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Head Coach Richard Hunter


Coach Richard joined Tide in August 2016 as Associate Head Coach and was promoted to Head Coach in August 2019. 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. Most recently, Richard was honored with the Virginia Swimming Senior Coach of the Year Award in both 2019 and 2020.

“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. “

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Associate Head Coach Mike Salpeter

Lead Site Coach Great Bridge
Lead Coach Age Group Gold, Senior Gold

Associate Head Coach Mike Salpeter joined TIDE in August 2018. Mike oversees all of our Chesapeake and Portsmouth programming (Great Bridge, Greenbrier, Portsmouth YMCAs) and is Lead Site Coach for  the Great Bridge/Hickory YMCA. Mike earned a BS in Psychology and an MS in Elementary Education, both from Mary Washington College. He is a Level 4 ASCA Certified coach and has completed the education component of Level 5. Mike has over 18 years of coaching experience with 12 years as a Head Coach and three in his current position with TIDE. Mike has served on the Virginia Swimming Board as a coach representative for the past five years. We look forward to continued growth in Chesapeake under Mike's leadership.

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Director of Coach and Athlete Development

Jack Roach

Jack Roach joined TIDE full time in January 2017 as Head Coach and Senior Program coach. In August 2019 he was named Director of Coach and Athlete Development for TIDE. 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.

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Katherine Kardok, Swim School Director

Coach Katherine grew up riding horses and swimming in southern California. In high school, after becoming the owner of a spirited Arabian gelding, she left daily swimming but worked as a swim instructor at the local swim complex and joined a new institution called masters swimming. She swam with the masters team in college, played club water polo, and rode her still very spirited horse in the beautiful national parks that surrounded the college. In the summers, she worked as the pool manager at the swim complex, teaching lessons as well as scheduling both  lessons and major regional swim meets. After a brief time in the corporate world, Katherine returned to swimming by opening her own swim school and recreation-league swim team in the Boston area. She brought in world class athletes and coaches for clinics on a regular basis and many of her swimmers went on to have leadership roles on high school and college swim teams. A move to Virginia Beach in 2015 happily led her to TIDE, where she became the lead novice coach and assisted in creating Tide Swim School. She continues to swim with USMS where she has had 2 top ten relay swims, many top ten postal swims, and now enjoys easy, picturesque, open water lake swims! Coach Katherine is a Level 3 ASCA member coach and recently completed a Masters in Theology and Educational Ministry. Guiding students to find courage, discipline, and joy through the sport of swimming is Katherine's goal for our swim school.



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Catherine Ware

Head Age Group Coach

Lead Coach, Hilltop (all groups)

Coach Cat joined Tide Swimming in 2013 as an assistant coach and dryland trainer in the Age Group program. She was born and raised in Virginia Beach and is a graduate of Old Dominion University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Physical Education. In the local swimming community, Cat has been involved as a swimmer and coach for over 18 years and hopes to continue sharing her passion for the sport for many more years to come. Throughout her career Cat served as the Head Coach of Little Neck Swim & Racquet Club, an assistant coach at Norfolk Academy, as well as an 8&Under coach on a local club team. Since joining the staff at TIDE seven years ago, she has had the opportunity to work with various developmental, middle, and high school groups. After spending the past two years as the Head Developmental Coach, Cat is excited to expand her role as Head Age Group Coach. She looks forward to building off the current successes of this program and to working relentlessly with coaches, athletes, and parents to uphold our team values and create an empowering culture that provides meaningful experiences through TEAM.


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April Barrientos

Assistant Coach, Hilltop

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! 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. 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.


Lindsay Bennett

Assistant Coach, Mt Trashmore

Coach Lindsay joined TIDE in 2019 as an Age Group Bronze and Age Group Silver Assistant Coach at our Mt Trashmore location. Lindsay has been coaching since 2011 and was thrilled to join the Tide Swimming community. Lindsay grew up in the Midlothian, Virginia area and started swimming with a summer league team in 2002. In 2005, she joined Quest Swimming, where she swam for 3 years. Lindsay went on to attend Radford University, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Currently she is attending Tidewater Community College, working to complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Lindsay has served as the Head Coach of a community summer swim team (Magnolia Green) and an Assistant Coach for Poseidon Swimming. Lindsay has also held the roles of an Assistant Coach, a Swim Lesson Supervisor, and a Private Swim Lesson Instructor at the Midlothian YMCA. Lindsay gained leadership experience as a pool manager for 2 years after lifeguarding for 5 years at a local pool in her hometown. Lindsay's goal is to make a positive impact by helping others reach their goals. She encourages swimmers to challenge themselves in reaching their full potential.

"I strive to help each individual swimmer to become the best possible person and athlete they can be."


Daniel Colvin

Lead Coach Age Group Gold (PA)

Team Dryland Director

TIDE was pleased to add Coach Danny to the full time staff in the summer of 2020. Danny's previous position was as Co-Head Coach for Westside Aquatics. During his time at Westside, he lead the age group swimmers to a gold medal team finish (small team division) at the 2019 spring Age Group Championships as well as a 3rd place team finish (small team division) at Sectionals. Danny's athletes also set a few Southern California records. Before Westside, Danny was the Director of Strength and Conditioning with the Mission Viejo Nadadores. His primary focus at Mission was coaching their 13-14 year olds, but he also branched out to other age groups. Danny also developed the strength and conditioning programing which complemented the water training for 12 Rio Olympic Trial Qualifiers and Ous Mellouli (2012 Gold medalist, 1500 Free, and former world record holder). Before Mission Viejo, Danny started his coaching career with Buenaventura Swim Club as the Bronze Group Coach and quickly moved up to Senior Sprint Coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Danny also spent nearly three years as the Strength and Conditioning coach for the men's and women's water polo and swim teams at Ventura College. Danny earned an Associate of Science degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Moorpark College. TIDE is excited to have Danny's expertise on deck for the start of our 2020-2021 season!

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Lauren Church

Assistant Coach, Hilltop

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. Lauren has been coaching and teaching swim lessons for over six years with a focus on developmental swimmers. 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. Lauren loves seeing the progress in developmental swimmers and the community that swimming provides.

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Deion Dean

Coach, TIDE Masters
Lead Coach Age Group Bronze (PA)
Assistant Coach Senior Silver (PA)

Coach Deion joined the TIDE staff in December 2018. He grew up in Norfolk and swam for various teams throughout his swimming career including Pembroke Meadows Summer Team, Maury High School, and local club teams. As an athlete, Deion attended USA Swimming Junior Nationals, USA Swimming's Eastern Zone Select Camp, and National Diversity Select Camp. Deion attended George Mason University where he swam on the men's team from 2014-2018. At George Mason, Deion earned his B.S. in Business Management in 2018 and served as a team captain his senior year. The following summer he was a coach and counselor at UVA swim camp. Deion has completed all of his M.S. in Sport Management degree requirements at ODU and will graduate in December.

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Susan Hynes

Age Group Silver (Great Bridge)
Senior Silver (Great Bridge)

Coach Susan joined the TIDE staff in June 2019. She grew up in Chesapeake and began swimming at the age of 4, swimming for multiple teams throughout her career including Hickory High School, Piranha's Summer Team, and local club teams. Susan attended Duke University where she swam on the women's team from 2015-2018. At Duke University, Susan earned a B.S. in Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology and completed a sculpture that is now hanging in the Durham Museum of life and Science. She is an EMT and is currently planning on completing her M.S. in Pathology at EVMS.

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Allison Mickunas

Assistant Coach, Hilltop

Coach Allison joined TIDE in January 2017 as a Swim School instructor. She is now a member of the Hilltop staff, coaching TIDE's developmental practice groups. She is a Virginia Beach local who has been swimming competitively since age 5: swimming at TIDE, Cox HS, and Club Brittany. Allison earned a Bachelor's of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in Chinese from Valparaiso. She spent a year teaching English in Shanghai, China before returning to the US to work on her teaching license for English as a Second Language at Old Dominion University. She now teaches ESL at Norview High School. She has been coaching and teaching lessons since high school. Allison was a co-head coach of the Salem HS Swim and Dive Team for four years and is the head coach of Club Brittany's summer league team. Allison loves working with TIDE's swimmers and sharing her love of the sport of swimming while helping athletes develop into great global citizens.

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Ricky Perez

Lead Coach Senior Silver (PA)
Lead Coach Age Group Silver (PA)

Coach Ricky joined the TIDE staff in September of 2019. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Ricky began his coaching career with numerous assistant coaching positions around the state and then continued coaching throughout college. He competed for and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Sports Performance and Fitness Entrepreneurship. During his time there he continued to coach club swimming, volunteered with the Eastern Michigan Women's swim team, and volunteer coached with their strength and conditioning program. Since then he has gone on to interning with UW Health at The American Center focusing on strength and conditioning and athlete development.

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Mike Robbins

Assistant Coach, Portsmouth

Coach Mike joined the TIDE staff in 2019. He grew up in Chesapeake and swam for a local USA Swimming club team. During his senior year he was named team captain and helped his club win Virginia Swimming's Senior Championships. Following high school, Mike went on to college at Michigan State University and earned a spot on the varsity swim team - specializing in the 200 fly and 400 IM - and was named a co-captain his senior year. He graduated from MSU with a bachelor's degree in engineering. After college Mike went on to earn a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University. Mike currently works in engineering and is an active masters swimmer.


Emily Salpeter

Lead Coach Age Group Bronze
(Great Bridge)

Coach Emily joined TIDE in August 2018 as an assistant coach at our (then) newest location, the Taylor Bend YMCA. Emily has been involved with swimming her entire life. She grew up in Portsmouth and swam for a local club team. Emily went on to attend Mary Washington University and swam for the women's team all four years, from 1999-2003. Emily graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and continued her education into graduate school, earning a Master's in Education, specializing in Instructional Technology, in 2004. Emily has coached swimmers from beginners to state qualifiers for other USA Swimming club teams. In addition to coaching club teams, Emily has coached summer league teams for 20 years and is currently the head coach for Team Barracudas swim team.

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Scott Scofield

Lead Coach Senior Gold (PA)
Assistant Coach, Princess Anne

Coach Scott joined the full time staff at Princess Anne in August 2018 as lead coach for Senior Gold and assistant coach for Age Group Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Scott swam competitively for Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club (Fleet Swimming). He walked on to the swim team at Southern Illinois University, and then later graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Kinesiology. After graduation, Scott joined Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club as an age group coach and assistant to the National team. Scott then went on to become the head coach of South Shore Sails swim team in League City, Texas and Villasport Swim Team in Cypress, Texas. In 2019, Scott lead Alexa Ozment to new team records in the girls 13-14 50 & 100 yard backstroke. Scott's favorite part about coaching swimming is seeing athletes set a goal and working daily to achieve that goal. Scott's wife Virginia is a teacher and coach at Norfolk Academy, and they have a son named Thomas and two dogs named Arya and Brownie.


Liz Seigler

Assistant Coach, Hilltop

Coach Liz joined TIDE in September 2019 after moving to Virginia Beach from the Northern Neck. She is a graduate of VCU with a degree in Health and Physical Education and a teaching certificate for grades K to 12. For the past 20 years, Liz coached and taught swim lessons for the Greater Richmond YMCAs as well as for a USA Swimming club team and a summer swim league on the Peninsula. Liz has a love and respect for the water. She says, "I find it super important for children to learn the basics of swimming and I love seeing their skills progress beyond that." Liz currently works for her husband at SEiGLER Reels and is mom to Cosmo, an English Bulldog.

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Rick Shelton

Lead Site Coach, Portsmouth

Coach Rick joined TIDE in August 2018, taking the helm at the first of two new sites in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake, the Taylor Bend YMCA. In 2019, he was named site lead at TIDE's second Western Branch/Portsmouth location as some of the Taylor Bend programming was relocated to the Portsmouth YMCA. Rick is from Southern California where he swam competitively for over 10 years. He is a retired Naval Officer and a retired Middle School Teacher. He has committed his life to serving others. Rick returned to the swimming world as head coach for the Smithfield Dolphins summer league swim team. For TIDE, Rick serves as the Lead Coach for the Taylor Bend and Portsmouth locations. Rick has a level 3 American Swimming Coaches Association certification and has passed his level 4 Leadership exam.


Jay Smith

Coach, Masters (PA)

Coach Jay joined TIDE in May 2019 as a swim school instructor and ICS1 coach at the Hilltop YMCA. He holds Red Cross WSI Certification and is a Level 2 ASCA Certified Coach. Jay began swimming competitively at the age of 8 with the Somerset Valley YMCA in Somerville, New Jersey. He was a member of the 11-12 year old relay team that set a national record and also placed nationally in the Junior Olympics. He continued with the Somerville High swim team swimming varsity all four years and was accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon graduation in 1974, Jay flew for the Navy making deployments from Norfolk and Mayport, Florida. After leaving the Navy he graduated from Seminary in 1993 and returned to the pool in 2000 swimming with Masters groups in North Carolina, Richmond, and Virginia Beach. In 2003, Jay competed in the Senior Olympics and placed second in the 50yd breaststroke. In 2015, Jay retired from ministry and went to work in advancement for Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia where he was also assistant swim coach for three years. Jay currently teaches in our Swim School and coaches the Masters noon workouts at the Princess Anne YMCA. He and wife Helen live in Virginia Beach, have been married for 46 years, and have four children and nine grandchildren.

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Matt Smith

Lead Site Coach, Greenbrier

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!!

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Brianna Sullivan

Assistant Coach, Hilltop

Coach Brianna is a Virginia Beach native and joined TIDE in 2017 as a Swim School instructor. She began swimming competitively at the age of six, swimming for TIDE through middle school and high school. She swam for First Colonial High School before attending the University of Notre Dame. She earned her BA in Spanish and Premed, followed by a Masters of Education. Brianna taught second grade and kindergarten for five years in Tampa and Chicago before moving back home to Virginia Beach. She has been teaching swim lessons for over 15 years, and spent several summers in college as the head coach for the Alanton Baycliff Bolts swim team. Brianna is a recent graduate of the ODU Doctor of Physical Therapy program and works as a physical therapist treating patients of all ages in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Brianna loves teaching the FUNdamentals with the Developmental program at Hilltop and strives to ensure each athlete learns to love the water and the sport of swimming.

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Colleen Vande Poel

Assistant Coach, Great Bridge

Coach Colleen Vande Poel joined TIDE in August 2018 as an assistant coach at Great Bridge in Chesapeake.  Colleen grew up in Holland, Michigan and swam club since the age of 13. She went to Old Dominion University and swam for the women’s team from 2013-2017. She graduated with a B.S Special Education and currently teaches full time as a Special Education Teacher in Norfolk Public Schools. Colleen loves seeing the swimmers have fun and work hard. She is very excited to see all swimmers surpass their goals!


Kindle Timberlake

Assistant Coach, Hilltop

Coach Kindle joined TIDE in 2018 as both an assistant coach and a swim school instructor.

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Carol Withus

Lead Site Coach, Mt Trashmore
Lead Coach Age Group Bronze (MT)
Lead Coach Age Group Silver (MT)

Coach Carol returned to TIDE in 2019 after a short stint from 2010-2012. Carol comes to us with a wealth of experience at all levels from coaching developmental through Olympic athletes.  She graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in Coaching and Teaching and followed that up by earning her Masters Degree from Ohio University in Athletic Administration. She has coached at the following programs during her nearly 30-year coaching career: Long Island Aquatic Club, Columbia University, New York University, Old Dominion University, TIDE, and TAC. Carol is also the proud mother of two swimmers (former and current), Caroline and Catherine. Carol leverages her strong coaching foundation, enthusiasm, and knowledge to help elevate our athletes, connect with and educate our parents, and strive forward with our staff.


Joseph Van De Walker

Assistant Coach, Portsmouth

Coach Joe joined TIDE in August 2020 as an assistant coach at the Portsmouth YMCA.  Joe grew up in Portage, Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Simulation and Software Design. Joe brings to TIDE experience in swim instruction, swim coaching (age group, high school, and masters), and Red Cross safety instruction. He is part of the USCG (local)Partners in Education program and currently serves on active duty in the US Coast Guard. We are excited to have Joe join Coach Rick at Portsmouth this year! 

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Board of Directors

Katy Arris-Wilson



Carrie Duffy

Senior Parent Rep


Kelly Swartz

Age Group Parent Rep


Jennie Carder

Executive Director


Jennifer Huelsberg

Vice President


Sara Beth Roberts

Senior Parent Rep


Richard Hunter

Head Coach


Mackenzie Codington



Chris McKee



Lyn Mannato

Age Group Parent Rep


Mike Salpeter

Associate Head Coach


Bridget Fickenscher



Jenn Strach

Age Group Parent Rep


Jack Roach

Director, Coach & Athlete Development