Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Chad Winkle Head Coach (Senior Elite Group)

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 Group)

Coach Erin handles many of the teams administrative duties as the Associate Head Coach and coaches the Black Groups at Willows and assists with the Purple 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 has 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 or by phone at 206-883-4434.

Tatiana Lemos de Lima Senior Assistant Coach (Senior Group)

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


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>


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 recently moved to the Evergreen State in order to join Wave Aquatics.  She lives with her husband and their dog in Kirkland and they are excited to explore the lifestyle of the west coast.

Maxwell Byers Head Age Group Coach (SR Prep)

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Max Byers began swimming at the age of 9 for a local summer league team, then the local YMCA in Edwardsville, IL, and then at Penn State on a full-ride scholarship. As an age group swimmer Max was an Illinois state champion, 3-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a finalist at the US Junior National Championship.   Coach Max’s seven years of coaching experience includes working with Junior National qualifiers at Nittany Lion Aquatics Club in Pennsylvania, and as an intern with Queens University of Charlotte (2015 NCAA Div-2 National Champions). Coach Max graduated from the nations #1-ranked School of Kinesiology at Pennsylvania State.

Jay Pearson Purple Group

Jay started swimming competitively for his local summer league team, the Kingsgate Royals, when he was 7 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 serves as Secretary on the PNA Board. Now that his youngest child has finished high school, Jay has returned to his first love, coaching kids. He and his wife Shelly live in Bothell.

Clare Kucinski-Murphy Purple Group
Dillon Cady White Group

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.  For the last nine seasons Dillon has been the Lead Coach West for Cascade Swim Club overseeing the age group programs at the Ballard and Queen Anne Pools.  He has coached PNS champions, regional champions, and senior sectional qualifiers as an age group coach for Cascade Swim Club.

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 remainder 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.

Aili McJunkin Black/White 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.

Robin McQuinn Black/White 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 super hero.   

 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.   

Takayuki Sukigara Black Group
Brigid Mackey Assistant Coach

Brigid Mackey is a neuromuscular specialist at the Athletic Training Institute, where she works with a range of clients from highly competitive athletes training for Division 1 scholarships, to everyday people experiencing aches and pains. She was a competitive swimmer for sixteen years, placed top three at State all four years she competed, and got to compete in the North American Challenge Cup, where she placed in all events. Brigid earned a scholarship and went on to swim for the University of Redlands. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and minors in Biology and Business, while working as a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and weight loss specialist. Brigid continued her education at the Muscle Activation Technique world head quarters, where she studied muscle neurology as a form of therapy and athletic performance. Brigid continues to study physiology, and the mechanics of the human body for her profession.

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