Senior Gold, National
Jack Roach joined TIDE fulltime in January 2017 as Head Coach and Senior Program coach. Jack has over 35 years of coaching experience and is perhaps one of the most accomplished and experienced coaches in USA Swimming. Throughout his long coaching career, Jack has gained experience at every level of swimming – club, age group and senior, college, the USA National and USA National Junior Teams, and the USA Olympic team in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Jack Roach, a former beach lifeguard and Marine, served as Head Age Group and Junior National coach at Mission Bay Aquatics from 1986-1990 alongside legendary coach Mark Schubert. Together they won nine national team titles from 1986-1989. Jack served as an Assistant coach at the University of Texas women's swimming team from 1990-2000. The UT women won two national championships and were runner up once during his tenure as Assistant coach. Simultaneously, he served as Head Coach and Director of the USA Swimming Club Texas Aquatics in Austin, Texas. Jack coached from 2003-2008 in Mexico as Head Coach and Aquatics Director at La Loma Centro Deportivo. He coached the Mexico National Team and also hosted top international coaches and swimmers for training camps at La Loma. In 2008 Jack was named the National Junior Team Program Director at USA Swimming. Talk with any of the top US coaches and they will point to the creation, administration and execution of this National Junior Team concept as a key to the United State's success in London and Rio.
In preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jack moved into a role working exclusively to help prepare the coaches and athletes as the Consultant of Athlete and Coach Relations. As SwimVortex.com wrote:
"In the ranks of the quiet contributors to surround-success in swimming, there's a man called Jack Roach, who has led a USA juniors tour and training program for several years – and now has a role doing what he's so good at doing: talking to talent and mentors one-on-one, telling it like it is, honesty harnessed not as a challenge but as a strength."
Team USA's performance in Rio speaks for itself and the role every coach and athlete played, including Jack Roach. Ask any Olympian and they will attest to the key role Jack plays in developing elite swimmers.
Age Group Silver
Coach Sandra Jones founded TIDE Swim Team in 1988 and since that time has been involved in every aspect and level of TIDE Swimming. As Associate Head Coach all TIDE programs benefit from Sandra's wealth of experience in club coaching. Sandra has a special talent for developing quality stroke mechanics at any age. She is able to receive information at an elite level and present information back to swimmers in an age appropriate learning environment. Sandra began TIDE's Stroke Academy for that very purpose. Her team goal is to build a superior age group program that best prepares TIDE athletes for high levels of competitive swimming.
Sandra received a Master's degree in Education (exercise science) from the University of Pittsburgh where she served as an assistant coach for the Women’s Swimming and Diving team. As a student athlete at Penn State University, she was a 4-time Division I All-American.
Senior Gold, National
Coach Richard joined Tide in August 2016. Born in Iowa, he grew up in southern California and swam for the Mission Viejo Nadadores. Richard went on to the University of California at Berkeley and swam for the men’s team from 2004 – 2008. After graduation, Richard joined the staff at Mission Viejo and coached in various capacities from novice to all levels and ages between 8 and 18. Richard primarily served as the 13/14 Division Director, National Team Assistant Coach, and Dryland Programming Director. In 2009, Richard spent a month in Japan running and facilitating a sports camp for Japanese children ages 4-16.
“I coach because I am passionate about helping young people discover their own path and goals in life. I feel blessed to be able to help them find enjoyment in the process, not just the end result. “
Age Group Gold
Tage joined the TIDE staff in August 2012. She grew up in Norfolk and swam for a local club team. Tage went on to the College of William & Mary and swam for the Women's team from 2006-2010. She graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology. Coach Tage is unique on the staff in that she has coached in all levels of the TIDE program, from Novice to National. She served as Developmental Program Director for 2 years and now works primarily with ages 12-18. Tage was selected as an assistant coach for the 2016 Eastern Zone Select Camp, and in 2017 she attended USA Swimming's National Diversity Camp alongside one of our swimmers.
Lead Coach Chesapeake
Great Bridge / Hickory
Coach Abbey joined Tide in August 2016. Abbey was born and raised in southern California and spent as much time as she could in the water! She started swimming for a community club when she was five years old and continued on to swim for her high school varsity team and for Saddleback College. In high school, she began teaching swim lessons and fell in love with the sport in a whole new way. Before coming to Tide, Abbey worked as a lead age group coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 2010-2015. During her time with the Nadadores Abbey realized that a coach’s job isn’t simply to build an athlete, but to help mold a full person. Abbey’s favorite thing about coaching is seeing the development of each individual.
Discovery Program Lead
Coach Cat joined TIDE in 2013 as an assistant coach and dryland trainer in the Age Group program. After 4 years coaching across several practice groups, in 2017 Coach Cat was named director of TIDE's Developmental Program at Hilltop. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, she has been involved in the local swimming community for 12 years and coaching for 6 years. Coach Cat has worked as the Head Coach of Little Neck Swim and Racquet Club, as well as an assistant coach at Norfolk Academy. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. Cat enjoys living an active lifestyle and in the future she hopes to use her education and experience to help others reach their fitness goals.
Age Group Silver
Age Group Gold
Coach Hayley joined the TIDE family in September 2017. Hayley is from Pilesgrove, New Jersey, and grew up swimming for her local club team (Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club). She went on to swim at Villanova University, where she was a multiple Big East Champion, three-time NCAA qualifier, and Olympic Trials qualifier in 2012. After graduation Hayley went on to coach multiple age groups at GPAC for two years, spent one year coaching college at the University of North Florida, and is currently in her second year with TIDE. Hayley enjoys spending her free time at the beach, as she was a New Jersey beach lifeguard for four summers.
Age Group Bronze
Coach Carina joined TIDE in September 2015. She grew up in Slidell, Louisiana and began swimming competitively at the age of 12 for Hurricane Swim Club and went on to swim at the University of New Orleans. While in high school and college Coach Carina taught swim lessons and coached the local summer league team. She briefly worked with Hub Fins year round team in Hattiesburg, Mississippi while displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Coach Carina still likes to compete and trains with the TIDE Masters team. She formerly coached the Mt. Trashmore YMCA Masters team as well as worked as a certified personal trainer through the YMCA. Carina is the mother of four children, two of whom swim on TIDE, and the wife of a United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.
Age Group Bronze
Coach Bridget joined TIDE in the summer of 2016. Hailing from San Clemente, California, Bridget swam with her siblings on an age group team (SCAT). She swam throughout her high school (SCHS) and college years (LMU). At Loyola Marymount University, she graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Educational Psychology. Bridget has taught for 20 years in both the states of California and Hawaii. She taught private swimming lessons during college. Coach Bridget and her family recently relocated from Kauai, Hawaii, where she and her husband were assistant swim coaches for Swim Kauai Aquatics. Their two children are swimmers on TIDE, and Bridget and her family are enjoying living in Virginia and being a part of the TIDE Team / Family!
Masters - Open Water
Coach April is a Virginia Beach native and has been coaching for TIDE since 2011. She began swimming when she was 5 years old, joining TIDE as one of Coach Sandra's swimmers! Coach April attended Ocean Lakes High School, where she swam all four years and then went on to attend Old Dominion University, where she was awarded a swimming scholarship. She competed all four years for the team and was named Women's team co-captain her junior and senior years. Coach April graduated from ODU in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Secondary Education. During her summers working as a beach lifeguard, April competed in local, regional, and national competitions and also won a National Lifesaving Award from the United States Lifesaving Service in 2009 for a rescue made with 2 other coworkers.
Coach Lauren joined TIDE in January 2017 shortly after she moved to Virginia Beach. She began swimming in middle school for her summer swim league and continued swimming competitively for clubs in Northern Virginia until her freshman year of college. Coach Lauren has been coaching and teaching swim lessons for over six years with a focus on developmental swimmers. Coach Lauren graduated from George Mason University with a degree in communication and currently works as Head of Content for a Virginia Beach startup during the day. Coach Lauren loves seeing the progress in developmental swimmers and the community that swimming provides.
Novice, Developmental Silver, Developmental Gold
Coach Matt joined Tide in August 2017. A Virginia Beach native, he began swimming competitively at an early age for numerous teams in the Virginia Beach Summer League and Winter Leagues. Matt also swam all four years while attending Kempsville High School. Following graduation, Matt discovered his passion for coaching. He volunteered as an assistant coach for his high school and coached at Carolanne Farms Swim & Raquet Club in the summertime. After three seasons, Matt took over as Head Coach of the Simon Family JCC's summer swim team. Most recently, Matt served as Head Coach of the Little Neck Swim & Raquet Club's summer swim team. Coach Matt brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the pool deck and enjoys being a positive role model for our swimmers!!
Coach Jim has been swimming his whole life, and coaching almost as long. He graduated from USNA where he swam, played water polo, and coached his senior year. He has also coached the Naval Academy Prep School Swim Team. He coached Special Olympics swimming locally for over 20 years and was Head Coach, Team USA for the 2003 Special Olympic World Summer Games (SOWSG) in Dublin, Ireland, Asst Head Coach for SOWSG in Shanghai, and Head Coach for Team Virginia in 2006 and 2010. Locally he has not only coached with USA Swimming club teams but has served as a high school swimming official. Coach Jim loves working with and motivating swimmers of all ages and abilities.
Masters - Open Water
Coach Ryan joined TIDE as a swimmer in August 2010 when he and his family moved here from Wales and swam with us through high school. Ryan attended Cox High School in Virginia Beach and was a member of the State Championship team. Ryan went on to swim at Saint Andrew's University and after two years transferred to George Mason University where he swam for another two years. Ryan recently graduated from GMU and joined the TIDE coaching staff in January 2018 as a Senior Silver coach. We are thrilled to have someone who is well acquainted with TIDE on board as a coach.
Age Group Bronze
Coach Wil joined the TIDE staff in February 2015 where he worked with our youngest swimmers at the Hilltop YMCA. Wil is a Virginia Beach native, a graduate of First Colonial High School, a student at Old Dominion University, and a former TIDE swimmer. He is now on the staff at Mt Trashmore, working with the swimmers in Age Group Bronze. We have enjoyed watching Wil grow as a coach just as much as he has enjoyed watching his original Hilltop swimmers grow!
Novice, Developmental Silver
Age Group Bronze, Age Group Silver
Coach Tori joined the TIDE staff in Chesapeake in September 2017. Tori was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her swimming career began at age six after a family vacation at Disney. She started swimming on a summer league team and then joined the Merrimack Valley Pirates. Coach Tori swam throughout high school, competing with both her school and club teams. After high school graduation, she enrolled at a community college and competed for an additional year. Once her older sister had children of her own, Tori discovered her passion of wanting to work with children. In 2011 she worked as a substitute teacher, and in 2014 she started coaching swimming, serving as an assistant coach for the Age Group program at Phoenix Swimming. "I coach because I love watching swimmers reach their own individual goals."