championships: 1997 Gothenburg, 1998 Perth, 1999 Hong Kong, 2000 Athens, 2002 Moscow, 2003 Barcelona, 2004 Indianapolis, 2009 Rome, 2010 Dubai, 2011 Shanghai, and 2012 Istanbul.

Between 1997 and 2011, she was crowned Brazilian National Champion several times in the 50, 100, and 200 Freestyle. In order to help boosting Olympic Sports in Brazil, she was elected as a member of Athlete’s Commission of Brazilian Olympic Committee (2013-2016), and honored to be part of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by carrying the Olympic Torch.

Tatiana retired from professional swimming in December 2013. Shortly after she was invited to join Coastal Aquatic Club in Myrtle Beach, SC, as an assistant coach in 2014. In her initial coaching experience she had the opportunity to work with all groups, from young kids to teenagers until she became Head Age Group Coach. She used her experience as an athlete in addition to the knowledge of her Bachelor degree in Physical Education from Catholic University of Brasilia, Brazil, to help swimmers develop both life and swimming skills, and also stimulate their passion for the sport.

After 3 years living and coaching in South Carolina, coach Tatiana moved to the Evergreen State in order to join Wave Aquatics in 2017. She lives with her husband and their beloved dog, Lolla,  in Kirkland where they have been excited to explore the outdoors and the  west coast  lifestyle. 

Kyle Kallin Head Senior Coach - Sr. 1 Lead

Coach Kyle began swimming with the Helena Lions Swim Team at the age of 10 and continued on through the program until graduating high school. He then went on to attend college at the University of Washington and studied Mathematics. After graduation he returned to his home town to coach for the team he grew up with, becoming the head coach in 2016. In his time as a coach he has crowned countless State Champions as well as relay champions. In 2021 he led the boys High School team to a State title with only 7 swimmers competing at the State Meet. He has coached several Northwest Age Group qualifiers, Senior Sectionals qualifiers, Futures qualifiers, and Junior National qualifiers. For his efforts he was named as the head coach for the Montana Senior Zones LSC All Star team in 2018, Montana Swimming Coach of the year in 2019, and Head Age Group Zones coach in 2020 and 2021. He is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and love of the sport to a new crop of swimmers at WAVE.

Dillon Cady Head Age Group Coach - Sr. Prep Lead

Coach Dillon comes to WAVE with over 20 years of coaching experience.  He started his coaching career as a summer league coach for six years with the Madison Mad Dogs.  After swimming in college, Dillon coached for Cascade Swim Club for over 14 years under head coaches, Steve Witcher and Tom Pardee.  Dillon was the Lead Coach West for Cascade Swim Club overseeing the age group programs at the Ballard and Queen Anne Pools for nine seasons.  He has coached PNS champions, regional champions, and senior sectional qualifiers as an age group coach for Cascade Swim Club.  He joined Wave Aquatics in 2019, and coached the White Sport Group in 2019-2020, the Age Group Select Team in 2020-2021, and is coaching for the Sr. Prep Select Team in 2021-2022.  He is currently the Head Age Group Coach for Wave Aquatics.

Dillon grew up in North Seattle and his first swim team was the Seattle Tennis Club, a summer league team in the Midlakes league.   Dillon started swimming for Cascade Swim Club at age ten.  He steadily improved to the national level in high school.  Dillon qualified for six junior national time standards in the 200 and 400 IM, the 100 and 200 Backstroke, and 100 and 200 Breaststroke events.  He was a junior national finalist in 1994.  He was the 1994 Washington state champion in the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke for Lakeside.  Dillon swam for The Ohio State University under Bill Wadley for two years and swam at the University of Washington under Earl Ellis for the last two years of his college eligibility.  He swam at US Nationals in both IM events in 1998. 

Dillon lives in North Seattle in the Haller Lake neighborhood with his wife Molly, and their three kids, Abby, Charles, and Kjell.  Dillon enjoys reading, hiking, biking, swimming, and sailing in his free time.

Jay Pearson Head Development Coach - AG Select Lead

 

Jay started swimming competitively for his local summer league team, the Kingsgate Royals, when he was 6 years old, and eventually joined Totem Lake Swim Team when it formed. He swam for both teams through high school.

 

His coaching career began with the Kingsgate Gators before joining the Northshore Swim Club staff as developmental coach. Jay was an original Wave coach when Northshore, Totem Lake, and Redmond merged in 1986 and was the Head Age Group Coach for several years before retiring from coaching in the late 1990s. During this time, he also coached at both Bothell and Juanita High Schools. He was Kingco Coach of the Year twice and served as President of the Region XII Age Group Coaches. At the time of his retirement, he was an ASCA Level 4 coach.

 

Jay returned to competitive swimming when Lake Washington Masters formed in 2009, where he is an active member and competes regularly. His favorite stroke is breaststroke and his favorite distance is 50s. He returned to his first love, coaching kids, in 2017. He and his wife Shelly live in Bothell.

Carlie Vasquez Lead Coach - High School Sport Group

Coach Carlie has been coaching for over 10 years. In the 10 years, she has helped a number of athletes achieve great feats and get them at elite levels. Carlie started swimming herself as a child living in Florida. She swam competitively there until she moved to Washington and continued here. 

While being on this swim journey as an adult, she has managed to make her passion into a job. She has a degree as an exercise specialist and uses that to create dryland workouts for teams and private lessons. She currently coaches for Seattle Synchronized swimming as their endurance coach in and out of the water working on stroke mechanics and teaching proper body mechanics out of the water in dryland. She has helped a number of the girls that have competed in national meets and have made national teams. She is also an aquatic therapist a few days a week helping a great number of patients with different ailments ranging from strokes to kids on the spectrum, etc. Has also coached Special Olympics for a few years. 

Outside of swimming, she loves to spend time with her 3 kids. They like to travel and hike all over. 

Aly Mirasol Lead Coach - Purple Sport Group

Aly began swimming at a young age in order to build confidence, social skills, and athletic ability. Swimming quickly became and continues to be an integral part of her life, and she’s excited to help others develop this love within Wave Aquatics!

 

She moved to Seattle after graduating from college with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Education. Having worked with children for many years in educational settings, she looks forward to using her skill set and experiences to help young swimmers develop as athletes and people.

 

Above all else, Aly’s goal is to support the children in this program and help them achieve their goals, whether they are swimming-related or otherwise. When she’s not working with kids, she enjoys open-water swimming, playing music, and hanging out with her two cats!

Robin McQuinn Lead Coach - White Sport Group

Robin has been in and around the water her whole life and finds swimming integral to her daily life as a raft guide, kayak instructor/guide, and diver.  

Robin could swim almost before she could walk.   Starting at the age of six, she swam with five different swim teams, including private clubs, summer leagues, and high school clubs.  Through her swimming career, she had over 13 coaches - and as many coaching styles - taking her to All City and State Level Championship Competitions.   She is currently an avid open water swimmer, frequently falling out of sailboats, kayaks (in surf), rafts (in rapids) and canoes (intentionally).  

Robin believes that swimming develops, in an athlete, a level of kinesthetic intelligence not achievable in any other sport.   Because water provides so much more resistance to movement than air, technique is so much more critical in the water.   The water knows where every bone, muscle, and hair is at every point in time.  The water often knows far better than the swimmer knows.   Our job as coaches is to bridge that gap, creating a self-awareness that gives an athlete a lifelong full-body coordination, grace and poise - or at least bragging rights that they can fly like a superhero.   

Robin is a Level 2 ASCA coach, a WOWSA Open Water Coach, a US Masters Coach, an ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor and a recovering geologist.   

Samantha Haong Assistant Coach - Sr. Prep & AG Select

Samantha began swimming competitively at the age of 8 for the Kingsgate Monarchs, her local summer league team. Following her first summer season with the Monarchs, she joined the Northshore YMCA Sharks and later swam for WAVE. She also swam for Juanita High School. 

Samantha recently graduated from UCLA with her Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry. At UCLA, she worked as a student athletic trainer for the women's water polo team where she created rehabilitation and corrective exercise programs for the athletes while providing treatment through modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Some highlights include serving as a first responder during games against the Canadian National Team, US National Team (Tokyo 2020 gold medal team!), and the NCAA tournament where UCLA notably played in the championship final. 

In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking (some favorites are Lake 22 and Lake Serene), reading, and puzzles!

Mikayla Davis Assistant Coach - Purple Sport Group

 

Mikayla began her swimming journey at her local YMCA team in Spokane, WA where she swam for three years. She continued to swim competitively on Spokane Area Swim Team for another three years. In high school Mikayla focused on long-distance swimming within her triathlons where she qualified for the 2019 and 2020 Triathlon Worlds. 

While doing triathlons Mikayla worked as a lead guard and head swim coach of the Spokane Valley YMCA her senior year. With the background of swimming, triathlons, and coaching Mikayla is looking forward to being in the swimming atmosphere once again with Wave Aquatics! 

Currently Mikayla is attending University of Washington pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Science and Political Science. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, gaming, and hanging out with her dog!

 

Aili McJunkin Assistant Coach - White Sport Group

Growing up I was around swimming or a pool practically all the time. My mom and her brother (coach Jay) were on Masters together when I was younger, so I was always at their practices or timing/running time sheets at meets. At a very young age I started swim lessons at Columbia athletics and later on transitioned over to WEST aquatics. Once I went through the lesson portion at WEST, I immediately went onto their year round swim team and stayed there for a few years before transferring to Golds gym aquatics, joining their year round swim team for a few more years.

Following my competitive swim career I became a Swim Aide, which is like a secondary swim lesson teacher and volunteered doing that at my local YMCA for a few years. Later on, I was hired on at the Northshore YMCA as a swim instructor and worked there with every age group from 3 years old up to middle aged adults. During my time at the NS YMCA, I moved up to being one of their head instructors, training new hires, and being 1 of 2 instructors who had the privilege to teach lessons to special needs kids.

Between all my swimming careers, I've managed to also be a cheerleader and have performed at an NBA Trailblazers game twice, beeen voted into to my High Schools homecoming royalty court, and be a WA state representative for a Global Teens program traveling to NYC for a United Nations summit and Japan for a peace study.

Lysie Clobes Assistant Coach - Black Sport Group

Coach Lysie started competitive swimming at the South Snohomish County Dolphins team when she was three. Her whole family is very skilled swimmers, and they would spend a lot of time in the water. Lysie has expressed that one of her first memories is swimming and she feels at home in the water.

 

Lysie’s competitive swimming life ended at the end of her senior year of high school after making it to state. She was the captain of her high school team and realized she enjoyed helping people improve their swimming skills. After graduating, she started teaching friends and family how to swim or anyone else that asked. She greatly enjoys it and she had been doing it for over a decade as a hobby.

 

Lysie had worked in the medical field for over seven years before changing her career. Her medical knowledge has given her a better understanding of why swimming is extremely good for the body and mind. She has personally experienced healing physically and mentally with swimming. She highly recommends it to anyone and everyone.

 

When Lysie is not coaching, she is doing other things she enjoys. She loves playing video games, playing tabletop games, reading, writing, drawing, and spending time with her family.

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